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To The Stage Holds Auditions for HAIR

To The Stage, located in Oceanside, New York, is holding auditions for the musical HAIR.

To The Stage, which primarily preforms shows for with children, for children, is making a change of pace.  HAIR, a rock musical based in the 1960’s, tells the story of the sexual revolution and anti-Vietnam War peace movement.  The show follows a tribe, living in New York City fighting their way through the war, sexual revolution, and conservative society.

Courtney Koehle, director and founder of To The Stage, is ecstatic about the change of pace that the theater is taking.  “I love working with kids.  They’re all so passionate and when they really get into a role there’s no stopping them.” Koehle said.  She continued with “HAIR is such an amazing, eye opening show and I know we have the older talent to put on a show that big and do an excellent job.  I can’t wait to get started.”

Auditions for HAIR will be held on Wednesday, April 13th with callbacks to follow on Sunday, April 17th.  The show will run from the end of July through the beginning of August.  For more information about To The Stage, HAIR auditions, or to sign up for an audition slot please visit

Get Fit Outdoors This Spring

With the weather finally starting to feel like spring, why not start taking your workouts outside?  Working out outside is a great way to celebrate the season of spring and not only will it get your body physically healthy, it will also give you the opportunity to explore your neighborhood.

Below is a great workout from and you can simply do outside by yourself or with your friends, all you need is a park bench. Complete each exercise for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds in between each exercise, do the full routine 2-3 more times for more of a challenge:

1. Split Squats

Facing away from the bench, place one leg in front of you, a couple of inches away from the bench. Place the other leg directly reaching behind you onto the bench and simply bend both legs to perform a lunge. Do the exercise on one leg for the full 30 seconds, then switch legs for the next round.

2. Single Leg Tricep Dips





3. Burpees

Begin standing straight with your arms above your head. Putting your hands on the floor, bend down and jump out into a high plank position. Jump your feet back into your hands and stand back up into starting position while performing a vertical jump into the air. Repeat this sequence for full 30 seconds

4. High Knees

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5. Push-up Plank Jacks

Start in high plank/push-up position, perform a push up (place knees on ground if needed). After the pushup, jump your legs out, similar to a standing jumping jack, bring your legs back in and repeat from the pushup.



Orlando Earns East Coast Conference Honor Roll Yet Again!


Photo by: Katie O'Brien

Photo by: Katie O’Brien

Meghan Orlando, a member of Molloy Women’s Lacrosse team, has made a lasting impression on both the 2016 season and her Molloy career. As a graduate student, Orlando has earned herself the East Coast Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday (Mar.28). The ECC Weekly Honor Roll has chosen attacker Orlando for this honorary position three times thus far.

According to, “Orlando became Molloy’s all-time leader in career assists over the past week, surpassing Class of 2013 graduate Alexa Toscano’s once-program standard of 81 helpers. The Hicksville native did so by accumulating two assists at LIU Post on Wednesday and then tying her single-game record with an eight-assist afternoon at Wilmington on Saturday. Orlando’s 10-assist week has given her 33 assists this season (second-most in the ECC) and a grand total of 87 assists for her career.”

The Molloy Lions, led by graduate student Orlando, will compete next on April 4th against Southern New Hampshire University at 4pm. For more information please visit

The Best Fruit to Buy in April

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With the first week of April starting this week, it may be a good time to head to the grocery store and pick up some fruits and/or vegetables that are currently in season. Many shoppers may not be aware that certain produce items are better to buy during a certain month/season. One delicious fruit that is currently in season during April are strawberries. Strawberries offer a variety of health benefits including: reducing the risk of heart disease, strokes, cancer, and can also lower blood pressure. Incorporating strawberries into your diet can be an easy task. Below is a simple salad recipe from, featuring strawberries as the main ingredient:

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing


For the salad, simply combine the following ingredients in a large bowl:

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  • 2 cup cooked chicken
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

For the dressing, combine the following ingredients in a blender or food processor:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt & pepper

Suffolk Theater Holds Auditions for Spring Awakening

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 1.12.43 AMExcelsior Theater, formally known as Suffolk Theater Arts & Recreation, will be putting on a production of Spring Awakening this June.  The theater, run by cousins Michael Creta and Brian Viccaro, was founded in August of 2012.  Brian and Michael, together with the help of their friends and family built the company from scratch, and put up several successful productions, from a broadway revenue entitled “A Night With The STAR’s”, a stage adaptation of hit movies like The Breakfast Club and Last Five Years, and a straight play entitled Dog Sees God, a dark adaptation of Charlie Brown.  In 2015, Suffolk Theater Arts & Recreation changed their name to Excelsior Theater, with reverence to the New York State motto meaning “ever-upward”

Nik Sorocenski, secretary and co-founder of Excelsior theater

Nik Sorocenski, secretary and co-founder of Excelsior theater

Spring Awakening, a dark, rock musical written by Duncan Sheik tells the story of teens in 19th century Germany who are discovering themselves and the struggles of teenage sexuality.  “I think it’s the perfect show to do in a small, blackbox theater like this.”, said Nik Sorocenski, secretary of Excelsior theater.  “This is my first time directing and I’m so excited that my first time is on such an incredible show like this.”

Auditions for Spring Awakening will be held on Tuesday, March 15th at Revelations Dance Center in Nesconset.  For more information on auditions, shows, or to purchase tickets visit


Free Pancakes At IHOP For A Good Cause

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March 8, 2016 marks the annual National Pancake Day at IHOP.

IHOP’s all over the nation give away free pancakes to help raise money for children with cancer. In partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, they raise money and attention to the many hospitals that provide patients with care all over America and Canada.  “Donations – including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day – stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care” says the IHOP website.

A veteran of Pancake Day, Sara Schneider, says “It was very crowded, but worth the wait because it was for a great cause. I will definitely go back again this year” about her experience.

From the perspective of someone that has worked pancake day six years in a row, Brittany Vera, a waitress at IHOP of Williston Park also has something to say about this event. “Well honestly it’s a great day if you really think about it. Despite the tables that try to walk out on the check or the non existening tip that we should be getting is the its the only day i don’t mind going home with just a couple of bucks” says Vera. She extends her gratitude to be able to work for a company that goes out of their way for the cause of helping children in need of medical treatment.

This day includes a free short stack (3) of buttermilk pancakes. This offer is dine in only and is offered at participating locations. To see if your nearest IHOP is one of them, visit their website.

Cultural Arts Playhouse Closes First Production At New Venue

12650877_10153388975183652_8738413073592242620_nThis past weekend, the Cultural Arts Playhouse (CAP) closed it’s first main-stage production, “Hairspray”, at it’s new Syosset location. The company made it’s move in December, from a small 80-seat store front in Plainview to a brand new, 180 stadium style seat venue in Syosset. Hairspray, a 1960’s style dance show based in Baltimore, Maryland made for the perfect first show at the new space. The show’s main character is a teenage girl named Tracey Turnblad who’s dream is to be a dancer on a local TV show called The Corny Collins Show.  Tracey auditions for the show and when she is cast, she uses her new celebrity status to help integrate the show.  12647230_10205896129065960_5081785103671589125_n (1)

Kaylyn Lewis, who made her debut as Tracey in the Cultural Arts Playhouse’s production of Hairspray, teared up after Saturday night’s final performance.  “Coming into a new theater is never easy, but these guys made it so it was.”, said Kaylyn.  “Being able to work on a show that I have wanted to work to for quite some time was a dream come true, and working on it with some of the most talented performers I have ever met made it all the more special.”

“Closing a show is always bittersweet.  The bonds formed, the jokes made, the songs sung…all before you even hit the stage!  Everyone has such great energy and it’s such a blast to be able to put up such an incredible production with my best friends.” said Jared Grossman, the son of CAP founder Bruce Grossman.  Jared plays TV host Corny Collins in the show.

Next on the agenda for the Cultural Arts Playhouse is Guys & Dolls, which opens later this month.

Online Journalism

Welcome to COM 248- Online Journalism!

An introduction to the rapidly growing field of online journalism. A hands-on course that utilizes standard journalism techniques for research and storytelling, adapting these for the web while also considering legal and ethical aspects of the profession. Storytelling for the web, online news, web layout, blogging and other techniques of the online journalist will be covered.