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North Shore abuzz with Brad and Angelina sightings

Was that Brad Pitt ordering an onion bagel with a schmear at Bagel Works in Huntington? Or was that him in the black Infiniti on Centre Island Road? That pretty brunette stepping out of the limo in Lloyd Harbor, isn't she . . .?

Tinseltown titans Pitt and Angelina Jolie are making the most of the North Shore while she films an espionage thriller here and in Manhattan. At least, that's the speculation in hair salons, supermarkets and eateries ever since the dynamic duo reportedly arrived on Long Island last month.

"All the moms are looking out for Brad, for God's sake," said one woman, with family ties to Centre Island where the couple may (or may not) have recently moved into an estate owned by Rupert Murdoch. "He's so cute."

Sightings have placed Pitt and Jolie at bars, pizza joints and convenience stores from Bayville to Cold Spring Harbor and beyond. Two of their kids are reportedly enrolled at a prestigious North Shore private school, where Pitt was said to have been spotted on Monday.

One source had the couple chowing down at Cassis, the Huntington village bistro, which reportedly closed for them. The owner's not saying, but it would make sense -- Angie's mom was French-Canadian.

Officially, no one will confirm the North Shore presence of the couple or their multinational brood. But multiple sources say Pitt, Jolie and their kids have settled into Rosehearty, an 11-bedroom Centre Island estate purchased in 2003 by the media mogul and wife Wendi.

"I haven't seen them and as far as I know none of our police officers have seen them," said Centre Island Mayor Jack Wiliams, who declined to comment further.

Nevertheless, a Bayville businessman says he was getting his hair cut, and the woman sitting next to him said she'd seen Brad and Angie's "people" bringing boxes into the house . . .

Jolie is in New York filming "Salt," which casts her as a CIA officer accused of being a Russian sleeper spy. A move to Centre Island, with one main road and police headquarters at the entrance, would make sense for the security-conscious duo, who have battled intrusions from paparazzi at their château in southern France.

Murdoch runs Fox, the film studio that made "Mr. And Mrs. Smith," the 2005 film that brought them together. Murdoch spokesman Howard Rubenstein declined to comment for this article.

Last month, it was widely reported that the duo were planning to rent "Sassafras," a Lloyd Harbor compound with three separate houses -- and two helipads. One source says Sassafras is being renovated to meet the couple's long list of needs, and that they're staying at the Murdochs' only until the work is done.

The Murdochs have been uncertain what to do with their luxe property. The 5-acre estate was put on the market in June 2007 for $14.8 million. The price was lowered to $12.8 million before it was taken off the market in 2008.


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