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Mangano to attend South Merrick civic meeting Tuesday

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (March 19, 2012)

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will be the featured speaker at the South Merrick Community Civic Association meeting on Tuesday to address issues associated with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

The special meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Merrick Road Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 2550 Clubhouse Rd. Refreshments will be served.

Representatives from various county departments...

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Town Focus: Day 1 in New Hyde Park

Downtown shopping district in New Hyde Park along

(Credit: Amra Radoncic)

Today will be the first of five days I will spend in New Hyde Park, a village in the Town of North Hempstead, getting a taste for what it has to offer.

We’ll start out with a story on Larry Anderer, who this year is celebrating his 22nd anniversary running the New Hyde Park McDonald’s in a house that dates back to 1795.

Today, I’m meeting with Robert Katulak, superintendent of the New...

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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park superintendent discusses his 'brilliant' elementary students

Robert Katulak, 59, has been superintendent of New

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Robert Katulak, 59, of Florida, N.Y., has been superintendent of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District for the last five years. He is married to Johanna Katulak and has a 27-year-old son, Robert Christopher Katulak.

What does it take to be successful as superintendent?

It starts with a shared vision and mission of what we want the district to achieve and offer,...

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Children's musicians come together for Sandy relief

Andrea Curran, left, one of the founders of

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

When Tropical Storm Irene pummeled the Catskills in 2011, Laurie McIntosh, who has lived in upstate Andes for nearly 20 years, said it was the “downstaters” who came to the rescue.

As the water receded from the streets in the low-lying communities around her, she said volunteers from New York City, Long Island and other parts of the state began arriving to help them rebuild or send much-needed...

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Huntington Town buys 1-acre parcel near preserve

Huntington Town Hall

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Town of Huntington now owns a 1-acre piece of property in Fort Salonga that will be used to protect open space and to provide a small gravel parking area to allow safe access to the northern trailhead to the Makamah Nature Preserve across the street.

The town closed on the property on Jan. 17, paying the Roberg family $350,000. The plot is located north of the intersection of Makamah and...

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New Hyde Park McDonald's stands out in historic home

New Hyde Park McDonald's restaurant, at 2045 Jericho

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Children ran circles around Ronald McDonald, balloons floated up to the high ceiling and patrons receive engraved spatulas as a “thank you” for their support.

The New Hyde Park McDonald’s grand opening was on March 22, 1991. Its owner, Larry Anderer, remembers the day like it was yesterday.

Nicknamed “Larry McDonald,” Anderer this year is celebrating his 22nd anniversary as owner of...

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Porsche enthusiasts drive from Hauppauge to Southampton for Snowflake Rally

Angelo Lettieri, 52, of Miller Place, and his

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

For 50 years, Bellmore native Ted Ohland helped to organize the Metro New York Porsche Club of America’s Snowflake Rally, which took drivers on a winding, 150-mile journey from Hauppauge to the East End.

But with Ohland’s death in 2011, the club was left without an organizer for one of its most popular events.

That’s when Seaford couple Don and Barbara Coburn stepped in as “rally masters”...

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Forum for residents who experienced flooding during Sandy

Flooded and wind-damaged properties in mid-Atlantic states and

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) will host a community meeting Monday night for residents who experienced flooding issues during Sandy due to storm drain problems.

The meeting will address questions about rebuilding homes, elevating homes, Town of Hempstead building permit requirements, insurance and FEMA assistance.

It will be held at 7 p.m. in the Merrick Public Library,...

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State reps to assist Sandy victims with insurance-related issues

Nick Moligano helps a cleanup crew remove debris

(Credit: David Pokress)

Representatives from the state Department of Financial Services will be in Suffolk and Nassau this week to help homeowners, renters and business owners with insurance-related issues stemming from superstorm Sandy.

The department’s mobile command center will be stationed at these locations:

Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Waldbaum’s Plaza parking lot, 85 East Park Ave., Long Beach.


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FIT students help Long Beach residents redesign homes damaged by Sandy

Kimberly and Sean Pastuch, who have lived in

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

When Kimberly Pastuch looked at the proposed new design of her Long Beach apartment, she began to tear up.

A replica of her favorite shag rug, which was ruined by floodwater during superstorm Sandy, and her husband’s favorite painting -- one of the few things in their apartment to survive the storm’s damage -- had been thoughtfully incorporated into the new plan.

“After seeing the designs,...

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