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Susan Karagjozi is Long Island's top Black Friday shopper

Susan Karagjozi is Long Island's top Black Friday

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The results are in, and after a long and arduous Black Friday journey, 57 percent of our readers who voted were correct: Susan Karagjozi, a 33-year-old teacher from Middle Island, has been crowned Long Island's top shopper.

"I am so pleased to have been the winner," Susan says, "because I did not waiver from my morals of being with family on Thanksgiving, not waiting on lines,...

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For Long Island's animal activists, Black Friday is Fur Free Friday

Members of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION),

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Members of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and In Defense of Animals (IDA) took to the streets to remind the public to “shop cruelty-free” this season at their second annual Fur Free Friday event. Black Friday, known in the animal activist world as International Fur Free Friday, is "the day on which animal advocates all around...

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J. Crew sample sale, holiday shopping with Camila Alves

Camila Alves in the Macy's INC International Concepts

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Dec. 4-6

BOOK A SEAT AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE in Huntington for a complimentary makeover, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Armani counter (631-350-1230) and Dec. 4-6 at the Bobbi Brown counter (631-350-1362).

Dec. 5

SHOP THE JILL HABER TRUNK SHOW for exotic-skin handbags, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Shari's Place, 44 Glen Cove Rd., Greenvale; 516-484-7400.

Dec. 5 and Dec. 7

On Dec....

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Long Island fashion designer: I did not amputate my leg so I could wear stilettos

While fashion is a huge part of her

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Undergoing leg amputation surgery did change Mariah Serrano's life for the better-- but not for the reason headlines are claiming.

As a teen, the now 21-year-old fashion designer from Mastic Beach lived with chronic pain and often missed class at William Floyd High School due to her clubfoot, until she made the decision to remove it days after her junior prom in 2009. Serrano had tried six...

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Black Friday safety tips

Simple safety tips will help keep shoppers safe

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With Black Friday quickly approaching, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco has provided safety tips to help everyone enjoy a safe shopping experience.

“Whenever people feel stressed and rushed, they can be more vulnerable to crime," he says. "These tips offer some basic guidelines to follow to be safer while holiday shopping."

Parking lots:

- When walking through...

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Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: When to shop?

Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have their

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To brave the crowds or surf the web? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

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Black Friday at Roosevelt Field, Smith Haven and Walt Whitman malls

The Walt Whitman Shops of Huntington Station underwent

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Heading to one of Long Island's Simon malls this Black Friday? Here's what to expect. To find deals and hours for specific retailers at all three malls, visit


Where: 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City

Opens: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.

Freebies: The first 250 shoppers who come to Guest Services starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving will get special...

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Ooh La La opening, bridal trunk shows galore

Bridal Reflections is hosting the Yaki Ravid bridal

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Nov. 26-Dec. 1

Nouveau Bride in Merrick hosts the Intuzuri bridal gown trunk show, by appointment only, at 1613 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-868-1500.

Nov. 28-Dec. 1

The Wedding Salon of Manhasset is hosting the Victor Harper Fall 2014 bridal collection trunk show, with a designer visit on Saturday and Sunday; 1468 Northern Blvd.; 516-869-8455. Then, on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, view the Amsale...

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Saks Fifth Avenue preview, Judith Leiber sample sale

Judith Leiber evening clutches, exotic skin bags, sunglasses

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Nov. 21

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE in Huntington offers a preview of the Fall 2013 and Resort 2014 handbag collections, with the buyers (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), plus the Anzie fine jewelry trunk show (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and informal modeling (12:30-4:30 p.m.). A portion of sales storewide benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation when you mention the group at purchase.

Nov. 21-23


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H&M and Lady Gaga open glitzy Times Square headquarters

The Times Square H&M is located at at

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Times Square is about to get even flashier.

H&M opens its enormous flagship store at midnight, complete with 3-1/2 floors, sweeping city views, lit-up logos visible from Connecticut and New Jersey, and a ribbon-cutting by Lady Gaga. (Who else?)

Shoppers started lining up outside throughout the day Wednesday, and though it will be crowded, the loud store is surprisingly made to provide...

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