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Sophia Chang

I cover the town of Islip as well as the villages of Brightwaters and Islandia. Whether it's municipal issues, health topics, or bizarre news, I want to help readers understand what's going on in their world from local to global. Please contact me and my colleague Candice Ruud with any relevant article ideas or news tips — we’re always eager for a good story.

Islip to open first compressed natural gas station by the new year

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Islip approves holiday light show permits for Girl Scouts, but with a warning

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County has received

The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County has received the green light to hold its popular holiday light show in Bayport in December, but it may need to move next year. (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Islip animal shelter plans National Cat Day Oct. 29

The Town of Islip Animal Shelter is pictured

The Town of Islip Animal Shelter is pictured Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Bay Shore. (Credit: Barry Sloan)

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MacArthur Airport gets town budget boost in anticipation of increased revenue

Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane, left, and MacArthur

Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane, left, and MacArthur Airport Commissioner Robert Schaefer, right, stand outside the main terminal on the airport grounds in Ronkonkoma, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Bohemia Fire Department backs out of cell tower plan

Bohemia resident Steve Zaino criticizes the commissioners of

Bohemia resident Steve Zaino criticizes the commissioners of the Bohemia Fire District for going into executive session last month to discuss personnel issues instead of answering questions about the controversial 120-foot-tall cell towers they planned to erect on fire department property. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

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