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5 Headlines Nearby: Smithtown Man Defrauds Car Buyer

Also: Local school districts weigh going above the state's 2 percent tax cap, and animal rescue groups from Port Jeff intervene to help a soldier reunite with his dog.

Three Village Patch is the hub for news and information about your town, but we're not the only town with plenty happening. Check out these top stories from other nearby towns.

  • Suffolk County Police on Wednesday arrested a Smithtown man for allegedly taking money for a used car that he never delivered to the buyer. Emmanuel Amaral, 42, collected $2,000 in cash as well as a check for $2,800, police said, for a 2006 Ford Van he was allegedly selling. Click here to read the full report from Smithtown Patch.
  • Answering a plea for help from the family member of a soldier returning from Afghanistan, animal rescue groups from Port Jefferson have arranged for a dog to be brought to the United States and reunited with his adopted owner. Click here to read the full report from Port Jefferson Patch.
  • School districts including Rocky Point and Comsewogue may attempt to push past the property tax cap increase mandated by the state last year. Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch and Port Jefferson Patch have the stories.
  • Going green has paid off for the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, which received a rebate from National Grid for $98,000 Monday. Over the past two years, the SYJCC has worked with the utility company and M.C. Alliance Energy Group on a $200,000 project to upgrade their boiler and hot water systems. Click here to read the full report from Commack Patch.
  • Soccer fields instead of sand mines may be in the future for a parcel of land in the industrial area of Kings Park. The plans include 4 soccer fields, 2 dedicated ball fields and a 16,000 square foot sports facility, which would contain 10 batting cages. The plan left some civic members skeptical. Click here to read the full report from Kings Park Patch.

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