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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the LI Now Live post for Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

We're winding it down for the day and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

Mobile users can click the link above to access our live coverage.


Friday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the North...

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Roundup: Anti-bias panel looks to revitalize itself

The Riverhead Town Anti-Bias Task Force plans to host a public meeting on Sept. 30, as it seeks to add new members and ramp up activity after a string of robberies targeting Hispanic and Latino immigrants.

Riverhead Town Board members said in July that they wanted to add new members to the task force and ask it to meet regularly after police estimated more than a dozen immigrants were victims...

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Billy Baldwin’s Massapequa memories: From golf course slip-and-slides to giving back

Northport Cow Harbor United Soccer Club officials present

(Credit: Ursula Moore)

When the sun went down on Massapequa’s Peninsula Golf Club, the nine-hole, 57-acre course became a playground for the famous Baldwin brothers.

It was the 1970s, and the now-famous Baldwin brothers — Alec, Daniel, Billy, and Stephen — were just boys being boys.

Their home was close to the fairway, and “everything happened on that golf course,” Billy Baldwin said Thursday during a phone...

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First responders who saved toddler lauded by Town of Islip

Desiree Metz, of Sayville, holds daughter Lainey as

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Twelve first responders were honored by the Town of Islip for their roles in saving the life of a then-18-month-old girl who nearly drowned after she fell into her baby-sitter’s backyard pool in Sayville this summer.

Suffolk County police officers Joseph Cascone and Chris D’Amico were the first to arrive at the scene on July 22. They found Lainey Metz unconscious and without a pulse. With...

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Village of Westbury to vet taxi dispatchers after 'issue'

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

The Village of Westbury will require taxicab dispatchers to submit to background checks, in a bid to better regulate the workers.

Previously, drivers of cabs or prearranged for-hire vehicles were subject to the background checks, including filing licensing and fingerprint records. The board approved the measure for dispatchers at its trustees meeting on Aug. 7.

“There was an issue with...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the LI Now live blog.

We're done for today, but here are a few things to keep an eye on.

Mobile users can click the link above to access our live coverage.


For updated traffic and transit information, visit the newsday.com page at http://nwsdy.li/1hh2eph.


 Numerous events are taking...

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Roundup: Town of North Hempstead sets uniform speed limit on road

North Hempstead Town has set a consistent 30 mph speed limit for a stretch of Roslyn Road where deadly accidents occurred this year.

Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) had urged the town to set the uniform speed limit at 30 mph since the 30 to 40 mph limits and signs in part of the road confused drivers.

The town, through the bill offered by Councilman Peter Zuckerman, set...

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LIRR hearing on plan to restore West Hempstead weekend service

The Long Island Rail Road's West Hempstead train

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The Long Island Rail Road has scheduled a public hearing Monday on its plan to restore weekend service on its West Hempstead branch.

The LIRR announced in July its plan to bring back West Hempstead weekend service, which was eliminated in 2010 as part of an effort by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to close a $900 million budget gap.

The LIRR targeted the line at the time because...

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Long Island shines as 'Guinness World Records' turns 60

Geronimo -- along with owner Samantha Valle --

(Credit: NBC)

The Guinness World Records  60th anniversary book chronicling amazing and unusual feats comes out Thursday.

So we thought it'd be a good time to take a look at records with Long Island connections.

Most are still standing, and while a few have since been overtaken, hey, that's the whole idea. Setting a mark is what motivates others to strive even harder.

Click on the link...

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Families of 9/11 victims find solace at Tobay Beach

About 150 people attended a candlelight vigil at

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Life seemed to just be beginning for Massapequa Park resident Melissa Pascuma-Gangi 13 years ago.

She was 23 years old, engaged with her wedding date 10 months away and only four days into her teaching career on Sept. 11, 2001, when she received news that shattered her world.

Her father, Michael Pascuma Jr., was trapped in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He had been having...

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