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Philip Whaites was hoping he’d be able to spend more time with his grandchildren once he retired. But his son Chris, of Floral Park, decided to start family time early. He and his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, made a surprise appearance at Philip’s retirement party. Olivia hadn't seen her ... Philip Whaites was hoping he’d be able to spend more time with his grandchildren once he retired. But his son Chris, of Floral Park, decided to start family time early. He and his 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, made a surprise appearance at Philip’s retirement party. Olivia hadn't seen her grandfather in person in a year, and before that, since she was a toddler.
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Two push-ups and . When you're getting back into a fitness routine after taking the summer off. (Video Credit: @longislandaquarium ) Two push-ups and 😵. When you're getting back into a fitness routine after taking the summer off. (Video Credit: @longislandaquarium )
For Long Islanders on the roads this week, the unofficial end of summer may feel cruel in more ways ...
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For Long Islanders on the roads this week, the unofficial end of summer may feel cruel in more ways than one. Not only is it back to work after a long weekend, but thousands of parents, students and teachers join them on their commute. As drivers take to the roads this week, experts urge caution ... For Long Islanders on the roads this week, the unofficial end of summer may feel cruel in more ways than one.
Not only is it back to work after a long weekend, but thousands of parents, students and teachers join them on their commute.
As drivers take to the roads this week, experts urge caution and patience.
Swipe left to see traffic in Nassau and Suffolk counties, before and after Labor Day.
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When Curinne Polizzi’s fiance popped the question, she set out to find the wedding dress of her dreams. But the Long Island native said she couldn’t find a bridal boutique that specialized in plus-size gowns. That’s when she got an idea and consulted her fiance, Paul Infantolino, although ... When Curinne Polizzi’s fiance popped the question, she set out to find the wedding dress of her dreams. But the Long Island native said she couldn’t find a bridal boutique that specialized in plus-size gowns. That’s when she got an idea and consulted her fiance, Paul Infantolino, although Polizzi said what happened next was “not even a conversation.” Polizzi used their wedding fund to open Ivory & Main, one of the newest additions to the businesses on Main Street in Sayville. The boutique specializes in plus-size wedding gowns, mother of the bride and bridesmaids dresses. Ivory & Main is believed to be the only exclusively curvy bridal boutique in New York, according to Yelp and XO Group Inc., which owns wedding website TheKnot.com. “We wanted a really elegant, chic kind of a place that people could come in and feel comfortable and think, ‘Wow, this is a plus-size store?’ ” Polizzi said. (Video credit: @tulikabose )
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School is officially in session! Corey Benzing, 5, of East Yaphank, eagerly awaited what he called ...
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School is officially in session! Corey Benzing, 5, of East Yaphank, eagerly awaited what he called the “big bus” to take him to his first day of kindergarten at Charles E. Walters Elementary School. Corey said he was excited, particularly for the bus ride. “I can’t wait to see my friends!” ... School is officially in session! Corey Benzing, 5, of East Yaphank, eagerly awaited what he called the “big bus” to take him to his first day of kindergarten at Charles E. Walters Elementary School. Corey said he was excited, particularly for the bus ride. “I can’t wait to see my friends!” he yelled. “It’s going to be so fun.”
For his mother, Samantha Sweeney, it was a bittersweet morning, waiting at the same bus stop she did as a child. “I’m happy, but I’m sad,” she said. “He’s my oldest, so it’s exciting.” Sweeney was especially anxious because Corey is legally blind and this is his first time attending school in a regular classroom setting.
He will work with an occupational therapist and vision teacher, she said. “But I heard his teacher is the best in the school,” and that, Sweeney said, makes her feel better. (Photo credit: Keshia Clukey)
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In a rare sighting, three whales “breached” the water off of Jones Beach State Park. The whales swam along the surface, spraying mist into the air in front of hundreds of mesmerized people standing on the shoreline while at least two others jumped and twisted out of the water. “They were heading ... In a rare sighting, three whales “breached” the water off of Jones Beach State Park. The whales swam along the surface, spraying mist into the air in front of hundreds of mesmerized people standing on the shoreline while at least two others jumped and twisted out of the water.
“They were heading towards New York City. We believe they were tourists,” an official joked.
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Eileen Brown will never forget July 21, 2013. “It’s the day our lives changed in a nanosecond,” she ...
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Eileen Brown will never forget July 21, 2013. “It’s the day our lives changed in a nanosecond,” she said, referring to the day her daughter was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Brown and her husband were getting ready for retirement, “we had a plan, and God laughed,” she said. “He gave ... Eileen Brown will never forget July 21, 2013. “It’s the day our lives changed in a nanosecond,” she said, referring to the day her daughter was arrested and charged with armed robbery. Brown and her husband were getting ready for retirement, “we had a plan, and God laughed,” she said. “He gave us a different plan.” The couple had to immediately care for their grandson, JJ, since his father couldn’t, and Brown’s daughter was sentenced to 3 years in prison. When she was released in 2016, she wasn’t awarded custody and at the same time, JJ was diagnosed with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder and intermittent explosive disorder — all compounded by the loss of his parents’ presence in his life. According to the 2010 census, Suffolk had the highest number of grandchildren living in households headed by their grandparents in NYS, noted a coordinator of the Relatives as Parents Program. But, JJ was placed in an educational and clinical residence for children with special needs, where he will be for another year. Brown said even though her daughter and JJ have similar problems, he’s easier to deal with. “…There’s definitely more services out there than there were when I was going through this in the ‘80s,” she said. Brown said as JJ gets older, it doesn’t get easier. “The challenges become different. You just have to deal with them as they come along.” (Photo Credit: Barry Sloan)
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon sparred over transit funding, corruption ...
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon sparred over transit funding, corruption and who would stand up to President Donald Trump at Hofstra University during their lone Democratic primary debate before the Sept. 13 primary. (Photo Credit: Newsday/Pool / J. Conrad Williams ... Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon sparred over transit funding, corruption and who would stand up to President Donald Trump at Hofstra University during their lone Democratic primary debate before the Sept. 13 primary. (Photo Credit: Newsday/Pool / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
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Doug Corwin is Long Island's last duck farmer. Gone are the days when there were more than 80 duck ...
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Doug Corwin is Long Island's last duck farmer. Gone are the days when there were more than 80 duck farms. The industry has left his family-owned Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue the sole mass-producer of the fowl on the Island. It’s a never-ending job of feeding and monitoring 1 million ducks ... Doug Corwin is Long Island's last duck farmer. Gone are the days when there were more than 80 duck farms. The industry has left his family-owned Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue the sole mass-producer of the fowl on the Island. It’s a never-ending job of feeding and monitoring 1 million ducks a year during their six-week life cycles. About 5,000 ducks get processed for distribution to restaurants and poultry stores and then there’s the constant monitoring of wastewater to meet stringent standards and minimize odors. “It’s not like the old days,” Corwin said. There were duck council meetings and duck cooperatives, two major feed mills, lively industry banquets and active participation in the Cornell University Duck Research Lab. To survive, the company has had to adapt. It bought Beacon Feed in 1984, and continues to run the operation as Eastport Feeds, supplying not only its own operations, but also a retail store and supplying poultry and horse farms in the region. “Feed and genetics are key,” he said. “I spent an awful lot of time trying to make a very meaty duck. The two work hand in hand.”
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Vincent Long, 93, is the last known surviving Montford Point Marine from Long Island, according ...
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Vincent Long, 93, is the last known surviving Montford Point Marine from Long Island, according to one advocacy organization. Black troops were banned from the Marines until 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered an end to racial discrimination in federal hiring. Between ... Vincent Long, 93, is the last known surviving Montford Point Marine from Long Island, according to one advocacy organization.
Black troops were banned from the Marines until 1942, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered an end to racial discrimination in federal hiring. Between 1942 and 1949, all 20,000 black men recruited into the Marine Corps — including Long and his older brother, James — went through a segregated boot camp at Montford Point, which was part of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Long still remembers the day the first black Marines went into combat, when he and a small group were sent to work as laborers during the June 15,1944, invasion of Saipan, near Guam. But as they scrambled at the shoreline to supply ammunition to white Marines farther forward, they were engulfed by Japanese artillery. “I dug a hole to hide in, and the guy next to me did the same thing,” Long said. “When the shooting quieted down a little, someone said 'Tibbs got it,' ” Long added. “I looked over and he was lying there with blood on him.” He had witnessed the death of Pfc. Kenneth Tibbs, the first African-American killed in combat while serving in the Marines.
History mostly forgot about the Montford Point Marines after the compound closed in 1949, a year after President Harry S. Truman ordered the integration of the U.S. military. Now, an advocacy organization known as the Montford Point Marine Association is backing an effort by filmmaker Raj Amit Kumar to produce a feature-length movie about the experiences of America’s first black Marines.
(Photo credit: J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
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Have you tried the Baby Shark dance challenge? Families at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove gathered ...
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Have you tried the Baby Shark dance challenge? Families at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove gathered around stage to hear Darlene Graham and her Shades of Green Band perform. Darlene and the band taught their audience the Baby Shark dance and after some practice, the families did the dance live ... Have you tried the Baby Shark dance challenge? Families at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove gathered around stage to hear Darlene Graham and her Shades of Green Band perform. Darlene and the band taught their audience the Baby Shark dance and after some practice, the families did the dance live on Facebook and YouTube for a chance to go viral. Head over to our Facebook parenting group, LI Parents: It Takes an Island, to see the full video live.
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Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso promised his two daughters he would get them a puppy when he returned from Iraq. Raguso died in March before he could keep his promise, but a group of volunteers from Nesconset veterans group Paws of War picked up the task. They surprised Eva, 5, and Mila, 7, at ... Master Sgt. Christopher Raguso promised his two daughters he would get them a puppy when he returned from Iraq. Raguso died in March before he could keep his promise, but a group of volunteers from Nesconset veterans group Paws of War picked up the task. They surprised Eva, 5, and Mila, 7, at their home with a 13-week-old black lab puppy named Calvin. “This was a good thing for us. We needed something genuinely happy,” their mother Carmela Raguso, 36, said.
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Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the devastating Sunrise Fires. From late August ...
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Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the devastating Sunrise Fires. From late August through early September, 1995, flames engulfed both sides of Sunrise Highway near Westhampton, scorching more than 6,000 of acres of pine barrens and forcing hundreds from their homes. Flames ... Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the devastating Sunrise Fires. From late August through early September, 1995, flames engulfed both sides of Sunrise Highway near Westhampton, scorching more than 6,000 of acres of pine barrens and forcing hundreds from their homes. Flames and smoke closed roadways and the Long Island Rail Road, isolating the Hamptons for days. Twenty-five firefighters were injured battling the inferno. In this August 25, 1995 @newsday photo, firemen stand on a mound as the fire burns close to the Westhampton Transfer Station. (Photo: Bill Davis) #repost @vintagenewsday
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“Thanks to these two fellas from the NY Sheriff’s dept, for giving me a lift to the train today in Long ...
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“Thanks to these two fellas from the NY Sheriff’s dept, for giving me a lift to the train today in Long Island,” singer-songwriter Bryan Adams wrote. They didn't know it at the time, but when two Suffolk County deputy sheriffs picked up a pedestrian recently, it would turn out to be a memorable ... “Thanks to these two fellas from the NY Sheriff’s dept, for giving me a lift to the train today in Long Island,” singer-songwriter Bryan Adams wrote. They didn't know it at the time, but when two Suffolk County deputy sheriffs picked up a pedestrian recently, it would turn out to be a memorable move. Deputy Sheriffs Edward McComiskey and Brian Cowan were driving when they saw a man walking along the side of the road and stopped when the man indicated he needed help. Adams told the deputies that he had been in an Uber vehicle from Amagansett to Manhattan but the driver was having car trouble. He decided to get out and walk to find better transportation. So, the deputies took him to an LIRR station to continue his trip. Adams snapped a photo with the deputies and later posted it to Instagram, thanking the department for their help. “We're happy to assist Mr. Adams and all of our 1.5 million residents in the Summer of '18 and beyond,” the department wrote when sharing the photo. (Photo Credit: Instagram/Bryan Adams)
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While the heat was turning up on Long Island, this father and son duo escaped for the climb of a lifetime. ...
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While the heat was turning up on Long Island, this father and son duo escaped for the climb of a lifetime. Tim Pillion, 58, of Huntington, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his son, Chris Lau, 26. Pillion, a Woodhull Intermediate School staff member and Huntington Booster Club President, ... While the heat was turning up on Long Island, this father and son duo escaped for the climb of a lifetime. Tim Pillion, 58, of Huntington, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with his son, Chris Lau, 26.
Pillion, a Woodhull Intermediate School staff member and Huntington Booster Club President, said it was something that’s been on his bucket list for a while. The two had planned to trek the mountain four years ago, but plans changed when the Ebola virus broke out in West Africa in 2014. “[We had] an understanding that we were in this together,” Pillion said. “Chris and I are competitive so we both understood that barring a major health concern, the goal was the picture at the top of the mountain,” he said.
Turning around was never an option for them.
It took seven days to climb Kilimanjaro, Lau said. They started their journey on Aug. 5 and returned on August 11. “The climb to the summit was certainly challenging -- you are battling the cold, the altitude and fatigue -- but, we knew that the challenge was largely psychological -- we just had to stay positive,” Lau said. To prepare for the climb, Pillion wore a backpack with small dumbbells weighing 25 pounds in total for four months prior to the hike. “It was a dream come true and a great accomplishment,” Pillion said.
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“I knew he was big because he was facing me but it wasn't until he turned sideways that I realized he ...
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“I knew he was big because he was facing me but it wasn't until he turned sideways that I realized he was the Godzilla of lionfish,” Timothy Blasko said. The Long Island fisherman visiting South Florida caught a record-setting lionfish off the coast of the Florida Keys. Researchers in there ... “I knew he was big because he was facing me but it wasn't until he turned sideways that I realized he was the Godzilla of lionfish,” Timothy Blasko said. The Long Island fisherman visiting South Florida caught a record-setting lionfish off the coast of the Florida Keys. Researchers in there confirmed the fish was about 18 inches long and weighed 3.10 pounds, a state record for heaviest lionfish speared in Atlantic waters. Blasko said he was required to freeze and keep the fish for 60 days and then he planned to donate it to a research organization. Lionfish are considered an invasive species in Atlantic waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Photo Credit: Tony Young)
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“I’ve been painting with light my whole life,” said Steve Cohen, who has been Billy Joel’s lighting ...
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“I’ve been painting with light my whole life,” said Steve Cohen, who has been Billy Joel’s lighting director for the past 40 years or so and has designed the lighting for concert tours for everyone from Blake Shelton to Britney Spears. But Cohen never thought he could be a painter. It took a ... “I’ve been painting with light my whole life,” said Steve Cohen, who has been Billy Joel’s lighting director for the past 40 years or so and has designed the lighting for concert tours for everyone from Blake Shelton to Britney Spears. But Cohen never thought he could be a painter. It took a 50th birthday present of oil paints, canvases and an easel from his now-husband, Curtis Cox, that showed Cohen that he could. Then, it took years of encouragement from friends for Cohen, now 64, to feel ready for his first art show. “It was just a private expression for me and my creativity,” he said, noting his house is near one of his inspirations, Jackson Pollock. Some of Cohen’s abstract paintings utilize Pollock’s drip painting technique. His first art show will be at White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, opening Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a reception on Friday night, Aug. 24. (Photo Credit: Curtis Cox)
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Happy 107th birthday to this LIer! In her 107 years, Henrietta Dobin has lived through many monumental ...
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Happy 107th birthday to this LIer! In her 107 years, Henrietta Dobin has lived through many monumental changes in the world, from the sinking of the Titanic and World War I to women’s suffrage and the Great Depression, her grandson said. She has traveled to nearly every continent, hitch-hiked ... Happy 107th birthday to this LIer! In her 107 years, Henrietta Dobin has lived through many monumental changes in the world, from the sinking of the Titanic and World War I to women’s suffrage and the Great Depression, her grandson said. She has traveled to nearly every continent, hitch-hiked from New York to Texas during the Depression, raised two children and worked at the Brooklyn Standard Union newspaper and the Nassau County Museum of Art. She works at a museum two days a week, plays bridge and bingo at her assisted-living facility, spends half an hour each morning choosing her outfit for the day and never fails to apply her makeup.“You couldn’t ask for anything more,” Dobin said. “It’s wonderful.” (Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp)
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He died protecting his students. Scott J. Beigel's family, friends and former students, along ...
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He died protecting his students. Scott J. Beigel's family, friends and former students, along with state, county and local officials, gathered to ensure his death would never be forgotten, by dedicating Hart Place —the street he grew up on — in his honor. “Someday when someone says, ‘Why ... He died protecting his students. Scott J. Beigel's family, friends and former students, along with state, county and local officials, gathered to ensure his death would never be forgotten, by dedicating Hart Place —the street he grew up on — in his honor. “Someday when someone says, ‘Why is this street named Scott Beigel?,’ there will be a powerful story to tell about a movement that started with his death and the death of young people who did nothing more than show up for school one day,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said at the ceremony. “It is in their name that we carry on this movement, this fight.” The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sparked a nationwide student-led movement that included rallies across the United States and Long Island calling for stricter legislation on guns.
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Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died today at her home in Detroit. The Grammy-winning artist ...
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Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died today at her home in Detroit. The Grammy-winning artist was photographed during a 1981 @newsday interview by Ozier Muhammad. (Photo Credit: Newsday) #Repost @vintagenewsday Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died today at her home in Detroit. The Grammy-winning artist was photographed during a 1981 @newsday interview by Ozier Muhammad. (Photo Credit: Newsday) #Repost @vintagenewsday
The inaugural East End International Sculpture Symposium is underway with six sculptors creating their art across four North Fork vineyards. The sculptors are given three days at each vineyard to create their pieces. When they're finished, 24 pieces of sculpture will be auctioned off ... The inaugural East End International Sculpture Symposium is underway with six sculptors creating their art across four North Fork vineyards. The sculptors are given three days at each vineyard to create their pieces. When they're finished, 24 pieces of sculpture will be auctioned off at a to-be-determined time and place.
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What were you doing during the 2003 blackout that overtook the Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada?
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What were you doing during the 2003 blackout that overtook the Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada? What were you doing during the 2003 blackout that overtook the Northeastern U.S. and parts of Canada?
How much do you know about pet leasing? Activists call the practice predatory lending. In many cases, ...
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How much do you know about pet leasing? Activists call the practice predatory lending. In many cases, customers aren’t even aware they’re leasing the animal, thinking instead they’re entering a loan agreement. Danielle Cittadino, 44, of Baldwin, said she unknowingly leased a golden ... How much do you know about pet leasing? Activists call the practice predatory lending. In many cases, customers aren’t even aware they’re leasing the animal, thinking instead they’re entering a loan agreement. Danielle Cittadino, 44, of Baldwin, said she unknowingly leased a golden retriever from Shake A Paw in Lynbrook in 2016. Cittadino thought she had agreed to finance the dog and for the past 23 months has made payments of about $145, she said. But on July 30, she received an email from Monterey Financial Services, which processes payments for Wags Lending, informing her that she could either purchase the dog or return it. It’s legal in New York, but probably not for long. A bill, which is headed to the governor’s desk, would ban pet lending in New York State. “Never would I have thought it was a lease,” Cittadino said. “If I would have known, I would have just thrown up my hands and said no.”
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“I’ve always had a childhood connection with mermaids and water. This is my way of reconnecting ...
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“I’ve always had a childhood connection with mermaids and water. This is my way of reconnecting with that,” Sinead Atkinson said. For some, the magical world of mermaids means more than an animated Disney character. It’s a lifestyle that encourages camaraderie and a sense of belonging. ... “I’ve always had a childhood connection with mermaids and water. This is my way of reconnecting with that,” Sinead Atkinson said. For some, the magical world of mermaids means more than an animated Disney character. It’s a lifestyle that encourages camaraderie and a sense of belonging. Atkinson, 26, of Hauppauge, is a substitute teacher and a member of the Long Island Mermaid pod. In the real-life mermaid world, pod members have alternate identities and speak in mermaid jargon. They also work on making underwater bubble rings, bubble hearts and bubble kisses that are part of their shows at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. On “Mermaid Mondays,” from July to Labor Day, visitors can pay $39.95 to swim with the mermaids in one of four daily sessions or interact with them on dry land during meet-and-greets. (Photo credit: @longislandsown) #mermaidmondays
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Long Island’s pod of mermaids gets together once a month to craft headdresses and shell bikini tops ...
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Long Island’s pod of mermaids gets together once a month to craft headdresses and shell bikini tops or teach each other tricks. Their “second skin” usually consists of neoprene, silicone and spandex. Tails can weigh up to 60 pounds and range from $100 to $4,000. Sinead Atkinson, 26, of Hauppauge, ... Long Island’s pod of mermaids gets together once a month to craft headdresses and shell bikini tops or teach each other tricks. Their “second skin” usually consists of neoprene, silicone and spandex. Tails can weigh up to 60 pounds and range from $100 to $4,000. Sinead Atkinson, 26, of Hauppauge, is a substitute teacher and a member of the Long Island pod. Her elaborate, 26-pound tail is a silicone and neoprene hybrid with iridescent, multicolored resin scales that she bought used for $950 (it would have cost $1,500 if purchased new). Like many of her fellow mermaids, Atkinson has a background in theater and costume design. Crafting is a big part of the mermaid lifestyle and allows merfolk bonding time with one another. (Photo credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) #mermaidmondays
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One year ago today, Joshua Mileto died after a log fell on his head during a preseason football practice ...
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One year ago today, Joshua Mileto died after a log fell on his head during a preseason football practice session on school grounds. “I’ve kind of re-evaluated a little bit of what’s really important,” his mother, Sayyida Mileto said. “You can’t find meaning. He was 16 and beautiful and smart ... One year ago today, Joshua Mileto died after a log fell on his head during a preseason football practice session on school grounds. “I’ve kind of re-evaluated a little bit of what’s really important,” his mother, Sayyida Mileto said. “You can’t find meaning. He was 16 and beautiful and smart and funny.” #RIP (Photo Credit: Mileto Family)
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It’s National Lighthouse Day! The Montauk Point Lighthouse was the last beacon on Long Island ...
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It’s National Lighthouse Day! The Montauk Point Lighthouse was the last beacon on Long Island to have the U.S. Coast Guard as its keeper. In 1987, the Montauk Historical Society acquired the structure after the workings of the lighthouse had been largely automated. In this 1960 photo, ... It’s National Lighthouse Day!
The Montauk Point Lighthouse was the last beacon on Long Island to have the U.S. Coast Guard as its keeper. In 1987, the Montauk Historical Society acquired the structure after the workings of the lighthouse had been largely automated. In this 1960 photo, Guardsman Samuel Catz changes a bulb atop the lighthouse. According to a @Newsday article at the time, “The housewife with her dozen chores couldn’t hold a candle to the keepers of the beacon at the Montauk Point Lighthouse. Besides maintaining a 24-hour radio and lookout watch at Long Island’s far eastern tip, the six Coast Guardsmen are their own chief cooks and window washers – doing all the repairs, cleaning and painting at the lighthouse. The prime task at the station requires a guardsman to climb the 108-foot lighthouse every four hours during the night to rewind the mechanism that turns the light.” While the Coast Guard still maintains the light, the grounds will be kept by new keeper, Joseph Gaviola, beginning this September. (Newsday Photo: Walter del Toro)
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First responders are eyewitnesses to overdoses nearly every day — to the point where it’s affecting their own lives. Greg Miglino Jr., chief of the South Country Ambulance, is struck by how often people are trying to find help but discover none. “What I’ve seen over the past five years is ... First responders are eyewitnesses to overdoses nearly every day — to the point where it’s affecting their own lives.
Greg Miglino Jr., chief of the South Country Ambulance, is struck by how often people are trying to find help but discover none. “What I’ve seen over the past five years is that people are coming out of the shadows and are more apt to seek help for their family and be open about what’s going on.
The problem is that the system is absolutely broken.”
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“It was actually her mother’s idea to do a ‘Trash the Dress’ type of thing with it,” said Vin Syrek, ...
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“It was actually her mother’s idea to do a ‘Trash the Dress’ type of thing with it,” said Vin Syrek, this LI teen’s dad. After about an hour of scaling walls, lugging logs, and trudging and sliding through slippery mud, Cheyenne Syrek, 16, completed her first-ever Tough Mudder 5k while wearing ... “It was actually her mother’s idea to do a ‘Trash the Dress’ type of thing with it,” said Vin Syrek, this LI teen’s dad. After about an hour of scaling walls, lugging logs, and trudging and sliding through slippery mud, Cheyenne Syrek, 16, completed her first-ever Tough Mudder 5k while wearing her Sweet 16 gown. The dress, a light blue strapless ballgown with a beaded bodice and plenty of tulle underneath, has actually lived three lives. Cheyenne’s friend wore it to her own Sweet 16 and then passed it along for Cheyenne’s special occasion. Vin Syrek has participated in Tough Mudder several times, and was excited to take on the obstacle course this year with his daughter. They trained together by running the track and up and down the bleachers of Bay Shore High School. The duo also headed to Obstacle Athletics Gym to put their skills to the test, maneuvering through obstacles like those on the TV show "American Ninja Warrior,”. This would all lead up to the big event, a 3-mile, 10-obstacle course. And what better occasion, Cheyenne thought, to break out the ballgown one last time? (Photo Credit: Sarah Syrek)
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Happy birthday <span class="emoji emoji1f382"></span> to Astoria native Tony Bennett, born this day in 1926. The Grammy-winning musician ...
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Happy birthday to Astoria native Tony Bennett, born this day in 1926. The Grammy-winning musician is also an accomplished painter. Bennett is seen here working on a canvas at his Manhattan apartment in 1983. (@newsday Photo: Audrey C. Tiernan) #Repost @vintagenewsday Happy birthday 🎂 to Astoria native Tony Bennett, born this day in 1926. The Grammy-winning musician is also an accomplished painter. Bennett is seen here working on a canvas at his Manhattan apartment in 1983. (@newsday Photo: Audrey C. Tiernan) #Repost @vintagenewsday
“I still wait for his bedroom door to open and for him to just come out,” Sayyida Mileto said. “There are days when I cry all day.” It’s been almost a year since her son Joshua Mileto died in a training exercise during a football camp at Sachem High School East. In an emotional interview, Joshua’s ... “I still wait for his bedroom door to open and for him to just come out,” Sayyida Mileto said. “There are days when I cry all day.” It’s been almost a year since her son Joshua Mileto died in a training exercise during a football camp at Sachem High School East. In an emotional interview, Joshua’s parents, Angelo and Sayyida, described him as a fun-loving, witty and thoughtful teenager who loved to wear suspenders and bow ties. The family had never spoken publicly about the tragedy until now. “It’s important that people understand he wasn’t just a football player. Up to this point, no one has actually spoken about Josh and who he is, what he means to us, how we’ve been affected, how we’ve been coping,” Sayyida Mileto said. “And what we lost,” her husband said.
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“Before the Marine Corps, I grew up at the beach and the pool, and that was hindered after my service,” said Kevin Vaughan, who said he depends on almost-daily swims in his backyard pool as his major form of exercise. The veteran used to love the water. But all that changed in 2011, when a bomb ... “Before the Marine Corps, I grew up at the beach and the pool, and that was hindered after my service,” said Kevin Vaughan, who said he depends on almost-daily swims in his backyard pool as his major form of exercise. The veteran used to love the water. But all that changed in 2011, when a bomb attack in Afghanistan mauled the Marine Corps corporal's body, forcing doctors to amputate his left leg below the knee. Vaughan spent 13 months recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and has used a prosthetic limb ever since. He waded into a pool fitted with an experimental amphibious “swim leg” that medical technologists at Northwell Health hope will help him and other leg amputees swim more easily. The swim leg, which features a fin-like structure that fits onto the calf of the prosthetic, is made of nylon and carbon fiber that are layered by 3D printers.
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“Anything you see as a flower here, I planted,” Philip Vetrano from Howard Beach said. “Every single ...
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“Anything you see as a flower here, I planted,” Philip Vetrano from Howard Beach said. “Every single thing, one seed at a time.” He refuses to avoid the spot where he found the body of his daughter, Karina, in a Queens park two years ago. Ever since, Vetrano has embarked on a mission to create ... “Anything you see as a flower here, I planted,” Philip Vetrano from Howard Beach said. “Every single thing, one seed at a time.” He refuses to avoid the spot where he found the body of his daughter, Karina, in a Queens park two years ago. Ever since, Vetrano has embarked on a mission to create an expansive, secret garden in her memory. A year ago the site was just a small stone memorial slab with a seat and some flowers that marked the spot where the killed jogger was found. Now, the area has turned into an expanding meadow of tall yellow and red sunflowers that have enveloped the place of Karina’s death. The garden, in a location known only to the Vetrano family and a few friends, is hidden from the trail where the young jogger desperately fought for her life the night of Aug. 2, 2016. The family has taken steps to cope. Philip has the garden, and his wife, Cathie, keeps a journal and reads her daughter’s writings. Still, their loss is palpable. “I know it happened two years ago but it never feels like two years. It is like yesterday she was leaning up against that counter,” Philip said in the kitchen of their home. (Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin)
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Long Island's fishing families have to know how to adapt if they want to keep making their living ...
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Long Island's fishing families have to know how to adapt if they want to keep making their living from the water. Many have succumbed to the sea of quotas and regulations. Fewer and fewer are hanging on. The number of commercial food fish licenses has dropped from 1,030 in 2018 to 916 so far this ... Long Island's fishing families have to know how to adapt if they want to keep making their living from the water. Many have succumbed to the sea of quotas and regulations. Fewer and fewer are hanging on. The number of commercial food fish licenses has dropped from 1,030 in 2018 to 916 so far this year, state data show. The Osinskis went into the oystering business. Nearly two decades ago, techies Michael and Isabel pulled up stakes in Manhattan for the East End and farm life. These days, they’re developing shellfish instead of software. Their kids have been key, the parents said, in developing techniques to grow oysters. “Fishermen have asked us for jobs,” Michael said. “It’s good that we have work to do. It’s sad to see the decline of commercial fishing.” (Photo credit: Randee Daddona)
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If you step inside the Long Beach Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, you might find yourself in a butterfly garden. Entomology curator Jeffry Petracca said the exhibit has 500 to 700 butterflies from around the world. (Credit: Randee Daddona) If you step inside the Long Beach Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead, you might find yourself in a butterfly garden. Entomology curator Jeffry Petracca said the exhibit has 500 to 700 butterflies from around the world. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
The Huntington Fire Department celebrates its 175th anniversary today starting with its parade. ...
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The Huntington Fire Department celebrates its 175th anniversary today starting with its parade. The fire department, established in 1843, handles almost 800 calls a year with about 100 firefighters, said Bruce Smith, the department's fire district manager. Now, the department also ... The Huntington Fire Department celebrates its 175th anniversary today starting with its parade. The fire department, established in 1843, handles almost 800 calls a year with about 100 firefighters, said Bruce Smith, the department's fire district manager. Now, the department also boasts six front-line fire trucks: three engine pumpers, a heavy rescue truck, tower truck and aerial ladder trucks, he said.
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“Basketball is one of our ways of speaking out,” the school’s former basketball coach, Carl Johnson, ...
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“Basketball is one of our ways of speaking out,” the school’s former basketball coach, Carl Johnson, says. A documentary crew had signed up to film the famed basketball team, the Killer Bees’ 2015-2016 season from start to finish. The movie uses basketball as a way to explore how Bridgehampton's ... “Basketball is one of our ways of speaking out,” the school’s former basketball coach, Carl Johnson, says. A documentary crew had signed up to film the famed basketball team, the Killer Bees’ 2015-2016 season from start to finish. The movie uses basketball as a way to explore how Bridgehampton's African-American community is being squeezed out by new development and rising real-estate prices. The idea for “Killer Bees” came to the Cummings brothers through an alum of the Bridgehampton School who suggested, via Facebook, that they focus on Coach Johnson as a local institution and part of a disappearing demographic in the Hamptons. Pictured left to right: 1. Elijah Jackson, coach Carl Johnson, and Jamari Grant 2. Benjamin and Orson Cummings (Photo Credit: Randee Daddona)
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Colin Salmaggi, the owner of @liwoodwork, showed us how to carve the map of Long Island out of wood. ...
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Colin Salmaggi, the owner of @liwoodwork, showed us how to carve the map of Long Island out of wood. Watch our Facebook Live on how it’s made and some tips he gave for those who want to try this project at home. Colin Salmaggi, the owner of @liwoodwork, showed us how to carve the map of Long Island out of wood. Watch our Facebook Live on how it’s made and some tips he gave for those who want to try this project at home.
"I am not crying any more because my daddy is home," Pablo Villavicencio's daughter, Luciana, 4, ...
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"I am not crying any more because my daddy is home," Pablo Villavicencio's daughter, Luciana, 4, said in Spanish. He was detained delivering a pizza at Fort Hamilton in June. He was released from immigration detention after more than 50 days because a U.S. District Judge said he should be ... "I am not crying any more because my daddy is home," Pablo Villavicencio's daughter, Luciana, 4, said in Spanish. He was detained delivering a pizza at Fort Hamilton in June. He was released from immigration detention after more than 50 days because a U.S. District Judge said he should be allowed to stay in the U.S. while pursuing legal residency based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen. Villavicencio, officials say, crossed the U.S. border illegally in 2008 and ignored an agreement to leave voluntarily in 2010. He had been subject to a removal order since 2010, but began the process of seeking to legalize his status in February. “Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully — he has otherwise been a model citizen,” the judge wrote. “He now has two children, both of whom are United States citizens. He has no criminal history. He has paid his taxes. And he has worked diligently to provide for his family.” Villavicencio said he felt "complete" being back with his family and that he had no plans but to stay home and spend time with his wife and young girls. During the days he was detained, Villavicencio said he feared that he would not see his family for a long time. “We were crying," his wife, Sandra Chica said. “It wasn’t his fault.” (Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp)
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Performers and festival goers gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to John Coltrane, the late jazz ...
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Performers and festival goers gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to John Coltrane, the late jazz legend who once lived on Long Island. The fourth annual Coltrane Day was held at Heckscher Park in Huntington to help raise money to transform his home, which has fallen into disrepair, into ... Performers and festival goers gathered on Saturday to pay tribute to John Coltrane, the late jazz legend who once lived on Long Island. The fourth annual Coltrane Day was held at Heckscher Park in Huntington to help raise money to transform his home, which has fallen into disrepair, into a museum and cultural center.
1. Uniondale High School Show Choir lead singer Emmanuel Bauge performs during Coltrane Day.
2. Siblings Finnean and Julianna Lidell check out the sounds of Jonathan Dely performing live at Heckscher Park in Huntington.
3. Brentwood’s Dudley Salmon plays the alto saxophone during the Fourth Annual Coltrane Day. (Photo credit: J. Conrad Williams Jr.)
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These days, Long Island lobstermen catch everything but lobster. John German hunted the delectable red crustacean for five decades. But as he motored his 40-foot boat, the Suzanne Marie, out of Mount Sinai Harbor at dawn, he wasn't looking for lobster. He was fishing for conch. The lobsters ... These days, Long Island lobstermen catch everything but lobster. John German hunted the delectable red crustacean for five decades. But as he motored his 40-foot boat, the Suzanne Marie, out of Mount Sinai Harbor at dawn, he wasn't looking for lobster. He was fishing for conch. The lobsters are nearly gone — and with them, the $100 million a year that they brought to Long Island.
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Today kicked off the first day of the Tough Mudder 2018 race this weekend. Slipping and sliding across ...
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Today kicked off the first day of the Tough Mudder 2018 race this weekend. Slipping and sliding across fields of wet dirt, participants in the Tough Mudder Full reach out their hands while helping teammates up the different obstacles such as the ”Everest" wall climb. (Photo Credit: Daniel ... Today kicked off the first day of the Tough Mudder 2018 race this weekend. Slipping and sliding across fields of wet dirt, participants in the Tough Mudder Full reach out their hands while helping teammates up the different obstacles such as the ”Everest" wall climb. (Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan)
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Nassau spent $100M from bonds to preserve about 300 acres of open space between 2006 and 2012. A number ...
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Nassau spent $100M from bonds to preserve about 300 acres of open space between 2006 and 2012. A number of the acquisitions have been hailed as successes, while others are barely used by the public and were purchased from connected sellers, a Newsday/News12 investigation shows. This map ... Nassau spent $100M from bonds to preserve about 300 acres of open space between 2006 and 2012. A number of the acquisitions have been hailed as successes, while others are barely used by the public and were purchased from connected sellers, a Newsday/News12 investigation shows. This map shows the locations of all the purchased properties. (Credit: openstreetmap.org, cargo.com)
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Mirror, mirror at the salon — how do you think I’d look as a blonde? The Salon Project by Joel Warren ...
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Mirror, mirror at the salon — how do you think I’d look as a blonde? The Salon Project by Joel Warren at Saks Fifth Avenue in Huntington Station’s Walt Whitman Shops uses “augmented reality” technology allowing clients to virtually try on hairstyles, colors, extensions and even makeup via ... Mirror, mirror at the salon — how do you think I’d look as a blonde? The Salon Project by Joel Warren at Saks Fifth Avenue in Huntington Station’s Walt Whitman Shops uses “augmented reality” technology allowing clients to virtually try on hairstyles, colors, extensions and even makeup via iPads resembling mirrors...before they commit. Watch our Facebook Live on Warren's customer today, Adina, as she gets a full makeover. Swipe left to see her look before and after.
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Two suspected shark biting incidents occurred within about 15 minutes and less than five miles ...
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Two suspected shark biting incidents occurred within about 15 minutes and less than five miles apart on Wednesday. The first attack was in the waters off Sailors Haven beach where 12-year-old Lola Pollina of Islip was bitten on the leg. The second attack occurred moments later. A fragment ... Two suspected shark biting incidents occurred within about 15 minutes and less than five miles apart on Wednesday. The first attack was in the waters off Sailors Haven beach where 12-year-old Lola Pollina of Islip was bitten on the leg. The second attack occurred moments later. A fragment of a tooth was extracted from the wounds of a 13-year-old boy bitten on the leg at Atlantique beach, officials said. DEC commissioner Basil Seggos said that he strongly suspects that a pair of sharks were responsible for the biting attacks. Beaches have been reopened. Suffolk police, in conjunction with Islip town officials, will have helicopters in the air over Fire Island beaches and personal watercraft on the water looking for any shark sightings, a town spokeswoman said.
In 1950, Newsday reported that a teenage swimmer at Rockaway Beach emerged from the water with a 4-inch “gaping wound” from a “mystery fish,” sparking rumors of sharks along LI’s South Shore beaches. The animal in this incident was also unconfirmed.
In 2001, a lifeguard at Robert Moses State Park was swimming between fields 2 and 3 when he felt something chomp down on his right foot, leaving behind bloody puncture wounds. Officials never determined what kind of animal bit him, though they denied that it was a shark and referred to the injury as a “fish bite.” (First Photo credit: James Carbone)
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It’s a piano for The Piano Man. At a ceremony to mark Billy Joel’s 100th Madison Square Garden concert, ...
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It’s a piano for The Piano Man. At a ceremony to mark Billy Joel’s 100th Madison Square Garden concert, the venue unveiled a Steinway piano and a plaque that will sit in front of its main entrance off Chase Square, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared “Billy Joel Day” in New York. Cuomo hailed ... It’s a piano for The Piano Man. At a ceremony to mark Billy Joel’s 100th Madison Square Garden concert, the venue unveiled a Steinway piano and a plaque that will sit in front of its main entrance off Chase Square, while Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared “Billy Joel Day” in New York. Cuomo hailed Joel as “the quintessential New Yorker” and congratulated the Hicksville native on his “breathtaking accomplishment.” Joel currently holds the Garden’s records for most performances and most shows in a single run. The Steinway piano is a symbol of the magnitude of the 100-show milestone. “What Billy Joel has accomplished could quite possibly never be accomplished again in any of our lifetimes,” said the Madison Square Garden Chairman and CEO. (Photo Credit: Corey Sipkin)
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"I take my anti-inflammatory pills and I’m ready to go," Nick Clarelli said. Playing for the New ...
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"I take my anti-inflammatory pills and I’m ready to go," Nick Clarelli said. Playing for the New York Senior Softball Association "gives us a reason to get out of bed in the morning." The 80-year-old is one of 130 members of the Nassau County league for players 68 and older. Clarelli said the ... "I take my anti-inflammatory pills and I’m ready to go," Nick Clarelli said. Playing for the New York Senior Softball Association "gives us a reason to get out of bed in the morning." The 80-year-old is one of 130 members of the Nassau County league for players 68 and older. Clarelli said the New York Yankees offered him a class C minor league contract for $400 a month after a walk-on tryout when he was 19. But his father had recently died from cancer, and leaving his mother alone in Franklin Square wasn’t an option, he said. About seven years ago, the outfielder started reliving his ballplayer dreams through a local league. This year, he's a member of the senior softball league's Mets squad. Team managers draft all 130 players in the senior league to fill the teams, which are named after Major League Baseball teams. The competition is still tough. Clarelli has had his torn meniscus repaired and he plays with a rotator cuff injury. "We’re wounded warriors,” he said. (Photo credit: Michael Owens)
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We caught Billy reading his hometown paper wearing a hat from Hicksville High, his alma mater, at ...
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We caught Billy reading his hometown paper wearing a hat from Hicksville High, his alma mater, at 20th Century Cycles, his motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay in May. On the cusp of a milestone performance, Newsday recently went behind the scenes with the Piano Man, who says he's not even close to ... We caught Billy reading his hometown paper wearing a hat from Hicksville High, his alma mater, at 20th Century Cycles, his motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay in May. On the cusp of a milestone performance, Newsday recently went behind the scenes with the Piano Man, who says he's not even close to movin' out. Joel joked that he accomplished the stunning feat simply because he didn’t die. “The secret of success? Just don’t die!” he said, laughing. “The secret of longevity? Stay alive!” Are you going to his 100th show at Madison Square Garden? (Photo credit: @myrnasuarezphoto)
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“If I can do this I can go out in the world,” said Claire Himmelmann, one of the four people selected ...
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“If I can do this I can go out in the world,” said Claire Himmelmann, one of the four people selected to volunteer at the One Stop Gift Shop in Hicksville. Shoppers may think they are only purchasing jewelry, handmade items by local vendors, quirky socks, candles, dishcloths and other merchandise, ... “If I can do this I can go out in the world,” said Claire Himmelmann, one of the four people selected to volunteer at the One Stop Gift Shop in Hicksville. Shoppers may think they are only purchasing jewelry, handmade items by local vendors, quirky socks, candles, dishcloths and other merchandise, but they are also helping the sales staff land their dream jobs. The store is the latest undertaking by AHRC Nassau to offer skills training that helps prepare people with disabilities for the job market. The nonprofit AHRC Nassau is the largest agency on Long Island supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. At the store, they prepare inventories, operate the cash register, stock shelves and greet and serve customers. “Our goal is not to make income for the agency,” said Karen Tanzillo, AHRC’s senior director of programs. “All proceeds will fund items for students at local schools and other nonprofits” in the community. From Left to Right: George Sauer, of Wantagh, Claire Himmelmann, of Amityville, Dinora Gomez, of Long Beach and Vladimir Noel, of Elmont. (Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon)
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FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora, who supervised rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, died of ...
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FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora, who supervised rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, died of a World Trade Center-related illness, according to the FDNY. He was 63. The 40-year veteran is the 178th member of the FDNY to die of 9/11-related illnesses, the department said. The former Long ... FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora, who supervised rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, died of a World Trade Center-related illness, according to the FDNY. He was 63. The 40-year veteran is the 178th member of the FDNY to die of 9/11-related illnesses, the department said. The former Long Island resident, who moved to NYC in 2004, was the World Trade Center chief of safety for the entire 9/11 recovery operation. Along with supervising Ground Zero recovery efforts, Spadafora oversaw the logistics section for the FDNY during the 2003 NYC blackout and worked on recovery efforts during the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and superstorm Sandy. “He was very dedicated to his job,” said the chief’s brother. “He could have retired many years ago, but he didn’t.” (Photo Credit: FDNY)
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