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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

We've wrapped up Tuesday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, but Newsday will be covering these meetings Tuesday night.

COMING UP  

SMOKING BAN. Great Neck Village Tuesday will weigh extending a moratorium on permits for businesses that allow smoking on-site. The 7:30 p.m. meeting is at Village Hall. Follow reporter Scott Eidler’s Twitter updates @Eidz-Towns.

FLOOD FIX. The Long Beach City Council will meet Tuesday night to discuss bond measures for flood prevention projects. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall. Check John Asbury’s Twitter updates @Johnasbury. 

LIVE UPDATES FROM ISLIP MEETING

Newsday's Sarah Armaghan is live tweeting from Tuesday afternoon's Islip Town Board meeting, where officials are scheduled to vote on several expenditures and hold four public hearings. The board is to vote to pay Ronkonkoma-based Enviroscience Consultants Inc. $21,000 to conduct additional testing on materials at three town-owned properties where asbestos has been confirmed in the dumped material.

Click here to view Armaghan's live tweets. (Mobile readers use the mobile link above.)

TOWN APPROVES FEE HIKES

Newsday's John Asbury covered Tuesday morning's Town of Hempstead board meeting, where officials approved several fee increases. "Water rates going up 52 percent, expected to draw $3.6 million for three years," Asbury tweeted from the meeting. Look for his coverage at Newsday.com.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT 

NY 135. One lane will be closed on the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway from Exit 1, Merrick Road;  to Exit 7, Conklin Street,  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for road work.

For more traffic and transit alerts, visit newsday.com/traffic.

TOP LI STORIES

GUILTY PLEA. A former All-Long Island high school football player pleaded guilty Monday to orchestrating a botched 2009 robbery that led to the killing of a Bohemia man, officials said. 

SNAKE INVOLVED IN CRASH. A woman who crashed her car through the front garage door of a firehouse in New Hyde Park was arrested and charged with drunken driving and drug possession Monday evening, police said, after surprised firefighters removed a stolen python from around the woman's neck. 

PRESERVE CLOSED. The David Weld Sanctuary nature preserve in Nissequogue is temporarily closed. The Nature Conservancy, which owns the 125-acre preserve off Smithtown Bay, made the decision last week while it determines how best to stanch the steady stream of graffiti, litter and other petty vandalism that has marred the preserve over the past several years.

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