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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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Lindenhurst community group to hold solar energy workshop

A Lindenhurst community group is hosting a workshop

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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.

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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.)

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One of Long Island's last duck farms to close

Paul Massey, owner of Chester Massey & Sons

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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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Massapequa moms turn to Facebook to rally community

Massapequa Moms Group members gather at Zona's restaurant

(Credit: Tara Conry )

When Massapequa resident Dawn Boyle Kostakis created the “Massapequa Moms Group” on Facebook in 2011, it was comprised of only a few close friends.

“It was to send each other fake Tupperware invites, so we could go out at night,” said Boyle Kostakis, 43, a mother of two.

But in March 2012, a tragic event prompted Boyle Kostakis to expand her circle of Facebook friends. Another Massapequa...

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Roundup: Setauket house designated as historic landmark

SETAUKETHouse designated as historic landmark

A Colonial-era Setauket house that hid rebel muskets during the Revolutionary War has been designated a historic landmark by the Brookhaven Town Board.

The Timothy Smith House, also known as “The Old House on the Hill,” was built in 1695 and is among the oldest houses in Brookhaven, said Shawn Nuzzo, president of the Civic Association of...

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S&P lowers Islip's bond rating to AA+

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings of Islip’s general obligation bonds, citing the town’s “adequate” budgetary performance and management conditions.

Standard & Poor’s has lowered the rating to AA+ from AAA, with a stable outlook.

“Our previous negative outlook on the debt reflected our view of the town’s ongoing structural misalignment, which we are now accounting for...

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Nicki Minaj asked to appear at Hempstead High School

Nicki Minaj has been invited to Hempstead High

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Rapper Nicki Minaj says she's not welcome to speak at her alma mater, LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.

Apparently the Hempstead School District would be more than happy to take up that spot on her schedule.

On Thursday, Minaj tweeted on her verified account, "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess....

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'Scooby' snacks sold at Jericho homecoming for guide dogs

A future guide dog from the Guide Dog

(Credit: Rachael Funk)

Three adorable service dogs-in-training and an enthusiastic group of animal lovers trying to raise money for them made the Kids Help Pets Club table a popular stop Saturday during Jericho High School's homecoming carnival.

The club’s mission includes raising money to benefit animals on Long Island. Among other efforts, Kids Help Pets raised funds for local abused pit bull Miss Harper and Long...

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'56' envelops Sayville homecoming to remember Joey Visone

Sayville High School seniors Matt McClellan, James Riley,

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Like a badge of honor, the number "56" could be seen written in bold, black makeup on the faces of Sayville High School cheerleaders, printed on the helmets of the varsity football team, and displayed proudly on the cars of spectators and supporters during Saturday's homecoming celebration.

Fifty-six was Sayville High School student Joey Visone’s jersey number when he played defensive end...

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