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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,

(Credit: NCPD)

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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LIRR commuters: Contribute to Newsday

Long Island Rail Road union workers and supporters

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Are you a Long Island Rail Road commuter?

Newsday wants to know more about your story.

We are looking for commuters who are willing to share their experiences if the railroad goes on strike. Will you drive to the city? Is a bus into an outer borough an option?

Please fill out the form below and someone from Newsday could be in touch. Mobile users, please use the link after the...

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Roundup: Burns Park to get new athletic field turf, animal shelter to extend hours

OYSTER BAY TOWN

Burns Park to get new athletic field turf

The Town of Oyster Bay plans to replace the artificial turf at one athletic field at the John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa at a cost of $580,000. 

The town board last week retroactively authorized applying for a $290,000 grant from the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation to cover...

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Huntington's summer leaf-blowing restrictions survey online

Town board member Susan Berland has sought to

(Credit: James Escher)

An online survey about the possibility of a new town law to restrict leaf blowers during the summer is available for Huntington residents.

Town board member Susan Berland in May sought to sponsor a resolution restricting gas-powered leaf blowers during the summer because of the possible health threats they may cause, but she was unable to garner enough support to get it on the agenda.

Berland...

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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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Michael Brannigan keeps on running, with Rolling Thunder's support

Michael Brannigan, 17, of East Northport, finished in

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein )

When Edie Brannigan, 50, of East Northport, gave birth to her first child, Patrick, she was in labor for 24 hours. With her youngest son, Thomas, labor lasted 16 hours.

Michael, her middle son, sped out in two hours.

“He ran out of my womb,” Brannigan chuckled.

Michael has been running ever since.

Constantly on the go, he had to learn to slow down. At the age of 6, therapists...

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Amityville Fire Department to buy breathing equipment with grant money

AMITYVILLE

Firefighters will get new breathing gear

The Amityville Fire Department will buy new breathing equipment to protect firefighters from heat, smoke and chemicals, thanks to a $218,080 federal grant secured with the help of Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford).

Other grants will go to departments in the City of Long Beach and Cold Spring Harbor.

“If it saves one life, if...

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That's So Long Island down to four finalists. Vote in Round 5.

We?re down to the four finalists in Newsday's

Here they are. Meet your final four contestants in Newsday’s That’s SO Long Island tournament: Billy Joel, bagels, Jones Beach … and Jones Beach concerts.

Yes, Jones Beach won the “Attractions” category, surprisingly beating out the Montauk Lighthouse, and the experience of taking in an outdoor concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater also edged out Long Island Ducks baseball games to clinch...

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Public hearing on Brookhaven vodka distillery plan

Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico, pictured here on June

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Town of Brookhaven might get its first distillery. The town board is expected to hold a public hearing next month on a plan to build a vodka distillery at a Manorville corn and potato farm, town officials said Thursday during a work session. The distillery, which also would brew hard cider, would be built on 2.8 acres owned by the Ringhoff family at County Road 51 and an off-ramp of...

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Eva Casale of Glen Cove finishes 7 marathons in 7 days to fight cancer

Eva Casale, 49, of Glen Cove, leads a

(Credit: Tara Conry)

She did it.

Eva Casale barrelled down School Street in Glen Cove Sunday afternoon, leading a pack of other runners toward a crowd of fans who were shaking cowbells and chanting her name.

As she crossed a finish line marked off by chalk and an archway of purple-and-white balloons, the 49-year-old Glen Cove resident threw up her arms to celebrate. She had just finished her seventh and...

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