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‘Dancing’ star to speak at Viscardi School

J.R. Martinez, left, seen on May 22, 2012,

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Students at The Henry Viscardi School will get an inspirational visit Wednesday from J.R. Martinez, the U.S. Army veteran who is a motivational speaker, author and winner of Season 13 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

Martinez, 30, sustained burns over 40 percent of his body from an improvised explosive device near Karbala, Iraq, in April 2003.

Students at the school for children and...

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Village administrator leaves for town job

This undated file photo shows a sign in

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Northport Village administrator is leaving his post to take a job as a building inspector in the Town of Huntington.

Gene Guido, 62, of Huntington, said his last day will be tomorrow, after working for the village for 3 1/2 years. His current salary is $85,000, and one of his biggest responsibilities has been overseeing the ongoing upgrade of the sewage treatment plant.

Guido said...

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Long Island updates for Monday, March 24, 2014

The Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee will

Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Monday, March 24, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but below, you'll find a roundup of local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day and information about two meetings we'll be covering tonight.

To view today's top tweets from Newsday and its reporters, scroll down or use the link above if you're a mobile user.


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Montauk Highway in Southampton, East Hampton, to get repaved

A trip to Southampton could be less bumpy

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The New York State Department of Transportation on Thursday will start repaving 8.2 miles of State Route 27, also known as Montauk Highway, in Southampton and East Hampton.

The construction, which will cost a total of $7.6 million, is to take place between County Road 39 and Stephen Hands Path.

The project will remove the top layer of pavement and replace it with new asphalt and fresh...

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Roundup: Common Core forum, hunter-safety course set

People protest at the Common Core Education Forum

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Common Core forum to be held

An educational forum discussing the Common Core curriculum has been scheduled for tomorrow night in Huntington Station.

The Greater Huntington Civic Group plans to host “Common Core & More" March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 1169 at 210 West Pulaski Rd.

“Many of our members had expressed concern about various aspects...

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$12.9M in bonds for repairs, renovations

The roller hockey rink in Deer Park could

(Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Babylon Town Board has approved $12.9 million in bonds for roads, parks and building renovations and other projects in the next year.

Board members on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve 18 separate bond issues covering both one-time and rolling projects. The largest was $6 million for the town’s regular road maintenance program, designed to head off the need for more expensive road repairs.


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Buy-back nets 10 handguns in Bellport

An undated file photo of a Suffolk police

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Suffolk County officials collected 10 handguns and five assault weapons on Saturday at a gun buy-back program in Bellport.

Thirty high-capacity magazines were also turned in at the two-hour event at the Lighthouse Mission on Montauk Highway, according to the Suffolk County Police department.

The program was presented by County Executive Steven Bellone, the police department, county Leg....

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Hempstead roundup: Dr. J to to be honored at Hofstra, PCLI sets workshop

Basketball great Julius Erving, seen here at an

(Credit: Becky Stein)

Basketball legend Julius Erving, also known as “Dr. J” is the best known of half-a-dozen honorees Wednesday at the Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner.

Erving, a professional basketball star who in 16 years playing led his team in both the old American Basketball Association (ABA) and the merged National Basketball Association (NBA) to championships, was from Roosevelt.


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Charity in memory of Glen Cove boy debuts at St. Patrick's Day parade

Family and close friends of Nicholas Pedone, a

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Josephine Pedone said marching in the 26th annual Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday was “bittersweet.”

Last year, her 7-year-old son Nicholas was the parade’s honorary grand marshal. The Glen Cove boy died May 26, 2013, after a seven-month battle with cancer.

“This year, we’re marching in his memory,” said Pedone, 42, a Glen Cove native who formed the Nicholas Pedone Foundation,...

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A gold medalist leads Farmingdale St. Patrick's Day parade

The Farmingdale village board poses with 2014 Empire

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The gold medal around 8-year-old Hiram Cowhey’s neck glistened Sunday afternoon. So did his smile as he went among the first to step off in the Farmingdale St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The Northside Elementary School third-grader earned his medal after competing in figure skating at the 2014 Empire State Winter Games last month.

“At first he was scared to go on the ice and then we couldn’t...

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