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HUNTINGTON/Bugs out, library reopens

The Huntington Public Library on Main Street opened as scheduled at 9 a.m. TuesWednesWednesday after being shut down Friday when bedbugs were discovered on the main floor.

"We've had programs going all day and there's a building full of people here," library director Debra Engelhardt said late Tuesday afternoon.

Three or four bugs were found in an area away from books.

Engelhardt said they have now put into place a long-term maintenance program working with their exterminator to "fiercely monitor" for the pests at the district's library buildings, including the second branch on New York Avenue in Huntington Station. She said the maintenance staff also has been advised on techniques to look for bedbugs and will apply them in between professional inspections.

- Deborah S. Morris

ISLIP/Sports plan progresses

The Islip town board Tuesday adopted the final environmental impact statement for a proposed $20-million sports complex in Central Islip.

The board is still considering zoning changes for the Ultimate Game Sports Complex, as well as new playing fields that developer has pledged to build for the Central Islip Little League, which would be displaced by the 205,000-square-foot project.

Town officials have expedited the review process to help developer Andy Borgia meet a Dec. 31 application deadline for $19 million in tax-exempt bonds offered through the federal stimulus program.

Borgia's attorney said he was still working to secure financing for the project.


HUNTINGTON/Panel may reconvene

The Huntington school board will ask its long-range facilities planning committee to reconvene.

The committee is made up of administrators, faculty, staff and parents, and was created in June to address the district's space issues. After meeting for two months, the committee presented three options for reconfiguring schools in the space-strapped district at a meeting in September. Two of the three proposals included reopening the Jack Abrams School, which was closed in July.

Since the proposals were presented, there has been no signal from the committee or the board on what's next or when any of the plans would be voted on.

At a Monday night meeting, the board decided it now wants the committee to consider how to use $2 million to $3 million in capital reserve funds for a short-term plan that would support a long-term solution.

No date is set for the next meeting.

- Deborah S. Morris

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