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Blogger Roundup: The Neighborhood Blogosphere

A recap of posts from our diverse pool of neighborhood bloggers.

The Sachem community has no shortage of opinions, and our guest bloggers on Patch regularly contribute to the vibrant conversations that take place in the barber shop, on the street corner or in the parking lot after a school meeting. Patch brings those conversations into one meetinghouse. Here's a roundup of the latest blogs in our community.

Kerriann Flanagan Brosky is back with another supernatural post that ties in with Long Island history. The blog offers a pretty long list of restaurants and bars that have reported paranormal activity, including the Country House Restaurant in Stony Brook, where allegedly the ghost of Revolutionary War-era murder victim Annette Williamson refuses to leave.  The post also mentions the Sayville Modern Diner and the Jamesport Manor Inn.

The Suffolk Cooperative Library System continues its informative tour of Live-brary.com, an online database availble to Suffolk County library system patrons. This week they explore the website's access to historic newspapers that date back to the early 1800s, including newspapers still in print (The New York Times, New York Post) and some defunct papers as well. This database is perfect for students and researchers who want to find the original source on news and events as they happened.

Jim Medler provides an in-depth and unique look at the highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. From the Women's 1500 Meter Run to the Men's Basketball Final, Medler provides insight into why those events stick out as key moments in the games' two-week competition. Click on the link to find out Medler's Number 1 moment. Hint: it isn't Michael Phelps, or the Women's Soccer Team!

Dianne Besunder gives us an expert look at how we can break our yearly expenses up into different categories to count as miscellaneous tax deductions when we file in April. From uniforms and job searching, to work-related travel and transportation, there are dozens of instances where you can write off your expenses and get returns on your tax forms. Besunder also helps us out by itemizing the things we can not deduct. Read her post if you feel you're shelling out a lot of money every year on miscellaneous things that might be deducted on your tax forms.

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