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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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Dog saved by Good Samaritan in Lawrence seeks home

Veterinarian Martin Zipkin, left, sits next to Adam

(Credit: Hewlett Animal Hospital)

There’s an oft-forgotten nugget in the Good Samaritan parable. The do-gooder didn’t just offer first aid and a ride to the beaten and robbed man left to die on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho.

On top of everything else, he helped pay for the man’s stay at an inn to recuperate.

Hewlett Harbor’s Adam Kopelman went to more than one extra mile in saving a pit bull terrier that had been...

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LI's Joe Taglic falls in 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament

Valley Stream's Joe Taglic, 17, competed in the

(Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.)

Valley Stream’s Joe Taglic is out of the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, falling in a semifinal episode that aired Tuesday night.

But all is not lost. The 17-year-old will take a $10,000 prize for making the semifinal round to his next academic stop, MIT.

Taglic, a recent graduate of Regis High School in Manhattan, advanced to the semifinals on the episode that aired Friday. He finished...

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Valley Stream's Joe Taglic advances in 'Jeopardy!' Teen Tournament

Valley Stream's Joe Taglic, 17, competed in the

(Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.)

Valley Stream resident Joe Taglic advanced Friday night in the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament.

Taglic, 17, finished second in the episode that aired Friday, earning one of the wild card spots in the semifinals. His semifinal episode will air Tuesday at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV.

He has only been watching the show since last year, but is a longtime fan of trivia. He helped create the Quiz Bowl team...

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