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

Amityville Fire Department volunteers and Amityville police respond

(Credit: Paul Mazza)

Good morning Long Island.

Welcome to the LI Now Live post for Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

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

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

DRIVER HURT IN AMITYVILLE ACCIDENT

A driver suffered non-life-threatening...

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Miss Exceptional Long Island pageant bestows crowns, confidence

Kaitlyn Keisner, 9, of Coram, is crowned Miss

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

For the 10 delegates who graced the stage at Sunday’s third annual Miss Exceptional Long Island pageant at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, an evening of stardom and fanfare carried with it a much more lasting mission -- building self-confidence.

The pageant was founded in 2012 by Nikki Silva and Christine Box to allow participants with developmental and intellectual disabilities...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Drake on the last date of his "Would

(Credit: AP / Owen Sweeney)

Thank you for visiting the Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

Mobile users can view below for social media updates.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

* The LIRR is adding extra stops at Forest Hills station for those attending the Drake/Lil Wayne concert at Forest Hills Stadium tonight. See...

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Roundup: Northport's new dock fees a success

A view of Northport Harbor on Sept. 3,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

New dock fees a success, village officials say

Northport’s new dock fees have been successful, according to village officials.

The board approved the increased fees, which were proposed by trustee Ian Milligan, in May. The goal was to attract more boaters to the waterside community.

Milligan said at last week’s board meeting that the village collected $9,013 in July. Last year,...

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Oyster Bay boosts contract for sidewalk repairs by $2.5M

Oyster Bay is a hamlet on Long Island's

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

The Town of Oyster Bay at its board meeting last week increased a contract with Amityville-based LandTek Group by $2.5 million for concrete work.

The work primarily contemplated is for sidewalk work for private homeowners, Deputy Town Supervisor Leonard Genova said. The issue arises when a town inspector finds problems on the sidewalk.

“If it’s already there and they have a dangerous...

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Chris Marshall reunited with stranger who saved him on LIRR

Bill Gerow, 50, of Farmingdale, visits Chris Marshall,

(Credit: Eileen Palermo)

Bill Gerow had never performed CPR on a human being before, “only dummies.”

The 50-year-old Farmingdale man had taken a lifesaving course when he was 13 to earn a Boy Scouts merit badge, but never had to put those skills to use — until last Thursday.

Gerow and his 15-year-old son, Max, were coming home from work on the 5:53 p.m. Long Island Rail Road train from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

We're wrapping up our live post for Monday, Aug, 18, 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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DEVELOPING 

FLOOD HELP. The New York State Department of Financial Services'...

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Roundup: Sand-sculpting contest to return Tuesday

During the inaugural Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular competition, Frank

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

HEMPSTEAD

Sand sculptors back for 2nd competition

The Town of Hempstead and the MaliBlue Oyster Bar are hosting the second annual Seaside Sand-Sculpting Spectacular Competition Tuesday.

Residents can win prizes, including gift certificates to MaliBlue in three divisions: 10 and under, 11-15 and adults, town officials said, adding that members of Malibu Beach Camp and some of America’s...

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Extra LIRR trains at Mets-Willets Point station for U.S. Open

The Long Island Rail Road plans to serve tennis fans extra trains to Mets-Willets Point station from Long Island and New York City beginning Tuesday for the U.S. Open tennis tournament, an LIRR spokesman said.

LIRR trains will run about every 30 minutes on the Port Washington branch until Sept. 8, when the tournament ends, the LIRR stated in a news release.

“Our priority is to make it...

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