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News Nearby: Growing Concerns Over Common Core

Catch up on the top news stories from across the region.

KINGS PARK

Parents: Growing Concerns Over Common Core Content, Data Mining

Kings Park parents are have growing concerns over the Common Core as the school year gets into full swing, while still left with unanswered questions about the district's stance and implementation of the new curriculum.

"My son is losing his interest in school," said Debra Morsello, who has a third-grader in Kings Park. "I'm seeing him fight me, I'm seeing him in tears and I'm seeing him upset over the tests."

SMITHTOWN

Police: 4 Smithtown Home Burglaries in 4 Days

Suffolk County Police report that four homes in Smithtown and St. James have been struck by burglaries in less than a week.

A Smithtown homeowner on Grassy Pond Drive South was first to report their home was robbed on Oct. 16. Police said the burglar entered the home through an unlocked sliding glass door to take a laptop computer that was visible through the door and stole jewelry. The property owner was not home at the time of the burglary. 

COMMACK

Homecoming Victory for Undefeated Commack

Commack did it again. The Cougars overpowered the Lindenhurst Bulldogs, 28-21, Saturday in a stunning Homecoming game.

The victory improved Commack’s undefeated season to 6-0.

HAUPPAUGE

Cops: Islandia Walmart Employee Sexually Abused 5-Year-Old in Store Bathroom

An Islandia Walmart employee sexually abused a 5-year-old boy in a store bathroom last night, according to Suffolk Police. 

Matthew Bulmer, of Islip Terrace, was arrested at the store on Veterans Highway, following an investigation by Fourth Squad and Special Victims Section detectives. 

Police said Bulmer lured the boy, who was at the store with his mother, into the bathroom around 8:45 p.m

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