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600 jobs and the week in review

A worker at the Freeport Home Depot gives

A worker at the Freeport Home Depot gives customers a lesson. Credit: Joel Cairo

Here are some stories that drew attention on the Inside Long Island Business blog during the week ending Feb. 19, 2011.

-- Home depot announced it was hiring 600 part-time temporary workers on Long Island, part of a nationwide drive to hire 60,000 for the spring rush.(That's an employee, above, teaching customers at the Home Depot in Freeport.)  Meanwhile, a local hardware chain is expanding.

-- People wondered whether homebuyers should have to take classes before getting a mortgage.

-- A Long Island commercial real estate broker will be busy helping Borders dispose of two Long Island stores as well as others among the 200 the bookseller is closing as part of a bankruptcy reorganization.

-- The federal Small Business Administration gave an award to a Bethpage high tech company for a web browser that has homeland security uses.

-- Fewer people in New York State are behind in paying their mortgage.  But a greater percentage is in the foreclosure process.

-- A developer is seeking changes in the plans for a business district on the grounds of Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.

-- In a bad sign for the housing market, there were fewer contracts to seel homes on Long Island.

-- And some students in Bellmore did well in a contest involving business plans.

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