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Team wins $500 at inaugural sandcastle contest in Lido Beach

During the inaugural Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular competition, Frank

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

Sandcastle building isn't just child's play.

With bragging rights and a $500 first-place prize on the line, the activity was serious business among competitors of all ages Saturday at the inaugural Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular Competition at Lido Beach.

For the team of Joe Sloboda, 52, of Seaford, and Frank Russo, 56, of Ft. Salonga, sand castle building has grown into a hobby...

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Overnight paving work to close lane of Mill Neck Road

Crews open West Shore Road in Mill Neck

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Overnight paving work will close one lane on West Shore Road one night a next week in Mill Neck, according to a news release. Which night the work will happen hasn’t been chosen yet, Nassau County Department of Public Works spokesman Michael Martino said.

The paving will take place from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. In addition to the paving, railing along the seawall will be installed within the next...

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Miller Place man starts spinal nonprofit after dealing with back problems

Two years ago, Joseph Byrnes, 27, of Miller

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

A year ago, Joseph Byrnes was barely hanging onto his life. After he threw out his back installing an air conditioning unit in Rockville Centre in 2011 -- injuring his lumbar discs -- he was unable to work, drive or walk without a cane.

Rock bottom came in August of last year, the day his fiancée Alexis Friedman found him unconscious on the floor of his bedroom after an overdose of pain pills.

“After...

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Upcoming community events in Nassau

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County offers free ID cards for kids

A free KidPix photo ID program is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freeport Library Annual Fall Festival at 144 West Merrick Rd.

The event sponsored by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano will provide participating families with a wallet-sized ID card that includes the child’s name, physical description, contact...

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Caution on Hempstead Village roads urged as schools reopen

Barack Obama Elementary School is at 176 Washington

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

Hempstead Village police department officials along with AAA New York warn motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

Colorful “School’s Open — Drive Carefully” posters will be mounted throughout the village as part of the AAA’s 68th annual campaign to prevent injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.

“The help that we get from...

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Unlikely farmers take root on East End

On the East End, where suburbia gives way to open spaces, a new breed of farmer is taking root — an unlikely group that traded white-collar careers for a lifestyle in which the work is hard and the financial rewards are few. The farmers include a former investment banking, a custom furniture designer and a psychology major.

Despite their backgrounds, they hold a commitment to sustainable agriculture,...

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Islip Town obedience program aims for more adoptable dogs

Two year old Pit Bull "King Kong" in

(Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

If 5-year-old Lucy is lucky, getting an education might land her a home.

The Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-A-Pet Center has launched a training program for its furry tenants in the hopes that learning some basic obedience skills will make them more appealing to families looking to adopt.

The Canine Good Citizen Program is run on a volunteer basis and started in May under trainer Jennifer...

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Glen Cove OKs location of political signs

Glen Cove city code permits ?temporary signs? to

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The Glen Cove City Council on Tuesday approved 112 addresses or locations where political signs can be erected in the city from Aug. 28 through Nov. 10. Glen Cove’s city code restricts how property owners can place signs on their property.

The city code permits “temporary signs” to be placed on property for a variety of reasons, including political speech for up to 30 days upon permission...

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East Northport school's playground remembers Spencer F. Carr

From left, family friend Ron Kaye, Alma Carr,

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Fifty people lined up to cut a 100-foot long ribbon during a dedication ceremony of Long Island Lutheran Day School’s $140,000 Spencer F. Carr Memorial Playground Wednesday.

The East Northport school formerly known as St. Paul's Lutheran School, which serves students in grades Pre-K through Grade 5, dedicated the playground to Carr, a former student there. He died at age 22 on Feb. 26, 2012,...

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Charlie Daniels Band to play Wounded Warrior benefit in Westbury

Charlie Daniels performs during pregame festivities before Super

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The Charlie Daniels Band, accompanied by the Marshall Tucker Band, is coming to Long Island for a benefit show to help the Nassau County Firefighters Operation Wounded Warrior program.

The show will be on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd. Tickets, regularly $65, are being sold by the firefighters group for $50, $10 of which will go to Operation Wounded...

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