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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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Miss Long Island 2011 Marina Montes turns crown into career

Miss Long Island 2011 Marina Montes after her

You can take the girl out of Long Island, but if it’s Miss Long Island, she’ll just bring Long Island wherever she goes.

That’s what East Setauket native and 2011 Miss Long Island winner Marina Montes has done.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill School of Law in 2011, Montes decided to launch a pageant modeled after Miss Long Island in her new home in...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for two suspects

(Credit: SCPD)

Good afternoon Long Island. Thanks for visiting the LI Now live blog for Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.We're winding it down for the day, but here are some things to keep an eye on.Mobile users can click the link below to access our live coverage.WANTED:Suffolk County police are looking for two unidentified men who allegedly broke into two cars parked at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville and stole...

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Roundup: Projects reviewed to lower Suffolk County debt

Suffolk budget officials have identified $73 million in projects the county can remove from its books as part of an effort to reduce $429 million in county debt.

At a meeting Tuesday of the Suffolk Legislature’s Debt Reduction Committee, county budget director Connie Corso gave lawmakers a list of more than 100 projects that could be eliminated from the “pipeline debt” — approved projects...

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JFK Bellmore holds simultaneous reunions in Lido Beach and Florida

Alumni of the Bellmore-Merrick Central school district held

(Credit: Courtesy of Ron Steiger)

When alumni of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore began planning their latest reunion, they realized that former students from other high schools in their district -- and even those who have since moved to a warmer climate -- wanted to participate.

So JFK Alumni Inc., the high school's alumni association, organized its first multi-high school, multi-graduating class, multi-state reunion...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

We've wrapped up Tuesday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, but Newsday will be covering these meetings Tuesday night.

COMING UP  

SMOKING BAN. Great Neck Village Tuesday will weigh extending a moratorium on permits for businesses that allow smoking on-site. The 7:30 p.m. meeting is at Village Hall. Follow reporter Scott Eidler’s Twitter updates @Eidz-Towns.

FLOOD...

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Crowdfunding helps LI woman with high kidney transplant costs

From left, Claudia Bowers, 62, of Smithtown, will

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

In a video posted last week to YouTube, 8-year-old Shirley resident Karen Jackson and her brother, Cole, 5, can be seen making pleas on behalf of their grandma.

“Please help us get money, so my ‘Beba’ can get her kidney fixed,” says Cole, referring to his grandmother, Smithtown’s Claudia Bowers.

Bowers, 62, has been in renal failure since January 2013, and has been undergoing nine hours...

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Roundup: Two elected in sanitation district, Zoe location added to Superfund list

HEMPSTEAD TOWN

Two elected to sanitation district

Voters in the Town of Hempstead elected two candidates to the Sanitary District No. 2 in Baldwin, Roosevelt and South Hempstead.

Incumbent Brian F. O’Connor ran unopposed and was elected to a five-year term, garnering 843 votes during the July 31 election, according to the district.

Carl DeHaney was elected to a four-year...

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Merrick neighborhood watch group issues warning

A Merrick neighborhood watch group is warning residents about home burglaries in the area.

The North and Central Merrick group said burglars are posing as utility workers to distract residents while accomplices may ransack the home when residents are not paying attention.

Several cases have been reported in Nassau County in recent weeks where suspects have posed as National Grid inspectors...

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Islip Town Board to vote on dump testing, bonds

A Town of Islip tank truck sprays what

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

The Islip Town Board is scheduled to vote on several expenditures and hold four public hearings at its town board meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The board is to vote to pay Ronkonkoma-based Enviroscience Consultants Inc. $21,000 to conduct additional testing on materials at three town-owned properties at the Bay Shore Marina, the Police Athletic League fields on Clayton Street Park in Central...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 4, 2014

The Brookhaven Town Planning Board will vote during

(Credit: Getty Images / Frederic J. Brown)

We've wrapped up the live Long Island Now post for Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, but here's a look at some of the day's top stories and a few meetings Newsday will be covering Monday night.

To view a daily round of Twitter updates from the Newsday team scroll down.

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

COMING UP MONDAY NIGHT

WALMART VOTE. The Brookhaven...

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