In honor of the first day of summer, Newsday chronicled what a day in the life of Long Island looked like. We traveled across Nassau and Suffolk, from Elmont to Montauk, capturing the scenes of the day and speaking with Long Islanders. Scroll down to see updates spanning the entire day from our journalists, influential Instagram users and people all over LI. For more photos, click here. For a video of the day’s events, click here.
Josephine Rotolo was born on July 1, 1909 in Sicily. She came to the United States in 1921 and eventually settled in West Islip, where with her husband she raised their three children. Rotolo had nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. She died Sunday, June 18, days shy of her 108th birthday. #DayInTheLifeLI
Jason De Sousa, 18, of Mineola, shares his happiness with his mother Lysette De Sousa after passing his first road test for a full license at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles road test site in Garden City Park on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 3:17 p.m. (Credit: Craig Ruttle)
In this room, a survivor of human trafficking is working with Whitefield Farms, a social enterprise that provides job training and employment to survivors, to better her life by making household items such as candles and soap. She is part of The HOPE (Housing Occupation Potential Empowerment) Project. Sister Theonymphi, a nun at All Saints Greek Orthodox Monetary, says the project was established about two years ago and is ongoing. It will be a home where survivors can live rent free for two years. They'll have services like health, dental and mental health care. "It's very humbling to work with someone who's been through hellish conditions. The biggest impression she made on me is how much she wants to offer another person," she says. #DayInTheLifeLI
Tattoo artist Joe Friedman, right, works on Elizabeth DeMaio's full sleeve, ocean themed tattoo at the Black Sails Studio in Sayville at 2:36 pm on June 21, 2017. Black Sails is a private appointment only tattoo studio in Sayville. Elizabeth DeMaio, 25, of Huntington got her first tattoo at age 18. In the beginning, she says, she would chew on lollipops to take her mind off the pain but now several tattoos later, and with the help of a good artist, it doesn't bother her that much anymore. @Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara #DayInTheLifeLI #longisland #lifebythesea #newyork #tattoo #blacksailstattoo #ink #photojournalism #dayinthelife #myislandhome @epiniat
Agnieszka Kulagowski, from Lindenhurst, with her newborn baby, Thomas, born at 8:12 a.m at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Credit: Linda Rosier)
"It was my idea," Paul Kulagowski said of the name he and his wife Agnieszka gave to their son Thomas. The couple wanted a name that would work in English and in Polish, their native tongue. Thomas was born this morning at 8:12am at Good Samaritan Hospital, at 6 pounds and 14 ounces. Nicole, 3 1/2 years old, is excited to be a big sister. "I feel good," Agnieszka said while holding her new baby, smiling. #DayInTheLifeLI
Trainer Caroline Walsh gets a kiss from Java the sea lion at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead at 2:32 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Weighing 370 pounds, Java, a California sea lion, is the star of the aquarium’s sea lion show. Java turns 16 on Sunday. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)