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North Hempstead moves ahead to restore Allen cemetery

Howard Kroplick, North Hempstead town historian, walks by

(Credit: Jeffrey Basinger)

The North Hempstead Town Board voted on Thursday to hire a surveying firm and a title company as part of its efforts to restore a little-known family burial ground in Great Neck Plaza.

The town hired Mineola-based Sidney B. Bowne and Son to conduct surveys of the Allen family burial ground, adjacent to two residential backyards on Pearce Place in the village, as well as surveys of the three...

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New York City kids to 'join summer life on Long Island' through Fresh Air Fund

Ayahna, 7, of New York City, center, arrives

(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

Holding pink and purple balloons in one hand and sunflowers in the other, 8-year-old Lauren McCann waited anxiously with her siblings for their new friend to arrive.

After waiting nearly an hour, the McCann family finally spotted the coach bus approaching them and the other families stationed in the Target parking lot in Commack on Friday.

When the doors opened, out came 14 children...

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Disney inspired creator of Bayville Adventure Park

D.R. Finley, owner of Bayville Adventure Park and

(Credit: Tara Conry)

D.R. Finley, 51, and his wife, Anne, own four adjacent businesses on Bayville Avenue in Bayville across from the Long Island Sound. The couple, who have four children, operate Bayville Adventure Park, an amusement park located at 8 Bayville Ave. that is converted into Bayville Scream Park in the fall and Bayville Winter Wonderland in the winter. They also own the adjacent arcade, Beaches & Cream...

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'Justice for Trayvon' vigil set for today

A demonstrator works on signs before a vigil

(Credit: AP)

The Nassau County chapter of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network civil rights organization will hold a vigil Saturday in honor of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot to death last year by George Zimmerman. The vigil is one of 100 “Justice for Trayvon” vigils being held nationwide.

The vigil will be held at noon at Nassau County District Court in Hempstead Village. About 1,000...

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Community news roundup from across LI

FAA ruling on helicopter noise upheld, praised Local officials are praising a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington last week upholding the Federal Aviation Administration’s ability to require helicopters to fly over Long Island Sound to reduce noise, saying it opens the door to similar noise abatement efforts in the Hamptons and on the North Fork.

The FAA made an overwater North...

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Leaving Bayville with epic ‘Exit’ sign story

After crossing over the Bayville Bridge, residents and

(Credit: Tara Conry)

It’s hard to believe that my week in Bayville is drawing to a close.

From speed boating to “rock scrambling,” seal sightings and oyster farming, it’s truly been an exciting week. I have to thank the people of Bayville for giving me such a warm reception and taking me on some unique adventures.

Speaking of adventure, I started off my last morning in Bayville by speaking with D.R. Finley,...

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Substitution of Smithtown candidates criticized

Substitutions were made Thursday for candidates in Smithtown Town primaries on a petition generated by a former town highway superintendent.

Daniel Donnelly went to the board of elections to substitute his wife, Linda Donnelly, as a candidate for Smithtown supervisor and his daughter’s next-door neighbor Kathleen DiBernardo for town council, both on the Conservative line, and a political unknown,...

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Bayville ‘rock scrambling run' honors friend

Some Bayville residents, their pooches and an Olympian

(Credit: Tara Conry)

With his dog, Penny, following his lead, Dave Gugerty scaled a large mound of rocks Thursday morning along the shoreline of the Long Island Sound in Bayville. Both man and canine were quick, but careful not to lose their footing as they made their way over the uneven terrain and then, waded through the knee-high deep water once they reached the bottom.

The tide was high, so the water was deeper...

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LIRR watchdog group: Amtrak board lacks commuter rep

Eastbound and westbound service has been restored.

A Long Island Rail Road watchdog group Thursday called for Amtrak to add a commuter representative on its board — one day after a broken Amtrak rail caused major service disruptions for the LIRR.

Mark Epstein, chairman of the LIRR Commuter Council, said Thursday that a vacancy on Amtrak’s seven-member board should be filled by a New York commuter.

“New York rail commuters who rely on...

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Today's community news roundup

Another step in the Carmans River plan, a shakeup in the Smithtown highway race and more community news from this week:

$4M in federal funds for Sunday bus service Suffolk County has cleared an important hurdle in its goal to secure nearly $4 million in federal funding for expanded Sunday bus service.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Council’s Program Finance and Administration Committee...

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