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Educational institutions across the nation have been charged with adapting to remote learning, hybrid learning, and just simply educating their students while keeping teachers and pupils safe. Not …

Amman, Jordan – My husband is a good son—the type of son that calls his parents every Sunday; for seven years, FaceTime was their only means of communication. Then we got an opportunity …

Father's Day is a time to celebrate all the joys and struggles of raising children and an opportunity to honor those who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. It is an opportunity to thank …

Juneteenth is the oldest national commeroration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to its first observance in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, June 19, Emancipation Day, is now …

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell may be the household names most associated with human sex trafficking in the United States, but the practice of exchanging sex for money is a common occurrence …

A common phrase women veterans have often had to tell people is they are not the daughter, spouse, or parent of a service member, but the service member. Marine Cpl. Jean Platania has had to say this …

We often hear of Memorial Day (Last Monday in May) and everyone knows of Veterans Day (Nov. 11). There are two military holidays in May: Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. The first is a celebration …

There has been much discussion about the proposed Cornerstone apartment complex on Mulford Street in various news outlets and discussion platforms online, such as the Patchogue Nextdoor app, Greater …

Following the horrific death of George Floyd last May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 203 to reform the practices of police departments across New York State. This directive required all …

What goes on behind those walls? The Mission Statement of the Suffolk County Sheriff ’s Office includes a pledge to “maintain safe, secure, and orderly correctional and detention …

When people think of Long Island, the frequent association is water – beaches, boating, watersports and fishing, the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean – and rightfully so. …

In recent weeks, countless people have rushed to make an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In many cases, those looking to schedule a time to get vaccinated have found that no slots are …

Inauguration. By its broad definition, it means the beginning of something – asystem, a policy or someone’s admission to public office – and so it follows that the inauguration of …

Every week that Congress is in session, I travel to Washington for votes and then come back home to my district, constituents and family. Over the last six years that I've had the privilege of …

On Jan. 15, 2021, we mark what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday. During his 11 years as the recognized leader of the civil rights movement, King traveled more than six …

As of Dec. 22, 2020, New York State had received 630,000 vaccine doses, and as of last week approximately 140,000 doses had been administered. The state expects to receive approximately 259,000 …

The dawning of a new year inevitably leads one to reflect on the year before. As I look back at 2020, it would be easy to focus on the difficulties. When I took the helm as the Suffolk County …

By the time this column is published, we will be on Day 285 of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in Suffolk County. Our first case was confirmed on March 8, although we suspect the coronavirus made …

We all have our own special traditions during this time of the year. Unfortunately, rituals like holiday parades, Christmas markets, and get-togethers are being cancelled as we all work together to …

Around this time 50 years ago, Suffolk legislators were wrapping up the county legislature’s first year as a legislative body. The Suffolk County Legislature was established in January 1970, …

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