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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for a male

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Good morning, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now live post for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Here's the latest happenings on Long Island today. Check back often for the latest breaking news, traffic and weather alerts and train delays.To view the latest Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)WANTEDSuffolk County...

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Hauppauge gay-straight club's rainbow in homecoming rain

Rain does not hinder Hauppauge High School sophomore

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Amid the rain that left several club tables empty during homecoming activities at Hauppauge High School on Saturday was a lone student with a cause.

Rebecca Simon, 15, braved the downpour while representing the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

“This is something I care about so deeply because I can’t stand people’s rights being stripped just because of something about who they are,” the...

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LI woman dips into college fund to spread cheer to ill children

Ashley Wade with 5-year-old cancer survivor Nicolas Colucci,

Ashley Wade was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease during her senior year at Portledge School in Locust Valley, and spent the last month of 2011 fighting the ailment at Winthrop-University Hospital, unable to get out of bed.

At the height of the holiday season, Wade, who was 17 at the time, received a gingerbread house as a gift from an unknown hospital donor. It was a surprise that changed her...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Islanders.

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT 

SOUTHERN STATE PARKWAY. The two westbound lanes at Exit 15 that were closed...

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New York Mets play wheelchair baseball at Henry Viscardi School

From left, New York Mets players Daniel Murphy,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The New York Mets were a bit out of their league Monday afternoon.

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy, pitcher Dillon Gee and Lucas Duda, an outfielder and first baseman, visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson to play a game of baseball — wheelchair baseball — against students who have physical disabilities.

“It’s tough,” Gee said of maneuvering his wheelchair while pitching, hitting...

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Lindenhurst community group to hold solar energy workshop

A Lindenhurst community group is hosting a workshop

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A Lindenhurst community group is hosting a workshop Tuesday night on using solar energy in homes.

The free event is being sponsored by Adopt-A-House, a volunteer organization helping superstorm Sandy victims. Providing information at the free event will be Solar Universe, a national company with a location in Mattituck.

According to the group, the workshop will provide detailed, up-to-date...

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Nesconset residents to vote on leasing new fire truck

NESCONSET

Voters to decide on fire truck lease

The Nesconset Fire District plans to put a public referendum on leasing a new fire truck to a vote Tuesday.

If approved, the referendum would allow the district to lease a new truck at a cost not to exceed $518,609 for a period of seven years, said Kevin Zanfardino, the district’s treasurer and secretary.

“We’re replacing a 25-year-old...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Roslyn High School at 475 Round Hill Rd.

(Credit: Ann Luk)

Hello, Long Island.

This is the live Long Island Now post for Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, your source for the latest local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

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One of Long Island's last duck farms to close

Paul Massey, owner of Chester Massey & Sons

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Seventy years after his grandfather founded his family’s Eastport duck farm, Paul Massey will next week start the process of raising the farm’s last set of ducks.

About 3,000 eggs will be put in an incubator Thursday for four weeks until they are ready to be hatched. Then, in the last week of November or first week of December when they have grown, they will be sold for slaughter and eventual...

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Massapequa moms turn to Facebook to rally community

Massapequa Moms Group members gather at Zona's restaurant

(Credit: Tara Conry )

When Massapequa resident Dawn Boyle Kostakis created the “Massapequa Moms Group” on Facebook in 2011, it was comprised of only a few close friends.

“It was to send each other fake Tupperware invites, so we could go out at night,” said Boyle Kostakis, 43, a mother of two.

But in March 2012, a tragic event prompted Boyle Kostakis to expand her circle of Facebook friends. Another Massapequa...

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