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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.


Long Island news, weather, school and LIRR updates for Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Bayville Bridge will be closed Wednesday, April

(Credit: Jim Fotedis/Bayville Souvlaki Pl)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

Although we've wrapped up today's live coverage, below you can find a roundup of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view today's top tweets from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down. If you're a mobile user, use the link directly below.



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Ben and Jerry’s giving away free ice cream today

Ben and Jerry's shops, including locations in Huntington

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What’s better than ice cream? Free ice cream!

Ben and Jerry’s stores across the country, including the two on Long Island, are giving away free scoops today to mark the 36th anniversary of the company’s first store opening in Burlington, Vt.

The Main Street Sweets and Ben and Jerry’s store at 121 Main St. in Westhampton Beach, and the Ben and Jerry’s store at 298 Main St. in Huntington...

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Education event set for Garden City

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City

(Credit: Newsday File / Ken Spencer)

Long Island students, teachers and businesses are coming together Wednesday to discuss all things relating to some of the country’s fastest-growing fields: science, technology, engineering and math -- also known as STEM.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City is hosting the celebration that will give more than 300 attendees an opportunity to exchange education ideas and learn about local...

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Buses still replacing Montauk Line trains

Buses continue to replace some trains on the

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Buses continue to replace some trains on the Long Island Rail Road’s Montauk Branch, as the LIRR performs track inspections through much of this week.

In total, 21 trains were scheduled to be wholly or partially replaced from Monday through Thursday. The LIRR estimated that 405 customers would be affected by the service change. The railroad said customers should allot an extra 23 to 41 minutes...

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Moody's upgrades Farmingdale bonds, summer lifeguards needed

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its bond rating

(Credit: Alexi Knock)


Moody’s upgrades village bond rating

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its bond rating for Farmingdale’s $6.7 million in outstanding general obligation debt from A1 to Aa3.

The change was made in keeping with Moody’s new local government general obligation methodology.

The agency said the Aa3 rating reflects the village’s strong financial position, above-average...

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Old Bay Shore self-service laundry now on Superfund list

A former Bay Shore self-service laundry and dry cleaner has been added to the state’s Superfund list of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites.

The Americana Laundromat and Dry Cleaners site at 1572 North 5th Ave. in Bay Shore operated from 1950 to 2000, when it was converted to a drop-off dry cleaners, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The dry-cleaning...

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Long Island news, weather, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, April 7, 2014

Central Islip High School, located at 85 Wheeler

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, April 7, 2014. 

Although we've wrapped up today's live coverage, below you can find a round-up of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

Scroll down to view social media updates from Newsday's reporters including Laura Figueroa and Paul LaRocco, who are covering today's Nassau...

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South Farmingdale fire district ratings upgraded by Moody's

The South Farmingdale Fire Department, which includes Engine

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the South Farmingdale Fire District’s general obligation bond rating from A1 to Aa3.

The action is a result of Moody’s new local government general obligation methodology and affects $3.6 million in debt.

The upgrade “reflects the district’s sizable tax base with high wealth levels, minimal debt burden, and stable financial position,” Moody’s officials...

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Bellport budget would hike taxes 14 percent

South Country Road looking east in Bellport Village

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Bellport Village Board is expected to vote Monday night on a $4.5 million budget that would raise taxes an average of 14 percent.

Mayor Ray Fell said repairs and improvements to village buildings and roads contributed to a 4.6 percent increase in the proposed 2014-15 budget. The spending hike would push the average tax bill to $1,368 next year, from $1,200 this year, Fell said.


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Riverhead downtown sidewalk improvements, teacher honored

Starting April 7, 2014, four miles of sidewalks

(Credit: Brittany Wait)


$2.1M to improve downtown sidewalks

Starting today, four miles of sidewalks in downtown Riverhead are to be installed or in some places reconstructed, as well as enhanced with ramps and other requirements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the state Department of Transportation said Friday.

The $2.1 million project is focused on upgrading Main Street’s...

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