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America celebrates Independence Day today. Here’s a rundown of holiday closings and schedule changes

by Jul 4, 2023
America celebrates Independence Day today, commemorating the approval of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 by the 13 British colonies. Here's what's open and what's closed today.

Here’s a rundown of closings and service changes today for MLK Day 2023

by Jan 16, 2023
Today is a state and federal holiday commemorating the birth of the great American civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's a list of what's closed, schedule changes and a brief history of the man and the holiday.

Have the perfect Christmas.  Let go of plans for how things should be and enjoy how they are.

by Dec 18, 2022
Column: All that’s done is done and what is undone can wait for another day and season. This season is the time to let go so I can hold on to the gifts of those present around me who mean the most. 

‘Peace and good will’ come from within

by Dec 11, 2022
Peace, good will, tranquility, serenity, reconciliation,  calm and quiet are not just words, they are ways of being.  We can give this to the world if we could just stop belly-aching. 

Labor Day 2022: closings, stats and a little history

by Sep 5, 2022
Today America celebrates its workers, with a holiday that grew out of the early days of the American labor movement at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the the late 19th century.

Celebrating freedom with a new holiday

by Jun 20, 2022
Today marks the official observance of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to to read aloud the Emancipation Proclamation — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered and two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, freeing slaves throughout the United States.

‘Heri za Kwanzaa!’ Local group to host virtual celebration of the seven-day festival

by Dec 26, 2021
The Riverhead-based African American Educational & Cultural Festival will host its Second Annual Virtual Spirit of Kwanzaa Celebration: Seven days and Seven Principles Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

A season of joy — and grief

by Dec 19, 2021
The grief and the joy of Christmas coincide in the same way life and death are with us every day.

This Christmas season, it’s more important than ever to light up the darkness

by Dec 5, 2021
Early in 2021, we put the last of the Christmas decorations away. I remember holding our Christmas-themed face masks and thinking, “Well, we won’t need these next Christmas. But they sure are cute.”

Yom Kippur, holiest day of the year in Jewish faith, begins tonight at sunset

by Sep 15, 2021
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in the Jewish religion, begins at sunset tonight and continues until after nightfall tomorrow. The "Day of Atonement" is observed by a nearly 26-hour fast to repent for one's sins.