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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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Roundup: Sand-sculpting contest to return Tuesday

During the inaugural Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular competition, Frank

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

HEMPSTEAD

Sand sculptors back for 2nd competition

The Town of Hempstead and the MaliBlue Oyster Bar are hosting the second annual Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular Competition Tuesday.

Residents can win prizes, including gift certificates to MaliBlue in three divisions: 10 and under, 11-15 and adults, town officials said, adding that members of Malibu Beach Camp and some of America’s...

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Extra LIRR trains at Mets-Willets Point station for U.S. Open

The Long Island Rail Road plans to serve tennis fans extra trains to Mets-Willets Point station from Long Island and New York City beginning Tuesday for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, an LIRR spokesman said.

LIRR trains will run about every 30 minutes on the Port Washington branch until Sept. 8, when the tournament ends, the LIRR stated in a news release.

“Our priority is to make it...

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After flooding, Babylon rebounds to host Dirty Sock Run

Runners competing in the Classic 10k Dirty Sock

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Just days after a record-setting rainstorm left parts of Babylon Village flooded with up to four feet of water, a record number of runners turned out Sunday for ninth annual Classic 10k Dirty Sock Run.

“It’s a miracle that we even had the race today,” said Raymond “Hapi” Auer, the director of the run, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Babylon.

Mayor Ralph Scordino said the village’s...

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Choking charge dropped against East Hampton trustee Nathaniel Miller

The Suffolk County district attorney?s office has dropped

(Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

The Suffolk County district attorney’s office has dropped a charge against an East Hampton Town elected official accused of choking a town employee during an argument.

Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Nathaniel Miller, an East Hampton Town trustee, during an appearance Thursday before Justice Lisa Rana in East Hampton Justice Court, a defense attorney said.

Miller’s...

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Flash mob surprises boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy on his birthday

A flash mob organized by Flash Mob of

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

It seemed like a regular Saturday at the Regency Centers-Lake Grove Commons shopping mall. But just after 4 p.m., the parking lot became a stage for a flash mob birthday surprise for four magical minutes in honor of Javier Romero, a boy with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Javier, of Stony Brook, celebrated his 10th birthday on Aug. 8. His parents, Jen Portnoy and Rich Romero, wanted to commemorate...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Well, that's it for the live post on this lovely Friday, Aug. 15.

To help with your weekend plans, be sure to check out events featured on exploreLI.com and view the weather forecast.

Overall, it's expected to be sunny with a high of around 80 Saturday. On Sunday, there is a chance of rain. The high again will be around 80.

Meanwhile, take a look at some of the news we've been...

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Roundup: KidStock heads to North Hempstead

North Hempstead Beach Park is one of 19

(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting the popular children’s music festival, KidStock, on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington.

Nationally acclaimed musical entertainment will be featured at the fourth annual free event that will wrap up the town’s summer festival season.

“KidStock is a terrific opportunity for young families to...

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MTA kiosks to only take cash Saturday morning due to upgrade

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit

(Credit: MTA)

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit or debit card purchases between 1 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday due to a mainframe software upgrade, officials said.

Machines for New York City Transit and MetroCard, including those at PATH stations and JFK AirTrain, will only accept cash transactions. The credit- and debit-only machines in LaGuardia Airport will be inoperable.

Cash-only...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

About 150 people have come to New York

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

That's it for Thursday's edition of the live Long Island Now post. Thanks for joining us. 

Be sure to come back Friday for another look at local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

(Mobile readers: View Thursday's social media updates via the link above.)

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HUNTINGTON: The zoning board will hear from a...

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Paraplegic Gabriel Cordell aims to roll across Israel to promote peace

Gabriel Cordell, a 43-year-old paraplegic who travelled across

(Credit: Lisa France)

While rolling his wheelchair 3,100 miles from California to Long Island last summer, Gabriel Cordell, 43, who is paralyzed from the waist down due to a car accident in 1992, was already thinking about his next journey.

The former Long Islander and his documentary crew were two thirds of the way through their 99-day trek in early June 2013 when they stopped at a YMCA in Illinois to speak with...

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