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Mackenzie Issler

I cover the Town of Huntington with my fellow reporter Deborah Morris. My goal is to keep you informed about what is going on and to respond to issues that arise. I also will be focusing on the villages of Northport and Asharoken, reporting and writing about their successes and challenges. I am interested in local politics, how taxpayers’ money is spent, giving a voice to the voiceless and telling the stories of the town’s quirky and inspiring people and events.

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Court officers evacuate the Central Islip Criminal Court

(Credit: James Carbone)

Good afternoon, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now Live post for July 23, 2014.Here's the latest happenings on Long Island Wednesday. Check back often for the latest breaking news, traffic and weather alerts, and LIRR delays.Mobile users can click the link below to access our live coverage.EVACUATIONCourt officers evacuated the Central Islip Criminal Court Wednesday morning after an elevator...

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Long Islander, 101, to be honored for volunteer service at weather agency open house

Richard Hendrickson, 101, demonstrates how he collects temperature

(Credit: AP)

Weather enthusiasts are invited to visit an open house Sunday at the National Weather Service office for a behind-the-scenes look at how forecasters work in these days of Doppler radar and sophisticated computer models. Attendees also will hear about a Bridgehampton farmer who'll be recognized for his eight decades of service as a volunteer observer for the weather service. Richard...

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Roundup: Entries sought for car show

Supervisor Kate Murray announced Tuesday that Hempstead Town is accepting entries for its ninth Seaside Spectacular Collectors Car Show on Sept. 20.

The show will feature cars, awards, live music and gifts for participants from noon to 4 p.m. at Town Park Point Lookout, town officials said. Collector car check-in is from 10 a.m. to noon.

There is no charge for spectators, and parking...

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Town of Brookhaven razes home, issues violation against bank

Brookhaven Town workers for the second time in

(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Brookhaven Town workers for the second time in less than a week have demolished a badly burned home and issued a violation against the bank that owns the property.

The latest residence, on Association Road in Bellport, was knocked to the ground on Sunday, having sustained extensive damage in a 2013 fire.

The bank that owns the home was issued a violation for having an unsecured building,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A two-car crash on the westbound side of

(Credit: NYSDOT)

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, but here's a look at the stories we've been following today.

Plus, Newsday will be covering this meeting tonight.

HOOKAH LOUNGES. The Glen Cove City Council will hold a hearing and vote on a hookah lounge ban at its meeting Tuesday night at 7:30 at City Hall, 9 Glen St. The council also is to vote on creating...

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Roundup: Setauket road closed for repaving; Glen Cove mulls higher fines for sidewalk bicycling

SETAUKET

Old Town Road to close for repaving

A portion of Old Town Road in Setauket will be closed for two nights this week for a repaving project.

The road will be closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday between State Route 347 and Sheep Pasture Road, said Frank Petrignani, a spokesman for Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro.

Old Town Road will...

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Hillary Clinton hosts book signing Aug. 6

Hillary Clinton with her new book, "Hard Choices"

(Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton)

Former Secretary of State and Sen. Hillary Clinton will host a booksigning Aug. 6 at Book Revue in downtown Huntington.

The former first lady is on her book tour while she weighs a possible runfor president in 2016. She will be signing her book, "Hard Choices," from6 to 8 p.m. at the book store located at 313 New York Ave.

Book Revue is giving a limited number of tickets with each purchase...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was in Old Westbury

(Credit: Newsday / Laura Figueroa)

Good afternoon, Long Islanders, and welcome to another workweek.

We've closed down our live blog for Monday, July 21, 2014.

To see today's top tweets from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: Access social media updates via the link above.)

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

SOUTHERN STATE PARKWAY. One lane will be closed between Exit 39 and Exit 46 for road...

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Long Islanders compete for Runner's World cover

From left, Long Island runners Alex Schneider, of

(Credit: Tara Conry/Patrick E. McCarthy )

Long Island athletes are vying to be on the cover of Runner’s World.

Among them is Alex Schneider, 24, of Great Neck, who finished the 2013 New York City Marathon at 3 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds, which was a personal best.

He developed his love for running as a teen when he joined the Rolling Thunder Special Needs program. Schneider has autism.

It was there that he developed...

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Billy Joel wins That's SO Long Island tournament

Billy Joel is more Long Island than Jones

(Credit: Newsday / John Cornell)

Billy Joel holds numerous titles --  Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree, to name a few. But now he can add another feather in his cap. He's about as Long Island as it gets.

Joel beat out bagels, Jones Beach, Billy Crystal, "The Long Island Medium" and 59 other iconic local places, celebrities, foods and activities in Newsday's "That's SO Long Island"...

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