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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.
The Brookhaven Town Board has approved more than $30 million in capital spending projects, including open space preservation and town landfill improvements.
The board passed more than a dozen bonding resolutions on Tuesday identifying projects to be funded out of the 2014 capital budget. That budget, which totals $53.3 million, was approved last month.
The largest portion of the capital...Read more »
The Town of Brookhaven plans to host a discussion of renewable energy systems next week in Farmingville.
Town officials said the Holiday Clean Energy Forum would be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill.
The free event is scheduled to run for four hours. The forum is sponsored by the town, Long Island Power Authority and Renewable Energy Long Island.
Specialists...Read more »
A law that would allow Brookhaven Town residents to seek reduced assessments on properties damaged by superstorm Sandy is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow.
The town is weighing whether to adopt a state law passed earlier this year that enables taxing jurisdictions to extend tax relief to property owners affected by the October 2012 storm.
The public hearing is one of seven scheduled...Read more »
The Town of Brookhaven is seeking nominations for its annual women’s recognition awards.
The town Office of Women’s Services is asking community groups, businesses and individuals to nominate women who have distinguished themselves in fields such as business, community service, government, health care, law enforcement and sports.
Nominees must live or work in Brookhaven. Applications...Read more »
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter plans to add Sunday hours to encourage residents to adopt dogs and cats. The shelter will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning this Sunday. The shelter will close on Wednesdays.
The town is offering free licenses for adopted dogs and is waiving fees for adopting, spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets. The waivers are in effect through Dec. 31.
The waivers...Read more »
Forget the sleigh and reindeer. In Brookhaven, Santa Claus rides a chopper.
St. Nicholas is expected to arrive by helicopter Friday when he visits the Town of Brookhaven’s ecology center, at 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville.
Santa plans to help light a Christmas tree and lead sing-alongs of holiday tunes. The event starts at 5 p.m., and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 6:15 p.m.
While...Read more »
Brookhaven Town officials may amend a code change intended to make it easier for Fire Islanders to rebuild houses destroyed by superstorm Sandy.
The code change — which waived requirements to seek variances from the town board of zoning appeals if a house was severely damaged by Sandy — may have inadvertently eased the zoning review process for residents whose houses were not affected by the...Read more »