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'Ugly battle' over North Merrick ballfield sign resolved

The Merrick Union Free School District has reached an agreement with the Merrick-North Merrick Little League following a dispute over a ballfield sign honoring a local foundation.

At the June school board meeting, the district decided to allow the current sign to remain in place until the end of the fall Little League season. It will then be replaced with something “more consistent with the...

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Patchogue downtown parking meters proposed

Main Street in Patchogue. (July 1, 2011)

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Patchogue Village trustee Jack Krieger has unveiled a proposal to bring parking meters to the downtown business district to address a lack of adequate parking while generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.

Village officials say the problem is twofold. Many employees who work downtown park near their jobs all day for free, taking up most of the village’s parking by 9 a.m., officials...

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Keith R. Cerrato golf tourney to honor memory of caddie

John Hankins, a caddie at Cherry Valley Club,

(Credit: James Escher)

The Cherry Valley Club in Garden City will host the fifth annual Keith R. Cerrato Caddie Golf Tournament on Monday, Aug. 5, in memory of a caddie who worked at the golf club.

The tournament pays tribute to Cerrato, 24, who passed away in a tragic accident in December 2006. Cerrato, a student at Hofstra University, was a caddie at Cherry Valley for more than 10 years and also worked in the...

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Massapequa family to sell ices in Mamar's memory

Joann Centrone, 42, of Massapequa Park, and her

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When the summer recreation program at East Lake Elementary School in Massapequa Park lets out Tuesday afternoon, Joann Centrone expects to be swarmed by at least 100 kids and their families.

Across from the school, located at 154 East Lake Ave., Centrone and her team will be waiting with 25 gallons of Italian ices. From 3  to 5 p.m., they will be selling rainbow and lemon ices for $1...

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FEMA awards $1.1M to Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 for debris removal

A tree fell on a house on Harvard

(Credit: Newsday/ Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Hempstead Sanitary District No. 1 has been awarded more than $1.1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance funding to reimburse the district for the cost of debris removal in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, federal officials said.

FEMA awarded $1,144,833 million to the district to cover the cost of removal, hauling, and disposal of an estimated 10,764 tons of...

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Luau raises funds for Amityville fire victim, Sandy recovery

Corinne Amico drinks an I Stomped Sandy, the

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and parrot-shaped earrings, Corinne “Corky” Amico sipped on a blue cocktail Sunday at Amityville Beach during the Amityville Kiwanis Club’s annual Summer Luau. The drink -- a mixture of lemonade, vodka and Blue Curacao liqueur -- was specially made for the event and given the name, “The Sandy Stomper.”

“We got completely wiped out by Sandy,” said Amico, 53, as she...

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Long Island goes country at Riverhead music festival

Caitlin Randberg, 12, of Tack N' Go Farms,

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Long Islanders pulled out their wide-brimmed hats and cowboy boots this weekend for the third annual Country Fest Long Island, a music festival at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp in Riverhead.

This year, the festival featured 12 Long Island country acts, with six different performers each on Saturday and Sunday. Among those performing Sunday were 15-year-old Jillian Rae, the Mary Lamont Band...

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Oyster Bay hazardous waste disposal day approaches

A program to collect unwanted drugs and electronic waste from Oyster Bay Town residents is scheduled for Aug. 10 at the town Department of Public Works Complex. The Household Hazardous Waste Disposal program will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 150 Miller Place in Syosset. More information is available at 516-677-5943. A program brochure can be downloaded through the town's website....

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Huntington to celebrate purchase of Dix Hills Park

The driving range at Dix Hills Park, located

(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

Those who are nostalgic for the 1960s and 1970s can relive some of those memories at least for one day in Dix Hills Park.

On Aug. 17, Huntington Town will host Turn Back the Clock Day at Dix Hills Park, with special events, games and promotions and with fees and concession prices rolled back to 1960s and 1970s levels.

“We’re going to turn back time,” Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “We’re...

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Smithtown will vote on funding furniture, mattress pickup

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio (March 19, 2013)

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Mattresses and large furniture would be picked up from curbs in the Town of Smithtown more frequently in the new year if the town board votes at a special meeting Tuesday to award new garbage contracts totaling about $127,000.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he asked that the price for the pickup of mattresses and furniture be included when the town put out bids for new garbage contracts.

“I...

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