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Magic is the trick to teacher’s popularity

Sporting a black jacket and holding a vase full of water, Chris Homer steps through the crowd of 30 girls seated in the lobby of the Huntington Holiday House sleepaway camp. He gives each girl a look inside the vase.

At first, they just see water. Then, splash! Homer spills the water into a pail below and places the vase on a stand. But Homer explains that the water symbolizes hope, and since he senses the group’s hope is strong, the vase will gradually refill itself.

Moments later, it’s full to the brim.

“How does he do that?,” one girl asks another.

“Magic,” he says.

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East Hampton Sandcastle Contest draws dozens despite rain

With the threat of rain looming, Artie Knapp calmly surveyed his canvas. Unlike most artists working in the outdoors, the rain wasn’t going to ruin his work.

As one of the dedicated participants in East Hampton’s annual sandcastle contest, Knapp’s canvas was the sand.

“When I’m building these sculptures, people always ask me what would happen if it started raining,” said Knapp, 64, of Massapequa. “I just say, ‘I’d get wet,’ and keep building.”

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Nassau, Suffolk cops push limits in tug-of-war showdown

Toes dug into the sand, sun in the sky and drops of sweat dripping down faces as two sides faced off. A friendly volleyball match at the beach, right?

Wrong.

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Island Long Riders brave the heat for horseback shooting competition

Not even the heat can stop the cowboys and cowgirls of Island Long Riders.

Though the heat index reached 97 degrees Saturday, the riders still turned up at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration in full cowboy gear to show off their skills in a horse mounted shooting competition.

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Sea Cliff teens pay forward passion for art to needy

As Sea Cliff teens Annalise Apt and Tayler Bradford lined the tables of the lunchroom in the North Shore Holiday House with plastic on Saturday, campers played outside in the pool, playground and backyard.

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Bethpage, Rockville Centre tie in firehouse BBQ cook-off

Charles Razenson fired up his red offset smoker just after 6 a.m. on Friday outside Fairway Market in Westbury and began prepping his signature dish, brisket and special “cupcake” chicken.

Razenson, whose baby back ribs won the inaugural Firefighters Museum BBQ Cook-Off in 2009, was back to bring home the prize for the Bethpage Fire Department.

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Food Network’s ‘Barefoot Contessa’ meets with fans at Plainview ShopRite

Food maven Ina Garten admitted that a crowded supermarket isn’t exactly her comfort zone.

“I don’t leave home often; you might say I’m one step less than an agoraphobic,” said Garten, 65, star of the Food Network program “Barefoot Contessa,” in which she cooks from her East Hampton kitchen.

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Our Savior New American School sends 22 ‘fearless’ grads into the real world

When Paul Pandolfi took to the stage at the Our Savior New American School graduation ceremony Saturday he made one thing clear: he would not fear the future.

“The future is never clear, but I know that, with God, I have no fear because he will guide my path,” said Pandolfi, 18, of Medford.

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