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Tax Chat 2014: Ask experts and get help with taxes

Submit your questions about your 2013 tax filing for a live chat with a panel of certified public accountants tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. The panel of accountants from the New York State Society of CPAs will answer readers' questions about personal and business taxes, from the simplest to the most complex.

Wanted

Crime Stoppers and the Nassau County Police Department are seeking the public’s help identifying an unknown subject wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred in Massapequa March 14, 2013.


At about 10 p.m., a female entering her vehicle was confronted by two males in the parking lot of JC Penney at Sunrise Mall. One man held a handgun and took the victim’s car keys, along with her pocketbook. Both men fled the scene on foot toward East Gate Road. The victim’s stolen credit card was later used at the Mobil Station on Merrick Road in Massapequa by a man who was caught by a security camera.

Crime Stoppers is asking anyone who can identify the subject, or anyone with any information about this case, to call 800-244-TIPS (8477).


Headlines

Here's a look at today's top local stories.

EX-GUARD GETS 1 YEAR, 1 DAY FOR SEX WITH COP KILLER. A former prison guard from Huntington Station who conceived a child in prison with death-row cop-killer inmate Ronell Wilson was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison Wednesday.

DEREK JETER ON HIS FINAL SEASON: 'THE TIME WAS RIGHT' Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since announcing via his Facebook page that 2014 will be his final season, saying over and over that "the time is right" and that he looks forward to doing other things.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gestures during a news conference on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: AP / Chris O'Meara) 

DOG RESCUED BY COPS FROM ICE. Suffolk County Emergency Service Unit officers rescued a dog from a partially frozen canal behind a Copiague home Tuesday. The German Shepherd mix named Princess was tranquilized after several attempts by officers to remove her from the canal. She is uninjured.

Suffolk County Emergency Service Unit Officer Mike Cummings wears an ice suit to rescue a dog from a partially frozen canal behind a Copiague home on East Drive on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2014. (Credit: Paul Mazza) 

130-PLUS RESIDENTS EVACUATED. Flooding from a broken pipe led to the evacuation of more than 130 residents from an assisted-living facility in Rockville Centre early Wednesday, officials said.

COURT RULES AGAINST NASSAU: New York's highest court delivered a major defeat to Nassau Tuesday by blocking the county from shifting most of the cost of property tax refunds — estimated at as much as $450 million — to school districts, towns and other taxing districts.



STUDENT-TEACHER SEX CASE CONTINUES. The former Bellport High School students who has accused her sociology teacher of having a sexual relationship with her when she was underage acknowledged Tuesday during cross-examination that she was a willing participant all along. 

LI MALL SOLD. The Broadway Mall in Hicksville will be sold for $94 million, according to a news release from its owner, Manhattan-based Vornado Realty Trust.

CLOSURE TO COST LI JOBS. A Washington State-based tissue manufacturing company is closing its Central Islip location, eliminating the 153 jobs there. 

PLAINVIEW HOSTS 3RD ANNUAL SCHOOL CHILI COOK-OFF. Next Tuesday, Feb. 25, 20 local teams compete in the third-annual Most Delicious Chili Cook-Off at 7 p.m. at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Senior Eileen Koh, 17, tastes a white bean and apple chili at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School's 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off, which pitted 17 teams against each other to grab the title of most delicious chili on Feb. 26, 2013. (Credit: Brittany Wait) 


Our featured photo gallery: Long Island's cheerleading and kickline teams

Click through 150 photos of Long Island's very own cheerleading and kickline teams.

Danielle Turk, of Seaford, front, performs with fellow Hofstra dance team members during halftime at Mack Sports Arena on Jan. 29 2014. The team acted as the official Super Bowl XLVIII "Warm Up Crew" fanning out around MetLife Stadium armed with stereos on wheels and pumping up fans. (Credit: James Escher) 


On the agenda


These local meetings will be taking place in the near future.

GREAT NECK

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: The Great Neck Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to consider a site plan for a proposed market-rate development at the site of rent-stabilized housing. The meeting will be held at Village Hall, 61 Baker Hill Rd. Follow Jennifer Barrios’ Twitter updates @barrioscq.

AMITYVILLE

CANDIDATES MEET: Amityville’s Bay Village Civic Association will hold a “meet the candidates” event for the trustees’ race Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School. Check Nicholas Spangler’s Twitter updates @spanglernewsday.

BRENTWOOD

SCHOOL BUDGET: The Brentwood Union Free School District will hold a budget workshop at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at North Middle School, 350 Wicks Rd. Parents and residents in the district are asked to provide input for the 2014-15 school year budget. Follow Sarah Armaghan’s Twitter updates
@ArmaghanS.


Towns cover story


LIBRARY GOES SOLAR. The Brentwood Public Library is staying old school with hard-copy books, but is taking its infrastructure to a whole new technological level. The library on Second Avenue is now home to the largest solar-panel installation at a public library in New York State. 



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