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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

Friday is the last day to sign up for January health insurance on the NY marketplace

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Friday, December 15 is the final day to sign up for a health insurance plan through the New York State marketplace for coverage starting January 1.

Christmas toy drive for local kids in need, hosted by Mattituck Lions Club, begins collecting toys

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The Mattituck Lions Club has launched its annual toy drive to make this Christmas a little brighter for local children in need.

First-ever caregivers center on Long Island will open at Peconic Bay Medical Center, offering education, resources and support

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Next year, Peconic Bay Medical Center will open Long Island's very first caregiving center, offering counseling, educational seminars and resources to local residents caring for a loved one.

Indie film about human trafficking will be shot in Greenport and across North Fork

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Film locations will include Greenport's Silver Sands Motel, the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and a home located on Front Street. The characters may be fictional, but their story reflects a dark reality for Long Island's migrant community: immigrant workers who are mistreated, grossly underpaid or even forced into labor through human trafficking.

Caring for caregivers: Expo and retreat with brunch, chair massages and expert panel will be held Thursday at PBMC

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The third annual Family Caregivers' Expo and Retreat will be held at Peconic Bay Medical Center Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, providing free brunch, chair massages and personal care items alongside information about resources available to local caregivers.

Southold incumbents reelected in a Republican sweep

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Southold Republicans swept at the polls once again this year, reelecting all incumbents and winning all open seats, too.

Spota will resign as county district attorney following federal charges of obstruction of justice

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Thomas Spota is stepping down after federal prosecutors charged him yesterday with obstruction of justice and witness tampering during the federal investigation of an assault by the former county policy chief.

With recent Boy Scouts decision, local girls who have participated ‘for years’ will become official members

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Starting next year, Bella may finally have the opportunity to wear a Cub Scout uniform and earn badges as an official member of her brother’s Greenport pack, where she has long been a member in every way but name.

Suffolk District Attorney Spota charged with covering up for county police chief’s assault, obstruction of justice

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Federal prosecutors have charged Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota with obstruction of justice and witness tampering, arguing that he attempted to cover up a 2012 assault by former county police chief James Burke.

Free trolley service to North Fork vineyards, eateries and hotels launches with smartphone app

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The service will run each Saturday through November 11 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two trolleys ride the route simultaneously, so that a trolley arrives at each stop approximately every 20 minutes.