Articles

Guilty plea in toxic dumping

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last week, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced that a guilty plea had been submitted by Thomas Datre Jr. – the principal defendant on trial for the illegal dumping of tens of thousands of contaminated construction debris at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood during 2013 and 2014.

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The national parks are open

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Our National Park Service has kicked off a new campaign to invest in future park users. The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, a national program, provides free park passes for fourth grade students and their families to all of the national parks in the country.

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Ready for service

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Saturday, a special ceremony was held at the Islip Fire Department in recognition of two significant milestones. The first was the 75th anniversary of the Islip Fire Department Rescue Squad (formed April 1, 1941), and the second was the activation of a brand new ambulance dedicated in honor of Ex-Chief Richard Ackerson Sr. – the first member of the Rescue Squad to achieve 50 years of emergency medical service to the Islip Community.

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A place to turn for help

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Substance abuse in Suffolk County—opioid addiction in particular—has grown to epidemic proportions. All to often, when the abuser or their caregiver is in need of support and guidance during a crisis, there is no help available, especially after business hours.

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Change in access for Islip commuters

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sometime in the near future, the Long Island Rail Road will be closing the current site of the pedestrian walkway at the Islip Train Station and moving it about 200 feet west to the Nassau Avenue crossing. The move is in response to complaints about unsafe conditions that now exist where the crossing is located. However, the move has some commuters upset.

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Suffolk County marathon and Freedom Fest update

Story By: STEVE BELLONE
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

I recently announced that Catholic Health Services (CHS) has been named as a “Medal of Honor” title sponsor for the second annual Suffolk County marathon and Freedom Fest which will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. We made the announcement on the grounds of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

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Town Board notes

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Board meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board listened to varying concerns from residents before passing a resolution to accept funding geared towards multiple improvements to the Sept. 11 memorial at Veterans Memorial Park.

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Possible bond on the horizon

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

Over 100 residents attended a Brightwaters Village Board Meeting last week regarding the possibility of bonding money for necessary infrastructure and equipment needs.

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Alarming tax

Story By: STAFF WRITER
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

Some Suffolk County residents will have to dig a little deeper into their wallets to come up with the money to pay for a fee on their home security systems. In a region where taxes on all levels of government have put a strain on middle class families, this is yet another burden for them to bear. This new program begins on April 1 and is not a joke.

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More apartments planned in Islip

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

There was an item on the agenda at last Wednesday’s planning board meeting that was very familiar to many of those in attendance: a proposed apartment development on vacant land off of Spur Drive South. in Islip. Although the board reserved decision on the item, there were a number of residents who still left the meeting concerned.

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Dzus still causing problems

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Wednesday, a large crowd of residents gathered at the West Islip High School auditorium to receive information from state officials regarding the upcoming remediation of areas around Willets Creek and Lake Capri.

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Library budget vote time

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
3/24/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, April 5, residents will have an opportunity to vote on their library’s budget as well as for library trustee. All of the polls will be held inside the libraries and all of the proposed budget fall below the state cap.

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