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Newsday's Brittany Wait is post Instagram photos from a 100th birthday celebration in Garden City for Elizabeth “Nan” Smith, one of Garden City New York Sports Club's oldest member. Nan is celebrating her100th birthday early Wednesday with two 15-minute celebratory, cardio-packed SilverSneakers classes.
Her actual birthday is April 26. Since joining NYSC in 2003 at the age of 89, Nan has been an active member of the fitness program, attending up to two classes a week.


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SILVER ALERT: Missing Port Jefferson man

The Suffolk County Police Department has issued a Silver Alert for a missing Port Jefferson man who they say may be suicidal. Daniel Schechter, 47, was last seen at his house at 105 Cooper Court Tuesday morning at 8:30. He left in a black 2013 Ford Explorer with New York license plates GFF 4095. And his AT&T cell phone was turned off near Woodstock, New York Tuesday at 12:01 p.m.

He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, 195 pounds and has brown eyes and short gray hair. He was wearing black shoes, black slacks and a light green dress shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call Sixth Squad detectives at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

CRIME ALERT: Woman wanted for petty larceny

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and Suffolk County police are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating a woman who stole clothing from Old Navy in Lake Grove on April 9 at about 8:10 p.m. She was described as in her 30s, about 5-foot-7, with long black hair and wearing a maroon jacket and pants. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Today's top stories

10 LI HIGH SCHOOLS AMONG TOP 200 IN NATIONAL RANKING - Ten Long Island public high schools rank in the top 200 in the United States and 22 are among the best in New York State, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual list of high-performing schools.

Students take notes during a lecture last year. State lawmakers, who were racing the clock Monday, March 31, 2014, to meet a midnight budget deadline, described the latest aid appropriation as an effort to help Island residents whose local property taxes rank among the nation's highest. (Credit: Heather Walsh) 

MTA, LIRR UNIONS STILL FAR APART ON OFFER CALLING FOR 11% RAISESThe MTA's latest offer in its contract dispute with Long Island Rail Road unions calls for raises totaling 11 percent over six years, but a top labor official said Tuesday both sides remain far apart in efforts to head off a crippling strike. 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello ordered flags flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of City Councilman Nicholas DiLeo Sr., who died Monday night after being stricken at home by an apparent heart attack.

Nicholas DiLeo, a veteran Glen Cove councilman who served the city where he was born for several terms, died of an apparent heart attack, colleagues said. (Credit: James Escher) 

As part of Earth Day activities, Brookhaven Town removed 10,000 pounds of illegal signs from utility poles and public rights-of-way. They were on display at news conference outside Town Hall. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (Credit: Newsday / Deon Hampton) 


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