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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Classes resumed at Amityville Memorial High School after

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As we wrap up Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Thursday, April 24, 2014, be sure to take a look at the local news we've provided throughout the day. 

There is also a Smithtown Town Board meeting scheduled tonight. More information is below.

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Sound Beach man's Starbucks kindness honors late son

On Pay it Forward Day, April 24, 2014,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

As soon as Starbucks at the Stony Brook University Medical Center opened at 6:30 a.m., Rich Specht handed employees $500 in Starbucks gift cards to give out to customers.

Thursday was international Pay It Forward Day, the perfect day to spread some kindness.

Specht, whose Sound Beach family lost their 22-month-old son Richie — nicknamed Rees — on Oct. 27, 2012 after he drowned in a pond...

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Roundup: Advocate seeks housing plan help

A community housing advocate called on Suffolk County on Wednesday to adopt a housing plan that sets goals for towns and villages to add rental units, arguing it would give developers more leverage to get plans adopted.

“I’m calling for a grand bargain — if people want single-family housing, the suburbia they came out here for, you need to allow some density,” said Alexander Roberts, executive...

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Long Islander celebrates 100th birthday by working out twice

Elizabeth "Nan" Smith celebrates her 100th birthday three

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Elizabeth “Nan” Smith, while sporting a plastic crown atop her head and a scepter in hand, got a surprise visit from a “prince” during her 100th birthday celebration following a cardio class at her local gym, the New York Sports Club in Garden City.

Chris Ferraro, a 30-year-old trainer at the gym, swooped in wearing a knight’s helmet and kissed his “princess” on the cheek.

Smith, one...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., becomes emotional

(Credit: AP / Elise Amendola)

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Wednesday, April 23, 2014. This is your source for breaking news, weather, traffic and transit delays, as well as social media updates from Newsday and staff in the field.

We've wrapped today's live coverage, but scroll down to find a roundup of today's top local stories including news about Boston marathon winner Meb Keflezighi's...

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Town Roundup: New bond taken out for drainage work

Brookhaven Town has taken out an additional bond of $1.75 million to finance townwide flooding and drainage improvements, bringing the total cost of the project to $3.5 million.

The unanimous vote to increase the bond came at a town board meeting last month.

Board members originally passed a $1.8 million bond resolution in December to pay for the project, which includes controlling water...

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Derelict Lindenhurst building to be torn down today

The dilapidated building at 269 E. Montauk Highway

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

The final piece of a longtime eyesore in Lindenhurst is being demolished today, according to Babylon Town officials.

The dilapidated building at 269 E. Montauk Hwy. is slated to be torn down nearly two decades after it was abandoned. The property, between Deauville Parkway and Venetian Boulevard, formerly housed a service station and was owned by Jericho Marine. A few years later, real estate...

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Students celebrate Earth Day's meaning with cleanup in Oakdale

Taking part in the Great American Cleanup movement,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Sarah Owen put on her plastic gloves and grabbed a rake and trash bag before heading to the Locust Avenue Town Ballfield in Oakdale Tuesday to clean up litter.

“I can’t believe people would do this,” said Owen, 18, of East Northport, holding up Skittles and potato chip wrappers found on the field. “I love the environment. It’s our home and when I see cans and bottles on the ground, it makes...

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Long Island news, weather, traffic, LIRR and school updates for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Suffolk County Legislature is holding a hearing

Good afternoon, Long Islanders, and Happy Earth Day.

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, April 22, 2014. We've wrapped today's live coverage, but Newsday reporters will be at the following meetings tonight.


SCHOOL BUDGET VOTE. The Kings Park board of education meets at 7:30 p.m. to vote on authorization to adopt the $83,562,788...

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Toomey's Tavern owner to meet with Amityville officials over noise, parking issues

The owner of a popular waterfront bar in Amityville is scheduled to meet Tuesday with village officials in a bid to resolve noise and parking issues before the start of the summer season.

Some neighbors of Toomey’s Tavern, 251 South Ketcham Ave., have complained about weekend shows during the summer that attract large crowds. The amplified music carries across the water and revelers occasionally...

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