Half-year in review

Half-year in review

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/10/2019


JULY

July 26, Bounty by the Bay: The Bay Shore farmer’s market is in full swing.

July 5, Plans for Dowling College property stall: The Islip Planning Board temporarily dismisses applications by new property owner to preserve parts of the shuttered campus.

July 12, County Executive responds to SCOTUS ruling on unions: Local union reps react to threats to organized labor while county executive Steve Bellone signed an executive order to protect unions from what his administration calls harassment and intimidation.

July 19, MacArthur Airport unveils new facility: A state-of-the-art fire and rescue building replaces one dating back to the 1940s.

The protests continue: Residents attend an Islip Town Board meeting to speak out against the proposed mega-developments in the town.

July 26, Shark week in Islip Town: There were shark sightngs in Islip waters. Experts said the incidents are rare, but possible.

 

AUGUST

Aug. 16,  Library grant awarded: Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino procures funding for a new reading room in the West Islip Public Library.

Aug. 2, Suffolk tackles human trafficking: A new unit looks to combat human trafficking and prostitution.

Meet Brightwaters’ new trustee: Patrick Fawcett is appointed to fill newly elected mayor John Valdini’s seat.

Aug. 9, Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School is closing: The Diocese of Rockville Centre cites a major drop in enrollment as the cause for the decision.

New addition for lactating moms: Suffolk County set to install mobile lactation station in Family Court.

Aug. 16, Park vacation cottages are coming to Heckscher, eventually: Three of 15 rental cottages should be available by Labor Day weekend.

Poetry lives: Members of the local group, Live Poet’s Society, shared their work at a local bookstore.

Aug. 23, Trading a Capitol vista for a seashore living landscape: Fire Island National Seashore gets a new superintendent, Alex Romero.

Aug. 30, Half shells for habitat: Oyster shells are collected at local eateries for a new program launched by the Seatuck Environmental Association. The shells will be repurposed by placing them back in the bay for spat (baby oysters) to latch onto.

Killer-Watt boxes for charity: East Islip resident Tara Bono prepares to enter the ring in the nation’s only all-volunteer boxing event.

 

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 27, JOHN T. TUTHILL III: The publisher of our family of newspapers, John T. Tuthill III, passes away.

Sept. 6, County legislates for pay equality: The RISE Act would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to provide a pay history.

Sept. 13, Spending Task Force passes: A bill proposed by Legis. Steve Flotteron passes in the Legislature. The bill is aimed at holding the line on spending in the county.

Sept. 20, Union Jack over Islip: A ceremony was held at Islip Town Hall in honor of a visitor, former Islip, England councilman Tom Love. Sept. 12 is a day that links sister towns, as on that day, the Stars and Stripes have been flying over the municipal building across the pond since 1999.

County executive approves amended shared services plan: Suffolk’s Shared Services panel amended its plan to allow additional schools and fire districts to participate in shared services.

Luck of the drawing: The Bay Shore Fire Department once again held their annual lottery at the Bay Shore Marina. In addition to a number of monetary prizes, there was a grand prize drawn for $50,000.

Sept. 27, Red light revenue: Despite concerns voiced by some Suffolk County legislators, Suffolk’s red light camera program was extended another year.

 

OCTOBER

Oct. 11,  A HAUNTING: The Sagtikos Manor Historical Society presented “Mourning at the Manor” at the annual Fall Festival. Included in the presentation was a visit by the “spirits” of three former occupants.

Oct. 4, Islip Town appoints new environmental commissioner: Martin Bellew fills vacancy of retiring James Heil.

Oct. 11, Rental registration required: A new law about rentals will soon be coming to Brightwaters Village.

Oct. 18, They made it: The Budweiser Clydesdales visited Bay Shore and paraded down Main Street.

Oct. 25, Changes planned for Southside Hospital: At a planning board meeting, new accommodations for critical care patients and a stacked parking garage were discussed.

 

NOVEMBER

Nov. 22, SENDING ‘BOXES OF LOVE’: Islip Town officials and employees and the organization, Islip Food for Hope, once again provided Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.

Nov. 1, Fighting drug addiction together: Islip Town holds a public forum to address an issue of growing concern.

Flood-control fiasco: Long Island environmentalists are voicing concerns over a proposed plan to build floodgates in the Hudson and East rivers and the impact that would have on Long Island’s coastal communities.

Nov. 8, American Legion holds annual Law and Order Dinner: Police officers and students were honored for their contributions during the ceremony.

Nov. 15, Where will millennials reside?: An advisory panel met to discuss a major issue young people on Long Island are currently facing on where can they afford to live locally.

Islip Town adopts 2019 budget: The vote was unanimous on adopting the town’s $234 million budget. However, the budget comes with a slight tax increase for residents.

Nov. 22, Bay Shore meter lawsuit: A judge hears an argument on nullifying the parking meters in the hamlet.

Groundbreaking ceremony: The next step was taken on the future Lt. Michael Murphy Navy Seal Museum in West Sayville as the ground was pierced for the construction of the building.

Nov. 29, Nothing small about it: Small Business Saturday turned out to be a very successful one for local merchants.

Bay Shore alumnus presents: ‘Art of War’: Vietnam veteran Frank Romeo presented an art show of military memorabilia while discussing his statewide “Walk with Frank,” a veteran advocacy project.

 

DECEMBER

Dec. 6, LIT UP IN BLUE: Islip Town kicked off their 335th anniversary celebrations by lighting the Islip Town Hall cupola in blue, one of the town’s official colors.

Dec. 6, Fixing a nightmare: The New York State Department of Transportation held an informational public meeting to share ideas about how to fix the Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway merge.

History is saved:  The Islip Town Board granted a Planned Landmark Preservation District to the former Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale, formerly Dowling College.  The new designation requires developers to keep the historic integrity of the buildings placed under this code.

Dec. 13, Glass is still in: While some other towns are doing away with curbside pickup of glass, Islip Town will continue the practice of dual-stream recycling.

Dec. 20, From Touro to Tritec: Developer is in contract to purchase the property where Touro College of Health Sciences is currently located. The land will be used to build apartments.

March of the toy-bearing soldiers: Inaugural event has veterans carrying toys from Sayville to Bay Shore to deliver smiles to sick kids.

Dec. 27, Vaping takes a hit: New Suffolk County laws put more restrictions on the sale of vaping products.