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Good News: Deer Park Students Collect Donations for Sandy Victims

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around the area.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.

Deer Park High Students Collect Donations for Local Sandy Victims

The students of Deer Park High School wanted to respond to the devastation Hurricane Sandy brought to their community and found a way to make a local impact. As Babylon residents continue to recover following the storm, students organized the "Maroon Cross" project, inspired by the Red Cross and playing off their school colors. Led by teacher Kyle McCourt, students created a list of essential items that residents need for everyday living. The high schoolers launched a campaign and collected winter clothing and household items to donate to towns in Babylon.

Cactus Salons Provide Free Makeovers to Family Service League Clients

On January 28, employees of Cactus Salons gathered at their Dix Hills location to cut, color, and style for a good cause. More than 60 clients of Family Service League, many of whom have completed job training programs and are trying to re-enter the workforce, arrived for “makeovers."

Meet the Owners: The Puglieses of Village Bagel & Deli

When you walk into the Village Bagel & Deli in Babylon Village, you might pick on something co-owner Joe Pugliese makes his top concern in-store: it's absolutely spotless. "It's my virtue here: cleanliness," said Joe, as he quickly cleaned up a few drops of coffee on the counter at the self-serve coffee area. "Everything here sparkles – it means everything to me.

West Islip Relay For Life Schedule Set

The schedule for West Islip’s first American Cancer Society Relay for Life has been set. The two-day event will run from June 15 to June 16 and be held at the West Islip High School track. Those interested in registering or donating should visit the Relay for Life website.

Lindenhurst High School Souper Bowl Benefits Sandy Relief Efforts

The Lindenhurst High School hosted the Souper Bowl of Caring Charity Cook-Off Fundraiser on . More than 200 people attended the fifth annual event, which benefitted Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, according to school officials. There were also donations to Island Harvest. All enjoyed the festivities, including the cook-off - which included plenty of chili, soup and homemade breads, all donated by local restaurants, LHS sports teams and clubs, PTA, community groups and faculty.

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