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Training for the Nassau Empire State Games

Wheelchair basketball players prepare for the Nassau Empire

The Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged takes place May 29 to May 31 at Nassau Community College and Mitchel Athletic Complex.

Newsday caught up with wheelchair basketball players, along with Susan Gordon Ryan, the founder of the Games for the Physically Challenged. 



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Long Island updates for Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hempstead High School.

(Credit: Joel Cairo)

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 3, 2014.

We've wrapped up the live coverage, but below, you'll find a roundup of top stories, social media updates and more.

Newsday's Aisha Al Muslim will also be in Hempstead to cover the following meeting.


A coalition of Hempstead Village community organizations will host a 6:30...

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Roundup: LGBT center to open at new location


LGBT center to open at new location

A center that brings together advocacy efforts and community programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of Nassau County has moved from Garden City, where it was established in 2011, to Woodbury as the group scouts properties for a permanent home.

The Center at Woodbury is already at its new location, at 20 Crossway...

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Suffolk Aviation Academy course takes off

Sachem East High School senior Emily Piazza, 17,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Aspiring pilot Emily Piazza found inspiration in the stories women aviators told a Suffolk Aviation Academy class on Wednesday.

For instance, Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo was the first woman hired by a commercial airline, but she struggled to land a job for nearly a year before she was hired by American Airlines.

That story struck a chord with Piazza, who was one of 24 students at the Eastern...

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Glen Cove movie theater reopening postponed to next week

Jay Levinson, owner of Glen Cove Cinemas, outside

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The reopening of the overhauled Glen Cove Cinemas has been postponed from today until next Thursday because of unfinished work and one remaining required approval, an owner said Wednesday.

Jay Levinson said the reopening ceremony with a ribbon-cutting by Mayor Reginald Spinello is now scheduled for Aptil 10 at 11 a.m.

Levinson said the theater complex is still awaiting approval of its...

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Levittown schools turn blue for autism awareness

From left, Vincent Causeman, dean of students at

(Credit: Tara Conry)

When the bell rang to change classes at MacArthur High School in Levittown Wednesday afternoon, waves of students sporting blue shirts poured into the hallways.

The sight made Vincent Causeman, a social studies teacher and MacArthur’s dean of students, grateful that students and staff wore the color of autism awareness. It also made him hopeful for his own children’s future.


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Long Island updates for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Nancy Meta Rodriguez, 16, of Huntington Station, has

(Credit: Suffolk County police)

Thanks for visiting Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

As we close down today's post, here's the top stories to keep an eye on.

(Mobile readers: Click the link below for social media updates.) ALERT: Missing 16-year-old girl Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a teenager who was reported missing on March 30. Nancy Meta...

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Roundup: Water authority OKs Oakdale refueling site


Water authority OKs Oakdale fueling site

The Suffolk County Water Authority has approved $837,300 in funding to build a compressed natural gas fueling facility at its Oakdale headquarters to double the number of authority vehicles that use the cleaner-burning fuel.

The authority, which approved the funding at a meeting Monday night, has about a dozen vehicles using...

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Prospective director joins Hempstead animal shelter staff

This American Staffordshire terrier was waiting to be

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The potential future director of the Hempstead Town animal shelter has been hired into a different position until the current director vacates the post.

The town board unanimously voted to appoint Michael Pastore as community research assistant in the Department of General Services’ Animal Shelter and Control Division, at a salary of $85,000, effective March 24 for a probationary period of...

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Long Island updates for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project 11561, grassroots group that promotes the Long

(Credit: Project 11561)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Remember to be extra wary of jokesters -- it's April Fools' Day.


Speaking of April Fools' Day, one group in Long Beach pulled off a prank earlier Tuesday, claiming that residents were planting flowers inside potholes in the street for Beautify a Pothole Day. Scroll down -- or use the link...

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