Our favorites posts of 2011 from our local news blog, Long Island Now.
Lindsay Gettis plays with her daughter, Maddie, before she takes her morning nap. Maddie was born with a congenital heart defect and has had three surgeries since she was born last June. Her grandmothers started an organization in her name to raise money for families battling CHD. (June 14, 2011)
BLOG POST: Grandmas of infant heart patient give back.
Six-year-old named James Funaro at Nesconset Elementary School has been wearing a tie to school every day to raise money for Make-A-Wish. He's raised more than $1,600. His goal is $4,000.
BLOG POST: Nesconset kid shows wearing ties makes a difference
Dotan Negrin, 25, of Dix Hills, has traveled 15,000 miles across the United States with his dog, Brando, playing his piano in public parks and streets to live out his dream. (October 21, 2011)
BLOG POST: One piano, a dog and 15,000 miles across the U.S.
The garden outside Congregation Tifereth Israel Anshei in Greenport. (April 18, 2011).
BLOG POST: Greenport named one of America’s prettiest towns.
Bob DeFeo, 52, of Oyster Bay, works to pull in his rake, which he hopes is filled with clams. DeFeo is overhauling his work load this week to get ahead of an expected shortfall after Hurricane Irene passes this weekend. (Aug. 25, 2011)
BLOG POST: Ahead of Irene, bayman puts in double-time.
Karen Danca-Smith's story was published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers" which hit shelves Oct. 18. Danca-Smith's son, Gavin, 3, was diagnosed with benign tumors on his tibia as an infant. She said she believes God answered her prayers when Gavin was found to be cancer-free and is now perfectly healthy. (Oct. 19, 2011)
BLOG POST: Mom's answered prayer in 'Chicken Soup'.
David Hartstein, 35, a Montauk chiropractor, died June 17 after his family said he contracted the hantavirus, a rare but deadly disease transmitted by rodents. An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the agency is investigating a "potential case" of the virus in Montauk.
BLOG POST: HBO video montage for late chiropractor
Bill Erdmann, of Ridge, holds up a plug tray, which he believes will help farmers in developing countries. (June 7, 2011)
BLOG POST: LIer aims to improve farming in Haiti
Bosley, an 8-year-old miniature potbelly pig, was the first pig to fly on Pet Airways. He landed at Republic Airport on Thursday night after being adopted by a Sag Harbor family. (Sept. 1, 2011)
BLOG POST: Pig flies, finds new family on LI.
Sour Flush has been on the market for 10 years but recently caused a stir in Hewlett. The bowl is filled with a sour sugar that consumers retrieve by licking the lollipop plungers, sticking them in the sugar and then licking them again. (April 27, 2011)
BLOG POST: Toilet candy rubs man the wrong way.