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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.

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Roundup: Road repaving cost divvied up with town

Patchogue Village and the Town of Brookhaven have agreed to split the cost of a road repaving project, officials said.

The municipalities shared the $270,000 cost of resurfacing Bay Avenue, which runs from Montauk Highway south to the Great South Bay. About half of the mile-long road is in the village, and half is in the town, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said.

Pontieri said the road...

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Dog's death inspires Massapequa boy to create charity

Sean Posner in 2005 with his dog Moose,

(Credit: Melanie Posner)

When Sean Posner’s 7-year-old dog, Moose, was put to sleep in October 2011 after suffering from bone cancer, the Massapequa boy decided to honor his furry friend by giving back in his honor.

“I loved this dog,” Sean said. “We were very close.”

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big...

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Hauppauge gay-straight club's rainbow in homecoming rain

Rain does not hinder Hauppauge High School sophomore

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Amid the rain that left several club tables empty during homecoming activities at Hauppauge High School on Saturday was a lone student with a cause.

Rebecca Simon, 15, braved the downpour while representing the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

“This is something I care about so deeply because I can’t stand people’s rights being stripped just because of something about who they are,” the...

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LI woman dips into college fund to spread cheer to ill children

Ashley Wade with 5-year-old cancer survivor Nicolas Colucci,

Ashley Wade was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease during her senior year at Portledge School in Locust Valley, and spent the last month of 2011 fighting the ailment at Winthrop-University Hospital, unable to get out of bed.

At the height of the holiday season, Wade, who was 17 at the time, received a gingerbread house as a gift from an unknown hospital donor. It was a surprise that changed her...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Islanders.

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Use the link above to access social media posts.)

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT 

SOUTHERN STATE PARKWAY. The two westbound lanes at Exit 15 that were closed...

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New York Mets play wheelchair baseball at Henry Viscardi School

From left, New York Mets players Daniel Murphy,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The New York Mets were a bit out of their league Monday afternoon.

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy, pitcher Dillon Gee and Lucas Duda, an outfielder and first baseman, visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson to play a game of baseball — wheelchair baseball — against students who have physical disabilities.

“It’s tough,” Gee said of maneuvering his wheelchair while pitching, hitting...

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Lindenhurst community group to hold solar energy workshop

A Lindenhurst community group is hosting a workshop

(Credit: iStock)

A Lindenhurst community group is hosting a workshop Tuesday night on using solar energy in homes.

The free event is being sponsored by Adopt-A-House, a volunteer organization helping superstorm Sandy victims. Providing information at the free event will be Solar Universe, a national company with a location in Mattituck.

According to the group, the workshop will provide detailed, up-to-date...

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Nesconset residents to vote on leasing new fire truck

NESCONSET

Voters to decide on fire truck lease

The Nesconset Fire District plans to put a public referendum on leasing a new fire truck to a vote Tuesday.

If approved, the referendum would allow the district to lease a new truck at a cost not to exceed $518,609 for a period of seven years, said Kevin Zanfardino, the district’s treasurer and secretary.

“We’re replacing a 25-year-old...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Roslyn High School at 475 Round Hill Rd.

(Credit: Ann Luk)

Hello, Long Island.

This is the live Long Island Now post for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, your source for the latest local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

Scroll down to see the latest Twitter updates from Newsday and its staff.

(Mobile readers: Use the link above to access social media posts.)

We're closing out the post for the day, but take...

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One of Long Island's last duck farms to close

Paul Massey, owner of Chester Massey & Sons

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Seventy years after his grandfather founded his family’s Eastport duck farm, Paul Massey will next week start the process of raising the farm’s last set of ducks.

About 3,000 eggs will be put in an incubator Thursday for four weeks until they are ready to be hatched. Then, in the last week of November or first week of December when they have grown, they will be sold for slaughter and eventual...

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