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Brookhaven IDA OKs $16M tax break for Ronkonkoma Hub plan

A rendering of proposed new buildings on Main

(Credit: Town of Brookhaven, Tritec Real Estate)

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has approved a $16 million tax cut package for the Ronkonkoma Hub retail and residential project.

The package -- including exemptions from sales and use taxes on purchases of construction equipment and building material -- was approved unanimously during an IDA board meeting Wednesday.

The IDA board also approved plans allowing developer...

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Dog's death inspires Massapequa boy to create charity

Sean Posner in 2005 with his dog Moose,

(Credit: Melanie Posner)

When Sean Posner’s 7-year-old dog, Moose, was put to sleep in October 2011 after suffering from bone cancer, the Massapequa boy decided to honor his furry friend by giving back in his honor.

“I loved this dog,” Sean said. “We were very close.”

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big...

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Roundup: Setauket house designated as historic landmark

SETAUKETHouse designated as historic landmark

A Colonial-era Setauket house that hid rebel muskets during the Revolutionary War has been designated a historic landmark by the Brookhaven Town Board.

The Timothy Smith House, also known as “The Old House on the Hill,” was built in 1695 and is among the oldest houses in Brookhaven, said Shawn Nuzzo, president of the Civic Association of...

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'Scooby' snacks sold at Jericho homecoming for guide dogs

A future guide dog from the Guide Dog

(Credit: Rachael Funk)

Three adorable service dogs-in-training and an enthusiastic group of animal lovers trying to raise money for them made the Kids Help Pets Club table a popular stop Saturday during Jericho High School's homecoming carnival.

The club’s mission includes raising money to benefit animals on Long Island. Among other efforts, Kids Help Pets raised funds for local abused pit bull Miss Harper and Long...

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Dee Snider's charity bike ride for Long Island Cares set for Sunday

?Twisted Sister? frontman Dee Snider is calling upon

(Credit: Jim Lennon)

A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.

“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.

The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau...

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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 Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Drake on the last date of his "Would

(Credit: AP / Owen Sweeney)

Thank you for visiting the Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

Mobile users can view below for social media updates.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

* The LIRR is adding extra stops at Forest Hills station for those attending the Drake/Lil Wayne concert at Forest Hills Stadium tonight. See...

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Roundup: KidStock heads to North Hempstead

North Hempstead Beach Park is one of 19

(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting the popular children’s music festival, KidStock, on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington.

Nationally acclaimed musical entertainment will be featured at the fourth annual free event that will wrap up the town’s summer festival season.

“KidStock is a terrific opportunity for young families to...

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Survey: Hamptons among 'unfriendliest' places in U.S.

Main Street in East Hampton Village on Sept.

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Hamptons is known for hosting the upscale summer crowd, but it also has a rep for being downright unfriendly, according to a recent survey by Condé Nast Traveler.

The tony towns that make up the Hamptons were lumped together in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey and ranked as the eighth unfriendliest city in the United States.

Cited as being a pretentious town that is "incredible...

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Teens feel 'free' at Pride for Youth LGBTQ prom in Bellmore

Lounging around at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Pride

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Sam C. partied like any self-respecting “Queen of Hearts” should at an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed prom.

She held court.

Sam was ready for a photographer’s lens only after laying dramatically on a couch -- sprawled on top of friends Danny Petersen and Casey Donnelly -- simultaneously showing off red-and-black striped tights and a fearless nature. Not long before, she had helped lead...

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