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Garden City High School's unique graduation attire suits students

Valedictorian Steven Menelly and salutatorian Katherine McGannon outside

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Garden City High School principal Nanine McLaughlin remembers her initial feeling about the school’s unique choice of graduation wardrobe when she arrived six years ago.

“Honestly, when I first came here, I thought it was odd,” she said.

Seniors stray from the traditional -- graduation robes and mortar boards -- and wear all-white to receive their diplomas.. The boys wear white tuxedo...

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Floral Park Memorial High School rallies around littlest prom goer

Floral Park Memorial High School's faculty and students

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The star of Floral Park Memorial High School’s prom matched a black jacket with a Batman T-shirt, and sported sneakers with red shoe laces and soles that lit up when he walked.

Ethan Demmers, 5, wasn’t inside Jericho’s Milleridge Inn for 5 seconds before teacher Christin Mason scooped him up.

“Are you my prom date tonight?” she kidded.

Ethan walked in with his dad, Floral Park...

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Northport High alumnus refurbishes Jaguar to woo prom date

Eric Johnson, 18, of Northport High School's Class

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When Eric Johnson was a senior at Northport High School in 2013, he asked his girlfriend Veronika Potylitsina, a junior, to the prom. But her parents said no, wanting to preserve the customary rite of passage for her senior year.

Turns out it was worth the wait. Johnson, 18, a student at Alfred State University, returned home from college mid-May and began his prom preparation.

Potylistina,...

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‘Lone Survivor’ actor at Michael Murphy run in Ronkonkoma

Actor Taylor Kitsch, who played Michael Murphy in

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The actor who portrayed late Navy SEAL and Patchogue native Michael P. Murphy in the movie “Lone Survivor” was among those supporting runners at the event bearing the fallen hero’s name in Ronkonkoma Saturday.

Actor Taylor Kitsch played Murphy in the 2013 movie, and took pictures with attendees at the Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy 4 Mile Run Around the Lake.

Murphy died in 2005 during...

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Roundup: Amityville makes website more 'user-friendly'

A revamped Village of Amityville website will go live next week, offering a nimbler, more interactive replacement for the current site, trustee Jessica Bernius said.

“We’re going to make it more user-friendly, so the public can pose questions and post applications live on the site,” she said.

Residents also will be able to notify the Highway Department about downed tree limbs, she said,...

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Diplomat’s twins persevere to graduate North Shore High School

North Shore High School students Nicole and Neila

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Graduating high school is a milestone in a young person’s life, signifying the hard work and challenges they have overcome.

Nobody knows that better than twin sisters Neila and Nicole Cruz, 18, who graduated Friday from North Shore High School.

Originally from Angola, a country in southwest Africa, the twins moved to the United States at the age of 15 when their father, Antonio Coelho...

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Oyster Bay teen trading prom gown for Marine Corps fatigues

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez, 17,

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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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Huntington film series to begin with Disney's 'Frozen'

For the 11th year in a row, the Town of Huntington plans to host its "Movies on the Lawn" program.

The family-friendly fun starts on Monday with Walt Disney's "Frozen" at Heckscher Park and continues through August at various locations.

"Bring your picnic supper, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this summer's movie lineup," town board member Mark Cuthbertson, host of the event, said.

On...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, June 27, 2014

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle early

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We're closing down the LI Now live post for today, but have no fear, we'll be back early Monday morning. 

Between now and then, you have a great weekend weather forecast -- sunny and highs in the 80s on both Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to get out and enjoy Long Island for all its summer bounty. 

(Mobile users can click the link below to access our coverage on social media.)

LIRR...

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$63G Take 5 lottery ticket sold in Valley Stream

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket worth $62,703 was sold at the Aman Shell Service Station in Valley Stream Thursday.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 05-10-21-32-38. Tickets expire one year after the game's drawing.

In addition to the top prize, 193 players from across the state purchased winning tickets worth $487 each by matching four out of five numbers. 

Winning...

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