As a local news organization, West Islip Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.
• Sachem Patch
A pregnant resident on Willow Place in Ronkonkoma must be glad she has resourceful neighbors after the entire block, fed up with waiting for the town, hit the street with their snowblowers and shovels in hand to clear the street from more than two feet of unplowed snow. Read the full story here.
• Sayville-Bayport Patch
“Why my community is important to me!” was the theme for the annual Take a Duck to Classessay contest, sponsored by the Long Island Ducks and TD Bank. Stepping up to the plate was Hannah Niggemeier, a Sayville sixth-grader, whose powerhouse words about Sayville brought it home for the contest judges. Read the full story here.
• Patchogue Patch
Several Patchogue-Medford students will have their artwork honored and on display as part of the Smithtown Township Arts Council's Youth Art Showcase 2013. Read the full story here.
• Lindenhurst Patch
The Lindenhurst High School Varsity Cheerleading team has placed nationally for the second consecutive year. Read the full story here.
•Babylon Village Patch
The Babylon Panthers varsity basketball team started their 2013 playoff run on the right foot, defeating the Center Moriches Red Devils 70-54 in the opening round of the Suffolk County Class B basketball playoffs. Read the full story here.
• West Islip Patch
Forty students from West Islip High School's Distributive Education Club (DECA) participated in the Suffolk County Regional Competition in Selden in January. Read the full story here.