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”

Thriving with a Stutter

Three young adults share their experience with a stutter Caden Short, Matt Phillips and Carl Coffey come from different parts of the country, but share a common condition. Each has struggled with a stutter, a speech disorder commonly associated with disruptions in speaking. They have not let the struggle define them. Coffey, 32, a BowlingContinue reading “Thriving with a Stutter”

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”

Assemblyman Gottfried Discusses New York Health Act

Since 1991, New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (NY-75) has fought for single-payer healthcare in the state. This year, he may get his chance. In the wake of the pandemic, the New York Health Act–which Gottfried has co-sponsored with Assemblyman Gustavo Rivera– is gaining momentum in Albany. Assemblyman Gottfried credits this mainly to the supermajorityContinue reading “Assemblyman Gottfried Discusses New York Health Act”

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”

Hyde Park Police Chief Reflects during National Police Week

Having worked for his hometown police department for almost three decades, Hyde Park Police Chief Robert Benson has seen a lot during his years on the force. This past year, officers across the country have been subject to intense scrutiny in the wake of protests over police violence and racial unrest. Chief Benson has usedContinue reading “Hyde Park Police Chief Reflects during National Police Week”

Assemblywoman Barrett Discusses Mental Health Parity

As a member of the New York State Assembly’s mental health committee — and the head of the assembly’s veterans’ committee — Assemblywoman Didi Barrett (NY-106) has worked to increase supports for those suffering from mental health issues. Most recently, she and two fellow Democratic state senators (Senators Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (NY-38) and John Mannion (NY-50))Continue reading “Assemblywoman Barrett Discusses Mental Health Parity”

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”