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Northport High alumnus refurbishes Jaguar to woo prom date

Eric Johnson, 18, of Northport High School's Class

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

When Eric Johnson was a senior at Northport High School in 2013, he asked his girlfriend Veronika Potylitsina, a junior, to the prom. But her parents said no, wanting to preserve the customary rite of passage for her senior year.

Turns out it was worth the wait. Johnson, 18, a student at Alfred State University, returned home from college mid-May and began his prom preparation.

Potylistina,...

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‘Lone Survivor’ actor at Michael Murphy run in Ronkonkoma

Actor Taylor Kitsch, who played Michael Murphy in

(Credit: Ed Betz)

The actor who portrayed late Navy SEAL and Patchogue native Michael P. Murphy in the movie “Lone Survivor” was among those supporting runners at the event bearing the fallen hero’s name in Ronkonkoma Saturday.

Actor Taylor Kitsch played Murphy in the 2013 movie, and took pictures with attendees at the Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy 4 Mile Run Around the Lake.

Murphy died in 2005 during...

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Roundup: Amityville makes website more 'user-friendly'

A revamped Village of Amityville website will go live next week, offering a nimbler, more interactive replacement for the current site, trustee Jessica Bernius said.

“We’re going to make it more user-friendly, so the public can pose questions and post applications live on the site,” she said.

Residents also will be able to notify the Highway Department about downed tree limbs, she said,...

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Diplomat’s twins persevere to graduate North Shore High School

North Shore High School students Nicole and Neila

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Graduating high school is a milestone in a young person’s life, signifying the hard work and challenges they have overcome.

Nobody knows that better than twin sisters Neila and Nicole Cruz, 18, who graduated Friday from North Shore High School.

Originally from Angola, a country in southwest Africa, the twins moved to the United States at the age of 15 when their father, Antonio Coelho...

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Oyster Bay teen trading prom gown for Marine Corps fatigues

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez, 17,

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Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez arrived at her prom Thursday night at The Water’s Edge in Long Island City without her boyfriend.

She said her beau, Kyle Whitelaw, a 2013 Oyster Bay High School graduate, is a soldier in the U.S. Army currently stationed upstate at Fort Drum, and he wasn’t able to take leave.

“He can’t even make it to my graduation,” she said. “It stinks,...

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Huntington film series to begin with Disney's 'Frozen'

For the 11th year in a row, the Town of Huntington plans to host its "Movies on the Lawn" program.

The family-friendly fun starts on Monday with Walt Disney's "Frozen" at Heckscher Park and continues through August at various locations.

"Bring your picnic supper, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this summer's movie lineup," town board member Mark Cuthbertson, host of the event, said.

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, June 27, 2014

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle early

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We're closing down the LI Now live post for today, but have no fear, we'll be back early Monday morning. 

Between now and then, you have a great weekend weather forecast -- sunny and highs in the 80s on both Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to get out and enjoy Long Island for all its summer bounty. 

(Mobile users can click the link below to access our coverage on social media.)

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$63G Take 5 lottery ticket sold in Valley Stream

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket worth $62,703 was sold at the Aman Shell Service Station in Valley Stream Thursday.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 05-10-21-32-38. Tickets expire one year after the game's drawing.

In addition to the top prize, 193 players from across the state purchased winning tickets worth $487 each by matching four out of five numbers. 

Winning...

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Mount Sinai teens have royal prom night sans king and queen

Sweethearts Nick Kelly and Alexa Signorile watch their

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Students at Mount Sinai High School danced their prom night away at the Inn at East Wind in Wading River Wednesday night without a care as to who would be elected prom king and prom queen.

That’s because they already knew who the winners would be: no one.

The school has elected a prom king and queen at different times in the past. According to senior adviser and guidance counselor Kristina...

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Glen Cove High teen injured on motorbike still makes prom

Anthony Guttilla didn't let a motorbike accident keep

(Credit: Marlo Jappen)

Anthony Guttilla, 18, arrived at the Woodbury Country Club with a cane in hand, but the accessory wasn’t intended to keep up with the “Old Hollywood” prom trend. Instead, he carried it due to an injured ankle that happened just hours before his Glen Cove High School prom on Thursday night.

After picking up his tuxedo and corsage at 4:30 p.m., a friend came to his house on a motorbike. Guttilla...

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