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Penny Ellis, 54, who has taught at Oceanside

Penny Ellis, 54, who has taught at Oceanside for 21 years and helped pilot the school district's special education program, was chosen as a top teacher in the second annual Top Teacher search held by morning talk show "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" in 2011. Photo Credit: /

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5. New Glen Cove ferry terminal moves along

Glen Cove City Council on Tuesday night accepted a $695,000 state grant for the ongoing construction of the new ferry terminal on Glen Cove Creek.

4. Around Lindenhurst: Uncle Louie G’s opens

As the weather heats up, one of my favorite ways to cool off is with an Italian ice or a scoop of my favorite ice cream. In Lindenhurst, Patsy’s and Son Italian Bakery is an institution known for its ices while ice cream shops in town have come and gone. Now there is a shop that serves both ices and ice cream -- Uncle Louie G’s Italian Ices & Ice Cream.

3. ‘Lesko Express’ rolling into Patchogue

Brookhaven residents will have a chance to share their concerns with Town Supervisor Mark Lesko at a “Lesko Express” meeting June 6 at Patchogue-Medford Library. Residents can make appointments for a brief meeting with Lesko.

2. Centereach boy helps mom after fall

Four-year-old Nico DiToro learned in school that in the event of an emergency, he should remain calm and call 911. That’s what he tried to do recently when his mom, Desiree, was running down the stairs too fast and bumped her head on the low ceiling over the stairwell. She fell down four steps and was knocked unconscious.

1. Oceanside teacher appears on ‘Regis and Kelly’

The stories would be hard to believe without hearing them firsthand - a teacher who is an unconditional advocate for her students, makes house calls and interrupts her own weekend plans for her students’ benefits. But that’s Penny Ellis, the special education teacher at Oceanside High School whose colleagues, students and their parents sang her praises live on national television Monday morning.



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