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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for an unidentified

Good morning, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now Live post for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

Here's the latest happenings on Long Island Friday. Check back often for the latest breaking news, traffic and weather alerts and train delays.

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Hempstead to celebrate Ukraine independence today

Hempstead Town Hall is at 1 Washington St.

(Credit: JC Cherubini)

Hempstead Town will celebrate Ukrainian independence with a ceremony at Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. today in the village and conclude outside the building.

Members of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uniondale and local Ukrainians will join Supervisor Kate Murray in celebrating the nation’s 23rd year of independence.

Murray said...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

We're wrapping up our live post for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Thanks for choosing us as your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more.

See below for what we've been tracking today, and tune in tomorrow for Friday's latest news.

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An interactive theatrical production...

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Roundup: East Hampton Town meeting to address helicopter noise

East Hampton Town will be the site of a special meeting this month to hear mounting complaints about noise resulting from intensifying helicopter traffic over the East End.

The meeting is scheduled for Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the LTV studio in Wainscott.Hundreds of East End residents railed against the rising air traffic to East Hampton Airport at three meetings earlier this month in Southold,...

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James Franco, 'Michael' co-stars film at East Rockaway High School

Actor James Franco poses with fans outside East

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Sporting sunglasses and a leather jacket, actor James Franco late Wednesday night greeted about 70 fans who had been staked outside East Rockaway High School for hours waiting for a glimpse of the star.

“There’s going to be one photo,” the Oscar-nominated actor told the crowd, which had been lined up single-file, smartphones in hand, ready to take selfies with him.

Instead, the “Spider-Man”...

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LIRR’s new schedule starts Sept. 2, covers track closures

A train on the Port Jefferson branch of

(Credit: Chris Ware)

The new temporary MTA Long Island Rail Road schedule takes effect Sept. 2.

The new schedule, which will be in effect until Nov. 16, will reflect changes to the LIRR’s 11 branches, which have been made due to ongoing construction projects and track repair programs.

There will be track surfacing on the Babylon branch, resulting in one of two tracks between Valley Stream and Rockville Centre...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Suffolk County police are looking for two men

We've wrapped the LI Now Live post for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, but here's a look at some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

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Suffolk County police are looking for two unidentified...

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Sand-sculpting champ repeats in Lido Beach contest

Sea Cliff resident and professional sand sculptor Andy

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Castles in the sand are more than just a hobby for Joe Sloboda.

The Seaford resident took on two sand castle competitions in less than a week — and emerged victorious in both of them.

“There’s a whole new meaning now, to going to the beach,” Sloboda said.

After winning the Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest only three days before, Sloboda took home top honors — and a $500 prize...

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Roundup: Middle Island church gets grant for repairs

A Middle Island church has received a $2,000 state grant to repair the congregation’s 175-year-old sanctuary building.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy awarded the grant to help the Middle Island United Church of Christ fix a roof and reinforce beams in the belfry supporting the church’s bell. A ladder will be added to improve access to the belfry, the conservancy said in a news release.


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Sweet corn icon Harbes gives watermelons center stage at festival

Visitors participate in the watermelon rolling contest at

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard celebrated the 25th anniversary of its Sweet Corn Festival last year. But the popularity of another crop is growing, prompting another annual event.

The second Watermelon Festival took place last Saturday and Sunday at the Mattituck farm. Owner Ed Herbes, 57, of Mattituck, said watermelon has become a best-seller, taking up several acres on his 100-acre farm...

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