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Hockey Tournament Benefits Ronald McDonald House
The area's junior hockey teams compete in a tournament to help raise money for The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, a nonprofit that offers a warm and supportive environment for families who are caring for seriously ill children throughout Long Island hospitals. (read the story...)

Annual Turkey Drive Provides Holiday Meal for Hungry Families
Girl Scouts of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Bethpage volunteers gathered to collect more than 3,700 turkeys and 15,000 pounds of food for families in need. (read the story...)

First Playground for Kids of All Abilities Opens in East Meadow
Let all the Children Play, a nonprofit that works to develop play spaces for children of all abilities, opens an accessible park and playground in Eisenhower Park at East Meadow. (read the story...)

March of Dimes Presents 15th Annual Golden Apple Awards
Ten faculty members across Long Island were awarded with Golden Apple Awards presented by March of Dimes to recognize their commitment to education. (read the story...)

Great American Smokeout Comes to NYC Area Schools
The American Cancer Society (ACS) along with ENT and Allergy Associates will bring smoking education programs to four high schools in Queens and Long Island as part of ACS's annual Great American Smokeout. (read the story...)

Local Student-Athletes Awarded with Scholarships
Four high school student-athletes in the New York City area won scholarships in recognition of their leadership and ability to make the game better. (read the story...)

Run Raises $34,000 for Kids with Special Needs
The 11th annual Sleepy Hollow 5K Charity Run raised more than $30,000 to benefit a nonprofit school in Seaford for children with developmental disabilities. (read the story...)

New York Rangers and USA Hockey Invite Kids to Try Hockey for Free
The New York Rangers and USA Hockey teams up with community ice rinks throughout the tri-state area to host the first-ever "Try Hockey for Free" day, introducing kids to hockey with free skating and hockey lessons. (read the story...)

Learning Center E.Nopi Opens in Williston Park
E.nopi, a supplementary learning center that offers programs that orginiated in Korea more than 30 years ago, opens in Williston Park. (read the story...)

Piece of my Art Opens in Port Washington
A new art studio offering a variety of arts and crafts, including pottery by hand, opens in Port Washington. (read the story...)

Pixie Purse Parties Are a Fun Alternative for Birthdays
Pixie Purse Parties from Madison Handbags offers purse-designing parties where girls can make a custom bag from beginning to end, making it an ideal activity at your child or teen's birthday party or Bat Mitzvah. (read the story...)

Astoria Federal Savings Announces Winner of 6th Annual Essay Contest
Brandon Feuerstein, 11, of Long Island, won the 6th Annual Astoria Federal Savings Essay Contest, which asked kids what they would do in the future with the money they start saving today. (read the story...)

Alec Urbach: At 15, a Force of Positive Social Change
Alec Urbach, a Long Island resident and teen filmmaker, received the 2011 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his inspiring work through Giving from the Ground Up, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2009. (read the story...)

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Honors Three Outstanding Teens from the New York City Area
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities honored seven teens from across the country this year with youth achievement awards, including three outstanding individuals from our area. (read the story...)

Two Long Island Teens Win A.L.L.Y. Awards at 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration
Long Island residents Olivia Bouler and Rachel Shuster were given A.L.L.Y. awards honoring their leadership roles in their communities and beyond at the 2011 International Year of Youth Culmination Celebration in NYC. (read the story...)

Bethpage Federal Credit Union Awards 10 Scholarships to Long Island Graduating Seniors
Bethpage Federal Credit Union of Long Island announced the 10 graduating seniors who received $1,000 college scholarships through its 2011 Foundation Scholarship program. (read the story...)

Long Island Students Take 6th in National Rocket Challenge
Three Green Vale School students claimed sixth place in this year's national Team America Rocketry Challenge. They were the only Long Island team to make the finals and the only middle school team to land in the top 10. (read the story...)

Usdan Center Awards 5 Music Scholarships to Long Island Teens
This new scholarship program, sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union, allows students who would otherwise be unable to attend Usdan to participate and perform in its summer arts day camp, a program that boasts famous alumni like Natalie Portman and Mariah Carey. (read the story...)

W.T. Clarke Students Win New York Business Plan Competition
W.T. Clarke High School receives top prize in teen business plan competition for the third year in a row. (read the story...)

Atlantis Marine World Aquarium Expands, Changes Name
Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, NY, has changed its name to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center and will expand its offering this summer and fall. (read the story...)

Long Island Teens Start Dance Costume Drive
Five Long Island teenagers founded From Our Hearts to Your Toes this spring to collect gently used dance costumes for underprivileged local children. (read the story...)

Long Island Disability Awareness Night Honors Three Local Heroes
You may know that on May 18 the New York Mets trounced the Washington Nationals at Citi Field (shutting the Nats out 3-0). But for many in the stands that night, there was more to celebrate than a home team victory. It was also Long Island Disability Awareness Night, an event that honored the contributions of local individuals living with disabilities along with their families and caregivers. (read the story...)

Long Island Drowning Prevention Task Force Aims to Stop Drowning Deaths
A new nonprofit task force on Long Island will spread the word about water safety this summer to prevent death and injuries due to drowning. (read the story...)

Fresh Air Fund's 'Host a Child' Program Looking for Volunteers in NYC Suburbs and on Long Island
Consider hosting a child from a disadvantaged neighborhood in New York City for a week or two this summer. (read the story...)

First Annual 'Create Something Great' Recycled Sculpture Contest Winners Announced
The First Annual Create Something Great Recycled Sculpture Contest, co-sponsored by the Portledge School and Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, announced winners in three age categories. (read the story...)


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