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Nicholas Spangler

Along with my colleague Denise Bonilla, I cover the town of Babylon. My stories and coverage will have an emphasis on issues and developments involving Republic Airport and the incorporated villages of Amityville and Babylon. Story tips are welcome.

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Fire departments win $250,000 grant for air tanks, gear

The Sound Beach Fire Department at 152 Sound

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Port Jefferson and Sound Beach fire departments have won a federal grant to purchase air tanks, protective clothing and other gear.

The departments will receive a total of $249,803 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The departments had filed a joint application to FEMA for funds to buy new equipment.

The grant will help Port Jefferson...

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Secrets of the NYCB Theater at Westbury

In 1967, after Judy Garland was fired from

(Credit: NYCB Theater at Westbury)

It opened its doors in 1956 as the Westbury Music Fair, housed in a circus tent on the grounds of an abandoned industrial site off Brush Hollow Road.

Ten years later, after finding success, the theater was rebuilt into a permanent indoor structure that stands today as the NYCB Theater at Westbury.

Marketing manager Dan Kellachan, who has worked there for 35 years, has seen it all. He...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Long Island Rail Road passengers at Penn Station

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Good afternoon Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now live post for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

We've wrapped Friday's live coverage, but take a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

Mobile users can click the link above to access our live coverage. 

TRAFFIC AND...

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Wedding rings found at Robert Moses State Park returned to owner

Erin Carrozzo closes her eyes as Mike Cogan

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Mike Cogan returned to the spot that he found an engagement ring and wedding band while scanning the sand with his metal detector. But he wasn’t there to look for more loot. Cogan, 66, of East Northport, handed over the rings to Erin Carrozzo, 41, of Flushing, who lost the rings while applying sunscreen to her children on Aug 4.  

After finding the rings on Aug. 6, Cogan decided to launch...

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Roundup: Filing deadline for WTC workers; Labor Day concert on Saturday

ISLANDWIDE

Deadline for WTC workers

Workers who helped in the rescue, recovery and cleanup of the World Trade Center have until Sept. 11 to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to preserve their right to future benefits.

Workers are being urged to file a WTC-12 form whether they were injured or were employed or volunteered. This includes working at Ground...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Suffolk County police released a surveillance image of

This is the LI Now live post for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

We've wrapped Thursday's live coverage, but take a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Use the link above to access social media posts.)

COAST GUARD RESCUES HEART ATTACK VICTIM 

The...

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Real-life 'Rosie the Riveter' honored in pre-Labor Day ceremony

Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, was awarded

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

As a real-life "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, helped assemble airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale.

“When I first started out, it was difficult,” Rachiele said. “But I kept telling myself I had to stick it out for my family.”

On Thursday, the museum honored Rachiele and all Long Island defense...

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Roundup: $810,000 approved for serial bonds

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

GLEN COVE

$810,000 approved for serial bonds

The Glen Cove City Council unanimously approved up to $810,000 in serial bonds to pay for challenges to property tax assessments and employee termination benefits.

The bonds were approved at the council’s Tuesday meeting.

The first approved bonds will pay for up to $550,000 to fund the assessment challenges — called tax certiorari....

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‘Sweet Nicholas’ Pedone receives street sign tribute

Glen Cove City and Oyster Bay Town will

(Credit: Courtesy Josephine Pedone)

Collins Road will always be home to Glen Cove’s Nicholas Pedone.

Nicholas died in May 2013 at the age of 7 after a seven-month battle with cancer, but this week, the street where he lived will be christened with a second name, “Sweet Nicholas’ Path,” in his honor.

The City of Glen Cove has already installed the first sign at the intersection of Collins Road and Southridge Drive, but...

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Walt Whitman site designated a ‘Literary Landmark’

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in

(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station has been designated a “Literary Landmark” by the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division.

A dedication ceremony is planned at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at the site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd.

“We’re very honored and thankful to the library system; certainly we are an extension of what they do in their work...

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