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Good News: Hills West's Tyler Grimaldi Captures State Wrestling Title

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around the area.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.

Hills West's Tyler Grimaldi Captures State Wrestling Title

Tyler Grimaldi made history last Saturday.

The Half Hollow Hills High School West senior out to avenge a loss in the state wrestling finals last year did just that as Grimaldi earned the first state wrestling title in school history. The Harvard-bound Grimaldi defeated MacArthur High School's Steve Schneider, 9-3, in the 160-pound finals at the Times Union Center in Albany. 

'Harlem Shake' Invades Patchogue Gym

The Harlem Shake viral internet sensation has come to Patchogue via a Finest Fitness version posted onto Youtube. The videos involve one person dancing in the middle of a fairly normal looking environment, in this case people working out, and then suddenly cutting to everyone dancing in outlandish outfits. Watch the video here. 

Carter Wins Suffolk County Diving Championship

West Islip student Patrick Carter is Suffolk County's new diving champion. After an undefeated season, Carter took the county victory with an 11-dive score of 451.25 in Hauppuge earlier this month.

The title is a dream come true for the eighth grader."I dove, dove, and dove some more," Carter told Newsday. "I practiced every day and I always dreamed of winning the county championship.

Sachem East Girls Win Suffolk Hoops Championship

"This definitely feels much better than last year," said Sachem East Basketball star Katie Doherty just moments after she and her teammates hoisted their Class AA Suffolk County Championship plaque.

She was referring to a tough loss in the semifinals last year against Hauppauge. "This year we came in, we didn't want to lose, we felt the sting of last year," Doherty said. And they didn't lose. The Flaming Arrows jumped out in front early and stayed there, defeating the No. 1 seeded North Babylon Bulldogs 57-49 at Ward Melville High School Tuesday night.

Konarski Garners All-American Consideration at State Championship

Kevin Konarski has finished his swimming career at the Lindenhurst High School as "the most decorated swimmer in our school's history," garnering All-American consideration and qualifying for three more upcoming competitions at the NYSPHSAA Swimming and Diving Championship that took place in Webster, New York, on March 1 and 2.

Community Ambulance Saves Woman from Heroin Overdose

A volunteer member of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company saved a woman Monday afternoon who had overdosed on heroin. Emergency medical technician Luke Imperato responded to the Bohemia resident's home a bit after 3:30 p.m., following a 911 caller reporting a 47-year-old woman was having trouble breathing.

Meet the Owner: Lisa Arcese of Linique Haircutters

In a village filled with many of the same kinds of businesses, Asian restaurants, dessert-type storefronts and hair salons, Linique Haircutters sets itself apart by being different than many of its Deer Park Avenue business district brethren.

First off, longevity is the name of the game as owner Lisa Arcese is celebrating Linique's 28th year in business and 16th year at her storefront at 37 John Street in Babylon Village. 

"I started working when I was 12 in a hair salon around the corner from my junior high school," said Arcese, who grew up in Hollis, Queens. "I wanted to work at a young age... they wanted me to clean when I started, but then the salon had me do shampooing and then hair."

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