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LI Now traffic, weather and history for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Good morning, Long Island. Welcome to the LI Now live post for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014.

This post will keep you informed about local traffic and transit alerts, weather, upcoming meetings and events, and some top stories you might have missed. Also, scroll down for a glance at key historic events that happened on this date.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

SYOSSET: The right lane is closed on the Northern State Parkway eastbound between South Oyster Bay Road and Manetto Hill Road due to road construction.

HOLBROOK: There is construction work on the LIE service road westbound at Patchogue Holbrook Road.

SMITHTOWN: The left lane on Route 347 is closed in both directions between Route 111 and Mount Pleasant Road due to road construction.

WEATHER

The streak of warm weather continues Wednesday with a high of 73, but keep an eye out for clouds, fog and a 50 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. Wednesday night there is a 90 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a low of 64. 

Historically on Long Island, this date saw a record high of 81 in 1990, and plummeted to below-freezing temperatures just three years later with a record low of 31 in 1993.

WHAT TO WATCH

LINDENHURST: The board of education will hold a community forum Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Lindenhurst High School at 300 Charles St. The forum will focus on the district's teacher union contract. Follow Denise M. Bonilla's Twitter updates @denisebonilla.

TODAY IN HISTORY

In 1923, the New York Yankees won their first World Series, defeating the crosstown Giants four games to two. Sticking with the sports theme, on this date in 1969, the Madison Square Garden Network launched. A little trivia for everyone --- the first game broadcast on MSG was a hockey game between the Rangers and the Minnesota North Stars.

And on this date in 1992, New York City motorman Robert Ray was convicted of manslaughter in the death of five riders, when he fell asleep drunk while in control of the train.

For all you Sesame Street fans out there, Oct. 15 is also National Grouch Day, celebrating Oscar, the show's grumpiest garbage-can clad cast member.

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