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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Cory Netter, 13, of Oak Beach, bike rides

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

Today's record-setting rain broke multiple state records and left destruction across the island. 

Find the latest updates below from readers and reporters as LI recovers. Share your photos or stories with the hashtag #LIRain on social media.

Find Newsday's main story on the storm, power outages and flooding at http://nwsdy.li/1q89J14.

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Miss Long Island winners crowned as founder bids adieu

Geena Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, left, and

(Credit: John Fischer)

Geena Cardalena, 17, and Jenna Tirado, 20, were enveloped in a circle as the other contestants swarmed around to hug and congratulate the new queens.

Cardalena was still struggling to hold back tears, having just moments before been crowned Miss Long Island Teen along with Tirado, who was crowned Miss Long Island for 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing...

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Roundup: Donation to fix Oak Beach community center

A historical structure in Oak Beach that was damaged by superstorm Sandy is receiving financial help from the state.

The Oak Beach community center was built in 1872 and once served as part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, a precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sold the building to Babylon Town in 1948, and for the last 40 years it has been used for Oak Beach meetings and functions.

The...

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Famous LIers taking ice bucket challenge for ALS

Olympic figure skating champion and Great Neck native

(Credit: YouTube)

The cold never bothered Sarah Hughes anyway.

Over the weekend, the Great Neck native and Olympic figure skating champion accepted the ice bucket challenge that has been sweeping through social media.

In a video posted to YouTube Sunday, Hughes, 29, is seen sporting ice skates and a blue skating dress, which she says she stole from the closet of her sister, fellow Olympic figure skater...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

We've wrapped today's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, but here's a look at two meetings Newsday will be covering Tuesday night.

DOUBLE POLES. The North Hempstead town board Tuesday will consider a law addressing the issue of double utility poles. The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Check for Twitter updates from Newsday's Lisa Irizarry:...

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Survey: Hamptons among 'unfriendliest' places in U.S.

Main Street in East Hampton Village on Sept.

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Hamptons is known for hosting the upscale summer crowd, but it also has a rep for being downright unfriendly, according to a recent survey by Condé Nast Traveler.

The tony towns that make up the Hamptons were lumped together in the magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Survey and ranked as the eighth unfriendliest city in the United States.

Cited as being a pretentious town that is "incredible...

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Teens feel 'free' at Pride for Youth LGBTQ prom in Bellmore

Lounging around at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Pride

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Sam C. partied like any self-respecting “Queen of Hearts” should at an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed prom.

She held court.

Sam was ready for a photographer’s lens only after laying dramatically on a couch -- sprawled on top of friends Danny Petersen and Casey Donnelly -- simultaneously showing off red-and-black striped tights and a fearless nature. Not long before, she had helped lead...

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Roundup: Bluegrass festival in Copiague, boating seminar in Wantagh

COPIAGUE

LI bluegrass festival set for Saturday

The 12th annual Long Island Bluegrass Festival will take place Saturday in Copiague.

Working with the Bluegrass Club of Long Island, the nonprofit Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts (BACCA) and Babylon Town are sponsoring the event, which will run from noon to 7 p.m. in Tanner Park. There will be two stages with music throughout...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

That's it for today's edition of the live Long Island Now post. Thanks for joining us. 

Be sure to come back Tuesday for another look at r local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

LIRR. A broken rail east of Farmingdale limited train service...

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Fire truck takes care of the thirsty at North Fork beer festival

The Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. purchased this fire

Most fire trucks pump water to put out fires. But imagine one that quenches thirst ... with beer.

For those who visited the North Fork Craft Beer, BBQ & Wine Festival on Saturday, imagination became reality as visitors lined up to sample beers that came from a ruby red truck owned by the Crooked Ladder Brewing Co.

“You see a shiny, red fire truck, you’re gonna be drawn to it,” said...

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