Town adopts Suffolk geothermal code

Brookhaven Town officials have adopted Suffolk County's new geothermal energy code -- which was based on a policy originally developed by Brookhaven.

The code establishes guidelines for building standards at homes and commercial structures using geothermal energy technologies in place of conventional cooling and heating systems.

Geothermal systems use pipes and tubes placed deep underground to draw heat and cool air from the Earth's stable subsurface temperatures. The systems also heat water.

Brookhaven officials had adopted a geothermal code last year, the first Suffolk town to do so. Suffolk officials last fall used that code as the basis for a county code -- the first in the state -- and have asked municipalities to adopt it as a countywide standard. Smithtown was the first town to adopt the county code, earlier this year.

PSEG Long Island offers rebates of about $3,000 for standard geothermal systems, and federal tax credits are available for residents and businesses that install them.



Drop off prescription drugs at Tanner Park

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Old or unwanted prescription drugs can be disposed of at Tanner Park in Copiague June 6. Dropping off pharmaceuticals instead of flushing them down the toilet ensures they won't contaminate drinking and surface waters, according to a release from Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville). The "take back" event can also keep the drugs from ending up in the wrong hands. The Suffolk County Police Department is sponsoring the event, which will run 3 to 5 p.m.



Get rid of unused meds at high school

A free drug take-back program to safely discard unused medications will be held at Mepham High School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., State Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) announced on May 18.


He said in a news release that the program is in partnership with the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District -- Community Parent Center; Nassau County legislators Laura Curran (D-Baldwin), Steve Rhoads (R-Bellmore), and the Nassau County Police Department.

The release went on to say that medication should be kept in its original container, with the person's name blocked out for anonymity, but the drug information should remain.

Illegal drugs can also be dropped off anonymously. But no needles, syringes, thermometers, IV bags, chemo drugs or liquids of any type will be accepted.

The school is at 2401 Camp Ave.


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Fire companies to meet for parade, drill

The fire department will host the annual Nassau County Firemen's Association Parade and Drill on July 25 at Fireman's Field.

"This tradition of all the Nassau County Fire Departments assembling to display their department and community pride has been conducted since 1903," said a news release from the village.

More than two dozen teams will compete in a tournament of firefighting skill against the clock and each other for trophies. Spectators are welcome to watch and support the teams. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. at the field next to the high school parking lot.

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At 6 p.m., the Rockville Centre Fire Department will lead a parade of more than 3,000 firefighters with hundreds of fire apparatuses from 71 fire departments. The parade will proceed down Maple Avenue to Front Street.

"I am proud to be an active 44-year member of Rockville Centre Fire Department, one of the largest all-volunteer Fire Departments . . . with over 340 highly trained members," Mayor Francis X. Murray said. "I hope to see everyone out there welcoming fire departments from across Nassau County and their families to the village."



Exhibit on village's Civil War contingent

An exhibit on 12 Northport residents who served in the Civil War will go on display June 7.

The Northport Historical Society presents "Northport and the Civil War: A Few Good Men." It will explore life in Northport before the war and will show who the 12 men were, their families, their homes and their livelihoods. The exhibit will trace the soldiers' journey South, demonstrate the battles they were in, their trials and tribulations and explain their fate.

The exhibit is part of the Town of Huntington's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

"What's interesting about this particular exhibit is it follows the lives of 12 men who lived in Northport and fought in the war, so it's from a personal perspective," said Heather Johnson, Northport Historical Society director. "They are the kind of stories that would resonate with anybody."

Among the items on display will be Civil War artifacts such as rifles, swords and other equipment and personal items, including letters.

The exhibit opens with a reception at 2 p.m. June 7. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run through the end of the year. The society is open daily from 1 to 4:30 p.m., except for Monday when it is closed.

For more information about the Society, go to www.north or call 631-757-9859. To learn more about townwide Civil War events, go to http://www.