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Dec. 13: Murderer Sentenced, School Board Strife, Wrapping Wishes and More

A look at the top stories for this Thursday in Malverne, Lynbrook and West Hempstead.

Here are the top five headlines for Dec. 13.

  1. Murderer Sentenced: The man convicted of killing one person and injuring two others, including a West Hempstead resident, in a shooting in April 2011, was sentenced Wednesday. Get the full story later this morning.
  2. School Board Power Struggles: The internal strife of the Malverne School Board escalated at Tuesday night, causing the meeting to spin out of control and then end early, leaving residents outraged. Click here for the story and video footage of the meeting. 
  3. Wrapping Wishes: Malvernite John Friia -- who recently won an ugly sweater contest in New York City -- is hosting his annual Wrapping Wishes fundraiser Sunday to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation while taking one major item of locals holiday 'to-do' list. Learn more later today.
  4. Sandy Relief: Also coming up on Patch today, see how Lynbrook High School students helped out Superstorm Sandy victims last month during their annual blood and food drive. And if you still haven't donated a toy or children's book to the 'Malverne Lights the Way Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive,' today is the final day to drop off items at either Malverne Village Hall or the Malverne Public Library. The gifts will go to kids in Island Park, Long Beach and Belle Harbor.
  5. School Calendar Changes: Rather than cancelling the entire February vacation this year, the Malverne school district is using this approach to make up the six instructional days it lost due to Superstorm Sandy and November's Nor'easter. Tell us your thoughts.

Are your holiday decorations good enough to win $100,000 for your local schools? Enter our Deck the Halls contest:  http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/subdomain

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