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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

We're wrapping up our live post for Monday, Aug, 18, 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.

(Mobile readers: View social media posts via the link above.)

DEVELOPING 

FLOOD HELP. The New York State Department of Financial Services'...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Well, that's it for the live post on this lovely Friday, Aug. 15.

To help with your weekend plans, be sure to check out events featured on exploreLI.com and view the weather forecast.

Overall, it's expected to be sunny with a high of around 80 Saturday. On Sunday, there is a chance of rain. The high again will be around 80.

Meanwhile, take a look at some of the news we've been...

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Roundup: KidStock heads to North Hempstead

North Hempstead Beach Park is one of 19

(Credit: Nina Ruggiero)

The Town of North Hempstead is hosting the popular children’s music festival, KidStock, on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. at North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington.

Nationally acclaimed musical entertainment will be featured at the fourth annual free event that will wrap up the town’s summer festival season.

“KidStock is a terrific opportunity for young families to...

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MTA kiosks to only take cash Saturday morning due to upgrade

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit

(Credit: MTA)

MTA fare vending machines will not accept credit or debit card purchases between 1 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday due to a mainframe software upgrade, officials said.

Machines for New York City Transit and MetroCard, including those at PATH stations and JFK AirTrain, will only accept cash transactions. The credit- and debit-only machines in LaGuardia Airport will be inoperable.

Cash-only...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

About 150 people have come to New York

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

That's it for Thursday's edition of the live Long Island Now post. Thanks for joining us. 

Be sure to come back Friday for another look at local breaking news, traffic and transit alerts, weather and more updates.

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HUNTINGTON: The zoning board will hear from a...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Cory Netter, 13, of Oak Beach, bike rides

(Credit: Sarah Armaghan/Newsday)

Today's record-setting rain broke multiple state records and left destruction across the island. 

Find the latest updates below from readers and reporters as LI recovers. Share your photos or stories with the hashtag #LIRain on social media.

Find Newsday's main story on the storm, power outages and flooding at http://nwsdy.li/1q89J14.

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Miss Long Island winners crowned as founder bids adieu

Geena Cardalena, 17, of Floral Park, left, and

(Credit: John Fischer)

Geena Cardalena, 17, and Jenna Tirado, 20, were enveloped in a circle as the other contestants swarmed around to hug and congratulate the new queens.

Cardalena was still struggling to hold back tears, having just moments before been crowned Miss Long Island Teen along with Tirado, who was crowned Miss Long Island for 2015 on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing...

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Roundup: Donation to fix Oak Beach community center

A historical structure in Oak Beach that was damaged by superstorm Sandy is receiving financial help from the state.

The Oak Beach community center was built in 1872 and once served as part of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, a precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard sold the building to Babylon Town in 1948, and for the last 40 years it has been used for Oak Beach meetings and functions.

The...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

We've wrapped today's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, but here's a look at two meetings Newsday will be covering Tuesday night.

DOUBLE POLES. The North Hempstead town board Tuesday will consider a law addressing the issue of double utility poles. The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Check for Twitter updates from Newsday's Lisa Irizarry:...

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Teens feel 'free' at Pride for Youth LGBTQ prom in Bellmore

Lounging around at the "Alice in Wonderland"-themed Pride

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

Sam C. partied like any self-respecting “Queen of Hearts” should at an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed prom.

She held court.

Sam was ready for a photographer’s lens only after laying dramatically on a couch -- sprawled on top of friends Danny Petersen and Casey Donnelly -- simultaneously showing off red-and-black striped tights and a fearless nature. Not long before, she had helped lead...

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