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A town budget and new commissioner

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/12/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday, the Islip Town Board unanimously passed its final 2016 budget, amounting to a total of $221,282,681 and a tax increase of 0.73 percent, which falls under the state tax cap and will raise the average homeowners’ property taxes $19.15 per year. The board also unanimously passed a resolution appointing environmental engineer James H. Heil as the new commissioner of the Department of Environmental Control.

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Congrats to all of the candidates

Story By: STAFF WRITER
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

As in all elections, there will be those who win the race and others that do not. By the time of this printing, we already know where this year’s candidates fit into that equation. It’s time for everyone to step back, take a deep breath and allow the elected to begin to lead while the others step aside.

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Owl Prowl prevails

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

There were ghosts, goblins and plenty of cartoon characters on South Bay Avenue in Islip last Saturday morning. No, these costume-clad prowlers weren’t out trick-or-treating early; they were just taking part in the annual 5K Owl Prowl that is sponsored each year by the Seatuck Environmental Association.

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Burn boat, burn

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

On the eve of Halloween, the grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum were inundated with approximately 2500 people, many of them dressed in costume, to witness the annual Boat Burning ritual. The event, which draws onlookers from near and far, did not disappoint.

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More than a pink ribbon

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Since the month that has become known as “Pinktober” is now over, the pink flags, balloons and special events to promote breast cancer awareness will slowly begin to recede. However, awareness to breast cancer never diminishes for those who have the disease, and that’s especially true for the men and women who are living with metastatic breast cancer. There’s more to their struggle than just what’s represented by a pink ribbon.

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A victory for the county, defeat for Islip Town

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Inside the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 hall in Hauppauge, which had doubled as Democratic Headquarters Tuesday night, the excitement at times was palpable as campaign workers began trickling in for the election results.

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GOP victory in Islip

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Spirits were high and the vibe was jubilant at the Islip Town Republican Committee’s post-election reception—held at the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Division 7 facility in East Islip—in the wake of a decisive sweep over democratic candidates.

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Young women of influence

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Monday night, members of the Rusy-Bohm American Legion Auxiliary gathered at its facility on Nassau Avenue to commemorate the accomplishments of sponsored Islip High School students Amber Yildizel and Lauren Schadt. The girls completed the weeklong New York Empire State Girls program this past June at SUNY Brockport.

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Review: ‘The Martian’

Story By: SUSAN SESSA
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Caught in a fierce Martian storm, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. Although he survives the storm, Watney is now stranded and alone, utterly alone, on the desolate surface of the planet Mars. This epic of science fiction, based on a book by Andy Weir and directed by Ridley Scott, follows Watney, who is played by Matt Damon, as he struggles to survive in this awesomely hostile environment.

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The history of reading horror

Story By: PETER WARD
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

It is strange that there should be an entire holiday dedicated to experiencing fear. Oddly, this emotion that we would normally want to avoid—a sign of danger and source of anxiety—comes on Halloween, a cause for excitement, exhilaration and fun. For most, celebrating Halloween will always involve reading, watching or listening to some type of horror fiction.

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Day of the Dead in art

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday evening marked the opening reception for a special “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) art exhibition at the Second Avenue Firehouse in Bay Shore. The exhibit, which runs on weekends until Nov. 8, features traditional Oaxacan altar boxes created by local artists and students from Bay Shore High School. The presentation gave visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles and values of a foreign, yet not too distant culture in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

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New fast-food eatery and law office on hold

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Planning Board meeting Thursday night, the board reserved decision on two separate applications—one seeking to develop a fast-food establishment on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, and the other to install a law office on Montauk Highway in West Islip.

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