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.
Celebrating his 10th birthday on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Rushane Murray and his mom, Kemesha Murray, visit the coral reef exhibit at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead at 1:43 p.m. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)
Guru Avdhoot Shivanand Ji led about 500 followers in a meditation meant to raise consciousness and promote healing at the Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury. He travels around the world providing guidance, visiting Long Island only once every other year. "Guru is not a designation, it's a torch bearer meant to eliminate darkness.. to illuminate. And that's what I am, a torchbearer." #dayinthelifeli #internationalyogaday #meditation
— Rafer Guzman (@RaferGuzman) June 21, 2017
— Sarah Armaghan (@ArmaghanS) June 21, 2017
If Jon Virga, 18, could sum up Fire Island in one word, it would be: "Perfect." Virga, who just graduated from Chaminade High School in Sayville, is headed to Florida State University in the fall. But first, he will spend his summer as a lifeguard in Ocean Beach, his second summer life guarding here. "What's not to like? I'm on the beach every day," Virga said. "My grandmother's house is just a few steps away. I can't complain." Virga said he's had to aid a few people for "some small stuff" since he started lifeguarding, but "nothing major." #dayinthelifeLI
— David Reich-Hale (@drhli) June 21, 2017
#DayinthelifeLI Bob Demarzo, 79, of East Northport, John Ilardo, 72, of Old Bethpage and Fred Arena, 81, of Old Bethpage play a round at the Northport Golf Course at the VA. The Northport American Legion runs the course under contract with the VA hospital. Veterans like Demarzo and Arena get a discount at the 9-hole course and veterans in need play free through a special program. Arena said there is no winner in his threesome: "It's the golfer against the golf course."
Bonnie Lerhinan, a participant at AHRC Nassau's Massapequa hubsite for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, travels twice weekly to volunteer with the animal rescue group Pets4Luv in the Source Mall in Westbury. She plays here with Hyde, one of the animals – neglected, abandoned and handicapped – taken in by David Bernacci, left, founder of the group. Bonnie, 30, of Seaford, said working with animals "makes me feel happy and loved." Bernacchi said the dogs and cats came in "scared and confused. The volunteers help the animals come out of their shell." #DayinTheLifeLI
Sean Crowley, a physical education teacher at Sag Harbor Elementary School, is doused with water at 12:44 p.m. after passing through a line of students following his final field day as a teacher, in Sag Harbor, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Crowley is retiring after 30 years as a physical education teacher in the district. (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)
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Vinny Conwell, lead investigator for Big V's Bail Recovery in Patchogue, has lived on Long Island his entire life. In the past 13 years, he's traveled more than 350,000 miles around the country capturing alleged criminals and made over 3,000 arrests, he said. The first time he caught someone who skipped bail, he was given a $15,000 check for his services. "As long as the check's good, I'll be back tomorrow," he told the bondsman who offered him work. He's been doing it ever since. #DayInTheLifeLI @newsday
In the warehouse section of Nassau County's largest public park, Ed Mellina, the county legislature's material moving specialist, picks up a forklift propane tank that he'll use to move reams of paper to the county's printing and graphics center. It came right after the longtime county employee made a delivery, filed an invoice with the comptroller and handled a new public records request. He said he rarely spends more than 10 minutes at a time at the desk he keeps in a basement storage area of county headquarters. "The perception is bad out there," he said of local government workers on Long Island and "no-show" jobs. "But that's not the norm. A lot of us really do work very hard." #DayInTheLifeLI @newsday