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Viscardi visit inspires ‘Dancing With the Stars’ champ J.R. Martinez

"Dancing with the Stars" champ J.R. Martinez with

(Credit: Tara Conry)

Fifth-grader Michael Consenza doesn’t speak, but using a communication device called a DynaVox he was able to deliver a message to J.R. Martinez on Wednesday morning when the “Dancing With the Stars” champion visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson.

“I like you, J.R.,” Michael told the actor and Iraq war veteran through the automated voice generated by the machine after the 12-year-old...

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Long Island's fifth North Shore Farms opens today in Commack

This is the North Shore Farms store in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

North Shore Farms plans to officially open its fifth location on Long Island Thursday.

Community leaders are expected to gather at the new store in Commack at 40 Vanderbilt Pkwy. The event starts at 7 p.m. and will include remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a reception in the new store, according to a statement about the official opening.

The new store will open for business...

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Rockville Centre theater group spotlights kids with disabilities

From left, Adam Stevens, a drama therapist working

(Credit: Tara Conry)

When casting was announced last Thursday for South Side High School’s annual Centre Stage production, the students wasted no time getting into character.

Sean McGowan, 16, who is playing a dancer named “Beat,” dropped to the floor and started breakdancing.  Upon learning he’d play John Travolta, Andrew Koch, 16, demonstrated the actor’s signature “Saturday Night Fever” disco move, and...

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Long Island updates for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

As we wrap up Newsday's LI Now live post for Wednesday, March 26, 2014, be sure to come back Thursday for more breaking news, weather and traffic and transit delays. Also, there's a school budget meeting in Bay Shore tonight.

It's windy today with a high of 37 degrees and wind chill as low as 23 degrees. A wind advisory with 46 to 57 mph gusts remains in effect until 6 p.m.

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Coltrane's sax joins Smithsonian collection

The John Coltrane House on Candlewood Path in

(Credit: Henry Powderly )

One of John Coltrane's saxophones is headed to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Coltrane's son, jazz artist Ravi Coltrane, donated one of his father's three principal saxophones to the museum. The Selmer Mark VI tenor sax was made in Paris around 1965, according to the museum.

Coltrane's epic "A Love Supreme" album was released the same year.

The saxophone,...

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Roundup: Audit shows longevity pay error


2012 audit shows longevity pay error

A dozen employees in various Suffolk County departments owe a total of $34,790 because of payroll mistakes in calculating longevity pay, according to an audit by county Comptroller Joseph Sawicki.

The audit reviewed 2012 longevity payments for the 7,191 employees, who receive supplements to their salary for cumulative years of...

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LI boys go bald, raise $10G for late friend at St. Baldrick's event

Sixth-grader Alex Lessman, 11, of Plainview, and 23

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Chunks of hair fell from Alex Lessman’s shoulders as the 11-year-old fidgeted in a chair at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview.

But Alex wasn’t alone. He recruited 23 of his friends to get their heads shaved Tuesday, raising $10,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as part of the second-annual head-shaving event for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District.


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MTA to vote on ticket policy to prevent LIRR Hamptons 'hoarding'

The MTA will vote Wednesday, March 26, 2014,

(Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler)

The MTA Board is expected to vote Wednesday on a change in Long Island Rail Road ticket policy aimed at preventing seat “hoarding” on a popular Hamptons summer weekend train.

LIRR officials said they saw a 103 percent rise last summer in their Hamptons Reserve Service on the Cannonball express train, which goes from Penn Station to Montauk on Friday afternoons in the summer.


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Long Island updates for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An artist rendering depicts what Sewanhaka Central High

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Welcome to Newsday's live Long Island Now post for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

We've wrapped up today's live coverage, but below you'll find a rundown of the local stories Newsday has been following throughout the day, social media updates and more. 

Newsday reporters will also be covering the following meetings tonight.


BOND RESOLUTION. The Sewanhaka Central...

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Long Island Cares launches pet food drive

Long Island Cares runs Baxter's Pet Pantry, which

Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank has launched a pet food drive through the region's state legislators. 

The 3rd annual Legislative Food Drive is an initiative Long Island Cares started in 2012 to restock the warehouse shelves during the winter and spring, when it said donations are typically scarce.

The food bank said it has delivered nearly 900,000 pounds of pet donations...

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