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Clearing out the attic

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday, residents began arriving early at Whoseepee Park in the Village of Brightwaters and began unloading their cars and trucks with a glut of items they had just cleared out of their attics, basements and garages. The annual fall Community Garage Sale, which has been taking place for over 10 years, has become a much- anticipated event for both sellers and shoppers. It’s been so popular that earlier this year, the village introduced a spring sale as well.

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An anniversary fair

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

It started off as a fun activity to recognize the bicentennial of the United States. But after 40 years, the West Islip Country Fair continues to prevail to the delight of festivalgoers from near and far that turned out for this year’s event last Sunday. The event’s longevity has many of the organizers amazed. “We never thought it would go 40 years,” said Maria Pecorale, one of the founders of the fair.

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Close encounters with the pontiff

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Although there were representatives from nearly all of the Roman Catholic churches around Islip Town, perhaps one of the most represented at last week’s activities with Pope Francis were the parishioners and clergy of St. Patrick’s RC Church in Bay Shore. Many of them embraced the rare opportunity to be in the popular pontiff’s presence and some were happy to share their stories with our readers. For most, those chance encounters were more like a spiritual experience.

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Islip’s karate kid

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Adam Rotbart, a sophomore at Islip High School, is a shining example of how far confidence, passion, and determination can take someone willing to set goals and commit to their dreams. At just the age of 15, Adam is poised to participate in the World Karate Federation (WKF) Junior World Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia, from November 12-15.

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Managing feral cat overpopulation

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

The issue of feral cats has brought forth a series of dilemmas for Long Island residents and townships, both from a financial and moral standpoint. The issue came to a head at the last Islip Town Board meeting on September 22, when a group of residents and leaders of local animal advocacy groups asked the town board to follow the examples set by other townships by establishing more effective measures to deal with the growing population of feral cats.

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A grand time on Grand Jury

Story By: SUZANNE McKENNA LINK
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

For more than 15 years, I have periodically received a summons to serve on Grand Jury. Up until the last few years, I was a stay-at-home mom, with young children, and therefore permitted to postpone. This past August, I was summoned once again, and truthfully, I was curious to go.

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From storied acting career to cloistered life

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

While Pope Francis is scheduled to visit New York City on Sept. 24 and 25, St. Joseph’s College will be hosting a spiritual celebrity of its own. Mother Dolores Hart, the beautiful film star who acted with greats like Elvis Presley, will discuss her transition from Hollywood actress to contemplative nun at Regina Laudis Abbey in Bethlehem, Conn., as well as her autobiography written with friend Richard DeNeut, “The Ear of the Heart: An Actress’ Journey From Hollywood to Holy Vows.”

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The 2016 Recommended Budget is in

Story By: STEVE BELLONE
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

On Sept. 18, I submitted my Recommended Budget of $2.917 billion for fiscal 2016, which is under the New York State property tax cap, freezes general fund taxes for a fourth straight year, and provides for a historic, double-digit tax cut in the Southwest Sewer District.

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Battle at the Grange

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday and Sunday, Co. K of the 67th New York Volunteer Infantry successfully hosted its seventh annual Civil War Weekend at the Islip Grange and the park once again became a stage for reenactors. Over the course of the weekend, thousands of visitors were treated with exciting battle reenactments between the Union and the Confederacy, completely free of charge.

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Into the digital age

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

In the coming months, finding property records in the Village of Brightwaters will be a whole lot easier. That’s because the village is the recent recipient of a grant provided by the New York State Archives Department that will enable the municipality to digitalize all of their important information and place them in the more space-saving and easy-to-access form.

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Planning board notes

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

At last Thursday’s meeting, the Islip Town Planning Board reserved decision on the application for special permits to renovate a building currently used as a bagel shop. However, the application for the Auto Mall in West Islip was approved so that the business could run a car wash on the premises.

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Feral felines and farewells

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

At Tuesday’s Islip Town Board meeting, Supervisor Carpenter and the board listened to residents’ complaints about the serious feral cat issue in the town. They also heard from one resident who angrily protested one placement of one of the town’s commissioners while saying goodbye to two commissioners moving on to other positions.

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