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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Monday, April 21, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing

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...

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Roundup: Oyster Bay beach cleanup, Glen Cove camp fees could rise

The Town of Oyster Bay, North Oyster Bay

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)


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...

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Call to amend law to include e-cigarettes

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said the city

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

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,”...

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State to review power cable plan

David M. Daly, president and chief operating officer

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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...

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Church egg hunt bridges religious divides

From left, Bellmore residents Carleen Plate, 12, and

(Credit: Tara Conry)

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...

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Wyandanch offender support group runs Easter egg hunt

Chrisvel Peguero, 4, of Wyandanch, finds an Easter

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

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...

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Roundup: Pet vaccinations, Earth Day cleanups

Bandit, Prince, Gus, Eli and Brooklyn were featured


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...

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

Suffolk County police responded to the report of

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

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. 

(Mobile readers: Click the link below for social media updates.)


NORTHERN STATE - There's construction work on the Northern State Parkway...

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Stony Brook University unveils rebuilt athletic fields

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

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...

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Girl Scouts donate more than a million cookies to troops

Nassau County Girl Scouts load boxes of cookies

(Credit: Tara Conry)

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...

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