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'It's All for the Kids' at Blue

Patchogue's Barret Beyer, seen here competing on FOX

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With the winter holiday season in full swing, Long Island stores, shops and malls are busy with lots of people still looking to fulfill the gift lists of their families – but for some area residents, their personal financial situations can't afford such an accomplishment.

However, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, one of the Island’s charitable organizations is throwing a bash in order to help supply some...

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Snooki and EDM at 'Electric Christmas'

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (seen here attending the "Self

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For fans of dance music, getting to know the artists who sing the songs or the DJs who produce the beats can be a lengthy task.

Unlike pop stars -- whose efforts are both played and identified by radio and other mainstream outlets -- finding those responsible for a dance tune you may have casually heard in a club, the gym, a mall or other venue that regularly spins EDM often first requires...

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New Year's Eve 2013: Nassau

Champagne bottles being served at LOVE in Carle

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There are plenty of evening affairs that tie into religious and national holidays -- but of all the times Americans celebrate, New Year’s Eve is the one night that is purely all about partying.

It’s likely that every bar, club, dive, lounge, restaurant and other fun spot on the Island will have something going to cheer on the arrival of 2014, but here’s a lead on some Nassau County venues...

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New Year's Eve 2013: Suffolk

People dance at the Nutty Irishman in Bay

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In the world of nightlife, Tuesdays are generally considered to be the least popular for clubbing and barhopping -- but with 2014 arriving on a Wednesday this year, Tuesday, Dec. 31 will be a late-night monster.

For a jump on what’s bumping in Suffolk County on New Year's Eve, here’s a breakdown of some special parties set to close 2013:

Gurney's Inn

INFO 290 Old Montauk Hwy.,...

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Bay Shore bars to help Jon Thomas workers

Volunteers from the Bay Shore, West Islip and

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Early in the morning on Thursday, Dec. 5, a fire broke out at the Jon Thomas Inne in Brightwaters. It affected the kitchen, dining area and bar, as well as some of the apartments above the long-lived pub and restaurant.

With a history that dates back to the 1920s, the near-90-year-old venue has damage that will take several weeks to repair, which in turn means many of the Inne’s staffers will...

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Dr. Madd Vibe has a pair of LI appointments

Fishbone band member Angelo Moore AKA "Dr. Madd

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If you were involved with LI’s alternative music scene during the 1980s and '90s, you may recall lots of the college students and other young people of that era wearing T-shirts featuring a distinctive, day-glo drawing of a fish skeleton – which indicated that the wearer was likely a fan of the band Fishbone.

Known for its signature ska-inflected, punk-meets-funk rock sound, Fishbone occasionally...

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East End Cares for Leyte

Survivors walk over a collapsed bridge in an

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It has been close to a month since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Visayas on Nov. 7, 2013, and the devastation caused by the storm to this group of islands located in the Philippines is far from abating.

Thousands of people were killed, including close to 2,000 alone in the city of Tacloban, located on the Visayan island Leyte. Much of the city has been reduced to rubble, and there is...

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The Farmingdale Santa Crawl

This Santa is on the move, as part

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Looking for an excuse to dress like Santa Claus and spend an afternoon marching around an area village between pubs? This is it.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Farmingdale will be the site of a Santa Crawl, which -- for those yet to attempt such a festive feat -- requires all involved to don either holiday attire (such as dressing like a reindeer or wearing a very ugly Christmas sweater) or to appear...

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It's time for the Sleigh Rye'd Pub Crawl

Participants in the 2012 Tapped Enterprise’s “Sleigh Rye’d”

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For craft beer aficionados, the release of a new brew can be reason enough to spend a Saturday afternoon traveling for suds-tasting purposes -- but as responsible drinkers know; driving somewhere to imbibe is not an acceptable practice. However, taking the bus to grab a beer is a wise alternative. But how many buses head directly to the bar you need to patronize?

In the case of one annual...

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Painters in Brookhaven is back

The sign for the recently reopened Painters in

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Following a small fire that damaged its kitchen and offices in early May 2012, Painters restaurant and bar in Brookhaven closed its doors, and at that time its ownership announced the closure for repairs would be brief.

Locally known for its food, live music and event calendar, Painters was also notable for the dozens of paintings that hung all over its walls and ceiling. The spot then further...

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