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Roosevelt senior heads to prom after 'Princess Diaries' makeover

Roosevelt High School senior Roberta Samson, 17, attends

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Roosevelt High School senior Roberta Samson wore a red, fitted lace gown to her prom Thursday night at Mineola’s Jericho Terrace. But if not for the generosity of strangers, she said the expenses of prom would have put her family “in the red” instead.

“My dad said I still would have went, but I know we would have struggled afterward, because we’re not good financially at all,” said Samson,...

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Catching up with 2004 LI high school valedictorians

Robin Fusco was Malverne High School's valedictorian in

(Credit: Newsday Staff)

Newsday caught up with some of Long Island's high school valedictorians from 2004 to see what they’ve been up to over the past decade.

From bungee-jumping the Corinth canal in pursuit of the Classics, to helping an Ivy League team make it to the women's NCAA Final Four in lacrosse, their experiences have been vast and interesting, as you might expect from such high achievers.  


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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, June 19, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's live post for Thursday, June 19, 2014, your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, school updates and more.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but here is a roundup of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To see social media updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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Roundup: Brownfields cleanup needs public input

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for public input on a Bay Shore brownfields cleanup project.

The site at Fifth Avenue and Candlewood Road is where a factory built about 1969 housed a circuit board manufacturer and then a window manufacturer and installer company.

In 2007, the DEC identified a dry well at the site as “a potential source of contaminated soil...

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Amityville police to enforce overnight parking ordinance

The Amityville Police Department has resumed enforcement of

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Amityville Police Department has resumed enforcement of the village’s overnight parking ordinance.

Enforcement had been suspended in areas affected by superstorm Sandy since the storm hit in October 2012.

The ordinance bans parking on village streets from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. without temporary permits or emergency exceptions granted on a limited basis by the police department.


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Northport Village hires Mastic Beach village administrator

Northport Mayor George Doll said Timothy Brojer, the

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Northport Village officials have hired a new village administrator.

The board unanimously voted at its meeting Tuesday to hire Timothy Brojer, the Mastic Beach village administrator.

“During our interview with him, whatever topic we brought up, he was familiar with,” Northport Mayor George Doll said. “He’s going to be an asset to the village.”

Brojer, 38, is to begin work in Northport...

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Roundup: NY Rising workshop to aid Sandy victims

A Lindenhurst community group tonight is hosting a free event to help residents navigate the NY Rising process.

The event is being hosted by Adopt-A-House, a nonprofit helping superstorm Sandy victims. Cindy Zeis, a construction consultant and principal of Zeis Consulting in Stony Brook, will present a seminar.

The event is intended to help those impacted by Sandy who are seeking funds...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island! It's a hot one out there — 91 degrees!

As we wrap up Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Wednesday, June 18, 2014, be sure to check out our local news coverage, weather, traffic updates and more.

(Mobile readers: click the link below for social media updates.)

In some late-coming village election news, incumbents lost re-election bids in the small...

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Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes: 10 stories

Michele O'Brien gets a kiss from son Patrick

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

We’ve all seen the videos of high school seniors dressed to the nines in the parents’ driveways before getting in that limo to go to the prom.

But Newsday decided to turn the camera on Long Island parents to capture their emotions during this rite of passage. In the process we found one parent who feels blessed she’s still here to see her child off to the prom, and another dealing with the...

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Temperature could hit 90 on Long Island Wednesday

It's possible the temperature will hit 90 on

(Credit: Jeffrey Basinger)

Potentially thrilling news for hot-weather lovers – there’s a chance the temperature could touch 90 degrees Wednesday. This would be for the first time since last July 20, when the high was 90 on the nose, forecasters say.

A look at weather statistics kept since 1984 shows that that’s well past the season’s earliest flip into the 90s at Long Island MacArthur Airport (April 17, 2002, when 94...

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