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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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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, April 14, 2014

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Monday, April 14, 2014.

Public schools on Long Island and in New York City were closed Monday as spring break kicked off, so you may notice less cars on the road. Passover also starts tonight, so those observing the holiday will be leaving work earlier. The LIRR added extra trains (see below) to accommodate these travelers.

Today's live coverage...

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Dead whale washes ashore in Southampton

A 15-foot dead pilot whale was discovered Sunday,

(Credit: Riverhead Foundation)

A 15-foot dead pilot whale was discovered Sunday on a beach in Southampton near Cryder Lane, according to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Robert DiGiovanni, the foundation’s executive director and senior biologist, said researchers took a few samples Sunday, and that he was headed back to the beach Monday morning with a crew to conduct a necropsy on the whale.

“We'll...

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Hunger Games lesson at Patchogue archery school

Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig helps aspiring Olympian Danielle

(Credit: Erica Jackson )

Students at a Patchogue archery school might not have plans to fight to the death like Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen did in the Hunger Games, but they were trained the same way over the weekend.

Experienced, beginner and intermediate archers and coaches learned crossbow techniques from Lawrence’s trainer Khatuna Lorig, who is a five-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist.

Lorig...

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Roundup: Bond upgrades, 10 year old designs library cards

Ocean Beach on Fire Island was among the

(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

OCEAN BEACH

Village’s bond rating gets an upgrade Ocean Beach has garnered a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, which hailed the village’s “very strong economy, liquidity and debt and contingent liabilities profile” in a recent report.

The S&P report came as the village was considering a new $7.75 million proposed budget that calls for a 7.8 percent tax increase. The...

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Port Jefferson budget hearing set for Monday

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposed budget that would raise taxes about 4.4 percent.

The proposed $9.7 million budget would increase spending by 2.3 percent over the current $9.47 million budget.

The village is facing increases in state pension contributions and costs related to necessary repairs to village beaches and a public...

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Babylon Village approves budget with tax increase

Babylon Village has adopted a $9.3 million budget

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Babylon Village adopted a $9.3 million budget last week for the 2014-15 fiscal year starting June 1.

The budget includes a 4.84 percent property tax levy increase, bringing the tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation to $14.93. For a house assessed at $10,000, Mayor Ralph Scordino said, property taxes will rise about $70.

The budget is up from $8.9 million last year, with spending in...

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Frank Scafuri sings his way through doctor's offices

Frank Scafuri of Rockville Centre, right, and Joey

(Credit: YouTube)

Frank Scafuri has been to doctors’ offices five times in the past nine months, but the 63-year-old Rockville Centre resident isn’t sick.

He shows up to bring a healthy dose of entertainment to the patients.

Since posting a clip of himself on YouTube performing a Broadway show tune in the waiting room of a Williston Park doctor’s office in September, Scafuri has recorded four more videos.

In...

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Long Islanders get some color at Run or Dye 5k

Runners were covered in colored powder at the

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Thousands of runners shrieked and danced while running through the parking lot of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, covered from head to toe in brightly colored cornstarch during the Run or Dye 5k. The goal was not to finish first; runners were challenged to get as messy as possible during the morning run by showering each other in colors.

The Run or Dye 5k is held throughout...

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Roundup: Smithtown raises towing fee maximums

SMITHTOWN

Town raises towing fee maximums

Smithtown Town Board members have unanimously approved an amendment to the town code that raise the maximum amounts for towing fees for vehicles.

The board voted 5-0 to increase the fees, which Smithtown Town Attorney Matthew Jakubowski said apply to vehicles reported by Suffolk County police within the town.

Jakubowski said the change...

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Mutilated puppy and its mom reunite in Huntington

Miss Harper, left, a 10-month-old pit bull puppy

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Miss Harper, the 10-month-old pit bull puppy found with its ears and hind right leg cut off last September, was reunited with its mother at My Pet’s Vet in Huntington on Thursday.

Her mother Missy, 7, was a victim of overbreeding, and Miss Harper was in one of her litters.

Missy was surrendered by her owners Wednesday and taken by the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...

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