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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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Pilot program implemented to address heroin and opioid addiction

Story By: STEVE BELLONE
10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last week I was joined by Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco, Assistant Deputy County Executive Tim Sini and treatment providers to announce a new pilot program as part of the county’s multipronged approach to addressing heroin and opiate use and abuse. In 2014, there were more than 250 opioid-related deaths in Suffolk County and 493 Narcan saves.

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Rivals clash in heated matchup

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Saturday marked a big matchup between two undefeated football teams looking to make a statement as the team to beat atop Suffolk Division III. Ultimately, the visiting Sayville Golden Flashes (6-0) pulled through, defeating the East Islip Redmen (5-1) by a score of 49-17 in front of more than 3,500 fans at Sal Ciampi Field at Boomer Esiason Stadium.

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Thrills and chills on Main

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Last Saturday evening, families and friends donned their favorite costumes and flocked to Main Street in Bay Shore for the first annual Haunted Halloween Festival. The community event – dubbed “A Main Street Spook-taucular” – was sponsored by the Bay Shore Beautification Society and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore, along with support from the Bay Shore High School student groups and the Great South Bay YMCA/Boulton Center.

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On the riverfront

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

Students from Dowling College in Oakdale spent several hours’ last week gathering water samples and sifting through sediment for the program “A Day in the Life of the Connetquot River.” Their work will help provide information to track any changes to the ecosystem there and hopefully lead to identifying the causes for those changes.

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Mary Kate Mullen (Republican, Conservative): Candidate

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
10/22/2015 12:00:00 AM

This is the first political run for Mary Kate Mullen, an attorney and the mother of three. She said that since her kids are a little older, she has more time to devote to political office.

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