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RIVERHEAD/Trash hauler catching up after snow blocks roads

Riverhead's highway department got the streets clear after this week's blizzard, but residents will have to live with a minor problem for a few more days - their trash. With some roads not passable right after the storm, there was no garbage collection in parts of the town. The town's carter, Maggio Sanitation, is slowly catching up.

Supervisor Sean Walter yesterday asked residents to keep garbage pails out of the roadway, and said all uncollected trash would be picked up on the next regular bulk item day. Recycling will be collected on its normal schedule next week.

- MITCHELL FREEDMAN


ISLANDWIDE/Blood donors sought after blizzard causes shortage

The winter storm has caused a shortage of blood donations on Long Island and around the region, said the New York Blood Center.

The agency estimates more than 2,000 donations are needed to cover the shortfall from the Christmas holiday and the two-day blizzard that kept people in their homes and away from donation drives. "Mother Nature has delivered a hard slap to our blood supply," said center vice president Rob Purvis, adding the blizzard came on top of lower-than-needed holiday collections, "so we're urging our neighbors to step up."

For more information on donating blood, contact the New York Blood Center at 800-933-2566 or at nybloodcenter.org. Long Island Blood Services is staying open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day so it can recoup some of the losses it suffered.

- JENNIFER BARRIOS


ISLANDWIDE/Church council appeals/for donations of food

Anyone suffering from post-Christmas fruitcake blues can take those unwanted desserts to the Long Island Council of Churches, which this week issued its annual call for holiday treats.

Executive director Rev. Thomas Goodhue said he hopes more people who wouldn't otherwise donate to pantries will respond to the call for surplus food.

Goodhue said, "This is a great time to go through the canned goods and give away anything that you are not going to use that is not dented, many years old, or otherwise inedible."

Contact the LICC at 516-565-0290 or visit their website at ncccusa.org/ecmin/licc for more information on how to donate.

- JENNIFER BARRIOS

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