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A turnaround chance for the unemployed

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM

A $100,000 grant from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council recently awarded to St. Joseph’s College will hopefully change the lives of 170 unemployed workers, including veterans.

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Our wonderful lives

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

The classic 1946 holiday movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” seems to be experiencing a resurgence in popularity as some local movie theaters have included it in their December lineup of shows. The film is speaking to a whole new audience that seems to identify with the characters and situations that were depicted in black and white nearly 70 years ago. The message of the film back then prevails: even in the depths of despair, hope is a lot closer than we realize.

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Let’s let every child succeed

Story By: ---
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

After years of legislative gridlock in Washington, President Obama has signed the “Every Child Succeeds Act” into law and called it a “Christmas miracle”. The bill had strong bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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False alarm rip-off of taxpayers

Story By: LEGIS. TOM BARRAGA
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

Our residents purchase a security system because they want safety and security for themselves and their families. No one wants to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on a home security system, but they do so because they want to be protected from criminals. They pay not only for the initial installation fees but also the quarterly monitoring maintenance charge, which can often run $75-$100 every three months.

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Sini is the right choice

Story By: Steve Bellone
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

I announced in late November that I nominated former Assistant Deputy County Executive for Public Safety, Tim Sini, to become Suffolk County Police Commissioner.

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‘Annie’ is at Town Hall

Story By: MONICA MUSETTI-CARLIN
12/24/2015 12:00:00 AM

There's a "new kid in town." Although CK Productions has been a resident theater company since 2013 in the Art Deco inspired Islip Town Hall West on Main Street, it has now opened its doors to the public with outstanding performances.

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A night of lights

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

On Dec. 13, all along the streets, from Brightwaters to East Islip, luminaries decorated the curbs and sidewalks as part of the Light the Night event. Although coordinated to take place the same evening, each of the participating communities had a specific organization to orchestrate the event.

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Pay less now, more later

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

Time is running out for residents with outstanding parking tickets to take advantage of the Town of Islip’s current parking ticket amnesty program. Until Sunday, December 31, the town is allowing scofflaws to pay just 60 percent of their fines and penalties on unpaid parking tickets issued between January 1, 2008 and September 30, 2015.

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‘Dig Safely’ to stay protected

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

Last Thursday, Islip Town officials brought in a representative from Dig Safely New York to speak to employees at its Emergency Call Center inside Islip Town Hall West. The purpose of the seminar was to promote a service that helps homeowners, municipalities, and utilities avoid damaging underground infrastructure and possible injury.

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No more transient rentals

Story By: STAFF WRITER
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

A disturbing situation was brought to light at Tuesday's Islip Town board meeting that involved making money by renting private homes on a short-term basis. Short-term means any rental that is less than 14 days. Thankfully, that practice was banned from the town through the passing of a resolution that was introduced by Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.

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The tradition continues

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, a large group of residents gathered at the scenic Brightwaters Canal for the second annual menorah lighting in commemoration of the first day of Chanukah named “Chanukah on Main Street.” The event was sponsored by local Jewish organization Chabad of Islip, an affiliate of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which is an international movement with thousands of community centers all over the world.

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‘The Nutcracker’ lives

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
12/17/2015 12:00:00 AM

This Saturday and Sunday, the stage at Town Hall West (401 Main Street in Islip) will be filled with the timeless beauty of another version of “The Nutcracker” ballet, performed by Lumiere Ballet, now in it’s 20th year.

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