School isn't the same, kids say, but it's good to be back
Long Island students report they're happy to be back in school, whether on a hybrid or totally in-person schedule. But things aren't back to normal — many say they still feel disconnected from their friends. This week's newsletter also covers the new mandate from the State University of New York requiring students to test negative for COVID-19 before they head back home for Thanksgiving, and Long Island University students going back to campus next week with new safety measures in place.
LI students, despite COVID-19's challenges, relish being back in person
COVID-19 has reordered academic life for Samantha Mack and thousands of Long Island students. Mack worries that her final year of high school will not have a prom or traditional graduation.
LI home-buying bidding wars loom on low inventory
The median price for homes, excluding the East End, rose to $500,000 in the July-through-September period, up 6.6% from a year earlier, according to a report.
Suffolk School Notebook: 6 receive congressional medals
"I learned to appreciate how much even small gestures mean to others and how helping others makes me feel like a better, happier, person," said Kaitlyn Berger.
LI rapper rhymes from his heart
Local rapper Edward "JJ" Jones, 42, of West Babylon, who was raised in foster care in Lindenhurst, discusses his new album and Stay Vintage brand.
11 groceries to buy at Lidl, LI's new supermarket chain
Long Island's newest Lidl, in East Northport, opens on Wednesday, with gift cards awarded to the first 100 shoppers.
Police: Man, 20, shot in West Babylon
The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the Thursday evening shooting, police said.
Suffolk School Notebook: 6 win writing competition
Stony Brook Young Investigators Review high schoolers to write articles of up to 1,000 words that explored scientific dilemmas.
$175G in grants awarded to promote Black financial wellness
Seven nonprofits will share a total of $175,000 in grants to help individuals and families secure living-wage jobs and achieve financial wellness, a local foundation announced.
Checking on that other virus: West Nile expert discusses risk
There have been four human cases in Nassau County and none in Suffolk County this year. New York City has recorded six cases and one death in 2020. Infected mosquitoes have been found in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.