For Eric Marcal, competing in the martial arts is his passion. For the 15-year-old, however, taking part in a tournament is like fighting with one hand tied behind his back. That’s because he was born with only one hand.
For a decade and a half, thyroid cancer survivor Abby Melendez, of Baldwin, has run a support group for people with the disease. Since the group began, more than 100 people have come to through it, seeking the understanding, consolation and validation that come only from shared experiences.
The smell of grilled hot dogs and burgers filled the air as businesses and residents from Baldwin and the Town of Hempstead celebrated the 22nd annual Baldwin Day last Saturday. The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce hosted the festivities at Baldwin Park, where residents of all ages listened to live music, played games, won prizes, ate free food and enjoyed fireworks.
Last Saturday night, NYCB Live at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum welcomed the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the first time in history. The long-anticipated event drew a crowd of 11,198, compiled a gate of more than $1 million, and saw five Long Island-born fighters compete on a card headlined by former middleweight champ Chris Weidman of Baldwin.
Retired Meadow Elementary School Principal Joan Morgan Flatley, 74, died of cancer on July 25. An influential figure in the Baldwin school community, Flatley helped bring special-education classes and services to the school district.
One Baldwin couple recently decided to have a local wedding right here in Nassau on Thursday, July 27.
One Long Island-born woman is living her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut after getting into NASA’s training program. An aerospace engineer and Baldwin native, Jasmin Moghbeli, 33, was one of 12 people accepted into NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class (the largest since 2000). This year, NASA received a record-breaking number of applications — more than 18,300.