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LI Memorial Day parades pass on lessons to youth

Leaders of a Bellmore community group place a

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Speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning in Bellmore, Eagle Scout Timothy Messmer read a long list of names aloud.

Each name belonged to a veteran who had served his country, stretching as far back to the Civil War to present day. Each one also was a member of Messmer's family.

The Merrick resident and member of North Bellmore's Troop 577 was given the honor of speaking at...

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Flying upside-down in a Bethpage Air Show stunt plane

Newsday community journalist Tara Conry went up in

With a parachute on my back and my seat belt pulled as tightly as possible, I stared out the window of Lt. Col. John Klatt’s Air National Guard MXS stunt plane Wednesday morning, not knowing what to expect.

Klatt, a 24-year member of the Air National Guard and aerobatic pilot, was giving me a front-row seat to some of the stunts he’ll be performing in this weekend’s Bethpage Air Show at Jones...

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Faculty helps Wyandanch teen get to prom before joining Army

Wyandanch High School senior Malique Hilton, third from

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Malique Hilton almost didn’t make it to the prom Tuesday night. He couldn’t afford it.

It wasn’t until Wyandanch Memorial High School advisers Daniel Marcano and Laura Santiago stepped in, allowing him to go to the prom in style at the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon.

It was important to him to go after a rough senior year. Hilton’s family had been struggling financially, so he left school...

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