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WTC picnic commemorates 9/11 responders on Long Island

From left, Ann Bauman, John Feal, and Glen

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

For several days after 9/11, construction worker John Feal, of Nesconset, worked to clean up the wreckage at ground zero. His efforts left him with several injuries, one that eventually led to the removal of half of his left foot after a piece of steel crushed it.

Twelve years later, Feal still copes with the physical and emotional scars left by his experiences but he does not do it alone....

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Kings Park school board OKs penalties for bullying; elementary schools move to trimesters

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main

(Credit: Fran Berkman)

The Kings Park school board last week unanimously approved changes in its student conduct code, focusing on anti-bullying, and also approved its elementary schools to go on a trimester system for the 2013-14 school year.

Among the harshest possible punishments for inappropriate texting and use of social media — a new infraction — are a superintendent’s hearing, a yearlong loss of privileges,...

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Port Washington to get more 2-hour parking zones in business district

The Dolphin Bookshop, which has been serving Port

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Shoppers will have a little more leeway in Port Washington now that the North Hempstead Town board has voted to create more two-hour parking zones in the downtown district.

The unanimous vote last week, with town Supervisor Jon Kaiman absent, increases the meter time by an hour on portions of Main Street and Irma and Haven avenues, while four-hour meters remain unchanged.

Last year,...

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Student filmmakers capture spirit of Long Beach Sandy survivors

From left, Nassau BOCES film students Erick Urquilla,

(Credit: Jackie Salo)

Walking through the West End section of Long Beach with their teacher two weeks after superstorm Sandy battered the community, 17-year-old aspiring filmmakers Brenda Cespedes and Erick Urquilla didn’t know what to expect.

Weeks earlier, Cespedes, an 11-year Long Beach resident, watched Sandy pummel her city from her neighbors’ second-floor apartment, and the she knew there was a meaningful...

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Sea Cliff teens pay forward passion for art to needy

Tayler Bradford, left, 16, of Sea Cliff and

(Credit: Andrew Wroblewski)

As Sea Cliff teens Annalise Apt and Tayler Bradford lined the tables of the lunchroom in the North Shore Holiday House with plastic on Saturday, campers played outside in the pool, playground and backyard.

The house, located in Huntington, is a summer sleepaway camp that serves underprivileged girls, ages 7 to 11. The camp is home to as many as 50 girls during each of its four two-week sessions.

Apt...

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Hundreds slide into gello at Melville cancer fundraiser

At the 27th annual Gello Slide, hosted by

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

According to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society campaign coordinator Isai Fuentes, when dealing with enough solid gello to fill a small swimming pool, the best way to break up the goop is to churn it with an oar.

“We’ve been doing it for so long we have it down to a science,” Fuentes said.

The gello was used for the Long Island Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 27th annual Gello Slide benefit,...

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Bethpage, Rockville Centre tie in firehouse BBQ cook-off

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, center, celebrates with

(Credit: Andrew Wroblewski)

Charles Razenson fired up his red offset smoker just after 6 a.m. on Friday outside Fairway Market in Westbury and began prepping his signature dish, brisket and special “cupcake” chicken.

Razenson, whose baby back ribs won the inaugural Firefighters Museum BBQ Cook-Off in 2009, was back to bring home the prize for the Bethpage Fire Department.

Razenson competed against teams from the...

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Mets' David Wright fulfills 'Dream' for wheelchair-bound LIer

When U Dream A Dream arranged for Peri

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Sitting in her wheelchair inside the New York Mets clubhouse, Peri Finkelstein said she was in awe as her favorite player, David Wright, reached out and touched her hand.

“I was speechless,” said Peri, 13, of West Hempstead, recalling the encounter she had with her favorite Met on June 16. “I couldn’t help it, because he was so cute.”

Peri remembers Wright complimenting her on the pink...

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Memorial service for Shelter Island supervisor’s wife

Author Nancy Decker Dougherty, a film critic who

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A memorial service honoring Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty’s late wife, Nancy, will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Manor House on the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

Nancy Dougherty died at her home Feb. 6 after a 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. June 30 would have been her 74th birthday.

Nancy grew up in Columbia, Mo., where her mother was president...

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Generations share in Montauk sand castle contest fun

Kiernan Dennis, 13, of Port Washington, and five

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

As the fog rolled in and the tide inched closer, Paige Carroll and her team worked rigorously to finish digging the moat and wall protecting their sand kingdom.

On Thursday, the 9-year-old and four other boys made up one of 18 teams competing in the first sand castle contest of the season at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. The contests run on Thursdays, between 9:30 and 11 a.m., until...

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