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Good News of the Week: Veterans Return, Theater Shines, Student Scores

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around Northern Suffolk and the East End.

As a local news organization, 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.

Heroes Welcomed Home

This week two local war veterans received heroes' welcomes after returning home from deployment.

On Friday, Private First Class Kenny Lockard returned to Southampton to be greeted by members of the Southampton Fire Department, in which Lockard was a junior firefighter, and members of Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, in which he is an EMT.

Lockard had served in Afghanistan since February 2012.

Earlier in the week, Army National Guard Sgt. Charles Glass was met by his wife and family, as well as firefighters and emergency medical services volunteers from across Suffolk County, for his homecoming from Afghanistan.

Glass, a 30-year-old combat medic, is a member of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Fellow EMTs and Sag Harbor Fire Department members traveled to Islip's MacArthur airport to meet Glass and to escort him home to a crowd that had assembled, at 1 a.m., to celebrate his return.

Treasure Island Visited by Playwrites

Actors performing their rendition of Treasure Island at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson this week were surprised to find the he creators of the show: Sherman Yellen, who wrote the book for the play (and blogged about the Theatre Three performance on Huffington Post), Gary William Friedman, who composed the music and Will Holt, who wrote the lyrics, in the audience.

"This was a moment of theatre history for our company," said Executive Artistic Director Jeffrey Sanzel, who also directed the play. "To have these three legendary Broadway figures attend not just a performance of their work, but a world premiere, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Comsewogue Grad Scores Scholarship

Ashley George, 2012's Salutatorian at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station, has won a $25,000 scholarship for developing a new type of biosensor for the medical field.

George was one of only eight students across the country to win the scholarship.

Holly September 29, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Why are the trustees allowing tens of thousands of horseshoe crabs to be taken from our waters. This was found to damage the Cheapeaque bay when done there. Why are they plowing the eel grass up. The habitat of the scallops. Our greatest asset is our bays which when the economy is bad will feed us as it did in the depression and the rescission. If we allow the trustees to continue to abuse for their own benefit then we will not survive as the pleasant Hamlet we have been. In days gone by the trustees protected our waterways, this is why there are no houses on dune road in HB. As the greed is allowed to prevail more buildings are going to come. Nice planters around town have added charm, but again the politicians got upset with success and disallowed the fund raiser the HB beautification group does each summer. For a permit. What harm is it to allow people to go around an look at gardens. Why do they require a permit? Why couldn't it be granted? The other towns have a day labor issue also, it is not up to us to judge if the men and women are legal or illegal. They are looking for work. Wouldn't a better solution be to provide a place for day labor to be hired. Homeless. Yes we have more than our fair share, yes it puts a bourdon on our schools. Should these children be punished because the parent lost his job? Maybe this is the man waiting to be hired for the day so he can feed his family.
Marian Larson September 30, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Welcome home Charles Glass and Kenny Lockard! Thank you for your service!!
Jaguar-Guy October 01, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Thank you for your courage and bravey - and thank you for your service Gentlemen.

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