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Tonight begins a very different celebration of Passover

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Passover begins tonight at sundown. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has caused much upheaval in the observance of the eight-day holiday and its traditions.

One month after first known coronavirus case was reported, Suffolk tops 17,000 — with 323 residents dead

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New cases, new hospitalizations and the death toll from coronavirus infections continue to grow in Suffolk, County Executive Steve Bellone said today. He urged residents to "stay the course" with social distancing measures ro continue to suppress the pandemic outbreak.

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Free COVID testing site to open at county center in Riverside Friday, county executive says

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The test site in Riverside is one of three — so far — that will be operated by HRH Care, the health care company that operates the county’s health centers. It is offering free testing in communities that have proven to be 'hot spots' for coronavirus infections.

As coronavirus daily death toll hits new record high, Cuomo sees hope that New York is ‘flattening the curve’

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The state recorded 779 coronavirus deaths on April 7, bringing New York's total COVID deaths so far to 6,268 — more than double the number killed in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

BID and PBMC launch ‘downtown double’ fundraiser to support healthcare workers and downtown restaurants

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Residents can support both PBMC's health care workers and downtown restaurants by donating to a fund that will be used to purchase restaurant gift cards to be given to hospital workers.

N.Y. cancels June regents exams

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The State Education Department and the Board of Regents have canceled the June regents examinations and issued modified guidelines for the issuance of high school diplomas.

Island Harvest food distribution to take place Friday afternoon at Stotzky Park

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The Island Harvest food distribution, hosted by the Town of Riverhead at Stotzky Park, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. The food bank will distribute 10 pallets of nonperishable and perishable foods.

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During coronavirus school closures, Riverhead teachers find creative ways to cheer...

Local teachers have staged drive-by “parades,” rallied alumni to record videos on social media and conducted school-wide campaigns to create signs with messages of encouragement for local students stuck at home.

School board elections postponed by governor until ‘at least June 1’

All school board, village board and library board elections scheduled to take place in New York in April or May have been postponed "until at least June 1," under an executive order signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday.

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Susan T. Chiaramonte, 55

David Arthur King Sr., 70

Walter R. Bonczyk, 69

Margaret E. Mebus, 86

Peter H. Miller, 64

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