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Delta variant seen in almost all new COVID-19 cases, LI hospitals say

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 22:59
Dr. Aaron Glatt, chairman of medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau, said 100% of cases treated at the Oceanside facility are delta, while at Stony Brook University Hospital, 94% of positive samples taken from July 19-30 and sent to the state's Wadsworth Laboratory were the highly infectious variant.

NY health department mandates masks in all pre-K to Grade 12 schools

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 20:21
Face masks are to be required inside all public and private school buildings under an emergency regulation, a spokeswoman said Friday evening.

DEC posts shellfish-area closures for Labor Day weekend

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 19:38
Three areas on the North Shore are typically closed to shellfishing around this time due to increased boating activity

Long Island animal group collecting donations to aid pets in Ida's path

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 17:56
The North Shore Animal League America says it is asking Long Islanders for donations — from crates to pet food to bottled water — to take to New Orleans, which Ida likely will slam Sunday as a powerful hurricane.

New MTA leader Lieber promises shorter, more reliable trips for LIRR riders

Mon, 08/30/2021 - 01:35
Janno Lieber said LIers can expect a drastically improved LIRR experience under his watch, including new features at train stations, and incentives to lure back riders who stopped commuting during the pandemic.

Man charged after large party on Riverhead farm ends in dispute, police say

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 23:41
Police said no one was hurt, but a report of "tractor into a crowd" led to property damage at Wells Farm and a felony reckless endangerment charge against Todd Wells. His son Eric said guests became unruly and disrespectful when Todd Wells asked them to leave.

Southold plans to launch its first winter festival to help local businesses and attract tourism

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 23:28
The town's Economic Development Committee hopes the festival can draw more people to the town during a time when the area is quieter compared with the busier summer season.

Welcome back: Students return, in-person, with remote learning on hold

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 16:40
It's back to the classroom — in person — for Long Island's 124 public school districts, as educators put remote learning on hold in the hope that it will be a year filled with normal activities and free of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Hamptons see exodus of Black residents while attracting more whites, Hispanics, census says

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 09:00
The East End was the only part of Long Island where the white population grew significantly between 2010 and 2020, an increase related in part to the influx of New York City residents moving out east during the pandemic, officials said. 

Nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases logged on Long Island

Sun, 08/29/2021 - 02:07
Nearly 1,000 more Long Islanders tested positive Friday for the coronavirus — 439 in Nassau and 557 in Suffolk — a daily number that has fallen slightly in recent days but is still higher than earlier in the summer,

Could LI's millions in opioid settlement money go up in smoke?

Sat, 08/28/2021 - 19:47
Officials and anti-drug abuse experts say they will try to ensure that millions of dollars Nassau and Suffolk will get in opioid settlement money goes toward drug treatment and prevention.

Selden house fire likely caused by lightning strike, Brookhaven official says

Sat, 08/28/2021 - 15:49
One occupant of the home escaped without injury, along with two cats, the official said.

Long Island weather: Showers this evening should wash away scorching heat

Sat, 08/28/2021 - 00:27
Long Island's hot weather should end tonight when showers and storms roll through, forecasters say, but humidity will stick around with lower temperatures Saturday.   

Long Island groups collect donations to aid Afghan refugees settling in tristate area

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 23:49
Long Island Islamic and Afghan officials collected more than $10,000 Friday as well as piles of donated new clothes, toys, packages of toiletries and other essentials to help thousands of Afghan refugees who will settle in the tristate area.

What LI high school students want from this year: Not just a pre-pandemic normal

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 21:04
As districts across Long Island reopen, students said they hope to return to a new, re-imagined learning environment that emphasizes social interaction, mental health needs and curricula diversity — not just pre-pandemic normal.

New Long Island COVID-19 cases spike to over 1,200, state figures show

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 00:38
Long Island logged 1,224 new cases in tests completed Wednesday: 548 in Nassau County and 676 in Suffolk County. On Tuesday, the total was 717.

Salvatore DeFeo, 94, storied Port Washington motorcycle shop owner, has died

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 00:12
Salvatore DeFeo's Ghost Motorcycles catered to generations of Long Islanders from the early 1950s until it closed in 2000.

Vote on new LIPA-PSEG contract not expected before October

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 23:35
Two new LIPA trustees are expected to be seated before the vote on the contract.

Town of Huntington to close four beaches to swimming due to lifeguard shortage, officials say

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 22:35
Officials said Huntington residents may visit the beaches but must stay out of the water. 

Wyandanch community stunned by fatal shooting of former football star Alonte Shipp

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 18:15
Alonte Shipp, 20, wanted to graduate from college and pursue a career in the NFL, his mother and other relatives said outside the family home Tuesday.