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Photographer Randee Daddona holds up a picture on

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The day photographer Randee Daddona and her husband closed on their house in Southold 10 years ago, she had her five children climb the branches of a tree in its backyard.

That tree is still there today, allowing her to hold up that decade-old photo and carefully align it with the thriving tree in front of her.

If you grew up on Long Island or have been here a while, here’s a project...

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Amityville hospital site zoning change on agenda, anti-racism group settles with landlord

Amityville Village Hall on Ireland Place in Amityville

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AMITYVILLE

Hospital site zoning change on agenda

Amityville trustees will hold a public hearing next month on a change of zone for the Brunswick Hospital site that would allow for a mix of retail and housing.

The 7.67-acre site is near the village's north entrance. The hospital closed in 2005 and village officials have said they are eager to see redevelopment.

Current regulations...

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Groups to hold vigil over dumping at Brentwood park

Fragments of glass, nails, wood and metal could

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Two community groups that have been vocal about health concerns andresidents' legal rights since officials announced toxic debris has beendumped at several sites in the Town of Islip are holding a vigilTuesday outside the gates of the shuttered Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood.

Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change, as well as residents who live near the park, will "join...

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Man rescued after falling into grave in East Farmingdale

Firefighters rescue a man who fell into a

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

A man fell Monday into a hole dug for a coffin at St. Charles Cemetery on Wellwood Avenue in East Farmingdale, Suffolk police said.

He was rescued and his injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m., police said....

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Holbrook woman finds python in couch while cleaning apartment

A woman cleaning a basement apartment in Holbrook

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A Holbrook woman found more than pennies while cleaning a couch Monday morning inside a basement apartment. When she lifted up one of the cushions, she discovered a 3-foot-long ball python.

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called to the Pond Path apartment to rescue the snake.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the woman and her husband,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, June 16, 2014

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now daily post for Monday, June 16, 2014. 

But here's a roundup of some of the stories Newsday has been following along with top tweets from our reporters.

Newsday's Scott Eidler will also be covering the Old Westbury Village Board meeting, where officials will consider a new law inspired by a controversial statue. Scroll down for details. 

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Roundup: Hess targets Island Park expansion, Huntington valet program to start

The Hess gas station on Austin Boulevard in

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ISLAND PARK

Expansion of Hess gas station OKd

The Hempstead Town Board has approved a controversial petition from Hess Corp. that would allow it to expand an Island Park gas station.

The board voted 5-0 last week to approve Hess’ application for a variance for two 20,000-gallon double-walled Fiberglas underground gasoline storage tanks that were installed in 2009 when Nassau County...

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Amityville agrees to $48G tax refund to Walgreens

The Village of Amityville has agreed to refund

(Credit: Bloomberg News / Daniel Acker)

The Village of Amityville has agreed to refund $48,000 to Walgreens after the drugstore chain said it was overcharged on property taxes from 2003 through 2014.

Village attorney Richard Handler called the settlement a “fine resolution” to a tax case after the chain claimed it was overcharged by about $150,000.

Under the settlement, the Walgreens property at 275 Broadway will be assessed...

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Islip adopts disaster-preparation plan

Islip Town Hall West in 2011. The Islip

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The Islip Town Board has adopted a comprehensive plan for disaster preparation.

The board last week unanimously voted to accept Suffolk County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is meant to help municipalities prepare for natural disasters. Town officials worked with Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for two years to revise the town’s original hazard mitigation.

The...

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How well do you know Long Island history? Take our quiz

The Montauk Point Lighthouse.

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Our first Long Island history quiz is all set, so jump in and let's see how much you know about our area's past.

The quiz includes questions about the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the Nassau Coliseum and traffic regulations.

Have fun, and start cramming -- more questions are on the way.

Mobile users, click on the link directly above this sentence to take the quiz....

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