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Top photos from around LI from October 2021

Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of Long Island. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

Father Robert Joerger, right, performs communion during his
Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Father Robert Joerger, right, performs communion during his last Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, Oct. 17, 2021. ....

A man takes a stroll at Belmont Lake
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

A man takes a stroll at Belmont Lake State Park on a sunny but windy afternoon, Monday Oct. 18, 2021.

A surfer rides the waves at Ponquogue Beach
Credit: James Carbone

A surfer rides the waves at Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.

Father Robert Joerger, center, during the closing moments
Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Father Robert Joerger, center, during the closing moments of his last Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, Oct. 17, 2021. Father Edward Beck is at rear right. ....

Donna M. Douglas from Hempstead prays during Calvary
Credit: Morgan Campbell

Donna M. Douglas from Hempstead prays during Calvary Tabernacle 30th anniversary church service outdoors in Hempstead on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

Brenda Roman of Mineola places stickers in the
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Brenda Roman of Mineola places stickers in the names of her two aunts who died from breast cancer on the Kiss Cancer Good-bye wall at The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, October 17, 2021 in Wantagh, N.Y. At Jones Beach.

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, October 17, 2021 in Wantagh, N.Y. At Jones Beach.

Danielle Magiera of Bethpage, left, with her mom
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Danielle Magiera of Bethpage, left, with her mom Linda Magiera, of Levittown, a 13 year breast cancer survivor, at The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, October 17, 2021 in Wantagh, N.Y. At Jones Beach.

The dry weather made it a perfect day
Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

The dry weather made it a perfect day for Scarlin Velasquez, of Coram, a worker at the Port Jefferson Free Library, to stain the picket fence in front of the historic Thomas Bayles House on East Broadway in Port Jefferson on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021. The library owns the historic home, also known as the 1812 House, which stands just south of the library's main building.

Anthony Capozzi, 4, of Lloyd Neck, plays with
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Anthony Capozzi, 4, of Lloyd Neck, plays with mom Elizabeth, on an overcast but mild day at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Tom Collings, left, of Bellmore, heads from the
Credit: James Carbone

Tom Collings, left, of Bellmore, heads from the bay near near Billy Joel Park in Cold Spring Harbor on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, as his friend David Komatsu, of Huntington, keeps him company on a kayak. Collings left shortly after 9 a.m. for a K-9 Mile swim to Llloyd Neck Beach which he says will help promote animal adoptions and the importance of being healthy for humans.

Brendan Rogers of Sayville holds a sign at
Credit: Raychel Brightman

Brendan Rogers of Sayville holds a sign at a demonstration in Sayville opposing a zoning change in the town on Oct. 12, 2021.

Huntington Town Clerk Andrew Raia poses inside the
Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Huntington Town Clerk Andrew Raia poses inside the TownÕs archives as he gets ready to offer guided tours exploring HuntingtonÕs haunted history this month.

Smithtown East High School sophomore Charlene Chen, 15,
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Smithtown East High School sophomore Charlene Chen, 15, logging information after measuring a fish from the Nissequogue River during a day in the life looking for samples of fish, seaweed and other marine life while exploring how Nissequogue River and estuary fit into the ecosystem at Short Beach in Smithtown Friday Oct. 8, 2021

Smithtown East High School students Elisa Kong, 16,
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Smithtown East High School students Elisa Kong, 16, and Jessica Penna, 15, dragging the Nissequogue River while exploring how Nissequogue River and estuary fit into the ecosystem at Short Beach in Smithtown Friday Oct. 8, 2021

Father Robert Joerger, center, speaks with parishioners following
Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Father Robert Joerger, center, speaks with parishioners following his last Mass at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Montauk, Oct. 17, 2021. ...

Meghan Asha of Westhampton Beach and her dog
Credit: Randee Daddona

Meghan Asha of Westhampton Beach and her dog Bodhi go for a run on Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

Members of the Uniondale High School Marching Band
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Members of the Uniondale High School Marching Band participle in the Unity in the Community Parade heads down Nassau Blvd. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 in Uniondale.

Members of the Uniondale High School Marching Band
Credit: Howard Schnapp

Members of the Uniondale High School Marching Band participle in the Unity in the Community Parade heads down Nassau Blvd. on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 in Uniondale.

Going home. - Queen, a 380-lb loggerhead turtle
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Going home. - Queen, a 380-lb loggerhead turtle rescued in July, by the NY Marine Rescue Center is released back to the sea, after treatment, in the waters off of Hampton Bays on the afternoon of October 7, 2021

The Martin family of Bay Shore Erin, Michael,
Credit: Raychel Brightman

The Martin family of Bay Shore Erin, Michael, Evelyn and Elias with their dog Judah at Benjamin's Beach in Bay Shore on Oct. 11, 2021.

Rough waves. Weather photos Long Beach. Sunday October
Credit: Howard Simmons

Rough waves. Weather photos Long Beach. Sunday October 10, 2021

Sunset on Long Beach. Beach goers enjoying sunset.
Credit: Howard Simmons

Sunset on Long Beach. Beach goers enjoying sunset. Weather photos Long Beach. Sunday October 10, 2021

Sunset on Long Beach. Surfer calling it a
Credit: Howard Simmons

Sunset on Long Beach. Surfer calling it a day. Weather photos Long Beach. Sunday October 10, 2021

Ten FDNY members who have died in the
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Ten FDNY members who have died in the past year where honored at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021.

Larry Johnson remembers his friend, EMT Azzedin Ahmed,
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Larry Johnson remembers his friend, EMT Azzedin Ahmed, one of 10 FDNY members who died in the past year and were honored at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021.

Ten FDNY members who have died in the
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Ten FDNY members who have died in the past year where honored at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021.

The family of EMT Evelyn Ford is emotional
Credit: Danielle Silverman

The family of EMT Evelyn Ford is emotional while honoring her during the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021. Ford was one of 10 FDNY members who have died in the past year.

Valentina Ferrugia, 8 of Floral Park, surrounded by
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Valentina Ferrugia, 8 of Floral Park, surrounded by other members of the Ferrugia family, honors her uncle, Firefighter Joseph Ferrugia, at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021. Ten FDNY members who have died in the past year where honored at the ceremony.

The Ferrugia family walks together while honoring Firefighter
Credit: Danielle Silverman

The Ferrugia family walks together while honoring Firefighter Joseph Ferrugia, at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021. Ferrugia is one of 10 FDNY members who died in the past year and were honored at the ceremony.

Firefighter Justin O'Grady is emotional while hugging Mustafa
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Firefighter Justin O'Grady is emotional while hugging Mustafa Ahmed, father of EMT Azzedin Ahmed, who died this past year. Ahmed was one of 10 FDNY members honored at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021.

Mustafa Ahmed, father of EMT Azzedin Ahmed, is
Credit: Danielle Silverman

Mustafa Ahmed, father of EMT Azzedin Ahmed, is emotional while hugging Firefighter Justin O'Grady, a childhood friend of his son since age 10. Ahmed was one of 10 FDNY members who died in the past year, honored at the 114th Annual FDNY Memorial Service at The Firemen's Memorial at West 100th Street in Manhattan, Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2021.

Going home. - Queen, a 380-lb loggerhead turtle
Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Going home. - Queen, a 380-lb loggerhead turtle rescued in July, by the NY Marine Rescue Center is released back to the sea, after treatment, in the waters off of Hampton Bays on the afternoon of October 7, 2021

Shari Slepian, of Dix Hills, enjoys time outside
Credit: Chris Ware

Shari Slepian, of Dix Hills, enjoys time outside at Sweet Hollow Park in Melville Oct. 5, 2021.

Charlotte Demetriades, 1, and her dad Teo Demetriades,
Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Charlotte Demetriades, 1, and her dad Teo Demetriades, of Syosset, enjoy seeing exotic animals such as this close encounter with a giraffe at White Post Farms, October 6, 2021 in Melville, N.Y. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-70s through Friday, but increasing clouds over the weekend should lead to highs in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees, forecasters said...

Mary bakel, right, of Baltimore, hugs her sister
Credit: Randee Daddona

Mary bakel, right, of Baltimore, hugs her sister Arlene Giagrande of Riverdale.Their father Murry Bakel, a WWII Merchant Marine is one of 365 Huntington World War II veterans being honored in Huntington on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Families of the 365 Huntington World War II veterans and countless local veterans attended a ceremony for an unveiling at Veterans Plaza in Huntington. World War II veterans from the Town of Huntington have a place of honor on the World War II Memorial which bear the inscribed names.

Chen Zhou, of Plainview, enjoys time outside at
Credit: Chris Ware

Chen Zhou, of Plainview, enjoys time outside at Sweet Hollow Park in Melville Oct. 5, 2021.

World War II Army nurse Eleanor Rizutto is
Credit: Morgan Campbell

World War II Army nurse Eleanor Rizutto is escorted to the gate for the veteran's honorary flight to Washington D.C. at Macarthur Airport in Ronkonkoma on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

The afternoon sun descending from the sky while
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The afternoon sun descending from the sky while people walk, jog and bike up and down the Long Beach boardwalk at Long Beach Friday Oct. 1, 2021

Tiffany Kian age 8 looking for a good
Credit: John Roca

Tiffany Kian age 8 looking for a good pumpkin at the Waterdrinker Family Farm in Manorville. Oct 3, 2021...

A member of Team Hype performs before the
Credit: Brad Penner

A member of Team Hype performs before the Brooklyn Nets practice at Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, Oct 9, 2021.

Army veteran, John Davis, of Patchogue, strums a
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Army veteran, John Davis, of Patchogue, strums a guitar and sings while sitting along the edge of Mascot Dock, in Patchogue, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

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