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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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Bay Shore microbrewery gets OK for larger bar

Richard Sobotka, owner of Great South Bay Brewery,

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Islip’s only microbrewery is getting a larger bar to showcase its frosty beverages.

The Islip Town planning board approved the Great South Bay Brewery’s application for a special permit to operate a larger bar inside its site at 25 Drexel Dr. in Bay Shore.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the permit at its Thursday meeting. Board member Michael Kennedy voted against the application.

The...

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Nick Cannon, 'America's Got Talent' host, plays Long Island principal

"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon with Setauket

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” took over Setauket Elementary School as principal for the day on Friday -- after students proved they had the talent to collect more food donations than any other school in Suffolk County.

Cheers erupted and students jumped and squealed with excitement as Cannon arrived at the school to step into principal Nathalie Lilavoius’ shoes and handle the...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, April 11, 2014

Suffolk County police have released surveillance images of

(Credit: SCPD)

Thanks for visiting the LI Now Live post for Friday, April 11, 2014.

As we wrap up for the day, here's the latest happenings.

(Mobile users can click the link below to access our live coverage.)

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The Suffolk County police Second Precinct is seeking help to identify and locate the man who allegedly stole baby formula from a Huntington Station store last month.

A...

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LIRR track work to affect Far Rockaway line

Long Island Rail Road track work this weekend and during the first weekend in May will affect customers on the Far Rockaway branch, LIRR officials said.

Train schedules for customers traveling between Jamaica and Far Rockaway will be adjusted by up to eight minutes Saturday and Sunday, and again on May 3 and 4.

Westbound trains will depart earlier than usual, while eastbound trains will...

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Restaurant to replace old vacant garage in Commack

Architect Mark Mancini on March 20, 2013.

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

An old, derelict repair garage that has remained vacant in Commack for more than 15 years will become a restaurant specializing in hamburgers.

Smithtown Town Board members acting as the board of site plan review unanimously approved the site plan Tuesday.

Town board members voted 5-0 to approve a plan by Burger Station LLC for a change of use from filling station to a restaurant at the...

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Jenny McCarthy's visit to Shirley school airs Friday on 'The View'

"The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy visits Nathaniel Woodhull

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

On March 14, “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy played guest teacher to 26 second-graders at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School in Shirley, a visit that will air 11 a.m. Friday on the talk show.

The class teacher, Leigh-Ann Rosen, saw the show announce the segment in January and emailed them to see if McCarthy could come get a taste of her job. Two weeks later, the show’s producers told her...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 10, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but here, you'll a round-up of some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, along with Twitter updates from our staff. (Scroll down -- or use the link below if you're reading this post on a mobile device -- to see social media updates.)

Newsday will also be...

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Roundup: Shellfish areas closed after rains to reopen

Several shellfishing areas ordered shut down by the state after heavy rains last month have been reopened, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday.

The reopened shellfishing areas are in North Sea Harbor and Sag Harbor in the Town of Southampton, all normally certified areas in the towns of Southold and Shelter Island, and all normally certified areas on the...

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New Hyde Park students win prizes for Nassau Coliseum plan

Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale (Sept.

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A team of five students from New Hyde Park High School won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau Comptroller George Maragos’ competition on Wednesday to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

The winning plan involved placing solar panels on businesses around the 77-acre Coliseum site in Uniondale. The revenue would be generated...

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Who's headed to the Hamptons?

What does a summer in the Hamptons mean

(Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

The name is known around the world. For its sandy beaches, top-tier amenities and scenic views, The Hamptons is a dream destination for many – and it’s right here on our home turf.

For 10 weeks each year, the hamlets on Long Island’s South Fork swell with summer guests. From the family that has summered in the same home for generations to the college student headed out east to work and everyone...

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