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Billy Recce of Hauppauge wins Thespian Musicalworks contest

Billy Recce, of Hauppauge, performs in Hauppauge High

(Credit: Frank Bayer )

Like much of the nation, Hauppauge’s Billy Recce was captivated in 2009 by the boy who was believed to be flying over Colorado in a runaway weather balloon.

Recce was only 11 years old at the time, but the story of the Heene family of Fort Collins, Colorado, and the alleged “balloon boy” hoax inspired him.  

“I thought it was funny, but there was also something so human about it,”...

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