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LI Now traffic updates for Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

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WEST ISLIP: There is a water main break on Union Boulevard westbound before Higbie Lane.

ISLIP: An accident has blocked two lanes on Sunrise Highway eastbound at Exit 47. There is stop-and-go traffic from exit 46.

QUEENS: An accident has blocked the right...

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Fire Island drag party sets Guinness record with 440 Madonnas

Sporting the many looks of Madonna, organizers of

(Credit: The Fool's Paradise Drag Party)

Wearing a shoulder-length blonde wig, fishnet stockings and a black bodysuit, Chris DeCarlo showed up to this year’s Fool’s Paradise Drag Party on Fire Island channeling Madonna’s look in her “Turn Up the Radio” music video.

Other male guests rocked Madge’s Rockford Peaches uniform from her role in the movie, “A League of Their Own.” There were white lacy “Like a Virgin” Madonnas, “Material...

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Long Island's history, in relics

Meet Dashing Dan, the star of the Long

(Credit: David Reich-Hale )

A piece of wood from the Long Beach boardwalk.

A cannon from 1812.

Stanley Cup banners from the Islanders dynasty.

A lunar module toy.

Those four items are among the 18 relics we've selected to start telling the story of Long Island's history.

The list will continue to grow, and we would like your input.

If you'd like to recommend an artifact, let us know in the...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

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LIRR TO OFFER SERVICE FOR WORLD MAKERS FAIRE

From Sept. 20-21, trains running on the Port Washington Branch will make stops...

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Roundup: Huntington Town OKs $2.3M bond for Halesite bulkhead repairs

The Huntington Town Board has authorized a $2.3 million bond for the emergency reconstruction of the Halesite Bulkhead.

The bulkhead was damaged in the record Aug. 13 rainfall.

It was already slated for repair next year, but the storm created sinkholes across the North Shore and made the Halesite spot too vulnerable to wait.

“It started to give,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said...

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Brookhaven IDA OKs $16M tax break for Ronkonkoma Hub plan

A rendering of proposed new buildings on Main

(Credit: Town of Brookhaven, Tritec Real Estate)

The Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency has approved a $16 million tax cut package for the Ronkonkoma Hub retail and residential project.

The package -- including exemptions from sales and use taxes on purchases of construction equipment and building material -- was approved unanimously during an IDA board meeting Wednesday.

The IDA board also approved plans allowing developer...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for a male

(Credit: SCPD)

Good afternoon, Long Island. 

We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

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WANTEDSuffolk County police are looking for a male suspect who broke into a Deer Park Chinese restaurant and took...

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Roundup: Road repaving cost divvied up with town

Patchogue Village and the Town of Brookhaven have agreed to split the cost of a road repaving project, officials said.

The municipalities shared the $270,000 cost of resurfacing Bay Avenue, which runs from Montauk Highway south to the Great South Bay. About half of the mile-long road is in the village, and half is in the town, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said.

Pontieri said the road...

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Dog's death inspires Massapequa boy to create charity

Sean Posner in 2005 with his dog Moose,

(Credit: Melanie Posner)

When Sean Posner’s 7-year-old dog, Moose, was put to sleep in October 2011 after suffering from bone cancer, the Massapequa boy decided to honor his furry friend by giving back in his honor.

“I loved this dog,” Sean said. “We were very close.”

So Sean, then 11, gathered Moose’s toys and blankets, and encouraged his friends and family to bring new or gently used pet supplies to the big...

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Hauppauge gay-straight club's rainbow in homecoming rain

Rain does not hinder Hauppauge High School sophomore

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Amid the rain that left several club tables empty during homecoming activities at Hauppauge High School on Saturday was a lone student with a cause.

Rebecca Simon, 15, braved the downpour while representing the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

“This is something I care about so deeply because I can’t stand people’s rights being stripped just because of something about who they are,” the...

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