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Puppy of the day: 

Nicky is a 2-year-old pit mix. She's well-mannered and loves people, especially children. Call the Town of Babylon Animal Shelter at 631-643-9270 for more information. Check out the video by Newsday's Jessica Rotkiewicz.

Nicky needs a home.

Crime alert: Criminal possession of counterfeit money

Crime Stoppers and Nassau County police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman in connection with criminal possession of a forged instrument in Mineola on Feb. 20 between 3:09 p.m. and 4:25 p.m.

The woman made two fraudulent store purchases using counterfeit $100 bills at Mineola Enterprise, 2 West Jericho Tpke. She then fled the scene in a gray four-door Audi. Contact Crime Stoppers with any new information at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).

This woman made two fraudulent store purchases using counterfeit $100 bills in Mineola on Feb. 20, 2014. 


PORT JEFFERSON - TAX EXEMPTION. The Comsewogue School District will hold a public hearing tonight at 7:30 on the Alternative Veteran's Tax Exemption. The meeting will be in the board room at the district office, 290 Norwood Ave., Port Jefferson Station. Follow Sarah Armaghan's Twitter updates @ArmaghanS.

ISLIP TOWN - ZONING CHANGE. The Islip Town Board is having a change-of-zone meeting tonight and is expected to vote on the proposed Islip Pines mixed-use project in Holbrook. The meeting, at 7:30 p.m., will be at Town Hall, 655 Main St., Islip. Check Sophia Chang's Twitter updates @schangnewsday.

GREAT NECK - DEMOLITION DEBATE. The Great Neck Planning Board will meet tonight at 7:30. Residents of the rentstabilized Academy Gardens apartments are expected to protest the planning demolition of the building to make way for marketrate housing. The meeting will be at Village Hall, 61 Baker St. Follow Scott Eidler's Twitter updates @EidzTowns

Today's top stories

LONG ISLAND FEBRUARY JOB GROWTH HURT BY HARSH WINTER - Looks like bad weather slowed job growth on Long Island in February. The Island had just 13,600 more jobs in February, compared with a year ago, data from the state Labor Department released Thursday show.
Entenmann's has more than a century's worth of history on Long Island, but today its corporate parent said it was downsizing here. 
Entenmann's will close its Bay Shore bakery by July, impacting 178 workers, as the company shifts production to other plants.

Electric bills and the rules governing the collection of rates are about to undergo a series of subtle changes that will allow the Long Island Power Authority to recoup debt refinancing costs tied to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's LIPA reform act while funding new system improvements.

SUFFOLK HOMICIDE CHIEF TO RETIRE AFTER 39-YEAR CAREERSuffolk's chief homicide investigator is leaving the department a little more than two years after his reappointment, according to state records and law-enforcement sources, ending a 39-year career on the force.

FBI: LI GANG MEMBER WANTED IN KILLING OF MOM, TODDLERA Long Island gang member sought in the execution-style murders of his 19-year-old former girlfriend and her toddler son was added Wednesday to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.

Autism in children is on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, with 1 in 68 children in the U.S. diagnosed.

The Mets open their season at home on Monday afternoon. Before the season starts, join Newsday in predicting which statements about the Mets' 2014 season will prove to be true or false.

.R. Martinez visited the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson Wednesday to deliver some words of wisdom, but ended up leaving inspired.

 "Dancing with the Stars" champ J.R. Martinez poses for a photo with fifth-grader Michael Consenza on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The Iraq war veteran paid a visit to the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, which serves students with severe physical disabilities. (Credit: Tara Conry)

THEATER GROUP LIFTS KIDS WITH DISABILITIES - About 130 South Side High School students — 100 general education students and 30 students with disabilities — has participated in Centre Stage, an after school program that allows students to put on a musical.

CITY HIRES 1 COP AMID CALLS FOR LARGER FORCE - Glen Cove has hired a new recruit to send to the police academy, as officials debate rebuilding the force.

SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SEEK $87M BOND ISSUES OKSewanhaka Central High School District officials will try again to win approval to upgrade seven aging school buildings and several sports fields, after voters rejected a $99.51 million bond referendum last year.

Entertainment news - The Kardashians come to Long Island

From left, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend the Grand Opening of DASH Miami Beach on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fla. (Credit: AP / Omar Vega) 

CRIME ALERT - Wanted for Grand Larceny

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County Police are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate a man who stole merchandise from a Rite Aid store at 2799 Route 112 in Medford on March 19.

The man pictured below stole razors and over-the-counter medications valued at more than $1,500. He is described as 30 to 40 years old, bald and wearing a dark-colored Snorkel jacket with fur-trimmed hood. To report any information, call 1-800-220-TIPS. 

This man stole razors and over-the-counter medications valued at more than $1,500 from a Rite Aid in Medford on March 19, 2014. 

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