For North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System chief Michael Dowling, it's his childhood home.
For Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, it's the time he met Joe Namath as a young boy.
Dowling and Mangano are among a group of Long Islanders who shared with us the treasures they keep close by as reminders of cherished memories that offer a deeper look at how their pasts have helped to define who they are today.
Click on the above link. If you have a prized possession, a treasured keepsake, or a piece of memorabilia that is close to your heart that you’d like to have as part of this project, send an email to Newsday commmunity journalist Amy Onorato at email@example.com.