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Shoreham-Wading River wide receiver Isreal Squires pulled in a pass for a touchdown that gave Long Island a 34-14 lead with 5 minutes 45 seconds to go. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk).

Shoreham-Wading River wide receiver Isreal Squires pulls in a pass for a touchdown that gave Long Island a 34-14 lead with 5 minutes 45 seconds to go. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk).


Because of the weather, the postgame fireworks show was cancelled. That was O.K., though, because the fans had already seen a different sort of fireworks, before and during the 20th annual Empire Challenge football game.

At first, there was nature’s brand of fireworks that caused two lightning delays at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. And then there were the fireworks created by the Long Island offense.

Long Island’s offense provided some bolts of energy itself, beating New York City, 34-27, on Tuesday night in the annual meeting of the top senior high school players in the area. (more…)

05/19/15 3:00pm
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[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

Weary travelers tired of sitting in traffic and who can’t afford those fancy helicopter rides will soon have a new way to travel the tri-state area.

The Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry is partnering with Seastreak and Hampton Jitney to offer a new travel system called Sea Jitney, which will ferry passengers from Long Island to Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut.  (more…)

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Fresh Air Fund is looking for volunteers to host urban children this summer to help provide a summer experience, such as visiting the beach in South Jamesport.

Live on the North Fork and want to make a difference this year? Your backyard and the region’s starry sky could be just the ticket when it comes to making this summer unforgettable for a New York City child. (more…)

09/15/13 7:00am
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MILLER FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Buddy and Debora Miller aboard the boat named for the Mattituck resident.

A boat is probably the last place you’d expect to find a donkey, but it’s the perfect fit for Buddy.

The miniature donkey, owned by Jimmy and Debora Miller of Mattituck, took home the prize for Best Mascot during the Great North Harbor Tug Boat Race in New York City earlier this month.

The Millers’ tugboat, also named the Debora Miller, didn’t do too shabbily, either. The boat earned first place in its race division.

The Millers purchased the 79-foot boat last year for Mr. Miller’s Port Jeff-based business, Miller Marine Services. While this was the couple’s second year in the competition, Buddy shined in his debut.

MILLER FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Miniature donkey Buddy, owned by Jimmy and Debora Miller of Mattituck, eyes the New York City skyline during the Great North Harbor Tug Boat Race earlier this month.

In the past, dogs, hermit crabs and even a chicken have vied for the mascot title. But until this year, no one involved in the event had ever seen a donkey mascot.

“The judge came over to make sure he was real and not animatronic,” Ms. Miller said. “Everyone walked over to see him, people from other boats.”

Buddy is used to the attention. A local celebrity in his own right, he has made television appearances; visited libraries, churches, local shops and nursing homes; and participated in programs for special needs children and adults. He even goes caroling at Christmastime.

Buddy hasn’t let it all go to his head. According to his “mom,” he’s most at home when strolling with his pasture mates — a dog, three horses and a potbellied pig — at the couple’s Mattituck home.

Two years ago, Ms. Miller, a member of the East End Ass Whisperers, a group of local women dedicated to rescuing donkeys, saved Buddy from being bought at auction by a slaughterhouse.

Since then, Buddy has become a regular at St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween and Christmas parades. For him, the tugboat ride was just another day at the office. On race day, he remained as cool as a cucumber.

Buddy rode into Staten Island in his trailer and was then gently placed aboard the Debora Miller using a cargo net and a boom. The onlookers, choppy waters, acceleration of the engines and the honking of the tug’s foghorn didn’t faze him one bit. He calmly ate his hay and observed the chaos around him. And his owners were sure to provide him with a private stall with mats and railings, hay, water and grain.

“He may not have appreciated the majesty of the Statue of Liberty or the skyline of New York, but he got to see it all from his lofty perch,” said family friend and fellow Ass Whisperer Cathleen Springer, who also attended the race. “He happily wore his sailor hat and life preserver all day.”

Accompanied by applause and cheers, both the Millers and Buddy were presented their awards at the 42nd Street pier in Manhattan. Once the crowds dispersed and the passengers disembarked, Buddy calmly walked into the middle of the cargo net, which was carefully raised, before boarding the trailer for his ride back to the barn.

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