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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two baby bald eagles, rare to Long Island,

Two baby bald eagles, rare to Long Island, have been nesting on Shelter Island at Mashomack Preserve since they hatched in April 2014, and could be flying over Long Island this Fourth of July. (Credit: Jim Colligan)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

Today's live coverage has concluded, but here's a look at some of the stories we've been following, and a few meetings Newsday reporters will be covering Tuesday night.

Scroll down to see a daily roundup of tweets and Instagram updates from Newsday and its reporters, editors and photographers.

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RARE BALD EAGLES NESTING ON LI

Since 1782 the bald eagle has been America's national bird, and this Fourth of July, two could be flying over Long Island.

The baby birds, rare to Long Island, are nesting at the Nature Conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island, where they have been monitored from afar since they hatched in April. 

The preserve's natural resource manager, Mike Scheibel, says at least one of the birds is physically out of the nest, so they're capable of "some short practice flights."

The exact location of the nest has been closely guarded, and not even the preserve's staff goes near it for fear of disturbing the eagle parents, which could cause the adult birds to desert their nest.

Scheibel said New York State was down to just one bald eagle nest in the mid-1970s, but the Department of Environmental Conservation launched a 13-year restoration program by releasing young eagles from Alaska in New York.

SEARCH FOR ALLEGED HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER

Police are searching for the driver of a white Toyota Camry who investigators said struck and seriously injured a man crossing a street in New Hyde Park on Monday, then fled the scene. The vehicle is believed to be a 1997 to 1999 Camry, according to Nassau County police investigators.

THAT'S SO LI TOURNAMENT

What's more characteristic of Long Island, a bagel or a Long Island Iced Tea? Listening to Billy Joel tribute band, Big Shot, play a concert or racing through Penn Station to catch the last LIRR train home?

Newsday is pitting 64 popular Long Island foods, attractions, celebrities and activities against one another and asking you to vote for the ones that are "SO Long Island." Round 1 of the tournament is underway. Vote and also find out how you could win $500 here: newsday.com/tsli

COMING UP

WORK SESSION. The East Hampton Town Board will meet today at 10 a.m. at Town Hall. The board is expected to discuss a proposed alcohol ban at two Amagansett beaches and the redevelopment of the Accabonac Tennis Court property for affordable housing. Follow reporter Will James’ coverage at newsday.com.

PERMIT PROCESS. The Asharoken board of trustees meets Tuesday night to hold public hearings on amending a village code to simplify renewal of special use and accessory dwelling permits, and to clarify zoning board of appeals hearings notice requirements. The meeting is at the Northport National Grid power plant at 7:30 p.m. Check reporter Mackenzie Issler’s Twitter updates: @mackissler.  

HEMPSTEAD SCHOOLS. The Hempstead School District's Board of Education will hold its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night at 7 at the Little Theater in Hempstead High School. The board members will be voting to select a president and vice president for the 2014-2015 school year. 

WEATHER

It's mostly cloudy and breezy Tuesday. Temperatures reached the high 80s, and are expected drop to a low of 70 Tuesday night.

Tags: Towns , Long Island , Nassau , Suffolk , LIRR , traffic , weather

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