Half-year in review

Half-year in review

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/3/2019


It’s been 12 months since the start of 2018, and now that we are at the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the stories that made it into our papers. Here are a few to review for the first half of the year. We will list the second half next week.

JANUARY

JAN. 4

“Winter games”

Below-freezing temperatures created a perfect opportunity for kids on school recess to play ice hockey on a local frozen pond in Islip.

 

Local resident helps rebuild Puerto Rico”

Michael Meir, a PSEG Long Island employee, heads to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to help the island power up.

 

“A jump-start on paying taxes”

With the new federal tax laws in place, area residents rushed to prepay their taxes to get a heftier deduction.

 

Jan. 11

After the storm”

Winter Storm Grayson moved up the East Coast, dumping over 16 inches of snow locally. The unusual storm that developed and intensified rapidly was referred to as a "bomb cyclone.’"

 

Jan. 18

“Serving compassion”

Local eatery Bellina’s Pizzeria in East Islip serves up kindness by offering meals to those who are unable to pay for it.

 

“New minority leader”

Tom Cilmi was elected to head the Republican caucus in the Suffolk County Legislature.

 

Jan. 25

“Parking app launched”

Islip Town announced a new app that allows patrons in Bay Shore to pay for their parking spaces via their smartphone.

 

FEBRUARY

Feb. 15

“New sheriff in town”

Errol D. Toulon Jr. outlines his agenda after taking the reigns as the new Suffolk County sheriff.

Feb. 1

“Church looks beyond congregation for help”

The more than two-centuries-old United Methodist Church in Bay Shore turns to the community for help for the much-needed interior and exterior renovations.

 

“First chamber meeting of the year”

The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore hold their first meeting of the new year. On the agenda for discussion are the issues of parking meters, the United Methodist Church and the Heartland project.

 

Feb. 8

“A home away from home”

A luxury bed and breakfast opened in Bay Shore recently. The inn is a first of its kind in the Town of Islip.

 

“Powered by girls”

The Islip High School all-girl Robotics Team gears up for a Long Island competition.

 

Feb. 15

“Frontier announces new flights from LIMA”

The newest airline to pull into MacArthur Airport added flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Myrtle Beach, S.C. However, the low-cost carrier canceled flights to Fort Myers and Miami as well as New Orleans.

 

Feb. 22

“The focus is on school safety”

After another mass shooting took place on Feb. 14 at a high school in Florida, area school districts prepared for the emergencies they hope will never happen. Many are instituting new safety measures.

 

“Moms’ day out”

Some mothers in the Bay Shore School District were treated to a special day in NYC to the taping of the Harry Connick Jr. Show on Valentine’s Day. The outing was made possible through the show’s director and fellow district mom, Dana DeRuvo.

 

“Harlem Renaissance artist exhibition opens”

Touro Law School held a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month that honored renowned artist William Henry Johnson. The artist spent the last years of his life at Central Islip State Hospital, on the grounds where the law school is now situated.

 

MARCH

March 1

“Paying it forward”

Liz Mayott, a tireless volunteer, is the recipient of the 2017 Islip Bulletin Inspiration Award.

 

March 8

“Focused on the future”

High school students, who are part of the Suffolk Student Climate Action Committee, discuss the importance of facing the issues of climate change.

 

March 15

“East meets west”

A new exhibit opens at the Islip Art Museum that brings together nine artists whose work is inspired by Eastern aesthetics and philosophies.

 

March 22

“School walkout”

Local high schools participate in a countrywide protest after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting on Feb. 14.

 

“Residents and developers meet”

A meeting was held for the public regarding the proposed apartments at the former Island Hills Golf Course property in Sayville. The developer, Rechler Equity Partners, answered questions and addressed concerns voiced about the proposal.

 

“Connecting the community to wildlife”

Robert DiGiovanni, founder and lead researcher of the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, spoke about the importance of protecting marine wildlife at the Long island Maritime Museum in West Sayville.

 

March 29

“New animal shelter coming”

After more than 50 years at the same location, Islip Town has secured grants to build a new facility.

 

“Batters up”

The Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team begins hosting tryouts for the first time in 15 years.

 

APRIL

April 26

“A long-overdue ‘thank you’”

Vietnam War veterans were given special recognition at Rusy-Bohm American Legion Post 411 in Islip.

 

April 5

“Craft brewers care”

Local brewers prepare for LI Craft Beer Week. The event is a way to build brand awareness and strengthen partnerships between local brewers and businesses that sell their product. At the event, cans of food were collected to be donated to local food pantries.

 

April 12

“A duty to conservation”

Cadets from the Lt. Michael Murphy Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, which is based at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, helped clean up an East End beach.

 

“5K Run for the Bay”

The Blue Island Oyster Company hosts their second annual event that raises money to help out local environmental groups.

 

“The end of an era”

Gil Bergin, the longtime manager of Connetquot State Park, passed away.

 

April 19

“Answering the call”

Kim Kaugher, a nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital, is redeployed in the U.S. Navy.

 

April 26

“Look to the stars”

West Islip teacher Thomas Vitti gives the public a brief tour of the universe through a community planetarium in the West Islip High School.

 

MAY

May 3

“A warm send-off”

The children from South Country Elementary School in Bay Shore wished good luck to Clara Colon, the wife of the school’s security guard and the mother of three former students there, before her deployment to Iraq with the 106th Rescue Wing. Tech Sgt. Colon is with the U.S. Air Force.

 

May 3

“The opposition continues”

Nearly 200 people protest outside of Islip Town Hall against both the Island Hills and Heartland developments.

 

May 10

“He’s not running”

NYS Sen. Tom Croci announced he would not be running for reelection at the end of this year. Croci, a U.S. Navy Reserve officer, will be returning to active duty.

 

“Memorial soothes the pain”

A new freezer filled with ice pops was delivered to the Stony Brook Hospital unit to help young chemo patients. The donation was given in memorial of a former patient there, Francis (Frankie) Antonawich.

 

May 17

“New at the helm”

Dr. Ellen Semel is the new superintendent of Islip School District.

 

May 24

“Resurrecting Dowling College”

The Dowling College Alumni Association held their initial fundraiser in the hope of one day reopening the school.

 

“Public outcry over agency replacement”

A pocket resolution at the last town hall meeting drew criticism over the replacements of several board members of the Community Development Agency.

 

JUNE

June 14

“Working the wetlands

Keep Islip Clean members at Islip High School celebrated the 12th annual Pond Day at the Seatuck Environmental Association’s Scully estate in Islip.

 

June 7

“Democrats debate”

Just a week or so ahead of the New York Primary, Democratic candidates for Congress, Liuba Grechen Shirley and Legis. DuWayne Gregory, participated in a public debate at the Sayville Congregational Church.

 

“A blooming success”

Keep Islip Clean’s Project Bloom celebrates 25 years of growing flowers for public properties.

 

June 14

“Over $20 million in county projects blocked”

The Republican minority in the Suffolk County Legislature blocked the capital projects that were bundled with the bond vote. Democrats defended the way it was presented, citing other municipalities that use that process as a way to save money.

 

“Dem. Monica Martinez runs for Senate”

Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez of Brentwood announces her candidacy to run for the NYS 3rd Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Croci, who decided not to seek reelection.

 

June 21

“Protest at Town Hall”

Around 50 or so residents, mostly from the hamlets of Brentwood and Central Islip, gathered on the steps of Islip Town Hall to demand council districts as a way of ensuring equal representation.

 

“Here’s the key”

Gary Teich of Lee’s Auto Body in East Islip worked with students from East Islip High School to restore a van that was then donated to the American Legion. The VETVAN will help to transport veterans who need a ride to important appointments.

 

June 28

“Drowning prevention”

Islip Town held safety lessons for kids at the town-owned Byron Lake Park in Oakdale in the hope to prevent accidental drowning this summer.