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Meetings in Bellmore, Merrick on Sandy recovery

Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy plan to host community meetings in Bellmore and North Merrick for residents recovering from superstorm Sandy.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Bellmore Knights of Columbus Hall, 2333 Bellmore Ave. The second meeting is scheduled for July 23, at 7 p.m. in the Brookside Central...

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Hanging by the bridge: Day 3 in Bayville

Bridge Marine is located near the Bayville Bridge.

(Credit: Tara Conry)

During my first two days in Bayville, I’ve gone over the Bayville Bridge quite a few times, but this afternoon, I passed underneath it for the first time.

Bridge Marine owner Richard Valicenti, who operates a marina, a boat service station and a clam bar along Mill Neck Creek, took me for a ride in one of his rental speed boats. Going under the bridge, we entered Oyster Bay Harbor, where we...

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Brookhaven Town Supervisor opposes Verizon plan to replace Fire Island landlines

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine opposes Verizon's plan

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara, 2013)

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine has joined the opposition to Verizon’s plan to replace landlines on Fire Island with a wireless alternative.

“Our concern isn’t only for Fire Island,” Romaine said Tuesday at a news conference at the Davis Park Ferry Terminal in Patchogue. “Our concern is while they’re impacting a few communities in Fire Island, this . . . will spread to all of...

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Smithtown looks to avoid eminent domain in acquiring Nesconset property

In this view looking south, the town of

(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Smithtown Town Board members decided Tuesday to contact the owner of a 3,000-square-foot property near a busy Nesconset intersection in an effort to obtain the land and create a safer roadway.

Officials at the town board’s work session said they preferred negotiating with the owner directly for the property — located at Lake Avenue and Gibbs Pond Road — rather than pursuing the lengthy eminent...

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Children affected by superstorm Sandy get free summer camp stay

From left, Mikayla Smith, 9, of Long Beach,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

For eight months after superstorm Sandy, Kaitlyn Hartman and her classmates from West Elementary school in Long Beach were shuffled around neighboring elementary schools. They often shared classrooms with other classes while their school underwent reconstruction from the storm damage, she said.

She was also displaced for a month after her grandmother’s home took on water in the basement where...

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Laid off Bayville native finds recipe for success with cupcake shop

Susan Rust, 32, is celebrating the anniversary of

(Credit: Tara Conry)

As the saying goes, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Bayville native Susan Rust took a similar approach when her boss handed her a pink slip. She made pink cupcakes.

Although Rust, 32, had been cooking since she was 14 years old, she only started baking in 2004 when a friend gave her cupcake cookbook as a Christmas gift. Before long, she was coming up with her recipes and testing...

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Residents lash out as Babylon approves North Amityville mobile home relocation plan

Residents of the North Amityville mobile home park

(Credit: Nancy Borowick, 2011)

Residents of a North Amityville mobile home park who are being displaced for apartments lashed out Tuesday at the Babylon Town Board as it prepared to vote on a relocation plan for the residents.

A half-dozen Frontier Park residents spoke at the town board meeting, many expressing outrage at town support for a relocation plan in which developer R Squared Real Estate Partners of Plainview would...

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Wheelchair marathoner Gabriel Cordell brings inspiration to hometown

West Hempstead native Gabriel Cordell, who recently completed

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Last Monday, Gabriel Cordell completed his 3,100-mile wheelchair marathon across the country when he crossed the finish line in his hometown of West Hempstead.

During his 10-day-stay in New York, Cordell has already used his experience to help others. Last week, he visited with children at the YMCA Summer Day Camp at Glen Cove, and on Tuesday, he made a more personal visit to the home of Peri...

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Baking and the beach: Day 2 in Bayville

Lena McAree, 18 months, of Bayville, enjoys Storytime

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Looking back on my second straight day in Bayville for Newsday’s “Town Focus” series, it’s now clear to me that the concept of “old meets new” can be seen throughout the village.

For instance, I started my day off at Suzie Cakez Cupcakes on Bayville Avenue near “The Stands” section of town. Susan Rust’s bakery is one of the newest businesses in town. In fact, she’ll be celebrating her one-year...

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Suffolk judicial facilities agency now compliant

The Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency is now in compliance with state laws governing public authorities, agency officials said.

The new status was granted Friday after the state Authorities Budget Office had cited the Suffolk County Judicial Facilities Agency as “chronically” out of compliance in its annual report last week.

The state office identified 155 out of 574 authorities...

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