Zwerling is no stranger to philanthropy; at Jericho High School, she was a member of Jr. Scope, a group that raises money for disadvantaged children on Long Island. Now, in her capacity as hospital relations chair, she works with “miracle children”—children who have been treated successfully at the medical center. Many of the children are cancer survivors, but there are also children with genetic disorders and other critical health issues.
The storm crippled Long Island and left thousands without power and some are still fighting to pick up the pieces that Hurricane Sandy littered throughout Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead. Just two months after being smashed by a storm on Aug. 15, which showcased similar events of downed trees, wires and heavy winds, the area was dealt another blow.
It is a scene that is devastatingly similar throughout Long Island, and particularly in waterfront areas on the north and south shores. Homeowners desperately tried to remove the water that had flooded homes by opening doors, windows, garage doors, and by using generator-powered vacuums, designed to capture water. Along curbsides, carpets, furniture, clothing, toys, and other treasured belongings were left for sanitation crews to take away. Literally, lifetimes of memories had been washed away.
If anyone were to ask if public libraries are relevant now, ask the thousands of people who came to Syosset Public Library after Hurricane Sandy.
By Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, the library was open and people began streaming in, grateful for heat, light and electricity. Besides the need for power, the library brought together hundreds of people who were reeling from the destruction of the hurricane. By 10 a.m., most of the hundreds of outlets in the library were being used to charge electronic devices and even for emergency medical equipment such as nebulizers.
* Barack Obama (D)
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The students were four of only 322 semifinalists nationally. “We are really proud of these students and all of the hard work that they have done,” said Brian Cummings, curriculum associate for science and technology. “This accomplishment is a result of support from the district as well as the research department and science research coordinator Serena McCalla.”
On Friday, Oct. 5, MercyFirst celebrated the grand opening of the new Life Skills Classroom on its Syosset campus with a breakfast made by the students. This classroom has been recently expanded and renovated by a group of volunteers from the Interior Design Society, Long Island Chapter.
These individuals approached MercyFirst with this renovation back in the spring and spent the summer turning this room into a state-of-the-art kitchen facility and gathering place. This room is housed on the Syosset campus where 122 young men and woman reside.
Like Labate, Democratic challenger for the 6th State Senate District Ryan Cronin was also without his opponent; this is the second event in Plainview this month where Cronin has appeared in the absence of Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon. In fact, the only race where both candidates were present at the breakfast was that of 13th Assembly District, where Republican challenger Louis Imbroto and incumbent Charles Lavine (D) faced off.
With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.
“It was a huge shock to all of us, but, for our son’s sake, we put on a brave face and jumped head first into learning everything we could about the disease that had changed our lives forever,” said Julie Rubinsky, Gabe’s mother.
“I think that it’s a really cool thing to make people’s teeth so straight and perfect; and I love my teeth today and what the orthodontists have done for me,” said Shore, noting that she was also inspired by her father, an endodontist.
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