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.
Girl Scouts Deliver Comfort to Good Sam Breast Cancer Patients
Members of Girl Scout Troop 2723 of Deer Park recently donated hand-made pillows to Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Health Center Coordinator Bonnie Edsall to comfort patients in need.
The pillows will be given to breast cancer patients when they go in for surgery or a biopsy.
Manetuck Students Compete in Knowledge Master Open
The 5th grade West Islip Student Enrichment (WISE) Challenge students recently competed in The Knowledge Master Open, a national competition. Manetuck Elementary School’s team ranked 4th in the state and 32nd in the nation. Questions ranged from general knowledge to world history.
B-BP St. Patrick's Parade Draws Thousands
It was standing-room only for those who didn't stake out a spot hours before the annual Bayport-Blue Point St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday.
All the eyes were smiling, not just the Irish ones and not just the old ones.
Senator Charles Schumer walked the route shaking hands. The family of Doug Monsell, who was honored as grand marshal, was greeted with loud applause and support along the march from Snedecor Avenue to Blue Point Avenue.
Sachem North Arrowettes Defend National Jazz Championship
The Sachem North Varsity Arrowettes have successfully defended their Small Varsity Jazz Championship at the NDA Nationals competition in Orlando this past weekend.
The Jazz category holds 28 other routines, which, according to coach Katie Prusinski, is a large pool of competition. The Arrowettes scored first place in the preliminary rounds and held the spot to secure its back-to-back championship title.
Beloved Books Find New Home at Knolls of Melville Adult Community
Residents of the Knolls of Melville, a housing development for senior citizens aged 62 and over, will be able to get lost in a “new” good book courtesy of local residents who generously donated their gently used tomes during a book drive sponsored by Suffolk Legis. Lou D’Amaro.
D’Amaro, D-Huntington Station, hand-delivered the books to Knolls’ resident Betty Ann Widmann, who coordinates the library for the 200-plus unit community.