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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.


Suffolk Aviation Academy course takes off

Sachem East High School senior Emily Piazza, 17,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Aspiring pilot Emily Piazza found inspiration in the stories women aviators told a Suffolk Aviation Academy class on Wednesday.

For instance, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo was the first woman hired by a commercial airline, but she struggled to land a job for nearly a year before she was hired by American Airlines.

That story struck a chord with Piazza, who was one of 24 students at the Eastern...

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Glen Cove movie theater reopening postponed to next week

Jay Levinson, owner of Glen Cove Cinemas, outside

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The reopening of the overhauled Glen Cove Cinemas has been postponed from today until next Thursday because of unfinished work and one remaining required approval, an owner said Wednesday.

Jay Levinson said the reopening ceremony with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Reginald Spinello is now scheduled for Aptil 10 at 11 a.m.

Levinson said the theater complex is still awaiting approval of its...

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Levittown schools turn blue for autism awareness

From left, Vincent Causeman, dean of students at

(Credit: Tara Conry)

When the bell rang to change classes at MacArthur High School in Levittown Wednesday afternoon, waves of students sporting blue shirts poured into the hallways.

The sight made Vincent Causeman, a social studies teacher and MacArthur’s dean of students, grateful that students and staff wore the color of autism awareness. It also made him hopeful for his own children’s future.


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Long Island updates for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nancy Meta Rodriguez, 16, of Huntington Station, has

(Credit: Suffolk County police)

Thanks for visiting Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

As we close down today's post, here's the top stories to keep an eye on.

(Mobile readers: Click the link below for social media updates.) ALERT: Missing 16-year-old girl Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a teenager who was reported missing on March 30. Nancy Meta...

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Roundup: Water authority OKs Oakdale refueling site


Water authority OKs Oakdale fueling site

The Suffolk County Water Authority has approved $837,300 in funding to build a compressed natural gas fueling facility at its Oakdale headquarters to double the number of authority vehicles that use the cleaner-burning fuel.

The authority, which approved the funding at a meeting Monday night, has about a dozen vehicles using...

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Prospective director joins Hempstead animal shelter staff

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be

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

The potential future director of the Hempstead Town animal shelter has been hired into a different position until the current director vacates the post.

The town board unanimously voted to appoint Michael Pastore as community research assistant in the Department of General Services’ Animal Shelter and Control Division, at a salary of $85,000, effective March 24 for a probationary period of...

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Long Island updates for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project 11561, grassroots group that promotes the Long

(Credit: Project 11561)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Remember to be extra wary of jokesters -- it's April Fools' Day.


Speaking of April Fools' Day, one group in Long Beach pulled off a prank earlier Tuesday, claiming that residents were planting flowers inside potholes in the street for Beautify a Pothole Day. Scroll down -- or use the link...

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Storm runoff closes shellfishing areas

The Department of Environmental Conservation closed shellfishing areas

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Shellfishing areas across Long Island were temporarily closed Monday after heavy rainfall and storm runoff over the previous weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

The closure, which affects Nassau and Suffolk counties, is intended to protect the public from bacteria and pathogens that run into the water after a heavy rain. Shellfish in those waters can become...

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Roundup: Town saves $2.2M in bond refinancing, Zove declares candidacy

Brookhaven Town refinanced $40 million in outstanding bonds

(Credit: Newsday File / Bill Davis)


Refinancing saves town $2.2M

Brookhaven Town refinanced $40 million in outstanding bonds last week, saving the municipality $2.2 million in interest costs over the next 12 years, officials said.

“The town is in a sound financial position and has a very strong credit rating, so we can take advantage of historically low interest costs,” Town Supervisor Edward P....

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Long Island updates for Monday, March 31, 2014

This 2014 image shows Gascon Inc. in Coram,

(Credit: Google)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, March 31, 2014.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but below, you'll find a roundup of stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, as well as updates from social media.


A surprise snowstorm snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. That elicited reactions from Long Islanders on social media. Scroll...

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