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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, take a look at the weather forecast below and the local meeting happening tonight.

What's worse than a rainy day? How about the day taxes are due. It's the daily double -- it's tax day. But here is a little secret for those of you scrambling through the puddles to file federal returns -- penalties for filing late federal...

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Having a coming-of-age party? Let us tag along

Newsday is creating a video documentary about what

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Do you know a teenage girl who is having an elaborate quinceanera, sweet 16, bat mitzvah or another age coming-of-age ritual? We are looking for a few teenagers who are celebrating coming-of-age events involving different cultures.

Do you know a young girl who has an interesting story and plans to have an elaborate or unique party? One of our videojournalists plans to follow each...

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Roundup: Eminent domain in Centerport; Hike for Life event set for May 10

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0

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Park expanded using eminent domain

A Centerport park has been expanded as a result of eminent domain.

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0 last week to acquire a 0.52-acre parcel through a “friendly condemnation” procedure.

The parcel was owned by the Greenlawn Water District and is next to 11-acre Phragmites Park on the north side of Route 25A. The plot was...

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$180G grant will help refurbish Lindenhurst museum

The Village of Lindenhurst purchased a building on

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The Village of Lindenhurst has received a $180,000 state grant for work related to refurbishing the village’s museum.

The facility hasn’t been open since it was relocated earlier this year from inside Old Village Hall on South Wellwood Avenue to a building purchased from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church that's right across the street. The original museum, called the Old Village...

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Huntington to repair incorrectly installed bulkhead in Northport

The Village of Northport is located in the

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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 bulkhead’s sheet piles weren’t installed 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...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, April 14, 2014

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to

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Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Monday, April 14, 2014.

Public schools on Long Island and in New York City were closed Monday as spring break kicked off, so you may notice less cars on the road. Passover also starts tonight, so those observing the holiday will be leaving work earlier. The LIRR added extra trains (see below) to accommodate these travelers.

Today's live coverage...

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Dead whale washes ashore in Southampton

A 15-foot dead pilot whale was discovered Sunday,

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A 15-foot dead pilot whale was discovered Sunday on a beach in Southampton near Cryder Lane, according to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Robert DiGiovanni, the foundation’s executive director and senior biologist, said researchers took a few samples Sunday, and that he was headed back to the beach Monday morning with a crew to conduct a necropsy on the whale.


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Hunger Games lesson at Patchogue archery school

Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig helps aspiring Olympian Danielle

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Students at a Patchogue archery school might not have plans to fight to the death like Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen did in the Hunger Games, but they were trained the same way over the weekend.

Experienced, beginner and intermediate archers and coaches learned crossbow techniques from Lawrence’s trainer Khatuna Lorig, who is a five-time Olympian and Olympic bronze medalist.


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Roundup: Bond upgrades, 10 year old designs library cards

Ocean Beach on Fire Island was among the

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Village’s bond rating gets an upgrade Ocean Beach has garnered a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, which hailed the village’s “very strong economy, liquidity and debt and contingent liabilities profile” in a recent report.

The S&P report came as the village was considering a new $7.75 million proposed budget that calls for a 7.8 percent tax increase. The...

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Port Jefferson budget hearing set for Monday

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

The Port Jefferson Village Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing Monday night on a proposed budget that would raise taxes about 4.4 percent.

The proposed $9.7 million budget would increase spending by 2.3 percent over the current $9.47 million budget.

The village is facing increases in state pension contributions and costs related to necessary repairs to village beaches and a public...

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