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Candice Ruud

I cover the Town of Islip, its four villages and nearly two dozen hamlets. You can usually find me tweeting and furiously taking notes at town and village board meetings. I’ll focus part of my attention on local development projects, watching how taxpayer dollars are spent and staying in tune with resident concerns and interests. I also love a good, local human interest story. Got some news to share? I’d love to hear from you.

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Summer stories you might have missed

Nicholas Pedone died in May 2013 at the

(Credit: Courtesy Josephine Pedone)

Summer is winding down as families return from vacation and children head back to school. Newsday chronicled many meaningful stories this summer. Here, we look back at some that tugged on our heartstrings.

Click here to see Newsday.com's list.

Mobile readers can access the item by clicking on the link directly below.

The list includes a runner who completed seven marathons in...

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Wilderness Act turns 50, is celebrated on LI

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site naturalist Lois Lindberg,

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

The Wilderness Act, signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, gave federal protection to 9.1 million acres of wild land across the United States.

In honor of the bill’s 50th anniversary, Sagamore Hill naturalist Lois Lindberg, 62, held a special nature tour honoring the wildlife and conservation efforts on the grounds that once belonged to famed naturalist and former President Theodore Roosevelt,...

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LaunchPad, high-tech incubator, headed to Great Neck

Harry Scheiner, left, and Tristan Valentino, programmers for

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

LaunchPad, a high-tech business incubator company, is scheduled to come to Grace Avenue in Great Neck Plaza in late September or early October.

Business incubators are organizations geared toward accelerating the growth and success of startup companies and when located in common buildings are meant to foster convenient networking among entrepreneurs and their coaches.

LaunchPad offers...

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Fire departments win $250,000 grant for air tanks, gear

The Sound Beach Fire Department at 152 Sound

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Port Jefferson and Sound Beach fire departments have won a federal grant to purchase air tanks, protective clothing and other gear.

The departments will receive a total of $249,803 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The departments had filed a joint application to FEMA for funds to buy new equipment.

The grant will help Port Jefferson...

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Secrets of the NYCB Theater at Westbury

In 1967, after Judy Garland was fired from

(Credit: NYCB Theater at Westbury)

It opened its doors in 1956 as the Westbury Music Fair, housed in a circus tent on the grounds of an abandoned industrial site off Brush Hollow Road.

Ten years later, after finding success, the theater was rebuilt into a permanent indoor structure that stands today as the NYCB Theater at Westbury.

Marketing manager Dan Kellachan, who has worked there for 35 years, has seen it all. He...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Long Island Rail Road passengers at Penn Station

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Good afternoon Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now live post for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

We've wrapped Friday's live coverage, but take a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

Mobile users can click the link above to access our live coverage. 

TRAFFIC AND...

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Wedding rings found at Robert Moses State Park returned to owner

Erin Carrozzo closes her eyes as Mike Cogan

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Mike Cogan returned to the spot that he found an engagement ring and wedding band while scanning the sand with his metal detector. But he wasn’t there to look for more loot. Cogan, 66, of East Northport, handed over the rings to Erin Carrozzo, 41, of Flushing, who lost the rings while applying sunscreen to her children on Aug 4.  

After finding the rings on Aug. 6, Cogan decided to launch...

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Roundup: Filing deadline for WTC workers; Labor Day concert on Saturday

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Deadline for WTC workers

Workers who helped in the rescue, recovery and cleanup of the World Trade Center have until Sept. 11 to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to preserve their right to future benefits.

Workers are being urged to file a WTC-12 form whether they were injured or were employed or volunteered. This includes working at Ground...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Suffolk County police released a surveillance image of

This is the LI Now live post for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

We've wrapped Thursday's live coverage, but take a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Use the link above to access social media posts.)

COAST GUARD RESCUES HEART ATTACK VICTIM 

The...

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Real-life 'Rosie the Riveter' honored in pre-Labor Day ceremony

Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, was awarded

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

As a real-life "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, helped assemble airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale.

“When I first started out, it was difficult,” Rachiele said. “But I kept telling myself I had to stick it out for my family.”

On Thursday, the museum honored Rachiele and all Long Island defense...

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