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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., becomes emotional

(Credit: AP / Elise Amendola)

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Wednesday, April 23, 2014. This is your source for breaking news, weather, traffic and transit delays, as well as social media updates from Newsday and staff in the field.

We've wrapped today's live coverage, but scroll down to find a roundup of today's top local stories including news about Boston marathon winner Meb Keflezighi's...

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Town Roundup: New bond taken out for drainage work

Brookhaven Town has taken out an additional bond of $1.75 million to finance townwide flooding and drainage improvements, bringing the total cost of the project to $3.5 million.

The unanimous vote to increase the bond came at a town board meeting last month.

Board members originally passed a $1.8 million bond resolution in December to pay for the project, which includes controlling water...

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Derelict Lindenhurst building to be torn down today

The dilapidated building at 269 E. Montauk Highway

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The final piece of a longtime eyesore in Lindenhurst is being demolished today, according to Babylon Town officials.

The dilapidated building at 269 E. Montauk Hwy. is slated to be torn down nearly two decades after it was abandoned. The property, between Deauville Parkway and Venetian Boulevard, formerly housed a service station and was owned by Jericho Marine. A few years later, real estate...

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Students celebrate Earth Day's meaning with cleanup in Oakdale

Taking part in the Great American Cleanup movement,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Sarah Owen put on her plastic gloves and grabbed a rake and trash bag before heading to the Locust Avenue Town Ballfield in Oakdale Tuesday to clean up litter.

“I can’t believe people would do this,” said Owen, 18, of East Northport, holding up Skittles and potato chip wrappers found on the field. “I love the environment. It’s our home and when I see cans and bottles on the ground, it makes...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Suffolk County Legislature is holding a hearing

Good afternoon, Long Islanders, and Happy Earth Day.

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, April 22, 2014. We've wrapped today's live coverage, but Newsday reporters will be at the following meetings tonight.

COMING UP TONIGHT

SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE. The Kings Park board of education meets at 7:30 p.m. to vote on authorization to adopt the $83,562,788...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Monday, April 21, 2014

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing nearly

Welcome to Monday and Newsday's Long Island Now live post for April 21, 2014.

Public and private schools across Long Island and New York City are closed for spring recess, making for lighter traffic.

We've wrapped today's live coverage, but this post contains a roundup of some of the stories Newsday has been following throughout the day.

Scroll down to see social media posts from...

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Wyandanch support group runs Easter egg hunt

Chrisvel Peguero, 4, of Wyandanch, finds an Easter

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Joseph Byrd followed his two grandchildren through a playground at Wyandanch Park Saturday, pointing and clapping when they discovered hidden eggs scattered about.

The hope of finally experiencing moments like this was what helped the Wyandanch man get through a 30-year prison stint for homicide. He doesn’t want his grandchildren to make the same mistakes, and that was the theme surrounding...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Friday, April 18, 2014

Suffolk County police responded to the report of

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Thank you for visiting Newsday's LI Now live post for Friday, April 18, 2014.

Happy Easter and Passover, and while you're traveling today stay safe, as there's quite a bit of road construction going on. 

(Mobile readers: Click the link below for social media updates.)

TRAFFIC & TRANSIT

NORTHERN STATE - There's construction work on the Northern State Parkway...

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Stony Brook University unveils rebuilt athletic fields

Stony Brook University, founded in 1957, is a

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Stony Brook University has opened 9 square acres of newly renovated athletic fields, doubling the size of outdoor sports venues for students and upgrading the space during a yearlong renovation.

The $3 million project includes new turf, netting, lighting, bleachers and bench seating. The fields are located in the southern part of the campus, off Stony Brook Road.

The funding came from...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, April 17, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 17, 2014, be sure to check out our local coverage below.

There's also a meeting tonight in Garden City. The village board, which meets tonight at 8 at Village Hall, 351 Stewart Ave, will consider setting aside $305,910 from its termination reserve account for termination benefits for former village administrator Robert Schoelle,...

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