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Westbury trustees discuss invasive species ban

The Welcome to Westbury sign.

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Westbury trustees are considering a law banning village homeowners from planting bamboo or other invasive species on their properties.

The measure was first heard at a public hearing July 3. That hearing was continued until the board’s next meeting Aug. 7.

A code change would ban planting bamboo or other invasive plants on private and public property.

The village joins a growing...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now Live post for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

We've wrapped up the live coverage, but here's a look at some of the stories we've been following throughout the day.

Scroll down to view a daily roundup of tweets and Instagram updates from the Newsday team.

(Mobile users can access social media updates via the link above.)

WANTED

Suffolk...

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Hammock Day approaches, we want to hear from you

On a lazy holiday weekend some people chose

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

If you have a hammock, Newsday wants to hear from you. As National Hammock Day  approaches (yes, really), we’d like to know a bit about you and your bed of canvas. How long have you had your hammock, why did you get it and when and where do you lounge in it?

Send the information, along with your name, address and phone number, by July 9 to lilife@newsday.com or write to LI Life Editor,...

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Roundup: Nassau Community College continues firefighter scholarship program

Nassau Community College plans to use $400,000 from its fund reserves to continue a program that provides tuition reimbursement to volunteer county firefighters, officials announced Tuesday.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant to pay for the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Scholarship Program expired last year. The college and the county combined to fill in the gap...

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Town of Huntington earmarks $300G for lawsuit filed by LIPA

A sign outside Huntington Town Hall is seen

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Town of Huntington has earmarked an additional $300,000 to pay legal fees to defend a lawsuit filed by the Long Island Power Authority claiming an overassessment of the Northport power plant.

The money will pay for additional legal fees for the town’s counsel in the suit, Poughkeepsie-based Lewis and Greer, and the cost of hiring experts.

“To date Lewis and Greer has been paid about...

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Glen Cove mansion that was cited for sewage is for sale

Jimmy Ziegen, water service maintainer of the Glen

(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

A Gold Coast mansion in Glen Cove that last year was found to be discharging raw sewage into wetlands is for sale, owner Marvin Schein said.

Schein, a well-known art collector and son of Henry Schein, the founder of a Melville-based medical supply firm, declined to discuss details of the sale of the mansion, which was built in 1931. The 8.2-acre estate includes two buildings totaling 18,228...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Good afternoon, Long Island. Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

We've wrapped Tuesday's live coverage, but here's a look at some of the stories we've been following.

Scroll down to see Twitter and Instagram updates from Newsday and its staff including the latest from transportation reporter Alfonso Castillo, who is following the developments...

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Dogs still up for adoption after being rescued from Brookhaven home

Most of the 30 Papillon dogs handed over to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter last month have been adopted, Brookhaven officials said.

The dogs, which were available for free adoption until June 30, were signed over to the shelter after a Brookhaven homeowner’s house was condemned last month, town officials said.

The dogs were examined by a veterinarian and declared healthy. The adoption...

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New Hyde Park's Dublin Pub still without a buyer

The Dublin Pub, at 2002 Jericho Turnpike in

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

NEW HYDE PARK

Closed pub's auction fails to land buyer

The closed Dublin Pub is without a buyer, a year since the ex-rocker haunt was to be sold at auction.

Misha Haghani, a real estate attorney and principal of Paramount Realty USA, which handled the auction, said there was no change in the closed New Hyde Park pub’s status.

“We’ve received a few higher offers; a couple...

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Port Jefferson Village Hall to get new AC system

The Port Jefferson Village Board has unanimously approved

(Credit: Jasmin Frankel)

The Port Jefferson Village Board, voting in a sweltering Village Hall meeting room, has unanimously approved a $99,400 plan to replace the building’s faulty air-conditioning system.

The village board met Wednesday to discuss budget issues as two fans strained to cool the second-floor meeting room, which also serves as the village’s justice court.

Board members said the system, installed...

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