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What to look out for today:

Community journalist Tara Conry is wrapping up her week in Rockville Centre today for Newsday's "Town Focus" series. She has been stopping by some of the restaurants, shops and bars in the downtown area to see what they're doing to prepare for Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade.

Historical photos of Rockville Centre: Originally inhabited by the Rockaway Indians, the village was officially incorporated in 1893. It had a population of about 24,000 people in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Take a look at the photo gallery Newsday put together.

The women of the William E. Dawes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Rockville Centre bicentennial parade in 1978. (Credit: A Brief History of Rockville Centre) 

Here are her tweets:


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From last night

SEROTA PROJECT - The Islip Planning Board held a meeting last night to discuss the Serota Properties Islip Pine Project, a 136-acre, mixed-use development proposed for Holbrook, which has been opposed by the South Shore Civic Alliance. Newsday's Sarah Armaghan tweeted from the meeting.


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Today's top stories

OFFICIALS: BUS DRIVER FIRED FOR BULLYING STUDENTS - A Smithtown school bus driver accused of bullying elementary school students has been fired, district officials said Thursday. 

LI EDUCATOR NAMED NY PRINCIPAL OF THE YEARTony Sinanis, the principal at Cantiague Elementary School in the Jericho school district, was named New York's top elementary principal for 2014 Thursday by a state school administrators' group and a national principals' association.

DA: LI BROTHERS SOLD BOGUS BEAUTY PRODUCTSTwo brothers accused of running a major ring selling counterfeit health and beauty products were each arraigned on a four-count indictment Thursday as investigators continued probing whether any consumers were harmed by the fake goods.

PROPOSED SCHOOL-TAX HIKE AVERAGE LOWEST IN 40 YEARSProposed school tax hikes on Long Island are dropping below 2 percent on average for the first time in more than 40 years -- reflecting the impact of low inflation and state "cap" restrictions entering their third year of enforcement.

MEDAL OF HONOR PROSPECTS DIM FOR FALLEN LI MARINE - A Marine Corps official says the military agency has fully evaluated the 2008 incident in which Sag Harbor native Jordan Haerter sacrificed his life to defend fellow troops in Iraq, dimming hopes that he could be granted the nation's highest military honor.

STATE AUDIT: $43,800 MISSING AT UNIONDALE FD - The Uniondale Fire Department engaged in "questionable" practices with credit card use, meals and refreshments, cellphones, and other items, according to an audit released by the office of state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

TOWN TO DEPLOY GOATS TO TACKLE WEEDSSouthampton environmentalists believe they have found a way to get rid of some pesky plants that have defied the efforts of volunteers to dig them up. Goats.

Puppy of the day: Elmer

Elmer is a big, loving male mixed-breed who loves other dogs, but is stressed at the shelter and needs a home soon. Contact the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter for more information 516-785-5220. 

Also, stop by to see puppies that still need homes.
Elmer is a big, loving male mixed-breed who loves other dogs, but is stressed at the shelter and needs a home soon. 

Crime Alert: Have you seen this person?

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying and locating the man pictured below who stole toys from a Walmart, at 161 Centereach Mall, on Feb. 16.

At 12:45 p.m. he tried stealing nine Lego sets, but when attempting to leave, he was confronted by store security, dropped the merchandise and fled the scene. With any information, call 1-800-220-TIPS.

This man attempted to steal nine Lego sets from a Walmart in Centereach on Feb. 16, 2014. 

Weekend plans?

Family-friendly events: 

Sensory hike at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (340 Smith Rd., Shirley) on Saturday, March 22, 1-2 p.m. Families and children 6 and older can take a guided 1-mile hike and tour of their senses on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Price: Free.

Constructing with crystals at the Maritime Explorium (101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson). Kids will learn to build their own ice house using sugar cubes on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Price: $5.

"Rainbow Almond Tree: A Celebration of the Tropical Rain Forests" at Sweetbriar Nature Center (62 Eckernkamp Dr., Smithtown). Join Sweetbriar naturalist, educator and writer Eric Young as he reads his story "The Rainbow Almond Tree" on Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Price: $6.

Adult fun:

Spring Craft Beer Festival at the Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale). On Saturday, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., or 5:30 to 9 p.m., the festival will offer 100 brews to taste. Price: $45 advance, $55 at the door, $12 for designated drivers.

For everyone:

5th annual Patchogue Folk Festival at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E. Main St., Patchogue). Starting at 8 p.m., there will be performances by Suzanne Vega, Amy Helm and Caroline Doctorow. Price: $18-68.

WWE RAW Road to WrestleMania at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale). On Saturday, the 7:30 p.m. show will star Randy Orton, John Cena, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield. Price: $20-95; parking $8-10.

Heart of Springs Tour at Ashawagh Hall (Old Stone Highway, East Hampton). On Saturday, take a .8 mile walk at 10 a.m. touring the heart of the Springs and historical sights. The event is cancelled if there's rain. Price: Free.

MommaCon 2014 at LIU Post (720 Northern Blvd., Brookville). On Sunday, the expo will provide a wealth of information for Long Island parents from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including the best camps, where to go on a rainy day, where to get the healthiest foods and where to hold the coolest birthday party.

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