National Hispanic Heritage Month

'Puerto Ricans are Americans, too'

Part 3 in a Hispanic Heritage Month mini-series. When William Miranda II could not communicate with his relatives in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria tore across the island — leaving 3.4 million people without electricity or running water — he sprang into action.

Schools

Teaching students to speak without saying a word

East Meadow High School’s longtime American Sign Language teacher, Robin Portnoy, was one of just four educators from New York state to receive a $2,000 Unsung Heroes grant recently from Voya Financials through its Innovative Teaching Program.

L.I. Arts Council at Freeport recognizes local artists

Accepting the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s most prestigious award on Oct. 8, Jude Schanzer, Freeporter and the East Meadow Public Library’s director of public relations and programming, …

Island Harvest deploys personnel to Puerto Rico

Migdalia Otero, vice president of operations at the Island Harvest Food Bank, and Rebecca Dresner, an East Meadow volunteer, flew to Bayamón, Puerto Rico, on Monday to help set up two food warehouses, two weeks after Hurricane Maria tore across the island, leaving thousands without food, shelter, drinking water or electricity.

Pearl Harbor, D-Day East Meadow veteran was 93

Gerard “Jerry” Barbosa, who survived Japanese war planes attacks while stationed on the USS Raleigh as a gunner’s mate at Pearl Harbor, died on Sept. 15, at age 93, of natural causes.