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Oceanside native authors book about students with special needs

Oceanside native Shannon Kelly Dass has combined her loves for teaching and writing to help youth and parents alike to understand students with special needs like the ones she works with every day. In her recently published book, “Charlie’s Journey”, Dass aims to give a voice to the students she teaches and is inspired by.

Oceanside entrepreneurs invent product to protect cell phones

Oceanside brothers Matt and Luke Tagle have taken inspiration from ABC’s “Shark Tank” and created and trademarked a product that has already made its way to Walmart and Amazon. With The Pocket Pillow, the brothers are aiming to protect users’ phones from being damage or lost.

Local students launch dog rescue club

A group of high school students from throughout the Baldwin area have formed a club to support local nonprofit dog rescue centers and advocate for adoptions and rescues of dogs. Oceanside High …

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.

Island Park among libraries set to receive federal CARES funds

On Feb. 9, alongside local library directors, Hempstead Town Supervisor Donald Clavin announced that the town has approved more than $340,000 in grants to support several public libraries within the township (see box). The allocation was made possible by funding through the federal CARES Act, which was secured by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer last year.

Op-Ed

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.

Op-Ed

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.

Randi Kreiss

A governor bruised by a pandemic mistake

I admired Gov. Mario Cuomo so much that I actually bought an old CD of his speeches some years ago, and I actually listened to them. So I am educated in the successes and rhetorical and political skills of the Cuomo boys.