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Week in Review: Hometown Snider Film, School Budget Above Cap

A look back at what made headlines this week in the Three Village area.

Film director Cody Blue Snider is following up on the success of his short film with another locally-filmed project, "Fool's Day." Co-written by Snider and his brother Shane, "Fool's Day" is a dark comedy that tells the story of a class of third graders who attempt to play an April Fool's joke on their teacher – and wind up accidentally killing her. The kids are scared of going to jail, so they decide to hide the body before their D.A.R.E. officer arrives for a classroom visit. Snider spent spring break filming at – the very same school he attended as a student in the Three Village Central School District.

For Three Village administrators and school board trustees, it's a chance worth taking: the district will officially float a budget that would pierce the state's tax cap threshold and need a super majority to pass. The board of education on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt a budget of $178,608,110, a number which would carry a 4.48 percent tax levy increase – which means it will need at least 60 percent voter approval come May 15.

A pool of three candidates will vie for two open seats, and John Diviney – who has already served more than 10 years on the board – won't be one of them, according to a list of candidates released Monday.

A Stony Brook man was arrested April 12 at the Sixth Precinct and charged with four counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police say Jeffrey Anderson, 24, possessed four stolen motorcycles valued at more than $3,000 each, including two 2006 Honda motorcycles, a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle, and a 2007 Honda motorcycle.

While by the parking permit fee they'll have to pay starting in May to visit Brookhaven's beaches and marinas, the town's move is not without precedent. At least six other townships on Long Island have already been charging for beach access parking, including resident access.

Suffolk County police are investigating four burglaries reported April 16 – including two instances where pairs of next-door homes were broken into.

The naming honors Bredes, who died in August after fighting breast cancer. Bredes was a county legislator in the fifth legislative district, as well as the environmental activist who helped shut down the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant.

According to a report in the University of Delaware student newspaper The Review, a university student from Setauket was assaulted on campus last weekend in what Newark, Del. police are investigating as a potential hate crime.

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