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LI CHARITY HOSTS DINNER-DANCE TO BENEFIT LOCAL FAMILIES WITH SICK CHILDREN - Contractors For Kids, a Long Island-based charity is throwing their annual dinner-dance gala tonight at 7 p.m. at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead to raise $500,000 for local families with a sick child. The star-studded event will host close to 900 guests, along with celebrity athletes and actors, including New York Giant Sean Landeta and soap stars Vanessa Marcil and Tyler Christopher. Buy your tickets here. It's $250 for a single ticket and $2,000 for a table for 10.


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JENNY MCCARTHY TAKES OVER LI CLASSROOM: Check out from Jenny McCarthy's visit to an LI elementary school later on our Long Island Now blog.


Today's top stories


MAN SUES DA, COPS, STUDENTS OVER CAB FARE, ARREST. A Westbury cabdriver has filed a lawsuit claiming a robbery charge was trumped up against him after LIU Post lacrosse players used a police connection to prevent their own arrests after skipping out on a $28 fare home from a bar.

MAN TO SUE OVER 'FLUSH THE JOHN' CASE. A Manhasset restaurateur who had been charged with patronizing a prostitute in the "Flush the Johns" sting filed papers last week that he is seeking damages from Nassau County for false arrest, false imprisonment and other wrongs.

NYPD: 8TH BODY MAY BE LAST OF MISSING IN EXPLOSION. Nearly 48 hours after the East Harlem explosion that leveled two buildings, police believe everyone reported missing has been accounted for — but said they won't be certain until identification is made on the eighth body recovered from the rubble Thursday.



Our Towns top stories


ISLIP GOP LEADER RESIGNS AFTER MACARTHUR AIRPORT ALTERCATION. The second-in-command in the Islip Town Republican Party, Tom O'Hara, resigned after an altercation at Long Island MacArthur Airport led two town employees to drive him and his wife in a town-issued vehicle to LaGuardia Airport to take another flight.

THREE LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL KICKLINE TEAMS WIN NATIONAL TITLES. At the National Dance Alliance’s National Championship in Orlando, Fla., last Sunday, Commack High School’s kickline team won the large varsity kick category, followed by Sachem East High School in second.

Commack High School's Cougarettes kickline team won the large varsity kick category at the 2014 National Dance Alliance National Championship at Universal Studios Orlando in Orlando, Fla., held March 7-9, 2014. From left are senior captains Marina Muscarella, Alex Romano, Julia Trifilio and Tori Punturo. (Credit: Commack High School) 

DISTRICT MAY CUT STAFF, ATHLETICS TO CLOSE $2.1M BUDGET GAP. The Kings Park Board of Education is considering potential cuts to student clubs, athletics, performing groups and teachers next school year as the district tries to close an anticipated $2.1 million budget gap.

HUD: FIRE HOUSING DIRECTOR OVER HISTORY OF ALLEGATIONS. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed barring the head of the Freeport Housing Authority from doing business with the government for three years over allegations of mismanagement during his tenure as executive director of a housing authority in Tennessee.

FATHER SHEARS SON'S HAIR FOR ST. BALDRICK'S, MARKING MOM'S RECOVERY. Joseph Incalcatera, 35, of Islip, cut his wavy reddish-blonde hair, his beard, mustache and eyebrows, raising $4,500 for the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event Sunday at Lily Flanagan’s of Islip.

PSEG PLAN RATTLES PORT WASHINGTON RESIDENTS. Port Washington residents and lawmakers are urging PSEG Long Island to stop work on a high-voltage cable on 85-foot poles from Port Washington to Great Neck, saying the project threatens to "box us off from the rest of Long Island."

EVICTIONS AHEAD. A State Supreme Court justice has ruled against residents of a North Amityville mobile home park facing redevelopment, setting the stage for evictions possibly beginning as soon as May.



Guide - This weekend on Long Island



Multi-media laser and light show featuring the music of Pink Floyd, including "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," is happening on March 15, 2014. (Credit: Steve Monistere) 



Puppy of the Day: Bently


Bently is an American Staffordshire terrier who knows a lot of commands and loves to snuggle. Call 718-326-6070 for more information. Learn more about Bently by watching a video by Newsday's Jessica Rotkiewicz. Check out all of our available puppies at Newsday.com/puppyoftheday.

Bently is an American Staffordshire terrier who knows a lot of commands and loves to snuggle. (Newsday/Jessica Rotkiewicz) 

St. Patrick's Day is Sunday



Nicky Rufino, 2, of Nesconset, watches the St. Patrick's parade march while sitting on Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma on Sunday, March 9, 2014. (Credit: Tara Conry) 




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