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More than a pink ribbon

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Since the month that has become known as “Pinktober” is now over, the pink flags, balloons and special events to promote breast cancer awareness will slowly begin to recede. However, awareness to breast cancer never diminishes for those who have the disease, and that’s especially true for the men and women who are living with metastatic breast cancer. There’s more to their struggle than just what’s represented by a pink ribbon.

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A victory for the county, defeat for Islip Town

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Inside the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 hall in Hauppauge, which had doubled as Democratic Headquarters Tuesday night, the excitement at times was palpable as campaign workers began trickling in for the election results.

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GOP victory in Islip

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Spirits were high and the vibe was jubilant at the Islip Town Republican Committee’s post-election reception—held at the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Division 7 facility in East Islip—in the wake of a decisive sweep over democratic candidates.

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Young women of influence

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Monday night, members of the Rusy-Bohm American Legion Auxiliary gathered at its facility on Nassau Avenue to commemorate the accomplishments of sponsored Islip High School students Amber Yildizel and Lauren Schadt. The girls completed the weeklong New York Empire State Girls program this past June at SUNY Brockport.

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Review: ‘The Martian’

Story By: SUSAN SESSA
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Caught in a fierce Martian storm, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. Although he survives the storm, Watney is now stranded and alone, utterly alone, on the desolate surface of the planet Mars. This epic of science fiction, based on a book by Andy Weir and directed by Ridley Scott, follows Watney, who is played by Matt Damon, as he struggles to survive in this awesomely hostile environment.

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The history of reading horror

Story By: PETER WARD
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

It is strange that there should be an entire holiday dedicated to experiencing fear. Oddly, this emotion that we would normally want to avoid—a sign of danger and source of anxiety—comes on Halloween, a cause for excitement, exhilaration and fun. For most, celebrating Halloween will always involve reading, watching or listening to some type of horror fiction.

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Day of the Dead in art

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday evening marked the opening reception for a special “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) art exhibition at the Second Avenue Firehouse in Bay Shore. The exhibit, which runs on weekends until Nov. 8, features traditional Oaxacan altar boxes created by local artists and students from Bay Shore High School. The presentation gave visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles and values of a foreign, yet not too distant culture in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

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New fast-food eatery and law office on hold

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Planning Board meeting Thursday night, the board reserved decision on two separate applications—one seeking to develop a fast-food establishment on Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, and the other to install a law office on Montauk Highway in West Islip.

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James P. O’Connor (Republican, Conservative,  Reform): Candidate

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Jim O’Connor, 52, is the Republican, Conservative, Reform parties’ contender for the Suffolk County Executive post. A Great River resident with his wife and three children, O’Connor is a partner at Maroney O’Connor LLP, a Manhattan law firm that specializes in insurance. O’Connor isn’t new to the political scene. Elected as a North Hempstead Town councilman in 1998 (he served until 2001), he was known as a taxpayers’ advocate.

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Steve Bellone (Democratic, Independence, Working Families, Women’s Equality): Incumbent

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is seeking a second term in office, where he said he’s been working hard to fulfill his campaign promises from four years ago. And although he acknowledges his many accomplishments during that time, he said there’s still a lot more work left to do, and he remains confident that he is the person to do it.

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Tom Licari (Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality): Candidate

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

A lifelong town resident, Tom Licari never really thought about running for town office before. “It wasn’t in my field of vision,” he remarked. In fact, he’d actually been looking to retirement when he was asked to take on that challenge. “That’s when I started to explore some things in the town that I was not happy with, and the more I did that I began to realize that I could make a difference,” he said.

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Angie Carpenter (Republican, Conservative): Incumbent

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/29/2015 12:00:00 AM

In March of this year, Angie Carpenter took over the role of Islip Town Supervisor after being appointed in January to finish Tom Croci’s term after he was elected NY State Senator. Since that time, she said she’s been taking care of the people’s business and making the changes that were needed in the town. And, she’s hoping to continue on with that work for another four years.

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