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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 shines as 'Guinness World Records' turns 60

Geronimo -- along with owner Samantha Valle --

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The Guinness World Records  60th anniversary book chronicling amazing and unusual feats comes out Thursday.

So we thought it'd be a good time to take a look at records with Long Island connections.

Most are still standing, and while a few have since been overtaken, hey, that's the whole idea. Setting a mark is what motivates others to strive even harder.

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Families of 9/11 victims find solace at Tobay Beach

About 150 people attended a candlelight vigil at

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Life seemed to just be beginning for Massapequa Park resident Melissa Pascuma-Gangi 13 years ago.

She was 23 years old, engaged with her wedding date 10 months away and only four days into her teaching career on Sept. 11, 2001, when she received news that shattered her world.

Her father, Michael Pascuma Jr., was trapped in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He had been having...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

It's Day 3 of Newsday's Town Focus in

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Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the Long Island Now live blog post for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a few things to keep an eye on.

(Mobile readers: Use the link below to access social media posts.)


Newsday community journalist Tara Conry is back in The Massapequas Wednesday as our "Town Focus" continues. 


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9/11 ceremonies around Long Island

Firefighter Deirdre Hannett of the Point Lookout Lido

(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Here is a list of 9/11 memorial events happening over the next several days across Long Island. If you know of other events, please let us know by filling out the form below. All events are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, unless otherwise noted. 


9/11 Memorial Ceremony Ocean Parkway, Babylon 6:45 p.m.

The Town of Babylon and the Town of Babylon Chiefs Association...

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Roundup: $25G donation to help homeless find jobs

Bank of America has donated $25,000 to the homeless education program Employment Readiness Initiative of Hempstead for business and job placement skills.

The EAC Network plans to use the money to hire a part-time instructor for four days a week and provide computers, General Equivalency Diploma software and other learning materials, according to the nonprofit agency.

Program directors...

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Village of Patchogue to discuss animal waste code

A kiosk on Main Street in Patchogue provides

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The Patchogue Village board of trustees has set a public hearing to make changes to its animals code, ensuring that animal waste will not reach sewers.

Village trustee Thomas Ferb said there have not been reports of residents disposing of animal waste in the municipal sewer system, but the state Environmental Protection Agency recommended amendments to the code. The board voted, 6-0, to hold...

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Demolition plan hearing delayed for village theater

Village Hall of Great Neck Estates in the

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A much-delayed public hearing on a controversial plan to demolish the historic First Playhouse Theater in Great Neck Estates to build an apartment building has been postponed indefinitely after the mayor said many questions about the proposal remain unanswered.

After learning a complete plan was still not ready for review during Monday night’s board meeting, an angry Mayor David A. Fox told...

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Candid photos of celebrities filming in LI communities

Actor James Franco poses with fans outside East

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It's never dull when a celebrity like Tina Fey, James Franco, Jodie Foster or Liv Tyler comes to a Long Island community to film a TV show or movie.

Onlookers often get only a glimpse of their favorite star. Sometimes they may sneak into a cellphone photo with some other lucky fans.

Then again, they just might show up at your house and stay for a few hours.

We've seen it all in...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Sheila Gilman, 76, is a Bristal of North

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the Long Island Now live blog post for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a few things to keep an eye on.

(Mobile readers: Use the link below to access social media posts.)


Hofstra University will host an art show and silent auction featuring artwork created...

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Scouts honor 9/11 victims with 2,977-flag tribute

American flags -- 2,977 of them -- have

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From atop the platform at the Massapequa Park train station, commuters can take in a breathtaking sight this week, a stark visual reminder of the many lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

American flags -- 2,977 of them -- have been carefully “planted” on the lawn outside Massapequa Park Village Hall, each symbolizing one of the victims killed on 9/11. Five larger flags in the center represent five...

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