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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 7, 2014

The statue shows a half-naked woman with an

The statue shows a half-naked woman with an exposed fetus. Credit: News 12

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Monday, July 7, 2014.

The live coverage has concluded, but Newsday will be covering the following meeting tonight. Below, you will also find a rundown of some of the stories we've been following today including a fatal plane crash.

To see the latest Twitter and Instagram updates from the Newsday team, scroll down.

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GRAPHIC STATUE PROPOSAL. The Old Westbury Planning Board is expected to consider a proposal to allow a graphic 33-foot-tall statue that was installed without proper approvals on a historic estate. The 8 p.m. meeting Monday is at Village Hall, 1 Store Hill Rd. Follow reporter Scott Eidler’s Twitter updates: @EidzTowns. 


A single-engine plane crashed into Long Island Sound on Monday morning, about seven nautical miles -- or, about eight miles -- north of Mattituck Inlet, the U.S. Coast Guard says.

Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley confirmed one person, identified only as a male pilot, was dead.

Scroll down -- or use the link for mobile readers above -- to get the latest tweets about the crash.


LIRR. Starting Monday, the elevator at the Bellmore train station will be out of service for about one week for door repair. Elevator service is available at the nearby Merrick and Seaford stations.

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Expect Monday to be partly cloudy and breezy with a high of 84 degrees, then, dropping to a low of 72 degrees tonight. Tuesday's forecast is predicted to be partly cloudy, with a high of 84 degrees, then dropping to a low of 73 degrees at night with a chance of thunderstorm.  


The third round of Newsday's "That's SO Long Island" tournament commenced Sunday night, and the competition is heating up as the Top 16 battle for readers' votes.

Matchups include Debbie Gibson vs. Billy Crystal, bagels vs. Blue Point beer, the Hamptons vs. the Montauk Lighthouse, and Long Island wine country vs. attending a Long Island Ducks game. Vote on all eight rivalries at (Mobile readers: Use the link above to access the tournament while on-the-go.)

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