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Dec. 9: Sweet Sentencing, Helping Local Pantries, Wrapping Wishes and More

A look at the top stories for this Friday in Malverne and West Hempstead.

The ringleader of the largest mortgage fraud and identity theft scam in Nassau County's history - which involved a West Hempstead home - was sentenced Thursday.

Find out more about this story. Plus, see how you can help local pantries and the Make a Wish Foundation (and get your gifts wrapped.)

Here are our top headlines for Dec. 9.

  1. Sweet Sentenced: A Westbury man was sentenced Thursday for scamming homeowners, banks and the Nassau County government out of more than $20 million. His elaborate scheme included a number of local homes including one in West Hempstead, that was sold twice within a two-week span. for the story.
  2. Local Pantries: More and more local families are relying on food pantries this days. See what items are most in need and where you can donate them to help others during the holiday season. Look for the story later today.
  3. Wrapping Gifts and Wishes: There's an easy way to eliminate one task from your holiday to-do list while helping children who are sick. Bring your holiday gifts to Malverne Village Hall Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., where a group of volunteers will wrap them for you. All you have to do is box them, bring them and make a $1 donation for each gift to the Make a Wish Foundation. Find out more this afternoon.
  4. Civic Changes: There's a new president and leadership board of the Malverne Civic Association. Find out more later this morning.
  5. W.H. Holiday Party: And look for more photos from the West Hempstead Kids Holiday Party. You can see some shots , from Santa's appearance during the event, as well as photos from Breakfast and Bowling with Santa in Malverne.

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