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The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program will have a public open house in West Islip today for the community to provide input on the program. New York Rising was formed to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization help to areas particularly damaged by superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters.
Residents are encouraged to drop by the open house any time from 5 p.m. to...Read more »
As the United States sends aid to the Philippines to assist with recovery efforts from Typhoon Haiyan, one Philippines woman is preparing to travel to the United States to serve as a lifeline for a Long Islander.
After six months and four failed attempts to obtain a visa, Carolina Dela Cruz, 39, said she learned Monday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security approved her request to enter...Read more »
This week I’m spending five days exploring Riverhead as part of Newsday’s monthly Town Focus series.
Though I will spend most my time in the downtown business district, I’ll also venture out to other hamlets in the town along the way.
Today, I’m getting a tour of downtown Riverhead by councilman James Wooten, a fifth generation Riverhead resident who even graduated from Riverhead High...Read more »
Lions Clubs International’s board of directors recently approved a special pilot program to waive the charter or entrance fee for U.S. Veterans of all ages.
The “Involve a U.S. Veteran” program waives the charter or entrance fee for any qualifying veteran in the United States who joins a new or existing Lions club through June 30, 2015.
Lions Clubs International, which has chapters throughout...Read more »
After three years, a holiday tradition has ended in Riverhead, the victim of an improved downtown economy.
East End Arts, which held an annual holiday window decorating contest to brighten up the empty stores on Main Street, has canceled the event. There just aren’t enough empty stores left to make it worthwhile, said executive director Patricia Snyder.
The windows in empty stores were...Read more »
Sag Harbor School District voters approved two bond propositions that will pay for $9 million in school improvements.
“I am very pleased for this community and our students,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carl Bonuso said in a statement. “We worked as a team to provide our students with what they need to succeed.”
Proposition 1, to raise $7.35 million, passed Wednesday night, 740-369....Read more »
The biggest structure lighting on Long Island will take place at Montauk Point on Sunday, Dec. 1, when the Montauk Lighthouse is lit up for the holiday season. The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. Santa will be there, admission to the museum is free, and pony rides will be available for young children.
In other East End holiday events:
-- Santa will be joining the Springs Public...Read more »
Adding to the tables and shelves filled with boxes of stuffing and nonperishables, Michele and Scott Beauchamp dropped off two turkeys, a ham and all the fixings.
They were among the families that stopped by Boots on the Ground NY’s Veteran Activity Center in Ronkonkoma to donate turkeys and other thanksgiving items on Saturday.
Boots on the Ground, an organization run by military veterans,...Read more »
Mineola trustees have yet to approve a 24-hour gas station and convenience store after closing a public hearing on a developer’s application.
Mayor Scott Strauss said after a nearly three hour public hearing Wednesday on the application from Garden City based Bolla Management Corp., to develop a gas station and convenience store on a former gas station site at 449 Jericho Tpke., the board...Read more »
Changing the lyrics of a popular Carly Rae Jepsen song, the cover photo for Kevin Schnurr’s Facebook page reads: “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, I need a kidney, donate maybe?”
Social media is one way Schnurr, 27, of Nesconset, is reaching out to family, friends and strangers to find a living donor for himself, as his own kidneys have failed.
Schnurr said he didn’t know he had...Read more »