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Top photos from around LI, NYC from January 2020

From picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sights of New York City, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of the region. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

At the end of yet another unusually mild
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

At the end of yet another unusually mild January day, water fowl gather at Stony Brook Harbor during low tide on Jan. 24.

Melba Tolliver, now 81, a pioneering New York
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Melba Tolliver, 81, a pioneering New York City news reporter, at her home in Bangor, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 27.

James Culhane poses with a giant "Happy 18th
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

James Culhane poses with a giant "Happy 18th birthday James" sign installed on his lawn on Jan. 29 in Malverne.

With the help of family, Rosemarie Manthey of
Credit: Danielle Silverman

With the help of family, Rosemarie Manthey of Wantagh, on Jan. 17, has made some modifications to her home to make it easier to navigate as she ages. Still recovering from a hip injury, Manthey keeps all her necessities in a little pull cart near her couch and keeps her legs comfortably propped up on an ottoman and pillows.

Illustrative Portrait of Newsday's Gabriella Vukelic for Explore
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Illustrative Portrait of Newsday's Gabriella Vukelic for Explore LI's story on Super Bowl Parties. January 22, 2020

Portrait of Girl Scouts Olivia Philips and Ava
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Portrait of Girl Scouts Olivia Philips and Ava Mahoney with boxes of Girl Scout Cookies at the Suffolk County Girl Scouts offices in Commack on Jan. 9. The girls' photo appear on the new Do-Si-Dos Girl Scout Cookie Boxes.

Athletes competed in the 3rd annual Rock-It Power
Credit: Reece T. Williams

Athletes compete in the third annual Rock-It Power 2020 Boulder Competition at Island Rock climbing gym in Plainview on Jan. 11. The 2020 Summer Olympics will see a new sport introduced: Sport Rock Climbing.

Mike Serra, of Bethpage, collects his duck decoys
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Mike Serra, of Bethpage, collects his duck decoys after dragging his kayak onto shore along the nissequogue river in King Park after an unsuccessful day of duck hunting, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020.

From left, Darius Maldonado, Kate Egan, and Jan
Credit: Howard Schnapp

From left, Darius Maldonado, Kate Egan and Jan Tozzo sew together squares into blankets to be donated to Project Chemo Crochet for women undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer during the Day of Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Molloy College in Rockville Centre on Jan. 20.

( from left ) Lila Corwin, Mia Ranghelli,
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

From left, Lila Corwin, Mia Ranghelli, Colton Ranghelli and Johnathan Ranghelli were among more than 300 students, parents, and school officials of the Riverhead School District who filled the auditorium at Riverhead Middle School for a rally calling for the district to receive its fair share of Foundation Aid school funding on Jan. 18.

Pastor Hector Rivera in his sanctuary at First
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Pastor Hector Rivera in his sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Central Islip on Jan. 17 talks about the denomination changes with the church.

People and a dog plunge into the Atlantic
Credit: Charles Eckert

People and a canine friend plunge into the Atlantic Ocean during the 116th Annual Coney Island New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge in Brooklyn on Jan. 1, when temperatures hovered at about 39 degrees.

Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame
Credit: Shelby Knowles

Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame electees Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, along with Hall of Fame officials, held a news conference at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City on Jan. 22.

Workers move Great Canoe at the American Museum
Credit: Charles Eckert

Workers move Great Canoe at the American Museum of Natural History from the museum's Grand Gallery to its Northwest Coast Hall on Jan. 28. The 63-foot canoe is linked to the Heiltsuk and Haida Nations of the Pacificas Northwest and is one of the largest dugout canoes in existence.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for
Credit: Charles Eckert

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for the opening arguments in his trial on rape and sexual assault charges on Jan. 22.

Rebecca Carr, of Mastic, left, sheds a tear
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Rebecca Carr, of Mastic, left, sheds a tear for her boyfriend, Jonathan Flores-Maldonado, who was killed by a drunk driver, as she stands next to her sister Amanda, while attending a rally to voice their opinon of the bail reform law in front of the H. Lee Dennison building in Hauppauge, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

A woman takes a photograph of ice forming
Credit: Charles Eckert

A woman takes a photograph of ice forming on the fountain in Bryant Park in Manhattan on Jan. 20. 

Instructor Sandra Evans assists Dylan Voorhees, 10, of
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Instructor Sandra Evans helps Dylan Voorhees, 10, of Eatons Neck, with her painting during a "Paint your pet" class at Art in the Word, Inc., in Dix Hills on Jan. 23.

Justyna Zubko-Valva speaks during the wake for her
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Justyna Zubko-Valva speaks during the wake for her son Thomas Valva held at Mangano's Funeral Home in Deer Park, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The 8-year-old Center Moriches boy, authorities say, died after being forced by his father and the man's fiancee to sleep in a freezing garage.

Family friend Ewa Pienkowski, of East Meadow, speaks
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Family friend Ewa Pienkowski, of East Meadow, speaks during the wake for 8 year old Thomas Valva held at Mangano's Funeral Home in Deer Park, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. The 8-year-old Center Moriches boy, authorities say, died after being forced by his father and the man's fiancee to sleep in a freezing garage.

Christian Peretti, 6, (center) and his 1st grade
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Christian Peretti, 6, center, and his 1st grade classmates come together to exercise while drumming to the beat of popular tunes on Jan. 29 at Mandalay Elementary School in Wantagh. 

Dog owners/handlers Victor Helu, 60, of Bohemia, right,
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Dog owners and handlers Victor Helu, 60, of Bohemia, right, with Ash the Lowchen, and Arlene Butterklee of Ronkonkoma, with Izzy the Chinese Crested, inside Arlene's home on Jan. 31.

North Shore High School senior Kyra McCreery inside
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

North Shore High School senior Kyra McCreery inside a classroom at North Shore High School, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. McCreery's project was titled "Associations between the slowdown in North Atlantic tropical-cyclone translation: Speed and intensifying storm precipitation."

Lance Malone, of Medford, gives water to his
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Lance Malone, of Medford, gives water to his off-track thoroughbred named Rusty as he keeps his horses active during the cold weather at Bohemia County Equestrian Center on Jan. 21.

Lance Malone, of Medford, rides his off-track thoroughbred
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Lance Malone, of Medford, rides his off-track thoroughbred named Rusty as he keeps his horses active during the cold weather at Bohemia County Equestrian Center, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Malone says he hopes for a string of cold temperture days in order to help refresh the enviroment and lower the disease carrying insects that one could come in contact with while riding horses.

A man, who declined to give his name
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

A man treasure hunts in the Great South Bay at Venetian Shores Park, in Lindenhurst, on Jan. 9, 2020. 

A person poses for a photograph along the
Credit: Charles Eckert

A person poses for a photograph along the East River in Hunter's Point South Park in Long Island City on Jan. 19, a day after 2.1 inches of snow fell in Central Park according to the National Weather Service.

A bundled-up couple walk along Sixth Avenue, Manhattan,
Credit: Charles Eckert

A bundled-up couple walk along Sixth Avenue in Manhattan on Jan. 20. A cold front that moved into the region brought below freezing temperatures to New York City.

Norah Wouters Almeida, 8, of Locust Valley, catches
Credit: NewsdaY/Steve Pfost

Norah Wouters Almeida, 8, of Locust Valley, catches air with a kite while being assisted by her father, David Almeida, at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay on Jan. 11.

Jean McShane, speaks about her son Jason Mickalauskas
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Jean McShane speaks about her son Jason Mickalauskas, with her daughter Danielle Mickalauskas by her side, and Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas at the Nassau District Attorney's office in Mineola on Jan. 14.

Benji Falkove and his sisters Ellie and Mollie
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Benji Falkove and his sisters, Ellie and Mollie, with their father, Ethan, ice skate at Syosset Woodbury Park on Jan. 20.

Volunteers package toiletries during the UJA-Federation of New
Credit: Barry Sloan

Volunteers package toiletries during the UJA-Federation of New York's MLK Day of Service at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview on Jan. 20. More than 200 volunteers gathered at the JCC to package items for those struggling with food insecurity and poverty on Long Island.

Lisa Smith holds a photo of Dr. Martin
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Lisa Smith holds a photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as she joins the Village of Hempstead's march honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 20 in Hempstead.

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivers remarks at the
Credit: Charles Eckert

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivers remarks at the National Action Network on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Manhattan on Jan. 20. 

Bob Jesberger, owner of Mid Island Collision, in
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Bob Jesberger, owner of Mid Island Collision in Rockville Centre, stands with coats inside his shop on Jan. 17. Jesberger has purchased about 4,500 brand new coats for infants, children and adults in need. 

Retired NYPD Sgt. Sean Cameron at his sister's
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Retired NYPD Sgt. Sean Cameron, at his sister's home in North Babylon on Jan. 9, is receiving chemo treatments for his aggressive colon cancer diagnosed as 9/11-related illness.

The Port Jefferson Rotary Club will be holding
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

The Port Jefferson Rotary Club will be holding its third Annual Putt & Pub Crawl on Jan. 25 in Port Jefferson Village. Participants will be able to putt their way through nine restaurants and bars in the village as they partake in food and drink from each. The event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club.

Long lines continued to snake around the lobby
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Long lines continued to snake around the lobby outside the DMV office housed inside a state building in Hauppauge on Jan. 3 after New York State started permitting immigrants living in the country illegally to apply for driver's licenses under the so-called "Green Light Law."

Community members get ready to participate in today's
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Community members get ready to participate in the MLK commemorative march in Long Beach on Jan. 20.

Hundreds join Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Hundreds join Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and others in the Long Island March Against Anti-Semitism in Mineola on Jan. 12.

Former Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg donated $25,000 to the
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Former Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg donated $25,000 to the City of Long Beach to replace a 20-year-old clock that is part of the city's police memorial in front of the LIRR. For several years in Long Beach, time " in a sense" has stood still. Depending on where you're standing, the clock in front of the Long Beach LIRR station is frozen at 9:25 or at 9:40.

With temperatures reaching into the high 50's on
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

With temperatures reaching into the high 50s on Jan. 15, a man walks past a sculpture made up of painted stones that spell out the word Riverhead at Milton J. Burns Park along the Peconic River in Riverhead.

Veterinary intern Stephanie Amador applies ointment to the
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Veterinary intern Stephanie Amador applies ointment to the chin of one of dozens of rescued sea turtles being cared for at the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead on Jan. 15. Sea turtles became stranded in record numbers on Long Island over the past year.

A police officer walks steam after a water
Credit: Charles Eckert

A police officer walks amid steam after a water main broke at Broadway and West 62nd Street in Manhattan on Jan. 13.

Giselle Delahaz, mom, and Jose Francisco Adrian, dad,
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Giselle Delahaz and Jose Francisco Adrian hold their daughter Natalia Sofia Adrian-Delahaz who was born at12:06 a.m. at Katz Women's Hospital at North Shore University on Jan. 1.

Lisa Ryan, at her Hicksville home, Oct. 19,
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Lisa Ryan, at her Hicksville home on Oct. 19, 2019, finds comfort in a pillow that is passed around and shared between military moms whose children are deployed.

Plungers leave the water during the 11th annual
Credit: Shelby Knowles

Plungers leave the water during the 11th annual Northport Polar Plunge, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 410, on Jan. 1.

Marc Fishman of Roslyn Heights, found solitude at
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Marc Fishman, of Roslyn Heights, found solitude at Jones Beach on a windy afternoon on Jan. 16, before rain clouds rolled in.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald Clavin is sworn
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald Clavin is sworn into office by Village Justice Virginia Clavin-Higgins, surrounded by his wife, Nancy Ann, and children Catherine, Donald III, and Margaret on Jan. 1 in Hempstead.

People attend a preview of ÒWorlds Beyond EarthÓ
Credit: Charles Eckert

People attend a preview of "Worlds Beyond Earth" at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium on Jan. 14.

Babylon High School student Hannah Bushery, 17, greets
Credit: Barry Sloan

Babylon High School student Hannah Bushery, 17, greets Holocaust survivor Esther Basch of Prescott, Arizona, after Basch, 91, spoke to students at the school on Jan. 3.

Brewster Gottsch of Mamaroneck, 5, operates a train
Credit: Barry Sloan

Brewster Gottsch, 5, of Mamaroneck, operates a train with help from his great uncle, Stephen Quigley, president of the Long Island Sunrise Trail -- National Historic Railway Society, during a visit to the 2019 Annual Holiday Model Train Display at the Town of Babylon History Museum on Jan. 3.

Noah, 6, and Lucy Moss, 8 Melville, celebrate
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Noah, 6, and Lucy Moss, 8, of Melville, got a head start to New Year's celebration as the ball drops at noon at Long Island Children's Museum on Dec. 31, 2019, in Garden City.

Twins Jackson Indrieri, left, and Mason Indrieri, right,
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Three-year-old twins Jackson Indrieri, left, and Mason Indrieri, of Old Brookville, get up close and personal with a snake at the Tackapausha Museum in Seaford on Dec. 28, 2019.

Gil Luis of NYC surfs at Lido Beach,
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Gil Luis of New York City surfs at Lido Beach on Jan. 11.

Jason Conelli, of Farmingville, walks with his golden
Credit: James Carbone

Jason Conelli, of Farmingville, walks with his golden retrievers Sammy, left, and Gunner, along Granny Road in Farmingville on Jan. 6.

Paul Komsic, owner of Ghost Brewing, mixes in
Credit: James Carbone

Paul Komsic, owner of Ghost Brewing, mixes in orange citrus peel at his facility in Bay Shore on July 8, 2019.

Mike Serra, of Bethpage, drags his kayak onto
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Mike Serra, of Bethpage, drags his kayak onto shore along the Nissequogue River in Kings Park after an unsuccessful day of duck hunting on Jan. 7.

Recruits sitting. Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor
Credit: Howard Simmons

NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio preside over the swearing-in ceremony for new police recruits in Flushing, Queens, on Jan. 6.

Proud mom and dad, Tami Hall and Bernard
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

Proud mom and dad, Tami Hall and Bernard Nicholls, of Valley Stream, introduce their new son, Bernard Casey Hall Nichols, the first baby born on Long Island in 2020. He was born at 12:03 a.m. on New Year's Day at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside.

Daniel Hernandez, first mate with Frank M. Flower
Credit: Barry Sloan

Daniel Hernandez, first mate with Frank M. Flower & Sons, selects clams in Oyster Bay on Jan. 6.

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