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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Here's your source for breaking news, traffic and transit updates to get you through the day. Also, be sure to check back often for social media updates from Newsday and its staff.

It continues to be chilly today, with a freeze warning remaining in effect until 10 a.m. Below-freezing temperatures are likely to kill crops...

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Babylon, Islip getting nearly $500G from state to fix potholes

The towns of Babylon and Islip are getting

(Credit: James Carbone)

The state is helping Babylon and Islip Town residents drive a little more smoothly over area roads.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) has announced that more than $484,000 is being allocated for pothole repairs in Islip and Babylon towns. The money is part of the $40 million that has been designated for pothole repair in the state budget.

Babylon Town will receive $142,047, while the...

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Ray Kelly joins board of Long Island's Museum of American Armor

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly addresses a news

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, a Marine Corps veteran, is joining the board of the Museum of American Armor.

The museum, previously located at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale, is building its own 25,000-square-foot facility at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The new museum is scheduled to open, at least partly, on June 6, the...

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Hempstead school district appeals over firing of principals

The Barack Obama Elementary School in Hempstead in

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The Hempstead school district has appealed a court ruling that found it had failed to comply with a state law when it fired three principals last year.

The school district filed a notice of appeal last week with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the state of New York, after a Nassau County Supreme Court judge decided last month in favor of the fired principals -- David Evans,...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Seeking the public's help, Crime Stoppers and Nassau

(Credit: NCPD/Crime Stoppers)

Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

We've concluded today's live coverage, but here, you'll find a rundown of some of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day. For Twitter updates from the Newsday team, scroll down -- or use the link below if you're a mobile reader.

REWARD FOR SUNGLASS HUT SUSPECTS

Nassau County Police and...

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Newsday’s ‘Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes’ project

Once inside the castle at Sands Point Preserve

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Do you have a son or daughter attending a senior prom on Long Island this year?

If so, we’d like to come share in the fun through a video project we’re debuting, “Prom Through the Parents’ Eyes.”

We're looking for parents and students who will let us come to their homes and chronicle parents as they're seeing their kids off on this special night. We want to capture parents' emotions...

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Roundup: Bulkhead fixes needed near marina

The recent dredging of the Northport’s Woodbine Marina revealed that a nearby bulkhead was incorrectly installed more than a decade ago.

Some of the sheet piles weren’t attached deep enough on the bulkhead along Cow Harbor Park, Huntington Town spokesman A.J. Carter said.

Carter said the contractor that constructed the bulkhead is out of business and that “the town has no recourse other...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic and LIRR updates for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Tuesday, April 15, 2014, take a look at the weather forecast below and the local meeting happening tonight.

What's worse than a rainy day? How about the day taxes are due. It's the daily double -- it's tax day. But here is a little secret for those of you scrambling through the puddles to file federal returns -- penalties for filing late federal...

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Having a coming-of-age party? Let us tag along

Newsday is creating a video documentary about what

(Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

Do you know a teenage girl who is having an elaborate quinceanera, sweet 16, bat mitzvah or another age coming-of-age ritual? We are looking for a few teenagers who are celebrating coming-of-age events involving different cultures.

Do you know a young girl who has an interesting story and plans to have an elaborate or unique party? One of our videojournalists plans to follow each...

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Roundup: Eminent domain in Centerport; Hike for Life event set for May 10

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

CENTERPORT

Park expanded using eminent domain

A Centerport park has been expanded as a result of eminent domain.

The Huntington Town Board voted 5 to 0 last week to acquire a 0.52-acre parcel through a “friendly condemnation” procedure.

The parcel was owned by the Greenlawn Water District and is next to 11-acre Phragmites Park on the north side of Route 25A. The plot was...

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