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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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Girl Scouts donate more than a million cookies to troops

Nassau County Girl Scouts load boxes of cookies

(Credit: Tara Conry)

About 35 Girl Scouts and a few local officials and National Guard members formed a brigade in Garden City Thursday morning to load boxes of cookies onto a delivery truck bound for JFK Airport.

The cases of Savannah Smiles, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos and other Girl Scout treats were going to be added to the thousands already packed into a plane headed to the Middle East, where the cookies will be distributed...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, April 17, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 17, 2014, be sure to check out our local coverage below.

There's also a meeting tonight in Garden City. The village board, which meets tonight at 8 at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave, will consider setting aside $305,910 from its termination reserve account for termination benefits for former village administrator Robert Schoelle,...

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Roundup: Long Beach accepting bids for parking mall reconstruction

The City of Long Beach on Thursday will start accepting bids for reconstruction of a parking mall on Park Avenue between Roosevelt and Neptune boulevards.

The rebuilding will include resurfacing and repaving with an asphalt composite pavement installed over a recycled concrete aggregate. The project also is to improve the storm water system and prevent chronic flooding issues that have plagued...

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Principal goes to the wall for fundraiser

West Hempstead High School principal Dan Rehman lets

(Credit: Steve Orlando)

West Hempstead High School Principal Dan Rehman had been standing on a small stool inside the school’s lobby for more than two hours last Friday when a student kicked it out from under his feet. But he didn’t fall to the ground right away.For about three minutes, he stayed a few inches off the floor, affixed to the wall with eight rolls of duct tape.

“It was hilarious,” said Rehman, who submitted...

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Babylon, Islip getting nearly $500G from state to fix potholes

The towns of Babylon and Islip are getting

(Credit: James Carbone)

The state is helping Babylon and Islip Town residents drive a little more smoothly over area roads.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) has announced that more than $484,000 is being allocated for pothole repairs in Islip and Babylon towns. The money is part of the $40 million that has been designated for pothole repair in the state budget.

Babylon Town will receive $142,047, while the...

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Ray Kelly joins board of Long Island's Museum of American Armor

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses a news

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, a Marine Corps veteran, is joining the board of the Museum of American Armor.

The museum, previously located at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, is building its own 25,000-square-foot facility at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The new museum is scheduled to open, at least partly, on June 6, the...

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Hempstead school district appeals over firing of principals

The Barack Obama Elementary School in Hempstead in

(Credit: Google maps)

The Hempstead school district has appealed a court ruling that found it had failed to comply with a state law when it fired three principals last year.

The school district filed a notice of appeal last week with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the state of New York, after a Nassau County Supreme Court judge decided last month in favor of the fired principals -- David Evans,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking the public's help, Crime Stoppers and Nassau

(Credit: NCPD/Crime Stoppers)

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

We've concluded today's live coverage, but here, you'll find a rundown of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day. For Twitter updates from the Newsday team, scroll down -- or use the link below if you're a mobile reader.

REWARD FOR SUNGLASS HUT SUSPECTS

Nassau County Police and...

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Newsday’s ‘Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes’ project

Once inside the castle at Sands Point Preserve

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Do you have a son or daughter attending a senior prom on Long Island this year?

If so, we’d like to come share in the fun through a video project we’re debuting, “Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes.”

We're looking for parents and students who will let us come to their homes and chronicle parents as they're seeing their kids off on this special night. We want to capture parents' emotions...

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Roundup: Bulkhead fixes needed near marina

The recent dredging of the Northport’s Woodbine Marina revealed that a nearby bulkhead was incorrectly installed more than a decade ago.

Some of the sheet piles weren’t attached deep enough on the bulkhead along Cow Harbor Park, Huntington Town spokesman A.J. Carter said.

Carter said the contractor that constructed the bulkhead is out of business and that “the town has no recourse other...

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