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Joshua Stewart

Josh Stewart, newsday.com's Nassau County community editor, previously covered Syosset for Patch.com and was associate managing editor of the Long Island Press. He is originally from Belmont, N.C., and graduated from Gaston College.

Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh showcase country's expanding reach

Sonia Leigh plays at the Sayville Yacht Club

(Credit: Josh Stewart)

Barbara Mandrell may have been country when country wasn't cool, but when country is cool, what else is there?

Nashville's return to New York from exile thanks to MyCountry 96.1 on Eastern Long Island and NASH 94.7 FM in Gotham has been a perfect storm. Fans pick up one station on the LIE around the time the other starts to fade, and that inundation has spread to live events.

It’s not...

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Teens feel 'free' at Pride for Youth LGBTQ prom in Bellmore

Lounging around at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Pride

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Sam C. partied like any self-respecting “Queen of Hearts” should at an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed prom.

She held court.

Sam was ready for a photographer’s lens only after laying dramatically on a couch -- sprawled on top of friends Danny Petersen and Casey Donnelly -- simultaneously showing off red-and-black striped tights and a fearless nature. Not long before, she had helped lead...

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