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Promise to friend keeps Merrick woman walking for AIDS

Francine Goldstein, 67, of Merrick, receives an award

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While purchasing a new mattress at a local Sleepy’s store earlier this year, Francine Goldstein asked the salesperson to write her a check.

Goldstein, 67, of Merrick, has made similar requests to car dealers, politicians, her doctors, co-workers, friends and family during the past 25 years in her quest to raise money for organizations that support people with AIDS.

“I’m not ashamed to...

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Hempstead Town officials to rally for annual Lindbergh flight day

1927: Charles Lindbergh works on the engine of

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Hempstead officials plan to gather at the site of Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight to Paris on Monday to rally for the state to designate May 20 as “Trans-Atlantic Flight Day in New York.”

Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) intends to submit a resolution calling for the designation. Lindbergh flew to Paris from Roosevelt Field on May 20, 1927, the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight.

Hempstead...

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Seaford meeting on rebuilding in wake of Sandy

House barges on Ocean Avenue after superstorm Sandy

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Officials from the Hempstead Town building department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Monday will attend a meeting on rebuilding for superstorm Sandy victims.

The meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Seaford High School, also will include insurance attorneys, construction companies and advocates for residents who are rebuilding, said Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), who...

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Free prostate cancer tests in Roosevelt

The Roosevelt Public Library, at 27 W. Fulton

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State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick), in conjunction with South Nassau Communities Hospital, will sponsor a free prostate cancer screening event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave., Roosevelt.

The program is open to all Nassau County men with or without health insurance. Screenings will include a prostate-specific antigen blood test.

Patients...

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Uniondale High School show choir performs on 'Today Show'

Uniondale High School's award-winning show choir/jazz band kicks

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Uniondale High School’s Rhythm of the Knights show choir was named “Most Promising New Group” at the Fame Show Choir National Championship Series Finals in Chicago April 26-27.

That showing earned the school’s choir and jazz band one more performance — on Thursday’s edition of “The Today Show.”

The students were there as part of the “Today” Varsity Week. Along with a performance of the...

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Garden City receives $4.5M from FEMA for Sandy

A tree down on Brixton Road near Stewart

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Garden City Village has been awarded more than $4.5 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance as reimbursement for the cost of debris removal after superstorm Sandy, federal officials said.

“This reimbursement for debris cleanup is critical in making sure that residents of Garden City are not on the hook entirely for the expenses,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said...

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Larry Cantwell gets Dems’ nod for East Hampton supervisor

Larry Cantwell, who has been the village manager

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East Hampton’s Democratic Party at its convention this week overwhelmingly picked Larry Cantwell to be their candidate for town supervisor in the November election.

But Zachary Cohen — who almost won the supervisor’s race two years ago — narrowly failed to get the party’s nod for town board.

Instead, the town committee members picked former town councilman Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzales,...

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Traffic light near West Islip High School spurred by critical injury

A new traffic light has been installed at

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A new traffic light has been installed at Montauk Highway and Barberry Road, an intersection near West Islip High School where a student was critically injured in 2011 while walking to school.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Islip) announced the new traffic light in a media release this week, and credited his predecessor, former Sen. Owen Johnson, with laying the groundwork to get the light installed...

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Verizon gets OK to cut Fire Island landline service

The headquarters for Verizon Communications Inc. in Manhattan.

(Credit: AP, 2005)

The state Public Service Commission yesterday approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island, despite concerns from critics and a letter from the state attorney general’s office asking that a formal decision be tabled.

Verizon’s plan would allow it to abandon copper wire in favor of a wireless voice alternative called Voice Link in places where the company...

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Meds can be disposed safely on Saturday in Roosevelt

Residents can safely dispose of expired or unused

(Credit: Newsday, 2012 / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Residents can safely dispose of expired or unused medications during a “Shed the Meds” event on Saturday.

State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) is sponsoring the program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roosevelt Library, 27 West Fulton Ave. in Roosevelt.

The program allows residents to drive in and drop off medications for safe disposal with officers from the Nassau County Police...

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