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Long Island family's unique display of community spirit

Fifteen families from Port Washington complete an "I

Fifteen families from Port Washington complete an "I (heart) PW!" display. Credit: Matt Engel

For one Long Island family, a holiday barbecue with friends turned into a special way to display their community pride.

Matt Engel of Port Washington and his family hosted a backyard party with about 15 local families. Always trying to think of ways to entertain the kids, he came up with a fun idea that would show their town pride: The kids would spell out "We (heart) PW!" on the lawn.

"As a lifelong resident of Port Washington, I've always felt that our town has a unique sense of community spirit," Engel said. "Now that I am raising a young family there, with so many other wonderful families and friends, it just seemed like a fun way to promote our town while giving the kids an exciting activity to accomplish and to talk about in school the next day."

Before dessert, he enlisted a few parents to help set up the 32 children, ranging in age from 3 months to 10 years, to spell out the sentence. Engel used his new quadcopter drone to take an aerial photograph.

"Surprisingly, it only took about four minutes to get everyone lined up and then just about another minute or so to shoot the best picture," said Engel. "My favorite part is our friend's 3-month-old baby, Taylor Miller, who served as the point in the exclamation point."

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