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Newsday's "Who’s the ‘mayor’ of your LIRR station?" map pulls in data from Foursquare, a location-based social network, that tells users how many people have checked-in to a station, who the foursquare 'mayor' of the station is as well as the most recent piece of advice left by LIRR riders. Photo Credit: Newsday Composite; Foursquare Images

Here’s what people were reading this week on your community news blog.

No. 5

Budget cuts affect post-prom party

The Community Wellness Council of the Bellmores & Merricks says it too is a victim of state budget cuts, and that is affecting its ability to throw a post-prom party for students in the Bellmore-Merrick School District.

No. 4

Levittown studio offers exotic workout

Cathy Wagner is earning titles like “the Michael Jackson of pole dancing” thanks to her exotic workout class at Rhythm & Soul Dance Studio in Levittown.

No. 3

Principal leaving St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Principal Walter Lace, who turned 65 in November, announced recently to faculty, staff and students that he will retire at the end of the school year. But there’s no question among his peers that Lace will leave with a firmly established legacy.

No. 2

Who’s the ‘mayor’ of your LIRR station?

“Kenneth B.” says ticket machines at the Oyster Bay Long Island Rail Road station don’t work as well in the rain. “Sam” suggests it’s best to board cars at the third and fourth "Watch the Gap" sign on the westbound side of the Great Neck station. You can find these tips and more on our new LIRR "Mayor" Map, generated using data from Foursquare. The map features the “mayors” of every LIRR station on Foursquare, a social-networking site that lets users share their locations with friends.

No. 1

Roads to close for St. Pat’s parades

As towns around Suffolk prepare for St. Patrick’s Day parades, Suffolk police are issuing notices about road closures and warning parade-goers to behave.

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