Prison For Man Who ‘Huffed,’ Killed Grandma

Prison For Man Who ‘Huffed,’ Killed Grandma

After being sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for “huffing” an aerosol can, running a red light, and hitting and killing a Commack grandmother on New Year’s Eve, a 20-year-old Huntington man said he intends to be a drug councilor upon his release.

Read on to learn about the incident, the man's sentence, and the remorse he feels for his actions now. 

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Residents Drawing A Line In The Sand

Residents Drawing A Line In The Sand

For some Asharoken residents living on the waterfront, giving public access to private beaches along the shore in exchange for an Army Corps of Engineers project to replenish the battered sand dunes along Asharoken Avenue is a line in the sand that they simply won’t cross.

Read on to learn the pros and cons of the issue, and what Mayor Greg Letica had to say on the matter!

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Heartland Planning Hearing Scheduled For Mid-Month

Heartland Planning Hearing Scheduled For Mid-Month

A public hearing on the ambitious Heartland Town Square “mini-city” concept on the Dix Hills/Commack border will be held this month.

A planning board hearing has been scheduled for April 16, at which the developer will give a presentation and the public will be able to comment.

Read on to learn more, including why developer Jerry Wolkoff believes this development is so crucial, and why some local officials have opposed the effort so far!

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District Puts Full-Day K Back On The Table

District Puts Full-Day K Back On The Table

Elwood School District officials are considering restoring full-day kindergarten in the district in the 2015-2016 school year – and with it, the possibility that they’ll have to pierce the state’s tax levy cap to do it. 

Read on to learn the full situation, including how many votes they will need to endorse the decision, when it will be put up to vote, and more!

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Dispute Over Councilman’s Five-Family House

Dispute Over Councilman’s Five-Family House

The new owners of the home at 792 Larkfield Road in East Northport - which include Huntington Councilman Gene Cook and his former running mate Josh Price - are adamant that its current use as a five-family rental property predates Huntington town code and is therefore legal - but some town officials strongly disagree.

Read on to learn the full situation, including the stances both sides have taken and why. 

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Families, Friends, Residents Raise $114K For St. Baldrick’s

Families, Friends, Residents Raise $114K For St. Baldrick’s

For the last four years, several members of the Finnegan family have been helping to raise money for childhood-cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. First one Finnegan attended, then two or three, and eventually St. Baldrick’s became a staple event for the family.

Four generations of Finnegans made their way out to Northport for the annual group shave at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub and shaved their heads in the communal effort to find a cure.

Read on to learn how the Finnegans and many other Northport residents like them have raised over $100,000 for childhood cancer research - a number which only grows by the day!

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Berland Renews Cow Harbor Warriors Controversy

Berland Renews Cow Harbor Warriors Controversy

Huntington councilwoman Susan Berland has reignited controversy that surrounded Northport-based Cow Harbor Warriors in recent years.

Citing new county legislation that requires financial disclosure by veterans organizations raising funds in Suffolk, Berland stated she will not support the veterans organization until it turns over financial documents required by that law.

Read on to learn more about this dispute, including what both sides had to say on the matter.

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High School Adds Another $85K To St. Baldrick’s Cause

High School Adds Another $85K To St. Baldrick’s Cause

Commack High School has raised $470,00 over the last six years for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation - and this year, the Commack School District hosted its annual fundraiser in the gym of Commack High School on March 6 and saw 250 “shavees” go bald to the tune of $85,000, and counting, raised this year.

Read on to learn more about the fundraiser, St. Baldrick's Foundation, and how those who participated gave of themselves during this wonderful event!

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TD Clears A Final Hurdle

TD Clears A Final Hurdle

All that’s left are building and demo permits, and TD Bank will be breaking ground in Elwood.

Conditional site plan approval has been awarded to TD Bank to build a new location at 1941 Jericho Turnpike, at the intersection of Jericho and Elwood Road near the Dix Hills line.

Read on to learn about TD Bank's current progress, their expansions into the Town of Huntington, and how the stores that will have to relocate are reacting.

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‘Shaving’ The Day, One Head At A Time

‘Shaving’ The Day, One Head At A Time

After falling on hard times and receiving help from the church, East Northport's Bob Slingo shaved his head and formed a longstanding relationship with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation – a Northport-founded nonprofit charity that helps fund childhood cancer research through the simple act of head-shaving.

Now, 10 years later, Slingo continues shaving his head, alongside other eager participants, to help support children going through cancer treatments.

Read on to learn more about this incredible organization, the contributions it has made, and how you too can get involved in their local Northport, East Northport, Commack, and South Huntington events!

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A ‘Blue Wave’ Of Support

A ‘Blue Wave’ Of Support

Amid the battle on the court between the Harborfields Tornadoes and the John Glenn Knights for the Class A girls basketball crown on Saturday, a group of young men from each side of the perennial rivalry worked the crowd – together -  to raise money for the Sean Urda Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund, founded in memory of a John Glenn High School senior who died Jan. 26 in a snow-tubing accident in Huntington.

Read on to learn how the efforts of many have been able to raise over $70,000 for the foundation already - a number which only continues to grow by the day - and learn how you too can donate!

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A Drone’s Eye View

A Drone’s Eye View

Dave Tuohy never officially got into the air as a private pilot, but that didn't mean he could never get that bird’s eye view he was looking for - he just had to get it through a drone!

Read on to learn how Tuohy has been able to live out his dreams of flying high above the ground, and was even able to form a series of web videos showing off the luscious landscapes of Northport in a way that typically only birds get to witness!

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Former Knight Selected In Major League Lacrosse Draft

Former Knight Selected In Major League Lacrosse Draft

Having coached him “since he was a little squirt,” John Glenn High School’s boys lacrosse coach Kevin Lavey knew Kevin Massa quite well during Massa's high school days. 

Now, years later, his old coach watches as Massa finishes up his senior year at Bryant University and gets ready to bring his talents to the majors.

Read on to learn how Massa will soon be entering Major League Lacrosse and how his experiences at John Glenn have helped him become the man he is today!

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Village Awaits Word On Public Access Plan

Village Awaits Word On Public Access Plan

Asharoken Village officials are holding tight as they await word from the Army Corps of Engineers on their proposed public-access plan for Asharoken beach, acceptance of which is critical for receiving major anti-erosion infrastructure upgrades.

Local officials expect a formal response soon, although that “the Corps have indicated verbally that there will probably be some issues that need to be addressed.”

Read on to learn more about the proposed plan, what it entails, and how it can help prevent erosion moving forward if it is approved!

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Elwood TD Bank Nearing Planning Approval

Elwood TD Bank Nearing Planning Approval

As plans to build a new TD Bank in place of a strip mall in Elwood move one step closer to completion, tenants in a shopping center set to be leveled to make way for the new bank are getting ready to start packing up.

TD proposes demolishing the existing 14,250 square-foot strip mall and building a new, LEED-certified 2,550 square-foot bank with three drive-through lanes in its place.

Read on to learn how TD Bank is one step closer to its goals, along with how the businesses currently located in the strip mall are responding to recent events!

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Another PD Adds Narcan To Arsenal

Another PD Adds Narcan To Arsenal

Asharoken Village police officers are among the latest wave of law enforcement and first responder agencies to be equipped with a powerful opiate overdose antidote.

The village was recently refunded $1,000 by the state for the cost of training officers in the use of Naloxone – best known as Narcan – which can buy rescuers precious time to rush an overdose patient to hospital for further treatment.

Read on now to learn why this development was so crucial for police to have!

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Oh, Baby! Officer Helps Deliver Newborn

Oh, Baby! Officer Helps Deliver Newborn

Suffolk County Second Precinct Police Officer Michael Fitterer was just three minutes away when he heard a call reporting that a 30-year-old Commack woman was in labor. It was 2:30 a.m.

The nearest officer, Fitterer said he knew he would be the one to respond, and he knew what would come next.

Read on to learn how Fitterer heroically helped the woman deliver her newborn baby!

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