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Tara Conry

Long Island native Tara Conry is newsday.com's Nassau community journalist. A Hofstra University communications graduate, most recently she was a local editor for Patch and previously reported for the New York Daily News, Reader's Digest and SmartMoney. She's earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Long Island and the American Society of Magazine Editors. When not covering Long Island's local communities, Tara enjoys running (often with her Old English Sheepdog by her side), playing soccer and indulging in her love of musical theater.

Oyster Bay homecoming king sidelined by state rule

Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Wearing a crown atop his head, Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo Ngoy smiled and waved as he rode in the school’s homecoming parade Saturday in a Mustang convertible.

The 17-year-old senior was enjoying his moment in the spotlight especially since lately he’s found himself on the sidelines.

Last season, Kalombo Ngoy was a top scorer for Oyster Bay’s boys varsity...

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Fire Island drag party sets Guinness record with 440 Madonnas

Sporting the many looks of Madonna, organizers of

(Credit: The Fool's Paradise Drag Party)

Wearing a shoulder-length blonde wig, fishnet stockings and a black bodysuit, Chris DeCarlo showed up to this year’s Fool’s Paradise Drag Party on Fire Island channeling Madonna’s look in her “Turn Up the Radio” music video.

Other male guests rocked Madge’s Rockford Peaches uniform from her role in the movie, “A League of Their Own.” There were white lacy “Like a Virgin” Madonnas, “Material...

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Dog's death inspires Massapequa boy to create charity

Sean Posner in 2005 with his dog Moose,

(Credit: Melanie Posner)

When Sean Posner’s 7-year-old dog, Moose, was put to sleep in October 2011 after suffering from bone cancer, the Massapequa boy decided to honor his furry friend by giving back in his honor.

“I loved this dog,” Sean said. “We were very close.”

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big...

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New York Mets play wheelchair baseball at Henry Viscardi School

From left, New York Mets players Daniel Murphy,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The New York Mets were a bit out of their league Monday afternoon.

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy, pitcher Dillon Gee and Lucas Duda, an outfielder and first baseman, visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson to play a game of baseball — wheelchair baseball — against students who have physical disabilities.

“It’s tough,” Gee said of maneuvering his wheelchair while pitching, hitting...

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Massapequa moms turn to Facebook to rally community

Massapequa Moms Group members gather at Zona's restaurant

(Credit: Tara Conry )

When Massapequa resident Dawn Boyle Kostakis created the “Massapequa Moms Group” on Facebook in 2011, it was comprised of only a few close friends.

“It was to send each other fake Tupperware invites, so we could go out at night,” said Boyle Kostakis, 43, a mother of two.

But in March 2012, a tragic event prompted Boyle Kostakis to expand her circle of Facebook friends. Another Massapequa...

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Massapequa superintendent speaks on district, Common Core

Lucille Iconis, superintendent of the Massapequa School District,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Lucille Iconis is just starting her second year as superintendent of Massapequa’s public schools, but she’s worked in the district for 15 years. As part of the newsday.com Town Focus series on the community, Iconis fielded a few questions from community journalist Tara Conry about the strengths of the schools, recent changes and how the district is tackling today’s educational challenges with some...

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Billy Baldwin’s Massapequa memories: From golf course slip-and-slides to giving back

Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club officials present

(Credit: Ursula Moore)

When the sun went down on Massapequa’s Peninsula Golf Club, the nine-hole, 57-acre course became a playground for the famous Baldwin brothers.

It was the 1970s, and the now-famous Baldwin brothers — Alec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen — were just boys being boys.

Their home was close to the fairway, and “everything happened on that golf course,” Billy Baldwin said Thursday during a phone...

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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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Scouts honor 9/11 victims with 2,977-flag tribute

American flags -- 2,977 of them -- have

(Credit: Tara Conry )

From atop the platform at the Massapequa Park train station, commuters can take in a breathtaking sight this week, a stark visual reminder of the many lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

American flags -- 2,977 of them -- have been carefully “planted” on the lawn outside Massapequa Park Village Hall, each symbolizing one of the victims killed on 9/11. Five larger flags in the center represent five...

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New owner of Massapequa Perk keeps Lucky’s legacy alive

An exterior image in 2011 of Massapequa Perk,

(Credit: Google)

The new owner of Massapequa Perk Coffee House in Massapequa Park doesn’t plan to make big changes to the business he acquired last week.

“It’s a great little shop,” said Pete Mangouranes, who along with his partners, Veronica Carratelli and Lorenzo Pugliano, officially took over the Front Street store on Sept. 1. “It’s thriving.”

For Mangouranes, 39, of Massapequa Park, the purchase...

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