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The cemetery

A NYC-based job training program uses cemeteries to forge future masons By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/17/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Some call it the swamp. Spanning a small patch of knoll far removed from the rest of Rye’s Greenwood Union Cemetery are handfuls of scattered graves. The area is seldom visited, segregated … Continue reading The cemetery

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To Teach, Protect, and Serve: A county backed against its borders

Lee County, Va reconciles with the controversial decision to allow firearms in school. The state disagrees, stating the admission would only exacerbate the potential for disaster. But the county is determined that there is no other alternative. We spoke to the teachers and staff willing to arm themselves in the face of finite resources, and utter desperation to protect their students. Continue reading To Teach, Protect, and Serve: A county backed against its borders

The great catch up

PCSD summer school programs try to move students past learning loss, disruptions caused by the pandemic By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/23/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. The humidity of a northern July day hung over Park Avenue Elementary School on Tuesday, July 20, as students huddled around their science teacher and the noncontact thermometer … Continue reading The great catch up

Tour de’America

The story behind Blind Brook Class of ’21 graduate Nick Chien’s charitable ride across the nation By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/23/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Blind Brook High School graduate Nick Chien’s story began on Mar. 5, 2020, on Anderson Hill Road. He was biking when an SUV, attempting to pass him, … Continue reading Tour de’America

Scholar of swing

Music teacher by day, jazz singer by night, Port Chester resident Jaana Narsipur prepares for shows next week and album release in October By John Donegan This story originally appeared in the 7/16/21 edition of the Westmore News. For the original article, follow the link. Jaana Narsipur has been a musician her whole life. She sings, plays the piano and can strum basic chords on the … Continue reading Scholar of swing