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79 years later, Berthe Gersten, 93, gets second valedictorian nod

Valedictorian Berthe Gersten, 93, of Commack, congratulates fellow

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

Berthe Gersten, a 93-year-old resident of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, has had no shortage of accomplishments. She is fluent in five languages, served as a translator for reporters during World War II in Europe, and was even a medal-winning hurdler and javelin thrower in the Israel Maccabiah, a Jewish international athletic event.

Gersten is now also a two-time...

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Commack firefighters rescue puppy trapped by table

Bear, a rottweiler puppy seen in an undated

(Credit: Monica Wassell)

A playful puppy’s paw ended up trapped and twisted in the leg of a coffee table in Commack Tuesday morning, changing his mood and forcing the Commack Fire Department into action.

Monica Wassell’s older dog Cuddles, a 7-year-old golden retriever, had been playfully chasing the 60-pound rottweiler Bear when the pup’s back right paw got wedged and twisted in the circular foot of a wrought-iron...

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