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An in-depth look at Ramon’s Place, Northport High School’s very own food pantry

Nov 26, 2021 | Schools

In March of 2018, Northport High School student Ashleigh Basel pitched an idea for her Girl Scouts project: What if we put a food pantry in the high school? What may have at first seemed a typical community service project…

Operation Shoe Drop hits Brosnan building in demonstration against potential vaccine mandates for children

Nov 20, 2021 | Schools

Over 180 pairs of shoes, left in the walkway and on the steps leading up to the William J. Brosnan building in Northport this past Thursday evening, were displayed in a silent demonstration against potential state mandates…

Tigers field hockey ends season with flawless record and state championship

Nov 15, 2021 | Schools

Nothing would get it in the way of the Northport girls varsity field hockey team this weekend – or this season – as the Tigers finished their perfect season 21-0, claiming the title of New York State Champions with a win…

A thrilling game and heartbreaking loss ends Tigers football season in semifinals

Nov 14, 2021 | Schools

It was a beautiful night for football as the Tigers took on Lindenhurst in the Division II County semifinal this past Friday, November 12. The Tigers had the ball to start the game and moved the chains a few times but were…

High school schedules presentation by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

Nov 10, 2021 | Schools

On the afternoon of October 8, 2021, Superintendent of Schools Robert Banzer notified district residents and parents that “several hateful words and symbols, including a swastika and racial and homophobic slurs, were found in…

“Complete team” effort secures first round playoff win for Tigers; Lindenhurst up next

Nov 8, 2021 | Schools

On a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon, the Lions from West Islip were looking to avenge a 21-7 week two loss to our Northport Tigers. The Tigers were also looking for revenge from last spring’s playoff loss to the Lions…

Board of ed crafts letter to Governor Hochul advocating for optional masking in schools

Nov 6, 2021 | Schools

Near the end of this past Thursday’s board of education meeting, just before the scheduled public comment section, Superintendent Robert Banzer read aloud a letter he said trustees would sign and send to the state, advocating…

Let’s go, Tigers! Sports season updates and roundup, from cross country and field hockey to golf

Nov 4, 2021 | Schools

"Not done yet" has become the celebratory cheer of the Northport High School field hockey team, as it heads undefeated into the Long Island Championship this weekend. Here's a round-up of what's happening (and what's…

Down to the wire: Tigers' last-second field goal brings a victory on Senior Day

Nov 2, 2021 | Schools

A rainy Senior Day at Northport High School saw the Bulls from Smithtown West come in and try to rain even more on the Tigers’ parade. The Tigers had lost two games in the last three weeks and their confidence had taken a…

Tigers attempt comeback; show true grit and heart in tough loss to Hills East

Oct 27, 2021 | Schools

Turning the ball over in football is a recipe for disaster. The only thing that can overcome turnovers is heart, determination and grit, all of which was on full display as the Tigers played on the road against the Hills East…

Under new direction, Northport High School’s orchestra program hopes to increase community visibility

Oct 27, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School’s orchestra, a staple of our district's award-winning music education, has recently undertaken new leadership, both student and non. With this new direction comes much hope: fresh events to be planned…

Local lawns flocked with flamingos for high school fundraiser

Oct 23, 2021 | Schools

A colorful display of an unexpected – and unseasonal – joy has been migrating across Northport and East Northport, with more than 95 bright pink flamingos finding temporary homes on front lawns across the district.…

Allotted speaking times remain unchanged at BOE meeting; board hears update regarding ‘Responsive Classroom’ approach

Oct 22, 2021 | Schools

The October 21 board of education meeting, a nearly four-hour affair of about 20 in-person residents, covered mainly the structure of board meetings themselves, with much emphasis placed on the public participation portion…

Possible changes to allotted speaking times during public comment to be discussed at tomorrow's BOE meeting

Oct 20, 2021 | Schools

A revised policy recommending a change in allotted speaking time for participants addressing items both on and off a scheduled meeting’s agenda will be “brought” for a first read to members of the board of education at its…

The band can play: Northport High School marching band finds alternative performance after Newsday Festival cancellation

Oct 15, 2021 | Schools

After weeks of emotion and protest, members of the Northport High School Tiger Marching Band will finally be able to show off their hard work to the community and others under the beaming lights, at a USBands competition…

Tigers football suffers its first loss at the hands of Lindenhurst

Oct 13, 2021 | Schools

The first game after the halfway point in the season is usually where the cooler weather starts creeping in and the playoff picture starts to become clear. Or in the case of last Saturday’s game against Lindenhurst, a little…

Hateful symbols and slurs found in Northport High School bathroom

Oct 8, 2021 | Schools

This afternoon, Superintendent Robert Banzer informed district parents and residents of an incident that occurred last night at Northport High School. According to Mr. Banzer, “several hateful words and symbols, including…

Mathematics Student of the Month acknowledged at BOE meeting; board adopts Response to Intervention Program

Oct 8, 2021 | Schools

The October 7 Board of Education meeting, the first to follow a new format previously established by the board, began with a reflection carried out by Trustee Victoria Buscareno in which both members of the board and the…

Lessons learned: Tigers football remains undefeated after win against an underestimated Centereach team

Oct 5, 2021 | Schools

Last Friday afternoon, after a long week of school and practices, the Tigers varsity football team packed up the buses and headed east to Centereach – right in the middle of rush hour traffic on the worst day of the week…

Tigers volleyball senior appreciation celebration extended with win against Bellport

Oct 4, 2021 | Schools

The girls varsity volleyball team recorded a win against the Bellport Clippers this past Friday, October 1, a perfect ending to an energetic and emotional spirit day that acknowledged the seniors’ last season on the team…

Dickinson Avenue Elementary School temporarily used by transportation department as a result of increased UPK students

Sep 30, 2021 | Schools

Unexpected activity has been spotted at Dickinson Avenue Elementary School this past week, raising eyebrows as to what could be going on at the recently shuttered school building. Dickinson was officially closed as of August…

District plans to provide state-mandated Covid-19 testing of teachers and staff at Bellerose Avenue Elementary School

Sep 29, 2021 | Schools

Rumors about using the previously shuttered Bellerose Avenue Elementary School as a site for Covid-19 testing are true – at least for now – according to school district officials…

Northport High School baseball field named for longtime coach and educator John DeMartini

Sep 29, 2021 | Schools

The Northport High School baseball field was renamed in honor of legendary coach and educator John “DeMar” DeMartini on homecoming day last Saturday, September 25. Dozens of current and former students, their families, and…

Tigers shut out Huntington on homecoming day, celebrate with major school spirit

Sep 28, 2021 | Schools

On a beautiful sun-splashed day in late September, a football game was played at Tiger Stadium. It wasn’t just an ordinary game, it was homecoming – and it did not disappoint.…

Cow Harbor Conversations: Tigers football dad and reporter, John Mohlmann

Sep 24, 2021 | Schools

The Journal’s football reporter, John Mohlmann, sat down with Doug Roberts of Cow Harbor Conversations to talk about the Northport High School varsity football team’s success so far this season and its chances for…

A conversation with Superintendent Robert Banzer and BOE President Larry Licopoli

Sep 22, 2021 | Schools

On Monday, September 20, the Journal’s Doug Roberts sat down with Northport-East Northport Schools Superintendent Robert Banzer and Board of Education President Larry Licopoli to discuss issues related to…

Tigers avenge last season’s playoff loss with a 21-7 victory over West Islip

Sep 21, 2021 | Schools

This past Friday, September 17, the Northport varsity football team ventured out to West Islip to take on the Lions. With last season’s playoff loss fresh in their minds, the Tigers were dubbing this game the “Revenge Bowl.”…

Let them play Newsday: High school’s Tiger Marching Band fights to overturn postponement of annual festival

Sep 16, 2021 | Schools

The 58th Newsday Marching Band Festival, annually organized by Newsday, has been postponed, yet again, due to the pandemic.”…

Northport Tigers celebrate a hard-earned win against Bellport in their season opener

Sep 13, 2021 | Schools

The Northport Tigers opened up their regular season with a home game against a tough Bellport Clippers team this past Saturday, September 11. Below, Tiger dad and on-the-field contributor John Mohlmann provides commentary on…

Vigil at Northport High School tells stories from, and remembers the lives lost on September 11, 2001

Sep 11, 2021 | Schools

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time,” wrote Roman poet Virgil in his masterwork Aeneid nearly two-thousand years ago. Twenty centuries later, the quote has come echoing back through time, expressing what many feel…

BOE proposes goals of upcoming school year; local anti-hate and anti-bullying group voices opinion on playground swastikas

Sep 10, 2021 | Schools

What can only be called a growing hostility between board of education trustees and community residents regarding everything from critical race theory to masking in schools has begun to bubble up in countless auditoriums with…

13-year-old Harborfields student struck and killed in tragic East Northport accident

Sep 8, 2021 | Schools

Oldfield Middle School student Nicholas Woodworth just began eighth grade when a tragic accident ended his life this past Saturday, September 4. According to reports, 13-year-old Nicholas, of Greenlawn, was heading east…

Mikey Brannigan makes hometown proud with his hard work and sportsmanship in Paralympic games

Sep 4, 2021 | Schools

Celebrated as a local hero, Mikey Brannigan made friends and family in Northport and East Northport proud when he competed in the 2021 Olympic/Paralympic Games in Tokyo this week. Mikey, who has autism, is classified as a T20…

Northport Tigers football returns with a roster of experience and determination

Sep 3, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School football is back. And to some, it feels like it never ended. The Tigers, who won the League 3 Championship with a 34-14 victory over Half Hollow Hills East last season, have their first scrimmage of the…

Northport High School’s incoming principal, Robert Dennis, in his own words

Sep 2, 2021 | Schools

Late this July, the Board of Education appointed Mr. Robert Dennis to the position of principal at Northport High School, replacing former principal Daniel Danbusky. A 2004 Northport High School graduate, Mr. Dennis earned…

Ongoing mask debate hits low point at board of education meeting; district adopts reopening plan

Aug 27, 2021 | Schools

Last night’s board of education meeting put on display a common theme occurring in auditoriums across the country right now: the breakdown of civil discourse amongst parents and neighbors, with insults and accusations hurled…

State may mandate mask-wearing in schools, relieving district of a highly debated decision

Aug 25, 2021 | Schools

On the agenda for the regularly scheduled Northport-East Northport Union Free School District board meeting happening tomorrow, August 26, is Superintendent Robert Banzer’s report on the 2021-2022 school reopening plan.…

Incoming Northport High School principal Robert Dennis reintroduces himself to the community

Aug 15, 2021 | Schools

Incoming Northport High School principal Robert Dennis reintroduced himself to the community last week via two in-person, community-wide public forums, called “coffee talks,” at which members of the community could comment…

Special BOE meeting offers no final decision (yet) as community debates school masking policies

Aug 12, 2021 | Schools

On the night of August 11, and just one month out from the official beginning of school, a special Board of Education (BOE) meeting was held to discuss the reopening plans of the Northport-East Northport School District for…

District set to discuss reopening guidelines for September; community invited to address the board in person

Aug 10, 2021 | Schools

A special board of education meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, August 11, after an announcement last week that New York State will not be providing guidance for the reopening of schools next month. According to…

Emerging from the pandemic, Northport High School’s Tiger Marching Band has come roaring back to life

Jul 31, 2021 | Schools

If there ever was, or ever were to be, an authentic distillation of the Northport-East Northport community – a sound, presence and spirit so indicative of Northport-East Northport that it could simply be from nowhere else…

An in-depth look at Riana DiPalma, Northport-East Northport’s new English department chairperson

Jul 25, 2021 | Schools

Earlier this month, the Northport-East Northport School District welcomed its new Chairperson of English Language Arts and Library K-12, Riana DiPalma. She replaces former Chairperson Dr. Patricia Schmitt, who retired at the…

Northport High School alumnus and lifelong NEN resident appointed high school principal

Jul 21, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education has appointed Robert Dennis as principal of Northport High School. Mr. Dennis is a lifelong Northport-East Northport resident, having graduated from Northport High School.…

Northport-East Northport BOE reorganizes for upcoming school year; Licopoli voted in as school board president, Buscareno as VP

Jul 6, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport School District’s Board of Education reorganization meeting took place this past Thursday, July 1 and included the swearing in of a new board president: Larry Licopoli. The board voted that…

Northport Class of 2021 shares its plans for the future

Jun 30, 2021 | Schools

Having just graduated, the Northport High School Class of 2021 has been granted the most rewarding, yet nerve-wracking, gift of all: their future. The world now presents to the graduates a diverse array of options, from…

Class of 2021 celebrates graduation in home stadium with family and friends

Jun 27, 2021 | Schools

The Northport High School Class of 2021 celebrated the end of its journey together yesterday, with family and friends filling the school’s home stadium to cheer the graduates on. Here is an expert from high school principal…

Prom goers walk the carpet and pack the park as a sense of normalcy returns

Jun 25, 2021 | Schools

It was as it was always meant to be: Northport Village Park packed with prom goers for a longstanding ritual that brought students, families and neighbors out to socialize, celebrate and revel in something normal again…

Northport High School’s valedictorian, in his own words

Jun 24, 2021 | Schools

Early this May, Northport High School announced the valedictorian for the class of 2021. With a weighted GPA of 106.5, senior Ian Kaish has been awarded his high school’s greatest academic honor. Involved in such activities…

Northport High School junior awarded Rensselaer Medal

Jun 18, 2021 | Schools

Northport High School junior Patrick Sweeney has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal, a scholarship opportunity worth up to $120,000 for outstanding math and science students. The merit scholarship, with a value of $30,000 per…

No contingency here: Revised budget passes by over 1,500 votes amidst attempts at online harmony

Jun 16, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport UFSD’s 2021-2022 budget passed on Tuesday, June 15, with a total 2657 “Yes” and 1119 “No” votes. The revised budget decreased by $14,960 to $174,689,788, and carries a 0% tax levy, thanks to $1…

District adopts a maskless policy when outdoors, holds emergency meeting to discuss shifting guidelines

Jun 8, 2021 | Schools

An emergency board of education meeting held at the William J. Brosnan building yesterday evening inspired lengthy conversation between board members about the state’s loosening of mask mandates for schools. The dialogue fell…

As budget revote approaches, district discusses the consequences of contingency

Jun 4, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education made a final presentation of its revised budget yesterday evening at a public hearing that offered more clarifications and less public commentary than in meetings past.…

Proposed tax levy for revised school budget down to 0% thanks to $1 million in state funding

May 28, 2021 | Schools

The NENUFSD will be receiving $1 million of unanticipated extra help from the state government, effectively lowering the proposed tax levy of the district’s revised budget to 0%, according to news made public by…

Parents call to “unmask” children in the face of state mandate still requiring masks

May 28, 2021 | Schools

At the “Unmask our Children” rally held on Wednesday, May 26 at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, a group of Northport and East Northport residents urged officials to drop the mask mandates in local schools, chanting…

Critical Race Theory: A trending headline that's often misrepresented

May 26, 2021 | Schools

At a May 11 Meet the Candidate forum hosted by the PTA, the moderator, in between questions about the budget and state-mandated vaccinations, introduced a new category “related to Critical Race Theory.” “How can you, if…

Budget fails after heated race, Buscareno and Taylor elected, community contemplates what’s next

May 19, 2021 | Schools

Northport-East Northport’s $174,704,748 budget failed by 167 votes on May 18, receiving 1,902 “yes” votes and 2,069 “no” votes. The last time a budget didn’t pass in the district was in the 1990s. The results of the vote and…

Community, candidates ready for vote on budget and BOE trustees tomorrow, May 18

May 17, 2021 | Schools

The race for two open seats on the NENUFSD Board of Education is nearing an end, with the annual budget vote and election of trustees scheduled for tomorrow, May 18, from 6am to 9pm. Candidates for trustee are, in ballot…

BOE candidates address critical race theory, mandated vaccinations, more at Meet the Candidate forum

May 12, 2021 | Schools

Candidates for the NENUFSD Board of Education addressed some familiar and some fresh topics at a Meet the Candidates Forum hosted by the PTA Council yesterday evening. Less than two dozen people were in attendance at the…

Residents and BOE candidates voice their opinions on proposed budget ahead of May 18 vote

May 7, 2021 | Schools

A public hearing on the finalized budget drew a mix of applause and criticism yesterday evening, as members of the community gathered in person and online to voice their opinions to the Board of Education. The proposed…

Moving on: District teachers to be notified of new placements by May 10

May 5, 2021 | Schools

Last Wednesday, April 28, Stacey Weisburg, president of United Teachers of Northport (UTN), an association representing teachers in the Northport-East Northport school district, headed to Bellerose Avenue Elementary School…

Students and their cell phones: A retiring teacher’s parting challenge

May 4, 2021 | Schools

As it will be for many Northport-East Northport faculty and staff, the 2020-2021 academic year will be the last for Ms. Pamela Uruburu, an English teacher at Northport High School. After a career spanning three decades – and…

Board of Ed denies pause; votes in favor of closing two elementary schools

Apr 30, 2021 | Schools

The Northport-East Northport Board of Education voted 5-2 yesterday evening in favor of Adapted Scenario A, a plan that closes Bellerose Avenue and Dickinson Avenue elementary schools effective August 31, 2021. The approved…

Residents rally for a pause on schools closures; others speak in support of redistricting

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

A rally urging members of the Northport-East Northport Board of Education to "press pause” on the closure of two district elementary schools was held at 6pm yesterday evening, just an hour before a public hearing in which…

District voter referendum can reduce mileage requirements for bus transportation

Apr 28, 2021 | Schools

When Deb and Dave Weissman found out that their ninth-grade daughter wouldn’t be receiving bus transportation to Northport High School because they didn’t meet the 1.5 mile distance requirement, they weren’t sure how they…

Four candidates in BOE race for two trustee seats

Apr 24, 2021 | Schools

Four candidates will be vying for the two available seats on the Northport-East Northport Board of Education when the annual budget vote and election of trustees takes place this May 18. Running for reelection is…

Proposed school closings discussed at district Q&A

Apr 23, 2021 | Schools

A virtual Q&A hosted by Superintendent Robert Banzer regarding the proposed school closures and district reorganization extended an hour past its scheduled end time this past Tuesday, with concerned parents asking questions…

The ins and outs of school budgeting (and why residents should be paying attention)

Apr 22, 2021 | Schools

For many people, April means showers that bring May flowers. For others, it means endless calculating and collecting statements for tax season. For public schools in New York State, April is budget hearing season. New York is…

Class of 2021 Booster Club makes pandemic graduation special

Apr 17, 2021 | Schools

Seniors at Northport High School have been through a lot this past year. Although their parents are amazed by their ability to adjust to the “new norm” throughout the pandemic, they recognize their children are also starved…