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Katie Blasl

Katie Blasl
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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie

Overregulation threatens local fishing economies, congressmen say

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The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing in Riverhead to discuss the federal policies that currently regulate the region’s fishing grounds, arguing that they are based on “a lack of science” – and that those policies are threatening local economies across the East Coast.

Multi-trailer 84-foot-long trucks won’t be riding on local roads, Congress eliminates big trucks proposal

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A federal proposal to allow extra-long double-trailer trucks on local roads has been struck down by Congress.

In true Thanksgiving spirit, congregation serves up free meals today despite loss of church building

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First Universalist Church usually holds its annual Thanksgiving dinner in its church's parish hall, but the event will take place this year at the Southold American Legion.

East End residents celebrate Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights

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With many dressed in traditional Indian garb, guests last night enjoyed a lavish spread of ethnic foods and live music by a Bollywood celebrity band in a ballroom awash in thousands of colorful lights.

These puppies are doing laundry, carrying groceries and changing the lives of people with disabilities

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Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Here are some of their stories.

Photos: Veterans honored in song, speeches and prayer at Calverton National Cemetery

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As a fine, cold mist fell over Calverton National Cemetery, the crowd gathered there beneath umbrellas and raincoats joined together to sing the National Anthem.

After killing man while driving drunk, former high school teacher pleads guilty to misdemeanor, fined $1,200

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“Take your punishment,” said Joyce Kurovics, the victim's wife, in a statement at the sentencing. “It doesn’t equal the pain and suffering we’ve endured. He lost his life. You still have yours.”

Electric bills set to increase in January after LIPA approves three-year rate hike

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Electric bills will likely start increasing next January, due to a $325 million, three-year rate hike that was approved yesterday by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

No tricks, all treats at Canine Companions’ Howl-O-Tails fest

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Dog lovers and the dogs they love got together for a special Halloween festival today in Mattituck, where Canine Companions for Independence hosted a free event with live music, food and merchandise vendors and a doggie costume contest.

Volunteer musicians to give bedside performances for end-of-life patients at Peconic Landing

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Starting this month, musicians from East End Arts will be giving one-on-one bedside performances to patients at Peconic Landing’s skilled nursing facility in Greenport.