Long Island

Long Beach Gay Pride Parade Draws Thousands

Jun 11, 2018
Lynne Sladky / AP

On Long Island, thousands gathered in Long Beach yesterday for the 28th annual gay pride parade, “Pride on the Beach.”

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The eyes of the golf world are on Long Island this week as the U.S. Open gets underway at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton.

Security will be tight as up to 30,000 people per day descend on Southampton, but local officials say they are ready.

Hundreds of police officers from across the Island have been drafted to protect the event. Fans will be screened for weapons and explosives. Large bags are prohibited, and many items such as selfie sticks and tablets are banned.

In addition, there is a ban on private drones for the duration of the tournament.

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A billionaire philanthropist has donated $100 million to expand an anti-bullying program for grade school students. It is already being taught in 22 of Long Island’s 127 school districts.

Courtesy of the Suffolk County Legislature

The Suffolk County Legislature has authorized the county to enter into a memorandum of understanding to study plans to build a 17,000-seat sports arena in Ronkonkoma.

The vote was 14-3 with one abstention.

Chicago-based real estate developer Jones Lang LaSalle wants to build the arena on the land between MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma train station.

The $1.1 billion plan also includes a hotel, medical facilities and retail space. The memorandum of understanding gives Jones Lang LaSalle eight months to fully develop the plan.

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The search for two of the victims of Saturday’s plane crash off Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett was suspended yesterday due to bad weather and rough seas.