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Maria Piedrabuena

Maria Piedrabuena
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María, a multimedia reporter, graduated from Stony Brook University with degrees in journalism and women and gender studies. She has worked for several news outlets including News12 and Fortune Magazine. A native of Spain, she loves to read, write and travel. She lives in Manorville. Email Maria

‘Will it happen to me, Mommy?’ Parenting in the age of school shootings

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Even as we grapple with our own emotions in reaction to the latest mass shooting at a school, as parents we also have to figure out how best to answer our children's questions— questions that have no good answers. Column by Maria Piedrabuena

Free credit repair workshop teaches skills to achieve financial stability

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The workshop, sponsored by the Butterfly Effect Project, takes place Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

New Suffolk sheriff won’t change policy honoring ICE detainer requests

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Recently elected Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. (D-Lake Grove) said today he will not change the county's policy of honoring Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests established by his predecessor.

Butterfly Effect Project recognized by Rep. Zeldin in Washington

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Rep. Lee Zeldin recognized the Riverhead-based nonprofit and its founder today on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Flanders Youth Center open house tomorrow will showcase new electronic equipment available for local youngsters’ use

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The Southampton Flanders Youth Center will be hosting tomorrow an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m to show off their latest electronic gadgets and equipment and they encourage the community to participate.

Local ‘Dreamers,’ caught up in political turmoil over immigration policy, suffer uncertain fate

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“Time is like an enemy now. Each day that gets closer to 2019, all I can think is what is going to happen to me and thousands of others?” As the nation debates the fate of DACA, local Dreamers fear the loss of a policy that has allowed them to legally live, work and go to college in the only country they've ever known.

Even as she battles cervical cancer, young woman also fights to spread awareness

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County is offering free cancer screenings to those who qualify — something 27-year-old Dulce Rojas wishes she'd have done sooner. Diagnosed with cervical cancer last year, this community organizer is now looking to fight back by telling her story.

A ray of hope for local ‘Dreamers’: Feds to resume accepting DACA renewals

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Local 'Dreamers' will be able to request renewal of their DACA status again, after a federal judge in California ordered reinstatement of the program pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the decision to rescind it.

‘How can I go back to El Salvador?’ Sudden loss of legal status spells high anxiety for thousands of L.I. families

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Thousands of Long Island residents from El Salvador who have been living legally for decades in the U.S. may face deportation after the loss of temporary protected status announced yesterday by the secretary of homeland security.

‘I am American’: Local immigrant advocates fight for DACA, DREAM Act and TPS in Washington D.C.

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“There are thousands of people that are waiting to be full members of society and give back and help this country grow. Right now, there isn’t a legislative solution, and we need that.” Local residents traveled to Washington D.C. last week to rally Congress to pass a "clean DREAM Act" and keep the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of immigrants.