HEMPSTEAD

Susan Johnson, superintendent of the school district, announced that Christmas came a little early this year at Hempstead High School, as 643 new HP laptops were delivered to the school through a $744,000 grant from BOCES.

“The new laptops are helping prepare our students for the 21st century and helps level the playing field in this global economy,” she said.

The grant money was also used to update the high school’s wireless infrastructure, which will dramatically improve the speed of research and online communications, the superintendent added.

“We are grateful to the staff and administration at Hempstead High School and BOCES for investing in the evolving educational needs of our students,” Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson said. “We are on the right track for success.”

SID CASSESE

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PATCHOGUE VILLAGE

The village has set a public hearing to discuss prohibiting vehicles from parking or idling on Waverley Avenue near the Suffolk County Police Department’s Fifth Precinct, a change officials hope will help maintain traffic flow.

If the Jan. 11 hearing to amend the village’s parking code is approved, parked and stalled vehicles wouldn’t be allowed on the north side of East 2nd Street at Waverley Avenue.

Suffolk County Department of Public Works made the request to village officials after conducting a review of the police building, village attorney Brian Egan said after Monday’s trustee meeting.

Village officials said the move would also allow better access to the police building.

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DEON J. HAMPTON

SMITHTOWN

The town has been awarded two state grants worth more than $1.1 million for expansion of the town’s fueling facility and maintenance of local stormwater catch basins.

The awards, announced last week, are part of the state’s Local Government Efficiency Program, which focuses on projects that save money and improve efficiency through consolidations and shared services, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Improvement Program.

Smithtown will receive $902,363 to expand its fueling station at the town highway department to add a larger capacity for fuel reserves and will have a computerized monitoring system to control fuel inventory and protect the environment, according to a Smithtown news release. The upgraded facility will improve the town’s fueling needs in the event of a natural disaster and be used by the town’s villages and fire districts, the release said.

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An allocation of $288,750 will help fund the town’s stormwater management program with the Villages of Nissequogue, the Branch and Head of the Harbor. The initiative includes the purchase of a vacuum truck to be shared by the municipalities for the maintenance of stormwater catch basins throughout the town and villages. Such maintenance will reduce the amount of contaminated sediment entering ground water, Stony Brook Harbor and Millers Pond, according to the news release.

“These two grants move us in the right direction,” Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said in a statement. “It is projects like these that give the town, the villages and the fire districts an opportunity to modernize facilities, share and improve services while reducing the tax burden.”

LAUREN R. HARRISON