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Remembering 9/11, 21 years later

On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 11, the Town of Islip held a remembrance service at the 9/11 memorial in front of Town Hall. The ceremony featured an opening procession that included fire …

In poignant, somber, and moving remembrance dedications to local heroes lost from 9/11, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Common Ground in Sayville captured the community’s genuflection …

Whenever something happens with the royal house of Windsor, all of England turns into a small town. What I love most about covering our small towns is exactly the spirit that is fueling the …

This year is the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and as such, many towns and organizations are holding ceremonies and events to honor the lives lost. Below is a list of some local …

On Saturday, July 16, The West Sayville Fire Department Flying Dutchmen drill team emerged as victors of the annual Joseph E. Gonnelly Invitational Drill, held at Hagerman Fire Department’s …

When Vietnam veterans returned home over four decades ago, instead of being honored, many of them were shunned and mistreated for their service. While nothing can make up for the scars gained by …

On Monday, Aug. 15, state Sen. Alexis Weik (R-3rd District) presented Eileen Tyznar, founder of TEACH Consulting Services Inc. in Sayville, with a New York State Senate Empire Award for Tyznar and …

In a heartwarming and against-the-odds story, a loose cat was rescued by a Sayville resident and reunited with its parents from Florida, who were in the local area for vacation. Debra Reines, a …

On Tuesday, July 26, the Suffolk County Police Department held a ceremony to honor the police canines and their handlers who had recently successfully completed canine training class and achieved New …

On Wednesday, July 27, the Bayport-Blue Point Library held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly christened John McNamara Teen Center. Local charity Johnny Mac Foundation has been a robust …

On Tuesday, July 26, The Pizzeria and Lacrosse Unlimited announced and launched their joint charity venture with the “Swim Dodge Pizzeria” short that will raise funds for local …

Jack Whitehouse’s latest book, “From Vietnam to the Arctic Circle: Memoir of a Naval Officer in the Cold War,” speaks to the reader about the life-and-death issues of the Cold War …

On Tuesday, June 28, the 17-year anniversary of the tragic day of Operation Red Wings, the Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum held its ribbon cutting in West Sayville to a crowd of over …

The Lieutenant Michael Murphy Navy SEAL Museum in West Sayville will be hosting an invitation-only ribbon cutting on Tuesday, June 28, in commemoration with the 17th anniversary of Operation Red …

Local youth, Joseph, 10; Aiden, 13; and Charlie, 14, continued an important tradition to the community of Blue Point, one that they learned about from beloved town historian, Gene Horton. Prior to …

An extra dedication was honored on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day parade that concluded at Memorial Park on Middle Road and Paulanna Avenue, with the park celebrating its 75th year. Formed …

The Knights of Columbus Sunrise Council 6607 spearheaded an honorable and heartfelt tribute to two Oakdale heroes on Monday, May 30, at the Oakdale train station. The families of Cpl. Francis …

  Local veterans’ organization Bravo Foxtrot United Veterans Inc. has found a new administrative home in Sayville. The organization, which had been based on Main Street in Bay …

The Sayville Fire Department hosted a parade for Memorial Day and culminated in a presentation of wreaths and stone dedications put together by The American Legion Post 651’s David Isaacs and …

Memorial Day has often been a tough sell for me with “happy” in front of it. The observance of Memorial Day traces its roots to Decoration Day, which started when family members and the …

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