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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thank you for visiting the Newsday Towns live blog for July 2, 2014. We're shutting it down, but here are some things to keep an eye on.

ROAD CLOSURE FOR JULY 4TH

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Bald Hill will shut down County Road 83 (North Ocean Avenue) between Granny Road and Route 25 on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to an advisory released Wednesday by the Suffolk County Police. 

WEATHER

Unsettled weather could make for last-minute changes to Fourth of July weekend plans. As for Wednesday's forecast, it will be humid and in the low 80s. A thunderstorm is possible later Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday's high is expected to climb into the mid 80s, while the chance of rain jumps to 60 percent. There is also a chance of rain on Friday, which, of course, is Independence Day.

The wild card in all this? Tropical Storm Arthur, which is expected to be a hurricane by Friday morning.

The storm is expected to track southeast of Long Island Friday night, after joining with another system heading for the region. If the models hold, rainfall would be heaviest Thursday afternoon into Friday.

If it rains, here is a Newsday list of 10 things to do on a rainy day. Mobile users, you'll find the link above, after the third paragraph.

TOP STORIES

The Hempstead School Board tossed its president on Tuesday night, but the decision to do so was not unanimous.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio had unkind words to say about the town's animal shelter.

Stop & Shop's decision to close a facility in New Hyde Park used for its online grocery delivery service Peapod will cost 162 employees their jobs.

In sports, the U.S. men's soccer team was eliminated from the World Cup, while on the first day of the NHL's free agency period, the Islanders added another goalie.

Tags: towns , Long Island , LIRR , suffolk , nassau , traffic , weather

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