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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A two-car crash on the westbound side of

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We've wrapped the live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, but here's a look at the stories we've been following today.

Plus, Newsday will be covering this meeting tonight.

HOOKAH LOUNGES. The Glen Cove City Council will hold a hearing and vote on a hookah lounge ban at its meeting Tuesday night at 7:30 at City Hall, 9 Glen St. The council also is to vote on creating...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was in Old Westbury

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Good afternoon, Long Islanders, and welcome to another workweek.

We've closed down our live blog for Monday, July 21, 2014.

To see today's top tweets from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

SOUTHERN STATE PARKWAY. One lane will be closed between Exit 39 and Exit 46 for road...

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Billy Joel wins That's SO Long Island tournament

Billy Joel is more Long Island than Jones

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Billy Joel holds numerous titles --  Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center honoree, to name a few. But now he can add another feather in his cap. He's about as Long Island as it gets.

Joel beat out bagels, Jones Beach, Billy Crystal, "The Long Island Medium" and 59 other iconic local places, celebrities, foods and activities in Newsday's "That's SO Long Island"...

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Birdie the seal released in Hampton Bays by Riverhead Foundation

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued

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It was a seal release that went swimmingly.

Birdie, a gray seal pup who was rescued April 17 in Far Rockaway, Queens, returned to her natural home Saturday morning during a release event under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

The event was organized by the Riverhead Foundation, which nursed Birdie back to health after she arrived suffering from a swollen flipper and respiratory...

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Roundup: No resolution in Oceanside sanitation election

Oceanside sanitation commissioners have not resolved a monthlong contested election for sanitation commissioner.

The Sanitation District 7 board met Thursday, three days after board members directed an attorney to meet with candidates to resolve the June 19 election. The board did not address the election during its meeting.

The election has been in limbo because of a voting-machine...

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Graph: LIRR riders sided with MTA as strike loomed

A strike mood graph, which received more than

LIRR commuters braced for the worst and sided with the MTA before a potential strike was averted Thursday, according to a newsday.com “mood graph.”

The graph, which received more than 4,000 responses Tuesday and Wednesday, asked readers to click on a box that asked how hopeful they were of a strike being averted and whether they supported the MTA or the unions, on a scale of 1-9. They were...

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Roundup: Suffolk County Police Department offers teen driving safety course

Starting next week, the Suffolk County Police Department will offer a driving safety course for teenagers.

Free “Crash Course in Crash Avoidance” classes will be available in Westhampton for drivers between the ages of 16 and 18.

The 2½-hour course is designed to supplement training from the department of motor vehicles, defensive driving courses and other driver education programs....

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nassau County police are searching for this man,

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We've closed down our live post for the day, but there's lots to review.

To view the latest tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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POLICE SEEK BANK ROBBER

Nassau County police are searching for the man who allegedly robbed a Chase bank in Bethpage on Wednesday, July 2. The suspect, pictured above, entered...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 14, 2014

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast addresses the media on

We're closing down our live post for the day, but there's lots to review, especially when it comes to the latest on the potential Long Island Rail Road strike.

To view the latest tweets from Newsday and its staff, scroll down.

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MTA CHIEF ADDRESSES MEDIA. Addressing the media after talks with LIRR unions broke down earlier...

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Islip Terrace friends seek Guinness record after drinking at 1,000 bars

Brian Cutaia, left, and Robert Walter of Islip

(Credit: Brian Cutaia/Robert Walter)

Brian Cutaia and Robert Walter were having drinks at Five Points Cafe in Sayville on July 5, 2013, when Walter posed a challenge: to visit and have a drink at 1,000 bars in one year.

"Idiot," was Cutaia's response.

One year, an estimated $20,000 and one hospital visit later, the Islip Terrace friends and fellow East Islip High School graduates have reached their goal and now hope to...

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