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Contract awarded for $1.2M renovation to Plainview high school athletic field

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School is

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

The Oyster Bay Town board last week awarded a $1.2-million contract to Landtek Group Inc. for renovation of an athletic field at John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview.

The board previously agreed to foot the bill for a multisport turf field and other improvements to the grounds of the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district facility with the provision that the field be accessible to residents...

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Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst will face former supervisor Linda Kabot for third time

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, left, will face

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan/Handout)

Southampton Democrats picked Brad Bender and Frank Zappone to run for town council and formally nominated Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst for re-election at their nominating convention, setting up a spirited town election.

The nominating convention, held Thursday night, means Throne-Holst and Republican nominee and former supervisor Linda Kabot will be engaging in a third election fight in November.

Throne-Holst,...

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Hundreds turn out to surprise retiring East Hampton theater director Serena Seacat

For her 12 years of service to the

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Under a spotlight, Serena Seacat walked into East Hampton High School’s auditorium on May 11 to a standing ovation and former theater students reaching out to shake her hand as she passed.

About 350 people clapped from the audience to honor the retiring school theater director.

“It was phenomenal. I felt like a celebrity,” Seacat said. “I saw faces I hadn’t seen in five or 10 years....

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Free senior ID program in Wantagh

New York State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (July

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State Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will partner with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to sponsor a free senior ID card program in Wantagh.

The program will be held Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Wantagh Public Library, 3285 Park Ave.

All county residents ages 65 and over are eligible to participate and receive a free senior ID card, officials said. No appointments...

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Perfect weather for Calverton mud run

Chris D'Amico, 31, of Centereach, and his girlfriend

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Wearing only patriotic “Rocky” trunks, Chris D’Amico crawled through a 40-foot mud pit, inching his way closer and closer to the finish line as sweat, rain and mud dripped down his face.

D’Amico, running alongside his girlfriend, was among the hundreds to try out the Long Island Adventure Race 5K Obstacle/Mud Run at EPCAL in Calverton on Saturday.

“I train six days a week at L.A. Fitness,...

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Students’ performance of 'Change at Jamaica' featured at Penn Station

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer and University Professor of Music

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec has seen his pieces performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. Now, he can add Penn Station to that list.

When commuters pass by the video monitor located near the elevators at the station’s 34th Street entrance, they can watch a recording of the world premiere of Moravec’s latest work, “Change at Jamaica,” performed by student...

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North Hempstead fireworks postponed by weather

A shot from the fireworks display outside Nassau

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Due to inclement weather, the Town of North Hempstead Fireworks Commemoration Extravaganza scheduled for today at North Hempstead Beach Park has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Please call 311 (within town limits) or 516-869-6311 for more information....

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Smithtown approves plan to demolish 'eyesore' abandoned church

Smithtown Town Hall on Main Street is shown

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The Smithtown Town board has approved a plan to demolish an abandoned church that building inspectors said is unsafe.

At a public hearing Thursday, no one appeared on behalf of the Church of the Gospel Ministry, which had been located at 436 Edgewood Ave. in Smithtown. Town attorney John Zollo said attempts to reach church leaders were unsuccessful. Zollo said the church is an “unsafe structure”...

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Long Islanders win big in ‘Wheel of Fortune’ NYC finale

Westbury's Jessica Stean won $25,262 on an episode

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When she was just learning how to spell, Jessica Stean would call out letters while watching “Wheel of Fortune” with her grandparents in their Westbury home.

As a loyal fan of the show, Stean, 29, of Westbury, has become much better through the years at solving its puzzles, and she was able to prove it during the episode that aired Friday night. Stean won $25,262 in cash and prizes, including...

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No rival for Nissequogue mayor in re-election race

From left, Glenn Williams, president of the Smithtown

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Barring a write-in campaign, Nissequogue Mayor Richard B. Smith will run unopposed for re-election next month.

Smith, 58, a banker who is seeking his seventh two-year term in the unpaid position, has served on the village board since becoming a trustee in 1991.

Trustee Lawrence Kenney and newcomer Christa Amato are unopposed for two open seats on the village board. Each seat carries...

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