Category Archives: Half Hollow Hills

‘Deeds 4 Drew’ Turning Tragedy Into Kindness

HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, June 11

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Drew Nugent was the type of person whose smile could light up a room. As his mother, Johanna said, typically once the 18-year-old lit up that room, he’d do whatever he could to help out those in it.

Nugent’s life, however, was tragically cut short on Aug. 5, 2011 – just weeks after he graduated from Walt Whitman High School.

Yet his lifestyle continues to live on through an initiative founded in his memory.

Johanna Nugent lost her son, Drew, tragically on Aug. 5, 2011, but has worked to keep his memory alive through the pay-it-forward initiative, Deeds 4 Drew.
Johanna Nugent lost her son, Drew, tragically on Aug. 5, 2011, but has worked to keep his memory alive through the pay-it-forward initiative, Deeds 4 Drew.

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NYU Langone Acquires Huntington Medical Group

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, June 11

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

In order to adapt to a changing healthcare environment, one of Manhattan’s elite healthcare providers has teamed up with Huntington Medical Group – a 365-day-a-year practice that sees approximately 1,000 patients each day.

Huntington Medical Group – now NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group – was acquired by NYU Langone Medical Center as a part of a vision by officials to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. Inset: Andrew Brotman, left – senior vice president and vice dean for clinical affairs and strategy, chief clinical officer at NYU Langone – and Raman Bhasin, right, medical director for Huntington Medical Group.
Huntington Medical Group – now NYU Langone Huntington Medical Group – was acquired by NYU Langone Medical Center as a part of a vision by officials to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. Inset: Andrew Brotman, left – senior vice president and vice dean for clinical affairs and strategy, chief clinical officer at NYU Langone – and Raman Bhasin, right, medical director for Huntington Medical Group.

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Town’s Newest Nature Preserve Opens

COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, June 11

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

After years of planning, Suffolk County’s newest nature preserve – nestled in a cozy Cold Spring Harbor neighborhood – opened to the public early Saturday afternoon.

Suffolk County’s newest nature preserve, the Wawapek Preserve is found in Cold Spring Harbor on a portion of the former DeForest Williams estate at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Mowbray Lane North.
Suffolk County’s newest nature preserve, the Wawapek Preserve is found in Cold Spring Harbor on a portion of the former DeForest Williams estate at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Mowbray Lane North.

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Algieri Wins Fans Despite Losing Decision

GREENLAWN, New York, June 4

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

When the judges’ decision was announced Friday night at the Barclays Center, Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri was unanimously defeated by Amir Khan. Through 12 rounds, the judges ruled, Khan was the better boxer.

Yet, in the eyes of many, Algieri was the better performer. Thanks to an aggressive new style, the 31-year-old former world champion was a victor even in defeat.

Greenlawn native Chris Algieri, right, throws a right hook at English boxer Amir Khan on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)
Greenlawn native Chris Algieri, right, throws a right hook at English boxer Amir Khan on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (Photo by Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

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High School To Build News $1.2M Stadium

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, New York, June 4

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Continuing with the recent trend of renovations and additions to St. Anthony’s High School, officials announced last week plans for a new stadium to be constructed on the southeast lawn of the South Huntington school’s property.

St. Anthony High School’s Principal Brother Gary Cregan, left, and Director of Development Don Corrao present James Metzger, a Melville native and chairman and CEO of insurance broker The Whitmore Group, during a press conference where it was announced Metzger donated the “lead gift” towards construction of the James C. Metzger Stadium, which school officials hope to complete before the year’s end.
St. Anthony High School’s Principal Brother Gary Cregan, left, and Director of Development Don Corrao present James Metzger, a Melville native and chairman and CEO of insurance broker The Whitmore Group, during a press conference where it was announced Metzger donated the “lead gift” towards construction of the James C. Metzger Stadium, which school officials hope to complete before the year’s end.

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Study Results To Be Released Two Years After Fatal Crash

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, June 4

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

The results of the Woodbury Road safety study will be announced June 15, nearly two years after a 21-year-old Melville mad died there in a two-vehicle crash.

A two-car crash closes Woodbury Road in both directions from Hawxhurst Road to Donovan Drive on July 28, 2014. The results of a safety study on the stretch will be announced on June 15.
A two-car crash closes Woodbury Road in both directions from Hawxhurst Road to Donovan Drive on July 28, 2014. The results of a safety study on the stretch will be announced on June 15.

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Annual Hills West Basketball Clinic Begins In July

HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, June 4

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Colts basketball begins in the bleachers.

As the 2014-2015 Half Hollow Hills West boys varsity basketball team reached yet another Suffolk County championship game this past March, hundreds looked on from the bleachers in anticipation, excitement and – perhaps most importantly for the growth of the program – awe. Part of that crowd, the youth of the Half Hollow Hills community, watched the Colts intently – some with the desire to one day play in a game of that magnitude themselves.

Members of the 2014-2015 Half Hollow Hills West boys varsity basketball team – who reached the Suffolk County championship game in March – got their start with the Colts program through the annual Hills West Basketball Clinics. The 14th annual edition of that clinic is set to tip off in July.
Members of the 2014-2015 Half Hollow Hills West boys varsity basketball team – who reached the Suffolk County championship game in March – got their start with the Colts program through the annual Hills West Basketball Clinics. The 14th annual edition of that clinic is set to tip off in July.

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Chris Algieri Readies For Title Fight

GREENLAWN, New York, May 21

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

An underdog; a long shot; an unknown – time and time again, Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri has been overlooked. While not ideal, these mantras haven’t slowed the 31-year-old professional boxer – if anything, he’s embraced them.

“That’s what I’ve been my whole career: an underdog,” Algieri said. “I’m a kid from Long Island; I’m not supposed to be boxing.”

Before the sweat and hard work, Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri makes time for interviews before a training session at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA.
Before the sweat and hard work, Greenlawn’s Chris Algieri makes time for interviews before a training session at Bellmore Kickboxing MMA.

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Support After Fire Displaces Residents

MELVILLE, New York, May 28

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Less than a week after a devastating fire destroyed their home, friends and community members have responded with donations to get Melville residents Chris Burke and Caitlyn Shea back on their feet.

Caitlyn Shea combs through the remains of her townhouse after a devastating fire destroyed her Melville home at The Villages West complex.
Caitlyn Shea combs through the remains of her townhouse after a devastating fire destroyed her Melville home at The Villages West complex.

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Doggie Wellness Program Comes To Shelter

TOWN OF HUNTINGTON, New York, May 28

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

Few dogs wouldn’t bark at the opportunity to get outside, run free and, perhaps, make a few puppy pals along the way.

Huntington Town Animal Shelter workers and volunteers of the League for Animal Protection pose for a picture after being trained in the internationally-known dog wellness program, Dogs Playing for Life.
Huntington Town Animal Shelter workers and volunteers of the League for Animal Protection pose for a picture after being trained in the internationally-known dog wellness program, Dogs Playing for Life.

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