George Lopez writing ‘fantastic’ middle-grade book series

Actor-comedian George Lopez is launching a new series – of books. Lopez has a four-book deal with Viking Children’s Books for “Chupacarter,” a series of “fantastical middle grade books” that combine humor, “Latinx mythology” and memories of Lopez’s childhood. Lopez is working with co-author Ryan Calejo and illustrator Santy GutiĆ©rrez. “With this series, I want … Read more

LIers face spiking gas prices, stock market gyrations as rumble tanks in Ukraine

This story was reported by Ken Schachter, Jonathan LaMantia, James T. Madore and Tory N. Parrish. It was written by Schachter. As Russian tanks rumble into Ukraine, Long Islanders are feeling the tremors of rising oil prices and gyrating equity markets. Gasoline prices are already up 31 cents in the past month, reaching an average … Read more

Knicks’ comeback fails as Morant sparks Grizzlies to victory

The first time Ja Morant had the ball and matched up against RJ Barrett on Wednesday night caused quite a stir inside Madison Square Garden. Not since Bryant (Big Country) Reeves played for the Vancouver Grizzlies had there been this many fans sporting Grizzlies jerseys in New York. So when Morant had the ball on … Read more

New Hyde Park slips past Jericho, gets firm grip on third place

MacArthur and Mepham have been at the head of the class in Nassau AI girls basketball, staging a tight fight for the top spot in these waning days of the regular season. But the race for third place in the conference has been airtight, too. New Hyde Park woke up Wednesday morning with a half-game … Read more

4 charged after overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams

Four men face charges that they were members of the drug distribution crew that supplied a deadly mix of narcotics to Michael K. Williams, the renowned actor from “The Wire” who overdosed just hours after buying fentanyl-laced heroin in a deal recorded on security camera video. The man seen on camera handing Williams the drugs … Read more

Shelter Island board votes 5-0 to replace town attorney, bump pay for new hire by almost $ 55G

Stephen Kiely, a Mattituck lawyer who previously served as an assistant town attorney in Southold, has been hired as the new Shelter Island Town attorney. The town board voted 5-0 during its Jan. 28 meeting to hire Kiely and pay him $ 140,000 for the position, almost $ 55,000 more than the salary of his … Read more

LI animal groups: Bunnies bought during pandemic abandoned, left to die

Long Island animal groups are seeing more and more domesticated rabbits abandoned in the wild – a move that puts the pets at serious risk of starvation, disease and death, animal advocates said. The advocates link the influx of stray bunnies to people who likely adopted the pets during the pandemic and no longer wish … Read more

Not ‘out of the woods’ yet, but in a much better place, Northwell doctor says

Many people are celebrating the rapid decline in COVID-19 cases and levels amid the omicron surge, but medical experts on Long Island warned Wednesday that the numbers are still relatively high and the surge is not over. They said the trend is moving in the right direction, but it is too soon to start removing … Read more

Shakespeare in the Park to present ‘Richard III,’ ‘As You Like It’

So this is what 60 looks like for Shakespeare in the Park. The Public Theater announced on Wednesday that to mark its milestone anniversary, it will present the tragedy “Richard III” and a musical adaptation of “As You Like It” this summer at the Delacorte Theater in Manhattan’s Central Park. The slate of two plays … Read more

UK retailer Wren Kitchens plans 2 more stores on Long Island

UK-based retailer Wren Kitchens has set its sights on adding two more large showrooms on Long Island, after entering the US market in 2020. The chain is planning to open stores in Commack and Selden, real estate representatives said. Its first Long Island store, a 19,500-square-foot showroom in Levittown, opened in October. “[The store in] … Read more