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Automatic pay increases unwise

Story By: STAFF WRITER
3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday afternoon, the Islip Town Board voted 3-2 to set up automatic pay increases for elected officials on the board as well as the town clerk. It’s a move that could prove imprudent in the future for a number of reasons and also raises a lot of questions.

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Automatic raises for town board approved

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM

Automatic raises for town board approved

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‘JOY’ Movie review

Story By: SUSAN SESSA
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

This is not a love story, but a story of great passion nonetheless. “Joy” is an American biographical comedy/drama, written and directed by David O. Russell. Jennifer Lawrence portrays the title character, Long Island inventor Joy Mangano.

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All dressed up and someplace to go

Story By: MONICA MUSETTI-CARLIN
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

The 88th annual Academy Awards was celebrated in style at Patchogue's Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center’s fourth annual Oscar Party night, as movie lovers of all ages walked the red carpet to view the much-anticipated Oscars ceremony hosted by Chris Rock.

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A new season on the bay begins

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last month, the Great South Bay Power Squadron held a “Change of Watch” meeting in which the group installed its officers for the coming 2016-17 season. The Great South Bay Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons – a national nonprofit organization of boating enthusiasts who promote boating education and safety. Its self-proclaimed mission is to educate local boaters on how to safely enjoy our local waterways.

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At the head of the line

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 in East Islip hosts the annual John P. Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even though he remained in the background, for the past 10 years parade chair Dr. David A. Ring has been an important fixture, making sure the event ran smoothly. However, this Sunday, March 6, in addition to his chairman duties, Ring will have a more visible role marching at the head of the parade as grand marshal.

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More cleanup required

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Wednesday, the State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an official statement noting that the former site of Dzus Fasteners on Union Boulevard in West Islip had been reclassified to indicate a substantial environmental threat to the surrounding area.

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Committed to helping others

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
3/3/2016 12:00:00 AM

Mary Louise Cohen has resided in the hamlet of Bay Shore for the past 25 years. During much of that time, with the commitment of a native, she developed a routine of heading out each day on a mission to improve her adopted home by giving her time to a number of organizations. And she doesn't intend to stop doing that anytime soon. That is why this hard-working volunteer is our 2015 Inspiration Award winner.

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Malfunction Junction’ must be fixed

Story By: STAFF WRITER
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Anyone who has ever driven or been a passenger in a car that’s had to navigate through the Sunrise Highway merge in Oakdale knows the anxiety that begins to escalate along with the increasing traffic around a mile or so before getting there. During rush hour, make it closer to two miles, maybe more. Known as the Oakdale Merge to some, others exasperatedly prefer to call it Malfunction Junction.

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Reading Jupiter Hammon

Story By: PETER WARD
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

In 1915, Oscar Wegelin, bibliographer of early American poetry and drama, was asked to assemble a collection of the works of Jupiter Hammon. At the time, Hammon was entirely unknown; 10 years earlier in a short article in the Literary Collector, Wegelin had suggested that the obscure Hammon, rather than the celebrated Phillis Wheatley, had been America’s first African-American poet.

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The connection of body and spirit

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

“Occupy Your Body: The Personal Wellness Revolution,” is an illuminating, enlightening, and inspiring commentary by first-time author and Bay Shore resident Kimberly Ciano.

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A worrisome state pension fund

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

At a meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors on Feb. 8, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli expressed doubt that the state’s pension fund would reach this year’s 7 percent return target. The news sparked backlash from local officials proclaiming that the county cannot handle any more costs to its already inflated pension obligations.

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