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TV stars carve 1,456-pound pumpkin in Commack front yard

Long Island's record-setting 1,456-pound pumpkin, grown by Scott

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Where just yesterday, a 1,456-pound pumpkin sat on Scott Armstrong’s front lawn, by Thursday night, a man riding his horse-drawn carriage away from a spirit stood instead.

Over a two-day period, professional pumpkin carvers had transformed Long Island's largest pumpkin into Long Island’s largest pumpkin carving. And it was just in time for Halloween.

While trick-or-treating, Daniella...

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Get informed with Newsday's Voters Guide


Election Day is right around the corner, and we have all the information you need to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

Newsday’s Voters Guide has profiles of the candidates Long Islanders will see on their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 5, including where they stand on key issues.

You can also see the names of thousands of people who made a campaign contribution in the Nassau...

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Weather chat today: After Sandy, what next?

News 12 Traffic & Weather meteorologist Rich Von

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Last year, on the day before superstorm Sandy hit Long Island, News 12 Traffic & Weather lead meteorologist and executive producer Rich Von Ohlen joined us in a live video chat to warn us that this storm was going to be big. Real big.

In our continuing series of live chats on Sandy-related issues, Von Ohlen joined us again for a recap and a look ahead on what to expect from weather events...

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Throwback Thursday: ‘Wicked witch of Long Island’ seeks TV career

Vanessa Prado tweeted her Halloween pic as a

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Vanessa Prado says Halloween “has always been kind of an obsession, even now that I’m in college,” as it pertains to costumes.

She adds that her mom, Peggy, is the same way and has always been good at putting together outfits, which explains the Throwback Thursday pic Prado sent out Thursday.

Throwback Thursday, a popular social media theme where people post pictures and video from their...

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Deer Park beats other Long Island schools for Pumpkin Fling title

The Dark Falcons, Deer Park High School's champion

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Pumpkin picking and pumpkin carving are favorite Saturday pastimes on Long Island in October.

But pumpkin chucking?

For the seven LI high school teams that competed in the last Saturday’s annual Pumpkin Fling, why not?

Deer Park High School took top honors in this year’s Pumpkin Fling, held at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, which tests teams’ ability to...

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New playground to be dedicated today in Freeport

The Freeport Recreation Center was built in 1974

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Freeport officials will hold a dedication of a new playground today at the Freeport Recreation Center.

The Halloween-themed ceremony at the playground will also commemorate the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, which hit Freeport hard, event organizers said.

Local volunteers and Allstate insurance company workers built the playground, organizers said. It was paid for by donations from...

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Haunted walk in Shoreham raises money for brain cancer research

David Liguori and his son Andrew designed a

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Shoreham’s Soundview Drive is a street that seems naturally suited to Halloween. Towering trees loom over the narrow road. Leaves litter the sprawling lawns, and once night falls, the lack of streetlights will leave illumination to the moon.

Caution tape cordons off the Liguori family home, and on the driveway the white chalk outline of a body suggests a troubled past. A collection box stands...

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Nixed Long Island Music Hall of Fame site sold

Salt-N-Pepa perform after being inducted into the Long

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The Town of Brookhaven has sold a Port Jefferson building that had been pegged as the future home of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

East Setauket-based Agrino Holdings LLC agreed to pay $1.5 million for the former First National Bank of Port Jefferson building, at 250 E. Main St., town spokesman Jack Krieger said yesterday. The sale was unanimously approved by the town board Tuesday.


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Long Beach resident Goldie Steinberg turns 113

Goldie Steinberg arrives for her 113th birthday party

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Perched on a white throne, her feet dangling inches from the floor, a petite Goldie Steinberg savored a slice of chocolate cake as her 113th birthday party drew to a close.

Minutes earlier, Steinberg had been surrounded by dozens of reporters, local school children, politicians, family members, friends and staff of the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach.

“I’m very...

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Long Beach 'comeback crew' reflects on Sandy at lantern-lighting event

On the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the Kennedy

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The scene on Kennedy Plaza outside Long Beach City Hall could not have been more different Tuesday night than it was exactly one year prior. A crowd of more than 1,500 residents gathered for a lantern-lighting ceremony to reflect on the anniversary of superstorm Sandy.

The evening was filled with hope and even a sense of celebration that the community had survived one of the worst natural...

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