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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.
Dhonna Goodale’s grandparents raised her to think of others first, so each Christmas, starting when she was 5 years old, she would take $5 of her allowance and spend it on a present for another child.
“They would tell me, ‘Someone always has it worse than you do,’ ” said Goodale, of Flanders.
Continuing her family’s tradition of giving back, for the past 18 years Goodale and her husband,...Read more »
Last week, the remnants of decade-old holiday lights in downtown Northport that had mostly blown out or had been strangling trees were taken down. There was just one problem: The village didn’t have the funds to replace them.
But two anonymous local families have stepped up to help the village keep its festive feel.
“We keep the lights on year round. It’s a piece of the quaint village...Read more »
As a child, Erik Callender would secretly buy snakes and turtles from the pet store and sneak them into his bedroom. His mother would find out when she found crickets hopping around their home.
As an adult, his love for reptiles only grew stronger, and the 36-year-old travels regularly to places like the Philippines, Nicaragua and Malaysia to observe wildlife.
In 2006, he founded Erik’s...Read more »
Fruity, a 1-year-old miniature donkey, donned reindeer antlers and struck a pose with Santa Claus beside Donna Launonen and her 2-year-old granddaughter, Ava, on Saturday.
The donkey was among the pets, including dogs, cats, a guinea pig, rabbit and chicken, that got their pictures taken with Santa Claus during Talmage Farm Agway's 14th annual Christmas photo event for pet owners in Riverhead.
“We...Read more »
In an effort to keep needy Long Islanders provided for during the holidays, local businesses and organizations are hosting assorted charity drives. Here is a list of where you can help donate. If you know of one you don’t see here, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Homes By Mara Realty in Syosset is hosting a holiday coat drive through Christmas. Donations can be...Read more »
With the flip of a switch, an entire miniature civilization comes to life — children ice skating, a moving train whistling, tree lights flashing and Santa’s sleigh flying by.
Sixty miniature ceramic houses and 200 miscellaneous pieces make up a Christmas village, with North Pole and train traveling around a 4-foot tree at “Rockefeller Center.”
Twenty-five years ago, Susan Febbraro and...Read more »
Work on the Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail extension is moving along and is set to be completed by May 2014, according to a local foundation and town representatives.
John McQuaid, chairman of the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, said the extension, which began construction Nov. 12, will connect the park with downtown Kings Park, giving people access to the state park, river and Main...Read more »
Shaun Jacobson’s car -- with a plastic menorah on its roof -- lit up East Hampton’s Main Street Saturday night while in line with 24 other vehicles, also equipped with menorahs, during Chabad Lubavitch of the Hamptons’ Menorahcade.
In celebrating eight days of Hanukkah, the procession left from Woods Lane and ended at Herrick Park in East Hampton.
Jacobson, 35, and his wife...Read more »
Adriana Gonzalez pointed at a figure emerging from the top of the Montauk Point Lighthouse and screamed, “Santa!”
For Adriana, 5, an appearance by Saint Nick was the perfect icing on the cake after minutes earlier watching 10,000 bulbs light up, decorating the historic lighthouse for the holiday season.
On Saturday night, Adriana and her grandparents, Edwina and Robert Morgan, were among...Read more »
An 8-week-old kitten was rescued from a drainage pipe behind a strip mall in Commack early Wednesday morning after its cries were heard through the pouring rain.
The tiger-striped tabby was rescued at about 1:30 a.m. behind Bagel Basket Cafe on Commack Road by two employees of Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services in Farmingdale after a four-hour effort at the scene.
General manager...Read more »