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Rain doesn't stop Kayla Knight from being crowned Miss Wantagh

Kayla Knight, 16, is all smiles after being

(Credit: Marlo Jappen)

Rain following the Wantagh Fourth of July parade did not dampen the spirits of the eight teens in gowns and sashes waiting to hear who would be crowned Miss Wantagh.

The ceremony was held in the auditorium of Wantagh Elementary School Friday. The pageant winner is usually crowned outside the school, but due to the weather forecast it was held indoors for only the second time in the pageant’s...

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4th of July fireworks rescheduled; live updates from around Long Island

People watch Grucci Fireworks burst over the Brookhaven

(Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara)

A rainy Fourth of July weather forecast is dampening Independence Day plans on Long Island.

The Port Jefferson fireworks show, which had been set to go off on Friday night, has been moved to Saturday.

Meanwhile, Glen Cove has revised its holiday weekend schedule. Tonight's Downtown Sounds concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band concert...

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Beautifying John F. Kennedy HS Bellmore 1 brick at a time

Examples of the bricks people can purchase as

(Credit: JFK Bellmore)

Alumni of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore are joining forces to beautify their school for years to come. By piecing together personal messages engraved on customizable bricks, past and present students, teachers, and local businesses are contributing to a new walkway in an effort to beautify the area around the high school’s sports fields.

Headed by JFK Alumni Inc., the high school's...

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Marine comes home, surprises son at Holbrook karate class

Mikey Ortiz, 9, wraps his arms around father

(Credit: Tara Conry)

When Mikey Ortiz arrived at Busto’s Martial Arts in Holbrook Thursday afternoon, the 9-year-old Farmingville boy thought he was just there for a private lesson, a belated birthday gift.

After stepping onto the mat of the dojo, his sensei, Matthew Federico, surprised him with a test, one that would end with him achieving a blue belt.

But a much bigger surprise was waiting in Federico’s...

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Islip harbor police eye boaters during July 4 holiday

Town of Islip Councilman Anthony Senft implored boaters

(Credit: David Pokress)


Police eye boaters during July 4 holiday

Islip Town harbor police will be monitoring the seas this July 4 holiday.

Town Councilman Anthony Senft on Thursday implored boaters to use designated pilots if they are planning to drink alcohol on their vessels.

“We live in one of the most pristine, beautiful places in this country, on the shores of the Great South Bay,”...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, July 3, 2014

An overnight fire caused substantial damage to a

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Thank you for visiting Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Thursday, July 3, 2014.

We're shutting it down for the day and wishing everyone a safe and happy long Fourth of July weekend.

Scroll down to see live tweets from Newsday and its reporters.

(Mobile readers: Access social media updates via the link above.)


Firefighters from the Baldwin Fire Department...

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Roundup: ‘Youth Connection’ programs planned in Suffolk

Suffolk County plans to host a series of youth programs on summer nights in response to the hazardous dumping that closed a Brentwood park, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Wednesday.

A Central Islip gym, auditorium and classrooms at the New York Institute of Technology campus will be opened four nights a week under an agreement between the Suffolk County Police Athletic League...

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Are storms with female names less daunting to Long Islanders?

The projected path of Hurricane Arthur, as of

(Credit: National Hurricane Center)

On Tuesday we greeted Arthur, the first named storm in this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

Arthur is now a hurricane and humming away off the coast of the Carolinas, oblivious to the recent gender-stereotype controversy over hurricane monikers and whether on some level people expect storms with female names to be less threatening than those with male names.

Such a perception could...

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That's SO Long Island Round 1 recap, Round 2 voting underway

Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The first round of Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament wrapped up Wednesday night with some close battles, spectacular comebacks and a celebrity social media war.

With only a few hours left in the competition, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and Ward Melville High School alumnus Mick Foley was being dominated by singer Ashanti. Glen Cove native Ashanti, who tweeted the contest to her fans,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thank you for visiting the Newsday Towns live blog for July 2, 2014. We're shutting it down, but here are some things to keep an eye on.


The annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Bald Hill will shut down County Road 83 (North Ocean Avenue) between Granny Road and Route 25 on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to an advisory released Wednesday by the...

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