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Polar Plunge a birthday affair in Blue Point

Linda Fishman celebrated her 60th birthday by completing

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald )

On her 60th birthday, Linda Fishman of Medford was ready to cross an item off her bucket list. So she headed to Blue Point.

Fishman, who said she has jumped out of planes and flown a helicopter, was one of about 100 brave souls who plunged into the 41-degree water at Corey Beach on Sunday for the fourth annual Blue Point Bayport Lions Club Polar Plunge.

While Fishman jumped in, Michael...

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In Patchogue, an April St. Patrick's Day parade

Steve Tomasini, Lori Bocker and Beth Tomasini get

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While St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, Irish eyes smiled at the 18th annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day parade and 5k run, which took place Sunday, a week after it was rescheduled due to heavy rain.

Patchogue’s streets were lined in green as nearly 30 marching groups and eight pipe bands entertained the crowd.

Leading the parade, which started at the corner of Route 112, were over...

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Long Island's Claudio Gonzalez preps for North Pole Marathon

Claudio Gonzalez, 39, trains for the North Pole

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Claudio Gonzalez of Westbury is set for the North Pole Marathon, which was created in 2002 and sells itself as the "World's Coolest Marathon."

Gonzalez will pull on running shoes with metal spikes, layer up in fleece and set out to run 26.2 miles on the polar ice cap on Wednesday.

If that's not daunting enough, the 39-year-old runner also may have to grapple with polar bears.

Here...

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Fire engulfs vehicle in Copiague parking lot

North Amityville firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Saturday,

(Credit: Paul Mazza)

North Amityville firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Saturday morning in a parking lot on Sunrise Highway in Copiague.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 9 a.m. to find a Ford Expedition on fire. The blaze was brought under control in about 15 minutes, according to a fire official.

No injuries were reported....

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North Shore Animal League promotes adoption, good health

North Shore Animal League of America is encouraging

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington is inviting Long Islanders to bring home a "get in shape buddy."

Those are the words that Lindsey Calabrese, communications manager at North Shore, used while talking about the promotion this weekend offering discounted adoption fees.

The shelter is hoping that sedentary souls are motivated by the spring weather to adopt a dog and...

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No Long Island Rail Road trains this weekend on Hempstead branch

A westbound Long Island Rail Road train entering

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

There will be no Long Island Rail Road trains operating on the Hempstead branch this weekend, as the LIRR performs track work near Bellerose station.

The service outage will last from 11:38 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. Monday. The LIRR said it expects to restore full train service in time for the Monday morning commute.

Buses and vans will replace trains for stations from Hollis through...

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Long Island updates for Friday, April 4, 2014

A Stanley Steemer truck caught fire in a

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Thank you for visiting the LI Now live blog post for Friday.

We're wrapping things up, but here's a look at what's going on.

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A Stanley Steemer truck parked in the driveway of a Jericho home caught fire Friday, according to a News 12 Long Island report.

Part of the house caught on fire during...

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Roundup: DEC outlines site cleanup plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a “record of decision” on its planned cleanup of the site of a former dry-cleaning company in the city.

The document on the Ronhill Cleaners Site, at 71 Forest Ave., outlines the selected remedial actions. They would include removing 250 cubic yards of contaminated soil and replacing it with clean fill, enhancing an existing soil...

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For Deer Park seniors, kickline title a perfect graduation gift

Deer Park High School's Falconettes kickline team won

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When Taylor Thomas, a senior captain of the Deer Park Falconettes, stepped into the arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World on March 1, she knew this would be her final kickline performance.

“I put everything I had into it,” said Thomas, 18, of her team’s pom routine, which was set to Fall Out Boy’s “The Phoenix.”

When the music stopped, Thomas said she burst...

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Town of North Hempstead hearing to revisit residential rules

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead officials are to hear the issue of disbanding the residential portion of the overlay district in New Cassel again later this month, after a heated public hearing in January.

Residents have sought to remove residential requirements that were designed to prevent illegal housing from taking place, such as bans on basement stairways emanating from the outside and bathrooms with...

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