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There's no better way to end a #DayintheLifeLI than with a #LongIsland sunset. Thank you all for helping us chronicle the #firstdayofsummer and the #summersolstice! (Photo credit: Barry Sloan)

When Ashley, 24, was pregnant with her first child after living with an abusive ex, her mother wouldn’t take her in. Her father wasn’t around either — he had been in jail since she was a young girl. So, Ashley was forced to live in an overcrowded shelter in New York City with her young child. She moved to Long Island after finding Momma’s House in Glen Cove — a nonprofit that’s been operating since 1986 and is dedicated to helping young mothers in need. The organization provides mothers with the skills they need to be financially self-sufficient. Ashley stopped working because of her difficult first pregnancy, and is now four months pregnant with her second child. But this time, she says, it’ll be different. #DayintheLifeLI

For so many years, Holocaust survivor Bernard Igielski, 93, wished he could thank the Jewish doctor who saved him again and again from the gas chambers of a Nazi concentration camp. Today, his wish came true, at least in the best way possible. While that doctor died years ago, Igielski was able to reach out, embrace and kiss the cheek a relative of that man. The relative, Joseph Kohn, 86, of New Jersey, was clearly overwhelmed as he met the man who would not be alive save for the bravery and the ingenuity of his relative, Dr. Berthold Epstein. On three occasions, Nazi soldiers came into the medical facility and directed the patients toward the gas chamber. Each time, Epstein hid the teen by slipping him out the back door, sparing him from death. (Photo credit: James Carbone) #DayintheLifeLI

Happy last day of second grade, Bradyn! 🎉🎉 Shea the dog looks just has happy as the seven-year-old that school’s out for the summer! Is it the last day for your kids too? Share your photos and videos with #DayintheLifeLI to show how you’re spending the first day of summer! (Photo credit: @steve.pfost)

Good morning #LongIsland! We kicked off the longest day of the year with a #sunrise in Montauk! What does a day on LI look like for you? Use #DayinthelifeLI to show us! (Photo credit: @gordonmgrantphoto) #firstdayofsummer #summersolstice

How do you capture a day in the life of Long Island? Follow along live on to see what we come across and add your own story to the mix by including the hashtag #DayintheLifeLI to your photo or video posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Some 60 people gathered near the Melville offices of New York’s two U.S. senators to denounce the Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it shameless and un-American. The crowd included mothers carrying their infant children, retired teachers, rabbis and a minister. An organizer, Dr. Eve Krief, a pediatrician from Centerport, told the crowd, “It doesn’t take a pediatrician to know that taking children away from their parents is wrong.” Referring to Trump’s assertions that the separation policy is due to laws passed by Democrats, she said, “Stop the lies now. This is your policy . . . You can end it any time you want.” (Photo credit: John Paraskevas)

He swept her off her feet - literally. AND SHE SAID YES! 💍 Brett Cohen’s elaborate marriage proposal included a helicopter ride from Republic Airport to the Milleridge Inn. His fiancee, Laura Menzies, thought the helicopter ride was a three-year anniversary gift. “I saw my mom and then I saw my friend Rochelle and then I started to cry. I’m overwhelmed with happiness,” she said. Nearly 30 friends and family members came out to join in the celebration, despite knowing nothing of Cohen’s proposal plan. “She’s a special girl,” Cohen said. “I wanted to do something special for her because she deserves it. There’s no one like her.” (Photo credit: Thomas Ferrara)

These Long Island men have missed out on family meals, memories and milestones while serving abroad in different branches of the armed services. But each has found ways to stay connected to his loved ones, despite the distance.
1. His children can’t often see him, so Sgt. 1st Class Robert Reidel recorded his own book so that his daughter, Anaisa, and his 14-month-old son, Anthony, can always hear his voice. His wife and children hold a copy of another family favorite — “Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops.”
2. Brian O’Keeffe holds a photo of his son, Ryan, who is currently deployed in Japan. The two use Facebook Messenger and a Marine support Facebook group for deployed families to connect thousands of miles away — a space to share photos, videos, messages and updates.
3. Neil Theisen with his family after returning from deployment. His wife, Joanne, a preschool teacher, had her students and children prepare care packages for Theisen and his entire team while he was away. “Regardless of how many electronic means we have to talk and text, getting that care package from home, that physical package, there’s nothing like that . . . physical connection to being home,” Theisen said. (Photo credit: Barry Sloan)

The purr of engines and glimmering chrome lured thousands of spectators to Newsday’s eighth Field of Wheels car show today. Families and gear heads gathered at the free show that featured more than 500 classic cars and trucks at the newspaper’s Melville campus. Donations collected at the front gate will benefit Newsday charities, which help nonprofit organizations and Long Island families in need.

Chad Dixon and Suzanne Hargraeves traveled all the way from Manchester, England, this week to visit the U.S. Open, but when it came time to plan for a place to stay for the week, a top-end Hamptons hotel was never in the cards. Suffolk County Parks spokeswoman said the department had set aside more than 350 campsites for fans to stay at four parks near the U.S. Open. Sears Bellows is the closest to the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course. So, Dixon rented an all-in-one drivable trailer in Bay Shore and drove it out to Hampton Bays to spend several nights at Sears Bellows. It was no easy task for a man accustomed to driving a tiny car on the left side of the road. “It’s the first time I’ve driven over here,” he said, as the couple prepared to toast marshmallows at the sparsely populated campground.

Thousands of Muslims gathered in mosques across Long Island as they celebrated one of the most important moments of the year, the end of Ramadan and its month of fasting during the day. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to perform acts of charity and service, engage in self-reflection, and focus on their spirituality. Today marks the start of the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, which includes morning prayer services at mosques as the faithful dress in traditional clothing and prepare for special meals at home with family and friends. "We end the month on a very high spiritual note, with the hope and the inclination toward internal peace, external peace and sticking to the code of ethics that we follow during the month of Ramadan, so that it stays with us for the rest of the year, at least, if not for the rest of our lives,” said Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, one of the oldest and largest mosques on LI.

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