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S&P lowers Islip's bond rating to AA+

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

A bond rating agency has lowered the ratings of Islip’s general obligation bonds, citing the town’s “adequate” budgetary performance and management conditions.

Standard & Poor’s has lowered the rating to AA+ from AAA, with a stable outlook.

“Our previous negative outlook on the debt reflected our view of the town’s ongoing structural misalignment, which we are now accounting for...

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Nicki Minaj asked to appear at Hempstead High School

Nicki Minaj has been invited to Hempstead High

(Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello)

Rapper Nicki Minaj says she's not welcome to speak at her alma mater, LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.

Apparently the Hempstead School District would be more than happy to take up that spot on her schedule.

On Thursday, Minaj tweeted on her verified account, "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess....

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'Scooby' snacks sold at Jericho homecoming for guide dogs

A future guide dog from the Guide Dog

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Three adorable service dogs-in-training and an enthusiastic group of animal lovers trying to raise money for them made the Kids Help Pets Club table a popular stop Saturday during Jericho High School's homecoming carnival.

The club’s mission includes raising money to benefit animals on Long Island. Among other efforts, Kids Help Pets raised funds for local abused pit bull Miss Harper and Long...

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'56' envelops Sayville homecoming to remember Joey Visone

Sayville High School seniors Matt McClellan, James Riley,

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Like a badge of honor, the number "56" could be seen written in bold, black makeup on the faces of Sayville High School cheerleaders, printed on the helmets of the varsity football team, and displayed proudly on the cars of spectators and supporters during Saturday's homecoming celebration.

Fifty-six was Sayville High School student Joey Visone’s jersey number when he played defensive end...

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Failed budget helped spur Hicksville homecoming fair success

School spirit is alive at the Hicksville HighSchool

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The Hicksville High School Homecoming Fair -- initially an idea born in the 1980s to compensate the deficit after a failed budget -- is alive and well nearly 30 years later.

Representatives from district elementary schools, the robotics team, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Hicksville youth soccer and more were on hand to raise money for their group, as well as college scholarship funds.

“Everyone...

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Massapequa superintendent speaks on district, Common Core

Lucille Iconis, superintendent of the Massapequa School District,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Lucille Iconis is just starting her second year as superintendent of Massapequa’s public schools, but she’s worked in the district for 15 years. As part of the newsday.com Town Focus series on the community, Iconis fielded a few questions from community journalist Tara Conry about the strengths of the schools, recent changes and how the district is tackling today’s educational challenges with some...

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Harborfields homecoming ‘bucket’ list: Soaking teachers

Faculty at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn took

(Credit: Greg Taylor)

For Harborfields students, the teachers who were all wet Friday were actually held in the highest regard.

Students and faculty at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn donated some of their homecoming spirit to raise money for a good cause with a fundraising competition for the ALS Foundation.

During the school’s Spirit Week, leading up to Saturday’s homecoming game, students donated...

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You know you're from Nassau, Suffolk turns 50

Regardless of your heritage, you've celebrated Irish Day

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For more than a year, newsday.com has been compiling pictures chronicling the key sites, sounds and characteristics that define Nassau and Suffolk counties.

We’ve now reached 50 pictures each for “You know you’re from Nassau” and “You know you’re from Suffolk.”

We’re curious how we’ve done. Take a look at both galleries (click here for Nassau; click here for Suffolk), and in the comments...

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One of Long Island's last duck farms to close

Paul Massey, owner of Chester Massey & Sons

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Seventy years after his grandfather founded his family’s Eastport duck farm, Paul Massey will next week start the process of raising the farm’s last set of ducks.

About 3,000 eggs will be put in an incubator Thursday for four weeks until they are ready to be hatched. Then, in the last week of November or first week of December when they have grown, they will be sold for slaughter and eventual...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the LI Now Live post for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

We're winding it down for the day and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

Mobile users can click the link above to access our live coverage.

WEATHER

Friday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the North...

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