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Long Island updates for Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Welcome to Newsday's LI Now live post for Thursday, March 27, 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. 

If you're looking ahead to the weekend, here is Newsday's latest forecast. Hint: You'll need an umbrella.

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Shelter Island teen's message in a bottle found in Bahamas

Andrew Gracie, 60, of Bermuda, with a message

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Connor Corbett-Rice cast a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean three years ago from Shelter Island for a school project, hoping someday that someone far away would read the message inside.

He got more than he bargained for. Connor never imagined the bottle would drift more than 1,000 miles and wash ashore on an island in the Bahamas.

“I was shocked. I forgot about the entire project up to...

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Roundup: Church leader seeks LI help on reform


Church leader seeks LI support on reform

The head of Lutheran churches in the metropolitan region is joining immigration reform advocacy efforts, lobbying next week in Washington, D.C., for legislation that would open a citizenship path for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, leader of the Manhattan-based Metropolitan New York Synod...

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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