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On a March Saturday of raw winds and below-freezing temperatures, Dennis Dapuzzo  loads cases of low-fat yogurt, whole-grain Honey Scooters cereal and juice boxes that are high in calcium and vitamin C into his recycled hotdog truck. The cold makes its way inside the truck, which helps keep the juice boxes cool but forces Dapuzzo to keep his jacket on as he drives toward a food pantry in Brentwood.  He knows that as bad as the weather can be, Long Islanders are still depending on him to deliver food.   Dapuzzo arrives near the intersection of Caleb’s and Joshua’s Path at a small food pantry a little before 9:30 a.m. People immediately recognize the yellow truck with a crocodile caricature on it, and they line up with their heavy winter jackets to get breakfast for the weekend.   “You know that the people who come out on cold mornings like…

Last night, Sheer Mag played Revolution in Amityville and brought their new twist on classic rock to Long Island. No band has been able to replicate the distinct 1970’s sound that bands like Led Zeppelin pioneered in a way that can earn them proper critical respect and praise. But Sheer Mag may change that. They blasted through bangers from their first three EPs, as well as some new songs. Each one sounded like a powerpop and punk fusion version of Led Zeppelin or the Jackson 5, but to compare Sheer Mag to any other previous band would be an injustice to their distinct and innovative sound. Iron Chic, the local “best band of all time” (author’s opinion) opened the show. Though the crowd wasn’t as big or as loud as it should have been, and the stage wasn’t anything fancy, both bands carried the show with their impressive technical, skill…

In the last two years, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has continued to expand the affordable housing program throughout the five boroughs. Ensuring that the housing units produced are sustainable and aligned with the needs of the city’s changing demographics is a key feature to his Housing New York: A Five Borough, Ten Year Plan. Brooklyn and Queens find themselves with greater opportunities for development on an island where the average price for a single-family home is nearly $380,000, according to a 2015 article published by the Long Island Index, a research group that records and studies the changing demographics on Long Island. But the values of the homes and the payments that come with them can vary substantially throughout Long Island, with prices ranging so high that a home can become unaffordable for all but a few. “From all the different stages of life—a young person looking…

Other photos by Andew Tetreault at http://fullyinvolvedmediagroup.com/ A small plane made an emergency crash landing into Setauket Harbor after an engine failure last night. Austricio Ramirez, 25, was the student pilot flying the four-seat Piper Archer aircraft from Fitchburg, Mass. to the Republic Airport in Farmingdale before he turned the controls over to pilot instructor Nelson Gomez, 36, when the engine started experiencing issues, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Gomez made an emergency landing in the harbor at approximately 11:05 p.m. At least thirty minutes passed between the 911 call and the police response. Fourteen fire departments, two dive teams and two boats helped execute the rescue. “You could hear victims calling for help so you had to get out there,” Lt. Michael S. Murphy said. The emergency response came from both ends of the harbor and initially had issues due to the remote location of the crash. “It was…

While many musicians make it a priority to find their own sound and style, one Long Island band has blended the musical talents of John Mayer, the Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughan together to form their own unique style. From a Long Island garage band to an east coast touring group with thousands of fans, the brothers in their late-20s have taken large strides in a short music career as the Como Brothers Band. Fans who have stumbled across the Como Brothers say that their bond is very clear on stage and adds to their performance value. “Working with my brother is great, he’s my best friend,” Matthew said. The two Comos were born in a small suburb on Long Island, NY. Their home was filled with musical influences, mostly from their father, James Como. “My mom and Dad both love music and always played Billy Joel, Huey Lewis and…