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From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sights of New York City, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of the region. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

For 4-year-old Paisley Ferrara, the idea of fun
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For 4-year-old Paisley Ferrara, the idea of fun on a Saturday afternoon was being strapped to the back of her dad, Gerard Ferrara, as he mowed the lawn in front of their Stony Brook home on June 24, 2017.

Bernadette Mille, a kindergarten teacher at St. William
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Bernadette Mille, a kindergarten teacher at St. William the Abbot School in Seaford for 50 years is retiring on June 23, 2017. Teachers, students and former students gather as they rename a hallway in her honor.

Mary Cigliano, left, a third-grade teacher and former
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Mary Cigliano, left, a third-grade teacher and former kindergarten pupil of Bernadette Miller, right, gets a hug on the last day of school from Miller who is retiring from St. William the Abbot School in Seaford after being a kindergarten teacher for 50 years.

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Zachary Moy, 3, of Wantagh looks for patterns
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Zachary Moy, 3, of Wantagh looks for patterns in the wings of a butterfly at Long Island Children's Museum's Pattern Wizardry exhibit on Friday afternoon, June 23, 2017. The exhibit will be open to visitors all summer long.

Lina Garriques, center, mother of victim Anthony Holmes-Garriques,
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Lina Garriques, center, mother of victim Anthony Holmes-Garriques, 20, is angered at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, June 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for Christopher Bouchard, 27, of Mastic Beach for allegedly striking her son and killing him with a minivan. Keenan King, 19, of Shirley was also killed.

Family and friends of the victims Keenan King,
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Family and friends of the victims Keenan King, 19, of Shirley, and Anthony Holmes-Garriques, 20, of North Bellport, comfort one another outside First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, June 23, 2017, after bail was set at $200,000 for Christoper Bouchard, 27, of Mastic Beach for allegedly striking them with his minivan and killing them. Family and friends were upset and angered about the charges and the low bail set for Bouchard.

Edwin Moore, who is a 100 percent service
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Edwin Moore, who is a 100 percent service connected disabled combat Vietnam War veteran was awarded an automobile grant by the Veterans Administration. He is seen above on Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Northport VA Medical Center.

Pedestrians use a crosswalk to cross Wellwood Avenue
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Pedestrians use a crosswalk to cross Wellwood Avenue in Lindenhurst on Friday, June 23, 2017.

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Over 400 students and staff wave goodbye on
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Over 400 students and staff wave goodbye on their last day of school at Southold Elementary in Southold on Friday, June 23, 2017

One of a few passing storms slams the
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One of a few passing storms slams the intersection of 96th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side as storms rolled across Manhattan Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Robert Risciglione, of West Islip, teaches his daughter
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Robert Risciglione, of West Islip, teaches his daughter Joon, 5, the proper technique for casting at at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Rieanna Flores, 17, of Ronkonkoma, top, and her
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Rieanna Flores, 17, of Ronkonkoma, top, and her aunt, Petal LaBorde, 25, visiting from Orlando, try to keep up with each other at Lake Ronkonkoma County Park on Monday afternoon, June 19, 2017.

A Long Island Rail Road customer at Jamaica
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A Long Island Rail Road customer at Jamaica station on Monday, June 19, 2017. The director of the MTA said Monday that LIRR riders deserve a fare decrease and she vowed to withhold funding from Amtrak and make the agency pay for the costs incurred by the LIRR as it deals with the construction-related service disruptions at Penn Station this summer.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio at a rally at
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Mayor Bill de Blasio at a rally at City Hall in Manhattan on Monday, June 19, 2017, urging Albany to extend mayoral control of the New York City school system immediately.

Riding the rides during the 2017 Strawberry Festival
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Riding the rides during the 2017 Strawberry Festival in Mattituck on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Alexandra Michaels, a volunteer with Live.Love.Bark Rescue Inc.,
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Alexandra Michaels, a volunteer with Live.Love.Bark Rescue Inc., helps wash Bixby, a mixed breed dog from Farmingdale, during the 6th annual dog wash fundraiser at the Town of Islip Animal Shelter in Bay Shore on June 17, 2019.

Peter's Clam Bar owner Butch Yamali holds the
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Peter's Clam Bar owner Butch Yamali holds the 22-pound "Louie the Lobster" believed to be about 132 years old, before returning the lobster to the ocean on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Island Park.

A depiction of President Trump tweeting while crossing
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A depiction of President Trump tweeting while crossing the Delaware adorns a pop-up storefront has been made over into 'The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library' by Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' Friday, June 16th, 2017 in Manhattan, just around the corner from Trump Tower. The pop-up library, which opened today and will run through Sunday, is made up of actual tweets by President Trump and is presented in the comedic style of the show.

Man and woman getting some exercise on the
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Man and woman getting some exercise on the boardwalk after some light rain in Long Beach Friday, June 16, 2017.

Matthew Lutwick, 5 of Wantagh, practices his swing
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Matthew Lutwick, 5 of Wantagh, practices his swing with his godfather, Tim Pfeife, of West Babylon, at the driving range at Eisenhower Park on Friday, June 16, 2017, in East Meadow.

Avery Mok, 4, is all smiles as he
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Avery Mok, 4, is all smiles as he makes his crown at the Long Island Children's Museum on Friday, June 16, 2017, in Garden City.

A gloomy day didn't deter people from walking
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A gloomy day didn't deter people from walking the promenade in Brooklyn Heights Friday, June 16th, 2017.

Landon Porter, 9, from Mattituck, displays his hulled
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Landon Porter, 9, from Mattituck, displays his hulled strawberries at the 63rd annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Baseball player Jesse Berardi flips a ball in
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Baseball player Jesse Berardi flips a ball in the backyard of his Commack home on the evening of June 15, 2017. Jesse, who played his college ball at St. John's University in Queens, was recently drafted by the Cleveland Indians.

Friends Amanda Molina, 17, left, and Angie Cordoba,
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Friends Amanda Molina, 17, left, and Angie Cordoba, 17, right, both of Great Neck, bask in the sun as they enjoy temperatures in the mid-70s at the town dock in Port Washington Thursday, June 15, 2017.

The new customer concourse at the Farley Post
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The new customer concourse at the Farley Post Office building, shown Thursday, June 15, 2017, links passengers to the Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit.

The Farley Post Office building connects to the
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The Farley Post Office building connects to the Penn Station Long Island Rail Road tracks. The concourse, shown, June 15, 2017, links passengers to the LIRR and NJ Transit.

Nick Tangorra of the Tangorra Brothers high-fives Liam
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Nick Tangorra of the Tangorra Brothers high-fives Liam Huey, 5, of Brookville, while he sings at the Summer Jam at the Brookville Center for Children's Services, in Brookville on June 15, 2017.

Environmental activist Christopher Swain, 49, touches down in
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Environmental activist Christopher Swain, 49, touches down in Brooklyn Bridge Park after completing a 133-mile swim from Montauk to New York Harbor to raise awareness for the region's polluted waterways.

Clair Widmaier, left, and Agatha Khishchenko are seen
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Clair Widmaier, left, and Agatha Khishchenko are seen with "Alp Blossom," an alpine cow's milk cheese covered with herbs and edible flowers, at Belle Cheese at the Dekalb Market Hall at City Point in downtown Brooklyn, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Does he look cool, or what? Craig Thornton,
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Does he look cool, or what? Craig Thornton, a fourth-grader of Leo F. Giblyn School, takes a seat on a Freeport Village police motorcycle with Officer Robert Salisbury by his side Wednesday, June 14, 2017, as part of the department's "Adopt a Cop" mentoring program.

Cheryl Mortensen, left, of Queens and Angela Hartman
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Cheryl Mortensen, left, of Queens and Angela Hartman of Brooklyn get a closer look at Seward Johnson's "Eye of the Beholder" sculpture at Old Westbury Gardens on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The sculpture is part of a 30-work exhibit, "Experiencing Art in the Landscape," depicting Johnson's love of nature and French impressionism. The exhibit runs through Sept. 4.

Oh, deer! Dr. Regina Glanzberg, left, of Best
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Oh, deer! Dr. Regina Glanzberg, left, of Best Friends Veterinary Care in Nesconset, and Janine Bendicksen, wildlife rehabilitation director of Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, hold a rescued male fawn at the Best Friends practice on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Bucky, who is nearly 3 weeks old, was found with an injured leg on the side of the road almost two weeks ago in Huntington.

People move about the West End Concourse that
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People move about the West End Concourse that links Long Island Rail Road passengers with the platform at Penn Station on Wednesday morning, June 14, 2017.

Kelly Leem, 19, of Flushing, Queens, cools off
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Kelly Leem, 19, of Flushing, Queens, cools off in the rough surf in Long Beach on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Police work at the scene where a wrong-way
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Police work at the scene where a wrong-way driver crashed into SUV after driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of the Southern State Parkway, just west of the Sunrise Highway overpass in Islip Terrace around 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, June. 13 2017. The driver who drove the wrong way was killed in the crash, and the driver in the SUV was seriously injured.

Commuters rush to board LIRR trains during the
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Commuters rush to board LIRR trains during the rush hour commute at Penn Station, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Tee-ball coach Maria Popovicova teaches youngsters, from left,
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Tee-ball coach Maria Popovicova teaches youngsters, from left, Andrew Leemon 4, Sean Trudden 4, and Sam Wilkens, 3, how to avoid being tagged out during a tee-ball class at the Tri-Village Baseball Field in Greenlawn on Monday, June 12, 2017. The six-week course is put on by USA Sport Group for the Town of Huntington.

Second-grader Hailey Conrad learns baton on Tuesday, June
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Second-grader Hailey Conrad learns baton on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Students in kindergarten through second grade at South Street School in Manorville participated in a full-day workshop that focused on balancing the body, mind, heart and soul to prepare them for a relaxing, re-energizing summer.

Students in kindergarten through second grade at South
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Students in kindergarten through second grade at South Street School in Manorville participate in a full-day workshop Tuesday, June 13, 2017, that focused on balancing the body, mind, heart and soul to prepare them for a relaxing, re-energizing summer.

As temperatures reached into the 90s on Tuesday,
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As temperatures reached into the 90s on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the first thing 8-year-old Alison Ventura did when she got home from school was hop into the small pool with her brother Michael, 3, outside their family's home in Bay Shore.

Eighth-grader Nicole Amatulli, 14, receives a hug from
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Eighth-grader Nicole Amatulli, 14, receives a hug from her aunt Michelle Lobrutto, who cut her hair during the Cutting for a Cure event at Jonas Salk Middle School in Levittown on Monday, June 12, 2017. Students donated their locks to help cancer patients in need of a wig.

William Abel, 4, performs during the annual school
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William Abel, 4, performs during the annual school ballet recital at the Children's Learning Center of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County in Roosevelt on Monday, June12, 2017. He and other youngsters were able to move by using the Upsee, a mobility device that harnesses the children's sandals and torso to a therapist or other adult assisting them.

Sam Wilkens, 3, takes a swing during his
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Sam Wilkens, 3, takes a swing during his T-ball class at the Tri-Village Baseball Field in Greenlawn on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Jose Ortiz is out in front during the149th
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Jose Ortiz is out in front during the149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Belmont Park in Elmont. Ortiz owned his first Triple Crown win Saturday.

Jose Gonzalez, and daughter Violet Gonzalez, 6, of
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Jose Gonzalez, and daughter Violet Gonzalez, 6, of Freeport, cool off in Lake Ronkonkoma, June 11, 2017. Long Islanders may look to beat the heat over the next three days as temperatures in some areas are expected to climb into the upper 80s and lower 90s over much of the region.

Andrea Flores of Elmont, 16, center, waves a
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Andrea Flores of Elmont, 16, center, waves a rainbow flag beside her friends Ariana Freire of Massapequa, 16, left, and Noah Nicholson of Uniondale, 16, as they enjoy the Long Island Pride festival in Long Beach Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Members representing the
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Members representing the "Couch on Wheels" community group dance in the street during the Long Island Pride Parade that began on Broadway in Long Beach, Sunday, June 11, 2017.

Firefighters put out a car fire on Moriches
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Firefighters put out a car fire on Moriches Middle Island Road, east of Cranford Boulevard in Manorville on Saturday morning, June 10, 2017.

Abby Podlubny of New Haven, Connecticut, attends the149th
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Abby Podlubny of New Haven, Connecticut, attends the149th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Belmont Park in Elmont.

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