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Raging Fire Kills Father & Injures Son, Snow over Long Island, and more LI news stories

Written by Hannah M.  |  13. February 2012

Commack Fire Kills Man, Injures Son

A fire that broke out in Commack just prior to 1:30pm of Friday is responsible for killing a 78-year-old man, Louis Donnoli and sending his 48-year-old son, Timothy, to the hospital. Timothy Donolli tried to reach and rescue his father in the blaze but what thwarted by the flames. Louis was pronounced dead at the scene while Timothy was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Same-Sex Couple OK-ed to Stay on LI

Several New York politicians have been successful in lobbying on behalf of a same-sex couple against immigration officials. Thanks to Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, and Long Island congressman Tim Bishop, Tim Smulian, a South African man whose visa expired at the end of 2011, has been granted permission to stay in the United States for another year. He has been granted “deferred action” status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Smulian is married to Edwin Blesch of Orient. Blesch has HIV and is seriously ill; Smulian wants to stay in New York to take care of his spouse. The couple has been together for 12 years.

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Light Snow Falls Over Long Island

Residents of Suffolk and Nassau counties woke up to less than a ½ inch of snow this morning despite earlier predictions of up to 6 inches. The low pressure system that was expected to drop 6 inches shifted southeast and offshore of the Island. Islanders will continue to see light snowfall until it begins to taper off in the afternoon. Some areas may see up to an inch of snow. Saturday’s temperatures are expected to remain around 32 degrees until the precipitation ends when the temperatures will begin to rise and wind gusts of up to 30 to 35 mph will make an appearance. Temperatures will dip again Saturday night, hovering around 20 degrees, but will pick back up to 32 degrees on Sunday.

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