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April Pokorny

April Pokorny
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April is a writer, reporter and copy editor for the LOCAL news websites. She is a retired educator and proud grandma. April lives in Calverton. Email April

Ministering to the homeless, one pair of feet at a time

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A good soak in warm water, toenail care, washing, drying and powdering and a maybe a pair or two of new socks — When you're homeless, these things are luxuries.

Phillips Avenue teacher is featured on actress Kristen Bell’s Instagram and school supplies pour in from all over U.S.

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Tonya Gonzalez's fourth-graders at Phillips Avenue Elementary School received a shock when they came to school one day last week. Their classroom was filled with shipping boxes.

Cardiac rehab: helping hearts heal and grow stronger

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Peconic Bay Medical Center's cardiac rehab program helps patients regain health after a heart attack or surgery with exercise, physical therapy and good nutrition.

Aquebogue principal to retire this year

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Aquebogue Elementary School principal Phil Kent will retire in August after 31 years as an educator.

Friends are made from the heart

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A thank-you note forged a special bond between an Aquebogue heart transplant recipient and his donor's family .

At Roanoke Avenue Elementary, lessons wrapped in hearts, stickers and doilies

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It's not always easy to get elementary students to do writing assignments but when you wrap them up in fun, you can add in lifelong lessons on kindness, acceptance and compassion, too. That's what happened Thursday morning in Roanoke Avenue school's cafeteria.

Vail-Leavitt brings NYC dog and cat film festivals to Riverhead

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The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall is going to the dogs. And the cats, too. Riverhead's historic theater will host the New York City Dog and New York City Cat Film Festivals on the last two Sundays of January. Update: Jan. 20 festival postponed to Feb. 3.

New bereavement groups in Riverhead aim to support those coping with loss from suicide or overdose

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The Neighborhood House, in partnership with Peconic Bay Medical Center, is forming bereavement groups in Riverhead for people coping with the loss of loved ones to suicide or overdose.

‘From Shop Windows to Auschwitz’: Temple Israel’s memorial to Kristallnacht’s 80th anniversary, Nov. 9

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Temple Israel in Riverhead is holding a memorial service to observe the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Bookmaking and calligraphy workshop offered at Jamesport Meeting House

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Put your hand to ink and paper and create some beautiful writing at this calligraphy workshop.
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