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LI Now Live: Jan. 9, 2014 Live

Welcome to the LI Now live post for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Good afternoon, Long Islanders. Here's the latest happenings on Long Island.

We're wrapping up today's post, but below, you'll find a round-up of the day's top stories and tweets from Newsday and its team of reporters. These local meetings will be taking place later tonight.

ISLIP: RETAIL PLAN. The Islip planning board is holding public hearings today on a proposed Hauppauge retail building and a proposed Kismet bar or nightclub. The 7:30 meeting is at Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street. Check back for Sophia Chang’s coverage at newsday.com.

KINGS PARK: SPORTS FACILITY. The Kings Park Civic Association will host guest speaker Ken Henderson, a member of an investors group proposing a multisport park on the Santilli property at 350 Old Northport Road. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Kings Park High School, 200 Rte. 25A. Check back for Lauren R. Harrison’s updates at newsday.com.

ISLAND PARK: LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT. The Island Park Village Board is holding a special meeting today to discuss terms of a tentative $1.96 million settlement with the federal government after a two-decade legal battle over alleged village discrimination against minorities and violation of fair-housing laws while allocating federally subsidized homes in the 1980s. The 7:30 meeting is at the temporary modular trailer office next to the Island Park Village Hall, 127 Long Beach Road. Follow Aisha Al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.


After addressing the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wrapped up the two-hour live news conference. If you missed it, don't fret you can catch up by reading our story or checking out our live-blog of the 11 a.m. conference.

"I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team," Christie started off by saying, at the 11 a.m. conference. "This morning I terminated the employment of Bridget Kelly immediately. She lied to me."
"There's going to be some crisis in confidence," said Christie. "Sometimes, despite the best background checks, interviews -- sometimes people end up being bad hires. You can't prevent everything. But the test of leadership is, when you find it out, what do you do? I'm saddened to have to do this, but it's my job. I've taken an oath, and I'm going to execute my job."

Suffolk County Water Authority reports the following water main breaks:


LINDENHURST: Water shutdown to repair water main on Shore Road, east Arctic Street
PATCHOGUE: Water shutdown to repair water main on Cedar Avenue, south of Patchogue Avenue.
DEER PARK: Water shutdown to repair water main on Pitt Avenue.
WEST BABYLON: Water shutdown to repair water main on 18th Street.

Note: Residences in the nearby area may experience no water service, low water pressure and/or discolored water. The SCWA sent out crews to make the necessary repairs to both locations.

Weather

After a frigid cold spell, it's finally starting to warm up. Today will be partly cloudy with the high of 28 degrees and 5 to 10 mph winds. Tonight's forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of snow with winds less than 5mph and a low temperature of 25 degrees.

Traffic 


CONSTRUCTION: Long-term road construction westbound on Route 347 between Mount Pleasant Road and Route 111 in Smithtown.


Headlines

Here's a look at today's top local stories.

In pop culture news, Lindsay Lohan's reality show premiers on OWN March 9.

Arson investigation in Melville: Suffolk County's Arson Squad is investigating a house fire early Thursday in Melville in which two adults and two children escaped unharmed, police said.

Detectives search for gunman: First Squad detectives are looking for a gunman who robbed a man late Wednesday in the driveway of a Roosevelt home, Nassau County police said.

State of the State Address: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo delivered a State of the State address Wednesday discussing cutting business taxes, investing in infrastructure, and passing ethics laws and strengthening abortion rights.

Development open for residents: AvalonBay Huntington Station, the high-density development that polarized the community for four years, is ready to open for residents. Lottery applicants for 43 "affordable" one-, two- and three-bedroom rental apartments packed Town Hall Tuesday night, to learn their ranking among 489 who registered.

Police search for serial robber: An armed serial robber strikes again Tuesday night holding up a Lake Ronkonkoma convenience store then targeting a Shirley fast food place. He is also responsible for 14 robberies, Suffolk police say.

Today's cover story: U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy announced Wednesday she' stepping down from her 17-year role in Congress after her term ends due to her health struggle with lung cancer.

by brittany.wait

2012 Long Island town and city payrolls: The 15 towns and cities on Long Island employ more than 20,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal workers. Here are their records for employees paid in 2012.

Life-changing Dominican trip: Southampton students spend winter break building a vocational school in Constanza. It will serve hundreds of children that age out of elementary school at 9th grade.

by brittany.wait
Plainview boy NFL punt, pass & kick finalist: Sebastian Lippman, 8, will be representing the Jets in the finals of the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick CompetitionThe second grader at Pasadena Elementary School will be one of 40 kids from across the country to compete Saturday in Denver, where the Broncos will host the San Diego Chargers.

Photo credit: Handout | Sebastian Lippman, 8, of Plainview, will compete Saturday in Denver in the national championship of the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick competition. The winners will be announced during Sunday's Broncos-Chargers game. (Sept. 21, 2013) 
by brittany.wait

The cover story of the "Our Towns" section looks at the $1 million makeover of Glen Cove's downtown movie theater to reopen in April after its foreclosure in March, which reduced foot traffic to nearby businesses.

by brittany.wait


Top Tweets

Here's a round-up of tweets from Newsday and its reporters.






















You Said It


From the gym to the sauna, from the hotel room to the Octagon, Newsday chronicled Baldwin's Chris Weidman in Las Vegas as he prepared to defend his title against Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. Check out the documentary.



On the Agenda


These local meetings will be taking place today.

ISLIP: RETAIL PLAN. The Islip planning board is holding public hearings today on a proposed Hauppauge retail building and a proposed Kismet bar or nightclub. The 7:30 meeting is at Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street. Check back for Sophia Chang’s coverage at newsday.com.

KINGS PARK: SPORTS FACILITY. The Kings Park Civic Association will host guest speaker Ken Henderson, a member of an investors group proposing a multisport park on the Santilli property at 350 Old Northport Road. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at Kings Park High School, 200 Rte. 25A. Check back for Lauren R. Harrison’s updates at newsday.com.

ISLAND PARK: LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT. The Island Park Village Board is holding a special meeting today to discuss terms of a tentative $1.96 million settlement with the federal government after a two-decade legal battle over alleged village discrimination against minorities and violation of fair-housing laws while allocating federally subsidized homes in the 1980s. The 7:30 meeting is at the temporary modular trailer office next to the Island Park Village Hall, 127 Long Beach Road. Follow Aisha Al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

Time capsule

A look inside Newsday's archives.

Students connect across time: This day in time, but in 1999, the Lawrence Middle School class of 1976 opened their time capsule to celebrate the nation's bicentennial. Thirty-five items were found in the capsule, including theater programs from "A Chorus Line" and "Bye Bye Birdie," a bicentennial coin, a $2 bill, mood ring, a photograph of Henry Winkler as The Fonz, and even a pass to detention.

Photo credit: Daniel Goodrich | Randi Urban, left and Caroline Baron, both Class of '76 from the Lawrence Middle School carry the time capsule into the auditorium filled will current students at the school. (Dec. 22, 1999) 
by brittany.wait

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