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Excitement in the town boardroom

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM

Residents packed the Islip Town Board Meeting Tuesday afternoon, and many of them came forward to voice their displeasure with a new online reservation system implemented for the upcoming boating season at the Islip Town-owned Atlantique Marina on Fire Island. Later on, the board appointed a new Commissioner of Aviation and Transportation.

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Nationals on the bay

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

The Sayville Yacht Club, which is located in Blue Point, hosted the J/24 Nationals North American Championship last week, which began on Wednesday, May 11. World-class experts in the J/24 vessel competed on the Great South Bay.

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Staffing changes in the county

Story By: STAFF WRITER
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

Executive Steve Bellone announced a series of staffing changes to help implement the major policy initiatives that were originally laid out during his re-election campaign and most recently in the State of the County address, which support the priorities of government reform, water quality and economic development. The staffing moves will save money for Suffolk’s taxpayers.

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Tackling the Zika virus

Story By: STAFF WRITER
5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM

On May 14, the New York State Department of Health and the Suffolk County Health Department held the state's first countywide mosquito control day. The event was part of the state's six-step Zika Action Plan, which required all local health departments to submit plans to control and monitor the mosquito population in their communities.

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Eco family fun

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

On a sunny Saturday afternoon, the Islip Town Earth Day Celebration took place in Gillette Park in Sayville. Sponsored by the Town of Islip Department of Environmental Control (DEC) and the Sayville Chamber of Commerce, the festival featured a range of activities, including a recycled T-shirt dyeing booth, art contest, performances by local music and performance groups, a selection of used books, a variety of shopping vendors, and even a petting zoo.

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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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