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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, June 27, 2014

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle early

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We're closing down the LI Now live post for today, but have no fear, we'll be back early Monday morning. 

Between now and then, you have a great weekend weather forecast -- sunny and highs in the 80s on both Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to get out and enjoy Long Island for all its summer bounty. 

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$63G Take 5 lottery ticket sold in Valley Stream

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket

A winning New York Lottery Take 5 ticket worth $62,703 was sold at the Aman Shell Service Station in Valley Stream Thursday.

The winning numbers for that drawing were 05-10-21-32-38. Tickets expire one year after the game's drawing.

In addition to the top prize, 193 players from across the state purchased winning tickets worth $487 each by matching four out of five numbers. 


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Mount Sinai teens have royal prom night sans king and queen

Sweethearts Nick Kelly and Alexa Signorile watch their

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Students at Mount Sinai High School danced their prom night away at the Inn at East Wind in Wading River Wednesday night without a care as to who would be elected prom king and prom queen.

That’s because they already knew who the winners would be: no one.

The school has elected a prom king and queen at different times in the past. According to senior adviser and guidance counselor Kristina...

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Glen Cove High teen injured on motorbike still makes prom

Anthony Guttilla didn't let a motorbike accident keep

(Credit: Marlo Jappen)

Anthony Guttilla, 18, arrived at the Woodbury Country Club with a cane in hand, but the accessory wasn’t intended to keep up with the “Old Hollywood” prom trend. Instead, he carried it due to an injured ankle that happened just hours before his Glen Cove High School prom on Thursday night.

After picking up his tuxedo and corsage at 4:30 p.m., a friend came to his house on a motorbike. Guttilla...

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79 years later, Berthe Gersten, 93, gets second valedictorian nod

Valedictorian Berthe Gersten, 93, of Commack, congratulates fellow

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

Berthe Gersten, a 93-year-old resident of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, has had no shortage of accomplishments. She is fluent in five languages, served as a translator for reporters during World War II in Europe, and was even a medal-winning hurdler and javelin thrower in the Israel Maccabiah, a Jewish international athletic event.

Gersten is now also a two-time...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, June 26, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's live post for Thursday, June 26, 2014, your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, school updates and more.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but here is a roundup of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

To see social media updates from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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Roundup: New rules set septic inspection schedule

Glen Cove residents’ septic systems need to be inspected and certified for functionality and structural integrity every other year, under regulations that will take effect next year.

The new rules, which the city council passed at a meeting Tuesday, will “assist in identifying septic systems that may be compromised and rectifying any egregious violations of the city’s sanitation code,” Mayor...

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Long Beach senior’s kilt wins over his prom date

Senior James O’Donohue, 18, donned a traditional Irish

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Long Beach High School wrestler and lacrosse player James O’Donohue, 18, is used to feeling excited and nervous at the same time. But on Wednesday night, it wasn’t athletic competition that incited these mixed emotions.

O’Donohue decided to surprise his classmates by attending the senior prom, held at Chateau Briand in Westbury, wearing an Irish kilt.

“I always march in the St. Patrick’s...

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Army dad returns from Afghanistan to surprise teen at graduation

Army Lt. Col. Richard Davis reunites with his

(Credit: Joseph Kellard)

Overjoyed children experiencing surprise reunions with military parents returning from overseas deployment have become a YouTube sensation.

But Syosset High School seniors got to witness that experience firsthand at their graduation ceremony at Hofstra University Wednesday night.

Army Lt. Col. Richard Davis walked onstage at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, ready to hand...

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North Babylon teen trades 'death' for joy of prom

Natalie Calcasola, 17, of North Babylon, and Marco

(Credit: Meghan Fitzgerald)

For the students of North Babylon High School, celebrating their senior prom at Oheka Castle in Huntington was an incredible opportunity.

But for one North Babylon student, the chance to just attend a prom was one of the many opportunities he is grateful for in America.

"We do not have proms in Ecuador," said 17-year-old Marco Rosero.

Rosero moved to the United States with his...

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