By Alan Singer

I recently took part in an hour-long WABC-TV special, “Back to School: Learning During a Pandemic,” hosted by Lauren Glassberg. Participants included Roger León, superintendent of Newark Public Schools in New Jersey; Dr. Jennifer Lighter, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at NYU Langone Health; and Dr. Jill Emanuele, senior director of the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute in Manhattan.

Glassberg spread questions among the panelists. Here are my responses, which have been edited down for space.

Dr. Alan Singer

What do you think needs to be done in terms of catching kids up in learning?

The…


By Madeline Armstrong

Editor’s note: Armstrong first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

Village officials and Lynbrook Public Library administrators are seeking historical landmark status for the library.

According to library Director Robyn Gilloon, the application will be made official next spring. Places that receive such a distinction “bring a special historical, cultural or aesthetic value to the city.”

Village officials are seeking historical landmark status for the 92-year-old Lynbrook Public Library. // Courtesy Christina Daly/Herald Community Newspapers

Built in 1929, the library is significant for its architecture, which resembles many of the Carnegie-style libraries built between 1883 and 1929. Mayor Alan Beach said the facility was…


East Rockaway resident Dan Caracciolo is seeking to have the name of his father, Lawrence Caracciolo, added to the FealGood Foundation’s 9/11 Remembrance Wall because he said he believes his father’s terminal cancer was caused by his work for Verizon at ground zero after Sept. 11, 2001, as seen above. // Photo courtesy Dan Caracciolo

By Madeline Armstrong

Editor’s note: Armstrong first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

Though it’s been 20 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many first responders and their families are still battling with potentially life-threatening health effects because of their exposure to toxic dust in the air at ground zero, including a number in the Lynbrook-East Rockaway area.

For Dan Caracciolo, a heavily involved East Rockaway resident and banker, the attacks still hit home. His father, Lawrence Caracciolo, died in 2007 at age 55 from…


By Marianys Marte

“When I got here, I worked in a factory and I would tell my coworkers that one day I would have a house, a business and a family, and they all laughed at me. Look at me now.”

Those are the words of a woman who knows how to hustle, a striver seeking the “American dream.”

Long Islander Aurora Pichardo, a single mother, left her family in the Dominican Republic and came to the United States at 17 in search of a better life. …


Josh Graydon, left, and Peter Ingenito were among the attendees at the Long Island International Film Festival at the Bellmore Movies in Bellmore Village in August. // Courtesy Marjorie Rogers/Herald Community Newspapers

By Marjorie Rogers

Editor’s note: Rogers first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

The 2021 Long Island International Film Festival kicked off at the Bellmore Movies Aug. 10 with 125 independently produced films that were showcased over six days. Filmmakers and actors from the festival gathered to celebrate the collective artistic vision that made the event possible.

Danny Malone directed “Have a Nice Night,” one of the films. His film revolves around a good-spirited rideshare driver dressed as “Mister Rogers” who experiences a world of cruelty and violence…


In Baldwin, Island Harvest distributes food to St. Christopher’s Church, Hatzilu Rescue Organization, Baldwin Union Free School District, First Bethel Church, Three Ds Aftercare and Halandia Shores, and it partners with the Baldwin Public Library, above, to serve breakfast and lunch to families in need on summer weekdays.

By Matt Hughs

Editor’s note: Hughs first wrote this piece as part of his internship at Herald Community Newspapers.

With several locations that it delivers to in Baldwin, the Island Harvest food bank distributes food and helps facilitate food programs and education to “a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organizations that offer feeding services for those in need.” Many in need require specific foods because of religious and dietary restrictions, and Island Harvest caters to these requirements.

Allison Puglia, Island Harvest’s chief program director, said the goal is to “end hunger and reduce…


By Matt Hughs

Editor’s note: Hughs first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

In January, Anthony Bolden, 40, was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy through April, when the cancer went into remission. While the chemotherapy treated the cancer, it also damaged his lungs. In May, Bolden was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes scarring in the lungs and put him in dire need of a lung transplant.

Bolden is a Baldwin High alumnus and athlete who played football and basketball for…


East Rockaway native Michael Quadrino’s On The Quays production company recently released “Reemergence: A Queer Visual Album” in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride. // Photo courtesy on the Quays

By Madeline Armstrong

Editor’s note: Armstrong first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

After 17 months of pandemic restrictions, East Rockaway native Michael Quadrino’s production company On The Quays is celebrating LGBTQ+ pride and returning to society with a film titled, “Reemergence: A Queer Visual Album.”

“Reemergence,” a “visual album,” comprises music videos, or “chapters,” and was released in June. Quadrino, the co-founder and managing director of On The Quays, said the company usually puts on a live concert every year to celebrate Pride Month. Because of the…


After a motorcycle accident left him disabled, Scott Fessler founded the Fessler Financial Corporation and the Fessler Foundation to help others dealing with spinal injuries. Above, Fessler with his daughter. // Courtesy Scott Fessler

By Madeline Armstrong

Editor’s note: Armstrong first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

After a motorcycle accident in 2006 damaged his spinal cord and put Scott Fessler in a wheelchair as a paraplegic, instead of feeling down, he decided to start a foundation to help others dealing with spinal injuries.

“I can’t walk, but don’t wory about it. I’m still good-looking and funny,” he joked. Fessler is chief operating officer and founder of the Fessler Financial Corportation in East Rockaway and the Fessler Foundation, which provides financial support…


The Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater will host the Never Forget Concert this weekend. Photo courtesy Herald Community Newspapers

By Stephanie Banat

Editor’s note: Banat first wrote this piece as part of her internship at Herald Community Newspapers. To read the original, click here.

Nearly 20 years have passed since the U.S. was shaken by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This Saturday, nonprofit Tunnel to Towers Foundation will host a Never Forget Concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks.

“We have a beautiful, patriotic opening planned for the concert,” the foundation’s founder and CEO, Frank Siller, said. “We’re going to honor our fallen soldiers in a truly reverent…

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