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Long Beach lifeguards win back-to-back national championships

Long Beach lifeguards, from left, Tim Cabasino, James

Long Beach’s four-men competitive lifeguard team earned a first-place award for the second year straight at the National Lifeguard Championships earlier this month in Virginia Beach.

The quartet won the landline rescue relay race, the premiere event of the competition, which is hosted by the United States Lifesaving Association. Long Beach is the first team in 15 years to win back-to-back...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Suffolk Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking the

(Credit: SCPD)

This is the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, your source for local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather updates and more.

We've wrapped Tuesday's live coverage, but here's a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To view the latest Twitter updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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Careful demolition of La Grange Inn begins in West Islip

Demolition begins on the former site of the

(Credit: James Carbone)

The historic La Grange Inn in West Islip is in the first phase of a plan to carefully move the centuries-old building for a new drugstore.

Bulldozers have started tearing down the inn’s newer catering wings and rear addition, part of a compromise between drugstore company CVS and fans of the inn to restore the building and move it to a corner of its lot.

CVS filed an application in 2012...

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Roundup: Williston Day Street Fair set for Sept. 21

WILLISTON PARKStreet fair promises fun for the family

The Williston Day Street Fair, which organizers say will be an event for the whole family, will be held Sunday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along a nearly two-mile stretch of Hillside Avenue from Willis Avenue east to the Long Island Rail Road.

“Everyone in the village comes out for this and it’s a good time for local business...

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Pizza-eating contest takes center stage at Farmingville street fair

The first Pauly's Pizza Eating Contest took place

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Pizza, the saucy, cheesy, Friday-night go-to meal for many Long Island families, took the spotlight at the 3rd Annual Farmingville Street Fair held Sunday on Portion Road in Farmingville.

For the first time, the event included Pauly’s Pizza Eating Contest, which was born out of a discussion at last year’s fair.

“Not too many street fairs have a pizza eating contest built into it,” said...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Suffolk County police and Crime Stoppers released this

(Credit: Suffolk Crime Stoppers)

We're wrapping up our live post for Monday, Aug, 25, 2014. Thanks for choosing us as your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more.

Until Tuesday, peruse below to see what we've been tracking.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO STOLEN

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Suffolk County police...

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Baby deer rescued from East Moriches construction site

A baby white-tailed deer was rescued in East

A baby deer that paid a visit to a East Moriches house that was still under construction found itself trapped Sunday morning inside the home’s basement.

The Suffolk County Police received a call at 11:20 a.m. that the fawn was stuck inside the foundational walls of a property being erected at 116 Sycamore Dr., according to a police spokeswoman.

The police alerted the New York State Department...

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DirtyBurger of Plainview wins Long Island Wing Fest

William Gauger, a chef at DirtyBurger in Plainview,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Shannon Donadio turned to her restaurant’s bar menu for inspiration at the second annual Long Island Wing Fest.

The event, held Sunday at the Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore, pitted wings from 12 different local restaurants against one another for trophies and bragging rights.

“We have this shot called Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” said Donadio, who is the kitchen manager for The Nutty Irishman....

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Signatures gathered for new ballot lines

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Signatures gathered for new ballot lines

State Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook) and former Assemb. Dean Murray, who is looking to win back his seat, each filed petitions with nearly 5,000 signatures last week on a Stop Common Core ballot line.

The Democrats’ 3rd State Senate District candidate, Adrienne Esposito, filed petitions for her own independent ballot line, the...

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211 hotline for flood damage victims

Mike Grassullo wades through the water in front

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

A 211 hotline has been set up for those on Long Island who were affected by the historic rainfall that hit the area Aug. 13.

The hotline, made possible by the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, has volunteers who might be able to assist with gutting flood-damaged dwellings, according to a news release from the Town of Islip.

A call specialist will take  information,...

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