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FEMA to fund school rebuilding project

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will give $3.1 million to the Long Beach school district to pay for the rebuilding of West Elementary School, one of the Long Island schools hit hardest by superstorm Sandy.

FEMA notified Congress about the rebuilding money yesterday, an agency spokesman said.

The money will be used to pay for “the removal...

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Mineola family nonprofit tries crowdfunding

Family & Children’s Association has, for the first time, launched a fundraising campaign on a “crowdfunding” website, a potential source of new financing for the nonprofit agency in a time of government cutbacks and increased competition for limited corporate charitable dollars.

“With government funding drying up and our wonderful corporate and individual sponsors doing everything they...

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Animal advocate Gary Rogers gets Nassau appointment

Gary Rogers, the founder of Suffolk County’s SPCA and one of Long Island’s most well-known animal advocates, has been appointed Nassau’s coordinator for the prevention of cruelty to animals, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced yesterday.

Rogers, a Massapequa resident, will serve in an unpaid volunteer role developing new programs focused on animal safety, community education,...

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Pair fights Sandy blues with inaugural Freeport Blues Festival

Carolyn Harding and Frank Napoli perform the blues

(Credit: Handout)

Almost every Thursday since superstorm Sandy, Carolyn Harding has sung the blues at Two Finger Jake’s in Farmingdale.

Harding, 51, whose Freeport home was destroyed by the storm and who currently lives in transitional housing in St. Albans, Queens, says she goes to the jazz club “just to let all the stress go, to just let it out.”

It’s the kind of stress reliever that Harding hopes other...

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Mather Hospital expansion fund OKd

For the fifth time, John T. Mather Memorial

The Brookhaven Local Development Corp. has approved financing for a planned 28,400-square-foot expansion at John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson.

The LDC on Monday approved $24 million in tax-exempt bonds for the project, which is expected to add a third story with 35 private rooms.

The project, the hospital’s first major expansion in more than a decade, is expected to add 111 permanent...

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Nixed East Quogue land preservation could mean homes, golf course

The East Quogue Village Green features a playground,

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

A developer plans to turn 440 acres in East Quogue into 82 vacation houses and a golf course, after talks between Southampton Town and Suffolk County officials on preserving the land failed to produce an acceptable price.

The project still needs approval from Southampton and the Pine Barrens Commission. The first public hearing on the proposal, called The Hills at East Quogue, will be on Aug....

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11-year-old's music video urges Long Beach to 'Hang On'

Jessie Faith Yoo, 11, of Garden City, shoots

(Credit: Handout)

As she walks through a gutted home in the canals section of Long Beach and underneath the pilings that once held up the city’s boardwalk, 11-year-old Jessie Faith Yoo has one message for residents of the Sandy-battered community: “Hang on.”

The Garden City girl sings these words 23 times in a music video shot in Long Beach earlier this month. The song, “Hang On,” was written by Fabian...

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Payment of Hempstead Town general taxes due Aug. 12

Payments to the Town of Hempstead for the second half of the 2013 general taxes must be received or postmarked by Aug. 12.

Taxpayers can use several payment options offered by the Office of Receiver of Taxes, including extended hours, satellite offices, mobile tax offices, a drive-through payment window and online payments, officials said. 

The main tax office, at 200 N. Franklin...

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Children's ID program coming to Baldwin

The Baldwin Public Library is at 2385 Grand

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

State Sens. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) will partner with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in sponsoring a free KidPix photo ID program in Baldwin.

The program will be Aug. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave.

The KidPix wallet-sized card includes the child’s name, physical description, contact information, photograph...

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New bus service for Longwood schools en route

A school bus splashes through a large puddle

(Credit: James Carbone)

Come this fall, the Longwood School District will be getting new school bus service, including school buses equipped with added safety improvements, district officials said.

As part of the new contract with Suffolk Transportation Services Inc. and East End Bus Lines, buses will include cameras and child check-mate alarms to prevent children from being left behind on buses.

The transportation...

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