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Tara Conry

Long Island native Tara Conry is newsday.com's Nassau community journalist. A Hofstra University communications graduate, most recently she was a local editor for Patch and previously reported for the New York Daily News, Reader's Digest and SmartMoney. She's earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Long Island and the American Society of Magazine Editors. When not covering Long Island's local communities, Tara enjoys running (often with her Old English Sheepdog by her side), playing soccer and indulging in her love of musical theater.

Eva Casale’s fourth marathon pays tribute to Bay Shore’s Rich Arcuri

Rich Arcuri, an Long Island contractor, died one

(Credit: Arcuri family)

It looked like a finish line, but it wasn’t. Hundreds of people lined Bayway Avenue in Bay Shore Thursday night, clapping, cheering and saying thank you as Glen Cove’s Eva Casale ran by with a pack of about 50 other runners.

But as the group approached an archway of balloons that stretched across the street, they didn’t sprint through. Instead, they slowed down to a walk and then, stopped...

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Glen Cove's Eva Casale completes third of seven marathons in 7 days for cancer research

Caroline Weaver, left, with Glen Cove's Eva Casale,

(Credit: Ryan Achatz. )

Glen Cove’s Eva Casale finished her third straight marathon of the week Wednesday night, but this time, she had a companion throughout the entire 26.2-mile course.

Dayna Schantz, 28, of Northport, didn’t intend on running a full marathon when she arrived at the Runner’s Edge store in Farmingdale, the start of Casale’s third run. She said she planned to keep Casale company for maybe the first...

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Billy Joel, Billy Crystal battle in Round 4 of 'That's SO Long Island'

We’re in Round 4 of our “That’s SO

It’s time to decide the final four contestants in Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament.

Round 4 is now underway, and just eight of the contest's original 64 iconic local foods, celebrities, attractions and activities picked are still in the running to the claim the title.

In the “Food” corner, it’s a high-carb fight between bagels, which creamed Blue Point beer in the previous...

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Vote on Top 16 in Newsday’s 'That’s SO LI' tournament

We’re in Round 4 of our “That’s SO

We’re in Round 3 of our “That’s SO Long Island” tournament, and the competition is getting fierce as the field has narrowed from 64 contestants to the Top 16.

The Long Island Ducks baseball team is pitched in a tight challenge with Long Island's wine country, with the East End destination ahead of the highly popular independent league team by less than 200 votes.

Meanwhile, in a food...

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What defines Long Island? Cast your vote in Newsday's tournament

Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The second round of Newsday's "That's SO Long Island" competition concludes at 5 p.m. today, so before we crown our final 16, jump in and vote.

Funny men Billy Crystal, of Long Beach, and Jerry Seinfeld, a Massapequa High School graduate, are locked in a close battle, with less than 100 votes separating the comedians.

Barring a miraculous comeback, wrestling hero Mick Foley and "Frozen"...

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Glen Cove’s Eva Casale running 7 marathons in 7 days to fight cancer

Glen Cove's Eva Casale, 49, stretches at Morgan

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Glen Cove resident Eva Casale resisted the urge to go for a run Sunday, and instead spent the day relaxing at home and at the beach. It was a rare day off from training for the 49-year-old ultramarathoner, but she knew she needed to rest for the challenge that awaits her.

Starting Monday afternoon, Casale will be running seven marathons in seven consecutive days, logging a total of 183.4 miles...

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Marine comes home, surprises son at Holbrook karate class

Mikey Ortiz, 9, wraps his arms around father

(Credit: Tara Conry)

When Mikey Ortiz arrived at Busto’s Martial Arts in Holbrook Thursday afternoon, the 9-year-old Farmingville boy thought he was just there for a private lesson, a belated birthday gift.

After stepping onto the mat of the dojo, his sensei, Matthew Federico, surprised him with a test, one that would end with him achieving a blue belt.

But a much bigger surprise was waiting in Federico’s...

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That's SO Long Island Round 1 recap, Round 2 voting underway

Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The first round of Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament wrapped up Wednesday night with some close battles, spectacular comebacks and a celebrity social media war.

With only a few hours left in the competition, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and Ward Melville High School alumnus Mick Foley was being dominated by singer Ashanti. Glen Cove native Ashanti, who tweeted the contest to her fans,...

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Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduation includes 9 sets of twins

From left, Rahul Chabria, Trisha Chabria, Justin Pinsky,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School principal James Murray rattled off a list of statistics Sunday about the Class of 2014 while speaking at the school’s commencement.

He said the graduates included 13 Academic Excellence Award recipients, 15 National Merit scholars, four Siemens semifinalists, and one semifinalist from the Intel Science Talent Search.

And then there was...

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Oyster Bay teen trading prom gown for Marine Corps fatigues

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez, 17,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez arrived at her prom Thursday night at The Water’s Edge in Long Island City without her boyfriend.

She said her beau, Kyle Whitelaw, a 2013 Oyster Bay High School graduate, is a soldier in the U.S. Army currently stationed upstate at Fort Drum, and he wasn’t able to take leave.

“He can’t even make it to my graduation,” she said. “It stinks,...

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