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ANTI-COMMON CORE RALLY IN SMITHTOWN -  Smithtown parents rallied against Common Core academic standards outside the Smithtown office of Sen. John Flanagan, chairman of the Senate education committee earlier today. Here are some social media updates from the rally. 

Instagram photo taken by Allison Slomowitz.  

Instagram photo taken by Allison Slomowitz. 

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HUNTINGTON CINEMA TO OPEN LATE THIS WEEKEND - The Cinema Arts Centre, at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, is opening late on Saturday (3:45 p.m.) and Sunday (1:30 p.m.) to repair a water main. 

Weekend plans?

DANCE PARTY - There's a Mardi Gras Dance Party at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Price: $35. 

DOG PARADE - Learn more about the Bernese mountain dog breed on an informal one-mile walk at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, starting at 11 a.m on Saturday. Rain or shine.

MAPLE SUGARING - Dress warm for this outdoor program on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hoyt Farm Park Preserve in Commack. There will be a demonstration of both Native American and Colonial techniques of producing real syrup for tasting. Price: $3/person, $8/family. Note: Open to Smithtown residents only. All others must pay a $12 parking fee.

Today's top stories

REPORT: ROCKVILLE CENTRE MAN VICTIM OF 'KNOCKOUT GAME.' Police are searching for a suspect caught on video surveillance walking up behind a man on a Lower East Side street early Sunday — punching him in the face and knocking him to the ground before turning and simply walking away.

REGIONAL DWI LAWS BOOSTED MELIUS INVESTMENT. Nassau and Suffolk counties crafted policies on ignition interlock devices several years ago that significantly boosted the business of a company tied to influential developer Gary Melius, state records show.

TOP STORY - STUDY: YOUTHS WHO USE E-CIGS MOVE ON TO CIGARETTES. E-cigarettes appear to be a gateway product to cigarette smoking among youths, according to researchers who studied the "vaping" and smoking patterns of nearly 40,000 teens nationwide.

ARMY CORP PITCHES LONG BEACH STORM PROTECTION PLAN. A plan to strengthen Long Beach's oceanfront is necessary to prepare the barrier island city for the possibility of another once-in-a-century storm, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers officials told city residents Thursday.

Diane S. Rahoy, project manger with the U.S. Army Corp, right, answers some questions regarding the Long Beach dune restoration project during a public meeting, Thursday evening, March 6, 2014, at Long Beach's City Hall. (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein) 

SUFFOLK BILL WOULD LET SHERIFF FILL POSITIONS. A bill to permit Suffolk Sheriff Vincent DeMarco to invoke for the first time a local law allowing countywide elected officials to hire staff over objections of the county executive was filed late Tuesday so he could fill 18 jobs ranging from captain to investigator.

WILLIAM FLOYD PROJECT PROMOTES ENERGY CONSERVATION. A research project headed up by four William Floyd High School students became a lesson in energy conservation for 700 middle school students and could be expanded to other schools around the Island.

From the left, William Floyd High School research teacher Amy Meyer, with students Marleen Rios, 18; Numaira Khan, 14; Grace Jaronczyk. 14; and Samantha DeStefano, 17. Meyer advised the students on a project they entered into the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. (Credit: Brittany Wait) 

LI'S OLDEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE TO BE CELEBRATED SUNDAY. The oldest — and largest — St. Patrick's Day Parade on Long Island is set to step off on Sunday, marking the 80th celebration of the Huntington event.

NORTHPORT MAN BUILDS OLYMPIC-STYLE LUGE IN HIS BACKYARD. A Long Island man brought a taste of the Sochi Olympics back to his own backyard this winter by creating his very own luge track. Jay Venini of Northport said it all started with a slide. 

'OPERATION CAT' AIMS TO REDUCE EAST END FERAL POPULATION. Volunteers will soon fan out across the Hamptons to trap colonies of feral felines under "Operation Cat," a spay and neuter program being run jointly by the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

LI SUPERMARKET REPORTS COMPUTER DATA BREACH. Long Island-based Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace has become the latest retailer to report a computer data breach, affecting three of its stores and an unspecified number of customers.

Puppy of the day: Tommasina

Tommasina is an 8-year-old female pointer mix and is ready to be adopted at Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington. If interested, call 631-368-8770. To learn more about Tommasina, watch a video shot by Newsday's Jessica Rotkiewicz.

Photos: You know you're from Suffolk when...

You've eaten at Tim's Shipwreck Diner in Northport, housed in a steel rail dining car and once graced by Tom Selleck for a movie scene. The dining car arrived on a flatbed on the Long Island Rail Road in 1912, and the 1997 film "In & Out," starring Selleck was shot inside the diner for seven days. Take a look at the other 36 entries in Newsday's photo gallery.

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