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Brittany Wait

Brittany Wait joined newsday.com as a community journalist in April after a stint at the Times Beacon Record Newspapers in Setauket. She is a 2011 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.

Wyandanch offender support group runs Easter egg hunt

Chrisvel Peguero, 4, of Wyandanch, finds an Easter

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joseph Byrd followed his two grandchildren through a playground at Wyandanch Park Saturday, pointing and clapping when they discovered hidden sparkling eggs scattered about.

The hope of finally experiencing moments like this was what helped the Wyandanch man get through a 30-year prison stint for homicide. He doesn’t want his grandchildren to make the same mistakes, and that was the theme...

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Mutilated puppy and its mom reunite in Huntington

Miss Harper, left, a 10-month-old pit bull puppy

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Miss Harper, the 10-month-old pit bull puppy found with its ears and hind right leg cut off last September, was reunited with its mother at My Pet’s Vet in Huntington on Thursday.

Her mother Missy, 7, was a victim of overbreeding, and Miss Harper was in one of her litters.

Missy was surrendered by her owners Wednesday and taken by the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...

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Jenny McCarthy's visit to Shirley school airs Friday on 'The View'

"The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy visits Nathaniel Woodhull

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

On March 14, “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy played guest teacher to 26 second-graders at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School in Shirley, a visit that will air 11 a.m. Friday on the talk show.

The class teacher, Leigh-Ann Rosen, saw the show announce the segment in January and emailed them to see if McCarthy could come get a taste of her job. Two weeks later, the show’s producers told her...

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LI Lutheran students unload Stop & Shop hams for needy

Stop & Shop donated 1,500 Easter holiday hams

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Evelyn Ouro-Rodrigues carried a 6-pound ham over her shoulder and dropped it into a box filled with hundreds of other donations to feed local families in need of a holiday meal.

After the Stop & Shop grocery store chain donated 1,500 Easter hams to Island Harvest and Lutheran charities locally and in New York City, track and field varsity captain Ouro-Rodrigues and 39 Long Island Lutheran...

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Woman gives birth in Nassau medical center parking lot

Zulma Gutierrez, of Westbury, holds her newborn baby,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Zulma Gutierrez gave birth to her fourth child Tuesday morning at Nassau University Medical Center — in the parking lot.

When her water broke in the back of the ambulance, two police officers and a medic assisted her in delivering a healthy baby boy.

Nassau County police Third Precinct officers Sandra Richard and Robert Vergara and advanced medical technician Robert Roper responded to...

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Suffolk Aviation Academy course takes off

Sachem East High School senior Emily Piazza, 17,

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Aspiring pilot Emily Piazza found inspiration in the stories women aviators told a Suffolk Aviation Academy class on Wednesday.

For instance, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo was the first woman hired by a commercial airline, but she struggled to land a job for nearly a year before she was hired by American Airlines.

That story struck a chord with Piazza, who was one of 24 students at the Eastern...

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Inaugural Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge gets 37-degree welcome

Nearly 400 people plunged into the 37-degree water

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Brian Schiralli, already soaked by a steady rain, grabbed his Special Olympics coach’s hand, sprinted into frigid water and was already waist deep before declaring, “We are diving in.”

Without hesitation, Schiralli, who has Down syndrome, and his soccer, basketball, floor hockey and track coach of five years, Joe Branzetti, dove in headfirst.

They were among the nearly 400 people who...

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Malverne district teacher surprised with 'Happy' hall of fame news

Marguerite Izzo, a fifth-grade teacher at Davison Avenue

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Marguerite Izzo thought she was attending a state test pep rally Friday.

As it turns out, there was already something to celebrate.

The fifth-grade teacher at Lynbrook's Davison Avenue Intermediate School, part of the Malverne Union Free School District, was surprised in front of the entire school with news that she had been selected for induction into the Emporia, Kan.-based National...

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Shelter Island teen's message in a bottle found in Bahamas

Andrew Gracie, 60, of Bermuda, with a message

(Credit: Andrew Gracie)

Connor Corbett-Rice cast a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago from Shelter Island for a school project, hoping someday that someone far away would read the message inside.

He got more than he bargained for. Connor never imagined the bottle would drift more than 1,000 miles and wash ashore on an island in the Bahamas.

“I was shocked. I forgot about the entire project up to...

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LI boys go bald, raise $10G for late friend at St. Baldrick's event

Sixth-grader Alex Lessman, 11, of Plainview, and 23

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Chunks of hair fell from Alex Lessman’s shoulders as the 11-year-old fidgeted in a chair at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview.

But Alex wasn’t alone. He recruited 23 of his friends to get their heads shaved Tuesday, raising $10,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as part of the second-annual head-shaving event for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District.

Besides...

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