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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.

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Church egg hunt bridges religious divides

From left, Bellmore residents Carleen Plate, 12, and

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The Plate family didn’t plan on spending Easter inside an Evangelical Lutheran church. But when Michael Plate, 48, of Bellmore, his wife and two daughters arrived at St. Paul in Bethpage Sunday for the church’s annual outdoor Easter egg hunt, they learned that they were about two hours too early.

They weren’t alone. Announcements for the hunt indicated a 10:30 a.m. start, but the event didn’t...

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Wyandanch offender support group runs Easter egg hunt

Chrisvel Peguero, 4, of Wyandanch, finds an Easter

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

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

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Roundup: Pet vaccinations, Earth Day cleanups

Bandit, Prince, Gus, Eli and Brooklyn were featured

PORT WASHINGTON

Town shelter offering pets vaccinations, licenses

Members of Nassau County’s canine and feline population can receive vaccinations in May.

Pet owners can bring their dogs and cats to the May 10 event at the Town of North Hempstead’s animal shelter, at 75 Marino Ave. in Port Washington. Town residents can purchase dog licenses and renewals, which cost $7 for dogs...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, April 18, 2014

Suffolk County police responded to the report of

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Thank you for visiting Newsday's LI Now live post for Friday, April 18, 2014.

Happy Easter and Passover, and while you're traveling today stay safe, as there's quite a bit of road construction going on. 

(Mobile readers: Click the link below for social media updates.)

TRAFFIC & TRANSIT

NORTHERN STATE - There's construction work on the Northern State Parkway...

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Stony Brook University unveils rebuilt athletic fields

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Stony Brook University has opened 9 square acres of newly renovated athletic fields, doubling the size of outdoor sports venues for students and upgrading the space during a yearlong renovation.

The $3 million project includes new turf, netting, lighting, bleachers and bench seating. The fields are located in the southern part of the campus, off Stony Brook Road.

The funding came from...

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Girl Scouts donate more than a million cookies to troops

Nassau County Girl Scouts load boxes of cookies

(Credit: Tara Conry)

About 35 Girl Scouts and a few local officials and National Guard members formed a brigade in Garden City Thursday morning to load boxes of cookies onto a delivery truck bound for JFK Airport.

The cases of Savannah Smiles, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout treats were going to be added to the thousands already packed into a plane headed to the Middle East, where the cookies will be distributed...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, April 17, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 17, 2014, be sure to check out our local coverage below.

There's also a meeting tonight in Garden City. The village board, which meets tonight at 8 at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave, will consider setting aside $305,910 from its termination reserve account for termination benefits for former village administrator Robert Schoelle,...

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Roundup: Long Beach accepting bids for parking mall reconstruction

The City of Long Beach on Thursday will start accepting bids for reconstruction of a parking mall on Park Avenue between Roosevelt and Neptune boulevards.

The rebuilding will include resurfacing and repaving with an asphalt composite pavement installed over a recycled concrete aggregate. The project also is to improve the storm water system and prevent chronic flooding issues that have plagued...

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Principal goes to the wall for fundraiser

West Hempstead High School principal Dan Rehman lets

(Credit: Steve Orlando)

West Hempstead High School Principal Dan Rehman had been standing on a small stool inside the school’s lobby for more than two hours last Friday when a student kicked it out from under his feet. But he didn’t fall to the ground right away.For about three minutes, he stayed a few inches off the floor, affixed to the wall with eight rolls of duct tape.

“It was hilarious,” said Rehman, who submitted...

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Babylon, Islip getting nearly $500G from state to fix potholes

The towns of Babylon and Islip are getting

(Credit: James Carbone)

The state is helping Babylon and Islip Town residents drive a little more smoothly over area roads.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) has announced that more than $484,000 is being allocated for pothole repairs in Islip and Babylon towns. The money is part of the $40 million that has been designated for pothole repair in the state budget.

Babylon Town will receive $142,047, while the...

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