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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Monday, July 14, 2014

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT

SOUTHERN STATE PKWY. Accident blocking...

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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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Billy Joel, Billy Crystal battle in Round 4 of 'That's SO Long Island'

We’re in Round 4 of our “That’s SO

It’s time to decide the final four contestants in Newsday’s “That’s SO Long Island” tournament.

Round 4 is underway, and just eight of the contest’s original 64 iconic local foods, celebrities, attractions and activities picked are still in the running to the claim the title.

In the final celebrity matchup, Billy Crystal is learning what other celebs have already figured out: It’s no...

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Islip Terrace friends seek Guinness record after drinking at 1,000 bars

Brian Cutaia, left, and Robert Walter of Islip

(Credit: Brian Cutaia/Robert Walter)

Brian Cutaia and Robert Walter were having drinks at Five Points Cafe in Sayville on July 5, 2013, when Walter posed a challenge: to visit and have a drink at 1,000 bars in one year.

"Idiot," was Cutaia's response.

One year, an estimated $20,000 and one hospital visit later, the Islip Terrace friends and fellow East Islip High School graduates have reached their goal and now hope to...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, schools and LIRR updates for Friday, July 11, 2014

Well, that's about it for this Friday, July 11. As we all wait and see how if a strike by Long Island Rail Road workers will take place July 20, make sure to take advantage of the rails this weekend if you're headed out east.

The forecast calls for high temperatures near 80, with sunny skies on Saturday and overcast with a chance of thunderstorms on Sunday. 

Have a great weekend,...

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Roundup: Counties get $6.6M in security grants

Nassau and Suffolk counties will share $6.67 million in federal and state homeland security grants, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week.

“From September 11th to Superstorm Sandy, our first responders and local law enforcement agencies have been essential to protecting New Yorkers and keeping our communities safe,” Cuomo said in a news release Wednesday. “These grants are vital...

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Eva Casale’s fourth marathon pays tribute to Bay Shore’s Rich Arcuri

Rich Arcuri, an Long Island contractor, died one

(Credit: Arcuri family)

It looked like a finish line, but it wasn’t. Hundreds of people lined Bayway Avenue in Bay Shore Thursday night, clapping, cheering and saying thank you as Glen Cove’s Eva Casale ran by with a pack of about 50 other runners.

But as the group approached an archway of balloons that stretched across the street, they didn’t sprint through. Instead, they slowed down to a walk and then, stopped...

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