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Cheerleaders stay spirited despite being grounded at homecoming

From left, Half Hollow Hills High School East

(Credit: Rachael Funk)

New Half Hollow Hills East High School cheerleading coach Kelly Cabasso plans to start a "big sisters, little sisters" like mentorship program among her team members.

This season has shown the need to have someone to lean on.

The Thunderbird cheer squad was making the best out of a tough season during homecoming festivities at the school Saturday, showing off enthusiasm despite their...

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Reward offered for stolen Hermès handbag

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers released a surveillance image

(Credit: Suffolk Crime Stoppers)

Southampton Village Police said they're looking for a man who is suspected of stealing a designer handbag from a store earlier this month.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest.

Crime Stoppers and village police released a surveillance image Monday of a man they said is suspected of stealing a light brown Hermes Bolide bag on Sept....

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Oyster Bay homecoming king sidelined by state rule

Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Wearing a crown atop his head, Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo Ngoy smiled and waved as he rode in the school’s homecoming parade Saturday in a Mustang convertible.

The 17-year-old senior was enjoying his moment in the spotlight especially since lately he’s found himself on the sidelines.

Last season, Kalombo Ngoy was a top scorer for Oyster Bay’s boys varsity...

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Cross country duo crowned at Sewanhaka homecoming

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diana Cuervo and Sohaib

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diane Cuervo and Sohaib Agha spent most of their high school careers racing to the finish line as members of the boys and girls cross country teams.

This week however, the duo finished first in another type of race -- the one for homecoming king and queen. Cuervo and Agha were honored at the school’s homecoming football game against Long Beach High School Saturday.

“I...

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Powder Puff dance preps Rocky Point for homecoming game

Members of the Rocky Point High School football

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

The Rocky Point High School varsity football team put their helmets aside and brought out their best dance moves Friday during the halftime show at the all-girls Powder Puff football game, held the night before Saturday's homecoming game.

Junior and senior girls put on their war paint and faced off in a friendly flag football match organized by the varsity cheerleading team, with teachers...

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Trio wanted for stealing sunglasses at Macy's in Bay Shore

Surveillance photo shows one of three suspects wanted

(Credit: SCPD)

Three people are wanted for grand larceny in connection with the theft of sunglasses last Sunday in Bay Shore, according to a news release from the Suffolk County Police Department.

Two men and a woman entered the Macy’s at Westfield South Shore Mall, placed several pairs of sunglasses in a shopping bag and left the store around 3 p.m., police said.

Anyone with information can call Crime...

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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.

To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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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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Roundup: Huntington Town OKs $2.3M bond for Halesite bulkhead repairs

The Huntington Town Board has authorized a $2.3 million bond for the emergency reconstruction of the Halesite Bulkhead.

The bulkhead was damaged in the record Aug. 13 rainfall.

It was already slated for repair next year, but the storm created sinkholes across the North Shore and made the Halesite spot too vulnerable to wait.

“It started to give,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said...

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Brookhaven IDA OKs $16M tax break for Ronkonkoma Hub plan

A rendering of proposed new buildings on Main

(Credit: Town of Brookhaven, Tritec Real Estate)

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has approved a $16 million tax cut package for the Ronkonkoma Hub retail and residential project.

The package -- including exemptions from sales and use taxes on purchases of construction equipment and building material -- was approved unanimously during an IDA board meeting Wednesday.

The IDA board also approved plans allowing developer...

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