PORT JEFFERSON STATION
Jayne Boulevard closed for repairs
Both lanes of Jayne Boulevard in Port Jefferson Station will be closed for construction work beginning today, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The work, which will continue until summer, will help complete the major reconstruction of the state routes 347 and 112 intersection, the DOT said in a news release.
Transportation officials said the construction will improve safety and mobility for about 71,000 drivers and includes new jug handles designed to reduce travel delays, fuel use and vehicle emissions.
Electronic road signs will alert motorists of the closings and they should use alternate routes to avoid delays, officials said.
For real-time travel information, motorists should call 511 or visit www.511NY.org. - DEON J. HAMPTON
Free Job Boot Camp classes start April 28
Unemployed Brookhaven residents can participate in training classes the town is offering to help them find jobs.
The fourth annual Job Boot Camp consists of eight classes providing employment seekers with resume, interviewing and networking training.
Classes will be on April 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, June 2, 9, and 16 at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., officials said.
The free program is sponsored by the town's Division of Economic Development.
"People who are looking for a job or considering a career change need to use every advantage to move ahead in the workforce," Town Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement.
Last year, 70 businesses and more than 400 unemployed workers attended.
The program is for Brookhaven residents only, and space is limited. For more information, call 631-451-6563. - DEON J. HAMPTON
Proposed parking ban hearing today
Amityville Village plans to hold a public hearing today for a law that would restrict or ban street parking during weather emergencies.
The law would carry a fine of up to $500 in addition to tow charges and would require drivers to exercise some judgment. While the announcement of a state of emergency will be made through a variety of media outlets and municipal bulletin boards, "In cases where a state of emergency is obvious to a prudent person, no extraordinary notice shall be required," according to a draft of the measure released at a village board meeting earlier this month.
"The events of October of 2012 -- Sandy -- as well as this season demonstrate the need to secure the absolute right of our mayor, the police and fire department to regulate traffic and parking, and prohibit parking or standing on various streets" during a weather emergency, village attorney Richard Handler said. - NICHOLAS SPANGLER
Narcan training session tonight
The Suffolk County Police Department's Second Precinct and Drug Free Long Island are hosting a drug awareness and Narcan training session on Tuesday at the South Huntington Public Library at 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd. in Huntington Station.
The session is at 6:30 p.m.
Janice Talento, founder of Drug Free Long Island, said the goal is to bring awareness about the drug epidemic on the Island: "We try to give parents the necessary tools whether their child is a drug addict" or they need help working to keep their child from taking drugs.
Organizers said the presentation is designed to support the community by empowering individuals with the knowledge of how to save a life.
Those who attend are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused, or expired medications for proper disposal; but not liquids or syringes.
The session is open to the public based on availability, but there are limited spots, so RSVP to: Info@DrugFreeLI.org or call 516-203-7486. - DEBORAH S. MORRIS
Library to offer series on town's history
The Smithtown Library plans to offer a series of programs this year that delve into aspects of the town's 350-year history.
Programs will be offered at each of the library's four branches, covering topics from historic children's games and the early history of Nesconset to Smithtown's historic sites and an author's talk with local historians, organizers said.
"This is the library's way of showing its support and participation in the 350th anniversary celebration," said Robert Lusak, Smithtown Library director, adding that librarians set up their own in-house committee to determine which informative programs to hold.
The Commack branch will host the next scheduled event tomorrow on the prestigious, early 20th century Vanderbilt Cup Races that drew crowds of spectators, helping to lead to the development of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The presentation will be made by Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci co-authors of the book "The Long Island Motor Parkway."
Lusak said the library district also has a Long Island history collection filled with early Smithtown history books, historical documents and maps.
"One of the services that we do provide to our community is our materials and programs that everyone can benefit from," said Lusak. "We're a community resource center, and what better place than the Smithtown Library to learn about the early history of Smithtown?"
For more information, go to smithlib.org or call 631-360-2480. - LAUREN R. HARRISON
Boat tours of bay houses start May 31
Boat tours of historic bay houses built on marshland off Freeport will be offered this spring.
Hundreds of the structures were built in the 1800s by hunters and fishermen who needed shelter and storage for gear.
Generations later, descendants of those baymen use some of the surviving structures as family retreats or as bases for recreational fishing.
Many of the houses were built in piecemeal fashion from borrowed or scavenged lumber, decorated by flotsam and rebuilt in similar fashion over the years. There are typically few modern amenities, save composting toilets.
Tours will feature bay houses owned by Bob Doxsee of Doxsee Sea Clam, boat builders John Remsen Sr. and John Remsen Jr., and baymen Joey, Scavone, Collin Weyant and Lucas Krucher.
Tours are arranged by Long Island Traditions, a Port Washington-based group dedicated to preserving the region's cultural and architectural practices.
The first tour is May 31 at 2 p.m. Tour guests will meet at the vessel Miss Freeport, docked at 85 Woodcleft Ave.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children younger than 16. Reservations are required. Call 516-767-8803 or visit longislandtraditions.org. - NICHOLAS STANGLER
NEW HYDE PARK
Community Clean Up Day set for April 25
New Hyde Park residents who want to show their community pride can pitch in for the village's annual Community Clean Up Day on April 25 in honor of Earth Day.
Residents are being asked to donate a few hours to help clean the area along the Long Island Rail Road tracks on Second and Third avenues.
"We'd love for residents to help us continue our efforts to care for our community," village trustee Donald Barbieri said. "People who live here should want to care for our community and help keep it beautiful."
Supplies and tools will be provided along with light refreshments. In celebration of Arbor Day, the group may also plant a tree at a site yet to be determined.
Richard Pallisco, chairman of the New Hyde Park Beautification Committee, said the annual event has been held for about 10 years, targeting "different areas of the village."
Volunteers are asked to meet at the resident parking lot on South 12th Street for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. cleanup. - LISA IRIZARRY
Islip offers yoga classes for all
The Town of Islip is offering yoga classes for residents and nonresidents alike. The classes take place every Thursday evening from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Brentwood Recreation Center, 99 Third Ave.
Participants should be in good physical health and are asked to wear loose clothing and to bring a yoga mat or a beach towel for use.
The cost for residents is $7 per class and $8.75 per class for nonresidents.
For more information, contact the Brentwood Recreation Center at 631-436-6070. - SOPHIA CHANG
LI Growers Market to return May 16
The Islip Growers Market is expected to return this spring.
The Islip Town Board unanimously approved an application from the Long Island Growers Market to operate its farmers market on Saturdays in the Town Hall parking lot.
"It's a very popular market -- I think it's one of the first growers markets," said Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter at Tuesday's town board meeting.
The market will operate from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays from May 16 to Nov. 21. The market sells only produce grown on Long Island, baked goods and shellfish made or harvested from Islip businesses and establishments, and cheese made in New York State. - SOPHIA CHANG
Volunteers to drive grass-planting effort
The Town of Oyster Bay is expecting more than 1,000 volunteers at Tobay Beach March 28 to plant sand-dune grass, which prevents erosion from wind and rain.
Dunes are natural barriers that block storm waves from surging onto roads and into homes.
During superstorm Sandy, "areas along the coast that had healthy dunes fared much better than areas that didn't have them," said Bret Bennington, chairman of the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability at Hofstra University.
But as the dunes took much of the hit from Sandy, they also were ravaged by the storm.
The dunes at Tobay Beach were wiped out, said Brian Devine, a spokesman for the Town of Oyster Bay. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in sand from eastern Long Island to rebuild the dunes.
Vegetation is critical in protecting the dunes, Bennington said. The roots of the grass help hold the dunes together, and the blades stop sand from blowing away and allow it to build up, he said.
The grass eventually would grow back without human intervention, as seeds dispersed by the wind land on the dunes. "We're just speeding up the process," Bennington said.
Once the grass is planted, it spreads quickly along the dunes, as roots send out shoots just under the surface and grass sprouts up, said Henry Bokuniewicz, a professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University.
The volunteers will plant American beach grass in several spots, along about 500 feet of dunes, Devine said. The event began in 1988 and has taken place every year except 2013, when dunes still were being restored after damage from Sandy.
"The volunteer aspect of this saves the town a great deal of money," said Town Supervisor John Venditto.
The event also instills town spirit and unity, he said.
"Dune Day" begins at 10 a.m. and runs until the middle or end of the afternoon, Venditto said. Refreshments will be served, and every participant will receive a T-shirt. For information, call 516-677-5943 or go to oysterbaytown.com. - NEWSDAY STAFF