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Top LI Now posts: Birds, trucks, Roy Rogers

Hundreds of grackles invaded Jack Haughn's backyard and

Hundreds of grackles invaded Jack Haughn's backyard and swimming pool in Eastport Sunday. (Dec. 5, 2010) Credit: Jack Haughn

Over the past week, Long Islanders took in the visuals. Here are your top 5 post blogs of the week.

1. Birds swarm Eastport backyard. This was brought to our attention by reader Jack Haughn, who snapped a picture of his backyard being invaded by hundreds of gackles last Sunday. This photo wound up in Tuesday's Newsday, so make sure to keep sending your photos in for consideration.

2. Front loader tips over in E. Setauket. reporter T.C. McCarthy was traveling down Nicolls Road in East Setauket, near Mark Tree Road, when he happened upon a construction crew lamenting the tumble of this front-end loader. It’s still unclear what caused the vehicle to tip, but commenters to the post weighed in with their own ideas.

3. Next up for last Roy Rogers: White Castle? Who knew Roy Rogers in Shirley -- the last of its kind on Long Island – would kindle such strong childhood memories? The restaurant, a popular stop for beachgoers headed back from Smith Point Park over decades, closed late last month.

4. Oyster Bay to hand out free firewood.  In a program starting Dec. 17 and lasting through mid-March, Oyster Bay residents will be able to pick up free firewood at the town's highway yard after 3 p.m. on Fridays and between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A town spokeswoman said the annual program is a popular one that “goes back farther than anyone’s memories.”

5. Huntington’s longtime maritime chief to retire. And finally, Huntington’s longtime director of maritime services and resident jokester Harry Acker plans to retire at the end of the month. Many people came to read about his departure.

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