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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.

Long Beach lifeguards win back-to-back national championships

Long Beach lifeguards, from left, Tim Cabasino, James

Long Beach’s four-men competitive lifeguard team earned a first-place award for the second year straight at the National Lifeguard Championships earlier this month in Virginia Beach.

The quartet won the landline rescue relay race, the premiere event of the competition, which is hosted by the United States Lifesaving Association. Long Beach is the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back...

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Baby deer rescued from East Moriches construction site

A baby white-tailed deer was rescued in East

A baby deer that paid a visit to a East Moriches house that was still under construction found itself trapped Sunday morning inside the home’s basement.

The Suffolk County Police received a call at 11:20 a.m. that the fawn was stuck inside the foundational walls of a property being erected at 116 Sycamore Dr., according to a police spokeswoman.

The police alerted the New York State Department...

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DirtyBurger of Plainview wins Long Island Wing Fest

William Gauger, a chef at DirtyBurger in Plainview,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Shannon Donadio turned to her restaurant’s bar menu for inspiration at the second annual Long Island Wing Fest.

The event, held Sunday at the Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore, pitted wings from 12 different local restaurants against one another for trophies and bragging rights.

“We have this shot called Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” said Donadio, who is the kitchen manager for The Nutty Irishman....

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Local group brings Culper Spy Ring history to life

Inside the Stony Brook Grist Mill, actor Philip

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The British once again occupied Long Island Thursday night.

A Red Coat soldier stalked around inside the historic Stony Brook Grist Mill. In nearby Setauket, American patriots were plotting against the enemy. And their latest recruits were working to decipher a coded message from Gen. George Washington.

“I’m confident there is espionage afoot,” declared Philip Reichert, an actor playing...

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James Franco, 'Michael' co-stars film at East Rockaway High School

Actor James Franco poses with fans outside East

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Sporting sunglasses and a leather jacket, actor James Franco late Wednesday night greeted about 70 fans who had been staked outside East Rockaway High School for hours waiting for a glimpse of the star.

“There’s going to be one photo,” the Oscar-nominated actor told the crowd, which had been lined up single-file, smartphones in hand, ready to take selfies with him.

Instead, the “Spider-Man”...

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Chris Marshall reunited with stranger who saved him on LIRR

Bill Gerow, 50, of Farmingdale, visits Chris Marshall,

(Credit: Eileen Palermo)

Bill Gerow had never performed CPR on a human being before, “only dummies.”

The 50-year-old Farmingdale man had taken a lifesaving course when he was 13 to earn a Boy Scouts merit badge, but never had to put those skills to use — until last Thursday.

Gerow and his 15-year-old son, Max, were coming home from work on the 5:53 p.m. Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma...

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After flooding, Babylon rebounds to host Dirty Sock Run

Runners competing in the Classic 10k Dirty Sock

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Just days after a record-setting rainstorm left parts of Babylon Village flooded with up to four feet of water, a record number of runners turned out Sunday for ninth annual Classic 10k Dirty Sock Run.

“It’s a miracle that we even had the race today,” said Raymond “Hapi” Auer, the director of the run, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Babylon.

Mayor Ralph Scordino said the village’s...

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Paraplegic Gabriel Cordell aims to roll across Israel to promote peace

Gabriel Cordell, a 43-year-old paraplegic who travelled across

(Credit: Lisa France)

While rolling his wheelchair 3,100 miles from California to Long Island last summer, Gabriel Cordell, 43, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 1992, was already thinking about his next journey.

The former Long Islander and his documentary crew were two thirds of the way through their 99-day trek in early June 2013 when they stopped at a YMCA in Illinois to speak with...

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Famous LIers taking ice bucket challenge for ALS

Olympic figure skating champion and Great Neck native

(Credit: YouTube)

The cold never bothered Sarah Hughes anyway.

Over the weekend, the Great Neck native and Olympic figure skating champion accepted the ice bucket challenge that has been sweeping through social media.

In a video posted to YouTube Sunday, Hughes, 29, is seen sporting ice skates and a blue skating dress, which she says she stole from the closet of her sister, fellow Olympic figure skater...

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OneRepublic, 'The Giver' give sick LI teen epic first concert

Torren Mitchell, 13, of Stony Brook, meets her

(Credit: Helene Oswald)

Everyone remembers their first concert, but for 13-year-old Torren Mitchell, the experience was truly epic.

On June 29, Torren got more than front-row seats to see her favorite band, OneRepublic, play the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The Stony Brook teen also got to meet the group’s members backstage and they gave her a special shout-out during their show.

“There’s a special person...

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