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SUFFOLK CLOSEUP - Protecting Farmland On LI - Suffolk County government is moving forcefully to appeal a judge’s decision seen as severely undermining the county’s Farmland Preservation Program and also with new legislation overcome issues raised in a lawsuit that resulted in the ruling. read more

Volunteers Needed For Smithtown’s Meals On Wheels Program -We are looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly in the Smithtown community. Meals are delivered in the late morning each Monday - Friday and require as little as two hours a week, one to four days per month. You can even choose to be a “back-up” driver if your time is limited. Our volunteers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed for mileage. read more

Kings Park Native John Picciano Retired Police Detective And CBS Hunter - Kings Park native John Picciano has worn many hats (mostly police caps) in his lifetime. After graduating from Kings Park HS he joined the Washington D.C. Police Department before joining the NYPD.  READ MORE

Indictment In Death Of 20-Year-Old Kings Park Man - A three-count indictment was unsealed today in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York charging Richard Jacobellis with distributing heroin that caused the death of 20-year-old Nicholas Weber, and conspiring with others to distribute heroin. Jacobellis was arrested earlier today in Ridge, New York, and his arraignment will be this afternoon before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert at the United States Courthouse in Central Islip, NY. If convicted, the defendant faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life.  read more

Annual Scout Sunday Observance - The Matinecock District scouts and their volunteer scouting leaders participated in the annual “A Scout is Reverent Week”, in recognition of the anniversary of Boy Scouts of America and the 12th point of the Scout Law, during February. The youths attended and took part in leading services at all of the houses of worship both in the host Churches and Temples as well as at their local places of worship (some of which are the Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, Venturing Crew or Explorer Post’s sponsoring organization). read more

People In The News - St. James Native Philip Hall - St. James native Philip Hall was awarded a prestigious Alumni Legacy Scholarship toward his tuition at Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. This scholarship provides a $21,325 award, covering the full cost of first-semester tuition at Ross. read more

The Winner Of The Smithtown Historical Society Chili/Chowder Bowl Contest Is - On Friday, February 3rd, the Smithtown Historical Society hosted its first Chili/Chowder Bowl Contest. The event was a huge success! Food is always a large part of any social gathering. There were quite a few submissions this year and the event attracted almost 75 people. read more

Editorial - Rising Suffolk County Fees Back Door Tax Or A Behavior Changer? - Administrative fees are a necessary evil. Most people have at one time or another paid a fee to to a government agency for things like building permits, licenses, filing a deed or getting a copy of a document. The administrative fee typically covers the cost of the service provided. Historically fees have not been seen as a way to generate income or balance a budget. What has been true historically is not true today according to Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta. read more


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