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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.

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,

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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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Make-A-Wish Foundation walk raises more than $100,000

Andryana Navarro, 4, of Hempstead, a recent recipient

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Andryana Navarro waved a “magic” wand Sunday while her mother pushed her in a stroller through Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. But the 4-year-old Hempstead girl wasn’t playing make believe. She was actually helping grant wishes.

Andryana and her family were among the roughly 600 people who participated in Long Island’s inaugural Walk for Wishes. Organizers of the 3.1-mile walk estimated the...

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Dee Snider's charity bike ride for Long Island Cares set for Sunday

?Twisted Sister? frontman Dee Snider is calling upon

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A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.

“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.

The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau...

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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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