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Long Island updates for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Proposals for rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure and revitalizing six

Proposals for rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure and revitalizing six Babylon Town communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy, like this area on Bayview Avenue West in Lindenhurst on Nov. 4, 2012, will be presented at a New York Rising Community Reconstruction Development Program meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in Lindenhurst. (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.

It's another clear, sunny day on Long Island, but don't expect yesterday's springlike 50-degree temperatures. Today's high will be 37 degrees with a windchill as low as 19, and Wednesday could bring more snow.

Although we've wrapped up today's live coverage, below, you can find a rundown of the top local stories that Newsday has been working on this Monday. 

COMING UP TONIGHT

BABYLON NY RISING PROJECTS. A meeting is planned from 5 to 7 tonight for selected Babylon Town communities at Lindenhurst High School to unveil possible redevelopment projects as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Development Program. Proposals for rebuilding storm-damaged infrastructure and revitalizing six Babylon Town communities hit hard by superstorm Sandy will be presented. Newsday will be covering the meeting. Check reporter Nicholas Spangler’s Twitter updates @spanglernewsday. 

DEVELOPING

OHEKA CASTLE OWNER SHOT. Gary Melius, the owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, was shot Monday at the Gold Coast estate turned high-end hotel and catering hall, a high-level law enforcement source said.

JEB BUSH ON LI. Newsday's Laura Figueroa was at the annual luncheon of the Long Island Association, where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible Republican candidate for president, addressed the crowd. He fielded questions on a range of topics including Obamacare, his plans for running for president and his brother George's legacy.  >Scroll down to see Figueroa's live tweets and other updates from social media. (Mobile users should use the link above to access this content.)

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

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LIRR. The new Long Island Rail Road timetables take effect today. The new schedules include the following changes.

--Midday trains to Hempstead and Far Rockaway will now depart 30 to 36 minutes later due to midday track work on the Long Beach branch.

--Two peak evening trains have been restored on the Babylon branch.

-- A stop at Hunterspoint Avenue has been added to the 7:13 a.m. train from Oyster Bay to Long Island City.

-- Buses replace two midday trains between Riverhead and Greenport due to track work.

ROAD WORK. 

NY-135.  One northbound lane and one southbound lane of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway between Exit 1 (Merrick Road) and Exit 7 (NY-24) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

NY-25A. One eastbound lane and one westbound lane will be closed between Bryant Avenue and Mineola Avenue in Roslyn from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

OCEAN PKWY. The right eastbound lane will be closed from Tobay Beach to Cedar Beach from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tags: Towns , Nassau , Suffolk , LIRR , Long Island , traffic , Jeb Bush

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