At somber event, families recall jet crash

Newsday,  November 12, 2011


Nannette Toreza, right, is held by two other

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A week before Baudilio Garcia boarded American Airlines Flight 587 for a vacation in the Dominican Republic, he lamented not having more grandchildren.

“He said ‘I’m never going to meet my grandchildren,’ ” said his daughter, Cindy Bautista, who yesterday joined family members and friends of the 265 people killed in the jetliner crash in Queens a decade ago.


Pilot’s second escape from troubled craft

Newsday, October 5, 2011

When Paul P. Dudley found himself in trouble flying above New York City Tuesday, it wasn’t the first time.

The helicopter pilot with a home in Southampton and an air-charter service based in Linden, N.J., made a smooth, emergency landing of his single-engine Cessna 172 near Coney Island in November 2006. He said he had mechanical difficulties before he put the small plane down in a muddy field. He was not injured. (more…)

Town hopes new name erases park’s stigma

Newsday,October 4, 2011

A file photo of kids playing basketball at

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Timberline Park, which some Brentwood residents say is synonymous with violence, has a new name: Roberto Clemente Park.

The Islip Town Board unanimously approved a resolution to rename the park after the iconic baseball player and humanitarian at its meeting Tuesday. Supporters of the change say it is a step in reclaiming a park in need of repair and a new identity.


State won’t OK Brentwood charter school

Newsday, September 22, 2011

A state panel has decided against supporting a proposed charter school in Brentwood that community leaders worried would siphon money from the strapped school district.

An official from New York City-based Victory Education Partners, a consultancy firm that helped draft the application, said it plans to revamp the proposal for Suffolk County Prep.

“We plan to resubmit at the soonest opportunity,” said James Stovall, Victory’s chief executive. (more…)

Slain teen’s mom speaks to kids about gangs

Newsday, September 14, 2011
Erica Boynton's 15-year-old son, Christopher Hamilton, shown here

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Two years after Erica Boynton’s 15-year-old son was shot dead at a party one block from their Brentwood home, grief still drives her quest for answers and justice.

In an effort to prevent others from experiencing the mourning from which she has no shelter, she is scheduled Thursday to appear at an assembly at South Middle School to kick off what she hopes will be a speaking tour at several Brentwood schools.


Military newlyweds reunite at Long Island airport

Young newlyweds who had been separated for months while they both served in the Army in Afghanistan were reunited yesterday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Sgt. Cathrine Schmanski, 25, originally from Killingly, Conn., was greeted by her husband, Staff Sgt. Johnathan Schmanski, 25, of Riverhead, in an emotional meeting in the airport’s packed welcome area.

“There’s no way to describe how it feels to be back with my husband,” she said. “There’s nothing I want more.”


Coast Guard again denies boat race permit

Newsday, August 25, 2011

Two boats go head-to-head during the 2009 Battle

Photo credit: | Two boats go head-to-head during the 2009 Battle on the Bay in Patchogue.


The Coast Guard, citing lingering safety concerns, announced Thursday that it will not issue a marine permit for the Battle on the Bay, the annual powerboat race scheduled for Sunday at noon on Great South Bay.

Soon after, race organizers said they would stage the event next year. They also announced that a scheduled fireworks show and party Saturday in Patchogue, part of the race’s land events, were being canceled because of Hurricane Irene’s approaching danger.


Girls from around world gather at UN

Newsday, August 11, 2011 7:47 PM

Olivia Bouler, 12, of Islip, who became the

Photo credit: Charles Eckert | Olivia Bouler, 12, of Islip, who became the Audubon Society’s fundraising rock star, is interviewed by United Nations Television.

They came to talk about changing the world.

Dozens of young girls attending the International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan gathered Thursday to discuss their passions, such as following their dreams and making a meaningful impact at an early age. (more…)

Increased patrols in C. Islip, Brentwood

Newsday, June 6, 2011

Suffolk police. (March 2, 2010)

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Suffolk police have stepped up efforts in Brentwood and Central Islip by adding dozens of extra officers and patrol cars in response to a spate of recent violence, officials said.

The move comes after civic groups, scared that several recent killings in those communities could signal a bloody summer, sent a letter to Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and other local legislators last week.


First candidate of color runs for Islip seat

Newsday, May 31, 2011

Two weeks ago, Islip Town Democrats nominated Renee

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For 47 years, Mary Reid has waited for Islip’s town board to represent the growing diversity of the communities it serves.

“We should be able to go to a town board meeting and see someone who looks like us,” said Reid, 74, of Bay Shore, a black woman.

This fall, she will be able to vote for such a candidate.