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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

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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.

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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

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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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Huntington residents asked to donate old cellphones to soldiers


Cellphone drive would aid soldiers

Suffolk County Legis. William R. Spencer has teamed up with the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers, and is asking Huntington residents to help troops call home by donating old cellphones.

The drive ends on Aug. 15, and there are several drop-off points in town.“This is a wonderful opportunity to thank a soldier for ... selfless act...

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Glen Cove mayor pitches local development corporation

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello has proposed creating

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello has proposed creating a new local development corporation to issue bonds on behalf of nonprofits. The city would not be liable for the debt.

The City Council is expected to vote on the creation of the Glen Cove Local Economic Assistance Corporation at its Tuesday meeting. The corporation would be formed as a nonprofit with a five-member board, initially taken...

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Billy Joel battles Jones Beach in That's SO Long Island championship

Billy Joel and Jones Beach battle in the

Does Billy Joel or Jones Beach best represent Long Island?

There's only a few hours left to cast your votes in the championship round of our "That's SO Long Island" tournament. Is the man who croons about walking on the beach (beside that old hotel) or the sandy beach itself is more quintessentially Long Island?

The competition ends at 5 p.m. Sunday. Vote at newsday.com/tsli.


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Birdie the seal released in Hampton Bays by Riverhead Foundation

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued

(Credit: Riverhead Foundation)

It was a seal release that went swimmingly.

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued April 17 in Far Rockaway, Queens, returned to her natural home Saturday morning during a release event under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

The event was organized by the Riverhead Foundation, which nursed Birdie back to health after she arrived suffering from a swollen flipper and respiratory...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, July 18, 2014

A small plane on Sunrise Highway in East

(Credit: James Carbone)

We're winding down our live post for Friday, July 18.

With an LIRR strike averted, there are plenty of great things for you to do this weekend without having to worry about your Monday commute -- at least not any more than you normally would.

The temperature for both Saturday and Sunday is set to be near 80 during the day, with a chance of rain Sunday. 

Wehen it's all done,...

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Roundup: No resolution in Oceanside sanitation election

Oceanside sanitation commissioners have not resolved a monthlong contested election for sanitation commissioner.

The Sanitation District 7 board met Thursday, three days after board members directed an attorney to meet with candidates to resolve the June 19 election. The board did not address the election during its meeting.

The election has been in limbo because of a voting-machine...

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Graph: LIRR riders sided with MTA as strike loomed

A strike mood graph, which received more than

LIRR commuters braced for the worst and sided with the MTA before a potential strike was averted Thursday, according to a newsday.com “mood graph.”

The graph, which received more than 4,000 responses Tuesday and Wednesday, asked readers to click on a box that asked how hopeful they were of a strike being averted and whether they supported the MTA or the unions, on a scale of 1-9. They were...

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