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Google Teacher Academy accepts Deer Park High School teacher Christopher Kauter

Christopher Kauter, a social studies teacher at Deer

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

In an effort to teach global studies using creative uses of technology, Christopher Kauter asked his 10th grade "History Through Multimedia" class to create a witty conversation among at least three historical figures using Google Story Builder.

Using the application, which creates visual stories in Google’s online file-sharing network, Deer Park High School student Christina O'Toole...

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Riverhead community teams up to rescue local tradition

River and Roots Community Garden co-founder Amy Davidson,

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

For more than 20 years, members of Riverhead Townscape, a nonprofit beautification committee in Riverhead, has hung flower baskets from lampposts along Main Street for community members to enjoy throughout the summer months.

This year, after a shipment error left the committee without flowers to create the baskets, the group called upon the community in a last-minute pitch to prolong the tradition.


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Brookhaven Republicans aim to oust town board member Kathleen Walsh from ballot

Kathleen Walsh, a Republican, is a Brookhaven Town

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Brookhaven Republicans have filed objections to oust dissident GOP town board member Kathleen Walsh from the Sept. 10 primary ballot against party designee Kevin LaValle.

Walsh submitted 865 signatures — more than the 500 minimum needed — but the party maintains that 390 of them are bogus which would disqualify her, if accepted.

“I had plenty of signatures,” Walsh said. “It’s what I...

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Knicks' John Starks urges Baldwin kids to read

New York Knicks' fan Oliver Membreno, 8, of

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Sitting on the floor of the Baldwin Public Library Tuesday wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, Oliver Membreno’s arm shot up as former New York Knick John Starks asked for volunteers.

Membreno, 8, of Baldwin, was the first child selected to sit in the “hot seat” next to Starks and read a few pages of the book “Hoop Genius” by John Coy aloud to the families gathered in the library.

“I loved...

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Substitutions authorized for Smithtown highway superintendent candidates

Substitutions were selected and authorized for Smithtown highway superintendent candidates on a petition generated by a former town highway superintendent.

Daniel Donnelly went to the board of elections Monday to file an authorization for political unknown Thomas D. McCarthy on behalf of the Independence Party, said Smithtown GOP chairman Bill Ellis, who is also a deputy commissioner at the...

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Mosquito spraying on Fire Island tonight

Suffolk County Department of Public Works employees Chris

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With an eye to adult mosquito control, Suffolk County is planning to conduct ground spraying today on Fire Island, weather permitting, health officials said.

Ground spraying with the pesticide Anvil is planned for 6 to 10 p.m. on all streets in Davis Park and Point O’Woods, the health department said.

Some mosquitoes’ bites transmit West Nile virus to humans. Mosquitoes pick up the virus...

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Glen Cove to vote on code change that could save Pratt mansion

A mansion built for John Teele and Ruth

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The Glen Cove City Council plans to vote tonight on a zoning change to the Pratt property that would allow the owner to build 46 homes while preserving the historic mansion and its great lawn.

If approved, owner Montclair Hotels will be able to go ahead with plans to subdivide the 54.5-acre property on Dosoris Lane by splitting off 17.5 acres to build single-family homes. Under current zoning...

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Babylon OKs bids for work at two ballfields

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Babylon on Monday held an emergency board meeting to accept bids for electrical work at two town ballfields.

With the next scheduled board meeting three weeks away, a town spokesman said, officials wanted to act quickly to provide lighting for the town’s softball field at Town Hall in Lindenhurst and to refurbish lighting at Tanner Park in Copiague.

L.E.B. Electric Ltd.,...

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Sag Harbor school officials to review proposed bond issues totaling $9M

Sag Harbor school officials expect to put two

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Sag Harbor school officials expect to get a report at their Aug. 5 meeting on two proposed bond issues which the school board expects to go to the voters on Nov. 13. The bonds would total $9,179,876.

Interim Superintendent Carl Bonuso said that, since the district turned down a construction referendum in 2009, needs have changed in the district, and that some projects have been removed from...

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Free prostate tests in East Farmingdale

Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and the

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State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and the Integrated Medical Foundation will sponsor a free prostate cancer PSA test program Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the East Farmingdale Fire Station, 930 Conklin St.

The program is open to men 40 and over who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether they have insurance. Participants must bring a photo...

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