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Rihanna Upset CBS Pulled Song from “Thursday Night Football”

(NEW YORK) — Rihanna is not pleased about the fact that CBS Sports last week didn’t use her song “Run This Town” to kick off Thursday Night Football – and she now appears to be threatening to stop them from using it this week.

“CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, F**k you! Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this,” the singer tweeted Tuesday. “The audacity…,” she added.

You may recall that last week, because Ray Rice’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, were playing on Thursday Night Football, CBS canceled its plans to use “Run This Town.” This was in response to an outcry from fans who argued that a song by a victim of domestic violence — that would be Rihanna — shouldn’t be used to introduce a team whose roster included a player accused of the same crime.

In a statement to ABC News, CBS Sports said, “Beginning this Thursday, we will be moving in a different direction with some elements of our Thursday Night Football open. We will be using our newly created Thursday Night Football theme music to open our game broadcast.”

A rep for Rihanna has not responded to a request for comment.

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Bishop Honors Local Veterans Hosts Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony

Northport, NY – Congressman Tim Bishop was joined by the administration of the VA Medical Center at Northport, the Vietnam Veterans of America Long Island Chapter 11, and the Disabled American Veterans as he honored the service of six Vietnam veterans.

Three of the veterans were presented with medals earned during their service that they had not received. U.S. Army PFC Joseph Borruso (Selden), U.S. Navy FN Robert M. Bove (Ridge) and U.S. Navy EM3 Ronald D. Dutcher (Shirley) were given a wide range of medals, including the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy “E” Ribbon, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.

“It is extremely important that we as a country do everything we can to recognize and support our veterans,” said Congressman Bishop. “It remains a great honor to finally present medals that were not previously bestowed upon veterans who answered the call to defend life and freedom.”

Additionally, Congressman Bishop recognized the service of three Vietnam veterans who received assistance from his office with their VA disability claims. In total, U.S. Army PFC Edward A. Mahoney (South Setauket), U.S. Army SGT Kenneth Alveari (Holbrook) and U.S. Army SP5 Carmine Mucerino (Coram) will receive nearly $160,000 in retroactive compensation. The men will also receive an increase in their monthly disability payments.

“The focus of my local office has always been delivering the highest possible level of constituent service, including assisting veterans with VA claims,” said Congressman Bishop. “After loyal and selfless service, veterans are entitled to receive the recognition and the benefits they have earned.”

Veterans residing in the First Congressional district who need assistance with obtaining service medals, checking on the status of a VA claim or with other benefits are invited to call Congressman Bishop’s office at 631-289-6500.


Joan Rivers, Comic Legend and TV Personality, Dead at Age 81

(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers, a comic legend known for her trademark snarky humor and long, wide-ranging career, has died at age 81.  

Rivers was undergoing throat surgery last week in New York City when she suffered cardiac arrest and was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.  Her daughter Melissa Rivers confirmed Tuesday that her mother was on life support. 

On Thursday afternoon, Melissa Rivers issued a statement saying, “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”

Rivers added, “My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  After graduating from college with a BA in English literature and anthropology, she worked a handful of different jobs before turning her attention full-time to show business.  It was her agent at the time who suggested she change her last name professionally.  She took his, and became Joan Rivers.

Rivers was already a successful stand-up comic in New York City when she began making TV appearances in the early 1960s, beginning as a guest on The Tonight Show, first when hosted by Jack Parr and then, Johnny Carson.  She quickly became a familiar television presence, appearing on comedy and variety shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and also released her first comedy albums.

Rivers briefly had her own daytime talk show in the late 1960s, on which Johnny Carson was her first guest.  Carson served in large part as a mentor for her for decades, showcasing her often on his show, and ultimately having her serve as frequent Tonight Show guest host.  Their friendship abruptly and very publicly ended when Rivers accepted an offer in 1986 to host a rival late-night talk show on Fox, The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, and reportedly didn’t tell Carson ahead of time.

Feeling betrayed, Carson never again spoke to her, and instituted a Tonight Show ban that ended only when Jimmy Fallon featured her on his first broadcast as host, in February of 2014.  Ironically, Rivers’ late-night talk show lasted only a year before she was fired.  She later went on to host her own Emmy-winning daytime talk show, The Joan Rivers Show, from 1989-1993.

Rivers continued to perform stand up and was a near constant television presence until her death.  In 1994, she and her daughter, Melissa, began providing red carpet coverage and commentary for E! Entertainment Television, and became known for catty, often hilarious comments about celebrity awards show fashion.  In 2010, that trademark snark was showcased in the E! show, Fashion Police.  She was as popular in the U.K. as she was in America, appearing frequently on game and chat shows there, and receiving an invitation to the April 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.

Though never shy about offering her opinions on current events and pop culture, Rivers received increasing criticism in recent years for remarks, often about tragic news events, that many judged to be harsh or insensitive.  She sometimes explained herself, but seldom apologized.

Rivers was married twice; once for less than a year in 1955, and then to Edgar Rosenberg, from 1965 until his death in 1987.  Melissa is her only child.

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(Central Islip, N.Y., August 24, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 8-5 on Sunday evening in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Long Island took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an opposite field two-out, two-run homer from Adam Bailey off Patriots starter Gary Moran. Somerset trimmed the deficit to one in the second on a Corey Smith solo home run off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins.

The Ducks extended their lead back to two in the fourth on a run-scoring throwing error from Moran. The Patriots responded in the fifth with a two-run single from Ty Wright to tie the game at three.

Long Island regained the lead in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run from Lew Ford. However, Somerset plated five runs in the eighth to grab the lead for good at 8-4. Luis Montanez’s RBI double, Kevin Kotch’s RBI fielder’s choice and a three-run home run from Cory Harrilchak provided the damage. The Flock cut the Patriots lead to three in the ninth on a Bailey solo home run, but they would get no closer.

Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision. Blevins yielded three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Moran allowed four runs over six innings on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Mike DeMark (7-2) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief despite walking two. Tommy Organ (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits in one-third of an inning of relief. Jon Hunton picked up his 41st save of the year by recording the final two outs of the game.

Cody Puckett led the Flock with three hits, while Bailey added two hits, three runs batted in and two runs.

Following a day off on Monday, Long Island hits the road for a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots on Tuesday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Right-hander Jared Lansford gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Matt Maloney. Fans can follow all the action online, with live streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks will return home on Friday, August 29 to kick off a four-game series against the Camden Riversharks. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Water Bottles, courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game are now on sale.

Rain damage in Brookhaven

These are the photos taken from Brookhaven Councilman Kevin LaValle, these are photos of the aftermath of the damaging rain storm of last week.





Brookhaven, NY – Under the leadership of Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro, crews worked tirelessly to keep Brookhaven Town roads safe during and after the most severe rain storm in New York State history. According to the National Weather Service, some parts of Brookhaven received rain at a rate of two to four inches per hour for up to four hours on Wednesday, August 13th.

“This was a very rare event,” said Brian Ciemnecki, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Crews were in early Wednesday morning removing cars from roadways and working to keep roads passable, while administrators were coordinating how to address the most affected areas.

“We treated this rainstorm like a snow event,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “The same technology we used to track work orders during the winter allowed us to locate flooded areas and make the most use of our resources. Overall, the Highway Department responded to more than 225 separate locations during this storm. I cannot say enough about the men and women from this Department who came in early, worked straight through the night and into Thursday to keep Brookhaven Town roadways open.”

Precipitation levels varied greatly throughout Brookhaven, with Holbrook receiving 12.57 inches, Ronkonkoma 8.20, Farmingville 7.73 and Centereach 7.71, according to the National Weather Service.

“I’m 44 years old and I never saw rain like that in my life,” said Roland Jackson of Hallock Landing in Rocky Point. “When I left for work in the morning, I did not think I was going to be able to get back to my home. The Highway Department did a great job of getting pumps out to clear the roadway and in a well-coordinated effort took care of all the issues to make it safe for the thousands of residents that live off my road. I’m happy to say by the time I got home the roadway was completely clear of any debris or evidence of this historical storm.”


Gillibrand Pushes National College Sex Assault Bill

(New York, NY) — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a national college sex assault bill and SUNY is the first college system in the nation to get behind it. The bi-partisan bill would create a yearly survey asking students whether they’ve been victimized. Gillibrand says sexual violence affects one in five college women. The bill would penalize schools that try to cover up incidents or don’t support women who report sex crimes.


(Central Islip, N.Y., August 13, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 3-0 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Delwyn Young provided the only runs of the ballgame on a three-run homer to right field in the top of the first inning off Ducks starting pitcher John Brownell.

Skeeters starting pitcher Matt Wright (8-8) earned the win, tossing seven shutout innings five hits with three strikeouts. Brownell (12-7) took the loss, yielding three runs on three hits and three hits while striking out six. Gary Majewski earned his 21st save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.

Joash Brodin led the Ducks with two hits.

Long Island concludes its three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters on Thursday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Back to School Lunch Boxes courtesy of SCOPE Education Services. Right-hander Bobby Blevins gets the start for the Ducks against Skeeters southpaw Steve Hammond.

Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action with live streaming video and audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.IMG_2259.JPG