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A Swing for Buddy and Other Kids with Special Needs

One-and-a-half-year-old Buddy Abrams can now enjoy swinging all-year round.

At the urging of his mother, Wendy, the Village of Rockville Centre has installed a swing that is accessible to children with special needs, which was officially unveiled on Monday. Buddy was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a type of cancer, on his brain stem, which causes a failure to thrive and a loss of the use of his limbs. Watch the video here.

Cub Scouts Raise Money in Massapequa

The blue and gold were out in full force at IGA last weekend. Cub Scouts from Pack 696 set up shop outside of the store as part of their annual popcorn sale. It's the boys' equivalent to girl scout cookie sales and it was a success. The scouts raised $600 which will go to fall and winter activities. Read the full story here.

Nassau Decorates with Flags for Vets

This past Wednesday the Nassau County Executive Building in Mineola had a few more flags flying than usual as veterans’ groups were at the location selling flags in order to help fund services for their fellow former military members. Read the full story here.

Mineola Resident Lands on Project Runway

Heidi Klum reminds “Project Runway” viewers every week: “in fashion you’re either in or you’re out.” Mineola native Altagracia Diaz learned first hand what it’s like to be “in” regarding fashion, when she got a total makeover this past year on the hit basic cable show. Read the full story here.

Kellenberg Athletes Help Coach New Hyde Park Special Needs Soccer Players

Members of the Kellenberg Memorial High School Varsity Soccer team recently visited a special needs soccer program in New Hyde Park on Oct. 19, practicing with the athletes of the TOP Soccer program as they have done for the past six seasons. The Kellenberg team sacrifices one of their scheduled Saturday practices during the season each year to spend their time with the special-needs soccer program. Read the full story here.

East Meadow Seniors Celebrate Big Birthdays

The East Meadow Senior Center on Front Street recently held its monthly senior birthday celebration for East Meadow residents Richard Coppola, Clara Cassano, Violet Tai-Fatt and Maria Scifo and Uniondale resident Pauline Nocella. Read the full story here.


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