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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.

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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

(Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney)

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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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's live post for Wednesday, June 25, 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.

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Levittown high schools hold back-to-back graduations

Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School graduates celebrate as

(Credit: Michael Cusanelli)

Levittown's Division Avenue High School and Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School held back-to-back graduations on June 21 at Hofstra. Hundreds of diplomas were handed out, and many different paths will now be navigated by the new alumni. Here are a couple:

MacArthur

While some Long Islanders soaked up the sun this weekend, Andrew Spinelli and his classmates celebrated the end of their...

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Roundup: Mangano proposes Nassau website for sharing services

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is proposing a cloud-based website that aims to improve centralized bidding across local municipalities and school districts — while encouraging increased sharing of services.

The administration has entered into a three-year contract with Spec Bid Holdings Inc. of Roslyn Heights to operate the site, at a cost of $637,000. The county will offset that expense...

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Town of Oyster Bay OKs payment to settle three lawsuits

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

Oyster Bay town board has approved paying $119,351 to settle three negligence lawsuits stemming from car accidents involving vehicles driven by town employees.

The largest payment was $72,500 to settle claims arising over a 2009 accident in which a truck driven by town employee Robert Limoncelli rear-ended Pei-Xin Yu’s vehicle on Old Bethpage Road near the intersection with Haypath Road.

In...

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Islip senior wins car at post-prom party by graduating early

Islip High School senior Bailey Feiler, 17, wins

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The cafeteria at Islip High School was packed early Wednesday morning with seniors celebrating at the school’s post-prom party, and vying for a chance to win a car.

Shortly after 3 a.m., as the party drew to a close, the room fell silent as the students waited to find out whose raffle ticket would be drawn. And when Bailey Feiler’s name was announced, some of her classmates jokingly cried...

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