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11/22/14 8:00am
The Mattituck school board voted Thursday against a proposal to allow 11 students to participate in winter track at Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck school board voted Thursday against a proposal to allow 11 students to participate in winter track at Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck School Board rejected a proposal to allow nearly a dozen students to practice and compete with Riverhead’s winter track team this season.

The board voted against the proposal, 4-3. The dissenters argued that the entire student body hadn’t been informed of the option to join Riverhead’s team this winter.

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11/21/2014 2:00 PM
Mattituck Superintendent Anne Smith, center, with school board president Jerry Diffley, right, and trustee Jeff Smith on Thursday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck Superintendent Anne Smith, center, with school board president Jerry Diffley, right, and trustee Jeff Smith at Thursday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck school board is expected to vote next month on a new tax exemption program for war veterans.

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11/20/14 6:00am
11/20/2014 6:00 AM
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From left, Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Charlotte Hay; Max Cream of Farmingdale as George Hay; and Johnny Tumminello of Jamesport as Howard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company will present “Moon over Buffalo” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20-22 in the school auditorium in Riverhead.

Set in the 1950s, the comedy tells the story of two aging actors waiting for their “big break” in Buffalo and the obstacles that threaten their dreams.

Tickets: $10, available at the door. 727-5900, ext. 310.

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11/20/14 6:00am
Southold Elementary School students rehearse 'Aladdin Kids.' (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold Elementary School students rehearse ‘Aladdin Kids.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold Elementary Drama Club will be presenting its musical production of Disney’s “Aladdin Kids” on Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the district auditorium.

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11/08/14 10:00am
11/08/2014 10:00 AM
Peconic Community School lower primary student Sawyer Harbin shows the Zimbabwe schoolchildren the doll he bought during a live video conference Friday morning as Tinashe Basa, a nonprofit director, watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Peconic Community School lower primary student Sawyer Harbin shows the Zimbabwe schoolchildren the doll he bought during a live video conference Friday morning as Tinashe Basa, a nonprofit director, watches on. (Credit: Paul Squire)

“What do you do for fun?” the girl in Aquebogue asked.

“Do you have pets?” the boy in Zimbabwe asked.

“How big is your school?”

“Do you have a garden?”

These questions and more were answered Friday morning when a group of roughly 30 students at the Peconic Community School in Aquebogue met a group of Zimbabwe orphans through a live online video.

The meetup, coordinated by the nonprofit group ZimKids Orphan Trust, was the first time any of the students in Aquebogue had met kids from Africa, as well as the first time the Zimbabwe students had met someone outside their community. The school also hosted Dennis Gaboury, who founded the nonprofit, and its director — Tinashe Basa.

Mr. Gaboury said the video chat would help the young students here on the North Fork learn more about other cultures.

Mr. Basa, who joined the nonprofit group as a teenager, said he was excited to take part in the “culture [ex]change.”

Some of the students bought homemade dolls from Zimbabwe (those proceeds will go to the nonprofit) and played games with Mr. Basa, who told them about what life was like where he grew up.

ZimKids helps orphaned and abandoned children in Zimbabwe by providing schooling and vocational training. Mr. Basa himself was mistreated as a child, and nearly poisoned by some of his relatives who didn’t want to care for him.

“That whole time, it was a life lesson to know that there are kids out there going through the same thing,” he said. “I want to help them.”

psquire@timesreview.com

11/05/14 10:00am
11/05/2014 10:00 AM
Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School officials unveiled Tuesday the school's new weight room. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School officials unveiled the school’s new weight room on Tuesday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

What once acted as a small storage area at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead has now become a state-of-the-art weight room and fitness center.

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