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At the head of the line

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

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 7 in East Islip hosts the annual John P. Reilly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even though he remained in the background, for the past 10 years parade chair Dr. David A. Ring has been an important fixture, making sure the event ran smoothly. However, this Sunday, March 6, in addition to his chairman duties, Ring will have a more visible role marching at the head of the parade as grand marshal.

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More cleanup required

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

Last Wednesday, the State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an official statement noting that the former site of Dzus Fasteners on Union Boulevard in West Islip had been reclassified to indicate a substantial environmental threat to the surrounding area.

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Committed to helping others

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

Mary Louise Cohen has resided in the hamlet of Bay Shore for the past 25 years. During much of that time, with the commitment of a native, she developed a routine of heading out each day on a mission to improve her adopted home by giving her time to a number of organizations. And she doesn't intend to stop doing that anytime soon. That is why this hard-working volunteer is our 2015 Inspiration Award winner.

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Malfunction Junction’ must be fixed

Story By: STAFF WRITER
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Anyone who has ever driven or been a passenger in a car that’s had to navigate through the Sunrise Highway merge in Oakdale knows the anxiety that begins to escalate along with the increasing traffic around a mile or so before getting there. During rush hour, make it closer to two miles, maybe more. Known as the Oakdale Merge to some, others exasperatedly prefer to call it Malfunction Junction.

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Reading Jupiter Hammon

Story By: PETER WARD
2/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

In 1915, Oscar Wegelin, bibliographer of early American poetry and drama, was asked to assemble a collection of the works of Jupiter Hammon. At the time, Hammon was entirely unknown; 10 years earlier in a short article in the Literary Collector, Wegelin had suggested that the obscure Hammon, rather than the celebrated Phillis Wheatley, had been America’s first African-American poet.

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The connection of body and spirit

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

“Occupy Your Body: The Personal Wellness Revolution,” is an illuminating, enlightening, and inspiring commentary by first-time author and Bay Shore resident Kimberly Ciano.

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A worrisome state pension fund

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

At a meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors on Feb. 8, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli expressed doubt that the state’s pension fund would reach this year’s 7 percent return target. The news sparked backlash from local officials proclaiming that the county cannot handle any more costs to its already inflated pension obligations.

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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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