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New Hyde Park students win prizes for Nassau Coliseum plan

Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale (Sept.

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A team of five students from New Hyde Park High School won $5,000 cash and will share a $10,000 college scholarship after winning Nassau Comptroller George Maragos’ competition on Wednesday to conceive the best business plan to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum.

The winning plan involved placing solar panels on businesses around the 77-acre Coliseum site in Uniondale. The revenue would be generated...

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Woman gives birth in Nassau medical center parking lot

Zulma Gutierrez, of Westbury, holds her newborn baby,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Zulma Gutierrez gave birth to her fourth child Tuesday morning at Nassau University Medical Center — in the parking lot.

When her water broke in the back of the ambulance, two police officers and a medic assisted her in delivering a healthy baby boy.

Nassau County police Third Precinct officers Sandra Richard and Robert Vergara and advanced medical technician Robert Roper responded to...

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Fire engulfs vehicle in Copiague parking lot

North Amityville firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Saturday,

(Credit: Paul Mazza)

North Amityville firefighters extinguished a vehicle fire Saturday morning in a parking lot on Sunrise Highway in Copiague.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 9 a.m. to find a Ford Expedition on fire. The blaze was brought under control in about 15 minutes, according to a fire official.

No injuries were reported....

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For Deer Park seniors, kickline title a perfect graduation gift

Deer Park High School's Falconettes kickline team won

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When Taylor Thomas, a senior captain of the Deer Park Falconettes, stepped into the arena at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World on March 1, she knew this would be her final kickline performance.

“I put everything I had into it,” said Thomas, 18, of her team’s pom routine, which was set to Fall Out Boy’s “The Phoenix.”

When the music stopped, Thomas said she burst...

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$12.9M in bonds for repairs, renovations

The roller hockey rink in Deer Park could

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Babylon Town Board has approved $12.9 million in bonds for roads, parks and building renovations and other projects in the next year.

Board members on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve 18 separate bond issues covering both one-time and rolling projects. The largest was $6 million for the town’s regular road maintenance program, designed to head off the need for more expensive road repairs.

Renovation...

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East Farmingdale apartment complex hearing today

Babylon Town Hall

(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Babylon Town Tuesday is holding a public hearing on a proposed apartment complex in East Farmingdale.

Parkway Properties Inc. of Farmingdale is looking to build 48 one- and two-bedroom apartments on a 2.25-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Eastern Parkway and Denton Place. The site currently has industrial and storage buildings.

The hearing is for zoning changes required for the...

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Ranny Reeve jazz fest set for Friday to honor Black History Month

Improv jazz legend Ranny Reeve, 86, plays the

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

The Kings Park Heritage Museum will host its annual Ranny Reeve Jazz Festival on Friday, Feb. 28, in celebration of Black History Month.

Reeve is a nearly 88-year-old improv legend, music teacher and Coram resident.

“He’s been a great community member. Because of him, Kings Park community members have gone on to have successful jazz careers,” said museum volunteer Lois Valpis.

Reeve...

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Massapequa Park vote on breaking tax cap a 'safety net'

Massapequa Park is an incorporated village in the

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The village of Massapequa Park trustees on Monday night approved breaking the tax cap for the fiscal 2015 budget if needed.

The village does not expect to break the cap, but wants to have the authority to do so as it begins to work on its budget, village administrator Peggy Caltabiano said.

“We don’t anticipate going over it,” Caltabiano said of the state cap. The authorization is “there...

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Additional employees tapped for pothole jobs

The Town of Hempstead's bond rating has been

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

Hempstead Town will deploy parks department employees and sanitation crews to help fill in the potholes that have beset the town’s streets this winter, officials said Monday.

Repairing the roadway cracks and craters is typically the responsibility of the town highway department, but the high volume of potholes opening up this month has led the town to use workers from other departments, Hempstead...

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East Hampton sets hearings on parking, noise proposals

The East Hampton Village board is expected to

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

East Hampton Village is getting ready for spring by proposing changes in the village code to address two perennial local problems — noise and parking.

The village board already restricts “loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises,” and wants to further limit noise by reducing the hours that construction and demolition work can take place. The board also plans to extend by about two months the...

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