COVID-19
Vaccine opens to those with underlying conditions
Beginning next week, people with comorbidities will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from local health departments, …
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Phase 1B eligibility expands
With permission from local governments, taxi drivers, restaurant workers and people living in facilities for developmentally …
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Rental assistance for Suffolk residents slated to open next month
Suffolk County has received over $7.5 million in federal rental assistance designed to assist residents who are struggling …
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Suffolk County News
SUFFOLK COUNTY

How the state budget affects you

With a $15 billion deficit in the 2022 budget for the state following the pan- demic, New York is now in a prayer position for the federal government to provide the lacking funds. In what is …
SUFFOLK COUNTY

Legislation passes to combat reckless biking in Suffolk

The Suffolk County Legislature has approved legislation sponsored by Legislator Rudy Sunderman to address the issues surrounding reckless biking in Suffolk County. A Local Law to Prevent Reckless …
SUFFOLK COUNTY

Dog advocacy group pushes to allow pets on beaches

Long Island’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, with international visitors in awe of the Caribbean-quality of sand and sea found only a train ride away from metropolis …
Bayport News
Suffolk County

New congressman attends inauguration

Last Wednesday, as Democrat Presi- dent Joe Biden was being sworn in, newly elected congressman Andrew Garbarino (R-Bay- COUNTY port) watched the proceedings on seats spaced across the West …
BAYPORT

Welcoming the new pizza spot

The Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce celebrated the grand opening of The Pizzeria of Bayport. Islip Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen joined new business partners Cliff Weinstein, Paul …
BAYPORT

Community contributes after burglary

A burglary occurred at the newly opened Sweet Escape Bakery in Bayport early last week. Store owners Stephanie and Frank Cocozzelli discovered the burglary and broken door on Tuesday, Dec. 15 …
Food & Drink
Plant-based eatery finds home in Sayville
With a popular organic market offering up vegan options in Sayville, mother-and-daughter team Chloe and Cira Jones thought the …
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Football eats around town
For some it’s the final score, for others it’s the halftime show, but for every- one, game day eats are a must to …
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Old Hoi Ming revamped into a new space
Okay, it’s less of a secret and more of a site in question. The new owners of the West Sayville Hoi Ming plan to revamp the …
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Starbucks on hold
Local officials will have to go back to the drawing board after Islip Town Planning Board members reserved its decision on an …
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FOOD REVIEW: Hot Chicken Mama set to open this Friday, Jan. 15
Request extra napkins, because this behemoth of a chicken sandwich is going to require some. Co-owners Nick Petro and Joe Esposito …
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Longtime business owner set to open East Islip eatery this year
In October of 2020, Mohamed Siraj Salahudeen, 47, faced an unforeseeable tragedy: his father, who lived in Sri Lanka, had passed …
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School News

Suffolk County gives OK for high-risk school sports

Student athletes participating in sports deemed “high risk” can return to the field Feb. 1 under new guidelines established by the Suffolk County Health Department, county officials announced …

Arts
Creators of the Great South Bay Music Festival are already planning for life after COVID, or at the very least, moving forward safely. The festival was originally planned for July 16-19, 2020 and …
With couture doll houses being a popular item amongst royals for centuries, and doll houses in general being a staple Christmas list wish for decades, is it possible to have both a luxurious and …
Dressed up in some feminism and commentary of sobering addiction tales, “The Queen’s Gambit” is really from the stock of Hallmark Christmas movies or your standard rom-com. Yes, …
Hometown Heroes
Linda Craig’s mom, Donalee Verry, “was the best nurse I ever worked with and the reason I became a nurse.” Verry was a utility nurse who handled every unit wearing her crisp …
Patti Collins started as a dining room server at The Bristal Assisted Living at Sayville. “I worked early morning,” Collins said. “You get to know the residents’ likes, so it …
In conjunction with the Town of Islip initiative of “going purple” for the month of September, Razing Hair in Bayport, an upscale salon on Montauk Highway, held a kickoff event on …