‘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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New President Aims To Expand Chamber’s Reach

New President Aims To Expand Chamber’s Reach

A familiar face on the Northport Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead as the business organization’s newest president.

Robert Scherer Jr., president of S. Scherer & Sons on Waterside Avenue, has been on the Chamber’s board for about a decade and most recently served as first vice president. Now, he’s at the helm.

Read on to learn more about Scherer and his plans for the Northport Chamber moving forward!

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Northport Athletic Hall Of Fame: The Dunne Family

Northport Athletic Hall Of Fame: The Dunne Family

To say the Dunne family has had success in Northport would be an understatement.

The first family inducted into the inaugural class of the Northport-East Northport Athletic Hall of Fame is more than “decorated;” they’re dressed to the nines. Over 30 years, the Dunnes – made up of parents, John and Eileen, and children, Greg, Kelly, Rich and Tim – have coached and played their way to several championships and honors, all the while wearing a Northport jersey.

Long Islander News filled you in on Tim’s story in the Jan. 1 issue of The Record. Now, it’s time to taken an even more in-depth look at the remaining members of the Dunne family.

Read on for the full scoop on the other 5 members of the Dunne athletic legacy!

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Youth On Front Lines Of Drug War

Youth On Front Lines Of Drug War

Inspired by the sudden death of his younger brother in June 2012, Darryl St. George hopes to win the fight for young hearts and minds in the ongoing war against drugs in our local community.

The latest outgrowth of this passion was a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) summit held Jan. 21 at Northport High School, drawing students from St. Anthony’s, Half Hollow Hills, Elwood, Commack, Cold Spring Harbor, Brentwood and Kings Park high schools.

Read on to learn more about St. George's background, the SADD summit, and how the summit will hopefully help facilitate the movement toward ending local drug problems once and for all!

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Snow Tubing Accident Claims Life Of Glenn Senior, 17

Snow Tubing Accident Claims Life Of Glenn Senior, 17

An East Northport teen, described as a standout student at John Glenn High School, died after crashing into a light post during a sledding accident in Huntington, Suffolk County Police confirmed Monday.

As of Tuesday, his was the first confirmed death in the aftermath of this week’s blizzard, which dumped over a foot of snow in most of Huntington.

Read on to learn more about the student's death and how his passing has impacted those who knew him.

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HS Auditorium Dedicated To Beloved Musician

HS Auditorium Dedicated To Beloved Musician

An unprecedented concert for an unprecedented man.

On Jan. 10 at Northport High School, 600 high school and local musicians came together to celebrate the memory of the late Robert W. Krueger – a longtime Northport resident and founder of the Northport Community Band who died in September 2013 at 86 years old. The newly renovated auditorium at the high school, which was completed late last year, was rededicated in Krueger’s name as The Robert W. Krueger Center for the Performing Arts.

Read on to learn more about the auditorium and the amazing man it was dedicated to!

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County: Pawn Shops Are Link In Drug Crisis

County: Pawn Shops Are Link In Drug Crisis

A series of bills aimed at making it more difficult for heroin addicts to turn stolen items into drug money will be introduced in the Suffolk County Legislature next month, officials announced.

Read on to learn what the bill will require, what prompted it to be written, and how it will hopefully be able to crack down on unscrupulous practices throughout Suffolk County!

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Tim’s Shipwreck Diner In TV Spotlight

Tim’s Shipwreck Diner In TV Spotlight

Tim’s Shipwreck Diner’s long-awaited turn in the television spotlight has made its Food Network debut - and already, the reaction is resounding!

Read on to learn about the diner's feature on episode 1 of “American Diner Rescue," which aired this past Wednesday night, including the story behind the episode, and how the Northport community responded to the show!

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Parents: Half-Day K Is Hurting Our Kids

Parents: Half-Day K Is Hurting Our Kids

As the dust settled during Monday night’s meeting of the Northport-East Northport Board of Education, it became clear that parents, members of the board and district administrators were on the same side: half-day kindergarten has to go.

“We believe that it is time for the district to bring our kindergarten program up to the level of excellence afforded the rest of the students within the Northport-East Northport School District,” Mary Gilmore, co-president of the parent-teacher association at Ocean Avenue Elementary, said.

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District Stands By Policies In Audit Response

District Stands By Policies In Audit Response

Northport-East Northport School District officials stood by their  budgeting practices Monday as they approved a corrective action plan in response to a state audit.

Despite being criticized in an October 2014 audit by the New York State Comptroller’s office for overestimating budget appropriations by a total of nearly $34 million over a five-year period from the 2008-’09 to 2012-’12 school years released, district officials responded on Monday by unanimously passing a corrective action plan in which their policies will remain mostly unchanged.

Read on to learn the full story, including why district officials chose to stand by their past policies.

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Teen Charged With Leandra’s Law DWI

Teen Charged With Leandra’s Law DWI

An East Northport teen is facing a felony DWI charge after he allegedly drove high on marijuana Jan. 8 with his 15-year-old brother in the car, Suffolk County police said.

Police allege the 17-year-old was driving westbound on 10th Avenue in Huntington at 3:03 p.m. Jan. 8 when, while attempting to make a three-point turn, struck a light post.

Read on to learn more, including how and why the teen was immediately charged with an E felony for his actions.

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Have A Chilly New Year!

Have A Chilly New Year!

Even before the hundreds stripped to their swimwear at Steers Beach in Northport at noon Jan. 1, staying warm – or not being cold, at least – was a bit of a fool’s errand.

The 300 or so people preparing to take part in a New Year’s Day tradition rubbed their hands, hopped in place and wrapped themselves in towels. And when the clock struck noon, they dashed toward the water with abandon – and bolted out of the frigid coast just about as quickly.

Read on for the full scoop on this special polar bear plunge, who participated, which charity the proceeds went to, and more!

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Wild Ride Ends With DWI Arrest

Wild Ride Ends With DWI Arrest

It was, according to police, a wild, treacherous ride that began in Commack, escalated when an allegedly drunken man rammed his car into a police cruiser, and came to a close in Huntington Station with spike strips and a foot pursuit.

And when it was all over, Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, now faces numerous charges, including a felony DWI charge, and numerous counts related to his attempts to evade police.

Read on for the full details on this wild ride, what Wiggins was hiding in his car, and how police were able to finally apprehend him!

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