Articles

Bridges Academy success continues

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

Since its inception three years ago, the independent Bridges Academy in West Islip continues to grow and push its progressive agenda to new heights. The private school is thriving as a fully independent institution offering an accelerated, comprehensive education for parents seeking an alternative path for their children ranging from pre-school through eighth grade.

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New airline in town

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

It’s been a while since Long Island MacArthur Airport had a new airline operating out of that facility. However, beginning July 1, National Airlines will offer non-stop flights to two destinations in Puerto Rico: Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan.

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Controversial Wendy’s application revisited

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

On Tuesday night, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed a longstanding controversial proposal to erect a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant with a drive-through on the south side of Montauk Highway across the street from Islip Middle School and high school, and between Overton Funeral Home and the Islip Mobile Park. The board reserved decision to further review the application.

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Vowing to fix the merge

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Both sides of Sunrise Highway in Oakdale have long been a problem for commuters. In the eastbound lanes, where the road merges with Montauk Highway and traffic from Heckscher State Parkway flows in, is often referred to as the Oakdale merge. The highway on the north side also branches off at this location for access to the Heckscher Parkway.

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Take this to heart

Story By: STAFF WRITER
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

February is officially Heart Health Month, a time to pay more attention to cardiac well-being and to focus on ways to be healthier. The month also serves to remind us that heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States, and that is especially true for women, where it is responsible for one in four deaths.

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The Danish Girl

Story By: CAMPBELL DALGLISH
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Biologically, we are all made up of male and female genes, but as we mature our bodies take the full turn toward the gender we were born with. “The Danish Girl,” based on David Ebershoff’s 2001 novel set in England a century ago when the real first gender operations took place, shows just how complex this story of crossing over really is in the body of a young man, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), who has married his art school sweetheart, Gerda (Alicia Vikander).

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The red carpet is waiting for you

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Will “Bridge of Spies” get the best picture vote? Will Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence blurt their victory speeches for best actor and actress in a leading role? You can glam up like the stars do at the Plaza Cinema and Media Arts Center’s own celebration of films, their makers and actors at the fourth annual Oscar Party set for Sunday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

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He Rejoices Over Me

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

A book published in recent years by local author Nicholas J. Skula Jr., titled “He Rejoices Over Me,” delivers a powerful, heartfelt narrative of the life of his daughter Crystal Marie Skula—and an earnest account of love, loss, fortitude, hope and perseverance. The result is a vividly moving story about a young girl’s steadfast courage and faith throughout her life, which was tragically cut short nearly a month before her 14th birthday after a multi-year battle with brain cancer.

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Life experiences on canvas

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Sunday afternoon, the Islip Art Museum (IAM) hosted a formal reception for a featured solo exhibition named “Caché: New Works by Debra Rodman-Peck.” Located in the gift shop adjacent to the main gallery, the collection offers an illuminating portrait of one of Long Island’s most talented and captivating artists.

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Area code overlay

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Get ready to change the way you make a phone call. Soon, Suffolk County will have two area codes, the original 631 and the 934 addition.

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Rallying to save wildlife

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/18/2016 12:00:00 AM

Approximately 30 protestors braved the single-digit temperatures last Friday morning on behalf of wildlife preservation. They gathered at the Fire Island National Seashore headquarters in Patchogue to show their opposition to a wildlife management plan that includes a deer hunt in the wilderness section of the barrier island and also at the William Floyd estate in Shirley.

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Nurturing creativity

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/11/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Sunday afternoon, the Sayville-based Art Without Walls Inc. debuted a brand new exhibit at the Bayport-Blue Point Library showcasing fascinating artwork by a number of local young artists in celebration of the renowned organization’s 31st anniversary.

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