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Cynthia Nixon, 'Sex and the City' star and breast cancer survivor, shares advice for cancer patients

Actress Cynthia Nixon, a breast cancer survivor, talks

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Speaking to a few hundred doctors, breast cancer patients and fellow survivors Monday in Baldwin, actress Cynthia Nixon said she’s still struggling to come to terms with the fact that her mother lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year.

Nixon, 47, was able to beat her early stage breast cancer, which doctors caught in 2006 through a routine mammogram, by undergoing radiation and...

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Parents share the spotlight at Division Avenue homecoming game in Levittown

The Division Avenue High School kickline performs at

(Credit: Chelea Katz)

The stomping at Jerry Jewel Stadium in Levittown shook the stands like a tame earthquake. The crowd jumped to their feet and threw their hands into the air as the Division Avenue High School Blue Dragons raced into the end zone.

Just as loud as the students cheering for their peers were the parents as the Blue Dragons battled the Floral Park High School Knights in their annual homecoming game.


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Open house scheduled in Lindenhurst to discuss post-Sandy reconstruction

Front-end loaders clean up debris left by superstorm

(Credit: David Pokress)

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is holding an open house in Lindenhurst Village Tuesday night to discuss rebuilding after superstorm Sandy.

The reconstruction program was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Sandy as well as tropical storms Irene and Lee. Tuesday's open house is one of many being...

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Riverhead wants public input on downtown revitalization

Storefronts on Main Street in Riverhead.

(Credit: Erin Geismar, 2011)

The Riverhead town board is asking people who live, work or visit the downtown business district to take part in an online poll, asking what they like about the area and what they would like to see added along West Main Street between the business district and the Tanger Outlet Center.

The responses will become part of a planning update to help guide the town’s efforts to revitalize the area...

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Rotten tomato battle? Sounds good to Annmarie Simonelli

Annmarie Simonelli, 32, of Massapequa, has always wanted

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Editor's note: Community journalist Brittany Wait is chronicling the efforts of Long Islanders to check off an item on their bucket lists. If you have a suggestion for the video series, contact Wait at brittany.wait@newsday.com.

In sweltering summer heat, Annmarie Simonelli picked up a rotten tomato, squeezed it between her hands and launched it at the nearest body, splattering juice and seeds...

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Smithtown to hold public hearing on proposal to increase cell tower height

Smithtown Town Hall

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Smithtown Town Board postponed a public hearing Thursday night on increasing the height of a cellphone antenna system at the Paul J. Fitzpatrick Country Club in Smithtown from 75 feet to 125 feet. Town board members voted unanimously to reschedule the public hearing for Nov. 21.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said the town is awaiting approval from the New York State Department of...

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Southampton, Brookhaven to present preliminary budgets this week

Southampton Town Hall in Southampton. (July 14, 2012)

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)


A special meeting of the Southampton Town board has been set for Monday at 11 a.m. so that Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst can present her tentative 2014 budget to the full board for review.

Her office said that all details about the size of the budget and any change in the tax rate would be given out at that time. The board adopted an $82.4 million budget for 2013.


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Homecoming king, queen win with clean Miley Cyrus routine

Seniors Matthew Boyd, 17, and Lisa Diasparra, 17,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Blaise Spinelli bit down on his lip, took a big step back and pulled on the rope he held in his hands with all his might. The Half Hollow Hills East High School junior’s eyes were locked on an orange flag dangling from the rope nearly two feet in front of him.

Behind him in the gym of the school in Dix Hills, about 20 other junior guys were also trying to gain a footing on the slippery floor...

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Carmans River canoe and kayak operator offers portal to 'truly natural' beauty

Brad DeSantis, 43, of Brookhaven, co-owns Carmans River

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Paddling his canoe south along the lower part of the Carmans River, Brad DeSantis passed partially bare trees with leaves changing red and orange with the season.

After ducking under the Montauk Highway overpass, the clamor of traffic faded and was quickly replaced by gentle chirps from crickets and birds.

“People come here to fish or paddle for the day and just enjoy the wildlife, scenery...

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Lumber shortage delays Sagamore Hill boardwalk repairs

Rendering of Sagamore Hill, about 1918. The National

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A lumber shortage has delayed reconstruction of the Eel Creek Boardwalk at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site.

The National Park Service recently awarded a $199,000 contract to Chesterfield Associates Inc. of Westhampton Beach to rebuild the 366-foot walkway that provides public access to Sagamore Hill’s beach and salt marsh. The raised boardwalk was destroyed during superstorm Sandy last...

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