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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Welcome to the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.
We've wrapped Tuesday's live coverage, but here's a quick recap of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.
To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.
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COSTCO STATION APPROVED
Reporting from Tuesday morning's Hempstead Town Board meeting, Newsday's John Asbury tweeted that the board approved a Costco gas station in Oceanside.
In July, Newsday reported that Costco Wholesale Corp. was planning its eighth local store for Oceanside's Oil City neighborhood. The members' shopping club was proposing a 151,000-square-foot food store and gasoline station, a $49 million project, and was requesting tax breaks from Nassau County. More details here: nwsdy.li/Y9fIfQ
Although Monday marked the unofficial end of summer, Mother Nature didn't get the note. The National Weather Service said Tuesday may be the warmest day of the year across New York. Temperatures were in the high 80s and low 90s on Long Island.
Tuesday night the low should drop to 70 with a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms.
Weather permitting, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works will treat sections of Fire Island on Tuesday as part of its ongoing effort to control adult mosquitoes and West Nile virus. Ground spraying of the pesticide Anvil will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. in Davis Park and Point O' Woods.
Children and pregnant women should take care to avoid exposure when practical, according to the DPW, which recommends remaining inside or avoiding the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying. Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off.
Students and teachers in 33 Long Island public school districts headed back to school Tuesday morning. Many more schools will reopen later this week and early next.
The start of the school year also means that speed cameras installed outside 20 Nassau County schools are operational. Find out more about the signals including their locations here: nwsdy.li/1lvN1Ea
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT
Keep in mind that with schools reopening Tuesday, there will be more cars on the road Tuesday, so allow extra travel time.
View the latest traffic and transit alerts at newsday.com/traffic.
TOP LI STORIES
DRIVE-BY SHOOTING. Suffolk police are investigating a drive-by shooting that injured two people Monday night in Wyandanch.
LEANDRA'S LAW ARREST. A Manhattan woman was arrested and charged with aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law after a highway patrol officer stopped her on the Long Island Expressway Monday night — and determined she was driving drunk with her 3-year-old son in the vehicle, police said.
VICTIM FOUND DUCT-TAPED. Detectives are investigating an apparent home-invasion burglary in Islip after a woman called 911 Monday night to report she'd just returned home — and found her 28-year-old daughter duct-taped to a chair, Suffolk County police said.