New dad shares surrogacy journey

Camera operator Julien Zeitouni always new he wanted to be a father. Thanks to surrogacy, he now has a baby girl. As a single and gay man, Zeitouni was not always sure how he would be a father. “I always knew that I would be a father one day,” he said. “I grew a bitContinue reading “New dad shares surrogacy journey”

Retired Teacher Shares Agoraphobia Story

For Mental Health Awareness Month, locals are sharing their personal mental health stories Growing up in Queens, New York, Mark Dema dreamed of traveling abroad, but a fear of going away from home consumed him. In his 30s, he realized that fear had a name: agoraphobia. As a teacher in the Hudson Valley, he wouldContinue reading “Retired Teacher Shares Agoraphobia Story”

NYC Chefs Connect Through Fresh Food

Husband and wife team Kim Calichio and Omar Bravo-Pavia left the restaurant business to offer low-cost cooking classes to families in the Queens, New York area through their nonprofit organization The Connected Chef. As was the case with many other businesses, the pandemic caused them to shift to addressing the dire needs of their community.Continue reading “NYC Chefs Connect Through Fresh Food”

Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy

Queens-based high school teacher Jeff Kaufman went from patrolling the streets of New York City to being a bridge builder in the war against online misinformation. As a computer science instructor at Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology, Kaufman has been teaching a media literacy course for seven years. Having started out asContinue reading “Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy”

Spotlight On: EHI

Vietnam War veteran and horseback rider Patricia Kelly founded Ebony Horsewomen Inc. (now known as EHI) in 1984 to help empower inner-city young women by having them tap into their inner equestrian. Today, the organization works to empower all through equine-assisted psychotherapy. “It was clear that even though women needed something, children needed something more,”Continue reading “Spotlight On: EHI”

Young girl delivers cupcakes, donates money for good causes

A month ago, eight-year-old Hyde Park resident Tabitha Canning took out all of her 21 dollars from her piggy bank to support the Center for Prevention of Child Abuse. That was just one of many good deeds the pint-sized philanthropist has done within the last few years to help make a difference both in herContinue reading “Young girl delivers cupcakes, donates money for good causes”

COVID Survivor Stories: Camille Hlavka

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. Marathon runner and stay-at-home mom Camille Hlavka did everything she could to fight COVID-19, but the virus was one hurdle she had aContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Camille Hlavka”

COVID Survivor Stories: Sabrina and Yevgeniy Kaminer

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. Father and daughter Yevgeniy and Sabrina Kaminer both tested positive for COVID-19 in January, but are on the road to recovery and haveContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Sabrina and Yevgeniy Kaminer”

COVID Survivor Stories: Kim Willis-Rinaldi

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. As patient zero in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Kim Willis-Rinaldi had no idea what to expect when she came down with COVID-19. The geriatric therapistContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Kim Willis-Rinaldi”