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Week in Review: Support a Veteran, Wiz Kid: Max Hanks

A roundup of the top headlines in the area this week.

Mount Sinai Scoutmaster Troop 1776 Is Working Hard To Gain Hands-On Experience

A new troop working hard to make the community better in Mount Sinai is Troop 1776. Although it's a relatively new, Assistant Scoutmaster James Snider said the group comes with a lot of knowledge.

“We all have experience with the boy scouts from previous troop work. Just this past weekend we went on a retreat where the kids learned and acted out the civil war for the whole weekend," said Snider in a phone interview.

Snider said the boy scouts get hands-on experience, something they won't be able to get from school. "The experience they get is unmatched for a child that is not in scouting. A boy scout can survive anything thrown at him because of what he is taught. They lean about survival skills," said Sinder.

Support a Long Island Veteran Cause: Family & Children's

Veteran's Day is November 11. If you want to help an organization that helps veterans in Long Island, one option is Family & Children's of Mineola.

You can click on the GoFundMe interactive above to learn more about their efforts with veterans (as well as children and senior citizens) across Long Island. GoFundMe is a Patch partner.

Sound Beach Resident Will Show Off Handcrafted Artwork

Sound Beach resident and ceramic artist Pat Patten will be showing off her work at a fine craft fair on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ethical Humanist Society located on 38 Old Country Road in Garden City.

The fair will feature unique hand-crafted pieces, with prices ranging from $5 to $500, including work in precious metals, silk, clay, handmade papers, glass and more. The event is sponsored by the Long Island Craft Guild.

For more information visit www.licg.org or call (516) 350-8984.

The showcase is free for anyone interested in attending. 

COMPLETE GUIDE: 'Taste North Fork' Set for Veterans Day Weekend

The "Taste North Fork" event, organized to bring tourists to the area during the off-season on Veterans Day weekend, is almost here, and will be packed with events giving Long Islanders from across the region opportunities to wine and dine in this local jewel.

Here's our complete guide to the festival:

A free “Taste North Fork” shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.

Passenger pick-up service will also be available from the Mattituck Long Island Railraod train station, the Cross Sound Ferry terminal, and Tanger Outlet 2, by Office Max, in the parking lot. 

Police Offer $5000 Reward To Find A Centereach Purse Snatcher

Sixth Squad detectives, along with the Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are asking the public to help identify and locate a woman who stole a pocketbook earlier this month in Centereach. 

According to police, on Nov. 4, a customer was shopping in an electric scooter at the Centereach Mall Walmart, located at 161 Centereach Mall, when a woman walked up to the her and grabbed her purse. The suspect fled the store with the purse in a dark-colored Jeep. 

Police describe the woman as a white female, blond hair and a thin build. At the time of the incident, she was wearing sunglasses, a red shirt and black pants.

The Suffolk County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that might lead to an arrest. Call 1-800-220-TIPS with any information. 

This Week's Wiz Kid: Max Hanks

Max has been playing the cello in the Miller Place school district's orchestras since the fourth grade.  He studies privately with Miller Place alumna Kelly Quinn and he has performed at each Pop Jazz Concert in the fall and each Variety Show in the spring.  He is also a member of the high school's Junior String Quartet which has performed at awards ceremonies and numerous community events, including Mather Hospital and the Sound Beach Fire Department.  He performed in the pit orchestra for the high school's drama production of Into the Woods.

Max participates annually in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) competition on the cello.  His exceptional scores earned him a spot with the NYSSMA 2013 Conference All State Symphony Orchestra.  He was also selected for 2013 New York State Council of Administrators for Music Education (NYSCAME) Festival, which features the most accomplished 11th and 12th graders in the county.

 

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