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Newly renovated book store at Harborfields Public Library reopens

Customers look through books at the grand reopening

(Credit: Ursula Moore)

Kristina Strandfeldt is a retired Deer Park Junior High School English teacher who used to search for cheap books to use in her classroom. The search led her to the Harborfields Public Library Book Shop.

In an effort to peruse and choose books at her leisure, the Centerport woman decided to volunteer on Saturdays.

Strandfeldt, 68, has been volunteering at the book shop for the past 25...

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Brookhaven Councilman Dan Panico withdraws resolution, wants to revisit multifamily housing plan

Brookhaven Town councilman Dan Panico was appointed the

(Credit: David Pokress)

Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico withdrew a resolution to amend town code that was intended to increase multifamily housing in designated zones.

The move was made at Wednesday’s town board meeting. Panico plans to revise the resolution and introduce similar legislation to amend chapter 85 of town code at a future date.

“I realize the town should have flexibility in its building...

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Hofstra cheer, dance teams win national titles

Hofstra University's cheerleading team took home the national

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Hofstra University’s cheer and dance teams dominated at the 2013 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship last weekend.

The Division I college’s cheerleading team took home the national title for the fifth consecutive year and its dance team became the reigning hip-hop champion for the second year.

From Jan. 18-20, cheer and dance teams from 55 colleges across the country...

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Free workshops on filing property assessment grievances

Nassau County legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Kevan

(Credit: David Pokress / Barry Sloan)

Nassau County legislators Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) will present free tax assessment workshops on how to file a grievance of a property assessment with the county Assessment Review Commission.

The filing period is Jan. 2 to May 1. Experts provide assistance, guidance and information on the tax grievance application process. A question-and-answer session and...

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Meeting to address low-flying planes, jet noise in communities near Kennedy

Aircraft land and take off at Kennedy Airport.

(Credit: Uli Seit)

The Town-Village Aircraft Safety Noise Abatement Committee will host a meeting Monday to discuss concerns about low-flying planes and ways to control jet noise in communities near Kennedy Airport.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. in Valley Stream Village Hall, 123 South Central Ave.

Members of the 40-year-old coalition have called for equitable distribution of flights onto the airport’s...

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Asharoken village clerk Nancy Rittenhouse appointed as assessor

Asharoken's board of trustees voted 4-0 with one

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Asharoken Village’s board of trustees has appointed its clerk to also serve as its assessor.

The board voted, 4-1, to make Nancy Rittenhouse the assessor.

She will work in the position until the end of the fiscal year on May 31, at no extra cost to the village.

The position has been vacant since July 1.

Officials said at the board’s last meeting they will search for a full-time...

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West Islip native Dan McShane returns to 'Jeopardy!' for Tournament of Champions

Dan McShane, 25, a West Islip native, qualified

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People treat Dan McShane a little bit differently since he competed on five episodes of “Jeopardy!” last year, walking away with $64,001.

Often, they expect him to pick up the check at bars and restaurants, he said, and insist on speaking to him in the form of a question.

“Everyone thinks it’s funny to say things in the form of a question when they’re talking to me,” said the 25-year-old...

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Nassau police holding gun buyback event

Guns seized by the NYPD as part of

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The Nassau Police Department is encouraging residents to turn in unlicensed and unloaded firearms as part of a gun buyback day scheduled for Feb. 16 in Uniondale.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Grace Cathedral International Church, located at 886 Jerusalem Ave.

The county will pay residents $200 for handguns and $100 for rifles and assault rifles, said Brian Nevin, spokesman...

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Southampton OKs second reviews on demolitions

Southampton’s town board has given its Landmark and Historic Districts board the ability to make a second review and make recommendations on requests for renewal of demolition permits once those permits expire.

The town demolition permits can be extended to 18 months, but if they are not used, a new application must be submitted.

The change allows the board to make a second review and...

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Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio indicates land bank support

Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio

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Tossing aside his earlier skepticism, Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio Thursday said he would ask the town board to support Suffolk County’s plan to create a land bank for blighted, tax-delinquent properties.

Earlier this month, Vecchio had expressed concern that Smithtown would lose about $80,000 annually in compensation from the county if two contaminated sites in Kings Park joined the...

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