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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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Real-life 'Rosie the Riveter' honored in pre-Labor Day ceremony

Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, was awarded

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

As a real-life "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon, helped assemble airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale.

“When I first started out, it was difficult,” Rachiele said. “But I kept telling myself I had to stick it out for my family.”

On Thursday, the museum honored Rachiele and all Long Island defense...

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Roundup: $810,000 approved for serial bonds

Glen Cove City Hall is shown.

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

GLEN COVE

$810,000 approved for serial bonds

The Glen Cove City Council unanimously approved up to $810,000 in serial bonds to pay for challenges to property tax assessments and employee termination benefits.

The bonds were approved at the council’s Tuesday meeting.

The first approved bonds will pay for up to $550,000 to fund the assessment challenges — called tax certiorari....

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‘Sweet Nicholas’ Pedone receives street sign tribute

Glen Cove City and Oyster Bay Town will

(Credit: Courtesy Josephine Pedone)

Collins Road will always be home to Glen Cove’s Nicholas Pedone.

Nicholas died in May 2013 at the age of 7 after a seven-month battle with cancer, but this week, the street where he lived will be christened with a second name, “Sweet Nicholas’ Path,” in his honor.

The City of Glen Cove has already installed the first sign at the intersection of Collins Road and Southridge Drive, but...

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Walt Whitman site designated a ‘Literary Landmark’

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in

(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station has been designated a “Literary Landmark” by the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division.

A dedication ceremony is planned at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at the site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd.

“We’re very honored and thankful to the library system; certainly we are an extension of what they do in their work...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. We've closed up the live post for the day, but here's a look at we've been covering Wednesday.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the latest on traffic, transit and weather alerts and breaking news. 

Mobile users: Please use the link below to access social media posts.

TRAFFIC ADVISORYPLAINVIEW: An overturned vehicle is blocking on the Seaford-Oyster...

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Roundup: $4M in tax benefits OKd for proposed rental complex

BROOKHAVEN

$4M in tax benefits OKd for complex

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has approved about $4 million worth of tax benefits for a proposed apartment complex in Port Jefferson.

Developer Rail Realty LLC of Port Jefferson plans to erect a two-building, 74-unit rental apartment complex at the northeast and southeast corners of Texaco Avenue and Linden Place, near...

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Police seek public's help in finding missing forklift

Suffolk police are seeking the public's help in

Suffolk County police are asking for the public's help in finding one or more unidentified people who allegedly stole a gold and black Caterpillar forklift from the Bejay Auto Parts in Riverhead earlier this month.

A flatbed tow truck with a white cab was used to remove the forklift from the premises. 

The incident occurred on Aug. 11 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Anyone...

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Nassau bus routes adjusted for school year

A new Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus is

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Nassau bus riders should see some schedule changes starting Sunday.

Nassau Inter-County Express officials said the changes are mostly “minor tweaks” to adjust to the fall school year, including the reinstatement of N6X college service between the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center and Nassau Community College/Hofstra University.

Other schedule changes are aimed at helping NICE riders...

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Ice Bucket Challenge brings out more than 500 in Mount Sinai

Participants form a human "ICE ALS" sign just

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

When ALS patient and Ride for Life founder Christopher Pendergast, of Miller Place, first found out about the ice bucket challenge, the phenomenon that has swept social media and raised millions to fight the disease, he not only wanted to get involved — he wanted to take it to new heights.

The result: More than 500 people came together at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai Tuesday night to participate...

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Long Beach lifeguards win back-to-back national championships

Long Beach lifeguards, from left, Tim Cabasino, James

Long Beach’s four-men competitive lifeguard team earned a first-place award for the second year straight at the National Lifeguard Championships earlier this month in Virginia Beach.

The quartet won the landline rescue relay race, the premiere event of the competition, which is hosted by the United States Lifesaving Association. Long Beach is the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back...

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