They say you never forget your first and for me that was intern Stephen Levine, who helped make my initial summer helming the Floral Park Dispatch a lot easier than it could have been. Stephen is a Floral Park native and as such, was a Godsend when he appeared on the doorstep of Anton Community Newspapers about a month after I started at the end of April. Currently attending Adelphi, it really helped that he was transitioning from being the sports editor to the editor-in-chief of The Delphian, the university’s student-run newspaper. What admirable writing skills he had were honed over the summer as he covered everything from Floral Park’s Annual Belmont Street Fair and the recent filming of the CBS drama The Good Wife that was shot in the village hall (and whose story is in this week’s issue) to the Malone Mulhall charity basketball game and student scholarship winners of the Hasbro Community Action Hero and Got Milk awards. Throughout it all, Stephen has been unfailingly polite and reliable to the point he was referred to as Stephen “On the Scene” Levine. Along the way he soaked up any tips he could while churning out some pretty impressive copy. While his last day was on Thursday, August 23, Stephen may contribute the odd story in-between carrying a full class-load and manning the helm of The Delphian. In the meantime, look for future stories by him about the Operation Wounded Warrior 9/11 Motorcycle Ride and the 85th anniversary of the Stewart Manor Lutheran Church.
– Dave Gil de Rubio