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A half-century of history revisited

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

A special 50th anniversary exhibit, “Protecting a Ribbon of Sand: The Creation of Fire Island National Seashore,” recently opened inside the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Scully Estate on South Bay Avenue in Islip, where it will remain through July 15. Through correspondence, articles, memorabilia and photographs, the exhibit explores the battle over the fate of Fire Island from the turn of the century until the establishment of the Fire Island National Seashore (FINS) in 1964.

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New Eagle Scout

Story By: STAFF WRITER
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Matthew Migliore, a member of Troop 254, which is based at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in East Islip, completed his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 2.

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Working in the garden

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

The ongoing plans to restore one of the Town of Islip’s historic landmarks took a leap forward last Wednesday as hundreds of volunteers from businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups gathered on the grounds of Brookwood Hall in East Islip for the 2016 Brookwood Hall Gardening Day. The effort, led by the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, helped restore the landscape surrounding the Brookwood Hall grounds to a close approximation of its original design.

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Water fees need more time

Story By: STAFF WRITER
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

This week, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone proposed an idea that he hopes the residents of the county would endorse. The plan is for a fee that would be imposed upon public water bills in order to eventually bring all—or as many as possible—septic systems into the 21st century. The ultimate advantage is to reverse the effects of nitrogen pollution on our imperiled ground and surface water.

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LIMA is taking off

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Friday morning, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter conducted a well-attended press conference welcoming Elite Airways to Long Island MacArthur Airport. Along with airline president John Pearsall, Carpenter announced four new destinations that would be offered from LIMA to popular vacation destinations in the Northeast and Southeast – Myrtle Beach, Orlando-Melbourne, Portland, Maine, and Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Local drug arrest

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the wake of the latest release of the staggering numbers of drug-related fatalities in Suffolk County, an arrest was made last Thursday by Suffolk County Police after they were able to garner a narcotics search warrant that was executed at a residence in East Islip. A similar search done in Huntington Station that morning resulted in another two arrests.

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Water quality fee suggested

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone called upon the county’s residents to make a commitment for the sake of better water quality. That commitment involves adding a fee onto every water bill – residential and commercial -, a bill that is considered one of the lowest in the country. However, he’s leaving the final decision in the hands of voters and hopes to get the proposition on the ballot by this November.

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Having eco-friendly fun

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday’s sunny skies and moderate temperatures made it a perfect day to be outdoors. Some people took advantage of the nice weather by attending the annual Eco-Carnival at the Suffolk County Environmental Center on the Scully Estate in Islip. The event is sponsored by Seatuck Environmental Association and is held in honor of Earth Day (April 22). It is a family-friendly approach to celebrating nature while also having lots of fun.

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Old and new business discussed at town meeting

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Board Meeting Tuesday night, the board listened to varying concerns from the public – particularly regarding the future implementation of an official town-wide feral cat program – and passed resolutions bringing a new airline to MacArthur Airport, implementing counterterrorism tactics at town marinas, and a new deal allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to utilize the Islip Pistol and Rifle Range.

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Rallying for sewers

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Sunday, a crowd of local residents, community leaders, and elected officials gathered together at a rally inside St. John’s Campus in Oakdale. The goal of the event – created by local nonprofit organization Save the Great South Bay – was to generate momentum by urging state and county officials to secure funding in order to reroute a proposed sewer line south from the Ronkonkoma Hub project through the South Shore communities of Sayville, West Sayville, Oakdale and over to Great River.

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Peaceful protests

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4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday, thousands gathered along the streets of Patchogue to express their differing views on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, who came into town to deliver a speech at the nearby Emporium. Both protesters and supporters crossed paths and formed their own respective rallies to make their voices heard.

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Trump speaks in Patchogue

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

After waiting on lines a block long and amidst tight security, more than 1,000 people who had paid between $100 and up to $1,000 entered The Emporium in Patchogue. It was there where Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump delivered an emotionally pumped-up speech that could be likened to a pep rally. The event was a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Republicans that had recently endorsed Trump.

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