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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Court officers evacuate the Central Islip Criminal Court

(Credit: James Carbone)

Good afternoon, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now Live post for July 23, 2014.Here's the latest happenings on Long Island Wednesday. Check back often for the latest breaking news, traffic and weather alerts, and LIRR delays.Mobile users can click the link below to access our live coverage.EVACUATIONCourt officers evacuated the Central Islip Criminal Court Wednesday morning after an elevator...

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Long Islander, 101, to be honored for volunteer service at weather agency open house

Richard Hendrickson, 101, demonstrates how he collects temperature

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Weather enthusiasts are invited to visit an open house Sunday at the National Weather Service office for a behind-the-scenes look at how forecasters work in these days of Doppler radar and sophisticated computer models. Attendees also will hear about a Bridgehampton farmer who'll be recognized for his eight decades of service as a volunteer observer for the weather service. Richard...

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Town of Brookhaven razes home, issues violation against bank

Brookhaven Town workers for the second time in

(Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Brookhaven Town workers for the second time in less than a week have demolished a badly burned home and issued a violation against the bank that owns the property.

The latest residence, on Association Road in Bellport, was knocked to the ground on Sunday, having sustained extensive damage in a 2013 fire.

The bank that owns the home was issued a violation for having an unsecured building,...

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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

(Credit: NYSDOT)

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

(Credit: Newsday / Laura Figueroa)

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.

(Mobile readers: Access social media updates via the link above.)

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

(Credit: Newsday / John Cornell)

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

(Credit: Riverhead Foundation)

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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