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4 community events this weekend

Ultimate Air Dogs jump for height and distance

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Here’s a roundup of four events to attend this weekend:

Nautical Mile festival kicks off

Freeport’s popular Nautical Mile Festival returns Saturday after it was moved last year from its original June date to October.

The festival will start with a ribbon-cutting opening ceremony with village and other elected officials, business owners and community leaders at 10 a.m. on Woodcleft...

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Belmont Stakes Jockey Day visits Ronald McDonald House

Olivia McDevitt, 3, of Howard Beach, came with

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Wearing signed riding goggles, 4-year-old Taylin Bennett held on tight to the saddle of a horse, while a jockey competing in this year’s Belmont Stakes made sure he didn’t fall.

After visiting his brother Jumani, 10, at Cohen Children’s Hospital multiple times in two weeks for appendicitis, the annual Jockey Day at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park was a necessary break...

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Nassau disaster readiness program June 12

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (March 19, 2012)

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Thursday he will host a free Disaster Preparedness Seminar for Nassau businesses from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 12 at the Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.

“Hurricane Sandy damaged and destroyed many Nassau County businesses,” Mangano said in a statement. “My administration, with our Industrial Development Agency, is working with local businesses...

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Hempstead Town, union reach 4-year pact for 8.5% raise

Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington

(Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011)

The Hempstead Town board unanimously approved a four-year collective bargaining agreement with the Civil Service Employees Association that calls for salary increases totaling 8.5 percent.

The board approved on April 23 the agreement that runs retroactively from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016, and defines the rights, salaries, wages, vacations and health benefits for town employees. The previous...

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‘American Ride’ TV show stops at Sagamore Hill

Stan Ellsworth blends his passion for motorcycles and

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Wearing a skull rag and a denim vest, Stan Ellsworth drove his Harley around Theodore Roosevelt’s estate at Sagamore Hill Thursday.

The visit to the former president’s home in Cove Neck was just one of the many stops Ellsworth, a former high school history teacher and football coach, has made across the country while filming his television show, “American Ride.”

“‘American Ride’ is basically...

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Southampton Town Police Department will not face outside probe

Investigators for Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Town of Southampton will not conduct an outside review of its police department, as Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst had requested, after she said town board members declined to back the investigation.

“I did not get the support of my colleagues on that,” she said this week. “They felt it wasn’t necessary. I saw it as a helpful tool to move forward.”

Throne-Holst called in April for...

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Suffolk buys sod farm; empowerment event kickoff

Suffolk buys rights to 25-acre sod farm Suffolk County officials have spent $1,325,000 to purchase the development rights on a 25-acre sod farm on Tuthill Lane in Jamesport, the last unprotected land in a block of farmland that already covers more than 600 acres.

Suffolk Legis. Al Krupski said the property, now owned by the Riverhead school district and rented to farmers, was under no immediate...

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Activists praise Huntington Town sewage upgrades

Huntington Town Hall

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Huntington Town officials and environmental activists praised recent upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant, saying the improvements have reduced nitrogen entering and exiting the plant, cut energy costs and saved the town $68,000 in the first year.

The method: bacteria that starts to clean sewage before it reaches the plant.

“We are always looking for new technologies that...

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North Hempstead Democrats present candidates

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead Town Democrats presented their November slate at the county Democratic convention Tuesday night, backing Legis. Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) for supervisor while lauding outgoing Supervisor Jon Kaiman for his accomplishments.

Over pizza and chips at a swank Carle Place catering hall, Gerard Terry, chair of the North Hempstead Democratic Committee, presented the ticket that...

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'The Mane Event' to benefit Baiting Hollow horse rescue

Angel is one of the horses that has

(Credit: Handout)

Baiting Hollow Farm Horse Rescue is holding an inaugural fundraiser on Friday to help maintain its 28-horse rescue and continue saving horses from slaughter across the country.

"The Mane Event" will run from 6-9 p.m. The $60 cost will include dinner, and attendees can partake in the silent auction and raffles. There will be live music by local country and rock band Southbound, and...

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