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LI Now traffic updates for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

This is the live Long Island Now afternoon traffic post for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

We're wrapping up for today, but let's take a look at local roads and rails right now.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

LIRR: The 4:34 train from Atlantic Terminal due to Ronkonkoma at 5:57 is operating 13 minutes late following police activity.

VALLEY STREAM: There is an accident blocking the left lane...

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Cheerleaders stay spirited despite being grounded at homecoming

From left, Half Hollow Hills High School East

(Credit: Rachael Funk)

New Half Hollow Hills East High School cheerleading coach Kelly Cabasso plans to start a "big sisters, little sisters" like mentorship program among her team members.

This season has shown the need to have someone to lean on.

The Thunderbird cheer squad was making the best out of a tough season during homecoming festivities at the school Saturday, showing off enthusiasm despite their...

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Bank robbery leads to lockdown of Valley Stream elementary schools

James A. Dever Elementary School, 585 North Corona

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

All four elementary schools in the Valley Stream Union Free School District 13 were put on lockdown for roughly an hour Tuesday morning after an armed robbery of a Dime Savings Bank on Merrick Road in which the suspect fled.

Students remained indoors during recess periods, but classes proceeded normally.

According to school officials, Nassau police declared at 11:50 a.m. there...

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‘Courageous’ Schreiber homecoming queen conquers English

Paul D. Schreiber High School homecoming queen and

(Credit: Danielle De Souza)

Mariam Gejadze smiled as her friends congratulated her for being named 2014 Pride in Port homecoming queen Saturday. It's hard to believe that only four years ago Gejadze, a senior at Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, came to the United States and could not speak English.

"I am very happy," the 17-year-old said after she was crowned. "I love it."

Gejadze was born in Georgia,...

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At 90, spice maker wins $25G in small biz contest

Earl Fultz, 90, and his late wife Gloria

Earl Fultz, a 90-year-old entrepreneur who started the seasoning business cHarissa two years ago with his late wife, Moroccan native Gloria Elmaleh, has won a $25,000 small business contest he hopes will catapult the operation to a whole new level.

The Peconic Landing couple began selling the spice, an Americanized take on the traditional Moroccan seasoning harissa, at the Greenport farmer’s...

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LI Now traffic updates for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

A fatal accident occurred on the Meadowbrook State

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The southbound Meadowbrook State Parkway reopened shortly before 7 a.m. Monday after a fatal overnight crash closed all lanes of traffic for several hours and forced commuters to take alternative routes.

Here's a look at the latest traffic and transit alerts for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

WANTAGH PARKWAY. A downed tree was blocking the right southbound lane at Exit W6 (Merrick Road),...

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Reward offered for stolen Hermès handbag

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers released a surveillance image

(Credit: Suffolk Crime Stoppers)

Southampton Village Police said they're looking for a man who is suspected of stealing a designer handbag from a store earlier this month.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest.

Crime Stoppers and village police released a surveillance image Monday of a man they said is suspected of stealing a light brown Hermes Bolide bag on Sept....

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Oyster Bay homecoming king sidelined by state rule

Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Wearing a crown atop his head, Oyster Bay High School homecoming king Francis Kalombo Ngoy smiled and waved as he rode in the school’s homecoming parade Saturday in a Mustang convertible.

The 17-year-old senior was enjoying his moment in the spotlight especially since lately he’s found himself on the sidelines.

Last season, Kalombo Ngoy was a top scorer for Oyster Bay’s boys varsity...

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Cross country duo crowned at Sewanhaka homecoming

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diana Cuervo and Sohaib

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Sewanhaka High School seniors Diane Cuervo and Sohaib Agha spent most of their high school careers racing to the finish line as members of the boys and girls cross country teams.

This week however, the duo finished first in another type of race -- the one for homecoming king and queen. Cuervo and Agha were honored at the school’s homecoming football game against Long Beach High School Saturday.

“I...

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Powder Puff dance preps Rocky Point for homecoming game

Members of the Rocky Point High School football

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

The Rocky Point High School varsity football team put their helmets aside and brought out their best dance moves Friday during the halftime show at the all-girls Powder Puff football game, held the night before Saturday's homecoming game.

Junior and senior girls put on their war paint and faced off in a friendly flag football match organized by the varsity cheerleading team, with teachers...

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