Water quality fee suggested

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called upon the county’s residents to make a commitment for the sake of better water quality. That commitment involves adding a fee onto every water bill – residential and commercial -, a bill that is considered one of the lowest in the country. However, he’s leaving the final decision in the hands of voters and hopes to get the proposition on the ballot by this November.

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Local drug arrest

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the wake of the latest release of the staggering numbers of drug-related fatalities in Suffolk County, an arrest was made last Thursday by Suffolk County Police after they were able to garner a narcotics search warrant that was executed at a residence in East Islip. A similar search done in Huntington Station that morning resulted in another two arrests.

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LIMA is taking off

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Friday morning, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter conducted a well-attended press conference welcoming Elite Airways to Long Island MacArthur Airport. Along with airline president John Pearsall, Carpenter announced four new destinations that would be offered from LIMA to popular vacation destinations in the Northeast and Southeast – Myrtle Beach, Orlando-Melbourne, Portland, Maine, and Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Water fees need more time

Story By: STAFF WRITER
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

This week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone proposed an idea that he hopes the residents of the county would endorse. The plan is for a fee that would be imposed upon public water bills in order to eventually bring all—or as many as possible—septic systems into the 21st century. The ultimate advantage is to reverse the effects of nitrogen pollution on our imperiled ground and surface water.

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Working in the garden

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

The ongoing plans to restore one of the Town of Islip’s historic landmarks took a leap forward last Wednesday as hundreds of volunteers from businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups gathered on the grounds of Brookwood Hall in East Islip for the 2016 Brookwood Hall Gardening Day. The effort, led by the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, helped restore the landscape surrounding the Brookwood Hall grounds to a close approximation of its original design.

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New Eagle Scout

Story By: STAFF WRITER
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Matthew Migliore, a member of Troop 254, which is based at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in East Islip, completed his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 2.

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A half-century of history revisited

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

A special 50th anniversary exhibit, “Protecting a Ribbon of Sand: The Creation of Fire Island National Seashore,” recently opened inside the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Scully Estate on South Bay Avenue in Islip, where it will remain through July 15. Through correspondence, articles, memorabilia and photographs, the exhibit explores the battle over the fate of Fire Island from the turn of the century until the establishment of the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) in 1964.

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Capital Budget plan aimed at our future

Story By: Steve Bellone
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

On April 15, I unveiled my proposed 2017-2019 Capital Budget and Program. While this capital budget supports critical infrastructure and economic development initiatives needed to support a prosperous future for Suffolk County, borrowing levels for serial bonds in 2017 are lower than both the 2015 and 2016 Adopted Capital Budgets.

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A place to be safe and progress

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

It was a historic event. And it took place on Friday, April 22 near Gateway Plaza at 7 Crossways Boulevard in Patchogue. The LGBT Network broke ground at their new location for a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient, comprehensive facility to provide services to the growing LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

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Successful and costly candidate visits

Story By: STAFF WRITER
4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last week was a historic one for Suffolk County in that for the first time in a very long time – if ever - the County served as a pre-Primary Day campaign stop for two frontrunners in the presidential election: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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