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Are storms with female names less daunting to Long Islanders?

The projected path of Hurricane Arthur, as of

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On Tuesday we greeted Arthur, the first named storm in this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

Arthur is now a hurricane and humming away off the coast of the Carolinas, oblivious to the recent gender-stereotype controversy over hurricane monikers and whether on some level people expect storms with female names to be less threatening than those with male names.

Such a perception could...

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Wyandanch road to be renamed in honor of one of Suffolk's first black officers

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a

(Credit: David Reich-Hale)

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a Wyandanch road in honor of a longtime resident who died earlier this year.

The board recently voted to change the name of a nearly two-mile stretch of Straight Path between Main Avenue and Cumberbach Street to John Cleveland Carter Way.

Carter was a Vietnam veteran and one of the first black officers in the Suffolk County Police Department....

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Islip supervisor Tom Croci set to return on Wednesday

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, left, greets American

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State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) will be among the welcoming crowd greeting returning Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci at his welcome-home party Wednesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Croci is returning from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as U.S. Navy commander.

Zeldin plans to present Croci with a New York State Liberty Medal upon state Senate approval.

“This...

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Roundup: Port Washington gets $25G grant to prevent substance abuse, bullying

Port Washington School District programs aimed at preventing

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Port Washington School District programs aimed at preventing substance abuse and bullying have received $25,000 in state funding to support programs that the district’s Safety & Substance Abuse Task Force offers.

“Substance abuse and bullying are two of the most dangerous challenges students face in their teenage years,” State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), who secured the funding, said...

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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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Oyster Bay teen trading prom gown for Marine Corps fatigues

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez, 17,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Oyster Bay High School senior Destiny Martinez arrived at her prom Thursday night at The Water’s Edge in Long Island City without her boyfriend.

She said her beau, Kyle Whitelaw, a 2013 Oyster Bay High School graduate, is a soldier in the U.S. Army currently stationed upstate at Fort Drum, and he wasn’t able to take leave.

“He can’t even make it to my graduation,” she said. “It stinks,...

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Islip senior wins car at post-prom party by graduating early

Islip High School senior Bailey Feiler, 17, wins

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The cafeteria at Islip High School was packed early Wednesday morning with seniors celebrating at the school’s post-prom party, and vying for a chance to win a car.

Shortly after 3 a.m., as the party drew to a close, the room fell silent as the students waited to find out whose raffle ticket would be drawn. And when Bailey Feiler’s name was announced, some of her classmates jokingly cried...

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Amityville police to enforce overnight parking ordinance

The Amityville Police Department has resumed enforcement of

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Amityville Police Department has resumed enforcement of the village’s overnight parking ordinance.

Enforcement had been suspended in areas affected by superstorm Sandy since the storm hit in October 2012.

The ordinance bans parking on village streets from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. without temporary permits or emergency exceptions granted on a limited basis by the police department.

Homeowners...

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Commack firefighters rescue puppy trapped by table

Bear, a rottweiler puppy seen in an undated

(Credit: Monica Wassell)

A playful puppy’s paw ended up trapped and twisted in the leg of a coffee table in Commack Tuesday morning, changing his mood and forcing the Commack Fire Department into action.

Monica Wassell’s older dog Cuddles, a 7-year-old golden retriever, had been playfully chasing the 60-pound rottweiler Bear when the pup’s back right paw got wedged and twisted in the circular foot of a wrought-iron...

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Transient teen celebrates ‘home’ at Sacred Heart Academy prom

From left, Julia Murphy, 18, of Long Beach,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

While celebrating her senior prom at the Woodbury Country Club Thursday night with about 200 of her classmates, Sacred Heart Academy senior Maia Kelly said she was sad to be leaving them soon.

For the Oyster Bay resident, her four years at SHA, an all-girls Catholic school in Hempstead, marked the first time she truly felt she belonged to a community.

Although she was born in Manhattan,...

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