Stuart Richner is president of Richner Communications Inc (RCI), parent company of The Jewish Star. Richner is publisher of Herald Community Newspapers, Long Island’s preeminent local newspapers, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Riverdale Press.
Dear friends, neighbors and colleagues,
First and foremost, I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe in these uncertain times. Please be sure to heed the advice of health care experts at CoronaVirus.gov, and to check in with your neighbors who are the most vulnerable to the novel coronavirus (including people older than 60, or those with underlying health issues).
I wanted to update you on what we at RCI are doing to ensure that we continue to provide you with real news and verified facts that you can trust as we confront — together — the challenges imposed by the coronavirus. Local journalism organizations, like The Jewish Star and your local Herald newspaper — remain the most reliable, trusted and prolific source of news that affects your family’s daily life. With the safety of our staff in mind, we are all focused on serving the informational needs of the people who live and work in our communities without interruption.
Our team of editors and reporters are on the phones around the clock with local elected officials, community institutions, nonprofit organizations and small businesses to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant coronavirus-related information. All of the latest coronavirus stories can be found at TheJewishStar.com/category/coronavirus/browse.html.
We have also set up a dedicated voice mailbox and email address where you can submit tips, suggest issues you’d like for us to investigate, and tell us about how the coronavirus is affecting the lives of you and your family. The Jewish Star’s dedicated coronavirus hotline is 516-350-0771, or by email at coronavirus@TheJewishStar.com.
Lastly, you can subscribe to our new daily email newsletter that brings all of the latest local coronavirus news straight to your inbox by visiting TheJewishStar.com/coronavirus-daily
For small businesses
You are the lifeblood of our communities. We know that shutdowns and quarantines have been devastating to many of you. To support local businesses, The Jewish Star and its secular partners, your local Herald community newspapers, are offering unprecedented discounts on our marketing products and services. Please reach out to your account executive, or contact Publisher Ed Weintrob on his cellphone, 516-350-0771, or Publisher@TheJewishStar.com, for more information.
We are also offering all local businesses a free announcement, which will appear as appropriate in The Jewish Star and your local Herald, both in print and online. This brief announcement can be related to any important notices, changes or events that you wish to share about your business. You can submit your announcement online at coronavirus@TheJewishStar.com.
For community leaders
We are partnering with such community leaders as rabbis, organizational heads, elected officials, school administrators and health care providers to disseminate their updates. If you have a message that serves the public interest and would like The Jewish Star to share it, reach out to coronavirus@TheJewishStar.com.
Finally, please don’t forget that we, too, are a small business. Your encouragement in these difficult times is greatly appreciated.
Since my parents founded the Herald in the Five Towns in 1964, it has been our company’s unwavering mission to provide you with the best local journalism around. To that end, we always welcome your feedback on how we can better serve you and your community.
Feel free to contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback. You can also reach The Jewish Star’s Editor-Publisher, Ed Weintrob, at eweintrob@TheJewishStar.com.
Stay safe. And remember, we are all in this together.
President, Richner Communications, Inc.