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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: Calabro Airport lighting work set for next month

Brookhaven officials plan to replace a rotating light

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

BROOKHAVENAirport lighting work set for next month

Brookhaven officials plan to replace a rotating light beacon and other navigation equipment at the town-owned Calabro Airport in Shirley.

Work is expected to begin next month to remove the existing beacon and install a new one, town officials said. The town also plans to replace other navigation aids such as runway end identifier lights,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County police

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Welcome to the live Long Island Now post for Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

We've wrapped Monday's live coverage.

To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)

CRIME STOPPER ALERT

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County police Fourth Precinct are seeking the public’s...

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New owner of Massapequa Perk keeps Lucky’s legacy alive

An exterior image in 2011 of Massapequa Perk,

(Credit: Google)

The new owner of Massapequa Perk Coffee House in Massapequa Park doesn’t plan to make big changes to the business he acquired last week.

“It’s a great little shop,” said Pete Mangouranes, who along with his partners, Veronica Carratelli and Lorenzo Pugliano, officially took over the Front Street store on Sept. 1. “It’s thriving.”

For Mangouranes, 39, of Massapequa Park, the purchase...

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Town Focus: A week in the Massapequas

With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

What do Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin and Joey Buttafuoco have in common?

They've all called the Massapequas home.

Newsday community journalist Tara Conry is spending five days this week exploring the village of Massapequa Park and the unincorporated areas of the Massapequas for our "Town Focus" series.

She'll be speaking with local officials, residents and business owners, sharing...

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Marine, family get mortgage-free home

Marine Cpl. Kevin Vaughan looks at the large

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

The Town of Hempstead will join in a welcome to the neighborhood Tuesday for United States Marine Corps Cpl. Kevin Vaughan, who has been given a mortgage-free home in his hometown of North Merrick, thanks to Building Homes for Heroes and its brigade of volunteers, donors and other supporters.

Vaughan and his family will ceremonially break ground on a new two-story Cape Cod-style home at 11...

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Roundup: Wyandanch water main installed for redevelopment

Construction continues on Monday, June 23, 2014, on

(Credit: David Reich-Hale)

WYANDANCH

Water main installed for redevelopment

The Suffolk County Water Authority last week finished installing thousands of feet of water main pipe for the Wyandanch Rising redevelopment.

The water authority is installing 4,340 feet of 12-inch-wide pipe on Acorn Street and Straight Path as part of the infrastructure that will serve the 177 apartments and 35,000 square feet of...

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Make-A-Wish Foundation walk raises more than $100,000

Andryana Navarro, 4, of Hempstead, a recent recipient

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Andryana Navarro waved a “magic” wand Sunday while her mother pushed her in a stroller through Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. But the 4-year-old Hempstead girl wasn’t playing make believe. She was actually helping grant wishes.

Andryana and her family were among the roughly 600 people who participated in Long Island’s inaugural Walk for Wishes. Organizers of the 3.1-mile walk estimated the...

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Ebola outbreak spurs action from Long Island nonprofit The Magic Penny

Annie Bangura, center, founder of East Northport-based nonprofit

(Credit: The Magic Penny)

Lucy Sumner, of East Northport, left her native village of Bompehtoke in Sierra Leone right after high school to attend college in the United States.

Now 69, Sumner gives back to her hometown through her nonprofit, The Magic Penny, created in 2003 to help provide educational opportunities for Bompehtoke and surrounding communities.

So when the Ebola virus outbreak hit Sierra Leone in...

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Pride, and pooped pups, at Huntington Station unity parade

Curtis, a Japanese Chin up for adoption at

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

It was hot and muggy for Huntington Station’s fifth annual Unity in Community Awareness Day Parade, creating a true dog day for some of the parade’s four-legged participants.

Dogs up for adoption from Huntington-based Little Shelter Animal Rescue Center lapped up water poured into an impromptu bowl made from the underside of a frisbee as they waited at the beginning of the parade on 15th Street.

“Some...

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Bay Shore LIRR's rooster, Roger, finds new home with hens

A rooster made himself home at the Long

(Credit: Daniel Campozano)

The rooster of the Bay Shore LIRR station, known affectionately by local residents as Roger, has flown the coop — with a little help from social media.

On Aug. 14, Roger was rescued from his railroad residence and transported to his new home at the Red Robin Song Animal Sanctuary in upstate West Lebanon. The rescue was coordinated through the Facebook group Vegans With Chickens.

“Roger...

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