FINS deer management plan sparks ire

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Over the past several years, Fire Island National Seashore has been researching a management plan for the overabundant white tailed deer that they say pose a threat to the ecosystem on the barrier island. The recently released plan has been met with fierce opposition.

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Handle deer with compassion

Story By: STAFF WRITER
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of anger right now over how the National Park Service plans to handle the overpopulation of deer that park service personnel say are eating up and destroying the ecosystem on Fire Island. The current proposed plan would in part allow for a hunt to kill in the wilderness area of the barrier island.

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Two new officers now on the school board

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last week’s Bayport-Blue Point Board of Education Workshop meeting featured the official replacement of board president Anthony Sanseviro, who resigned from the position last month. Vice president Michael Miller took his seat, while Leonard Camarda ascended to his former position.

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Tribute to airport’s namesake

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Town of Islip officials recently announce a grant, which will fund the construction of a kiosk located at MacArthur Airport’s atrium that will honor the life and legacy of WWII General Douglas MacArthur.

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Patchogue Village to host 2016 Suffolk County marathon

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the second annual Suffolk County Marathon, Freedom Fest Marathon 2016 — which will start and end in Patchogue Village — at the Sayville Running Company in Sayville this week.

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The cleanup begins

Story By: STEVE BELLONE
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

Last week, the Suffolk County Landbank issued a Request for Proposals to revitalize eight blighted brownfield sites, which have been tax-delinquent for an average of nearly two decades. The historic public-private partnership will help revitalize communities by returning blighted properties into productive, tax-paying parcels that would help create jobs and improve quality of life.

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Hal predicts an early spring

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

He’s been referred to as Suffolk County’s most famous weatherman, and on Tuesday morning he did not disappoint. The groundhog Holtsville Hal, one of the more popular denizens of the Brookhaven Wildlife and Ecology Center Animal Preserve, awoke from his slumber at 7:25 a.m.

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Sights and Sites

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
2/4/2016 12:00:00 AM

On Sunday afternoon, the Sayville-based Art Without Walls Inc. debuted a brand new exhibit at the Sayville Library showcasing fascinating artwork by a number of local young artists in celebration of the renowned organization’s 31st anniversary.

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Gov. Cuomo has big plans for LI

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

In Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address earlier this month, he announced a wide range of initiatives designed to fix key issues currently facing New Yorkers. These included tax cuts for small businesses statewide, improving water and sewer infrastructure, boosting LIRR services, removing pensions from corrupt public officials, and strengthening counterterrorism efforts. In the wake of Cuomo’s speech, local elected officials offered their personal views on such statements.

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A full agenda at town meeting

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM

At the Islip Town Board meeting last Wednesday, the board passed resolutions bringing consulting services to Long Island MacArthur Airport, selecting a new owner of the historic Entenmann’s property in Bay Shore, and seeking grant funding for a town-wide Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) voucher program to mitigate the feral cat population. The board also listened to further testimony from Islip residents regarding a wall erected on the Great South Bay waterfront.

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