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Pay less now, more later

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Time is running out for residents with outstanding parking tickets to take advantage of the Town of Islip’s current parking ticket amnesty program. Until Sunday, December 31, the town is allowing scofflaws to pay just 60 percent of their fines and penalties on unpaid parking tickets issued between January 1, 2008 and September 30, 2015.

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‘Dig Safely’ to stay protected

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday, Islip Town officials brought in a representative from Dig Safely New York to speak to employees at its Emergency Call Center inside Islip Town Hall West. The purpose of the seminar was to promote a service that helps homeowners, municipalities, and utilities avoid damaging underground infrastructure and possible injury.

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No more transient rentals

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

A disturbing situation was brought to light at Tuesday's Islip Town board meeting that involved making money by renting private homes on a short-term basis. Short-term means any rental that is less than 14 days. Thankfully, that practice was banned from the town through the passing of a resolution that was introduced by Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.

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The tradition continues

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, a large group of residents gathered at the scenic Brightwaters Canal for the second annual menorah lighting in commemoration of the first day of Chanukah named “Chanukah on Main Street.” The event was sponsored by local Jewish organization Chabad of Islip, an affiliate of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which is an international movement with thousands of community centers all over the world.

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‘The Nutcracker’ lives

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

This Saturday and Sunday, the stage at Town Hall West (401 Main Street in Islip) will be filled with the timeless beauty of another version of “The Nutcracker” ballet, performed by Lumiere Ballet, now in it’s 20th year.

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A presidential Christmas

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

The historic Suffolk County-owned Sagtikos Manor in West Bay Shore was transformed into the White House last weekend. It’s where the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society once again hosted a house tour except this time, in keeping with a new theme, several of the manor’s rooms were delightfully decorated for the holidays as they might have appeared during different presidential administrations. Docents in period dress provided a bit of history, nostalgia and entertainment as well.

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Town board passes capital bond resolution

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Board meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board unanimously voted to amend Chapter 68 of the Islip Town Code during a public hearing centered on the regulation of transient rental properties town-wide. The board also listened to public testimony regarding an ongoing feral cat problem and claims of light pollution around the East Islip Marina. In addition, the town unanimously voted in favor of a capital bond resolution that failed to pass just two weeks prior.

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SCWA unveils a new strategic plan

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

This month, the Suffolk County Water Authority officially announced a first-ever strategic business plan. The project, titled “Strategic Plan 2025,” marks a coordinated effort designed to ensure that the organization is prepared to meet the challenges of the next decade.

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Christmas at the arboretum

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

The NYS Parks-owned-and-operated Bayard Cutting Arboretum is dressed for the holidays once again with a stunning display around every corner.

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An illuminating event

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

On Saturday, Dec. 5, a plethora of people lined up along Montauk Highway in Islip to witness the annual holiday parade, hosted by the Islip Chamber of Commerce. It was the first time the parade was held in the evening.

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Consider the trades

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Let’s face it; college isn’t for everyone. However, despite the fact that every year hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted on tuition for unfinished college credits, it seems most parents would still prefer to spend it that way rather than invest in technical education for their child. That’s too bad. Technical schools that teach skilled trades – such as the BOCES program highlighted in our newspaper this week - need a lot more attention, especially since they result in great paying jobs.

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Decking out Brookwood Hall

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday evening, families, friends, and 50 local community groups, and service organizations gathered together for the second annual Deck the Halls project at Brookwood Hall. The event was sponsored by the Islip Arts Council and the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, an organization dedicated to restoring the historic South Shore estate to its former glory.

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