Striving for a healthier bay

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

In the midst of widespread concerns about the future health of the Great South Bay and concentrated efforts to revive a once dominant shellfish industry, the sustained success of the West Sayville-based Blue Island Oyster Company has helped offer glimpses of a brighter future for both the region and the industry.

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Marine rescue: Friday, July 29.

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/29/2016 12:00:00 AM

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued a man who was thrown from his boat by a wave in the Great South Bay this morning.

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Local church plans approved

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the latest Islip Town Planning Board meeting on Thursday, July 14, the board voted to grant an application by the Grace Chapel Assembly of God on the northwest corner of Macon Avenue and Overton Street requesting a building permit and a parking relaxation.

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Beekeepers’ concerns allayed

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

One of the nicer things about summer are the lovely flowers that are seen blooming all over Long Island, which are made possible in part by local bees doing their job pollinating the plants. However, one of the not-so nice things about summer: mosquitoes, could pose a threat to bees if aerial spraying is required to control that population.

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100th anniversary, 20 years in the making

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

After 20 years of preparation, the Great River Fire Department’s 100th anniversary celebration took place last Saturday. Its members and other neighboring fire departments marched down River Road - where the camaraderie first began – and town supporters were on hand to celebrate after the parade.

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‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ to ‘Priscilla’

Story By: LINDA LEUZZI
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

If nothing else, The Gateway’s latest production of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Patchogue Theatre should be applauded for its costumes and set. The original Broadway apparel is showcased (the 1994 film won an Oscar for Best Costume Design) and Broadway set designer Stanley A. Meyer helped produce its amazing look, glam clubs, scruffy bars, the Outback and a bus decked out with a giant sequined shoe on its roof.

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Keep cool in the heat

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

Temperatures over the past week have hovered around 90, and with the heat index measured in, it felt a whole lot higher. Yes, there’s a Long Island heat wave going on, and it sure is hot out there. But, come on, it is summer. Don’t get all heated up about it; just remember to stay cool by following common sense guidelines.

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No recommendation for heartland, yet

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Planning Board Meeting last Thursday night, the board reserved decision on a recommendation item regarding the controversial Heartland Town Square Project in Brentwood. The official recommendation will be made at the next Planning Board Meeting on Thursday, August 18.

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Keep saying ‘no’ to Heartland

Story By: STAFF WRITER
7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last Thursday night, the Islip Town Planning Board was poised to make a recommendation to approve rezoning of the former Pilgrim State Hospital property in Brentwood to make way for the proposed megalopolis that would be known as Heartland. In the end, they reserved decision. And even though that decision was not unanimous, the majority of the board seemed to think something was amiss with this application.

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More troubles for Dowling employees

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
7/21/2016 12:00:00 AM

It’s been around seven weeks since Dowling College let go most of its employees giving them only one-day notice. Some have gone on to find other jobs, but most of them are still looking for employment and trying to get health insurance, which was canceled the same day they packed up and left.

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