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Nicholas Pedone died in May 2013 at the (Credit: Courtesy Josephine Pedone)

Nicholas Pedone died in May 2013 at the age of 7 after a seven-month battle with cancer. But this summer, the street in Glen Cove where he lived will be christened with a second name, ?Sweet Nicholas? Path,? in his honor.

Stories you might have missed this summer and touched our hearts

Summer is winding down as families return from vacation and children head back to school. Newsday chronicled many meaningful stories this summer. Here, we look back at some that tugged on our heartstrings.

Run, Eva, run

Glen Cove's Eva Casale, 49, stretches at Morgan
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Glen Cove's Eva Casale, 49, stretches at Morgan Park in her hometown on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The stretching was the easy part. Casale would then spend part of the summer running marathons ... seven marathons in seven days, to be exact. To read more about her adventure, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/Y3C3M2

LI's ice bucket challenge

When ALS patient and Ride for Life founder
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When ALS patient and Ride for Life founder Christopher Pendergast of Miller Place first found out about the ice bucket challenge, the phenomenon that has swept social media and raised millions to fight the disease, he not only wanted to get involved ? he also wanted to take it to new heights. The result: More than 500 people came together at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai the night of Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, to participate in a group challenge. Participants lined up together to spell out the words ?ICE ALS,? and each took the challenge in succession, creating a wave of falling water if viewed from above. ?We wanted to do something new, something different,? said Ray Manzoni, a board member of Ride for Life, which raises funds and awareness for ALS research and patients suffering from the disease. ?Chris had this creative spark, and that spark just sort of evolved into what we have today.? To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1wWCd7b

Rosie the Riveter

As a real-life Rosie the Riveter during World
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As a real-life Rosie the Riveter during World War II, Josephine Rachiele, 91, of West Babylon helped assemble airplanes for the U.S. Army Air Corps at Republic Aviation in Farmingdale. ?When I first started out, it was difficult,? Rachiele said. ?But I kept telling myself I had to stick it out for my family.? The week before Labor Day weekend, the museum honored Rachiele and all Long Island defense industry workers in a special ceremony at that same hangar she worked at seven decades ago. ?They?ve never really been singled out or given notoriety,? said Larry Starr, manager of the American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale. ?There is a lot of history out here on Long Island, and it all starts with the workers.? To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1rHvYlp?

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A special concert

Everyone remembers their first concert, but for 13-year-old
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Everyone remembers their first concert, but for 13-year-old Torren Mitchell, the experience was truly epic. On June 29, 2014, Torren got more than front-row seats to see her favorite band, OneRepublic, play the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. The Stony Brook teen also got to meet the group?s members backstage and they gave her a special shout-out during their show. ?There?s a special person in the crowd tonight,? OneRepublic?s frontman Ryan Tedder, Torren?s personal favorite band member, told the audience. ?This is her first concert she?s ever attended and I?d like to give it up for Torren.? Like a typical teenager, Torren spent the night dancing to the music, singing along and taking videos with her cellphone. But at her side throughout it all was a small rolling suitcase, which contained a ventilator that was connected to a tube inserted in her windpipe. To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1sIfPdf

When crowdfunding works

In a video posted to YouTube on July
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In a video posted to YouTube on July 30, 2014, 8-year-old Shirley resident Karen Jackson and her brother, Cole, 5, can be seen making pleas on behalf of their grandma. ?Please help us get money, so my ?Beba? can get her kidney fixed,? says Cole, referring to his grandmother, Smithtown?s Claudia Bowers. Bowers, 62, has been in renal failure since January 2013 and has been undergoing nine hours of kidney dialysis each week since last June. Next month, she?ll be getting a new kidney courtesy of her sister, Alyson Capone, but her insurance won?t cover the medications Bowers will need to help ensure her body doesn?t reject the donated organ. Pictured, left to right, is Bowers and Capone. To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1y1EqcC

Remembering Nicholas

Collins Road will always be home to Glen
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Collins Road will always be home to Glen Cove?s Nicholas Pedone. Nicholas died in May 2013 at the age of 7 after a seven-month battle with cancer, but this week, the street where he lived will be christened with a second name, ?Sweet Nicholas? Path,? in his honor. The City of Glen Cove installed the first sign at the intersection of Collins Road and Southridge Drive before a planned unveiling ceremony on Aug. 30, 2014, which would have been Nicholas? ninth birthday. ?It?s just another way to show to the parents that their community is still there for them,? said Zefy Christopoulos, the city?s chief of staff. ?Glen Cove cares deeply, loves deeply and supports families every step of the way, especially in instances like this.? To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1panrQ2

Return of the wedding ring

In this picture, Erin Carrozzo closes her eyes
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In this picture, Erin Carrozzo closes her eyes as Mike Cogan hands over her engagement and wedding rings at Robert Moses State Park on Aug. 28, 2014. Cogan, 66, of East Northport found the rings earlier this month with his metal detector, then connected with Carrozzo through social media. To read the entire remarkable story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1ovSPsb

The Rolling Thunder story

Michael Brannigan, 17, of East Northport finished in
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Michael Brannigan, 17, of East Northport finished in first place at the Rolling Thunder Special Needs Program?s 16th annual Thunder Run 5k run/walk held at Hidden Pond Park in Hauppauge on Sunday, July 13, 2014. About 80 percent of Rolling Thunder athletes are on the autism spectrum. The Long Island-based organization has 181 members in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties. To read more about Rolling Thunder and Brannigan, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1u2RqPf

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Prideful prom

Lounging around at the
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Lounging around at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Pride for Youth prom in Bellmore on Aug. 9, 2014, are, from left, Sam C., Danny Petersen and Casey Donnelly. The prom has been held on-and-off since the ?90s, and in recent years has taken place on-site at Pride for Youth, part of the Long Island Crisis Center. To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1qSksgH

A century in the USA

One hundred years after the first member of
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One hundred years after the first member of the Barci family emigrated to America, four generations gathered to remember their Italian roots and learn more about their history. On July 27, 2014, nearly 70 members of the extended Barci family attended a reunion at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon. Older generations looked through family photos while younger folks crowded around picnic tables strewn with sandwiches and chased a family dog. But they were all there to commemorate the brave journey of Angelo Barci from Tarsia, Italy, to Ellis Island on April 29, 1914. To read the entire story, click here. Mobile users, use this link: http://nwsdy.li/1m9BTra

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