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Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The second round of Newsday's "That's SO Long Island" competition concludes at 5 p.m. today, so before we crown our final 16, jump in and vote.

Funny men Billy Crystal, of Long Beach, and Jerry Seinfeld, a Massapequa High School graduate, are locked in a close battle, with less than 100 votes separating the comedians.

Barring a miraculous comeback, wrestling hero Mick Foley and "Frozen"...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, June 30, 2014

Kiarra King, 15, of Medford, has been missing

GIRL, 15, MISSING FROM MEDFORD

A 15-year-old Medford girl has been missing from her home since Friday afternoon, according to Suffolk County Police.

Kiarra King (pictured above) was last seen on June 27 at about 1 p.m. at her home on Maple Lane, police said. She was wearing a sleeveless denim jacket with a black hood, a light blue shirt, black shorts with a white stripe, and a black-and-gold...

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Plainview-Old Bethpage High School graduation includes 9 sets of twins

From left, Rahul Chabria, Trisha Chabria, Justin Pinsky,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School principal James Murray rattled off a list of statistics Sunday about the Class of 2014 while speaking at the school’s commencement.

He said the graduates included 13 Academic Excellence Award recipients, 15 National Merit scholars, four Siemens semifinalists, and one semifinalist from the Intel Science Talent Search.

And then there was...

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Melville Fire Department gets grant for equipment

The Melville Fire Department, seen here responding to

(Credit: Paul Mazza)

MELVILLE

Fire department gets grant for equipment

The Melville Fire Department recently received a $24,863 federal grant to purchase 10 sets of firefighting personal protective equipment. The items can include helmet, boots, gloves, pants, hood, and coat.

The money comes from micro-grants from the federal government through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according...

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'Frozen' showing scheduled in North Hempstead

The Town of North Hempstead has announced the

(Credit: AP)

The Town of North Hempstead has announced the schedule for its free summer film series, and one movie will be screened drive-in style.

Films will be shown July 13 and 29 and on Aug. 15 and 23 at parks throughout town.

“With summer upon us, the Town of North Hempstead invites residents from all over the town to join us for our free summer movie series,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth....

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Huntington to reduce speed limits in town waters

The Town of Huntington will reduce speed limits

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Huntington will reduce speed limits and step up patrols in town waters on July 4.

This is the second year the town has imposed the restrictions on July 4, spurred by a 2012 tragedy in which three children died off Oyster Bay Cove. The boat from which they were watching a fireworks show capsized as it was returning to Huntington.

This year, town officials have expanded the...

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William Floyd graduation includes recognition of top teachers

Michelle Montalbano and Rhonda Stitham are two of

(Credit: John Fischer)

Third-grade schoolteacher Michelle Montalbano was shocked and proud when she received a letter inviting her to be an honorary guest Saturday at  the William Floyd High School graduation.

She was even more excited as she watched the students walk to the podium to collect their diplomas. She had not seen some of them in more than 10 years.

“This is my first graduating class,” said...

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Garden City High School's unique graduation attire suits students

Valedictorian Steven Menelly and salutatorian Katherine McGannon outside

(Credit: Marlo Jappen)

Garden City High School principal Nanine McLaughlin remembers her initial feeling about the school’s unique choice of graduation wardrobe when she arrived six years ago.

“Honestly, when I first came here, I thought it was odd,” she said.

Seniors stray from the traditional -- graduation robes and mortar boards -- and wear all-white to receive their diplomas.. The boys wear white tuxedo...

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Floral Park Memorial High School rallies around littlest prom goer

Floral Park Memorial High School's faculty and students

(Credit: Josh Stewart)

The star of Floral Park Memorial High School’s prom matched a black jacket with a Batman T-shirt, and sported sneakers with red shoe laces and soles that lit up when he walked.

Ethan Demmers, 5, wasn’t inside Jericho’s Milleridge Inn for 5 seconds before teacher Christin Mason scooped him up.

“Are you my prom date tonight?” she kidded.

Ethan walked in with his dad, Floral Park...

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Northport High alumnus refurbishes Jaguar to woo prom date

Eric Johnson, 18, of Northport High School's Class

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

When Eric Johnson was a senior at Northport High School in 2013, he asked his girlfriend Veronika Potylitsina, a junior, to the prom. But her parents said no, wanting to preserve the customary rite of passage for her senior year.

Turns out it was worth the wait. Johnson, 18, a student at Alfred State University, returned home from college mid-May and began his prom preparation.

Potylistina,...

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