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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Sheila Gilman, 76, is a Bristal of North

Sheila Gilman, 76, is a Bristal of North Hills resident whose work will be auctioned off in a silent auction benefiting seniors, held at Hofstra University on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Good afternoon, Long Island. Thanks for visiting the Long Island Now live blog post for Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

We're winding down for the day, but here are a few things to keep an eye on.

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Hofstra University will host an art show and silent auction featuring artwork created by residents of the Bristal Assisted Living Communities to benefit "Senior Dreams Come True," an organization that provides assistance to senior citizens with economic needs. The auction will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hagedorn Hall, Hofstra University. 


Lewis Oliver Farm in Northport is looking for its "mayor," a six-year-old cat named Salem who disappeared on Aug. 14.

Salem is an adult female black cat weighing about 6-7 pounds. She had a bald patch on her back the last time she was seen, according to farm volunteer Lorene Erickson. Salem is not wearing a collar and is not microchipped. 

“It’s just so unlike her to be gone for this long,” Erickson said. “We just hope she’s safe and that someone is taking care of her.”

Anyone with information can call Lewis Oliver Farm at 631-261-6320. For more information, check out their Facebook page here


In recent weeks, Newsday has covered a Suffolk County bill that would force gas stations to alert drivers to credit card prices for gasoline on dealers' roadside signs.

Tuesday morning, a Newsday editor took a photo of the wide price difference at a Mobil in Islip -- 98 cents.

What's the widest price difference you've seen between cash and credit? Let us know in comments. Also, if you're at a gas station with a wide gap between cash and credit prices, tweet the picture to us at @NewsdayTowns.


Suffolk County police and the Islip Town board will recognize Fifth Precinct police officers Christopher D’Amico and Joseph Cascone in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon for their role in rescuing an 18-month-old girl who was found unresponsive in a swimming pool in Sayville on July 22.

The officers resuscitated the girl using CPR before she was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, and then to Stony Brook University Hospital in serious condition.

The child’s condition has significantly improved since the accident and she is expected to make a full recovery, according to a release from Suffolk County police.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at the Islip Town Hall Board room, 655 Main St. Members of the Community Ambulance Co., along with a dispatcher from the Bayport Fire Department will also be honored for their efforts. 


Apple announced a slate of new products on Tuesday including the iPhone 6 and a larger-screened iPhone 6 Plus. The company also rolled out Apple Pay, a new way to pay for products using your Apple device.

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Newsday community journalist Tara Conry is back in The Massapequas Tuesday as our "Town Focus" continues. Look for her Q&A with Massapequa Park Mayor Jeffrey Pravato and learn about a special tribute on display in the village this week honoring 9/11 victims.

Conry will also be meeting with Massapequa schools chief Lucille Iconis Tuesday and attending a seaside memorial service in the evening to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Follow her live coverage on Twitter and Instagram (@TaraKConry). You can also view her latest social media updates below. (Mobile readers: Use the link at the top of this post.)


NORTH HEMPSTEAD: A public hearing has been set Tuesday for consideration of a uniform speed limit on Roslyn Road, the scene of two fatal accidents this year. The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 220 Plandome Rd., Manhasset. Read Scott Eidler's twitter updates @eidztowns

BROOKHAVEN TOWN: The Brookhaven Town Board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill, Farmingville. The board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to require digital carbon monoxide detectors in all new homes. Follow Carl MacGowan's Twitter updates @CarlMacGowan.

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