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Ahead of 9/11, Cow Harbor Honors Vets

The Cow Harbor Warriors - a non-profit organization headed by Northport community members, which raises funds and awareness for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan - recently held a massive weekend event known as Warrior Weekend.

During Warrior Weekend, the Cow Harbor Warriors hosted a parade, a run, golf and fishing outings, and concluded with a massive clam bake - all of which both raised funds and gave thanks to the many local, wounded veterans who proudly served.

Read on to learn the full story and see exclusive pictures from the weekend!

Post-Newtown Security In Place

A new “visitor management system” (currently up and running at Northport Middle School, and to begin at East Northport Middle School and Northport High School in the coming weeks) requires visitors to swipe their driver’s licenses through a machine inside of the building before entering, to run their I.D. against DMV and national sex offender databases, and log in their presence before they enter.

“The purpose is to allow us to be able to track the visitors that are coming into the building,” Nolan Briggs, supervisor of security for the district, said at Monday’s school board meeting. “When you’re talking about a building the size of a middle school or a high school then it’s going to be very difficult to know who… the parents [are]… [And] it becomes very, very important to better identify who is coming into the building.”

Learn more about this precautionary measure Northport schools are taking to ensure their children's safety in this upcoming school year!

Life Is Good After 'Shipwreck' Makeover

The town is still buzzing about Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, which 3 weeks ago got a visit from “Extreme Home Makeover” star Ty Pennington.

He arrived on Aug. 14 and gave owner Tim Hess the joyous shock of a lifetime with the help of hundreds of local volunteers for a new reality T.V. show.

While Hess was whisked away on a Montauk fishing trip, those volunteers, led by Pennington, completed a break-neck two-day rebuild of the diner powered by volunteer labor.

Hess said he’s still pinching himself at his good fortune – and the devotion of his customers.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Hess and his girlfriend, as they give us the scoop about life since the renovation!

Thatched Cottage Bankruptcy Auction Set

The Thatched Cottage catering hall in Centerport and its property will be sold in a court-ordered bankruptcy auction next month.

Inspections and viewings for prospective bidders are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 15 from 3-6 p.m., with the on-site auction set for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at noon. Registration will begin an hour earlier, according to a posting by Maltz Auctions, which is conducting the sale.

Read on for the full details on the bankruptcy proceedings, including exclusive thoughts from Thatched Cottage owner himself, Ralph Colamussi!

Prescription Software Earns Student International Attention

A resident of Commack, Matthew O’Connell has traveled to Dublin, Ottawa, Los Angeles and Seattle - all in 2014 alone - to show off his scientific research. The research, a software engineering project that works to relay prescription information from prescribers to patients, recently earned O’Connell a spot as one of 10 regional finalists from the United States and Canada to be a part of the 2014 Google Science Fair – an online competition where projects are uploaded and judged remotely.

Though he was bounced from the 2014 competition earlier this month, it doesn’t mean O’Connell will be any less busy. Work on his current project will continue alongside other projects – like one he is contributing to for NASA.

And that’s not all: The 17-year-old starts his senior year at Commack High School on Wednesday.

Read on for the entire story on this high school prodigy!

Raising A 'Shipwreck' In Northport

With “Extreme Home Makeover” star Ty Pennington as their skipper, hundreds  rolled up their sleeves to raise a shipwreck – Tim’s Shipwreck Diner, that is – to new levels in two days flat, all while cameras rolled for a reality TV show pilot!

Using Seymour’s Boatyard up the road as a home base, the team completed a two-day sprint to revitalize the Northport Village institution before owner Tim Hess, safely secluded on a Montauk fishing trip, returned.

Read on to learn the full story of this renovation, along with the astounding impact it had throughout the Northport community - and beyond!