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On the agenda

Here's a list of the meetings happening today and early next week.

SOUTHOLD. DEER KILL PLAN. Southold officials are holding the first public hearing tonight regarding plans to cull Eastern Long Island deer herds by killing up to 3,000 deer.Opponents have promised to voice opposition tonight. Newsday's David Schwartz will be covering the hearing. Follow his tweets at @SchwartzNewsNY.  

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE.SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING. The Hempstead School District board will hold its first meeting tonight with Leonard Myers as a member. Meyers, 80, was approved by the board in a 3-1 vote last month to replace trustee Waylyn Hobbs, who resigned in July. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at Hempstead High School's Little Theater, 201 President Street. Follow Aisha Al-Muslim’s Twitter updates @AishaAlMuslim.

EAST HAMPTON. PRESERVATION FUND. The East Hampton town board will hold a public hearing tonight on its proposed 2014 Community Preservation Fund Management and Stewardship plan. The board meeting at Town Hall starts at 6:30 p.m. Follow Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates at@eastwatch.

LONG BEACH. RETIREMENT BENEFITS. The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will discuss changing requirements for managers’ retirement benefits. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at City Hall, 1 West Chester Street. Check Patrick Whittle’s Twitter updates @pxwhittle.

Top stories

DRIVER HIT BY PSEG TRUCK DIES: A Hampton Bays woman was killed Thursday morning when her SUV was hit head-on by a PSEG truck that crossed over into her lane of traffic in Flanders, Southampton Town police said

MURDER-PLOT INFORMANT TESTIFIES: A jailhouse informer who exposed the alleged plot by Levittown's Joseph Romano to kill a federal judge testified on Thursday that he wasn't part of a frame-up to try to get a deal, and was genuinely terrified by Romano's wild talk.

VILLAGE COMMITS TO HOUSING PLAN: Farmingdale officials on Thursday said an agreement to build at least 54 units of affordable housing, ending a long-running federal discrimination lawsuit filed by nine Latino residents, is not an empty commitment.

NEW SHELLFISH RULES: State fisheries regulators have issued new rules for harvesting and storing Long Island shellfish, following outbreaks of a harmful bacterium in local waters last year.

EX-CFO GETS JAIL TIME: Authorities said an ex-chief financial officer for a company that operated Dunkin' Donuts franchises is going to prison after stealing more than $429,000 from his employer to fund luxuries for himself and fake consulting jobs for two girlfriends.

FUNDING FOR SANDY STUDIES: Federal and state authorities announced Thursday $1.4 million in funding for 10 social science research projects relating to superstorm Sandy, including one out of Hofstra University examining the evacuation of Long Beach.

JOGGER KILLED: Southold Town police are investigating the death of a jogger in an accident involving "multiple vehicles" early Thursday in Laurel.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING CRASHES: Christopher Gorwitz, 39, of Coram, was arrested following a search by a canine unit after he fled the scenes of two minor vehicle accidents in Suffolk -- and assaulted a driver who chased him, police said.

TWO SHOT OUTSIDE DEER PARK BAR: Suffolk County police said they are investigating a possible gang-related shooting death outside a Deer Park bar early Thursday that also injured another man.

CLIENT SEXUALLY ABUSED MASSEUSE: Nassau County seek the public's help in finding a man who sexually abused a female employee at a Hicksville day spa Monday.

A-ROD: '2014 WILL BE A YEAR OF REST': Has Alex Rodriguez accepted that he is not going to play baseball in 2014? The suspended Yankees third baseman spoke Wednesday for the first time since an arbitrator ruled he has to sit out the entire season.

TUGBOAT SINKS OFF ATLANTIC, FOUR RESCUED: A tugboat sank about 3 miles off the coast of Atlantic Beach Wednesday afternoon; four people were rescued and taken to the hospital.

FOUR DOGS FOUND DEAD IN VACANT HOME: The skeletal remains of four dogs were found on the property of a vacant Shirley home Wednesday, according to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

SECURITY PLANS FOR SUPER BOWL: Our top story addresses Super Bowl security — 4,000 government and private officers — that'll protect MetLife Stadium in New Jersey come game day.

OCEANSIDE OIL SPILL: PSEG Long Island and the state Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating a 900-gallon oil spill in Oceanside.

VILLAGES EYES BANNING BASKETBALL HOOPS: Munsey Park is considering banning basketball hoops from the village right of way. The measure, introduced last week, would amend village law allowing the board to decide on a case-by-case basis.

HEMPSTEAD BAR CLOSES: A Hempstead Village bar has closed after one of its patrons was killed near the club on New Year's Day. The facility's liquor license was canceled this week.

UP TO CODE: Our Towns top story addresses Islip Town increasing aids to crackdown on housing violations, bringing in a record $900G in fines in 2013. 

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Local Events

Looking for something to do? Check out what local events are coming up.

FRIDAY, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m.— FILM SCREENING in FREEPORT: At Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Road, there will be a screening of King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man, starring Tom Brokaw. Running time is 94 minutes. For more information, call 516-379-3274 ext. 224.

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 18, 19 —MACABRE FAIRE FILM FESTIVAL: At the Best Western Mill River Manor, 173 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, the festival will offer over 40 titles, live band performances, awards and a red carpet special event. Films are rated PG, PG-13 and R. Go online for movie schedules and to purchase tickets.

SATURDAY, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m.BIRDING AND BREAKFAST: At the Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale, meet in the main house for breakfast, then walk the park trails with nature guides. Reservations are required. Price is $4, plus an $8 parking fee.

Time Capsule

From Newsday's archives.

ICY HOLLOW IN RIDGE: (Orig. published Jan. 16, 2004) Taking a momentary break from plowing the parking lot of the Randall Square strip mall, James Spezio, of Ridge, waxed poetic about his hometown's notoriety. Icy Hollow is Long Island folklore. You won't find it on a map. But when it comes to unusually cold temperatures, local meteorologists say, the area encompassing Ridge, Middle Island, Wading River, Rocky Point and the pine barrens is off the charts, in part, caused by the sandy composition of the topography, which tends to cool rapidly, and the low-lying terrain, which acts as a valley and traps cooler air. 
Photo credit: Jim Peppler | Pond seen amidst the snow in woods of Peconic River County Park in Ridge. (Mar. 17, 2004) 

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You know you're from Nassau County if ... you've visited Hicks Nursery in Old Westbury in October to meet "Otto the Ghost" and witness some of the biggest gourds face off in the annual Pumpkin Weigh Off. See 32 other signs you're from Nassau here.

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