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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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Babylon to pay for study of rapid bus system

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Town of Babylon has awarded a contract to a company to study a proposed bus rapid transit system on Route 110.

Town officials chose Parsons Brinckerhoff, of Manhattan, after sending out a request for proposals for technical assistance and consultation services on the proposed BRT line. The company’s fee -- $449,996 -- was in the middle among the three proposals, with one company coming...

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Rain pushes final St. Patrick's Day parade to April

The final St. Patrick's Day parade of 2014

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

St. Patrick is closing in on the Easter Bunny's turf.

Citing inclement weather, the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce has pushed the community’s St. Patrick’s Day parade back to Sunday, April 6. That’s 20 days after St. Patrick's Day and 14 days before Easter.

The parade had been scheduled for Sunday, March 30.

The parade, which travels down Main Street, will start at 12:30...

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East Meadow 9/11 hero remembered with commemorative street sign

Linda Pitone, left, and children Nicole, Shannon, Kyle

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A 9/11 first responder who died last year was remembered by the Town of Hempstead on Saturday with the unveiling of a commemorative street sign dedicated in his name.

The sign at the intersection of Corey Lane and Newbridge Road in East Meadow honors Francis T. Pitone, a longtime East Meadow resident who died in August 2013.

Town officials including Supervisor Kate Murray were on hand...

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Inaugural Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge gets 37-degree welcome

Nearly 400 people plunged into the 37-degree water

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Brian Schiralli, already soaked by a steady rain, grabbed his Special Olympics coach’s hand, sprinted into frigid water and was already waist deep before declaring, “We are diving in.”

Without hesitation, Schiralli, who has Down syndrome, and his soccer, basketball, floor hockey and track coach of five years, Joe Branzetti, dove in headfirst.

They were among the nearly 400 people who...

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Malverne district teacher surprised with 'Happy' hall of fame news

Marguerite Izzo, a fifth-grade teacher at Davison Avenue

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Marguerite Izzo thought she was attending a state test pep rally Friday.

As it turns out, there was already something to celebrate.

The fifth-grade teacher at Lynbrook's Davison Avenue Intermediate School, part of the Malverne Union Free School District, was surprised in front of the entire school with news that she had been selected for induction into the Emporia, Kan.-based National...

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Long Island updates for Friday, March 28, 2014

We're closing out Newsday's LI Now live post for Friday, March 28, 2014. 

As a brief look ahead, tonight will be overcast with a chance of rain. The low will be around 40 degrees. Breezy. It's going to rain tomorrow with a high of around 50.  

Check back with us on Monday morning, as we start all over again with the latest in breaking news, weather, traffic and social...

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Roundup: Hempstead school district 'hero/heroine' event tonight

Hempstead High School.

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE

School district plans ‘hero/heroine’ event

Hempstead school district officials will host the Hero/Heroine Program to honor students, staff and community members as part of the district’s African-American History and Women’s History celebrations.

The free event, open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Hempstead High School’s auditorium, at 201 President...

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Town of Babylon begins airing meetings on Cablevision

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Babylon Town has begun broadcasting town board meetings on Cablevision’s Government Access channel.

The town was the last in Suffolk County to broadcast or stream its meetings over the Internet, a practice also being adopted by some Nassau municipalities.

“Not everyone has the time to come down to town hall every time there’s a board meeting,” said Babylon Town spokesman Kevin Bonner,...

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Long Island updates for Thursday, March 27, 2014

New York State Lottery Logo

(Credit: Handout)

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, March 27, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but below you'll find a rundown of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, social media updates and more. 

If you're looking ahead to the weekend, here is Newsday's latest forecast. Hint: You'll need an umbrella.

(Mobile readers: click the link...

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Shelter Island teen's message in a bottle found in Bahamas

Andrew Gracie, 60, of Bermuda, with a message

(Credit: Andrew Gracie)

Connor Corbett-Rice cast a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago from Shelter Island for a school project, hoping someday that someone far away would read the message inside.

He got more than he bargained for. Connor never imagined the bottle would drift more than 1,000 miles and wash ashore on an island in the Bahamas.

“I was shocked. I forgot about the entire project up to...

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