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Hempstead free lunch program returns Fridays

The Village of Hempstead, in partnership with Island Harvest, is sponsoring a free lunch program for the second year this summer.

The program will provide free meals to local children younger than 18. The program will take place Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. until Aug. 23 at Campbell Park, on Evans and Linden avenues.

Participating children will be provided with sandwiches, fruit, juice...

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$22.5M beach restoration plan moves forward

Coastal erosion imperils homes on the beach in

(Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress)

A $22.5 million beach restoration project in the Hamptons will begin in September and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year if all the permits are awarded.

The Town of Southampton on Tuesday night awarded the contracts for nourishment projects for the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack beach erosion control districts to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. The Illinois-based operator...

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Suffolk legislators again help needy kids

Suffolk legislators are partnering with the Long Island

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Members of the Suffolk County Legislature are participating for the sixth straight year in a program meant to help provide school supplies and clothes to needy children.

Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) and other legislators throughout the county are partnering with the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Every Child’s Dream and Holiday Magic to collect items including writing...

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Long Beach boardwalk section set to reopen

Looking east of Laurelton Boulevard from the roof

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

The first four-block section of Long Beach’s new $44.2 million boardwalk will open to pedestrians as soon as this weekend, city officials said.

Long Beach officials will make the reopening announcement at 11 a.m. Friday at the end of National Boulevard, close to the Allegria Hotel, to celebrate the city’s milestone of a “Stronger, Smarter and Safer” reconstruction effort after superstorm Sandy,...

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Baseball player, 12, wins speediest base-runner title at Cooperstown contest

Jordan Rose, a centerfielder and leadoff hitter for

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Jordan Rose is a speed freak.

While at a tournament with his travel baseball team, Rose, 12, of Huntington Station, rounded the bases at Cooperstown Dreams Park in 12.82 seconds, finishing faster than the speediest runners from the 103 other teams participating.

The feat came during the skills competition held on July 6 before the tournament, which Rose’s team, the Huntington-area St....

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Reginald Spinello challenging Ralph Suozzi for Glen Cove mayor

Republican Reginald A. Spinello won the mayoral race

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Glen Cove City Councilman Reginald A. Spinello is challenging incumbent Mayor Ralph Suozzi in November, the challenger said Tuesday night.

Spinello, 60, a retired businessman who used to run several pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, said he wants to “reduce spending, hold a line on taxes and grow the revenue.”

“I can do a good job,” he said. “I’m a successful, retired businessman.”

Spinello...

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Community news roundup: Code changes, new clerk candidate, garden dedication

Town changes code on debris for farms Riverhead’s town board has tightened regulations covering the storage of downed trees and other storm debris on farmland and other vacant property, but also added a provision that lets farmers bring in mulch and other materials that are needed to grow crops.

Under the code change, those involved in agricultural production can bring in up to 3,000 cubic...

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Kevin Boothe of Giants runs drills with LI campers

New York Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe spent Wednesday afternoon crawling in dirt, running through hula hoops and catching punts. His team’s training camp doesn’t start until Friday, but Boothe, 30, got in some early practice on the campus of Rolling River Day Camp in East Rockaway.

“It was almost tougher than training camp,” Boothe joked. “We were out there doing a lot of different drills,...

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Community Preservation Fund up almost 50 percent over last year

Assemb. Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor) said that

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

With East End real estate continuing to rebound, the five East End towns’ funds to preserve land received almost 50 percent more in the first six months of the year compared with the same period a year ago.

Revenue for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund through June was $43.87 million. A year ago, it was $29.62 million, an increase of 48.1 percent, Assemb. Fred W. Thiele Jr. (I-Sag...

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'Behind the times,' Oyster Bay expands recycling program

Republican John Venditto is Oyster Bay Town supervisor.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Town of Oyster Bay will expand its recycling program by placing containers at beaches and other public sites, town Supervisor John Venditto promised Tuesday.

Venditto made the pledge after Mindy Silberg of Jericho asked the town board to expand the program at the urging of her daughter. She said that Suffolk County and other governments around the country have recycling containers while...

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