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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!

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!

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!


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!

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!

Follow The Road To Family Nights

The seventh annual series of Northport Harbor Family Nights got off to a fast start Aug. 5, as thousands turned Northport Village’s Main Street into a pedestrian plaza filled with music, food, vintage cars, fun and games for all ages!

Read on to learn more details and to see exciting, exclusive pictures from the event!