As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.
Suffolk County police this week played the role of animal rescuers, coming to the aid of a baby deer that had fallen into a manhole in Mount Sinai. One officer donned a breathing mask and had other lower him into the hole. where he was able to wrap a harness around the fawn. Officers on the surface pulled the deer to safety.
After quick check-up, the deer was let go, when it ran back into the woods to no doubt tell his animal buddies about his new friends on the force.
While locals have spent the past week cheering for Olympians, one East Quogue boy has taken the festivities to cheer himself on instead. That's because he sees himself competing in the Olympics in 8 years.
"I want to be in the biggest competition in the world, helping the American team," nine-year-old Max Pazera told Patch. "I would be so proud of myself."
Pazera, a fourth grader at , started working toward that goal at the age of five, when his mother, Susan, enrolled him at in Westhampton. He's already won a slate of local medals.
"When he was a little baby, he didn't stop climbing and tumbling," said Susan Pazera. "And I thought I had to get this kid in an environment where it is safe to do these kinds of things."
And don't doubt his dedication: Max already practices nearly 10 hours a week.
Cross Sound Ferry Company this week donated $14,000 to in memory of North Fork businessman and philanthropist .
Romanelli, who was the president of Burt's Reliable, of burns sustained following a horrible oil accident.
The ferry company said the funds were raised during its recent fireworks cruise.