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West Islip native Dan McShane advances in ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

Dan McShane, 25, a West Islip native, qualified

(Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.)

A former Soviet capital and some speak-easy TV knowledge has West Islip native Dan McShane alive and kicking in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.

The 25-year-old bartender, who now lives in Brooklyn, has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament, and his quest for a spot in the final will air Thursday at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV.

McShane’s first-round match aired Monday, and his $20,000...

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Hempstead Town seeks 'No Dumping' medallion volunteers

Hempstead Town Hall Plaza is at 1 Washington

(Credit: J.C. Cherubini, 2011)

Hempstead Town is seeking volunteers to place “No Dumping” medallions on the town’s storm drains.

The town will provide supplies to volunteers, officials said.

“We work with Boy Scouts and other volunteers to mark storm drains,” town spokesman Mike Deery said.

Hempstead has 17,000 acres of wetlands and 180 miles of coastal waterways, Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement.

“Only...

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Hauppauge medical building zoning wins approval

The Smithtown Town Board voted unanimously to purchase

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals last week approved a request by a Hauppauge-based business that is seeking to construct a medical office building.

Plans were submitted by Galleria IV Corp. for an 11,817-square-foot office building at the intersection of Terry Road and Route 347. The zoning board approved a variance that would allow the building’s parking lot to be set back 44 feet from...

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Glen Cove ferry funds in reach after vote

A rendering of the proposed Glen Cove ferry

(Credit: Urbitran)

A Glen Cove resolution to accept federal funds for a ferry terminal project linked to the $1-billion revitalization of the city’s waterfront has been amended.

City Council members last week voted, 4-2, with one councilman absent, to list three more project identification numbers as portions of the ferry terminal’s Phase II to be covered by federal funding. The original resolution, which passed...

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Test conflict in Kings Park Central School District prompts calendar revision

Kings Park High School at 200 East Main

(Credit: Fran Berkman)

The Kings Park Central School District must revise its 2013/2014 calendar due to a conflict with Common Core tests.

The proposed calendar will be discussed at the next board of education meeting on Feb. 26, held at 7:30 p.m. at Kings Park High School.

The state Education Department informed districts that Common Core tests have been scheduled for June 3 and 4 in 2014, said Superintendent...

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Great Neck hearing set on Superfund site remediation

Great Neck is an incorporated village in the

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

A public meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 25, regarding a proposed remedy for contamination under a dry-cleaning business in Great Neck.

The property at 489 Great Neck Rd., which houses Mayflower Cleaners, has been designated a Superfund site by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation due to contamination that “represents a significant threat to public health or the environment.”

The...

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Southampton moves to update business zoning

Southampton Village Hall. (May 24, 2012)

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Southampton Village board of trustees voted Thursday to update its village business zoning and make those changes part of the village master plan.

But to accomplish that, officials must first amend their zoning code. So the village board has set a public hearing for March 14 at 6 p.m. in Village Hall on changing its zoning to reflect new standards on parking, architectural appearance,...

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Longwood school district emergency response drill may snarl traffic

Longwood Junior High School, part of the Longwood

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The Longwood school district will conduct a school safety drill with emergency responders at Longwood Middle School Tuesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The exercise is a planned drill, under the control and direction of the Suffolk County Police Department. The campus will be closed, except to those directly involved in the drill. The public, press and employees will not have access to school grounds.

School...

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Half Hollow Hills School District announces cuts to 2013-14 budget

Half Hollow Hills High School West, 375 Wolf

(Credit: Alessandra Malito)

The Half Hollow Hills School District’s planetarium and natatorium will stay open next year, but district officials also announced that some sports assistant coaches would be cut, one of the latest decisions made by officials to save money in the 2013-14 budget year.

The district’s board of education held a budget workshop Friday, and did not take any votes, but members held discussions and...

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Long Island Cares to open food bank in Lindenhurst

Long Island Cares, which handed out much-needed supplies

(Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Food bank Long Island Cares is opening up a new office in Lindenhurst Village to serve communities hurt by superstorm Sandy.

The Hauppauge-based Long Island Cares Inc. The Harry Chapin Food Bank will open the South Shore Services Center at 163-1 N. Wellwood Ave. The storefront site, which is due to open March 1, will serve as a community assistance center, offering emergency food, pet food,...

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