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David Reich-Hale

David Reich-Hale is an online community news editor. He was previously an associate editorial director at Patch.com, where he oversaw the editorial and business operation of the company's New York sites. Prior to that, he was the editor of Long Island Business News, and before that he held positions with American Banker/Thomson Financial and National Underwriter. Reich-Hale has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a journalism degree.

Roundup: Eminent domain in Centerport; Hike for Life event set for May 10

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0

(Credit: Alexi Knock)


Park expanded using eminent domain

A Centerport park has been expanded as a result of eminent domain.

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0 last week to acquire a 0.52-acre parcel through a “friendly condemnation” procedure.

The parcel was owned by the Greenlawn Water District and is next to 11-acre Phragmites Park on the north side of Route 25A. The plot was...

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Coltrane's sax joins Smithsonian collection

The John Coltrane House on Candlewood Path in

(Credit: Henry Powderly )

One of John Coltrane's saxophones is headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Coltrane's son, jazz artist Ravi Coltrane, donated one of his father's three principal saxophones to the museum. The Selmer Mark VI tenor sax was made in Paris around 1965, according to the museum.

Coltrane's epic "A Love Supreme" album was released the same year.

The saxophone,...

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Long Island Cares launches pet food drive

Long Island Cares runs Baxter's Pet Pantry, which

Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank has launched a pet food drive through the region's state legislators. 

The 3rd annual Legislative Food Drive is an initiative Long Island Cares started in 2012 to restock the warehouse shelves during the winter and spring, when it said donations are typically scarce.

The food bank said it has delivered nearly 900,000 pounds of pet donations...

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Friday snow delays on Long Island

A student on March 8, 2013, boards a

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

With more snow falling overnight, schools on Long Island are already announcing delayed openings, while at least one township said it was opening later than usual.

The Town of Huntington said Town Hall won't open until 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Brookhaven, meanwhile, said its town recreation and senior centers would reopen.

Hundreds of schools have announced delayed openings.


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Snow delays in Brookhaven, Huntington

Under icy conditions, a school bus takes caution

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The towns of Brookhaven and Huntington have both announced snow delays ahead of the winter storm that's expected to hit Long Island early on Thursday, while some school districts are already posting delays or closings.

Brookhaven said its town senior and recreation centers, including the aquatic center in Mastic, would delay opening by two hours and open at 11 a.m.

Brookhaven's nutrition...

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Ward Melville's Elaina Frantellizzi gets $120G scholarship surprise

Ward Melville High School senior Elaina Frantellizzi, left,

(Credit: Franco Frantellizzi)

Franco Frantellizzi feels like he won the tuition lottery -- twice.

The Stony Brook resident shipped his son Peter off to school four years ago, and he graduates this year from Binghamton University.

“It’s a great school, and compared to most other choices, it’s relatively cheap,” Frantellizzi said of the State University of New York school.

What’s better than cheap? How about...

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LI Now: Live winter storm updates

Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead is

(Credit: Instagram user tarakconry)


This concludes our live updates for the day, but please read our latest social media notes below. 

Roads are trecherous, so be careful.

Also, many town activities throughout Long Island have been postponed. Check with your local municipality for more.  


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





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Ten years later, cousin of murdered girl Carlie Brucia forges on

Holbrook's Matt Barbis launched the Rose Brucia Educational

(Credit: Rose Brucia Foundation)

Carlie Brucia’s Sunday had started like so many others — playing with a friend. It would end in tragedy.

Carlie, 11, was walking home from a friend’s house in Sarasota, Fla. when she was abducted and killed, the kidnapping caught on a nearby surveillance video. Saturday will mark the 10-year anniversary.

“It’s unbelievable that it’s been 10 years,” said Brucia’s cousin, Matt Barbis of...

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