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Maxima Castro (Democrat, Working Family): Candidate

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

This is the first run for public office for Maxima Castro, a community activist in her hometown of Brentwood. Although very involved in her community, she pretty much worked behind the political scenes until something happened in her community signaling a desire to get more involved

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Alexis Weik (Republican, Conservative): Incumbent

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

When Alexis Weik was elected to the position of Receiver of Taxes four years ago, she was no stranger to the job. She’d been longtime Receiver Virginia Allen’s deputy, and so following in her footsteps seemed to her to be the right course of action. Now, Weik would like to continue with her work serving the people of Islip Town.

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More apartments for Macy estate site

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Planning Board meeting last Thursday night, the board held a public hearing regarding a proposed application to modify a previously approved application to construct 28 senior (age 55 and over) apartments (instead of 26) on the site of the historic former Macy estate on the west side of Islip Avenue (Route 111) north of Montauk Highway. The application was met with concerns by some local residents and ultimately approved by a narrow margin of 4-3.

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Islip Town preliminary budget approved

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Board Meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board replaced a key department head, named a new town historian, established a Disability Advisory Board, bonded funds to purchase a parcel of East Islip land for use by the Exchange Ambulance of the Islips and approved its 2016 preliminary budget. A 1.23 percent spending increase with small tax increase is proposed.

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Joseph Hagelmann (Democratic, Working Family): Candidate

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

Joseph Hagelmann is running for the Suffolk County Legislature in the 10th Legislative District. He said he’d like to see some positive changes made that would move the county forward in a way that would provide more jobs and a cleaner environment.

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Tom Cilmi (Republican, Conservative): Incumbent

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

After holding the position of 10th District legislator since 2009, Tom Cilmi said he’s proud of his accomplishments, but also noted there’s still more work to do. He said while walking the streets in his district, the positive reception he’s received from constituents has reaffirmed his desire to continue on with that work.

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Tom Barraga (Republican, Conservative, Independent): Incumbent

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

The candidate for the 11th Legislative District race is incumbent Tom Barraga, who is running unopposed for his final term as a member of the Suffolk County Legislature.

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West Nile virus in Islip Town

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken reported three new human cases of West Nile virus in addition to one that had previously been reported. All of the cases are in the Town of Islip.

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Blessed in the garden

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

Canines and felines, rabbits and turtles were brought by loving families to the annual Blessing of the Animals in the Fr. Joe Lukaszewski Garden behind Our Lady of Lourdes R.C. Church last Sunday. The event, which has been taking place at the West Islip church for more than a decade, was in honor of the Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Preparing for the worst

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/8/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday, Islip Town officials held a special press conference at the town’s Emergency Operations Center in light of reports that Hurricane Joaquin could soon be passing through the region. Although the storm eventually veered out of Long Island’s path, the key point made was that Islip is taking any potential weather event very seriously, particularly after Hurricane Sandy.

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The evolution of literacy

Story By: PETER WARD
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

In the first public libraries, it was assumed that visitors to the library would know how to read. After all, libraries had been established to provide books and guidance in the use of those books. The user of the library would come to learn something, to get something to read, or find a piece of information. Why would someone come to the library if they were unable to read the books they expected to discover?

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Blessing in Central Park

Story By: MONICA MUSETTI-CARLIN
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Each morning I check my phone, email and Facebook page for messages. Wednesday morning there was a general message posted on FB from a friend in the city asking if anyone could use the two tickets she had to see the pope in Central Park as she was unable to attend. I immediately answered saying "I'll take them!"...being a firm believer, ‘if opportunity knocks, open the door!’ I was meant to see Pope Francis on his momentous visit to New York.

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