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All district budgets pass

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Taxpayers in our reader area turned out to vote on their school district budget and election of trustees. This year, all budgets, save for one district, stayed within the tax cap. Most incumbent trustees were voted back into their seat, except in Islip, where there was an upset as Russell Dietz and longtime board member Catherine Romano were not reelected. Here are the final tallies of local districts.

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Get ready for ‘Bounty by the Bay’

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

This Friday, May 20, a new weekly farmers’ market will be coming to the local area. This one, “Bounty by the Bay,” will be held in Bay Shore on Main Street.

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A pillar of the community

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Thursday, May 26, the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore is honoring longtime community leader John J. Wahlberg at its 16th annual Bay Shore-Brightwaters Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner at Captain Bill’s on Ocean Avenue. “I was shocked when I found out,” remarked Wahlberg. “It was quite a surprise, and I’m very proud to be honored.”

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New Bay Shore apartments discussed

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the latest Islip Town Planning Board Meeting, the board reserved decision on an application seeking a special permit for a mixed-use building located at 45 Fifth Avenue, approximately 500 feet south of Union Boulevard on the east side. The vote came after a group of nearby residents voiced concerns regarding potential density, traffic, safety, and quality of life issues.

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FI deer management plan approved

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, the National Park Service approved a plan to handle the deer on the barrier island. The White Tail Deer Management Plan though, which had been met with considerable controversy since it was first announced, continues to draw criticism. That’s because the 67-page final Record of Decision that was released on May 3 still includes among a number of other methods of control, a hunt to kill deer in the Wilderness section of the island.

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‘Anything Goes’ in this funny, frank discussion

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

That voice. It’s deepened a bit, but still emotes a distinctive comedic zing. “Hello, baby stars,” Sally Struthers announces to Josh Canfield and Patti-Lee Meringo, who play lovers Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt. “Hello, big star,” she says affectionately to Andrea McArdle, aka Reno Sweeney, in The Gateway’s upcoming production of “Anything Goes.”

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FI is under the cap

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Those who own property on the barrier island will have the opportunity to vote on the school district budget on Tuesday, May 17 at the Woodhull School on Ocean Beach. The polls will be open from 3 to 9 p.m.

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Tax levy lower than last year

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

The Islip School District’s 2016-17 proposed budget amounts to $80,882,464, with a tax levy increase of 1.74 percent that pierces the New York State tax cap. Superintendent Susan Schnebel and Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Zeterberg explained the factors behind why Islip ended up piercing the established cap and what it really means for taxpayers and parents.

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Bay Shore keeps taxes low

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

Voters in the hamlets of Bay Shore and Brightwaters will head to the polls on Super Tuesday, May 17 to vote on the proposed budget of $149,899,292. The budget is at the 2-percent cap at a tax rate of .066, or less than one cent. It’s projected that taxpayers will only pay an extra $2.53 a month.

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Zero tax increase proposed in EISD

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Super Tuesday, May 17, the East Islip School District will hold its annual budget vote and school board elections from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center. There is one open seat on the board of education, with challenger Carol Coffin running against incumbent Steven Behan. Meanwhile, the 2016-17 proposed budget amounts to $112,683,147, with a 0-percent tax increase.

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New homebuyers, beware

Story By: STAFF WRITER
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

There’s an item in the NYS Budget this year that will have a huge impact on anyone who expects to purchase a home. The STAR benefit, a school tax credit, has been altered. Everyone should become more familiar with this relatively unpublicized plan before being taken by surprise.

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STAR benefits plan changing

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

STAR, the school tax relief benefit viewed as a necessity for most Long Islanders, has been converted into a tax credit for new homeowners as part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2016-17 executive budget savings.

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