Half year in review

Half year in review

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
1/10/2019


JULY

Double champions, July 12: Sayville Little League boys and girls (10 and under) teams won the District 35 Williamsport Tournament.

Plans for Dowling College property stall, July 5: The Islip Planning Board temporarily dismisses applications by new property owner to preserve parts of the shuttered campus.

County Executive responds to SCOTUS ruling on unions, July 12: Local union reps react to threats to organized labor while Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed an executive order to protect unions from what his administration calls harassment and intimidation.

MacArthur Airport unveils new facility, July 19: A state-of-the-art fire and rescue building replaces one dating back to the 1940s.

The protests continue, July 19: Residents attend an Islip Town Board meeting to speak out against the proposed mega-developments in the town.

Shark week in Islip Town, July 26: There were shark sightings in Islip waters. Experts said the incidents are rare, but possible.

 

AUGUST

A beautiful night, Aug. 30: The Sayville Village Improvement Society held their annual fundraiser at Land’s End.

Suffolk tackles human trafficking, Aug. 2: A new unit looks to combat human trafficking and prostitution.

Connection to the past Aug. 2: Recently retired historian Linda Conron highlights her community’s history.

New bill aims to reduce student loan debt Aug. 2: Suffolk County legislators are looking into different ways to help students purchase a home and pay off school loans.

Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School is closing Aug. 9: The Diocese of Rockville Centre cites a major drop in enrollment as the cause for the decision.

New addition for lactating moms Aug. 9: Suffolk County set to install mobile lactation station in Family Court.

Park vacation cottages are coming to Heckscher, eventually, Aug. 16: Three of 15 rental cottages should be available by Labor Day weekend.

Poetry lives, Aug. 16: Members of the local group, Live Poet’s Society, shared their work at a local bookstore.

Trading a Capitol vista for a seashore living landscape, Aug. 23: Fire Island National Seashore gets a new superintendent, Alex Romero.

Good times with Priscilla, Aug. 23: Historic ship sets sail for a memorable cruise on the Great South Bay.

Half shells for habitat, Aug. 30: Oyster shells are collected at local eateries for a new program launched by the Seatuck Environmental Association. The shells will be repurposed by placing them back in the bay for spat (baby oysters) to latch onto.

Two towns, one history, Aug. 30: The hamlet of Blue Point has now been officially included in the local historical society, the Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association.

 

SEPTEMBER

John T. Tuthill III, Sept. 27: The publisher of our family of newspapers, John T. Tuthill III, passes away.

County legislates for pay equality, Sept. 6: The RISE Act would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants to provide a pay history.

Spending Task Force passes, Sept. 13: A bill proposed by Legis. Steve Flotteron passes in the Legislature. The bill is aimed at holding the line on spending in the county.

Union Jack over Islip, Sept. 20: A ceremony was held at Islip Town Hall in honor of a visitor, former Islip, England councilman Tom Love. Sept. 12 is a day that links sister towns, as on that day, the Stars and Stripes have been flying over the municipal building across the pond since 1999.

County executive approves amended shared services plan, Sept. 20: Suffolk’s Shared Services panel amended its plan to allow additional schools and fire districts to participate in shared services.

Red light revenue, Sept. 27: Despite concerns voiced by some Suffolk County legislators, Suffolk’s red light camera program was extended another year.

 

OCTOBER

Ironman, Oct. 4: Sayville teacher Gary Jensen heads to the World Ironman competition in Hawaii.

Islip Town appoints new environmental commissioner, Oct. 4: Martin Bellew fills vacancy of retiring James Heil.

Stagnant water plans, Oct. 11: The Oakdale Marsh Restoration and Public Access Project was discussed during a community meeting that left local residents who attended unhappy with the answers they received to their questions.

Sisters accept BBP Library offer, Oct. 11: The Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk will soon be moving out of the decades-old St. Ursula Center in Blue Point. After they accepted the Bayport-Blue Point Library purchase price, residents voted in December to make the former convent their new library.

Sharing the range, Oct. 18: Nassau County will be using the Islip shooting facility for training.

Changes planned for Southside Hospital, Oct. 25: At a planning board meeting, new accommodations for critical care patients and a stacked parking garage were discussed.

 

NOVEMBER

Miracle on Main ushered in the holiday festivities in Sayville, Nov. 29:

Fighting drug addiction together, Nov. 1: Islip Town holds a public forum to address an issue of growing concern.

Flood-control fiasco, Nov. 1: Long Island environmentalists are voicing concerns over a proposed plan to build floodgates in the Hudson and East rivers and the impact that would have on Long Island’s coastal communities.

Revisiting Telefunken during WWI, Nov. 8: A special presentation was held at the Sayville Library to familiarize residents with the significant wireless site that had once been located in their hamlet.

Where will millennials reside?, Nov. 15: An advisory panel met to discuss a major issue young people on Long Island are currently facing on where can they afford to live locally.

Islip Town adopts 2019 budget, Nov. 15: The vote was unanimous on adopting the town’s $234 million budget. However, the budget comes with a slight tax increase for residents.

Another life for donated tree, Nov. 22: A Sayville resident gives up his cherished evergreen to become the official tree of Miracle on Main.

Groundbreaking ceremony, Nov. 22: The next step was taken on the future Lt. Michael Murphy Navy Seal Museum in West Sayville as the ground was pierced for the construction of the building.

Nothing small about it, Nov. 29: Small Business Saturday turned out to be a very successful one for local merchants.

Bay Shore alumnus presents: ‘Art of War,’ Nov. 29: Vietnam veteran Frank Romeo presented an art show of military memorabilia while discussing his statewide “Walk with Frank,” a veteran advocacy project.

 

DECEMBER

Members of the Smith-Wever American Legion, Dec. 13: The post in Sayville gathered on Dec. 7 to solemnly recognize the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor that day in 1941.

Fixing a nightmare, Dec. 6: The New York State Department of Transportation held an informational public meeting to share ideas about how to fix the Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway merge.

History is saved, Dec. 6: The Islip Town Board granted a Planned Landmark Preservation District to the former Vanderbilt estate in Oakdale, formerly Dowling College. The new designation requires developers to keep the historic integrity of the buildings placed under this code.

Glass is still in, Dec. 13: While some other towns are doing away with curbside pickup of glass, Islip Town will continue the practice of dual-stream recycling.

From Touro to Tritec, Dec. 20: Developer is in contract to purchase the property where Touro College of Health Sciences is currently located. The land will be used to build apartments.

March of the toy-bearing soldiers, Dec. 20: Inaugural event has veterans carrying toys from Sayville to Bay Shore to deliver smiles to sick kids.

Vaping takes a hit, Dec. 27: New Suffolk County laws put more restrictions on the sale of vaping products.