The Long Island Press
The Long Island Press is an award-winning monthly news and lifestyle magazine that serves the greater Long Island area. I profiled Rev. Todd Bishop in May 2018 as he put together an unconventional Easter mass for his congregants in Commack. I’ve also interviewed Drew Revella, the head chef in charge of revamping the high-end menu at the annual Belmont Stakes.
- Rev. Todd Bishop Delivers Church Unleashed — It’s 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, and a few hundred people are talking amongst themselves while a pair of enormous speakers pumps a raucous electronic drumbeat into the main room of Church Unleashed’s Commack campus — a not-so-typical-Sunday at a not-your-typical-church.
- Josh Lafazan: The New Kid in Nassau Legislature — It wasn’t enough for Josh Lafazan, 24, of Syosset, to become the youngest Nassau County legislator in history in November. Now, he’s bringing his contemporaries with him into local government at an unprecedented rate.
- Belmont Racetrack’s Triple Crown Chef — The June 9 Belmont Stakes will be Chef Drew Revella’s fifteenth at Centerplate Inc., which coordinates the racetrack’s restaurants and catering. But this year he is racing to prepare for a bigger crowd than usual. Even with that cushion of experience and his yearlong preparations now coming to a close, there’s no telling what challenges 90,000 hungry guests might bring on the day of the event.
The Valley Stream Herald
The Valley Stream Herald is a weekly newspaper covering one of the largest incorporated villages on Long Island, bordering Rosedale, Queens. I was the editor of the paper from 2016 to 2018 and supervised a small staff of reporters and interns. I wrote about education, culture/religion, and local government.
- Closer to the mosque: As Ramadan ends, family is hopeful — As the sun set on the second-to-last day of Ramadan, Ruhee Kapadia pointed to the minarets of Masjid Hamza from the backyard of her home on Bank Street and remarked on how close she felt to God. She and her family moved to Valley Stream from Flushing, Queens, in 2009, and the proximity of their new home to the mosque seemed like a sign of good things to come.
- Bocce champ’s bravado infuriates and endears — Sal Visone may be one of the most fiercely competitive, determined and meticulous bocce players in New York — and he knows it. The 71-year-old Valley Streamer admitted, through a thick Italian accent, that he talks “like I’m Muhammad Ali,” but insists it’s with good reason. In October he won a singles championship sponsored by the American Bocce Club at Mill Dam Park in Huntington.
- Schools struggle to achieve diversity among staff — School officials are working to recruit a more diverse pool of candidates for teaching and administrative positions in Valley Stream — a community highly regarded for its wide-ranging ethnic student body, which remains almost entirely educated by white people.
Newsday is a daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties. As of January 2014, its total average circulation was nearly a half million. I’ve freelanced for Newsday periodically over the years, providing coverage (stories, photos, videos) of local events and fundraisers.
- Ornamental pear trees on LI attacked by fungus, experts say — Ornamental pear trees generously planted throughout Long Island are rotting as a result of a contagious, difficult-to-treat fungus, horticulturists say. I interviewed local politicians and arborists to get a sense of the disease’s scope.
- Pastor’s sheared flock includes his sister — Theresa Rieder almost backed out the night before she was to have her head shaved for a St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Ronkonkoma, where her brother, the Rev. Mike Rieder, is the pastor. “I was scared I was going to look ugly,” she said. “But I’m so proud I did it.”
- Northwell Health team returns from Harvey relief duty in Texas — I interviewed a group of clinicians who were deployed by Northwell Health after they spent a week relieving overwhelmed staff at a major cancer center impacted by Hurricane Harvey.