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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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Gas station owners cited for tree removal in Commack

Commack is a hamlet in the Town of

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Operators of a Commack gas station removed trees from its rear buffer without proper permits, according to a violation notice.

The Smithtown Town Building Department issued the violation notice last month to Alfred Properties Corp. at the gas station, at 2207 Jericho Tpke., said town building director Joseph Arico. The violation notice meant that they had to immediately stop cutting trees,...

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