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Parents of toddlers will have the opportunity to learn about nursery schools in the Town of Smithtown at an upcoming information fair.

The annual nursery school fair, sponsored by the town for nearly 30 years, is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Smithtown Library’s main branch.

Maureen Fiorello, director of Smithtown’s school-age childcare department, said the event was initially started as a community service. “You have people who are first-time parents and are new to the community and have no idea of how many nursery schools are even in the community, and what time of year they should be focusing on choosing a nursery school for their child,” said Fiorello. “The fair offers them an opportunity to go from table to table of each school,” learn more about programs and ask questions.

Typically 25 to 30 nursery schools participate, she said. Nursery school programs are usually held from September to June for a half-day. Mommy and Me programs, in which parents attend with their child, start for children as young as 18 months old and standard programs are for children ages 3 to pre-K, Fiorello said. “Smithtown is a great place to live, and the fair is offered free for both the attendees and the nursery schools,” she added.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the lower level community room of the library, 1 North Country Rd. in Smithtown. No advance registration is required for parents. For more information, call 631-360-7517.

— LAUREN R. HARRISON

BROOKHAVEN TOWN

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Brookhaven has begun selling resident parking stickers for town parks, including beaches and marinas.

Parking stickers cost $15 and are valid through the summer recreation season. Stickers purchased before May 23 cost $10.

Stickers for seniors, veterans and handicapped residents are $5.

Stickers are on sale at five locations: the town Parks and Recreation office in Centereach; the Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center in Blue Point; the Port Jefferson Marina Annex; the Rose Caracappa Senior Citizens Center in Mount Sinai; and the Center Moriches Library.

For information, visit the town website at brookhaven.org or call 631-451-8696 or 631-451-6101.

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— CARL MACGOWAN

SMITHTOWN

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Smithtown town officials are planning to complete an agreement with New York State to remove snow on state-owned highways within the town.

Smithtown Town Board members voted 5-0 last month to allow acting highway superintendent Robert Murphy to enter into the agreement with the state from 2015 to 2016.

Smithtown is one of the few municipalities with such arrangements on Long Island, according to a state Department of Transportation spokeswoman. The Village of Amityville, Town of Shelter Island, Town of East Hampton, and Town of Huntington have similar agreements, she said.

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said the town has had the deal with the state throughout his more than 35-year tenure.

“It’s more efficient that we plow the roads adjoining our streets. Those are the first roads we hit, as soon as the snow begins,” Vecchio said, referencing state routes 25 and 25A. “Being main roads, the town plowing them affords better access for residents and others passing through.”

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— LAUREN R. HARRISON

OYSTER BAY

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Oyster Bay will begin posting meeting minutes online in a policy shift intended to provide residents with more information, the town announced last week in a news release.

The town posted draft board resolutions online for the first time before its Jan. 5 meeting. The board announced at that meeting that it would begin webcasting its meetings, though a date has not been set for that to begin. Over the past year, residents who wanted to see what was going on at board meetings turned to videos posted online by Massapequa resident Robert Ripp, a frequent critic of town government.

Ripp’s videos, posted under an account named “Town of Oyster Bay Corruption Exposed,” showed portions of meetings and garnered thousands of views on Youtube. Since early 2012, New York State Open Meetings Law has required resolutions and other material subject to discussion during an open meeting to be posted online prior to the meeting “to the extent practicable” as determined by the town government.

Democrats made lack of transparency by the all-Republican board a campaign issue last year. Following the November election in which town Supervisor John Venditto narrowly won re-election by 99 votes and board members saw their victory margins shrink, the board announced it would begin taking steps to increase transparency in 2016.

Oyster Bay’s town board members do not hold work sessions and generally do not discuss resolutions that they vote on. Previously the only way for the public to see resolutions before a vote was to view them in person at the board meeting. The board does regularly meet privately before and after public board meetings in closed-door political caucuses that are permitted under the law as long as they don’t discuss town business.

— TED PHILLIPS

KINGS PARK

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The Smithtown Library is organizing its annual bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, which this year honors the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The Philadelphia Flower Show, held from March 4 through 13, is the longest-running and largest indoor flower show in the world, library officials said.

The library on March 7 will offer locals the opportunity to attend, experiencing everything from gardening workshops and lectures by experts to live entertainment and culinary demonstrations, they said.

The Smithtown Library has offered the trip for at least the past five years. The bus has space for about 50 people.

“Besides encouraging an appreciation for literature, The Smithtown Library recognizes the need for our patrons to discover many other arts and cultures,” library director Robert Lusak said in a statement. “This bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show provides patrons with an educational, hands-on experience to enrich their intellect and imagination.”

The trip is scheduled to depart the Kings Park branch, at 1 Church St., at 6:45 a.m. The bus will depart the Flower Show around 4:30 p.m. that day.

Advance registration is required for the program, as well as a non-refundable fee of $79 that includes expenses and gratuities. For more information call: 631-360-2480 x235

— LAUREN R. HARRISON

AMITYVILLE/MEDFORD

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Free legal consultations will be available Jan. 18 in Amityville and Medford.

The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association will provide free individual consultations with an attorney for legal information and guidance. The association, based in Central Islip, is named after the Spanish ship La Amistad that was taken over by African slaves in 1839 and became the subject of director Steven Spielberg’s 1997 movie. The association was founded in 1996 to foster a sense of community and promote professional development among attorneys of color on Long Island.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, attorneys will be answering legal questions about bankruptcy, divorce, education, employment, immigration and debt negotiation. Attorneys can also speak about mortgage foreclosure and landlord-tenant issues, as well as wills, trusts and estates.

The consultations will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Prayer Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 3550 Great Neck Rd. in Amityville and at Community Baptist Church, 605 Granny Rd. in Medford. For more information call Nathan Jackson at 631-398-2228.

— DENISE BONILLA