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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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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

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LIRR TO OFFER SERVICE FOR WORLD MAKERS FAIRE

From Sept. 20-21, trains running on the Port Washington Branch will make stops...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for a male

(Credit: SCPD)

Good afternoon, Long Island. 

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

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WANTEDSuffolk County police are looking for a male suspect who broke into a Deer Park Chinese restaurant and took...

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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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Hauppauge gay-straight club's rainbow in homecoming rain

Rain does not hinder Hauppauge High School sophomore

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Amid the rain that left several club tables empty during homecoming activities at Hauppauge High School on Saturday was a lone student with a cause.

Rebecca Simon, 15, braved the downpour while representing the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

“This is something I care about so deeply because I can’t stand people’s rights being stripped just because of something about who they are,” the...

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S&P lowers Islip's bond rating to AA+

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings of Islip’s general obligation bonds, citing the town’s “adequate” budgetary performance and management conditions.

Standard & Poor’s has lowered the rating to AA+ from AAA, with a stable outlook.

“Our previous negative outlook on the debt reflected our view of the town’s ongoing structural misalignment, which we are now accounting for...

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Nicki Minaj asked to appear at Hempstead High School

Nicki Minaj has been invited to Hempstead High

(Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello)

Rapper Nicki Minaj says she's not welcome to speak at her alma mater, LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.

Apparently the Hempstead School District would be more than happy to take up that spot on her schedule.

On Thursday, Minaj tweeted on her verified account, "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess....

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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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'56' envelops Sayville homecoming to remember Joey Visone

Sayville High School seniors Matt McClellan, James Riley,

(Credit: Instagram user artonorato)

Like a badge of honor, the number "56" could be seen written in bold, black makeup on the faces of Sayville High School cheerleaders, printed on the helmets of the varsity football team, and displayed proudly on the cars of spectators and supporters during Saturday's homecoming celebration.

Fifty-six was Sayville High School student Joey Visone’s jersey number when he played defensive end...

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Failed budget helped spur Hicksville homecoming fair success

School spirit is alive at the Hicksville HighSchool

(Credit: Instagram user jsumersille)

The Hicksville High School Homecoming Fair -- initially an idea born in the 1980s to compensate the deficit after a failed budget -- is alive and well nearly 30 years later.

Representatives from district elementary schools, the robotics team, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Hicksville youth soccer and more were on hand to raise money for their group, as well as college scholarship funds.

“Everyone...

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