For Heartland, The Beat Goes On

For Heartland, The Beat Goes On

Heartland Town Square, the ambitious “mini-city” proposed to be built on 450 acres of land that was once Pilgrim State Hospital on the Dix Hills/Commack border, is one step closer to shovels in the ground.

The town board accepted the final general environmental impact statement as complete on April 24, a decision which largely revived the project after stagnating for several years.

Read on to learn more about the project, what it will entail, and how close it could be to becoming a reality sometime soon.

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Common Core Conundrum In The Spotlight

Common Core Conundrum In The Spotlight

A panel of superintendents from Long Island schools entered the Common Core debate during a forum at the South Huntington Public Library Nov. 12.

The Common Core discussion was sponsored by the town’s eight public libraries, the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the Huntington League of Women Voters.

Read on to learn what opinions were voiced and how the all contributed to the ongoing discussion on the topic.

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Teachers Picket BOE Trustees’ Homes

Teachers Picket BOE Trustees’ Homes

Northport-East Northport Board of Education Trustee Lori McCue arrived home last Wednesday to 30-40 picketing schoolteachers outside.

The trustee said the teachers, dressed in black and members of the United Teachers of Northport (UTN) union, gathered outside of McCue’s house in protest of a still-unsettled contract – a matter that brought a similar quantity of teachers to school board member Donna McNaughton’s house one week earlier.

Read on to learn the full story, including what happened on the night of the picketing and McCue's reaction to it.

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What Do You Want In A ‘Super’-intendent?

What Do You Want In A ‘Super’-intendent?

The tenure of Northport-East Northport Superintendent Marylou McDermott is almost at its end. After McDermott announced that she will be leaving her role as superintendent in order to pursue other career options, the district's "super" search for her replacement is well underway - but it's also seeking community input!

Read on to learn how you can make your opinions heard right now in the "super" search for the best superintendent possible!

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Anne Frank’s Stepsister Visits Suffolk Y

Anne Frank’s Stepsister Visits Suffolk Y

Eva Schloss, childhood friend and eventual stepsister of Anne Frank, visited the Suffolk YJCC on Oct. 30 to speak of her time in hiding during the Holocaust and the subsequent transition to life after the war.

Read on to learn more about Schloss, her experiences, and how the tragedies she encountered during the Holocaust have shaped the way she approaches her life today.

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Cop Run Down By Northport Men Released From Hospital

Cop Run Down By Northport Men Released From Hospital

Statistics, Dr. James Vosswinkel of Stony Brook University Hospital said, gave Second Precinct Police Officer Nicholas Guerrero a one-in-three chance of surviving.

Guerrero had been airlifted to the hospital following a hit-and-run conducted by two Northport men which left him in critical condition, but - despite the odds against him - he ultimately pulled through, and was recently released to a round of applause from his fellow Suffolk County police officers.

Read on to learn more about Guerrero's strength, the invaluable support he received of Stony Brook University Hospital and his fellow officers, and the current situation of the perpetrators who put Officer Guerrero in such a dire predicament.

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Taxpayer Concerns Raised Over Audit Of District

Taxpayer Concerns Raised Over Audit Of District

A special meeting was recently called by the Northport-East Northport School Board to discuss an audit of the district released by the State Comptroller office which claimed that the district had overestimated budget appropriations by nearly $34 million (among other concerns).

Tensions in the room ran high initially, but - after Superintendent Marylou McDermott took the podium - the situation took a complete 180 degree turn!

Read on for our full recap of the meeting, including how both sides of the situation view the audit, and what both sides think should be managed moving forward!

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Legislator Partners To Ban Powdered Caffeine Sale To Minors

Legislator Partners To Ban Powdered Caffeine Sale To Minors

A deadly new drug is being sold freely to local minors - and it's something you would probably never think twice about normally.

Powdered caffeine, while technically legal, can be lethal in doses starting at a mere teaspoon's worth, and can cause convulsions, irregular rapid heartbeat, and vomiting - even in the tiniest of quantities.

Read on to learn the measures local legislators are taking to try and stop the sale of this drug to minors in our community, as soon as possible!

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Suit: District Stonewalled Us

Suit: District Stonewalled Us

Local mother Mona Conway is suing the Northport-East Northport School district over allegations that the district denied her teenage son adequate special-education services at Northport High School as he was afflicted with a number of painful, chronic ailments.

Read on to learn the full story, including why Ms. Conway believes so strongly that her son was wronged, and how the school district has responded to her allegations so far.

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Upgraded Charges For Carjacking Suspects

Upgraded Charges For Carjacking Suspects

Two Northport men arrested last month after they allegedly ran down a cop with a stolen Ford Explorer, stole gas from a gas station, hit another car and carjacked the vehicle of a Commack resident are facing upgraded charges after a Tuesday morning arraignment in Suffolk County Court.

Chad Morizsan, 34, and his nephew, Nicholas Franzone, 22, both of Northport, have now been charged with first-degree assault in addition to the original charges they faced following their alleged Sept. 22 crime spree.

Read on to learn what caused the upgraded sentence, how Officer Guerrero's fellow Suffolk County Police officers feel about this upgrade, and more.

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Hundreds Mourn Death Of Fallen Football Player

Hundreds Mourn Death Of Fallen Football Player

Hundreds recently gathered to mourn the death of Tom Cutinella.

Cutinella, who played for Shoreham-Wading River, died Oct. 1 at Huntington Hospital after colliding with an opposing player on the field at John Glenn High School during a game against the Knights. 

Tuesday’s funeral Mass followed a wake over the weekend in which friends, family, and many others lined up to pay their respects.

Read on to learn more about Cutinella, his legacy, and the impact he had on those who knew him.

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‘Evita’ Dazzles At The Engeman Theater

‘Evita’ Dazzles At The Engeman Theater

Don’t cry for her, Argentina!

The spirit of the legendary Eva “Evita” Peron is alive and well, and temporarily living in Northport at the John W. Engeman Theater.

“Evita,” the Andrew Lloyd-Webber-Tim Rice operetta, opened on Sept. 18 and runs through Nov. 2.

If you haven’t already purchased tickets, you should. The resounding reactions of early audiences should mean this production will soon sell out.  

Read on for the full scoop on this amazing performance!

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Victors, Visitors Moo-ve It To Cow Harbor Weekend

Victors, Visitors Moo-ve It To Cow Harbor Weekend

Four-thousand-three-hundred-and-eight runners from around the United States crossed the finish line Saturday at the 37th running of the Great Cow Harbor 10K in Northport over the weekend, and thousands more came to town the next day for the annual parade.

Read on to see who won the race, and also to see our enormous gallery of exclusive photos from the event (who knows - you might even be in one)!

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PD: Northport Pair Arrested After Hitting Cop With Car, Driving Off

PD: Northport Pair Arrested After Hitting Cop With Car, Driving Off

A Suffolk County police officer is in the hospital in “critical but stable condition” after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Huntington on Monday, police said.

Police arrested two Northport men in connection with the incident, after the men allegedly struck the cop with a stolen vehicle, stole gas from a gas station, hit another vehicle and carjacked the vehicle of a Commack resident, police said.

Read on to learn the full story!

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‘Udderly’ Amazing Cow Harbor 10K Returns

‘Udderly’ Amazing Cow Harbor 10K Returns

The 37th anniversary running of the “cows” - also known as the Great Cow Harbor Weekend - is set to bring some of the world’s top runners – as well as scores of weekend warriors from this area – to pound the pavement of Northport Village.

At 8:30 a.m. sharp Sept. 20, the first of 15 waves of 10K runners will begin their race through Northport, a new wave starting the race every minute. The last group – a wave of 2K Fun Run/Walk participants, will compete to raise money for the Special Olympics New York, the Northport VA Hospital and the local food pantry.

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Town Seeks Full Environmental Work-Up

Town Seeks Full Environmental Work-Up

The Huntington Planning Board recommended the town board order a full review of potential environmental impacts tied to a nearly half-million square-foot commercial project eyed for approximately 56 acres along Jericho Turnpike in Elwood.

From town officials, to the local businesses in the area, and so on, many think this environmental impact review is essential to conduct before moving forward with the proposed project.

Read on to learn more about this developing matter! 

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Post-Newtown Security In Place

Post-Newtown Security In Place

A new “visitor management system” (currently up and running at Northport Middle School, and to begin at East Northport Middle School and Northport High School in the coming weeks) requires visitors to swipe their driver’s licenses through a machine inside of the building before entering, to run their I.D. against DMV and national sex offender databases, and log in their presence before they enter.

“The purpose is to allow us to be able to track the visitors that are coming into the building,” Nolan Briggs, supervisor of security for the district, said at Monday’s school board meeting. “When you’re talking about a building the size of a middle school or a high school then it’s going to be very difficult to know who… the parents [are]… [And] it becomes very, very important to better identify who is coming into the building.”

Learn more about this precautionary measure Northport schools are taking to ensure their children's safety in this upcoming school year!

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