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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

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We're wrapping up our live post for Monday, Aug, 25, 2014. Thanks for choosing us as your source for the latest local news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more.

Until Tuesday, peruse below to see what we've been tracking.

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Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Suffolk County police...

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Baby deer rescued from East Moriches construction site

A baby white-tailed deer was rescued in East

A baby deer that paid a visit to a East Moriches house that was still under construction found itself trapped Sunday morning inside the home’s basement.

The Suffolk County Police received a call at 11:20 a.m. that the fawn was stuck inside the foundational walls of a property being erected at 116 Sycamore Dr., according to a police spokeswoman.

The police alerted the New York State Department...

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DirtyBurger of Plainview wins Long Island Wing Fest

William Gauger, a chef at DirtyBurger in Plainview,

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Shannon Donadio turned to her restaurant’s bar menu for inspiration at the second annual Long Island Wing Fest.

The event, held Sunday at the Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore, pitted wings from 12 different local restaurants against one another for trophies and bragging rights.

“We have this shot called Cinnamon Toast Crunch,” said Donadio, who is the kitchen manager for The Nutty Irishman....

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Signatures gathered for new ballot lines


Signatures gathered for new ballot lines

State Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook) and former Assemb. Dean Murray, who is looking to win back his seat, each filed petitions with nearly 5,000 signatures last week on a Stop Common Core ballot line.

The Democrats’ 3rd State Senate District candidate, Adrienne Esposito, filed petitions for her own independent ballot line, the...

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211 hotline for flood damage victims

Mike Grassullo wades through the water in front

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

A 211 hotline has been set up for those on Long Island who were affected by the historic rainfall that hit the area Aug. 13.

The hotline, made possible by the Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, has volunteers who might be able to assist with gutting flood-damaged dwellings, according to a news release from the Town of Islip.

A call specialist will take  information,...

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Highland Games bring Scotland to Long Island

Kaeleigh Carberry, 9, of Wading River, practices classic

(Credit: Amy Onorato)

Scott Mathieson, of Newry, Maine, can send a 150-pound wooden rod the size of a small telephone pole skyward using only brute strength and his bare hands.

And he does it for fun.

The sport is called caber tossing, and it’s one of the most popular sports in the Highland Games, a medieval Scottish tradition similar to the Olympics. On Aug. 23, an exhibition of some Highland events was...

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Thomas Gorman of Bohemia named firefighter of the year by state group

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire

Thomas Gorman, a member of the Bohemia Fire Department, was honored as the 2014 Firefighter of the Year during the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York’s annual convention in Albany on Friday.

“For me to have been chosen for my actions is an overwhelming experience and honor,” he said.

He has received similar firefighter of the year awards from the Southern New York Volunteer...

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Local group brings Culper Spy Ring history to life

Inside the Stony Brook Grist Mill, actor Philip

(Credit: Tara Conry)

The British once again occupied Long Island Thursday night.

A Red Coat soldier stalked around inside the historic Stony Brook Grist Mill. In nearby Setauket, American patriots were plotting against the enemy. And their latest recruits were working to decipher a coded message from Gen. George Washington.

“I’m confident there is espionage afoot,” declared Philip Reichert, an actor playing...

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Roundup: Firemen's Fair set for Labor Day weekend


Firemen’s Fair set for Labor Day weekend

The Greenlawn Firemen’s Fair is scheduled for three days over the Labor Day Sunday.

The fair opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 and continues Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 starting at 6 p.m. The fair will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 31 but reopens at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Admission is free.

Some of Long Island’s top bagpipe and brass...

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Manorville girl, 13, reels in nearly 3-foot-long fluke

Allison Turbush, 13, was aboard the Bay Princess

(Credit: Suffolk County Police Athletic League)

Last year, 13-year-old Allison Turbush pulled in about 20 fluke while on a fishing trip sponsored the Suffolk County Police Athletic League in Great South Bay, but none of them were keepers. She returned Wednesday for another try with the same group and reeled one catch of a lifetime.

Turbush, of Manorville, who is going into eighth grade at Eastport-South Manor Junior Senior High School,...

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