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Inaugural Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge gets 37-degree welcome

Nearly 400 people plunged into the 37-degree water

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Brian Schiralli, already soaked by a steady rain, grabbed his Special Olympics coach’s hand, sprinted into frigid water and was already waist deep before declaring, “We are diving in.”

Without hesitation, Schiralli, who has Down syndrome, and his soccer, basketball, floor hockey and track coach of five years, Joe Branzetti, dove in headfirst.

They were among the nearly 400 people who...

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Malverne district teacher surprised with 'Happy' hall of fame news

Marguerite Izzo, a fifth-grade teacher at Davison Avenue

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Marguerite Izzo thought she was attending a state test pep rally Friday.

As it turns out, there was already something to celebrate.

The fifth-grade teacher at Lynbrook's Davison Avenue Intermediate School, part of the Malverne Union Free School District, was surprised in front of the entire school with news that she had been selected for induction into the Emporia, Kan.-based National...

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Long Island updates for Friday, March 28, 2014

We're closing out Newsday's LI Now live post for Friday, March 28, 2014. 

As a brief look ahead, tonight will be overcast with a chance of rain. The low will be around 40 degrees. Breezy. It's going to rain tomorrow with a high of around 50.  

Check back with us on Monday morning, as we start all over again with the latest in breaking news, weather, traffic and social...

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Roundup: Hempstead school district 'hero/heroine' event tonight

Hempstead High School.

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE

School district plans ‘hero/heroine’ event

Hempstead school district officials will host the Hero/Heroine Program to honor students, staff and community members as part of the district’s African-American History and Women’s History celebrations.

The free event, open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hempstead High School’s auditorium, at 201 President...

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Town of Babylon begins airing meetings on Cablevision

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Babylon Town has begun broadcasting town board meetings on Cablevision’s Government Access channel.

The town was the last in Suffolk County to broadcast or stream its meetings over the Internet, a practice also being adopted by some Nassau municipalities.

“Not everyone has the time to come down to town hall every time there’s a board meeting,” said Babylon Town spokesman Kevin Bonner,...

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Long Island updates for Thursday, March 27, 2014

New York State Lottery Logo

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Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but below you'll find a rundown of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, social media updates and more. 

If you're looking ahead to the weekend, here is Newsday's latest forecast. Hint: You'll need an umbrella.

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Shelter Island teen's message in a bottle found in Bahamas

Andrew Gracie, 60, of Bermuda, with a message

(Credit: Andrew Gracie)

Connor Corbett-Rice cast a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago from Shelter Island for a school project, hoping someday that someone far away would read the message inside.

He got more than he bargained for. Connor never imagined the bottle would drift more than 1,000 miles and wash ashore on an island in the Bahamas.

“I was shocked. I forgot about the entire project up to...

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Roundup: Church leader seeks LI help on reform

ISLANDWIDE

Church leader seeks LI support on reform

The head of Lutheran churches in the metropolitan region is joining immigration reform advocacy efforts, lobbying next week in Washington, D.C., for legislation that would open a citizenship path for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, leader of the Manhattan-based Metropolitan New York Synod...

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Viscardi visit inspires ‘Dancing With the Stars’ champ J.R. Martinez

"Dancing with the Stars" champ J.R. Martinez with

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Fifth-grader Michael Consenza doesn’t speak, but using a communication device called a DynaVox he was able to deliver a message to J.R. Martinez on Wednesday morning when the “Dancing With the Stars” champion visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson.

“I like you, J.R.,” Michael told the actor and Iraq war veteran through the automated voice generated by the machine after the 12-year-old...

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Long Island's fifth North Shore Farms opens today in Commack

This is the North Shore Farms store in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

North Shore Farms plans to officially open its fifth location on Long Island Thursday.

Community leaders are expected to gather at the new store in Commack at 40 Vanderbilt Pkwy. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a reception in the new store, according to a statement about the official opening.

The new store will open for business...

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