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Good News of the Week: Good Samaritans Pull Drowning Man from Water

Also this week, a fundraiser to benefit a Nikola Tesla museum crushed - and still is crushing - its goals, while a North Fork artist is celebrating a reunion with several once-lost works of art.

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.

After leading last week's "Good News" to help a non-profit purchase Nikola Tesla's final laboratory in Shoreham, it only seemed fitting to provide the update.

Not only did the effort - started by web comic The Oatmeal - raise its $850,000 goal in less than a week. As of Saturday morning, over $1.1 million has been raised. Funding above and beyond the goal will go toward the creation of a museum on the site to honor Tesla's memory.

Perhaps fittingly, the donation that hit the $850,000 benchmark came from filmmakers of "Fragments From Olympus-The Vision of Nikola Tesla."

"Itʼs all part of the vindication of Tesla, who sacrificed so much and died penniless," said Joseph Sikorski. "Telling his story is the next part.”

The fundraiser, set up through indiegogo.com, will remain open for just over a month, as scheduled.

It might seem like something out of a movie, but after years of searching, Baiting Hollow artist Max Moran - after hiring private investigators, speaking with police and the FBI's Art Crime Team, scouring the art black market - recovered what was rightfully his: his stolen artwork.

"Can you really put it into words? It's sort of like, 'I haven't seen you -- how have you been?'"

Find out what Moran lost, what was recovered, and what he found out, .

A potentially horrifying turn of events turned out for the better Friday afternoon, when a trio of Good Samaritans pulled in a man who was floating facedown, unconscious, in the Shinnecock Bay, and got him breathing once again.

Though originally limp when one witness found him, two others helped bring him back to life. Read the exclusive details

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