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One surgery launches Gift of Life and 35,000 more in Manhasset

What began with one cardiac surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill to save a 5-year-old Ugandan girl has morphed into more than 35,000 life-giving operations around the world, largely due to one man: Robbie Donno of Manhasset. The operations have been organized and sponsored by Gift of Life International, a program of Rotary International begun by Donno 44 years ago. “When people ask my profession, I say, ‘I’m a garbage man, and I do heart surgery on the side,’” quipped Donno, 73...

Cotton grows in Roosevelt Community Garden, makes debut at history events

The fact that cotton makes most people think of the South has not stopped one Long Islander from growing it here. Gloria Cassell, who has a plot at the Roosevelt Community Garden on Fulton Avenue, cultivated the cotton from a plant her dad brought home five years ago from Tamms, Illinois, where family members grow the plant as a hobby. “He brought it back and said, ‘If anyone can figure out what to do with this, I know you can.’” An avid gardener since moving into her Roosevelt home in 2012...

These Long Island garages are all souped up

For Long Islanders, a garage can be many different things — a place to park a car, store the lawn mower, hide away junk. And it can be a hangout spot, an art gallery . . . even a happy place. When he expanded his Huntington Station home in 2005, Bill DeBlasio upgraded his single-car garage to fit four cars, two in the front and two in the back, he says. It took 10 years for him to then soup it up, starting with covering the 800 square feet of flooring with Racedeck gray and black checkerboard...

'Fly Girls' soars with history of female aviators on Long island

During World War II, some 1,100 women piloted U.S. aircraft, clocking 60 million miles and delivering about 12,65o military planes. These are just some of the historical details culled from “The Fly Girls: The Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II,” to be presented in May by Bruce Kagan at the Suffolk County Historical Society. A retired elementary school teacher, Kagan, 71, of Wading River, regales audiences with stories about the first women to ferry U.S. military aircraft for use...

Birthday kids' smiles motivate Port Washington teens via Celebrate U

Fresh-baked cupcakes, jars of vanilla frosting, and containers of purple, green, pink and multicolored sprinkles covered the kitchen island in Sylvia Ades’ Port Washington home on a recent Friday afternoon. There, about a dozen teens, all volunteers for Celebrate U Port Washington and students at Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School, fluttered with activity, putting finishing touches on dozens of cupcakes for a party they would host the next day at Springfield Family Residence, a Salvation Army...

Long Island scrapbooking 'crop' events bond photos and memories

Ever since she took a scrapbooking class 23 years ago, Leane Bhola was hooked. “I started making some books, taking more classes, meeting more people and making memories,” says Bhola, 46, of Coram. Bhola and seven of her close scrapbooking friends recently took part in Just Say Scrap’s scrapbooking “crop,” a weekend of creativity, bonding and just plain fun, run by Adele Vaio Beisser and April Beisser, a mother and daughter duo who provide classes, materials and guidance. “People look at your...

Long Island craft classes offer modern DIY projects

As the days grow colder and you find yourself spending more time at home, you might consider sprucing it up with some crafts you’ve made yourself. And, if you’re really proud of your craftiness, you might want to give your handmade artistry as gifts this holiday season. Meryl Bohl, a frequent customer of AR Workshop crafting studio in Smithtown, plans to spread the cheer with some of her creations. “I’m getting to the point where I might be running out of wall space, so I’ll be starting to...

SeniorNet classes can help the 50-plus crowd get a handle on Instagram

When Maureen Boyle wants to promote a cause or charity, like platelet donations for cancer patients or the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, she picks up her cellphone and posts a photo onto @moebmom, her Instagram handle, or username. Boyle, 59, of East Islip, said she does this “to help raise awareness about important groups that need support that people might not be aware of.” Though Instagram may predominantly be the province of younger people chronicling the minutiae of their...

Kemp's ridley and green sea turtles set free after treatment for cold-stunning

After a fraught several months of "thawing out" and recuperating, four lucky turtles got to go home last month. In a ceremony at Hampton Bays’ Ponquogue Beach, three Kemp’s ridley sea turtles dubbed Oreo, Mint Chip and Rocky Road, along with Coconut, a green sea turtle, started their pilgrimage back to the Atlantic Ocean. The hard-shell quartet was rescued by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation during the waning months of 2017 at beaches in Northport, Southold...
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