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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.


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.


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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.


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Lottery ticket worth $32G sold in Medford via free play

The New York Lottery today announced that the

(Credit: New York Lottery)

The lottery is sometimes referred to as a dollar and a dream.

In Medford Thursday, it didn't even take a dollar.

The New York Lottery today announced that the ticket for the top TAKE 5 prize was sold at the Citgo station at 3173 Route 112 in Medford. The ticket is worth $32,210.

The ticket was purchased using a free play from a past TAKE 5 drawing where the player’s ticket matched...

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Huntington Town Board takes ice bucket challenge for teacher

Members of the Huntington Town Board took the

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

In 2005, the Town of Huntington opened Mr. P’s Playground, an all-accessible play area in Veterans Memorial Park named after Christopher Pendergast, a retired elementary school teacher who was diagnosed with ALS in 1993.

On Friday, the Huntington Town Board returned to the park to honor Pendergast by taking part in the ice bucket challenge fundraising phenomenon. The board was challenged by...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Thanks for visiting the LI Now live post for Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

We're winding it down and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Here are a few things to keep an eye on.


From the Suffolk County Water Authority: There will be a shutdown of water services due to the emergency repair of water main in Central Islip on Carlton Avenue, south of Earl...

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Roundup: Village looks to close noise law loophole

Babylon Village Hall.

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Babylon Village trustees could close a legal loophole next week that Mayor Ralph Scordino said technically excused nonresidential contractors from a ban on contractors’ use of machinery in early mornings or late evenings.

The changes to village code, which will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, would broaden “peace and tranquillity” rules for homes and home...

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LIRR starts 'Belmont Special' today for fall racing season

Close Hatches, winner of Race 7 at the

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Long Island Rail Road’s “Belmont Special” begins today and runs through Oct. 26 for the fall racing season at Belmont Park.

The New York Racing Association is subsidizing the cost of operating the LIRR Belmont service for racing fans.

The “Belmont Special” ticket package entitles LIRR customers to a $1 discount off the regular $3 grandstand admission.

First race post time at...

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Penelope's Odyssey to hold bone marrow drive in Sea Cliff

Penelope Ruderman, 5, of Sea Cliff, was diagnosed

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

To Lori Schneider, Penelope Ruderman is more than just a daughter -- she’s a warrior.

Ruderman was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, when she was only 3 years old. In 2011, she received a successful bone marrow transplant that helped put her into remission. Penelople, now 7, is still in remission today.

“The way I look at it, she’s a survivor,” Schneider said. “Once someone is diagnosed...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

The New York Lottery today announced that the

(Credit: New York Lottery)

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the Long Island Now live blog post for Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

We're winding down for the day.

But here are a few things to keep an eye on.

(Mobile readers: Use the link above to access social media posts.)


Check your tickets, Long Islanders.

The New York Lottery announced Thursday that the...

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