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Nick Cannon, 'America's Got Talent' host, plays Long Island principal

"America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon with Setauket

(Credit: Erica Jackson)

Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” took over Setauket Elementary School as principal for the day on Friday -- after students proved they had the talent to collect more food donations than any other school in Suffolk County.

Cheers erupted and students jumped and squealed with excitement as Cannon arrived at the school to step into principal Nathalie Lilavoius’ shoes and handle the...

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LIRR track work to affect Far Rockaway line

Long Island Rail Road track work this weekend and during the first weekend in May will affect customers on the Far Rockaway branch, LIRR officials said.

Train schedules for customers traveling between Jamaica and Far Rockaway will be adjusted by up to eight minutes Saturday and Sunday, and again on May 3 and 4.

Westbound trains will depart earlier than usual, while eastbound trains will...

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Long Island's Claudio Gonzalez preps for North Pole Marathon

Claudio Gonzalez, 39, trains for the North Pole

(Credit: Johnny Milano)

Claudio Gonzalez of Westbury is set for the North Pole Marathon, which was created in 2002 and sells itself as the "World's Coolest Marathon."

Gonzalez will pull on running shoes with metal spikes, layer up in fleece and set out to run 26.2 miles on the polar ice cap on Wednesday.

If that's not daunting enough, the 39-year-old runner also may have to grapple with polar bears.

Here...

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North Shore Animal League promotes adoption, good health

North Shore Animal League of America is encouraging

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

North Shore Animal League of America in Port Washington is inviting Long Islanders to bring home a "get in shape buddy."

Those are the words that Lindsey Calabrese, communications manager at North Shore, used while talking about the promotion this weekend offering discounted adoption fees.

The shelter is hoping that sedentary souls are motivated by the spring weather to adopt a dog and...

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Town of North Hempstead hearing to revisit residential rules

North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset on March

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

North Hempstead officials are to hear the issue of disbanding the residential portion of the overlay district in New Cassel again later this month, after a heated public hearing in January.

Residents have sought to remove residential requirements that were designed to prevent illegal housing from taking place, such as bans on basement stairways emanating from the outside and bathrooms with...

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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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Long Island updates for Monday, March 31, 2014

This 2014 image shows Gascon Inc. in Coram,

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Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Monday, March 31, 2014.

We've wrapped the live coverage, but below, you'll find a roundup of stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, as well as updates from social media.

SURPRISE SNOW

A surprise snowstorm snarled traffic during the morning rush hour. That elicited reactions from Long Islanders on social media. Scroll...

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Roundup: LIRR commuter forum, regatta

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Commuter forum on LIRR issues this week

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick) is hosting a forum this week with Long Island Rail Road representatives regarding the Seaford, Wantagh, Bellmore, Merrick and Freeport train stations.

LIRR representatives are to discuss the stations, LIRR service, the agency’s responses to past requests and answer questions from commuters. The event...

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Shelter Island teen's message in a bottle found in Bahamas

Andrew Gracie, 60, of Bermuda, with a message

(Credit: Andrew Gracie)

Connor Corbett-Rice cast a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago from Shelter Island for a school project, hoping someday that someone far away would read the message inside.

He got more than he bargained for. Connor never imagined the bottle would drift more than 1,000 miles and wash ashore on an island in the Bahamas.

“I was shocked. I forgot about the entire project up to...

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Long Island's fifth North Shore Farms opens today in Commack

This is the North Shore Farms store in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

North Shore Farms plans to officially open its fifth location on Long Island Thursday.

Community leaders are expected to gather at the new store in Commack at 40 Vanderbilt Pkwy. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a reception in the new store, according to a statement about the official opening.

The new store will open for business...

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