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Sound Bites: Long Island state park lifeguards get a raise

While a life guard does pull-ups, another keeps an eye on the water at Atlantique Beach on Fire Island in Islip, N.Y., Thursday, July 19, 2018. The purple flag on the life guard chair signifies the presence of "marine pests", including sharks.
Seth Wenig
While a life guard does pull-ups, another keeps an eye on the water at Atlantique Beach on Fire Island.

Happy Friday! Long Island state park lifeguards will make $4 more per hour this summer. At $22 per hour, officials are hoping the pay raise will attract more applicants and prevent a shortage. The state parks rely on more than 500 young adults to staff the island's beaches and pools. Without enough lifeguards, delays and closures are likely.

Need a summer gig? The lifeguard certification exam is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on June 11 at Suffolk County Community College.

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Molly is a reporter covering Connecticut. She also produces Long Story Short, a podcast exploring public policy issues across Connecticut.