Joe McInnis’ eighth-grade science fair project has come a long way.
After showing promise as a science student, Joe was urged to look for a challenging project to work on by Bob Jester of Greenport, a retired Riverhead High School science teacher. That friendship led to the then 14-year-old’s connection with retired Plum Island veterinary pathologist Doug Gregg. READ
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In his eyes, the gift is merely a loan.
Surrounded by friends and family Sunday afternoon inside the Greenport Fire Department, Bob Jester fought back tears after being surprised with a red handicap-accessible minivan that had been purchased for him through donations collected throughout the community. READ
Bob Jester grimaces with each movement. His hands clutch two parallel bars at waist height positioned at the end of a trainer’s table at Peconic Landing’s rehabilitation center in Greenport. Seated in front of him, therapist and exercise physiologist Betty Carlson positions a band around his waist and holds with each hand to help Mr. Jester steady himself as he slowly stands away from the edge of the table.
Joe McInnis was fully prepared last Wednesday when the time came for his presentation to students in a science research class at Southold High School.
After all, the Greenport eighth-grader had already given a similar presentation on his work with honeybees to a group of adults at the New York State Histotechnological Society in Albany.