Hometown Heroes
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Brightwaters resident cycles from NYC to Niagara Falls for cancer research

Mario Fiore first heard about Empire State Ride a few years ago when he read a news article about a different cyclist completing it. “When I retired, I read an article about a gentleman …

Remembering a cheerful soul It is likely that every person in the East Islip and Islip Terrace community was touched by Heather McNamara in some way. The 22-year-old EMT for The Exchange …

The annual Run to The Pump 5K Run, Walk and Hangout in Brightwaters returned on Saturday, July 20. Proceeds raised from the event benefit the members of the Bay Shore Engine Company No. 1. The …

Whoever said a dog is a man’s best friend never saw the bond between 12-year-old Keegan and Patience VII. Keegan King graduated from Canine Companions training camp in April with her service …

Steven Niciforo plays the bass in the band Kool Spektrum, a group of fellow musicians that play classic rock covers, who, like Niciforo, are also on the autism spectrum. The band often plays at Rock …

Each summer, United Veterans Beacon House hosts a barbecue for veterans living in its 52 residences—along with any veteran anywhere that likes good food, entertainment, and the camaraderie of …

People everywhere enjoy historic markers, from roadsides and parks to historic sites, or even their own neighborhoods. Markers help to educate the public, encourage pride of place, and promote …

Compiled by Grace Mercurio Suffolk County Police Department acting commissioner Robert Waring joined members of the Marine Bureau and family members of Officers Brian Dwyer and Matthew Wargas, …

Around noon on June 1, in front of the Dunton Inn in East Patchogue, 77-year-old Marine veteran Roger Fonnest walked straight down the middle of South Country Road with his head held high. With …

Across the South Shore, our communities were united in solemn remembrance on Memorial Day as we reflected and appreciated the members of the Armed Forces—and their families—who made the …

During the recent Islip Town Board meeting, held on Tuesday, May 14, the town board voted to symbolically rename Franklin Street and Webster Road in Islip to “FF Billy Moon’s Way.” …

Family and friends recently gathered to congratulate Christopher George Dopfel and Ruelin Man-Martinez of Boy Scout Troop 205 on their recent joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor. At the ceremony, …

East Islip residents and runners from far and wide flocked to the East Islip Marina Park on April 28 for the 19th annual EJ Autism Jigsaw Run / Walk. Hosted by the nonprofit EJ Autism Foundation, …

Sometimes, a calling, soft at first, has to build up momentum and just… trumpet. Fr. Edwin Beckham was installed officially this week at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Islip, as …

When East Islip resident Bea Huste-Petersen learned that her sons Jack and Eric had autism nearly 20 years ago, she did not know what to make of it. At the time, the developmental disorder was not as …

The Great South Bay will only be as healthy as the 50 creeks that flow into it. That is why Save the Great South Bay (STGSB) launched the Creek Defender Program, in which local Creek Defenders …

There is a well-known adage in the fire and rescue service that states that “you prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.” As the Bay Shore Fire District’s response area grows …

It is not often that an award’s recipient is chosen before the award itself is created and named. Yet, that was the case when the Sagtikos District of Boy Scouts of America’s Suffolk …

Despite the heavy snow, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Town of Islip held its monthly board meeting and celebrated National Black History Month. A representative for the town called the meeting …

By Grace Mercurio After an outpouring of overwhelming support from the Brightwaters community, Matt the mailman has been officially reinstated and resumed his letter-carrying route on Monday, …

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