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Major Renovations are on the way to Four Bridges in Nassau and Suffolk County – Including more than 50 new Traffic Cameras. New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced that work has begun on three transportation infrastructure projects on Long Island, totaling $22.6 million in repairs and technology improvements.

Main Projects Include:
  • A $9.5 million project to rehabilitate and repair three bridges in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
  • A $7.4 million project to replace the bridge deck on North Ocean Avenue (Suffolk County Route 83) over the Long Island Expressway in the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County.
  • A $5.7 million project to install 50 new traffic cameras on state highways throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
3 Bridges Undergo $9.5 Million In Repairs:
  • State Route 107 over Sea Cliff Ave in the city of Glen Cove, Nassau County.
  • State Route 110 over State Route 109 in the town of Babylon, Suffolk County.
  • Northern State Parkway over Round Swamp Road in the town of Huntington, Suffolk County.

Work that will most affect travel lanes will be scheduled during off-peak daytime and nighttime hours. All work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

North Ocean Avenue Bridge:

A new concrete deck will be installed on the North Ocean Avenue bridge over the LIE. North Ocean Avenue to remain open to traffic at all times. Work is expected to be completed in the spring of 2019.

In 2018, 20 New Traffic Cameras:

· State Route 878 (Nassau Expressway) in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County; · State Route 25A (Northern Boulevard) in the towns of North Hempstead, Nassau County, and Huntington, Suffolk County; · State Route 110 (Walt Whitman Road) in the town of Huntington; · State Route 231 (Deer Park Avenue) in the town of Huntington.

In 2019, 30 New Cameras:

· State Route 27 (Sunrise Highway) in the towns of Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, and Southampton, all in Suffolk County · Interstate 495/Long Island Expressway in the towns of Brookhaven and Riverhead, both in Suffolk County; · State Route 27A (Montauk Highway) in the town of Islip.


Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 Freebies & Deals

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day! 

Our teachers deserve so much (especially a pay raise) & some great businesses are celebrating our teachers with freebies & deals all day today!

Here are a few you might be interested in:

–Barnes & Noble is giving teachers 20% off the publishers price for book purchased for classroom use. –Michael’s is giving teachers a 15% discount on in-store purchases. –Chipotle  is BOGO on burritos, bowls, salads, and tacos from 3PM to close. –The Greene Turtle (only certain locations) is giving teachers a free meal up to $12 with a valid teacher’s ID. —both J.Crew & Banana Republic are giving teachers 15% off on in-store purchases. –Zinburger is giving teachers a free shake at all 15 east coast locations. There’s actually a Zinburger over at Walt Whitman Mall!

LISTEN: BLI Summer Jam artist Alessia Cara honors Elton John

Last night on CBS, the music world saluted Sir Elton John & his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, on a 2 hour special.

Stars like Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, (BLI Summer Jam artist) Shawn Mendes, and Sza paid tribute to the legendary musician, but it was BLI Summer Jam artist Alessia Cara that stole the show with her rendition of “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”. It’s featured on the album “REVAMP”. Take a listen below!



Who was Omar Sharif? Google honors 'Lawrence of Arabia' actor

In honor of what would have been famed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif’s 86th birthdayGoogle featured a dashing illustration of “The Noble” on its home page.

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On this day in 1932, Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Lebanese family of Melkite Catholic descent.

It wasn’t until 1955, when he converted to Islam, that he changed his name to Omar Sharif, a surname that translates to “noble” or “nobleman” in Arabic. 

Before becoming an Egyptian and Hollywood actor and playing the iconic role of Arab warrior Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif worked for his father’s lumber company. 

According to Al Jazeera, Sharif also attended Cairo University and graduated with a degree in mathematics and physics. He left the family lumber business to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955, soon after converting to Islam, but the pair divorced in 1974.

After being nominated for an Oscar for his role in the Hollywood hit “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif went on to gain international fame, scoring roles as a king of Armenia in “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), a Mongol leader in “Genghis Khan” (1965) and a Russian doctor in “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) among others.

He also earned two Golden Globes and a UNESCO Einstein medal, an acknowledgement of his contributions to cultural diversity, Google wrote in its doodle blog.

At one point, Sharif even ranked among the world's top contract bridge players and co-wrote a syndicated column on the game for the Chicago Tribune.

But according to Al Jazeera, “international recognition came at a hefty personal price.” In an interview with The Associated Press in 2003, he said the global fame “separated me from my wife, from my family ... We didn't see each other any more and that was it, the end of our wedding. I might have been happier having stayed an Egyptian film star."

Sharif, 83, died of a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt, on July 10, 2015. His ex-wife, Hamama, had died six months earlier.

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WATCH: Toys ‘R’ Us Sad Song

Not sure about you, but I still can’t accept the fact that Toys ‘R’ Us is closing. I refuse to believe it’s really happening. That said, whatever is going to happen, is going to happen. I don’t like it, but I can’t control it.

One man has decided to pay tribute to America’s favorite toy store by taking the original jingle, recording it in a minor key, and pouring his heart out when singing the lyrics. REST IN PEACE, TOYS ‘R’ US! We’ll miss you.


WATCH: Tom Brady beats Stephen Colbert in beer-chugging contest 

Whether it’s playing football or chugging beer, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a competitive guy.

>> Read more trending newsBrady was a guest on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Monday night, and when challenged by Colbert to slamming down a pint of beer, he did not hesitate.

Colbert was asking Brady what foods he missed eating as he maintains a strict, healthy diet, and he mentioned, “cheeseburgers, pizza, beer, things like that.”

“You don’t drink beer?” Colbert asked.

“Rarely,” Brady said.

But when Colbert pulled out two glasses of beer, the contest was real.

“I was a pretty good beer-chugger back in the day,” Brady said. “Are we competing?”

“I don’t know if you’re a competitive guy,” Colbert said.

He was. Brady dusted the talk show host easily.

O.J. Simpson's 'hypothetical’ confession causes social media furor

Nearly 24 years after the murder of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend, the public continues to be alternately fascinated and revolted by the former NFL star-turned-actor’s actions on the night of June 12, 1994.

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Sunday night, Fox aired an interview that had been shelved since 2006. In the two-hour special, “O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession?” Simpson “hypothetically” walks publisher Judith Regan through the events that culminated with the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

After a contentious and controversial trial, Simpson was acquitted of both murders on Oct. 3, 1995. On Sunday, an interview was aired in which he revealed details from what he called a hypothetical scenario that he also laid out in his book “If I Did It.”

The show caused a great deal of buzz on social media as posters used the hashtag #DidOJConfess during the broadcast, Fox reported.

“The interview was a narcissist cesspool,” JRM tweeted.

“Congress should pass legislation to exclude murder and other violent crimes from our double jeopardy laws and call it ‘Nicole's Law’ after Nicole Brown Simpson,” Aaron Clark tweeted.. 

Others remained convinced of Simpson’s innocence.

“OJ Simpson was innocent… the gloves didn’t fit,” Twitter poster Don Corleone wrote.

“Can they let this man Live please!” Sluweekay wrote.

Years later, the Simpson case remains a polarizing one. The audacity of the interview, even one that is now a dozen years old, remains stunning.

Here is the verdict from the trial, read by the jury foreman on Oct. 3, 1995:

Bruno Mars Is Pop’s Dance KING 👑 Shows Hooligans Practice Moves

Bruno Mars moves like silk backstage in this practice session for #Hooligans!

Is it too much to ask for a “Thriller” remake? Fans are saying Bruno is Pop’s new king of Dance! (Our apologies to the late legendary Michael Jackson).

The comments on B’s Instagram have us convinced he’s ready to take the throne!

Starbucks Introduces Valentine’s Day Themed Latte

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner & Starbucks is celebrating by introducing the Cherry Mocha Latte!

According to Pop Sugar, the drink is hot espresso poured over a slightly sweet mocha sauce and candied cherry syrup and then topped with steamed milk, whipped cream, and sugar and cocoa valentine sprinkles.

The drink will only be available from Feb. 7-14 in US and Canadian Starbucks stores.

Starbucks’ Cherry Mocha is basically a chocolate-covered cherry in a cup: — Food & Wine (@foodandwine) February 6, 2018

P!nk’s Super Bowl Anthem Performance In Jeopardy?

Rumor has it P!nk’s National Anthem performance at Sunday’s big game could be in jeopardy!

P!nk has been battling the flu & according to sources, could barely make it through rehearsals on Thursday night.

On Instagram, P!nk posted a photo early Saturday showing that she was going to give it her all & try the best she could.

We love you P!nk, but don’t sing if you can’t. Your health is the most important thing right now!

Get better soon, girl.


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