The Sachem community has no shortage of opinions, and our guest bloggers on Patch regularly contribute to the vibrant conversations that take place in the barber shop, on the street corner or in the parking lot after a school meeting. Patch brings those conversations into one meetinghouse. Here's a roundup of the latest blogs in our community.
Banned Books Week Contest
Our friends at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System are promoting a contest for readers in honor of "Banned Books Week" an annual observance of books that have been censored from libraries and schools both in the past and present.
Click on this link to take part in the contest, which is rolling out through the library system's social networking platforms on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Just a few simple steps to enter the contest and you'll be in the running to win a free SONY e-Reader.
Offshore Wind Project is a Win
Danielle Trakoval writes about her support to implement wind turbines on Long Island to help offset the use of fossil fuels and possibly lower our utility bills.
"The opportunity to make positive changes in terms of sustainability is in our hands right here on Long Island," Trakoval opines. She pleads with LIPA to take advantage of wind power as a cleaner, healthier and endless resource for electricity on the island.
To nobody's surprise, the blog post generated a robust debate in the comments section. Take a look at this blog post and jump in on the conversation.
The Whole World Knows Daniel Shapiro
Jennifer Carpenter Low shares this amazing story, reported by Dr. Marsha Posner, about 13-year-old Daniel Shapiro who has turned his family's Holocaust history into a worthy project for his Bar Mitzvah.
Shapiro, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust through their own wits, determination, integrity and faith, wanted to help the recently opened library at Montclair State University in New Jersey develop a solid collection of books and artifacts about the Holocaust.
The boy has launched an extensive letter-writing campaign to institutions all over the world, including the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, looking for donations he can send on to the new library at Montclair. Read this inspiring post from a young man who recognizes the importance of preserving world history.
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