Getting By With Help From Friends

Getting By With Help From Friends

In the weeks following a Northport fire that left a man without his mother and without a house, a community has rallied to raise money to help him rebuild – an effort that began with an online fundraising campaign and will continue on Dec. 20 with a fundraising event at Tim's Shipwreck Diner.

The diner is currently accepting donations and will host a fundraiser on Saturday from 5-9 p.m. to support John Carberry, 30, whose mother, Ellen Carberry, was killed in the Dec. 5 fire.

Read on to learn more about the fundraising event, including how you get involved and lend your aid as well!

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After ‘Narcan 101’, Residents Armed And Ready

After ‘Narcan 101’, Residents Armed And Ready

They all came to the library Dec. 11 to learn the same lesson – namely, how to use the opiate overdose antidote Narcan.

Regardless of why they came, about 200 packed the forum, hosted by Suffolk County and the Northport-East Northport Drug & Alcohol Task Force, to receive the training they needed to receive two doses of the drug, which is administered nasally.

Read on to learn more about antidote, the informational session on it, and how it can be used to save lives!

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Neighbor Rallies Support After Friend’s Mom Killed In Fire

Neighbor Rallies Support After Friend’s Mom Killed In Fire

A Northport resident started a fundraising campaign this week in an effort to help a fellow Northport man in the wake of the Dec. 5 house fire that killed the man’s mother and destroyed his house - just one manifestation of the Northport community coming together to support one of their own in the midst of a horrific tragedy.

Read on to learn the full story, including the fire that occurred, the family that was devastated by it, and what kind of aid the ongoing fundraising campaign has been able to provide them.

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McDermott Resignation Moved Up To January

McDermott Resignation Moved Up To January

Originally planning to leave the district by July 21, 2015, Northport-East Northport School District Superintendent Marylou McDermott made a surprising announcement during Monday’s board of education meeting - she will now be leaving the district in just under a month’s time, on Jan. 9, 2015.

Read on to learn why she is taking this early leave, alongside the final thoughts she had as she is preparing to leave her position.

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Woman Dies In Northport Fire

Woman Dies In Northport Fire

A Northport woman and her son had escaped an active house fire when she re-entered the home in what police said may have been an attempt to rescue two cats – an alleged effort that ended in her death.

Police arrived at 52 Theron Place at 7:40 a.m. today to find Ellen Carberry, 64, dead inside the house. Carberry was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner, police said.

Read on to learn more about this tragic occurrence. 

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Hundreds Flock To The Glow Of The Leg Lamp

Hundreds Flock To The Glow Of The Leg Lamp

What started as a yuletide lark nine years ago has grown into a bona fide Christmastime happening in Northport Village.

There, for the ninth year, nearly 1,000 looked on as revelers threw the switch to light the famous leg lamp in the window of Northport Hardware.

Read on to learn the full scoop about this quirky, “A Christmas Story” movie-inspired tradition, and the celebration it inspired this year!

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Learn How To Use Narcan At Forum

Learn How To Use Narcan At Forum

Northport’s Drug and Alcohol Force is teaming up with Suffolk County to teach members of the public how to administer doses of an overdose-reversing opiate antidote during a training session next week.

The Narcan training session will give participants an opportunity to become trained and certified in the intranasal application of the antidote, which Northport Village first responders have used several times in the past year to reverse heroin overdoses and save lives.

Read on to learn more about the training session, including where and when it will be held, so you can get involved as well!

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For Heartland, The Beat Goes On

For Heartland, The Beat Goes On

Heartland Town Square, the ambitious “mini-city” proposed to be built on 450 acres of land that was once Pilgrim State Hospital on the Dix Hills/Commack border, is one step closer to shovels in the ground.

The town board accepted the final general environmental impact statement as complete on April 24, a decision which largely revived the project after stagnating for several years.

Read on to learn more about the project, what it will entail, and how close it could be to becoming a reality sometime soon.

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Common Core Conundrum In The Spotlight

Common Core Conundrum In The Spotlight

A panel of superintendents from Long Island schools entered the Common Core debate during a forum at the South Huntington Public Library Nov. 12.

The Common Core discussion was sponsored by the town’s eight public libraries, the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Huntington League of Women Voters.

Read on to learn what opinions were voiced and how the all contributed to the ongoing discussion on the topic.

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Teachers Picket BOE Trustees’ Homes

Teachers Picket BOE Trustees’ Homes

Northport-East Northport Board of Education Trustee Lori McCue arrived home last Wednesday to 30-40 picketing schoolteachers outside.

The trustee said the teachers, dressed in black and members of the United Teachers of Northport (UTN) union, gathered outside of McCue’s house in protest of a still-unsettled contract – a matter that brought a similar quantity of teachers to school board member Donna McNaughton’s house one week earlier.

Read on to learn the full story, including what happened on the night of the picketing and McCue's reaction to it.

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What Do You Want In A ‘Super’-intendent?

What Do You Want In A ‘Super’-intendent?

The tenure of Northport-East Northport Superintendent Marylou McDermott is almost at its end. After McDermott announced that she will be leaving her role as superintendent in order to pursue other career options, the district's "super" search for her replacement is well underway - but it's also seeking community input!

Read on to learn how you can make your opinions heard right now in the "super" search for the best superintendent possible!

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister Visits Suffolk Y

Anne Frank’s Stepsister Visits Suffolk Y

Eva Schloss, childhood friend and eventual stepsister of Anne Frank, visited the Suffolk YJCC on Oct. 30 to speak of her time in hiding during the Holocaust and the subsequent transition to life after the war.

Read on to learn more about Schloss, her experiences, and how the tragedies she encountered during the Holocaust have shaped the way she approaches her life today.

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Cop Run Down By Northport Men Released From Hospital

Cop Run Down By Northport Men Released From Hospital

Statistics, Dr. James Vosswinkel of Stony Brook University Hospital said, gave Second Precinct Police Officer Nicholas Guerrero a one-in-three chance of surviving.

Guerrero had been airlifted to the hospital following a hit-and-run conducted by two Northport men which left him in critical condition, but - despite the odds against him - he ultimately pulled through, and was recently released to a round of applause from his fellow Suffolk County police officers.

Read on to learn more about Guerrero's strength, the invaluable support he received of Stony Brook University Hospital and his fellow officers, and the current situation of the perpetrators who put Officer Guerrero in such a dire predicament.

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Taxpayer Concerns Raised Over Audit Of District

Taxpayer Concerns Raised Over Audit Of District

A special meeting was recently called by the Northport-East Northport School Board to discuss an audit of the district released by the State Comptroller office which claimed that the district had overestimated budget appropriations by nearly $34 million (among other concerns).

Tensions in the room ran high initially, but - after Superintendent Marylou McDermott took the podium - the situation took a complete 180 degree turn!

Read on for our full recap of the meeting, including how both sides of the situation view the audit, and what both sides think should be managed moving forward!

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Legislator Partners To Ban Powdered Caffeine Sale To Minors

Legislator Partners To Ban Powdered Caffeine Sale To Minors

A deadly new drug is being sold freely to local minors - and it's something you would probably never think twice about normally.

Powdered caffeine, while technically legal, can be lethal in doses starting at a mere teaspoon's worth, and can cause convulsions, irregular rapid heartbeat, and vomiting - even in the tiniest of quantities.

Read on to learn the measures local legislators are taking to try and stop the sale of this drug to minors in our community, as soon as possible!

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Suit: District Stonewalled Us

Suit: District Stonewalled Us

Local mother Mona Conway is suing the Northport-East Northport School district over allegations that the district denied her teenage son adequate special-education services at Northport High School as he was afflicted with a number of painful, chronic ailments.

Read on to learn the full story, including why Ms. Conway believes so strongly that her son was wronged, and how the school district has responded to her allegations so far.

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Upgraded Charges For Carjacking Suspects

Upgraded Charges For Carjacking Suspects

Two Northport men arrested last month after they allegedly ran down a cop with a stolen Ford Explorer, stole gas from a gas station, hit another car and carjacked the vehicle of a Commack resident are facing upgraded charges after a Tuesday morning arraignment in Suffolk County Court.

Chad Morizsan, 34, and his nephew, Nicholas Franzone, 22, both of Northport, have now been charged with first-degree assault in addition to the original charges they faced following their alleged Sept. 22 crime spree.

Read on to learn what caused the upgraded sentence, how Officer Guerrero's fellow Suffolk County Police officers feel about this upgrade, and more.

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Hundreds Mourn Death Of Fallen Football Player

Hundreds Mourn Death Of Fallen Football Player

Hundreds recently gathered to mourn the death of Tom Cutinella.

Cutinella, who played for Shoreham-Wading River, died Oct. 1 at Huntington Hospital after colliding with an opposing player on the field at John Glenn High School during a game against the Knights. 

Tuesday’s funeral Mass followed a wake over the weekend in which friends, family, and many others lined up to pay their respects.

Read on to learn more about Cutinella, his legacy, and the impact he had on those who knew him.

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