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Located on the south shore of Long Island, Cedarhurst is a village in Nassau County located in the town of Hempstead. It is bordered by Woodmere to the east, Woodsburgh to the southeast, Lawrence to the south/southwest, Inwood to the west, and Motts Creek to the north. It is considered one of the Five Towns, a grouping of hamlets and villages in Nassau County. This group also contains Lawrence, Woodmere, Inwood, and The Hewletts (which consists of Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, and the hamlet of Hewlett.) It is a middle-class enclave, of moderate to high income, with families making up much of the population. Traditionally it has been largely an Italian-American neighborhood, although those demographics are beginning to shift to include a more diverse populous. There is also a sizable growth in the local Orthodox Jewish community enough so that many restaurants and retail establishments are now closed on Saturdays for the Sabbath. Students in Cedarhurst are a part of the Lawrence Public Schools district. The district also serves students from Lawrence, Inwood, Atlantic Beach, and parts of North Woodmere and Woodmere. Preschool students attend Number Four School. Students in grades one through four can attend either Number Two or Number Five School. All students attend Lawrence Middle School from grades 5 through 8, and Lawrence High School in grades nine through twelve. There are also a number of shuls and Hebrew schools in Cedarhurst, including the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway High School, Chofetz Chaim Torah Center, Congregation Tifereth Zvi, Kehilas Bais Yehuda Tzvi, Agudath Israel of the Five Towns, Chabad of the Five Towns, Kehilas Bais Yisroel, and the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst. The town also used to have a parish elementary school connected to St. Joachim Church, but it closed in 2005 due to declining enrollment. Commuters in Cedarhurst are well-served by public transportation the Cedarhust Long Island Rail Road station provides service on the Far Rockaway branch to Penn Station and Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal. Cedarhurst is also located close to John F. Kennedy International Airport, making for easy traveling. Cedarhurst has a number of public spaces for the community. The town's gazebo holds weekly concerts every summer, with music for the whole family to enjoy. There is also a September 11th Memorial Plaza, in which citizens can engrave bricks to commemorate loved ones. There is plentiful shopping in the area, particularly lining Central Avenue, which is considered the center of the main business district.

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