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‘We’re convinced we can keep schools safe and do it in a sustainable manner," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
11/30/2020
Some NYC schools will reopen for in-person learning Dec. 7, de Blasio says

‘We’re convinced we can keep schools safe and do it in a sustainable manner," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Thousands of New York City’s youngest students will return to schools closed since Nov. 19 because of a surge in coronavirus cases beginning Dec. 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday, although off

"What we do not want and can’t have is large crowds of people trying to get close," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio s...
11/30/2020
Mayor: Tickets required to view 30 Rock Christmas tree

"What we do not want and can’t have is large crowds of people trying to get close," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily coronavirus briefing. "It’s just not safe."

Holiday revelers will need a ticket to see Rockefeller Center’s iconic Christmas tree, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who urged people Sunday to stay away if they can’t obtain one. D

The SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook hospitals were not completed until late April, after COVID-19 patient numbers had ...
11/30/2020
State: New field hospitals available if surge comes

The SUNY Old Westbury and Stony Brook hospitals were not completed until late April, after COVID-19 patient numbers had declined.

Two Long Island field hospitals built in the spring for hundreds of millions of dollars but never used would open in phases over weeks if there is another coronavirus surge, state officials said. The

Online shopping has accounted for a growing share of overall holiday spending annually for years, but e-commerce is gett...
11/30/2020
Cyber Monday shoppers expected to spend a record $12.7B

Online shopping has accounted for a growing share of overall holiday spending annually for years, but e-commerce is getting a big boost this year.

U.S. consumers will shop from the comfort of their own homes in record numbers on Cyber Monday, retail experts project.

Delivering an effective vaccine is only part of the equation.
11/29/2020
Vaccine resisters could derail LI's COVID-19 recovery, experts say

Delivering an effective vaccine is only part of the equation.

Delivering an effective vaccine is only part of the equation. The region's recovery from COVID-19 also will hinge on Long Islanders' willingness to take the shot, experts say. The public's appetite fo

The crew working to restore the mill discovered a pair of messages left by two men —who worked to preserve that same bui...
11/29/2020
At historic Roslyn Grist Mill, an unearthed bottle spills out links to the past

The crew working to restore the mill discovered a pair of messages left by two men —who worked to preserve that same building more than 100 years ago.

A crew working to restore a centuries-old gristmill in Roslyn discovered a pair of messages left by two men who worked to preserve the same building more than 100 years ago.

As the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Long Island continues to rise, doctors and nurses see one bright spot: The...
11/29/2020
Survival rates for COVID-19 patients higher now than in spring

As the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Long Island continues to rise, doctors and nurses see one bright spot: The patients they're treating today are more likely to survive than the ones they cared for during the spring surge.

Improved treatments, a better understanding of the disease and months of experience caring for COVID-19 patients has led to the decline in death rates, doctors said.

Fearing record strandings of cold-stunned sea turtles, rescuers hope people will to learn how to spot them — and whether...
11/29/2020
Cold-stunned seals, sea turtles appear on LI beaches

Fearing record strandings of cold-stunned sea turtles, rescuers hope people will to learn how to spot them — and whether a seal truly needs help.

Walking a North Shore beach? Look out for young, salad-plate-sized endangered green or Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Suffering from hypothermia, drifting helplessly in the waves or washed ashore, they li

"We’re making it work, but what does 2021 look like? We’re all bracing if we have to close again," said Julie Wernersbac...
11/29/2020
Downtown merchants look for a big lift on Small Business Saturday

"We’re making it work, but what does 2021 look like? We’re all bracing if we have to close again," said Julie Wernersbach, general manager at the Book Revue in Huntington.

Village streets across Long Island were bustling on Small Business Saturday, as merchants reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic looked to local shoppers for a much-needed holiday season boost. In Hunting

"We are entering a challenging period of sustained COVID-19 spread across this state," Cuomo said, urging New Yorkers to...
11/29/2020
Virus spread continues on LI, state, figures show

"We are entering a challenging period of sustained COVID-19 spread across this state," Cuomo said, urging New Yorkers to take individual responsibility to do their part in containing the virus.

Long Island had 999 new cases and five deaths from COVID-19-related illness on Friday.

Nearly 30% of charitable donations by New Yorkers end up in the pockets of professional fundraisers to cover the cost of...
11/28/2020
AG: Professional fundraisers pocket 30% of donations

Nearly 30% of charitable donations by New Yorkers end up in the pockets of professional fundraisers to cover the cost of conducting philanthropic campaigns, according to a new report released by State Attorney General Letitia James.

Nearly 30% of charitable donations by New Yorkers end up in the pockets of professional fundraisers to cover the cost of conducting philanthropic campaigns, according to a new report released Friday b

Nearly 400 people toured the McMorris Lodge at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp during the inaugural Andrew McMorris Memori...
11/28/2020
McMorris family honors 'little renaissance man'

Nearly 400 people toured the McMorris Lodge at the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp during the inaugural Andrew McMorris Memorial Walkathon.

Andrew McMorris was a kid with many passions: a painter, musician, skilled skier, hiker and aspiring commercial airline pilot. "Andrew was our little renaissance man," says his mom, Alisa McMorris, of

"He’s made a great recovery, an unexpected recovery," said one of the doctors overseeing James Colon’s care. "It’s almos...
11/28/2020
COVID-19 survivor: People should take virus 'seriously'

"He’s made a great recovery, an unexpected recovery," said one of the doctors overseeing James Colon’s care. "It’s almost a miracle after everything he went through."

Most of that is a blur, James Colon said. He was in a coma for three months. Then one day in July, he woke up.

The annual holiday season bar crawl through New York City, where most revelers dress like Santa Claus and bounce from on...
11/27/2020
SantaCon canceled due to coronavirus, organizers say

The annual holiday season bar crawl through New York City, where most revelers dress like Santa Claus and bounce from one watering hole to the next, is canceled, organizers said.

Add SantaCon to the long list of New York City staples done in by the coronavirus in 2020.

Americans who have been unable to travel or engage in moviegoing, nightclubbing or other entertainment activities much t...
11/27/2020
Black Friday spending will surge, but mostly online, experts say

Americans who have been unable to travel or engage in moviegoing, nightclubbing or other entertainment activities much this year — or at all — because of the COVID-19 pandemic will spend more money buying gifts this holiday season than they would have otherwise, retail experts said.

Theaters, arenas and hotels' losses are retailers' gains this holiday season.

Employees at Bath & Body Works and other stores managed lines of mask-wearing shoppers to maintain the New York State ma...
11/27/2020
Pandemic thins Black Friday crowds on LI

Employees at Bath & Body Works and other stores managed lines of mask-wearing shoppers to maintain the New York State mandated rules of 50% capacity during the pandemic.

Foot traffic at malls and shopping centers during the holiday shopping season has been falling for years as e-commerce has grown, but COVID-19 is accelerating the trend.

You can browse the shelves without leaving your house.
11/27/2020
Local toy stores offering curbside pickup for the holidays

You can browse the shelves without leaving your house.

When it comes to holiday shopping for kids, the show must go on. And so the pandemic has expanded customer service at many Long Island toy stores. Vanessa Cruz, manager of G. Willikers in Locust Valle

"This is a money making machine off the backs of women who often find themselves in very difficult circumstances. People...
11/27/2020
DA: Massage parlors were actually brothels that laundered money

"This is a money making machine off the backs of women who often find themselves in very difficult circumstances. People who feel they have no other way to make a living," the Suffolk DA said.

Prosecutors also charged three managers — each of whom also participated in the sex work.

Two NYPD officers from Long Island injured this week in a shootout with a domestic violence suspect, were released from ...
11/27/2020

Two NYPD officers from Long Island injured this week in a shootout with a domestic violence suspect, were released from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Bagpipes skirled and drums boomed as officers Joseph Murphy and Christopher Wells left the hospital in wheelchairs as scores of NYPD colleagues, family members and supporters clapped and cheered. Murphy was shot in both hands during the incident, while Wells was shot in the right thigh and suffered a fractured femur. (Photo credit: Corey Sipkin)

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Children who write to the Christmas season icon with a "belly like a bowlful of jelly" will receive a correspondence cal...
11/26/2020
Nassau revs up Santa wish list letter program for kids

Children who write to the Christmas season icon with a "belly like a bowlful of jelly" will receive a correspondence called a "Santa-Gram."

Children who are unable to drop off their wish lists in a mailbox can instead send an email.

Thanksgiving looks different this year. Let Newsday’s Gratitude Game with 50 fun talking prompts bring the family togeth...
11/26/2020
Long Island, what are you grateful for?

Thanksgiving looks different this year. Let Newsday’s Gratitude Game with 50 fun talking prompts bring the family together, near or far.

Place the phone in the center of the table. Youngest goes first. You draw it, you discuss it.

What is typically the busiest travel time of the year is expected to be much less so this Thanksgiving. But even with do...
11/26/2020
Pandemic means fewer travelers at airports in NYC area

What is typically the busiest travel time of the year is expected to be much less so this Thanksgiving. But even with double-digit declines in air, train and road travel, there are still hundreds of thousands in the region forecast to defy public health guidelines and travel.

Passengers flying at the region’s major airports are estimated to be 71% fewer over last year’s Thanksgiving travel days. Trips aboard the Long Island Rail Road were down 73% Monday compared to the same time in 2019. And on the state roadways, there were "lighter traffic volumes" Wednesday.

They mastered hot dogs from the jump, in 1916. Can Nathan's do the same with wings?
11/26/2020
Nathan's launches delivery-only wings chain

They mastered hot dogs from the jump, in 1916. Can Nathan's do the same with wings?

Deep-fried wings, breaded chicken tenders and "Harlem-style" chicken and waffles underpin the Wings of New York offering, available via all the usual delivery services and running as a separate line within a handful of Nathan's locations.

A potential mistake is to accept an offer and immediately stop letting other potential buyers see the home, a real estat...
11/26/2020
Avoid these mistakes when selling your home

A potential mistake is to accept an offer and immediately stop letting other potential buyers see the home, a real estate agent with Realty Connect USA said: "What if that person then bails out of the deal?"

Sellers can run into trouble by overpricing their homes, among other potential errors, real estate agents say.

Long Island reported a level of new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day not seen since April, surpassing 1,000 cases on Tue...
11/26/2020
Long Island hit over 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases, highest since spring

Long Island reported a level of new confirmed COVID-19 cases per day not seen since April, surpassing 1,000 cases on Tuesday amid a fall surge and before an expected added spike brought on by the holiday season, officials said.

Nassau reported 496 county residents were confirmed positive for the virus in results from Tuesday, the most recent day available, after weeks of a gradual climb in newly diagnosed cases.

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk has played his last game.
11/25/2020
Eye injury ends career for Isles' Boychuk

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk has played his last game.

Boychuck required 90 stitches and plastic surgery when the Canadiens’ Artturi Lehkonen’s skate blade cut him on March 3.

"It would be a terrible mistake if people said, 'I got a negative test, so I’m free to do what I want,' " said the chair...
11/25/2020
Long lines for COVID-19 tests, but negative results don’t put you in the clear

"It would be a terrible mistake if people said, 'I got a negative test, so I’m free to do what I want,' " said the chair of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital.

Health experts worry a negative result may give people a false sense of security during the coronavirus pandemic.

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