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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

We've wrapped today's live coverage, but you can find a roundup of the day's top local stories including social media updates from Newsday reporters below.

(Mobile readers: Use the link below for social media posts.)

BREAKING

SCHOOL SPEED ZONE CAMERAS APPROVED

The New York State Senate voted today...

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Roundup: 'Meet the Candidates' tonight

LINDENHURST

Meet-greet of school board candidates

A “Meet the Candidates” event will be held tonight for residents running for the Lindenhurst school board.

It will be in conjunction with a meeting of the Lindenhurst Council of PTAs. Incumbents Sean McNeilly and Valerie McKenna are running unopposed. Incumbent Edward Murphy, Jr. is being challenged by former board member Julie...

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Eleanor Roosevelt's home named Hempstead Town landmark

The Hempstead Town Board OKd granting landmark status

(Credit: AP)

The Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday unanimously approved granting landmark status to the former site of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s childhood home in Westbury and a historic African-American cemetery in Wantagh.

Residents at two public hearings before the vote spoke in support of designating the sites. Landmark status prevents any development or alteration at the sites without the consent...

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Legislature bill on Patrick Vecchio's Smithtown term '50-50,' says lawmaker

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio talks to

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

A key lawmaker said Tuesday that it’s a tossup whether the State Legislature will give final passage to a bill that would patch a paperwork error and allow Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Councilwoman Lynne Nowick to complete their elected terms.

“I’d say it’s 50-50,” said Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James), one of the primary sponsors of the measure.

Vecchio and Nowick,...

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Pinewood Derby signals Island Park Cub Scouts' post-Sandy revival

Ready, set, go! The race course for Cub

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Phil Treglia Sr. arrived late to the Pinewood Derby model car races Friday night and wasn’t missed.

He didn’t mind at all.  

Everything was ready. Cars were inspected and weighed, thanks to Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Boy Scouts and parents who came together for Island Park’s Cub Scouts Pack 312.

For Treglia, unit commissioner for Pack 312, keeping the group intact is important...

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Audrey Zhang a Doodle 4 Google finalist

Google named Audrey Zhang, of Island Trees Memorial

(Credit: Howard Schnapp )

Levittown’s Audrey Zhang has another shot at getting her artwork on Google’s homepage.

For the second-straight year, the Island Trees Middle School fifth grader was named the New York State finalist in the annual Doodle 4 Google contest and has moved on to the national competition.

She’s now in the running to win a $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 grant for her school and the opportunity...

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Great Neck teacher to get 'Live' closeup

John Motchkavitz, a technology teacher and coach at

A Long Island teacher will get his closeup on "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" next month.

Hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced the five finalists in this year’s Top Teacher Contest on Tuesday's show, and John Motchkavitz, a technology teacher and coach at Great Neck South High School, was one of them.

Motchkavitz said he was watching Tuesday’s show with his colleagues, students...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Tuesday, April 29, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, April 29, 2014, take a look at the weather forcast, today's top stories, the local meetings happening tonight and social media updates from Newsday and its staff.

This is your guide to the latest local news, weather and traffic alerts. For social media updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down, or if you're a mobile reader,...

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Roundup: Lindenhurst chooses superintendent; Islip seeks marina guards

The Lindenhurst School Board voted in favor of

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

LINDENHURST

Principal tabbed as new superintendent

The Lindenhurst school district has chosen a new superintendent.

The school board on Thursday voted 7-0 to name Lindenhurst High School Principal Daniel Giordano as the replacement for Superintendent Richard Nathan, who is retiring at the end of the school year. The announcement brought thunderous applause from the audience at...

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Air conditioning for the ill, based on need

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that air

(Credit: Office of the Governor / Darren McGee)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that air conditioners will be available to low-income households in New York based on medical need.

The Cooling Assistance initiative, a component of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Home Energy Assistance Program, is part of a $3 million effort to aid ill and underprivileged New Yorkers who face extreme heat.

“This...

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