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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

SUFFOLK COUNTY

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.

Besides...

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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.

Although...

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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.

COMING UP

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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LIRR engineer awarded for heroism; town supports budget amendment

A Long Island Rail Road engineer was recognized

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

CENTEREACH

LIRR engineer honored for life-saving action

The MTA on Monday honored Long Island Rail Road engineer Joseph Moscato, 64, who helped save a woman from a burning vehicle earlier this month.

Moscato, a Centereach resident and 14-year LIRR engineer, received an award at a meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s LIRR committee for his actions on March 8 when...

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‘Dancing’ star to speak at Viscardi School

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

(Credit: AP)

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.

COMING...

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