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LI School Voters Guide now available

Band and orchestra teacher Jamie Sico, center, speaks

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

With election day for the budgets of Long Island’s 124 school districts soon approaching, Newsday has prepared a comprehensive School Voters Guide that will help prepare you to make decisions on May 22 that will affect local taxes and the future of services to students in your district.

In addition to the proposed budgets of each district, our searchable guide includes information on where...

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Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla's trial date to be set this month

Town of Hempstead Clerk Mark Bonilla stands outside

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

The opening date of the trial of Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla will be selected on May 28, a spokesman for the Nassau district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Bonilla was charged in September with misdemeanors stemming from allegations he tried to obtain “intimate and personal photographs” of a female subordinate who had accused him of sexual harassment, according to a criminal complaint.


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Half Hollow Hills district seeks steering committee to ponder closing schools

Half Hollow Hills High School East, 50 Vanderbilt

(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

Half Hollow Hills School District officials are seeking members for a steering committee, which will provide input on school facilities and recommend up to two schools to close. All Half Hollow Hills schools are slated to remain open in 2013-14, but board president James Ptucha said officials will be looking at possible closures the following year amid declining enrollment and tight finances.


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Free counseling services for superstorm Sandy victims

Nassau County Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick)

(Credit: David Pokress, 2011)

Nassau County residents coping with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy can seek free and private counseling services this month in various locations.

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Project Hope of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County announced the initiative, which involves group or one-on-one counseling for Sandy victims in multiple locations: Bellerose, East Meadow, Carle...

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East Hampton Town seeks authority to hike airport landing fees

A helicopter lands at East Hampton Airport on

(Credit: John Roca)

The East Hampton Town board will hold a public hearing Thursday night on a proposal to give itself the authority to raise landing fees at the town’s airport without having to first call a formal public hearing every time it wants to change the fee structure.

Once it gets that authority to raise fees “from time to time,” the board expects to vote on another resolution to raise fees landing...

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New Jersey music festival raising funds for Ronkonkoma special needs school

Maria LeMon, owner of the Music Academy for

(Credit: Handout, 2012)

Maria LaMon was about to head out one Saturday night in late April, when the phone rang in her Oakdale home. She answered it and the man on the other line indicated that they had never met before, but he wanted to help her.

The caller, Jerry Ryan, 37, of Galloway Township, N.J., told LaMon that he was planning a three-day music festival in Atlantic City and had selected her music school to...

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Officials to offer free training on use of Narcan to save opiate overdose victims

Karl W. Klug demonstrates the use of Narcan

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Legislative Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) are inviting the public to receive free training on recognizing an opiate overdose and how to reverse its effects in order to save a life.

The program will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center, 510 Grumman Rd. West in Bethpage.

“Our residents...

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Smithtown moves to tear down abandoned church

The Smithtown Town Board voted unanimously to purchase

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

Smithtown Town officials are taking steps that could lead to the demolition of an abandoned Smithtown church.

The Church of the Gospel Ministry, at 436 Edgewood Ave., is structurally unsafe and shows signs of “decay and disrepair,” said town building director John Bongino. A swimming pool on the property is filled with stagnant water, he said.

Chain-link fences are roped shut at the...

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Support for dog walking in more Huntington parks

But infection tends to originate in humans, so

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About a half-dozen people spoke in favor of a proposal to allow on-leash dog walking in more Huntington parks during a public hearing on the measure at Tuesday’s town board meeting.

“This new program will provide exercise and socialization for both people and their dogs,” said Barbara Buscareno, the founder of the Long Island Dog Owners Group.

“It is something that will be welcome by...

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The Bench 5K draws hundreds of runners to benefit Play Fit-Stay Fit

The participants in the Bench 5K Fun Run

(Credit: Jordan Gibbons)

When Adrianna Oliva, 9, of Stony Brook was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 2, her parents, George and Michele Oliva, said doctors told them the tumor would likely leave their daughter disabled.

They remember specifically that doctors said she would never be able to ride a bike.

Since then, Adrianna has been through seven surgeries, and with the help of physical and occupational...

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