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Town focus: A week in Sayville

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9,

A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville. (Oct. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Erin Geismar

Here at newsday.com, the role of a community journalist is a mobile one. We are equipped with MacBooks, iPhones, cameras, video cameras and enough wires and cords to wrap up Long Island in a bow.

We parachute into your communities -- attending events, profiling interesting people and photographing just about everything. (We now have nearly 50 community photo galleries!) As your Suffolk community journalist, one day I’m covering Montauk, and I’m in Melville the next.

This week we start a series focusing on one community -- in this case Sayville, which turns 250 this year.

All week long, I’ll be based out of one place or another (likely, the Starbucks on Main Street), and will meet with community leaders of groups like the Sayville Village Improvement Society, the Chamber of Commerce and the board of The Common Ground at Rotary Park.

From historic homes to a vibrant Main Street and the bustling ferry service across the Great South Bay, Sayville, as one resident recently put it, is “a very old place with a lot of new ideas.”

Follow me on Twitter this week to keep up with my whereabouts and to hear more about the people I meet.

Have a suggestion about someone I should meet or a place I should visit? We want to hear from you about how to get the full Sayville experience. Reach out to us through Twitter, email or in the comments below.

Plus, we’re taking suggestions on which community to plant ourselves in next!

Above: A sign welcomes visitors to Sayville.

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