The Changing Face of Long Island

This doctor’s dream took root in Haiti

By the time Mahalia Desruisseaux was 6 or 7 years old, she had already decided that she would be a doctor. The now 46-year-old recalls her frequent trips to the Haitian orphanage run by her father, where her mother was a teacher. She saw firsthand her parents’ desire to help those who are less fortunate, which they passed on to their daughter.

Freeport tops Floyd for L.I. championship

For the first time since 2010 and fifth time in program history, Freeport has captured a Long Island football championship. The Red Devils beat William Floyd, 28-14.

Wantagh beats East Islip for L.I. title

Surrendering its first points of the postseason and falling behind for the first time in 2016, Wantagh did anything but panic against East Islip in Saturday’s Long Island Class III football championship in front of more than 5,000 spectators at Hofstra.

Girl celebrated for swift reaction to kitchen fire in Valley Stream

Last week, Valley Stream firefighters responded to a call from a 10-year-old girl that her family's kitchen was on fire at on East Hawthorne Avenue. That girl, Diana Loveras, was honored for her quick thinking at Monday night’s board meeting, and was credited for saving her family’s lives.

Bellmorite sues Capitol Police for sex discrimination

Chris Sourgoutsis said she threw “all her chips in” when she left New York to join the U.S. Capitol police, which protects Congress. Today, however, she is back living with her parents in Bellmore and working at her family's restaurant while she prepares a discrimination case against the force that she said she gave all of herself to join.

Church hosts forum to discuss police-community relations

About 20 people attended a forum at the Valley Stream Presbyterian Church last Saturday — a lighter turnout than organizers expected — to discuss ways to improve the relationship between police and communities of color.

The Changing Face of Long Island

A community is born –– around a mosque

In the 25 years since the Masjid Hamza Islamic Center of the South Shore started, the North Valley Stream mosque has provided a place around which a diverse community planted roots. For many of its parishioners, America, it seems is better suited for the practice of their faith’s ideals than the Muslim countries where they were born.

Richner Communications acquires Gold Coast Gazette

Richner Communications, Long Island’s largest publisher of community media, has acquired the assets of the Gold Coast Gazette, a weekly community newspaper covering the legendary Gold Coast communities on the North Shore of Long Island. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.