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Erin Geismar

Erin Geismar is a community news editor for newsday.com. She was previously online community journalist, and prior to that was a reporter at The East Hampton Press. She is a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School and Ithaca College.

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Customers gas up their car at Costco Wholesale

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Welcome to the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

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

To view a daily roundup of Twitter updates from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)

COSTCO STATION...

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Dee Snider's charity bike ride for Long Island Cares set for Sunday

?Twisted Sister? frontman Dee Snider is calling upon

(Credit: Jim Lennon)

A fleet of hogs is gearing up to fight hunger on Long Island this Sunday.

“Twisted Sister” frontman Dee Snider is calling upon fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to take part in his annual charity bike ride to raise money for Long Island Cares.

The not-for-profit operates the Harry Chapin Food Bank, which provides millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to those in need in Nassau...

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Breast cancer screening for women 50 and older

Nassau County Legis. Laura M. Schaefer is sponsoring

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Women ages 50 and older can attend a Sept. 18 breast cancer screening event in Westbury.

The screening, scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to noon, is to be held at the Westbury Recreation Center at 348 Post Ave.

The event is sponsored by Nassau County Legis. Laura Schaefer (R-Westbury).

The Nassau University Medical Center Mammography Van will provide the examinations.

Visitors with...

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Babylon Public Library to host hurricane preparedness seminar

The office of Sen. Phil Boyle will host

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A hurricane and disaster preparedness seminar will be held Wednesday at the Babylon Public Library.

The seminar, organized by the office of Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), will feature a panel of experts from New York State, the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service.

For more information about the seminar, contact Boyle’s district office communications department at 631-665-2311...

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Summer stories you might have missed

Nicholas Pedone died in May 2013 at the

(Credit: Courtesy Josephine Pedone)

Summer is winding down as families return from vacation and children head back to school. Newsday chronicled many meaningful stories this summer. Here, we look back at some that tugged on our heartstrings.

Click here to see Newsday.com's list.

Mobile readers can access the item by clicking on the link directly below.

The list includes a runner who completed seven marathons in...

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Wilderness Act turns 50, is celebrated on LI

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site naturalist Lois Lindberg,

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

The Wilderness Act, signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, gave federal protection to 9.1 million acres of wild land across the United States.

In honor of the bill’s 50th anniversary, Sagamore Hill naturalist Lois Lindberg, 62, held a special nature tour honoring the wildlife and conservation efforts on the grounds that once belonged to famed naturalist and former President Theodore Roosevelt,...

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LaunchPad, high-tech incubator, headed to Great Neck

Harry Scheiner, left, and Tristan Valentino, programmers for

(Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

LaunchPad, a high-tech business incubator company, is scheduled to come to Grace Avenue in Great Neck Plaza in late September or early October.

Business incubators are organizations geared toward accelerating the growth and success of startup companies and when located in common buildings are meant to foster convenient networking among entrepreneurs and their coaches.

LaunchPad offers...

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Fire departments win $250,000 grant for air tanks, gear

The Sound Beach Fire Department at 152 Sound

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

The Port Jefferson and Sound Beach fire departments have won a federal grant to purchase air tanks, protective clothing and other gear.

The departments will receive a total of $249,803 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program. The departments had filed a joint application to FEMA for funds to buy new equipment.

The grant will help Port Jefferson...

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Secrets of the NYCB Theater at Westbury

In 1967, after Judy Garland was fired from

(Credit: NYCB Theater at Westbury)

It opened its doors in 1956 as the Westbury Music Fair, housed in a circus tent on the grounds of an abandoned industrial site off Brush Hollow Road.

Ten years later, after finding success, the theater was rebuilt into a permanent indoor structure that stands today as the NYCB Theater at Westbury.

Marketing manager Dan Kellachan, who has worked there for 35 years, has seen it all. He...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Long Island Rail Road passengers at Penn Station

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Good afternoon Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now live post for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.

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

To view a daily roundup of tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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

TRAFFIC AND...

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