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Melville Fire Department gets grant for equipment

The Melville Fire Department, seen here responding to

(Credit: Paul Mazza)

MELVILLE

Fire department gets grant for equipment

The Melville Fire Department recently received a $24,863 federal grant to purchase 10 sets of firefighting personal protective equipment. The items can include helmet, boots, gloves, pants, hood, and coat.

The money comes from micro-grants from the federal government through its Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, according...

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Founding bagpiper leads fellow St. Anthony’s graduates

From left, pipe majors Frank Riggio, 66, of

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

Ben Gambella said his reasons for joining the Celtic Friars Pipe Band as a St. Anthony’s High School freshman were simple.

"I heard it was free," he said, shrugging.

Four years later, Gambella appreciates the band as more than just a cheap hobby, as he played the bagpipes while helping lead the St. Anthony’s Class of 2014 into its commencement ceremony Saturday morning.

The 18-year-old...

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