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Top 5 LI Now stories: Whiteout, frogs, iPads

Nesconset fourth-grader Gabriel Cruz from the The Ivy

Nesconset fourth-grader Gabriel Cruz from the The Ivy League School in Smithtown helped spearhead a change in the years-old policy on dissecting frogs. (Jan. 10, 2011) Credit: John Griffin

Here’s what people were reading on Long Island Now, your community news blog, this past week:

No. 5: Wednesday whiteout in Babylon

Newsday got out early to get a sense of how last week’s snow storm impacted communities across the Island, and reporter T.C. McCarthy provided the lowdown in Babylon. More: Snowy sidewalks close Center Moriches

No. 4: Suffolk County awards $5M bridge contract
As part of a stop-gap measure to keep the 50-year-old Smith Point Bridge going strong for another 10 years, the structure is about to get a $5.2 million makeover. The contract for the project was recently awarded by the county. More: Bridge upgrade coming

No. 3: First-graders get first crack at iPads
Hemlock School first-graders are using iPads, as well as iPod Touches, to take advantage of apps designed to aid in teaching math, writing, reading and keyboarding skills.

No. 2: Fourth-grader gets frog dissections stopped
Frog enthusiast Gabriel Cruz, a fourth-grader at Ivy League School in Smithtown, convinced officials at the school to stop frog dissections. Readers had a lot to say, for and against the move.

No. 1: Jets anthem by Great Neck duo goes viral

Matt Fox, 24, and Sean Henry, 19, combined to create "Rex’s Gang Green," a rap song dedicated to the surging Jets, who play the New England Patriots in an AFC playoff game Sunday.

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