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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.

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Roundup: Village gets official building department

The Village of Port Washington North is getting its official building department.

Village trustees authorized the establishment of the department and the position of superintendent of buildings in a 3-0 vote Tuesday night.

Mayor Bob Weitzner has said the village always maintained an informal department and needed to pass the law to accommodate appointing a building superintendent.

Previously,...

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Town of Hempstead OKs Bellmore convenience store

Hempstead Town Hall at 1 Washington St. in

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

The Town of Hempstead has approved an application to build a convenience store in Bellmore.

An application by Hartplace Reality Inc., based in Bethpage, sought a variance of the Gas Service Station District for a setback convenience store at the northwest corner of Merrick and Newbridge roads in Bellmore.

The Town Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the project, with Councilwoman Angie...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Welcome to the LI Now live post for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

We've concluded Wednesday's live coverage, but here is a recap of some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day and a look at meetings happening Wednesday night.

To view a roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

(Mobile readers can access social media posts via the...

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Roundup: Forum tonight in Brentwood on illegal dumping sites

A panel of experts will gather tonight at the Brentwood Public Library to discuss the health and environmental concerns surrounding toxic debris dumped illegally at Roberto Clemente Park.

The event is hosted by the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment. The panel is to include the group’s executive director, Adrienne Esposito, who is running as a Democrat for State Senate...

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Buses offered during LIRR track work in Suffolk

A train at the Syosset station on the

(Credit: Chris Ware)

Buses will replace midday Long Island Rail Road trains between Greenport and Ronkonkoma during off-peak hours through Nov. 14 to allow crews to renew at-grade crossings and replace track ties.

The single track will be out of service weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. so that two westbound and two eastbound trains will be canceled, officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Customers gas up their car at Costco Wholesale

(Credit: Getty Images)

Welcome to the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

We've wrapped Tuesday's live coverage, but here's a quick recap of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)

COSTCO STATION...

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Dee Snider's charity bike ride for Long Island Cares set for Sunday

?Twisted Sister? frontman Dee Snider is calling upon

(Credit: Jim Lennon)

A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.

“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.

The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau...

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Breast cancer screening for women 50 and older

Nassau County Legis. Laura M. Schaefer is sponsoring

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Women ages 50 and older can attend a Sept. 18 breast cancer screening event in Westbury.

The screening, scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to noon, is to be held at the Westbury Recreation Center at 348 Post Ave.

The event is sponsored by Nassau County Legis. Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury).

The Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van will provide the examinations.

Visitors with...

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Babylon Public Library to host hurricane preparedness seminar

The office of Sen. Phil Boyle will host

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A hurricane and disaster preparedness seminar will be held Wednesday at the Babylon Public Library.

The seminar, organized by the office of Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), will feature a panel of experts from New York State, the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service.

For more information about the seminar, contact Boyle’s district office communications department at 631-665-2311...

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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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