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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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Roundup: Town of North Hempstead sets uniform speed limit on road

North Hempstead Town has set a consistent 30 mph speed limit for a stretch of Roslyn Road where deadly accidents occurred this year.

Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) had urged the town to set the uniform speed limit at 30 mph since the 30 to 40 mph limits and signs in part of the road confused drivers.

The town, through the bill offered by Councilman Peter Zuckerman, set...

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LIRR hearing on plan to restore West Hempstead weekend service

The Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead train

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The Long Island Rail Road has scheduled a public hearing Monday on its plan to restore weekend service on its West Hempstead branch.

The LIRR announced in July its plan to bring back West Hempstead weekend service, which was eliminated in 2010 as part of an effort by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to close a $900 million budget gap.

The LIRR targeted the line at the time because...

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Long Island shines as 'Guinness World Records' turns 60

Geronimo -- along with owner Samantha Valle --

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The Guinness World Records  60th anniversary book chronicling amazing and unusual feats comes out Thursday.

So we thought it'd be a good time to take a look at records with Long Island connections.

Most are still standing, and while a few have since been overtaken, hey, that's the whole idea. Setting a mark is what motivates others to strive even harder.

Click on the link...

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Families of 9/11 victims find solace at Tobay Beach

About 150 people attended a candlelight vigil at

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Life seemed to just be beginning for Massapequa Park resident Melissa Pascuma-Gangi 13 years ago.

She was 23 years old, engaged with her wedding date 10 months away and only four days into her teaching career on Sept. 11, 2001, when she received news that shattered her world.

Her father, Michael Pascuma Jr., was trapped in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He had been having...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

It's Day 3 of Newsday's Town Focus in

(Credit: Instagram user Tara Conry)

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the Long Island Now live blog post for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a few things to keep an eye on.

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

TOWN FOCUS

Newsday community journalist Tara Conry is back in The Massapequas Wednesday as our "Town Focus" continues. 

Today,...

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9/11 ceremonies around Long Island

Firefighter Deirdre Hannett of the Point Lookout Lido

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Here is a list of 9/11 memorial events happening over the next several days across Long Island. If you know of other events, please let us know by filling out the form below. All events are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, unless otherwise noted. 

BABYLON

9/11 Memorial Ceremony Ocean Parkway, Babylon 6:45 p.m.

The Town of Babylon and the Town of Babylon Chiefs Association...

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Roundup: $25G donation to help homeless find jobs

Bank of America has donated $25,000 to the homeless education program Employment Readiness Initiative of Hempstead for business and job placement skills.

The EAC Network plans to use the money to hire a part-time instructor for four days a week and provide computers, General Equivalency Diploma software and other learning materials, according to the nonprofit agency.

Program directors...

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Village of Patchogue to discuss animal waste code

A kiosk on Main Street in Patchogue provides

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Patchogue Village board of trustees has set a public hearing to make changes to its animals code, ensuring that animal waste will not reach sewers.

Village trustee Thomas Ferb said there have not been reports of residents disposing of animal waste in the municipal sewer system, but the state Environmental Protection Agency recommended amendments to the code. The board voted, 6-0, to hold...

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Demolition plan hearing delayed for village theater

Village Hall of Great Neck Estates in the

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

A much-delayed public hearing on a controversial plan to demolish the historic First Playhouse Theater in Great Neck Estates to build an apartment building has been postponed indefinitely after the mayor said many questions about the proposal remain unanswered.

After learning a complete plan was still not ready for review during Monday night’s board meeting, an angry Mayor David A. Fox told...

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Candid photos of celebrities filming in LI communities

Actor James Franco poses with fans outside East

(Credit: Tara Conry)

It's never dull when a celebrity like Tina Fey, James Franco, Jodie Foster or Liv Tyler comes to a Long Island community to film a TV show or movie.

Onlookers often get only a glimpse of their favorite star. Sometimes they may sneak into a cellphone photo with some other lucky fans.

Then again, they just might show up at your house and stay for a few hours.

We've seen it all in...

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