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Fire Island drag party sets Guinness record with 440 Madonnas

Sporting the many looks of Madonna, organizers of

(Credit: The Fool's Paradise Drag Party)

Wearing a shoulder-length blonde wig, fishnet stockings and a black bodysuit, Chris DeCarlo showed up to this year’s Fool’s Paradise Drag Party on Fire Island channeling Madonna’s look in her “Turn Up the Radio” music video.

Other male guests rocked Madge’s Rockford Peaches uniform from her role in the movie, “A League of Their Own.” There were white lacy “Like a Virgin” Madonnas, “Material...

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Nesconset residents to vote on leasing new fire truck

NESCONSET

Voters to decide on fire truck lease

The Nesconset Fire District plans to put a public referendum on leasing a new fire truck to a vote Tuesday.

If approved, the referendum would allow the district to lease a new truck at a cost not to exceed $518,609 for a period of seven years, said Kevin Zanfardino, the district’s treasurer and secretary.

“We’re replacing a 25-year-old...

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Fire departments win $250,000 grant for air tanks, gear

The Sound Beach Fire Department at 152 Sound

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Port Jefferson and Sound Beach fire departments have won a federal grant to purchase air tanks, protective clothing and other gear.

The departments will receive a total of $249,803 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The departments had filed a joint application to FEMA for funds to buy new equipment.

The grant will help Port Jefferson...

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Pizza-eating contest takes center stage at Farmingville street fair

The first Pauly's Pizza Eating Contest took place

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Pizza, the saucy, cheesy, Friday-night go-to meal for many Long Island families, took the spotlight at the 3rd Annual Farmingville Street Fair held Sunday on Portion Road in Farmingville.

For the first time, the event included Pauly’s Pizza Eating Contest, which was born out of a discussion at last year’s fair.

“Not too many street fairs have a pizza eating contest built into it,” said...

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Thomas Gorman of Bohemia named firefighter of the year by state group

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire Department, was honored as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year during the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s annual convention in Albany on Friday.

“For me to have been chosen for my actions is an overwhelming experience and honor,” he said.

He has received similar firefighter of the year awards from the Southern New York Volunteer...

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Fire truck takes care of the thirsty at North Fork beer festival

The Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. purchased this fire

Most fire trucks pump water to put out fires. But imagine one that quenches thirst ... with beer.

For those who visited the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival on Saturday, imagination became reality as visitors lined up to sample beers that came from a ruby red truck owned by the Crooked Ladder Brewing Co.

“You see a shiny, red fire truck, you’re gonna be drawn to it,” said...

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Roundup: Officials simulate hurricane response, 3 honored for saving a life

ISLIP

Officials simulate hurricane responses

Islip Town officials conducted a multijurisdictional exercise to prepare for hurricane season Thursday at Town Hall.

The tabletop exercise simulated a hurricane hitting the town and involved town board members, town commissioners and department heads. It was led by the Suffolk County EMS and Public Health Emergency Preparedness director...

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Bellport bike theft leads to a neighborly reaction

Bobby Sterling, 57, of Brookhaven, has braved rain, wind, and even snow on a bicycle for as long as he could remember. But his adventures were interrupted when his newest bike, a Specialized Hardrock Disk 29er, was stolen on July 23.

Sterling left his bicycle on his dock at Post Morrow Marina in Bellport while he unloaded the boat he had been on. When he returned, the bike was gone.  

Sterling's...

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