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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.

Autistic Great Neck runner, Alex Schneider, closer to magazine cover

Alex Schneider, 22, of Great Neck, at the

(Credit: Picasa / Robyn Schneider)

Alex Schneider has pulled away from the pack.

The 24-year-old Great Neck resident who is competing for the cover of Runner’s World has earned a spot on the leader board.

Schneider is one of the roughly 1,700 runners vying to be on the cover of the national magazine’s December 2014 issue, and as of Monday morning, online voters had put him in the 15th place, with more than 1,800 votes. 

“It’s...

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Billy Joel wins That's SO Long Island tournament

Billy Joel is more Long Island than Jones

(Credit: Newsday / John Cornell)

Billy Joel holds numerous titles --  Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree, to name a few. But now he can add another feather in his cap. He's about as Long Island as it gets.

Joel beat out bagels, Jones Beach, Billy Crystal, "The Long Island Medium" and 59 other iconic local places, celebrities, foods and activities in Newsday's "That's SO Long Island"...

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Billy Joel battles Jones Beach in That's SO Long Island championship

Billy Joel and Jones Beach battle in the

Does Billy Joel or Jones Beach best represent Long Island?

There's only a few hours left to cast your votes in the championship round of our "That's SO Long Island" tournament. Is the man who croons about walking on the beach (beside that old hotel) or the sandy beach itself is more quintessentially Long Island?

The competition ends at 5 p.m. Sunday. Vote at newsday.com/tsli.

(Mobile...

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Working Sunday? Would LIRR strike impact you?

Negotiations resumed Thursday morning between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Long Island Rail Road unions, but if talks collapse again and a strike does occur Sunday, how would it impact you?

Newsday is looking to speak with Long Islanders who are scheduled to work Sunday and who usually commute to their place of employment via the LIRR.

If this describes you, please...

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That's So Long Island down to four finalists. Vote in Round 5.

We?re down to the four finalists in Newsday's

Here they are. Meet your final four contestants in Newsday’s That’s SO Long Island tournament: Billy Joel, bagels, Jones Beach … and Jones Beach concerts.

Yes, Jones Beach won the “Attractions” category, surprisingly beating out the Montauk Lighthouse, and the experience of taking in an outdoor concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater also edged out Long Island Ducks baseball games to clinch...

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Eva Casale of Glen Cove finishes 7 marathons in 7 days to fight cancer

Eva Casale, 49, of Glen Cove, leads a

(Credit: Tara Conry)

She did it.

Eva Casale barrelled down School Street in Glen Cove Sunday afternoon, leading a pack of other runners toward a crowd of fans who were shaking cowbells and chanting her name.

As she crossed a finish line marked off by chalk and an archway of purple-and-white balloons, the 49-year-old Glen Cove resident threw up her arms to celebrate. She had just finished her seventh and...

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Billy Joel, Billy Crystal battle in Round 4 of 'That's SO Long Island'

We?re in Round 4 of our ?That?s SO

It’s time to decide the final four contestants in Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament.

Round 4 is underway, and just eight of the contest’s original 64 iconic local foods, celebrities, attractions and activities picked are still in the running to the claim the title.

In the final celebrity matchup, Billy Crystal is learning what other celebs have already figured out: It’s no...

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Eva Casale’s fourth marathon pays tribute to Bay Shore’s Rich Arcuri

Rich Arcuri, an Long Island contractor, died one

(Credit: Arcuri family)

It looked like a finish line, but it wasn’t. Hundreds of people lined Bayway Avenue in Bay Shore Thursday night, clapping, cheering and saying thank you as Glen Cove’s Eva Casale ran by with a pack of about 50 other runners.

But as the group approached an archway of balloons that stretched across the street, they didn’t sprint through. Instead, they slowed down to a walk and then, stopped...

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Glen Cove's Eva Casale completes third of seven marathons in 7 days for cancer research

Eva Casale, center, completes her third of seven

(Credit: Ryan Achatz )

Glen Cove’s Eva Casale finished her third straight marathon of the week Wednesday night, but this time, she had a companion throughout the entire 26.2-mile course.

Dayna Schantz, 28, of Northport, didn’t intend on running a full marathon when she arrived at the Runner’s Edge store in Farmingdale, the start of Casale’s third run. She said she planned to keep Casale company for maybe the first...

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Vote on Top 16 in Newsday’s 'That’s SO LI' tournament

We?re in Round 4 of our ?That?s SO

We’re in Round 3 of our “That’s SO Long Island” tournament, and the competition is getting fierce as the field has narrowed from 64 contestants to the Top 16.

The Long Island Ducks baseball team is pitched in a tight challenge with Long Island's wine country, with the East End destination ahead of the highly popular independent league team by less than 200 votes.

Meanwhile, in a food...

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