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That's SO Long Island Round 1 recap, Round 2 voting underway

Newsday is pitting 64 local foods, attractions, celebrities

The first round of Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament wrapped up Wednesday night with some close battles, spectacular comebacks and a celebrity social media war.

With only a few hours left in the competition, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and Ward Melville High School alumnus Mick Foley was being dominated by singer Ashanti. Glen Cove native Ashanti, who tweeted the contest to her fans,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thank you for visiting the Newsday Towns live blog for July 2, 2014. We're shutting it down, but here are some things to keep an eye on.

ROAD CLOSURE FOR JULY 4TH

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display at Bald Hill will shut down County Road 83 (North Ocean Avenue) between Granny Road and Route 25 on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to an advisory released Wednesday by the...

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Wyandanch road to be renamed in honor of one of Suffolk's first black officers

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a

(Credit: David Reich-Hale)

The Town of Babylon is ceremonially renaming a Wyandanch road in honor of a longtime resident who died earlier this year.

The board recently voted to change the name of a nearly two-mile stretch of Straight Path between Main Avenue and Cumberbach Street to John Cleveland Carter Way.

Carter was a Vietnam veteran and one of the first black officers in the Suffolk County Police Department....

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Roundup: Oyster Bay may borrow $30M for July costs

Oyster Bay plans to borrow $30 million to

(Credit: Nicole Bartoline)

Oyster Bay plans to borrow $30 million Wednesday to address cash flow problems.

The town would not have enough money in its general fund or highway fund to pay employees in July if it didn’t borrow the money, according to cash projections in a town securities prospectus.

The securities, called Revenue Anticipation Notes and Tax Anticipation notes, are short-term borrowings that the town...

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Islip supervisor Tom Croci set to return on Wednesday

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, left, greets American

(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) will be among the welcoming crowd greeting returning Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci at his welcome-home party Wednesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Croci is returning from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as U.S. Navy commander.

Zeldin plans to present Croci with a New York State Liberty Medal upon state Senate approval.

“This...

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Suffolk County Community College accreditation reaffirmed

Suffolk County Community College president Shaun McKay on

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed the accreditation of Suffolk County Community College and removed it from its warning list.

Without accreditation, the college would not be eligible for federal aid, like Pell grants and Stafford loans.

The accreditation of the state's largest two-year college was officially renewed in a letter last week after school officials...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two baby bald eagles, rare to Long Island,

(Credit: Jim Colligan)

Welcome to Newsday's Long Island Now live post for Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 

Today's live coverage has concluded, but here's a look at some of the stories we've been following, and a few meetings Newsday reporters will be covering Tuesday night.

Scroll down to see a daily roundup of tweets and Instagram updates from Newsday and its reporters, editors and photographers.

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Roundup: Port Washington gets $25G grant to prevent substance abuse, bullying

Port Washington School District programs aimed at preventing

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Port Washington School District programs aimed at preventing substance abuse and bullying have received $25,000 in state funding to support programs that the district’s Safety & Substance Abuse Task Force offers.

“Substance abuse and bullying are two of the most dangerous challenges students face in their teenage years,” State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), who secured the funding, said...

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Contract to resurface Babylon Village tennis courts delayed

The awarding of a contract to resurface the

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Award of a contract to resurface the Babylon Village tennis courts has been postponed because not enough bids were received, Mayor Ralph Scordino said.

A second round of bidding is underway and will close this Thursday.

“A lot of people were very busy and were interested in bidding, but had other commitments” during the first bid period, Scordino said.

The roughly $100,000 project...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, June 30, 2014

Kiarra King, 15, of Medford, has been missing

GIRL, 15, MISSING FROM MEDFORD

A 15-year-old Medford girl has been missing from her home since Friday afternoon, according to Suffolk County Police.

Kiarra King (pictured above) was last seen on June 27 at about 1 p.m. at her home on Maple Lane, police said. She was wearing a sleeveless denim jacket with a black hood, a light blue shirt, black shorts with a white stripe, and a black-and-gold...

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