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On a spring day, four young cousins, from left, Zamorta Dockery, 5, Champaigne Amissah, 13, Ze'caree Murphy, 6, and Demetrius Amissah, in Wyandanch express their exuberance as they play on a trampoline. (April 16, 2012)(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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In the moment: Pictures from 2012 that capture the spirit of Long Islanders

A lot happens in the span of 365 days. Small moments, the offbeat and the in-between — times that reveal our essence as Long Islanders. 2012 was full of moments big and small, joyous and reflective, that captured our pride and silliness, our endurance, solitude and commitment to each other, and our remembrances and quiet acts of generosity.