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Lt. Col. John Klatt of the United States (Credit: Photo by Kevin P Coughlin)

Lt. Col. John Klatt of the United States Air National Guard "Guarding America, Defending Freedom" aerobatic team flies inverted over Jones Beach during practice for the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show at Jones Beach State Park. Flanking Col. Klatt are aerobatic pilots Mike Goulian, (upper left.maroon and white plane) and Bill Kerns (blue plane). (May 25, 2011)

Long Island's top photos of 2011

Top photos of people and events on Long Island in 2011

Honor guards from different branches of the military
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Honor guards from different branches of the military stand over the coffins of 20 New York veterans whose remains are unclaimed, during a ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery where the veterans who served in the armed forces, will be buried with military honors. The Dignity Memorial, Homeless Veterans Burial Program, provides burial services for eligible homeless and indigent veterans to ensure they receive the honors in death that their service in life merited. (Jan. 8, 2011)

James Bowden, 10, slides through a snow castle
(Credit: John Dunn)

James Bowden, 10, slides through a snow castle he helped his father, Thomas Bowden, build in the front yard of their West Islip home after a snowstorm. The Bowdens used a baking pan to mold bricks for the day-long project. (Jan. 31, 2011)

A commuter tries to make her way on
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

A commuter tries to make her way on a snowy train platform at Huntington Station. (Jan. 12, 2011)

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A school bus sits in a sinkhole on
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A school bus sits in a sinkhole on Red Maple Drive West in Wantagh. (Feb. 2, 2011)

Tuskegee Airman bomber pilot Lee Hayes at his
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Tuskegee Airman bomber pilot Lee Hayes at his home in East Hampton. (March 2, 2011)

A young parishioner of Infant Jesus Roman Catholic
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

A young parishioner of Infant Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Port Jefferson receives ashes on his forehead as Catholic faithful across Long Island celebrate Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. (March 9, 2011)

People brave the cold as they ride on
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

People brave the cold as they ride on the Wave Swing at Adventureland in Farmingdale which opened for the season. (March 26, 2011)

Unwilling to feel disabled, Marisa Carney of Bayport
(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Unwilling to feel disabled, Marisa Carney of Bayport flies through the air. The 5-year-old girl, who has a rare brain disorder called ROHHAD, refuses to let the disease dictate what she can or cannot do. (April, 2, 2011)

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Michael Cosmo, a student at the Unity Drive
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Michael Cosmo, a student at the Unity Drive Pre-Kindergarten Center in Centereach, gets up close and personal with a night crawler as his class studies how different creatures move. (April 6, 2011)

Police conduct a grid search on Cedar Beach
(Credit: James Carbone)

Police conduct a grid search on Cedar Beach in Babylon a day after three more bodies were discovered. From December 2010 to December 2011 a total of 11 sets of human remains have been found in the area. (April 5, 2011)

Students from the Clara H. Carlson School in
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Students from the Clara H. Carlson School in Elmont watch the film "Tornado Alley" at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The film provides never before captured footage of a tornado from point-blank range. They also met storm chaser Joshua Wurman who has been close up to over 170 tornadoes and has spent years developing special radar equipment to study them. (April 13, 2011)

Lt. Col. John Klatt of the United States
(Credit: Photo by Kevin P Coughlin)

Lt. Col. John Klatt of the United States Air National Guard "Guarding America, Defending Freedom" aerobatic team flies inverted over Jones Beach during practice for the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show at Jones Beach State Park. Flanking Col. Klatt are aerobatic pilots Mike Goulian, (upper left.maroon and white plane) and Bill Kerns (blue plane). (May 25, 2011)

This young girl watches the action at the
(Credit: Newsday / Jeff Schamberry)

This young girl watches the action at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. (May 29, 2011)

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Young dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Young dancers perform during a dress rehearsal for their dance recital with the Spotlight Dance Academy at the Staller Center for the Arts on the campus of Stony Brook University. (June 9, 2011)

Vinoda Kudchadkar, owner of Haven Drugs in Medford,
(Credit: James Carbone)

Vinoda Kudchadkar, owner of Haven Drugs in Medford, collapses after learning four people were shot and killed inside the store. (June 19, 2011)

Town of Huntington Bay Constable Mike Callahan, 44,
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Town of Huntington Bay Constable Mike Callahan, 44, keeps an eye on holiday boat traffic as he and fellow Bay Constable Greg Morga steer their marine patrol boat toward the waters off Asharoken. The constables were heading out to join other law enforcement vessels in setting up a safety perimeter around the site of the Fourth of July fireworks. (July 4, 2011)

Tactical field services units of the Nassau County
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Tactical field services units of the Nassau County Police Department conduct a training exercise at 519 Briggs Street in Bellmore utilizing department resources which would normally be deployed in circumstances ranging from barricaded emotionally disturbed persons to apprehending fugitives or terrorists. (July 12, 2011)

Caroline Scamell, 11, of Oyster Bay, stays cool
(Credit: Chris Ware)

Caroline Scamell, 11, of Oyster Bay, stays cool while playing at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park Pool in Woodbury. When asked about the pool, she said, "It's nice and cool and fun." (July 12, 2011)

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Staff Sgt. Cari Kelly of the New York
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Staff Sgt. Cari Kelly of the New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing embraces her husband Edward Kelly, also a member of the 106th rescue wing, and a FDNY firefighter, at a welcome home ceremony at Long Island MacArthur Airport after completing a six-month deployment with the Air Force at Ali Al Salem Air Force Base in Kuwait in support of operation Enduring Freedom. (July 13, 2011)

Dennis Fitzpatrick gets a warm hug from grandaughter
(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

Dennis Fitzpatrick gets a warm hug from grandaughter Gianna, 3, in his Levittown home. Fitzpatrick, 58, is dealing with health issues resulting from his work at Ground Zero. Besides difficulty breathing, he suffers from PTSD. He says his physical ailments keep him from enjoying his gandchildren as much as he would like, but he he ads, they give him the strength to go on. (July 19, 2011)

Kate and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, kiss as
(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Kate and Dee Smith, of Patchogue, kiss as they leave their wedding ceremony at Viana Hotel & Spa in Westbury on July 24, 2011. Kate and Dee Smith were among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in New York State.

People take refuge from Tropical Store Irene at
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

People take refuge from Tropical Store Irene at the Red Cross hurricane shelter at Nassau Community College in Uniondale. (Aug. 27, 2011)

As the tide comes in, houses along the
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

As the tide comes in, houses along the waterfront in Patchogue are inundated with water from the storm surge of Tropical Storm Irene. (Aug. 28, 2011)

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The Driscoll family, from left -- Nancy, Leo,
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

The Driscoll family, from left -- Nancy, Leo, Ian and Kyle -- play Trivial Pursuit by candlelight in their home on Sackville Road in Garden City after losing power during Tropical Storm Irene. (Aug. 30, 2011)

Eric Plainbull, 10, of Norwich, Conn., who is
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Eric Plainbull, 10, of Norwich, Conn., who is Lumbee, Haliwa Saponi and Crow, performs during the Shinnecock Pow Wow on the Shinnecock Nation's Reservation in Southampton. (Sept. 4, 2011)

The United States' Balaram Stack scored a 6.07
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The United States' Balaram Stack scored a 6.07 while surfing in the sixth heat of the first round of the Quicksilver Pro New York surfing competition. (Sept. 6, 2011)

Connor Downey reflects on his grandfather Ray Downey
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Connor Downey reflects on his grandfather Ray Downey who perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. There were numerous remembrance ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks. (Sept. 11, 2011)

Flowers are cast into a reflecting pool during
(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Flowers are cast into a reflecting pool during a candlelight vigil honoring the heroes of 9/11 held at Commack High school on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. (Sept. 11, 2011)

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Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years
(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years as head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Murphy is the fourth bishop to lead the diocese. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Ex-Chief Dominick Santoro of the East Meadow Fire
(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Ex-Chief Dominick Santoro of the East Meadow Fire Department, left, and Honorary Chief Vincent Focazio Sr. of the Elmont Fire Department congratulate each other after they were honored along with 22 other Town of Hempstead firefighters with the town's 2011 Firematic Awards at Hempstead Town Hall. Santoro is a 70-year veteran of the East Meadow Fire Department. Focazio has been with the Elmont Fire Department for 53 years. (Oct 20, 2011)

The day after winning the election for Suffolk
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

The day after winning the election for Suffolk County supervisor, Steve Bellone spends time with his daughter Katie, 3, inside Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst before going back to work as town supervisor. (Nov. 9, 2011)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice with her
(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice with her dog Pearl in Garden City. (Nov. 11, 2011 )

Police arrest Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as they
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police arrest Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as they blocked streets and sidewalks leading to the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan. The demonstrators goal was to prevent people from making it to the stock exchange. The arrests came on the two-month anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement Zuccotti Park. (Nov. 12, 2011)

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Veronica Helmke, is reunited with her dog after
(Credit: James Carbone)

Veronica Helmke, is reunited with her dog after the Dotson was saved from her burning home on Edwin Avenue in Patchogue. Firefighters were able to save the dog, and transport it into an ambulance where it was given oxygen. (Nov. 17, 2011)

Emilio Pereira, 8, sees his brother, Sigfredo Arturo
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Emilio Pereira, 8, sees his brother, Sigfredo Arturo Velasquez, for the first time since he left for the war in Afghanistan. Velasquez and their mother, Sonia Pereira, surprised Emilio at his school, Leo F. Giblyn School in Freeport. (Dec. 9, 2011)

Kemonique Green, left, Jaydah Brown, Nasir Holder, Elias
(Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile)

Kemonique Green, left, Jaydah Brown, Nasir Holder, Elias Lopez, and Emilio Reynoso in the kindergarten class of Elena Vacca receive awards during the quarterly award ceremony for the kindergarten students at La Francis Hardiman Elementary School in Wyandanch. (Nov. 16, 2011)

Thousands of police officers line the street as
(Credit: John Roca)

Thousands of police officers line the street as the funeral procession for NYPD Officer Peter Figoski leaves St. Joseph Church in Babylon. (Dec. 19, 2011)

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