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Brittany Wait

Brittany Wait joined newsday.com as a community journalist in April after a stint at the Times Beacon Record Newspapers in Setauket. She is a 2011 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.

Long Islander celebrates 100th birthday by working out twice

Elizabeth "Nan" Smith celebrates her 100th birthday three

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Elizabeth “Nan” Smith, while sporting a plastic crown atop her head and a scepter in hand, got a surprise visit from a “prince” during her 100th birthday celebration following a cardio class at her local gym, the New York Sports Club in Garden City.

Chris Ferraro, a 30-year-old trainer at the gym, swooped in wearing a knight’s helmet and kissed his “princess” on the cheek.

Smith, one...

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Students celebrate Earth Day's meaning with cleanup in Oakdale

Taking part in the Great American Cleanup movement,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Sarah Owen put on her plastic gloves and grabbed a rake and trash bag before heading to the Locust Avenue Town Ballfield in Oakdale Tuesday to clean up litter.

“I can’t believe people would do this,” said Owen, 18, of East Northport, holding up Skittles and potato chip wrappers found on the field. “I love the environment. It’s our home and when I see cans and bottles on the ground, it makes...

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Wyandanch support group runs Easter egg hunt

Chrisvel Peguero, 4, of Wyandanch, finds an Easter

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Joseph Byrd followed his two grandchildren through a playground at Wyandanch Park Saturday, pointing and clapping when they discovered hidden eggs scattered about.

The hope of finally experiencing moments like this was what helped the Wyandanch man get through a 30-year prison stint for homicide. He doesn’t want his grandchildren to make the same mistakes, and that was the theme surrounding...

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Mutilated puppy and its mom reunite in Huntington

Miss Harper, left, a 10-month-old pit bull puppy

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Miss Harper, the 10-month-old pit bull puppy found with its ears and hind right leg cut off last September, was reunited with its mother at My Pet’s Vet in Huntington on Thursday.

Her mother Missy, 7, was a victim of overbreeding, and Miss Harper was in one of her litters.

Missy was surrendered by her owners Wednesday and taken by the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty...

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Jenny McCarthy's visit to Shirley school airs Friday on 'The View'

"The View" co-host Jenny McCarthy visits Nathaniel Woodhull

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On March 14, “The View” co-host Jenny McCarthy played guest teacher to 26 second-graders at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School in Shirley, a visit that will air 11 a.m. Friday on the talk show.

The class teacher, Leigh-Ann Rosen, saw the show announce the segment in January and emailed them to see if McCarthy could come get a taste of her job. Two weeks later, the show’s producers told her...

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LI Lutheran students unload Stop & Shop hams for needy

Stop & Shop donated 1,500 Easter holiday hams

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Evelyn Ouro-Rodrigues carried a 6-pound ham over her shoulder and dropped it into a box filled with hundreds of other donations to feed local families in need of a holiday meal.

After the Stop & Shop grocery store chain donated 1,500 Easter hams to Island Harvest and Lutheran charities locally and in New York City, track and field varsity captain Ouro-Rodrigues and 39 Long Island Lutheran...

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Woman gives birth in Nassau medical center parking lot

Zulma Gutierrez, of Westbury, holds her newborn baby,

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Zulma Gutierrez gave birth to her fourth child Tuesday morning at Nassau University Medical Center — in the parking lot.

When her water broke in the back of the ambulance, two police officers and a medic assisted her in delivering a healthy baby boy.

Nassau County police Third Precinct officers Sandra Richard and Robert Vergara and advanced medical technician Robert Roper responded to...

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Suffolk Aviation Academy course takes off

Sachem East High School senior Emily Piazza, 17,

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Aspiring pilot Emily Piazza found inspiration in the stories women aviators told a Suffolk Aviation Academy class on Wednesday.

For instance, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo was the first woman hired by a commercial airline, but she struggled to land a job for nearly a year before she was hired by American Airlines.

That story struck a chord with Piazza, who was one of 24 students at the Eastern...

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Inaugural Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge gets 37-degree welcome

Nearly 400 people plunged into the 37-degree water

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Brian Schiralli, already soaked by a steady rain, grabbed his Special Olympics coach’s hand, sprinted into frigid water and was already waist deep before declaring, “We are diving in.”

Without hesitation, Schiralli, who has Down syndrome, and his soccer, basketball, floor hockey and track coach of five years, Joe Branzetti, dove in headfirst.

They were among the nearly 400 people who...

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Malverne district teacher surprised with 'Happy' hall of fame news

Marguerite Izzo, a fifth-grade teacher at Davison Avenue

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Marguerite Izzo thought she was attending a state test pep rally Friday.

As it turns out, there was already something to celebrate.

The fifth-grade teacher at Lynbrook's Davison Avenue Intermediate School, part of the Malverne Union Free School District, was surprised in front of the entire school with news that she had been selected for induction into the Emporia, Kan.-based National...

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