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Carl MacGowan

With my colleague Deon J. Hampton, I cover the Town of Brookhaven and its villages and hamlets. What we try to offer is an ongoing chronicle of an enormous town — that stretches from the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean — as it grapples with development pressures, environmental issues and the challenge of maintaining programs in the face of the state tax cap. You’ll see us scribbling notes at municipal meetings, so stop by and say hello.

Public hearing on Brookhaven vodka distillery plan

Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico, pictured here on June

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

The Town of Brookhaven might get its first distillery. The town board is expected to hold a public hearing next month on a plan to build a vodka distillery at a Manorville corn and potato farm, town officials said Thursday during a work session. The distillery, which also would brew hard cider, would be built on 2.8 acres owned by the Ringhoff family at County Road 51 and an off-ramp of...

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