Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s always striking how right after the Press staff painstakingly ranks the most significant Long Island news stories of the year, we find few of those stories are among the most read.What follows, dear readers, are the top 10 local news articles that you clicked on the most throughout the span of the last 12 months—some of which are more predictable than others.As always, thanks for reading, folks!10. Long Island Slammed With a Foot of RainRoads turned into rivers. Homes far from shore flooded. More than 13 inches of rainfall in and around the Town of Islip within a few hours, shattering records. All thanks to a freak storm Aug. 13 that fell short of causing enough monetary damage to secure Federal Emergency Management Agency clean-up aid for those affected.9. Ronald Bower Released on Parole After 23 YearsIt’s a story we’ve been following for a decade. Ronald Bower, the man who a growing number of law enforcement officials believe was falsely convicted of heinous sex attacks in Nassau and Queens, was freed from prison. Now, his family sets their sights on clearing his name, and ultimately, exoneration.8. Missing Syosset Woman Committed SuicideAn intense search was launched when 22-year-old Jasmine Joseph of Syosset was reported missing in February after telling her parents that she was studying at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus library. While many feared that she was a victim of foul play, the investigation came to a tragic end when police determined that she took her own life in her Nissan Altima. It turned out that she had stopped attending classes months earlier.7. Shooting at Garden City Lounge Wounds 2It’s not hard to see why this shocking crime got so many clicks. A shooter fired a shotgun into a crowd of people at Mint Restaurant & Lounge outside Roosevelt Field Mall in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 16, and when the smoke cleared, two men were wounded. Emmanuel Barnett, 21, of Cambria Heights later died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police later apprehended the suspect, Tyshaun Phillips, also 21, of the Bronx, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and is awaiting trial. The incident came after a gunman shot two people, killing one at a lighting company near the same mall six months prior, and a falling display rack at the mall on Christmas Eve 2013 sparked scares of a shooting.6. Ex-Freeport Principal Admits Having Sex With TeenThis one is beyond disturbing. A former middle school principal, John O’Mard, met a 16-year-old boy on Grindr, a dating app for men, and had sex with the teen. Later, the principal is found to have lied about having prior criminal convictions on his job application.5. New Documentary Takes Standardized Testing Common Core Battle to Big ScreenStandardized: Lies, Money, and Civil Rights: How Testing is Ruining Public Education by filmmaker Daniel Hornberger brought out a cast of characters that included two Long Island teachers, Lace to the Top founders Kevin Glynn and Anthony Griffin. The film captured how the standardized testing industry has corrupted public education in the wake of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, funded by President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative. Some recognizable LI faces in the film included Bellmore mom and advocate Jeanette Deutermann, East Islip mom GiGi Guiliano and Oceanside teacher Marla Kilfoyle, a founding member of BATs, aka Badass Teachers.4. News12 Journalist Sean Bergin Suspended Over On-air RemarksNews 12 Long Island and fellow Cablevision-owned Newsday didn’t bother reporting on the controversy stirred up when then-News 12 reporter Sean Bergin was suspended for comments he made on air while broadcasting about a suspect gunning down a New Jersey police officer. Bergin surmised that the “underlying cause” of anti-cop sentiments is “young black men growing up without fathers.” He said that his former employer later offered him one day of work weekly doing light features and no hard news. He declined.3. 2 Long Island Hospitals Designated for Ebola TreatmentSince campaign season is over and no more Americans have been infected, it’s been a while since there has been much attention paid to the largest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in history. But, back in October, at the height of the panic, readers were hungry for news about the fact that New York State officials designated eight hospitals to handle potential Ebola patients—including two on LI. They include Stony Brook University Hospital and North Shore LIJ.2. News12 Anchor Judy Martin Found DeadWhen the 49-year-old Emmy Award-winning News12 Long Island journalist was found dead in her Halesite home earlier this year, the sad news unleashed a wave of grief from her fans, colleagues and sources. The accredited yoga instructor, who founded WorkLifeNation, taught business professionals how to reduce stress on the side. She was later determined to have died of natural causes.1. How Long Island is Losing its War on HeroinDespite authorities repeating years ago that LI could not arrest its way out of the deadly heroin epidemic, both arrests and overdoses continue to rise—same as comparable stats have nationwide. In Nassau, where lawmakers passed a law in 2008 requiring police to post a database alerting the public of the location of heroin arrests, that task went unfulfilled for three years. And despite efforts aimed at treatment and prevention, complacency has allowed the scourge to continue claiming young lives.
PICTURES BY PAUL O’SULLIVANBy Paul O’Sullivan: Water charges and next week’s Budget were the farthest things on everyone’s mind in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday night last as they came in their hundreds for a non stop, full on night of costume, dance and drama in support of National Breast Cancer Research and the local Solace Cancer Support group.The cabaret show “Putting on the Ritz” was probably one the best value for money (€10) entertainment shows this writer has seen for some time. The talent, energy, and slickness of production was as professional as they come.It was the brainchild of Roisin Gillen (whose mum Robbie also participated) and involved professional dance instructor Shona Tinneny who gave her time free as did a cast of over twenty locals in support of Breast Cancer research. An interesting “twist” to the evening was the performance of Scarlett Rose (aka Martin McGuinness from Ardara) who brought the house down. Martin gave his time and considerable time talent free gratis. Kara Kelly is a professional Burlesque performer and it was nice to see her back performing in her home town to support a great cause. Rachel McGroary, Tracey Faulkner and Azalice O Donavan could comfortably sing on any stage in any show.Andrew Monk was a key ingredient in this extravagant show who entertained, provided sound and lighting and provided technical assistance. The majority of the cast was local, most of whom never performed in public. The performance of Thriller was spectacular with the “resurrected” cast dressed in 20’s costume giving a blistering performance. This Show has huge potential for further fundraising, it would be a shame if its’ energy and talent doesn’t go on to something much bigger.The organisers would like to thank Donegal Daily for their publicity and support. PUTTING ON THE RITZ FOR CANCER SUPPORT AT THE ABBEY was last modified: October 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abbey hotelBreast cancer researchcancer supportDonegal TownPUTTING ON THE RITZ
Proceeds from the auction of the rareplant will be used to protect it, and otherendangered plant species in the area.(Image: WWF-SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Amy GoldblattTable Mountain Fund+27 21 762 8525• Bina GenoveseStrauss & Co+27 21 683 6560RELATED ARTICLES• SA marks Year of Biodiversity• Protea hotspot under scrutiny• New biosphere reserve for SA• Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty• An infusion of innovationJanine ErasmusThe World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa is auctioning the naming rights to a newly discovered South African iris, and will give the proceeds to its Table Mountain Fund (TMF), which supports conservation projects on Table Mountain and in the Western Cape province.Bidders have the chance to join the likes of science luminaries, royalty and famous explorers, who have had new species of living organisms named after them – or they may name the plant after their partner, their old maths teacher, or even a beloved pet.Auctioneers Strauss & Co are coordinating the online auction, which is open now and will close in March 2011. The initiative will close in grand style with a posh dinner, where guests will have one last chance to top the highest bid.Besides the naming rights, the winning bidder will also receive the rare and endangered plant’s original botanical illustration, created by up-and-coming botanical artist Lisa Strachan.The delicate pale blue iris was discovered near the small west coast village of Jacobsbaai, but the spring-flowering plant is said to be already threatened with extinction.South Africa’s west coast is known for the wealth of botanical species which make their home here, but in recent years the growing popularity of the tranquil area has seen a number urban developments springing up.Because these natural troves are not officially protected, developments can wreak havoc on plant life and in cases where the specimen grows over a small range, a single building project may wipe out an entire species.In a short video to promote the auction, Jacobsbaai resident Koos Claasens commented that a few years ago he and a PhD student, whom he was helping, counted 91 distinct species in a 100 square metre piece of ground.“And this was at the end of October, when many of the annual plants had already died back,” he said.Claasens, who has been familiar with the blue iris since 1995 but didn’t know it was a new species, said it only grows where the ground is wet.Protecting the natural heritageBased at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, the TMF was established to provide a sustainable source of funding for conservation in the area, and has supported more than 120 projects to date.The goal of the organisation’s Fynbos Land Protection Campaign is to protect and restore the Cape fynbos while accommodating people and animals.Fynbos is the unique natural vegetation that covers areas of the Western Cape and forms a substantial part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This Unesco World Heritage Site is the smallest of the earth’s six floral kingdoms, but it is the richest, with about 6 200 of its 9 000 species of plants growing nowhere else.Table Mountain alone supports around 2 200 plant species, which is more than the whole of the UK.Like many other ecologically important spots around the world, this area is under threat and 1 736 of its fynbos species are in danger of extinction. The fynbos protection campaign aims not only to save these plants, but also improve land management, provide jobs, boost public interest in conservation, and help establish sustainable businesses that focus on biodiversity.The campaign plans to link the protected areas to form a network and, with the help of experts, has identified 28 suitable areas or corridors in the Western Cape, which together enclose much of the endangered ecosystems and species. Six of these are deemed in urgent need of conservation action, which will be based on land acquisition and stewardship agreements.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Farmland Trust, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Team, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce two Great Lakes Conservation Connect events on Jan. 22, 2019. In the morning, a women-dedicated learning circle will be held in Woodville, Ohio.This workshop will focus on identifying what future you want for your land, and how to achieve that by working with your farmer and your family. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land, and access advice and technical assistance. At this learning circle, women will have the opportunity to learn about how to start a plan for your land that fulfills your needs and your values. David Marrison, from OSU Extension, will be introducing tools and resources to help you gain a deeper knowledge of who to speak with.American Farmland Trust and Ohio State University Extension partnered together to lead a dinner session workshop for farmers with a focus on transitioning the farm business to the next generation. This evening workshop will follow the women learning circle workshop and will also feature special guest speaker, David Marrison. What will happen to your farm business when you can no longer run it? Come to this workshop to learn tips and tricks to foster family harmony during this critical part of your farming legacy. Learn how to strengthen relationships with your landowners to keep your operation together as it’s passed to the next generation.Women for the Land Workshop, Conservation values – your land as your legacy; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Luckey Farmers, Inc., 1200 Main Street, Woodville, Ohio Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end at 1:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by signing up online at www.farmland.org/women or by calling (419) 354-5517.Farmer Workshop, Navigating the transfer of your farm business; Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Wood County Jr. Fair Building, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the program will end at 8:00 p.m. RSVP by 5:00 p.m., January 18th, by calling American Farmland Trust, Ashley (614) 430-8130.