Whitney Sussman, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, has been named a Regeneron Science Scholar for her research in biology. Two other Kennedy students, Jake Levine and Jonathan Mashal, were honored as well.
Everywhere Irma Kass went, friends and former colleagues recognized her. Quick trips to the supermarket turned into hour-long conversations, her family fondly remembered. They were even stopped while on a vacation in Israel, far from their Bellmore home. Kass’s decades in education made her a known face in the community.
After wellness centers opened in all three high schools in October, the scope of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s mental-health campaign continues to grow. A new $102,000 contract with South Oaks Hospital, approved by the Board of Education at its meeting on Jan. 2, will provide students with more options for their mental health needs.
After battling post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury, retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon can now settle down with his family in a new home, provided in part by dedicated seniors from Mepham High School.
Bellmore’s Effin Gruven was known for straying away from typical South Shore bar culture and transforming the way Long Islanders drink beer, according to its new owners, Michael Cassano and Maria Pallotta. But on Dec. 8, 2017, it shuttered after nearly two decades. Effin Beauty, a new creation in the same location, hopes to fill that void.
Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, wants to end racial injustice and inequity on Long Island. To tackle the problem in schools, the activist group enlisted a panel of nine concerned students — including two from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.
Sixteen-year-old Abigail Penny loves to dance, but spina bifida — a disease that impairs mobility — prevents her legs from moving to the beat. Luckily, Dancing Dreams gives her the outlet she needs to pursue her passion.
Letter to the Editor
New York, along with the rest of the nation, is in the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average life expectancy of Americans continued a three-year decline driven by deaths from overdoses. The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids other than methadone increased by 45 percent from 2016 to 2017.
As New York Democrats look ahead to two years of majority control of the State Senate — and the Assembly and the governor’s mansion — they should also remember the past and learn from their predecessors’ mistakes.
The operative word above is “think,” because no parent can ever know his or her child, especially during the firestorm known as adolescence.
We aren’t so much leaping into the New Year as we are fleeing the old one.
Vaping gets its name from the cloud of water vapor that e-cigarettes produce, and it has become wildly popular among teenagers who believe it’s harmless. It’s not. In fact . . .