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Welcome to Monday and Newsday's Long Island Now live post for April 21, 2014.
Public and private schools across Long Island and New York City are closed today for spring recess, making for less traffic on area roads.
This post will be updated throughout the day with the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts. Scroll down to see social media posts from Newsday and its staff, or...Read more »
Beach cleanup planned for Saturday
The Town of Oyster Bay, North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and Friends of the Bay will team up again to sponsor the annual Oyster Bay Harbor and Beach Cleanup Day on Saturday.
Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the cleanup, which will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Those interested can get information by calling 516-677-5943 or...Read more »
Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said the city should amend its ordinances to include e-cigarettes where smoking is prohibited, and that the town attorney will look at what language would be needed for a City Council resolution to make the city’s anti-smoking ordinances more comprehensive.
“The hope is that when we talk about ‘no smoking’ they should say that includes e-cigarettes, too,”...Read more »
The state Department of Public Service will review PSEG Long Island’s plan to install more than 200 large poles with high-voltage power cables from Great Neck to Port Washington, according to a letter sent to North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth.
Town residents have largely opposed the plan, but the utility has said it is vital for increasing reliability and reducing the risk of potential...Read more »
The Plate family didn’t plan on spending Easter inside an Evangelical Lutheran church. But when Michael Plate, 48, of Bellmore, his wife and two daughters arrived at St. Paul in Bethpage Sunday for the church’s annual outdoor Easter egg hunt, they learned that they were about two hours too early.
They weren’t alone. Announcements for the hunt indicated a 10:30 a.m. start, but the event didn’t...Read more »
Joseph Byrd followed his two grandchildren through a playground at Wyandanch Park Saturday, pointing and clapping when they discovered hidden sparkling eggs scattered about.
The hope of finally experiencing moments like this was what helped the Wyandanch man get through a 30-year prison stint for homicide. He doesn’t want his grandchildren to make the same mistakes, and that was the theme...Read more »
Town shelter offering pets vaccinations, licenses
Members of Nassau County’s canine and feline population can receive vaccinations in May.
Pet owners can bring their dogs and cats to the May 10 event at the Town of North Hempstead’s animal shelter, at 75 Marino Ave. in Port Washington. Town residents can purchase dog licenses and renewals, which cost $7 for dogs...Read more »
Thank you for visiting Newsday's LI Now live post for Friday, April 18, 2014.
Happy Easter and Passover, and while you're traveling today stay safe, as there's quite a bit of road construction going on.
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TRAFFIC & TRANSIT
NORTHERN STATE - There's construction work on the Northern State Parkway...Read more »
Stony Brook University has opened 9 square acres of newly renovated athletic fields, doubling the size of outdoor sports venues for students and upgrading the space during a yearlong renovation.
The $3 million project includes new turf, netting, lighting, bleachers and bench seating. The fields are located in the southern part of the campus, off Stony Brook Road.
The funding came from...Read more »
About 35 Girl Scouts and a few local officials and National Guard members formed a brigade in Garden City Thursday morning to load boxes of cookies onto a delivery truck bound for JFK Airport.
The cases of Savannah Smiles, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout treats were going to be added to the thousands already packed into a plane headed to the Middle East, where the cookies will be distributed...Read more »