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Today's 5: School Budget Process Begins

Also today, we'll have a report on crimes striking nearby communities.

In addition to looking for a , Plainview's Board of Education has begun the months-long process to formulate a new budget.

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1. The held a preliminary budget workshop last night. We'll review the board's initial look at the numbers and report on their progress through the next few weeks. We also want the public's input on the process. Send us your comments.

2. Patch reports on with its regular feature. Today, police report a man pretending to be a contractor stole more than $1,000 worth of jewelery from a Lynbrook home last week.

3. Chinese New Year began yesterday. See how Plainview's kicked off the celebration in our colorful video.

4. hosts an orientation session for parents of 9th graders tonight at 7 at the high school.

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