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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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A handle on the beetles, for now

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

At this point, 50 infected pitch pines filled with hibernating southern pine beetles are being monitored for eventual takedown at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach.

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Another facet to education

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

The Eastern Suffolk BOCES Milliken Technical Center on Locust Avenue in Oakdale offers a wide range of career prep services for students (11th and 12th grade) and adults seeking to advance their skills beyond the traditional academic setting. On Tuesday, a tour of the sprawling building offered a firsthand glimpse of the various in-depth programs designed to prepare individuals for long-term career success.

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All-American girls to lead track team

Story By: STEVE BORBET
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

The 2015-2016 girls winter track team will be led by two amazing your athletes, Aviana Goode and Elisabeth Barnett. In June, at the National Scholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Greensboro, N.C., Barnett, a junior, competed against the best high school athletes in the United States.

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Tapping their way into the holidays

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

You won’t be able to sit still. At least that’s what Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano are hoping when they tap their routines to holiday songs with joyful drop-dead precision that will keep the joint jumping.

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The holidays arrive downtown

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

On the evening of Small Business Saturday, hundreds of friends and family members endured the chilly, rainy weather and gathered together at the Main Street gazebo in Dr. King Park for the Bay Shore Beautification Society’s 20th annual Winter Festival.

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A day in the black

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

It was a great promotional idea founded by a clever ad man at American Express several years back: Shop small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And since that concept was first introduced in 2010, local businesses have seen a marked increase in shopping on that day. Last Saturday, though hindered slightly by rainy weather, was very successful for local merchants.

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Parts of capital bond fall short of supermajority

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

At Tuesday’s Islip Town Board meeting, a vote failed to pass on a $505,000 capital bond resolution that would initiate projects for immediate town-wide purposes. As a result, Supervisor Angie Carpenter plans to reintroduce the same resolution for vote at the next meeting in two weeks. Meanwhile, the rest of the bond resolutions—which consisted of $500,000 for marinas and bulkheads, $150,000 for various 10-year projects, and $650,000 for various 15-year projects—passed unanimously.

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Parking fees proposed for Bay Shore station

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/3/2015 12:00:00 AM

On Monday night, Town of Islip officials held a public meeting at the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Library to introduce the details of an upcoming paid parking meter program at the Bay Shore train station starting early next year. The presentation soon drew the collective ire of the packed crowd of residents, with many of them questioning the feasibility, efficiency, impacts, and motives behind the plan.

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