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Freeport expo to help locals prepare for job hunt

The famous Freeport water tower, as seen from

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will host a job resource expo to help better prepare residents looking for employment.

The event will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd.

“The current job market is extremely competitive, but there are programs and services that can help residents improve their chances of finding employment,”...

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Benefit for Empire Games planned

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (March 19, 2012)

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

County Executive Edward P. Mangano will host a benefit for the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged on Thursday at Mulcahy’s Pub in Wantagh.

The event also will honor the life of Peter Zarba, a longtime advocate for the disabled who died in February.

The benefit will include music, food and raffles to raise money for the games, which will take place from May...

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Grants available for Island Park Sandy victims

A boat rests in front of a house

(Credit: Jack McCoy)

The Island Park, N.Y. Residential and Business Hurricane Relief Fund is providing grants to residents and businesses affected by superstorm Sandy.

There is $15,000 available for grants. Each grant recipient will receive up to $500. The deadline to submit residential and business applications is May 20.

The relief fund was started in late November by Glenn J. Ingoglia, president of the...

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Town Focus: Day 2 in Port Washington

Port Washington has a quaint downtown lined with

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

For the second day of our Town Focus in Port Washington, we’ll continue to explore the community’s defining aspects including its schools, businesses and history.

I had the opportunity yesterday to meet with Kathleen Mooney, the superintendent of the Port Washington School District. Mooney, who is in her first year in the position of schools chief, spoke candidly about the strengths of the...

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Islip Town incumbents win party nominations

Islip Town Hall is located at 655 Main

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Islip Town council members Trish Bergin Weichbrodt and Steven J. Flotteron won their party nomination to run for re-election this fall, town officials announced Monday.

The Islip Town Republican Committee said in a news release it had unanimously approved the nominations, which are expected to be confirmed at the party’s May 6 convention.

“Councilman Flotteron and Councilwoman Bergin...

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New Port Washington superintendent: Students a 'reflection' of the community

Kathleen Mooney, 50, of Locust Valley, has been

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Kathleen Mooney, 50, of Locust Valley, has been working as an administrator in the Port Washington School District for the past 13 years, but the 2012-2013 school year marks her first as superintendent. She oversees a student population of close to 5,300.

What initially attracted you to the Port Washington School District?

It [the district] had a very good recommendation for being a...

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East Hills approves $11.2M budget

The Village of East Hills has approved an $11,169,648 budget, which reflects a decrease in the tax levy of less than 1 percent.

The overall budget is up by $6,216 over last year, and the tax levy fell $78,686.85. There is no increase in the tax rate for the third consecutive year, village officials said.

Mayor Michael Koblenz wrote in a news release that the village “will continue to...

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Family-owned Port Washington hardware store stands test of time

Kevin Shields and his family have owned and

(Credit: Tara Conry)


Kevin Shields, 45, of Port Washington, and his siblings, Robert Shields and Patti Shields, are the third generation of his family to own and operate Shields Hardware in Port Washington. Their grandfather John F. Shields and his brother, William Shields, opened the store in 1917 on Lower Main Street, not far from where it stands today, and the business has since expanded to include plumbing,...

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Suffolk, Brookhaven approach shared service agreement to aid veterans amid budget woes

Brookhaven Town Hall

(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Suffolk’s Veterans Service Agency will open an office in Brookhaven Town Hall, subject to approval of a shared service agreement at next Tuesday’s town board meeting.

“We’re dealing with very difficult financial times in government . . . and we have to get creative about how we’re going to deliver services,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said during a news conference Monday in Farmingville.


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Coram grad student Laura Bennett wins more than $50G on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Coram's Laura Bennett hangs out with host Pat

Laura Bennett grew up hoping she’d someday be able to buy a vowel on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Little did she know that she would end up “signing” the vowels — or winning more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.

Coram’s Bennett performed some sign language, then spun the wheel for a big payday on an episode of the game show that aired tonight on WABC-TV.

Bennett, 24, who is working on her...

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