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Shelter Island residents take a cold Turkey Plunge for library

Daria Gradusova and Eli Adler make the Turkey

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“Wow, my feet are cold!” said Greg Senken, of Shelter Island, as he emerged from the water off Crescent Beach, clad in only an American flag swimsuit.

With post-Thanksgiving temperatures barely over freezing, going for a swim in the Long Island Sound is rarely on the top of anyone’s “to do” list.

But for the people taking part in the fourth annual Shelter Island Turkey Plunge, taking...

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Check out Wantagh Thanksgivukkah lesson

With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping this year for

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

In celebration of Thanksgiving Tuesday, kindergarten students at Wantagh Elementary School earlier this week studied pilgrims and American Indians and used a traditional recipe to whip up their own batches of butter.

Because Hanukkah falls during this traditional American holiday, for the first time since 1888, the students also discussed the meaning behind the Jewish holiday and spread their...

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Hempstead appeals board OKs old Fortunoff site for health club

A rendering of the three-story fitness complex and

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The Hempstead Town Board of Appeals has granted unanimously special exceptions and variances that would make way for a family-geared fitness complex on the site of the former Fortunoff’s Clearance Center property in Garden City.

The redevelopment project is a joint venture between two real estate developers, the Garden City-based Engel Burman Group and Woodmere-based Basser-Kaufman, which...

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Walmart gives $75G to Hempstead's Interfaith Nutrition Network

Walmart donated $75,000 to Hempstead's Interfaith Nutrition Network,

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Hempstead’s Interfaith Nutrition Network, a nonprofit that operates soup kitchens throughout Long Island, recently received $75,000 from Walmart to aid with supplying food during the holidays.

The money is part of $1 million donated to pantries across the state by the retail store chain, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“As New Yorkers gather with families across...

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Nominations sought for Brookhaven women’s awards

Brookhaven Town Hall

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The Town of Brookhaven is seeking nominations for its annual women’s recognition awards.

The town Office of Women’s Services is asking community groups, businesses and individuals to nominate women who have distinguished themselves in fields such as business, community service, government, health care, law enforcement and sports.

Nominees must live or work in Brookhaven. Applications...

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Islandia's new budget hikes taxes to 1.62%

Islandia Village Hall, 1100 Old Nichols Rd., is

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Islandia Village Board unanimously approved a $2.7 million budget for next year at its Tuesday work session meeting.

The budget raises taxes by 72 percent, from 0.94 percent to 1.62 percent. The average owner of a home assessed at $40,000 will see a $22 monthly increase in taxes.

Village Mayor Allan Dorman has blamed the increase in taxes on declining revenue from tax assessments...

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Brookhaven Animal Shelter will now be open on Sundays

Dobbie, a pit bull mix, takes volunteer Karin

(Credit: Kaitlynn Mannino)

The Brookhaven Animal Shelter plans to add Sunday hours to encourage residents to adopt dogs and cats. The shelter will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning this Sunday. The shelter will close on Wednesdays.

The town is offering free licenses for adopted dogs and is waiving fees for adopting, spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets. The waivers are in effect through Dec. 31.

The waivers...

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Upcoming community events: Turkey Plunge

SHELTER ISLAND Library seeks people for Turkey Plunge The Shelter Island Public Library is still looking for people willing to pay $25 to jump into Southold Bay on Saturday.

It’s for the library’s fourth annual Turkey Plunge, an after-Thanksgiving ritual that can draw hundreds of spectators to Crescent Beach before the actual plunge begins at 11 a.m. Scores of town residents — many in costumes...

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South Side High School seniors launch free online tutoring site

Students at South Side High School in Rockville

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When Michael Spelfogel receives a pop-up message on his cell phone, he knows one of his schoolmates needs help, and he’s ready to come to the rescue.

Whether they’re struggling with trigonometry, physics or French, students at South Side High School in Rockville Centre now have the ability to summon a tutor using a computer, smartphone or tablet.

In October, Spelfogel, 17, a senior,...

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Babylon Village Christmas celebration brings road closure

The Corner of West Main Street and North

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The Old Fashioned Village Christmas celebration in Babylon Village on Dec. 6 will close Deer Park Avenue to automobile traffic from Montauk Highway north to James Street.

The event, from 5 to 9 p.m., brings hundreds of visitors for music, food and evening shopping.

Mayor Ralph Scordino said the street closure is a first. “Over the years, the popularity of the Old Fashioned Night of shopping...

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