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Malverne fourth-grader Faith Wladyka doesn’t often get to stay up past 11:30 p.m., but last night was a special occasion. The 9-year-old actress got to watch a “Saturday Night Live” skit she did with guest host Paul Rudd.
In the skit, taped on Friday, Rudd plays the biggest fan of the boy band, One Direction, and challenges the OD trivia knowledge of a group of tween girls as they all wait...Read more »
In an effort to keep needy Long Islanders provided for during the holidays, local businesses and organizations are hosting assorted charity drives. Here is a list of where you can help donate. If you know of one you don’t see here, please send it to email@example.com.
* Homes By Mara Realty in Syosset is hosting a holiday coat drive through Christmas. Donations can be...Read more »
Outside Aretta Cohen’s shop, Port Washington Florist, there was a Santa impersonator, a juggler, a man handing out free popcorn and a clown pedaling around on a unicycle Wednesday night. Cohen herself was dressed in a Mrs. Claus outfit, her dog, Rufus, sported reindeer antlers, and all of her employees were also in costume.
The spectacle was all part of Port Washington’s fifth annual “Port...Read more »
Adriana Gonzalez pointed at a figure emerging from the top of the Montauk Point Lighthouse and screamed, “Santa!”
For Adriana, 5, an appearance by Saint Nick was the perfect icing on the cake after minutes earlier watching 10,000 bulbs light up, decorating the historic lighthouse for the holiday season.
On Saturday night, Adriana and her grandparents, Edwina and Robert Morgan, were among...Read more »
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter plans to add Sunday hours to encourage residents to adopt dogs and cats. The shelter will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning this Sunday. The shelter will close on Wednesdays.
The town is offering free licenses for adopted dogs and is waiving fees for adopting, spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets. The waivers are in effect through Dec. 31.
The waivers...Read more »
“Always a mom…”
That’s how Syosset’s Mary Ellen Walsh began her recent Throwback Thursday post on Facebook while sharing a picture of her feeding Tasha, an 8-month-old Bengal tiger from Jack Hanna's Columbus Zoo.
Walsh, a media professional who has contributed to Newsday in the past, was working in New Jersey at the Garden State Cat Show and Expo in 1993 in a PR role for cat food manufacturer...Read more »
This holiday season, Long Beach residents and business owners are planning an array of events -- from cash mobs to a scavenger hunt and the city’s first New Year’s Eve ball drop -- to help drive holiday shoppers to their beach town.
“All the businesses down here are really struggling right now,” said Kelly Sullivan, a member of the Historic West End Business Owners Association, adding that...Read more »
Lauren Selsky’s title of “NYSC Princess” may be unofficial, but it still earned her a sash and a memory special enough to share with the world on Throwback Thursday.
Selsky, 30, is a Plainview native who graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School in 2000. In the summer of 2003 she worked at the New York Sports Club location in Huntington, where she met friend Linda Franceschini.
One...Read more »
LONG BEACH Long Beach has received an $8,529 state grant to provide services to veterans who live in the city.
The grant was provided by the state Office of General Services on behalf of the state Division of Veterans Affairs, according to documents filed at city hall.
The Long Beach City Council voted to allow City Manager Jack Schnirman to accept the grant on Wednesday night at its...Read more »
Wearing his U.S. Army uniform adorned with a commanding officer symbol, Gary Vertichio was thrilled to spend his Sunday morning being served breakfast by U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.
“I am having a hard time containing how great it is to see the cadets serving the breakfast,” the Sayville resident, 70, said. “They are exceptional.”
Vertichio, a Vietnam veteran, was one of the 150 veterans...Read more »