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Tackling teen cyberbullying

Cyberbullying among teens has been a problem for years, and it is continuing, and perhaps worsening, during the coronavirus pandemic, as more middle- and high school students spend more time online. On Feb. 11, it was the subject of a virtual roundtable discussion.

Fighting to save a 'forgotten industry'

The coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses of all kinds to adjust to a new world, but some industries have been decimated. Rockville Centre native Zachary Kranitz, a veteran of the tourism and hospitality trade in New York, is trying to persuade the state to assist what he calls “the forgotten industry.”

Marilyn Avruskin remembered for love of nature

Marilyn Avruskin loved nature – hiking, gardening, bird watching or just observing the wildlife from her riverfront property overlooking Mill River were activities that brought her joy, according to her family. The longtime Rockville Centre resident and former South Nassau hospital nurse died from cancer on Dec. 13, 2020, at the age of 82.

Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth receives federal grant

The Rockville Centre Coalition for Youth, which has worked for over six years to raise awareness and prevention of youth substance abuse in the community, is set to continue that mission for another five years, thanks to federal funding from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program.

Programs honor memory of SSHS teen

Jamison Novello was a kind-hearted person with a great sense of humor, a girl who lit up the room and could be depended upon by friends. The South Side High School sophomore died nearly two years ago at age 15, and her family and friends are dedicated to keeping her spirit alive through fundraisers, scholarships and educational programs.


A year later, lessons learned from the pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic reached Long Island a year ago next week, at first bringing a handful of cases before it dug in and exploded, wreaking havoc.


So now that you’re vaccinated . . .

I applaud the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent guidance update recommending that people who are fully vaccinated not be confined to quarantine after exposure to a case of Covid-19.


How do you know I’m from Lawn Guyland?

I was in Ryann’s Wines in East Meadow around the holidays, standing at the checkout, when a fellow customer, a man in his 70s, called out to a 20-something employee from across the store.