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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)

ISLIP TOWN

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

(Credit: Lou Minutoli)

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.)

FIRE

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.

ROAD CLOSURE FOR JULY 4TH

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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Wyandanch road to be renamed in honor of one of Suffolk's first black officers

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a

(Credit: David Reich-Hale)

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a Wyandanch road in honor of a longtime resident who died earlier this year.

The board recently voted to change the name of a nearly two-mile stretch of Straight Path between Main Avenue and Cumberbach Street to John Cleveland Carter Way.

Carter was a Vietnam veteran and one of the first black officers in the Suffolk County Police Department....

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Roundup: Oyster Bay may borrow $30M for July costs

Oyster Bay plans to borrow $30 million to

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

Oyster Bay plans to borrow $30 million Wednesday to address cash flow problems.

The town would not have enough money in its general fund or highway fund to pay employees in July if it didn’t borrow the money, according to cash projections in a town securities prospectus.

The securities, called Revenue Anticipation Notes and Tax Anticipation notes, are short-term borrowings that the town...

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