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Jones Beach makeover

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JONES BEACH IS ABOUT TO GET A MAJOR MAKEOVER.

NEW YORK STATE WILL SPEND $65 MILLION TO RENOVATE IT IN ONE OF THE LARGEST STATE PARK REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN THE SYSTEM’S HISTORY. THIS YEAR WILL MARK THE BEACH’S 85 YEAR ANNIVERSARY, AS GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO WILL ANNOUNCE RESTORING ITS HISTORIC STRUCTURES THAT HAVE DETERIORATED, AS WELL AS THE CENTRAL MALL WILL HAVE ITS GARDENS AND NATIVE VEGETATION REPLANTED AND THE FOUNTAIN RESTORED.

IN ALL, IT WILL BE A 5 YEAR PROJECT.

Cops catch robbers

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Off-duty Suffolk Police Officer Martin Gill spotted some crooks in an SUV and then helped his fellow officers bring them down.

Suffolk cops say Ryan Dayton, Jonathan Farinella, Frank Defilipo and Jeffrey Merritt stole power tools Tuesday afternoon from a Home Depot in Bellport.  Gill saw the SUV matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and called for backup.

The four are charged with grand larceny.

Another delay for Fire Island

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The start date for work to shore up dunes that were destroyed during Superstorm Sandy has been pushed back to September leaving the island to face a second straight hurricane season without a natural buffer.

Dredging has been delayed because of the complicated approvals needed to get the project started.  The new completion date is August 2015.

Magazine calls for car bombings

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A terrorist magazine that inspired the Boston Marathon bombings is now calling for car bombs in major U.S. cities and points toward the Big Apple.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says the new edition of “Inspire Magazine” has a photo of Times Square in it.  The al Qaeda written piece reportedly has instructions on how and where to set off car bombs.  According to “Times of Israel,” the magazine mentions New York, Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles as primary targets.

Cameras coming soon to LIRR trains

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The MTA will install video and audio recorders on its Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains.

Designs from prospective vendors will be evaluated on criteria such as technical capability, experience of team members, and cost.  The primary purpose of the cameras is to aid in investigations after incidents and deter people who might affect safe train operations.

Last month, the NTSB recommended the cameras as a result of its investigation into last December’s fatal derailment at Spuyten Duyvil.

Fraternity prank suspected in freshman’s death

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A freshman at Penn State’s Altoona campus leaped to his death last week from the top of the Uniondale Marriott and his family thinks it was due to hazing.

The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity has been suspended after a friend of Marquise Braham told “News 12″ of some of the hazing rituals involved forced drinking and other disturbing activities.  Braham’s father believes the rituals had something to do with his son’s death.