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LI libraries say they plan to keep, expand free outside Wi-Fi areas

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 20:35
Dozens of Long Island public libraries plan to keep or expand free Wi-Fi zones they set up during the pandemic to cover their parking lots and nearby parks.

A legendary baseball encounter on East End unearthed

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 19:34
A Suffolk County Community College professor and librarian discovered details of a long-forgotten 1950 contest involving Satchel Paige and two of the Yastrzemskis. A historical marker has been proposed for the site in Riverhead.

NWS: After overnight storms, Long Island should prepare for Elsa

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 05:39
Crackling thunderstorms blew across Long Island Tuesday night and after a dry out period Wednesday, more rain is predict at night with effects from Hurricane Elsa by Thursday and continuing Friday, forecasters say.

Port Washington nurse and canyon of other pandemic heroes getting ticker tape treatment

Wed, 07/07/2021 - 00:13
Festivities, scaled back because of high heat in the forecast, include a ticker-tape parade ending at City Hall in Manhattan that "will be a central salute to our heroes," Mayor Bill de Blasio says.

Boat driver admitted drinking before crash that ejected friend, prosecutors say

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 22:54
Jack Benjamin, 25, of Farmingville, refused to have his blood drawn after the crash, in which the boat he was driving struck a jetty and his childhood friend went overboard, authorities say.

Riverhead to hold key vote on recreational marijuana sales

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 22:52
A survey of residents and business owners revealed that 73.4% of the 1,408 respondents supported local in-store marijuana sales and almost 37% favored permitting sales in downtown.

Ex-owners of polluted East Patchogue flower farm sued for $7M cleanup

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 21:46
New York State Attorney General Letitia James and state environmental officials said the owners of the former Bianchi and Weiss greenhouses allowed a pesticide to seep into the soil, causing formation of a 460-foot-wide plume of contaminated groundwater.

Serving the public: Island Harvest expects to provide 115,000 meals to 1,200 children

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 19:51
The hunger relief organization plans to provide free meals to about 1,200 children at 35 sites on Long Island during its Summer Food Service Program, which began last week. 

Biden honors LI woman who got first COVID-19 shot in U.S.

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 18:18
President Joe Biden honored the Long Island woman believed to be the first American vaccinated against COVID-19 outside clinical trials, while indicators of the virus continued to be low across Long Island and the state.

Boat operator charged in Great South Bay crash; search is on for missing passenger

Tue, 07/06/2021 - 00:03
Suffolk police say the operator of a vessel that hit a jetty early Monday faces a boating while intoxicated charge, and a search is underway for the 25-year-old passenger who was tossed overboard.  

As pandemic precautions fade, beachgoers happy for freedom 

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 23:39
Capacity was back at 100%. No discarded disposable masks could be spotted in the sand. And people said they did not feel as tense around one another.

Rocky Point statue honors Iraq War hero felled by PTSD

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 23:32
A photograph of Army medic Pfc. Joseph Dwyer of Mount Sinai became a famous symbol of American resolve during the Iraq War. His later struggles with PTSD and death from a drug overdose led to a program to help veterans facing emotional afflictions.

Boy hospitalized with fireworks injury, Suffolk police say, as officials urge caution 

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 23:31
Long Island officials say they have seen an increase in complaints about illegal fireworks.

Long Island forecast: Hot days, along with threat of storms

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 22:18
Heat and humidity return Tuesday and Wednesday with the weather service issuing a heat advisory for those days.

Search continues for boater who fell into waters near Northport Bay

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 22:01
Christopher Calma, 50, of Bethpage, fell into the water while reaching for a fishing pole and never resurfaced, police said. Calma was not wearing a life jacket.

Long-planned water park with 'a little of everything' may arrive in Riverhead by fall

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 20:27
The town board will vote on a preliminary site plan for the proposed Island Water Park, whose activities will include indoor surfing, rock climbing, a "Ninja Warrior"-style obstacle course and electric bumper boats with water cannons.

Suffolk police continue search for man who fell off boat near Northport Bay

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 14:50
Christopher Calma had been fishing with his son when he fell overboard Saturday morning while reaching for a fishing pole and never resurfaced, according to the Coast Guard, which suspended its search Saturday night.

Man found dead in Poospatuck Reservation home, Suffolk cops say

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 12:14
The 47-year-old man was found in his home on the Poospatuck Reservation after his family asked police to do a wellness check.

A race against time: North Bellmore man who has battled kidney issues now needs a liver

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 09:00
Tim McCabe has overcome grave illnesses since he was first diagnosed with an autoimmune disease as a teen. But this latest challenge may be the most daunting.

Bacteria still primary nemesis in LI Sound beach closures, report says

Mon, 07/05/2021 - 00:07
Wet weather more than doubled the closure rate, but the director of the EPA's Long Island Sound office said technology has become more sophisticated and it's now possible to test pathogens to determine whether the source is human or animal.