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First semester life lessons

Story By: ---
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

In August I wrote an article for this newspaper about the closing of a big chapter in my life and turning the page onto a new one. And then at the beginning of September I packed part of my life into a bunch of boxes and hit the road for Boston to commence my studies at Northeastern University.

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Ho-ho season more ho-hum

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

The holiday season is a major time of year for retailers, particularly the local downtown shops who count on gift buyers as a major source of revenue. With the holidays officially over and the new year in full swing, local shop owners were asked how sales this past season compared to the previous one, and what factors they believed played a role.

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New supermarket plans for West Islip

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

The former site of a CVS drugstore in the hamlet that has long been criticized by the local community for being unkempt, was once again the topic of discussion at an Islip Town Planning Board meeting last week when an application to convert the space into a supermarket was addressed. The Planning Board reserved decision on the item to review some of the comments posed by speakers.

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Tackling an unaffordable education

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

Sean McAllister of West Islip is getting ready to head back to college to begin his fourth semester at Syracuse University. However, before heading north, he took a side trip south to Washington D.C. as the guest of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) to attend President Obama’s State of the Union Address. On Tuesday McAllister became the face of many other college students who are currently or will very shortly be in a position of owing a lot of money in college loans.

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More apartments proposed for Bay Shore

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

A number of residents from South Bay Shore attended last week’s Planning Board meeting to voice their concerns about proposed new development in their neighborhood. The board reserved decision on the item to look into some of the issues that were raised.

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Proposed convenience center disputed

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

A new business might soon be added to a busy intersection in the hamlet if a recent application is approved. However, area residents had their say at a public hearing that was held at last week’s Islip Planning Board meeting, which resulted in a reserved decision by the board.

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Promoting healthy marshland

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/14/2016 12:00:00 AM

The first leg of a multifaceted project to dredge and restore the marshlands near the National fish and Wildlife Seatuck refuge along the Town of Islip’s south shore was completed last Thursday.

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Shelter the homeless

Story By: STAFF WRITER
1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

After a very balmy November and December, local residents got a dose of reality for the beginning of 2016 with a blast of arctic air that drove temperatures down into the single digits this week. The sudden and extreme onset of cold weather resulted in Governor Cuomo issuing an executive order that all homeless must be taken into shelters once the temperatures dip below 32 degrees.

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NSLIJ is now Northwell

Story By: STAFF WRITER
1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

Eighteen years after the historic merger that created the North Shore-LIJ Health System, its Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a name change for New York State's largest private employer and health care provider -- Northwell Health. "Being highly visible and clearly understood within and beyond the New York metropolitan area requires strong brand recognition," said Michael J. Dowling, the 21-hospital network's president and chief executive officer.

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A Look Back, IB Sports, The Year in Review

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

The past 12 months provided us with some impressive and unforgettable moments in sports. Here’s a few highlights of local sports during 2015.

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Supporting the men and women in blue

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Saturday, January 9, all residents are encouraged to participate in National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). The initiative, started by the nonprofit organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), marks the second year of a coordinated effort to recognize police officers nationwide for their continued contributions to society.

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Packed agenda at first meeting of 2016

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

The first Brightwaters Board of Trustees meeting of 2016 was highlighted by four separate public hearings that initiated productive discussions among residents and ensuing decisions by board members.

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