Nassau and Suffolk counties have distinct identities, and the people living in each area have special knowledge that ties them to their counties. For instance, if you're from Suffolk, you know how to pronounce Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Islandia, Copiague and Patchogue. These examples were culled from our social media followers and staff. Send your suggestions to

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You've jumped up and down in the aisles of independent record store Looney Tunes in West Babylon for an in-store performance from a local Long Island artist like Baldwin native Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, thanks to the venue's performance area.

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You wake up craving a fresh cup of hazelnut cappuccino and a stack of blueberry pecan pancakes from Toast Coffeehouse in Port Jefferson -- or Patchogue, if you live on the South Shore.

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You've made the drive out to Harbes Family Farm in Riverhead during the fall season to pick a bushel of apples, get some fresh sweet corn, and take home a freshly baked blueberry pie.

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You know the thing to do on a summer night is drink craft beer in Patchogue at Hoptron Brewtique on Main Street.

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Your friends from Nassau complain about coming to visit you because you live too far east and they don't want to deal with traffic.

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You consider a visit to Roosevelt Field in Garden City a day trip.

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You've taken a flight out of MacArthur Airport in Islip for a weekend visit to Disney World rather than drive all the way to Kennedy or LaGuardia airports in Queens.

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You've hiked the bluffs at Shadmoor State Park in Montauk for a great selfie or a shot of the Atlantic that is sure to make your friends from Nassau jealous.


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You've spent a summer afternoon tasting local Long Island wines and listening to a local band in the tasting room at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

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You've enjoyed a cold beer and fresh pierogies on Main Street in Riverhead during the annual Polish Town festival to celebrate the town's Polish heritage.

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You've sipped wine and eaten cheese during an exhibition opening at the Patchogue Arts Gallery or watched an independent film at the Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center on Terry Street.

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You flocked to Chick-fil-A's grand opening in Port Jefferson Station in 2015. The Atlanta-based eatery had such success on Nesconset Highway that locations in Hicksville and Commack opened up as well.

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You've stepped inside Mystic Dreams in Sayville. Located on Main Street, the shop sells gemstones, incense, tarot cards and jewelry guaranteed to put you in touch with your spiritual side.

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You've rocked out at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue every summer. The event celebrated its 10-year anniversary in July 2016.

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You know that the McDonald's locations in Commack, Central Islip and Brentwood are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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You know the history and location of this landmark -- the windmill on Stony Brook University's Southampton campus served as inspiration for Tennessee Williams' one-act play, "The Day on Which a Man Dies."

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You've ventured out to Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook for a day of hiking ... or maybe just to take some photos of your reflection. This sculpture by artist Alicia Framis is a must-see for outdoor adventurers.

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You've squealed on a ride at Summerfest, a staple of summertime in Sayville that help marks the end of the season. No matter how much your stomach churns after that ride, how can one resist a fried Oreo or two?

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You've pigged out on cheesy tater tots and watched a sporting event in Babylon in a cafe that used to be a post office -- appropriately named Post Office Cafe. Take a peek at the wacky interior design -- including carousel horses and Uncle Sam riding a bicycle, all suspended from the ceiling -- and dare tell us you wouldn't be back.

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You know that although Billy Joel is a Nassau boy at heart, you also know the references to Suffolk in his tunes: He sings "We took on diesel back in Montauk yesterday, and left this morning from the bell in Gardiners Bay" in his hit "The Downeaster 'Alexa'," and his 1971 debut album was titled "Cold Spring Harbor." Joel is pictured here with his mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, during his park dedication in that very town in 1991.


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When the sight of "Stargazer" puts you into relaxation mode. This statue off Route 111 in Manorville doubles as a local landmark that welcomes visitors to the South Fork.

You've stood in line for hours on New York Avenue to get a book signed by your favorite author or celebrity at Book Revue in Huntington. Since 1977, Long Island's largest independently owned bookstore is the place to find everything from bestsellers to that rare literary title.

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You've happily waited in line for hot, fluffy pancakes at Maureen's Kitchen in Smithtown. Open since 1985, this has been an iconic go-to breakfast spot in Suffolk noteworthy for the whimsical full-size cow statues on the lawn and elsewhere.

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You've stood beneath the wings of a Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft at Grumman Memorial Park off Route 25 in Calverton. The memorial pays tribute to hundreds of Grumman employees who made advances in aerospace and aviation on Long Island for more than 50 years.

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You know someone who's taken wedding photos or watched Civil War re-enactors drill at the Islip Grange. This 12-acre facility aims to recreate the feeling of living on Long Island during the pre-Civil War period with a variety of historic structures to explore.

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You have traveled out East to watch the traditional and fancy dancers in the annual Shinnecock Powwow, which draws hundreds of visitors around Labor Day to the Shinnecock Indian reservation in Southampton.

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You're lighting the leg lamp for the holidays. It's become a traditional the Northport Hardware Co. on Main Street. Inspired by a similar lamp from the film "A Christmas Story," the Northport Village Leg Lamp Lighting Ceremony draws large crowds -- with some in costumes like those worn by characters in the 1983 film.

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You've cheered your favorite boat to victory at the annual Dragon Boat Race Festival in Port Jefferson. The Asian cultural and educational event includes lion dances, Taiko and Korean drumming, and a chance to sample food from halfway around the world.

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You've seen a professional off-Broadway production of "Mamma Mia!" or other musicals at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport Village. The theater's intimate setting offers a piano bar and lounge for drinks before and after shows.

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You stopped to watch the butterflies at Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, a not-for-profit natural science educational center. Its 54 acres are home to a variety of wildlife that children and their families can explore together, along with hiking trails and picnic areas.

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You've roamed through Patchogue's Alive After Five summer street festival enjoying live music while sampling food trucks and drinking craft beer. This free family friendly event offers six stages of music, arts and crafts and children's activities.

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You waited to find out if Holtsville Hal will see his shadow or not on Groundhog Day at the Holtsville Ecology Site and Wildlife Preserve. Children can meet Hal, feed farmyard animals and see rescued wildlife. The preserve's residents include two American bald eagles.

There's a picture of the time you caught the big one or nearly made the catch of the day while fishing on a charter boat out of Captree State Park in Bay Shore.

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You've said, "Let's go to the mall," and meant Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. Be prepared to power shop through more than 140 stores before grabbing a bite at one of more than a dozen eateries.

You've played in an ice hockey league or took figure skating lessons at the Rinx in Hauppauge.

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You've played on the old checkerboard at the St. James General Store, which has remained a staple on Moriches Road in St. James since it was built in 1857, according to the Suffolk County government website. Still hanging in the store is a portrait of its original owner, Ebenezer Smith, who established the central hangout after striking gold in California during the Gold Rush. Back then, locals traded kitchen wares, shoes, groceries and medicine, got their mail, and used the first telephone in the village. Now, craftspeople still enjoy selling and sharing their crafts in this quaint locale that has retained its old-fashioned appeal for years.

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You've visited Walt Whitman's birthplace, or at least driven by it. Whitman's Huntington Station home, located down the road from the Walt Whitman Shops, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and is maintained as a museum dedicated to the poet's life.

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You saw a Long Island Ducks game that was played on ice instead of on a diamond. These Ducks were part of the Eastern Hockey League and played at the Long Island Arena (aka Commack Arena) in Commack from 1959-'73. The arena, which closed in 1996, also hosted everything from the New York Nets of the ABA to indoor flea markets. Here, Ducks goalie Guy DeNoncourt is spread eagles in front of the net at the Long Island Arena on October 13, 1971.

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You see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Bald Hill on a regular basis. Standing 100 feet tall, on top of Bald Hill--which itself is 330 feet high--this obelisk with an American flag design is easy to spot while driving along CR-83 in Farmingville.

The beam of a lighthouse guides the way. There may be a few of the ancient beacons still standing off Nassau County waters, but the predominance of Long Island's lighthouses are located in Suffolk. Seven can be found on and along the Sound, while nine are associated with the North Fork -- but the two most famous are the Montauk Lighthouse and the Fire Island Lighthouse (pictured).

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You know what this big, distant building in Shoreham was supposed to be. The surrounding community doesn't really have any tall structures, so it's easy to spot the decommissioned Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant from many shoreline vantages. The plant never went into commercial operation. This photo was taken on Aug. 21, 2014.

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You've hit the sand at Sunken Meadow. The Long Island Sound doesn't generally feature the sandy beaches found on LI's South Shore, but the coastline of Sunken Meadow State Park has lots of the gritty stuff, as well as jetties and a boardwalk, making it look somewhat like Nassau County's Long Beach (minus the waves). This photo was taken on Aug. 13, 2015.

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You're spotting woodchucks. Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, are native to Long Island, most frequently spotted throughout Eastern Long Island communities like Manorville, Yaphank, Riverhead, the Moriches and the Hamptons west of the Shinnecock Canal. The subject of this photo was scurrying along Route 25A in Rocky Point on Aug. 21, 2014.

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You do the Dickens Fest. Every year, Port Jefferson Village hosts its annual "Charles Dickens Festival," a weekend-long event featuring actors dressed in 19th-century garb taking to the streets to perform. Pictured, from left, Mayor Augustus Q. Snodgrass, his wife and the Town Crier get ready to dedicate a street lantern at the start of the 16th Annual Port Jefferson Village Charles Dickens Festival on Dec. 2, 2011.

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You partied at Neptune's. The Neptune Beach Club on Dune Road in East Quogue was in operation during the summer from 1989 thru 2013. Known for long lines, scantily clad crowds and events featuring popular DJs, it also had a history of patrons getting arrested by Southampton Town Police. This party was on May 26, 2012. The building that housed the club was purchased by Southampton Town on March 12, 2014.

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You've gotten a late-night slice at Little Vincent's in Huntington. The larger Little Vincent's in Lake Ronkonkoma has a full menu, but the Huntington store -- open here on Nov. 27, 2012 -- just sells regular pizza. Open until 2 a.m. most days, the parlor stays open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and sees business throughout. In fact, it's not strange to come across a line that extends out the door onto the sidewalk past 3 a.m. Never been? Be sure and ask for "cold cheese" on your slice, and the pizza man will pour a cup of cold mozzarella on top of your order.

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Refer to Nassau County as "Up island." Actually, this term covers much of Suffolk County too, as it's used by many of the people who reside east of the Shinnecock Canal when referring to western Long Island, beyond the Hamptons. This is westbound traffic on Aug. 22, 2014, along Sunrise Highway / State Road 27 which passes over the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays.

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You've taken your Italian tastes to a new level by biting into one of the many unique meatball dishes at the Meetball Place in Patchogue. This hip eatery, which opened in 2014, uses traditional methods to whip up new spins on an old Italian favorite.

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You've kicked back a few beers with friends on a warm summer night at the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays. Since 1970, this bar has been a party destination on the East End.

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You've worn red and white and rooted for the Stony Brook Seawolves during one of their home football or basketball games at Stony Brook University. Maybe you've even high-fived Wolfie, the school's mascot, as you cheered on the home team.

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If you know how to navigate Lake Grove's Five Corners. The five-way intersection can be a confusing and busy conundrum -- just ask patrons at any of the rotating businesses that have set up shop on the corner where Subway currently stands. It's strictly right turns only from any of the parking lots exits.

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If you live in Brookhaven, you call the town's Yaphank landfill "the dumps" and have taken extra debris to be disposed of at the facility. Some might remember when there was no curbside garbage pickup service, and residents had to haul their garbage to the site. This is the heap on July 5, 2011.

... You remember the Oak Beach Inn, a popular Jones Beach hangout known for its popular nightlife and notoriously rowdy reputation. Maybe you even still have your “Save the Oak Beach Inn” bumper sticker, which were given out as part a campaign against scrutiny launched by owner Bob Matherson in the 1980s. The former nightclub was demolished in 2003.

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If sidewalks really aren't your thing. Many residential and side roads in Suffolk don't have concrete sidewalks or curbs on their roads, with lawns of private homes directly on the street. On these roads, there are no bike lanes, with cyclists typically traveling in the opposite lane of traffic, so they can see oncoming cars sharing the path.

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You've downed a loaded hot dog and french fries using your car's dashboard as a table at the Sonic in North Babylon. The drive-in fast food restaurant opened its doors in 2011, and is currently the only Sonic location open on Long Island.

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You reported to jury duty in Central Islip, were sent home in an hour and enjoyed an unexpected museum visit instead. At U.S. District Court, "The Gallery of Shorthand" includes shorthand speed milestones and the many stenograph machines used to record all that testimony over the years.

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You've visited the historic Brewster House in East Setauket and learned about its connection to Long Island's Culper Spy Ring, which helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War.

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You got to know Penn Station a little better the night you and your friends just missed the last train to Speonk because of the one person who for whatever reason never buys a round-trip ticket.

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You've tried Strathmore Bagels. The chain has several stores around Suffolk County and boasts some of the best bagels on Long Island. The store was even featured in the viral parody video "Suffolk County State of Mind," which debuted on YouTube in 2010. The bagel pictured above come from the Strathmore location on Nesconset Highway in Stony Brook.

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You have traveled to the Milky Way without leaving Long Island, thanks to the domed ceiling of the planetarium at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. The planetarium reopened in March 2013 after a 20-month, $4 million renovation.

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You've ridden the Hurricane roller coaster at Adventureland in Farmingdale -- and plan to ride it one last time. After 23 years of operation, the ride will be dismantled after Columbus Day weekend 2014 and replaced.

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You refer to the roads just west of Bald Hill in Farmingville as the "Hills of the Seven Sisters." The roads, especially Adirondack Drive, have steep drops that are uncommon for the relatively flat topography of Long Island and shouldn't be taken lightly by anyone out for a run or drive.

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You KNOW that the abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center is haunted. The center housed thousands of patients from 1886 until it was shuttered in 1996. (Oct. 12, 1993)

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You’ve taken a ferry from Port Jefferson or Orient Point to Connecticut. Last year, approximately 800,000 passengers rode the Port Jefferson-Bridgeport ferry. Chances are you were one of them. Here, Cross Sound Ferry passengers arrive in Orient Point. (Aug. 1, 2012)

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Directions from the Sagtikos State Parkway to the Long Island Expressway to Nicolls Road to Route 347 makes absolute sense to you. But you would never try that during rush hour.

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You know how to pronounce Islip, Wantagh, Commack, Mattituck, Shinnecock, Quogue, Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge and Patchogue. Bonus points if you can spell them. (2010)

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You've eaten at the diner that is housed in a steel rail dining car and once was graced by Tom Selleck for a movie scene. Yes, that history is unique to Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport. The dining car arrived on a flatbed on the Long Island Rail Road in 1912, and the 1997 film “In & Out,” starring Selleck, Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack and Matt Dillon, was shot inside the diner for seven days.

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You remember when the Long Island Expressway used to have exits 52 and 54 westbound. They were combined into one -- Exit 53 -- in 1992. (July 12, 2013)

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You've snorkeled -- or took it one step further and dove with sharks from a cage inside the 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantic Shark Exhibit -- at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. Long Island's only aquarium, formerly known as Atlantis, allows visitors to experience marine life exhibits, tours and educational programs. Here as part of the Pirate Snorkel Adventure summer program, Ben Prigg, 10, of St. James, takes a peek at fish hiding in a treasure chest.

Your favorite duck is in Flanders, not the one from the Aflac commercial. The Big Duck has moved three times since it was built in 1931, but you can't miss it at its current location on Route 24.

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You've celebrated Cow Harbor Day by -- what else? -- dressing up like a cow. Cow Harbor Day is traditionally held in Northport the third Sunday of September, celebrating the village's history of cows that used to graze next to the harbor. The Great Cow Harbor 10K Run takes place the Saturday before, but the bevy of bovines and other costumes residents sport on Sunday can create just as competitive an environment.

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You raced a duck while navigating a paddleboat at Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon and didn't mind at all when you lost.

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You've been to the Bellport theater that once was a barn. The Gateway Playhouse opened in 1941 as a local alternative to Broadway. A young Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman performed there, and the 500-seat theater brings thousands of people to Bellport each week during the summer months.

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You've gone to a demolition derby at the Riverhead Raceway. Built in 1949, the quarter-mile raceway is one of the oldest stock car race tracks in the country. (Aug. 20, 2011)

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You've been to a Long Island Ducks home game. Pictured: Charlie Kamer, left, and his son Ryan Kamer, 12, of Moriches with QuackerJack and Kirk Kordeleski, chief executive of Bethpage Credit Union in front of the Bethpage Ballpark after spending 143 hours waiting in line to be the first to buy Long Island Ducks tickets, in Central Islip on March 19, 2011. The ballpark opened in 2000.

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You've spent a snow day sledding down Bald Hill in Farmingville. Whenever a snowstorm hits Long Island swarms of families living nearby flock to the highest point on Long Island to take advantage of the snow and get in some sledding or snowboarding. Here, Jessica Skidmore, 8, of Manorville, catches some air.

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You’ve been to or marched in the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade on Long Island in Huntington, which celebrated its 80th year in 2014. Hosted in downtown Huntington by the Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians, the tradition has become integral in the town’s Irish history -- and a family affair for many. Pictured is Timothy Kearney, leader of the Clann Eirann bag pipe group from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, at the start of the 2014 parade. His father started the group in 1930 and their family members have marched in all 80 of Huntington's St. Patrick's Day Parades.

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You've taken a weekend off from Jet Skis and pontoons to enjoy more classic seagoing fare during the annual Greenport Maritime Festival. Here, Bob Nelson of the tall ship Lynx remains alert after it docked into Greenport Harbor, getting ready to celebrate the 23rd annual festival on Sept. 20, 2012.

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You’ve enjoyed a glass of wine on the East End during the coldest parts of the year thanks to Long Island Winterfest Live on the Vine, a winter music festival at multiple vineyards and hotels. Conceived in 2006, it has helped stimulate business there during the off-season. Here, people attend an event at Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport. (Feb. 12, 2011)

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You know the rather quizzical tale of Smithtown's Richard Smith and Whisper. Legend has it that on the longest day of the year in 1665, Englishman Smith hopped on his trusty bull, Whisper, and traced out the boundaries of current-day Smithtown. Historians agree that this tale is mostly bull. But like Rocky Balboa in Philadelphia, sometimes even made-up history deserves a real-life monument. This statue, unveiled in 1941, still stands today. Above, the statue as seen on Aug. 5, 2010.

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You battled someone in air hockey at the former Sports Plus, located across the street from the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. The 169,000-square-foot arcade featured bowling, video games and an ice rink. Sports Plus closed its doors on July 1, 2007. The property now houses an LA Fitness and a Whole Foods market. (Dec. 3, 2006)

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You or someone you know had a summer job at Splish Splash in Calverton. From concessions to maintenance to lifeguarding, there was a job for everyone. Here is Bootlegger's Run, which reaches speeds of 30 mph. (June 2, 2013)

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You know the exact times of the year to go picking for peaches, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, apples and pumpkins. Get to the farms, many of which are on the East End, just a few days off peak season and they?ll be stripped bare of the best stuff.

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You’ve marveled at warriors fighting to the death ... OK, let's not get too carried away, but the Cherry Blossom Festival at Stony Brook University — which has been held since 2007 to immerse the community in Japanese culture — features exhibits from local Japanese artists, craftsmen, an origami workshop, a Japanese chess tournament, traditional tea ceremony, dance performances and martial arts demonstrations. Here, Mizuho Izubuchi, of East Patchogue, demonstrates a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. (May 4, 2013)

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You finally decided to drive past Greenport to Orient -- only to drive right back to Greenport. The quaint hamlet of Orient, with a population of 743, according to the 2010 census, is home to the Orient Ferry, Orient State Park and just a handful of commercial businesses. Among the Greenport attractions is the antique carousel located in Mitchell Park, which was donated to the village by the Northrop Grumman Corp. in 1995. (April 18, 2011)

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You’ve witnessed one of the best sunsets on Long Island over dinner and drinks at Montauket, a restaurant in Montauk that overlooks Fort Pond Bay.

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When you say that you are going to "the outlets," Tanger is implied. Tanger Outlet at the Arches in Deer Park, seen here, opened on Oct. 22, 2008, and has more than 70 stores, a movie theater and several restaurants. The Tanger Outlets Riverhead has more than 160 name-brand shops and is located right off the Long Island Expressway. (June 13, 2011)

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You've either participated in or supported the Greater Long Island Running Club's annual 10-Mile Run to the Brewery in Patchogue. In 2013, the race took 1,200 runners through Bayport, Blue Point, Patchogue and Sayville and finished at the Blue Point Brewing Co. Runners often choose a brew over a Gatorade to refresh afterward, including 2013 finishers Vanessa Scharfenberger, 38, of Bohemia, left; Ben Vitale, 32, of Ronkonkoma; and his wife, Cathy Vitale, 33.

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When referring to Huntington, you mean the downtown area of the unincorporated village. Unbeknownst to many outside Suffolk, the community of about 18,500 actually is not an official village. It does, however, have a vibrant cultural and social scene, with plenty of restaurants and shops. It also has The Paramount Theater, which regularly hosts major acts. (Sept. 30, 2011)

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You've bought untaxed cigarettes on the Unkechaug tribe’s reservation in Mastic, if not for yourself, then for a friend in Nassau or the city. (Dec. 14, 2010)

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You know you're from Suffolk when you're familiar with "the Oakdale Merge," reader Beth Santagata says. That's the section of Sunrise Highway at Exit 46, where traffic often bottlenecks during rush-hour traffic because the highway's usual five lanes in each direction are reduced to three. Exit 46 connects to the Southern State Parkway and Hecksher State Parkway. "It's definitely a choke spot!" says News 12 Long Island traffic reporter Elisa DiStefano. (July 12, 2013)

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You remember going as a child to the Roy Rogers in Shirley -- the last one on Long Island -- and even though you didn't go any time after, you were really bummed when it closed. (Nov. 30, 2010)

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You've kayaked or canoed along the Carmans River, which runs 10 miles in Brookhaven from Middle Island to the mouth of Bellport Bay in Shirley. It is one of the four major rivers on Long Island and is protected as part of the Long Island Central Pine Barrens. Wildlife such as red-tailed fox, osprey, a pair of nesting eagles, striped bass, trout, carp, white perch and turtles can sometimes be seen along the way.

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You've passed by a herd of bison roaming at the corner of Reeves and Roanoke avenues in Riverhead. Tweed's Restaurant and Buffalo Bar, which first opened in 1896 in downtown Riverhead, serves a $20 bison burger, and restaurant owner Ed Tuccio owns a 500-acre bison farm, housing what he claims are the only bison for at least 125 miles.

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You've learned how to execute a sunset flip or an Irish whip at New York Wrestling Connection. The NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park serves as a training facility for wannabe grapplers and also hosts shows by NYWC and other promotions. NWYC graduates include former WWE tag team champions -- and Long Island natives -- Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins.

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You've taken a leap of faith, jumping out of a plane from 13,500 feet with Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Since 1986, skydivers have enjoyed breathtaking aerial views of the North and South forks, the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

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You've swooned over a classic car, danced at a concert or gazed at Fourth of July Grucci fireworks at the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. Pennysaver acquired naming rights to what was the Brookhaven Amphitheater after the town relinquished management of the facility to JVC Broadcasting in 2011.

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You (or more likely your little one) has created a masterpiece right on Riverhead's Main Street at the annual East End Art's Mosaic Street Painting Festival. The festival turned 17 in 2013.

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If you've seen a long line snaking out the side door at Briermere Farms in Riverhead and stopped for a pie anyway.

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You've attended a standup comedy act, musical show or psychic reading at the Suffolk Theater in downtown Riverhead. Originally built in 1933 and once called the "Radio City Music Hall of Long Island," the theater closed in 1987, but was restored and reopened in March 2013.

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You've tasted Long Island’s "sweetest" corn at Harbes Farm & Vineyard in Mattituck. The farm has celebrated their local treasure by holding an annual Sweet Corn Festival, which in 2013 celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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You know someone who watched a movie at the long-shuttered Rocky Point Drive-in on Route 25A. The drive-in closed in the mid-1980s, and for a few years became a golf driving range. New York's highest court upheld a decision in November 2013 that blocked a retail anchor from opening at the site, ending a more than decadelong legal battle to bring a big-box store to the location. The site's owner is now considering other options for the land. (Nov. 23, 1977)

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You know how to skirt around summer Hamptons traffic using side roads. We've sworn to locals that we'd keep the routes secret. (May 25, 2007)

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You've tried to find the “Amityville Horror” house, the place where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six of his family members as they slept in 1974. The original 112 Ocean Ave. address has been changed at least twice to keep gawkers away. PHOTOS

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You call the Robert Moses water tower "The Pencil." The nickname is given for the shape of the water tower, which resembles an old-fashioned pencil including its "eraser" base. (Oct. 31, 2012)

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You’ve changed your mind about your favorite winery three times -- in four hours. There are more than 40 wineries located within just about 30 miles on the North Fork (and a few on the South Fork, too). Pictured, Palmer Vineyards in Cutchogue is among the locations on the North Fork Wine Trail. (March 14, 2012)

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You've gone to "The End," otherwise known as Montauk. The area's main landmark is the Montauk Point Lighthouse, which was authorized by the second Congress under President George Washington in 1792 and completed on Nov. 5, 1796.

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You’ve taken a drive with friends through “Mount Misery,” an area in West Hills that extends from the intersection of Route 110 and Sweet Hollow Road to Jericho Turnpike. Mount Misery got its name because the steep hill and rocky terrain made it difficult for settlers to pass over it with a wagon. According to legend, when early settlers bought the land from Native Americans, they were warned to stay away from Mount Misery because evil spirits were known to haunt the hill. (Aug. 1, 2011)

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