All posts by Lea Greene (Southern Wake Academy)

Final thoughts, final feelings and final rants

I can’t believe today is the last day and tonight would be my last night in a dorm that has no AC. I’m just happy I don’t have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. I leave for North Carolina on Sunday, and I’m afraid to get on plane since Malaysia Flight 17. I’d rather drive to North Carolina than fly.

My whole experience was rather good, but my feet are so sore every time we walk somewhere. We all finish our stories all before 11 a.m.. I’m very proud of my team. Now we can finally relax.

I’m looking forward to playing games and taking naps. Hopefully tonight we’re going to the film festival to see a foreign film. I’m just happy we’re not doing anymore work. I’m happy I came here to the Greene Team, but it’s been very overwhelming week just for me.

Hearing these wonderful stories about my grandfather brings back great memories that I don’t discuss a lot. I didn’t know we were going to discuss so much about my grandfather. I shouldn’t have worn so much mascara.

Overall I had a good experience, but it was tiring. I would get back to the dorms around 10-10:30 p.m. and be in bed by 11:30 p.m. Wake up was at 6:15 a.m.-6: 30 a.m. and we’ve started working around 8 a.m. If I had to be up by 7 a.m. and work around 8:30 a.m. and be in the dorms by 8 p.m., then I wouldn’t be so tired.


Anyway Thanks for reading my blogs and hearing me rant.

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Peter Castaldo, a young Ducks fan has only been to three but to plans to not make it his last. (Laura Fallick)

Still passing time at the ballpark

Baseball has always been America’s pastime but is it still the kids’ favorite pastime? Will kids put down their electronic devices long enough to watch the game in front of them?

For a July 23rd Ducks game at Bethpage Ballpark, there were families of all ages. Kids wore baseball gloves on their hands and baseball hats on their heads. For some, this was their first Ducks game; others had been there before.  Kids had foam fingers on their hands, quackers in their mouths, and smiles on their faces.

Little League teams, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts attended the game. The Metro-Gnomes, a youth violinist group, played the Star-Spangled Banner. As they played, fireworks exploded overhead.


Some fans came more for the sport than for the entertainment at the park.

“My favorite thing about playing baseball is being with my friends,” said Brandon Vlacancich, 13. “It’s a fun sport to play.” Chris Mchugh, 8, of Commack, added: “My favorite thing about coming to a baseball game is the home runs.” A shortstop and pitcher for the Commack North Little League team, Chris said he also believes baseball is still America’s pastime.

Tom Hazell of East Islip, an outfielder who cited baseball’s worldwide popularity, said he really enjoys participating in the sport.

“My favorite thing about playing baseball is just playing because it’s always fun.” he said.

And Mason Holland, 10, of Cooperstown — home of the Baseball Hall of Fame — said: “My favorite thing about baseball is hitting the ball and having fun.”

Still, other fans study the professional players to improve their own skills on the diamond.

”I like coming to a Ducks game because it helps me learn baseball,” said Patrick McNelis, 13, who said he thought baseball was still popular.

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Returning to my grandfather’s roots

My feet are sore, my eyes are barely open, and I feel as if I’m going to fall asleep any second.

Wednesday was fun. We got to go into Studio B and played with different broadcast journalism equipment. That was fun. Then we went to Newsday and I got to see pictures of my grandfather and hear stories that made me cry because I was proud. I haven’t really talked about him for a long time.

Then, at the Ducks game, they lost big but we didn’t stay for the whole game. We interviewed 12 kids and took pictures. I ate fries, ice cream, and cotton candy. We got back to our dorms around 10:30 p.m.

Bob Woodward and Bob Greene
Bob Woodward and Bob Greene.
This morning, I didn’t get woken up until 6:50 a.m. I put my hair in a bun, put on some foundation, brushed my teeth, and got dressed. Now all I want to do is sleep.

It’s so bad for us kids to be up so early and sleeping so late. Every time we have a speaker I’m just trying to stay awake. I need an energy drink ASAP!!!

I’m excited for this to be over so I can be able to sleep.

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Colin Maloney

Colin Maloney: A leader in and out of the newsroom

For Colin Maloney, a rising junior at Chaminade High School, writing has been a longtime passion.

“I’ve always been interested in writing since I was in grade school,” Colin said. “My freshman year in high school is when I got involved in journalism and joined my high school newspaper, Tarmac.”

The process of writing and editing intrigues Colin, he said.

“My favorite part about working for the Tarmac is getting the chance to come up with a story idea, investigate it and then see it through to its publication.”

But it’s not always easy, he said.

“The challenging part is, if I’m editing someone else’s work and I miss something, it’s my fault now, not the writer’s,” Colin said. “The way I handle it is just to take my time and be very thorough.”

In addition to journalism, Colin has played basketball, practiced the trumpet and participated in student government.

He’s also an officer in his school’s Intramural Officials Club.

“We run all of the intramural sports that take place after school,” Colin said. “As an officer, I have to make sure the other refs are signed in and on time to set up all the equipment and to make sure everything’s cleaned up when it’s over.”

He’s drawn to such leadership positions, he said, because he wants to make a difference.

“I hate seeing things sloppily done. I never say it’s someone else’s problem. If something’s wrong I try to fix it,” said Colin. “My whole family is the same way. In fact, my dad has to edit contracts for a living as a lawyer and if he makes a mistake it can cost him his job so I think that’s where the thoroughness comes from.”

Colin enjoys following foreign affairs, and he said he hopes one day to be either a foreign correspondent or a State Department employee.

Participating in the Greene program is one more step along that path.

“Colin was very interested in learning to be an investigative reporter and what better place to learn those skills then the Greene Institute founded by one of the country’s best investigative reporters, Bob Greene,” said his mother, Lisa Maloney. “He appreciates the skills and efforts of journalists who are able to bring important issues affecting the world to a wide audience through their stories, often at great personal risk.”

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Day two – So much to do, so little time


Everybody is telling me what to blog or what looks good to blog. I’m just freaked out a little that I see my name basically everywhere. Hearing people talk about my grandfather makes me choke up a little. Good thing about tonight is that a handful of us are going to the film festival. The only movie we can see is a wartime movie because it’s at 9:30 and we get back at 9:00 , So not so bad, time-wise.

All us girls had game night in one dorm with snacks and laughter, like you see in the movies. But I hit the hay at 11:30 p.m. and when I woke up at 6:15 a.m. I wanted to go back to sleep, but I got up and took a shower, I’m proud of myself. Now all I feel is sleepy. I might need a protein bar. I should have taken advantage of naptime in kindergarten. I take more naps now than when I was little.

Yesterday we worked with still cameras and video cameras. John Conrad Williams is our instructor with the camera. He is an award winning photographer. I took an amazing picture of Professor Wasim Ahmad as payback for Sunday. It’s on Instagram and soon to be on the Greene Gazette website! What goes around must come around.

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First few hours on the Greene Team

The first night without my parents felt pretty weird.

Sleeping in a room with a stranger I just met that day is kind of weird. Well, I should get used to it because college life is a year away. But I hate that the dorm room has no AC. I live in North Carolina, where we survive on the AC.

I already accidently broke a table – sorry mom and dad. If you didn’t already know, I’m as clumsy as toddler learning how to walk.

One thing I hate is waking up at 6 or 6:15 a.m. We have Conference Assistants come wake us up at 6:30 and we have to be in the lounge by 7:15. I’m not one bit a morning person. I’m a person who loves naps and watching movies. I woke up at 6:15 to put on makeup and brush my teeth. I’m still trying to wake up. I’m always trying to wake up. It sucks we wont be able to have “free time” until 9 p.m.

On the first night of the Greene Team, my face turned red ten minutes into meeting everyone for the first time. Dean Schneider introduced me and of course my face turned red and I wanted to hide.

Overall it’s not a bad experience so far.

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