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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Ahead Of 9/11, Cow Harbor Warriors Honor Vets

Ahead Of 9/11, Cow Harbor Warriors  Honor Vets

The Cow Harbor Warriors - a non-profit organization headed by Northport community members, which raises funds and awareness for veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan - recently held a massive weekend event known as Warrior Weekend.

During Warrior Weekend, the Cow Harbor Warriors hosted a parade, a run, golf and fishing outings, and concluded with a massive clam bake - all of which both raised funds and gave thanks to the many local, wounded veterans who proudly served.

Read on to learn the full story and see exclusive pictures from the weekend!

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Thatched Cottage Bankruptcy Auction Set

Thatched Cottage Bankruptcy Auction Set

The Thatched Cottage catering hall in Centerport and its property will be sold in a court-ordered bankruptcy auction next month.

Inspections and viewings for prospective bidders are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 15 from 3-6 p.m., with the on-site auction set for Wednesday, Sept. 24 at noon. Registration will begin an hour earlier, according to a posting by Maltz Auctions, which is conducting the sale.

Read on for the full details on the bankruptcy proceedings, including exclusive thoughts from Thatched Cottage owner himself, Ralph Colamussi!

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Life Is Good After ‘Shipwreck’ Makeover

Life Is Good After ‘Shipwreck’ Makeover

The town is still buzzing about Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport, which 3 weeks ago got a visit from “Extreme Home Makeover” star Ty Pennington.

He arrived on Aug. 14 and gave owner Tim Hess the joyous shock of a lifetime with the help of hundreds of local volunteers for a new reality T.V. show.

While Hess was whisked away on a Montauk fishing trip, those volunteers, led by Pennington, completed a break-neck two-day rebuild of the diner powered by volunteer labor.

Hess said he’s still pinching himself at his good fortune – and the devotion of his customers.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Hess and his girlfriend, as they give us the scoop about life since the renovation!

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Elijah Churchill's Slapped With Music Suit

Elijah Churchill's Slapped With Music Suit

Nine Long Island establishments, including Northport’s Elijah Churchill’s Public House, were served with copyright infringement lawsuits on Monday – an action taken by licensing company American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) following what company representatives said were “at least two dozen attempts” to “license and educate” proprietors who allegedly allowed the illegal use of songs by ASCAP artists in their venues.

In order to legally host acts playing the copyrighted music of a musician that ASCAP protects, business owners must pay a fee. The nine businesses in question have not paid that fee despite multiple warnings, ASCAP Executive Vice President of Licensing Vincent Candilora said.

Read on to learn more about the ASCAP's actions, and how they have affected those businesses ASCAP deemed in violation!

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Prescription Software Earns Student International Attention

Prescription Software Earns Student International Attention

A resident of Commack, Matthew O’Connell has traveled to Dublin, Ottawa, Los Angeles and Seattle - all in 2014 alone - to show off his scientific research. The research, a software engineering project that works to relay prescription information from prescribers to patients, recently earned O’Connell a spot as one of 10 regional finalists from the United States and Canada to be a part of the 2014 Google Science Fair – an online competition where projects are uploaded and judged remotely.

Though he was bounced from the 2014 competition earlier this month, it doesn’t mean O’Connell will be any less busy. Work on his current project will continue alongside other projects – like one he is contributing to for NASA.

And that’s not all: The 17-year-old starts his senior year at Commack High School on Wednesday.

Read on for the entire story on this high school prodigy!

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Raising A ‘Shipwreck’ In Northport

Raising A ‘Shipwreck’ In Northport

With “Extreme Home Makeover” star Ty Pennington as their skipper, hundreds  rolled up their sleeves to raise a shipwreck – Tim’s Shipwreck Diner, that is – to new levels in two days flat, all while cameras rolled for a reality TV show pilot!

Using Seymour’s Boatyard up the road as a home base, the team completed a two-day sprint to revitalize the Northport Village institution before owner Tim Hess, safely secluded on a Montauk fishing trip, returned.

Read on to learn the full story of this renovation, along with the astounding impact it had throughout the Northport community - and beyond!

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Zone Change Approved For Seasons At Elwood

Zone Change Approved For Seasons At Elwood

After nearly two and a half years, the sun is finally set to rise on The Seasons at Elwood.

But Tuesday night’s 4-1 vote to approve the controversial 55-and-over lifestyle community planned for the Oak Tree Dairy property wasn’t without one last thunderstorm.

Opponents blasted Supervisor Frank Petrone from the floor at the town board meeting for calling a vote before the public comment portion, during which speakers would have had an opportunity to weigh in either for or against the proposal to build 256 age-restricted homes on the 37-acre property along Elwood Road.

Read on to learn more about the vote's full ramifications and also the thorny conflict that emerged from it!

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Taking An Ice Bath For Charity

Taking An Ice Bath For Charity

Taking the “Ice Water Challenge" (a charitable meme sweeping Facebook for the benefit of the ALS Association) – that’s simple enough. Just ask anyone from the cast of thousands who have been doused with buckets of ice water to raise awareness and money.

But Tom Fazio, owner of Waterside Caterers and The Kitchen by Waterside Caterers in Northport, decided to step up the efforts a bit Monday with a new spin – instead of calling out individuals, he’s decided to call out entire businesses, in a new and exiting twist to the existing viral movement!

Read on to learn the full story, including which local businesses were called on to meet Fazio's challenge!

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