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Holiday drives to help needy, soldiers

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Assemb. Andrew Garbarino (R-Sayville) are launching holiday drives to help needy families and soldiers serving overseas.

The third annual “Season of Giving” campaign collects winter coats, nonperishable foods, unwrapped new toys and cellphones from Monday until Dec. 19.

The donations of food, toys and coats will be distributed to local charities that help needy families and residents. The donated cellphones will be recycled and used to buy minutes for deployed troops to use to call home.

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boyle’s district office, 69 West Main St., Bay Shore, or at Garbarino’s district office, 859 Montauk Hwy., Bayport. To set up after-hour drop-offs, call Boyle’s district office at 631-665-2311.



Holiday concerts, ceremonies at airport

Long Island MacArthur Airport is hosting several holiday celebrations this season.

The airport’s annual menorah and tree lighting ceremonies will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the airport, 100 Arrival Ave. in Ronkonkoma.

The Players Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert at 5:45 p.m. during the ceremonies.

On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Islip Elementary and High School Band, Orchestra, Choral and Spring Quartet will perform a free concert. On the same day, the Samoset Middle School Band from Sachem will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Thursday the West Hollow Middle School Orchestra will perform a free concert from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

And on Saturday the Heart of Long Island’s Sweet Adeline Chapter will perform a free concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m.



Representatives hear concerns on fishing

Rep. Rob Bishop, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, is scheduled to appear in Riverhead Monday to hear concerns about the federal government’s regulation of fishing along the Atlantic Coast.

Bishop (R-Utah) is hosting a hearing with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) on how to balance the needs of the fishing industry with federal rules designed to maintain fish populations.

Fishing advocates have raised concerns about government restrictions on the harvesting of striped bass and summer flounder. A Thursday memo by Committee on Natural Resources staff said the hearing would focus on “the lack of science and inadequate data collection used in the management of these key species as well as other potential federal regulatory issues in the region that could hinder access to these fisheries and hurt the regional seafood economy.”

Representatives of the fishing and seafood industries from Long Island, New York City and New Jersey are scheduled to speak at the hearing, as well as the chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Center.


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