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The Chapin family will headline the 7th Annual Patchogue Folk Festival at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 2, seeking to collect non-perishable food to support Long Island Cares Inc., The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank.

The 8:00 p.m. performance is to honor the memory of Harry Chapin, a folk singer dedicated to fighting hunger. He founded Long Island Cares Inc. in 1980 one year before he was killed in a car accident. Today the organization hosts a variety of programs, food drives and support services for more than 316,000 Long Islanders. Long Island Cares staff will be present in the lobby from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The show will feature Tom and Steve Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, Jen Chapin, Jonathan Chapin, as well as John Wallace and Howard Fields, two members of Harry Chapin’s original band. They will be performing classics like Cat’s in the Cradle.

This will also mark the reopening of the Patchogue Theatre, which has been closed since Jan. 4 for renovations. Some of the upgrades will include roomier seats, new flooring, and greater handicap access. More than 150,000 people visited the theatre in 2015, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri said in a January interview with Newsday.




Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) will hold his first 5K Run For Heroes to raise funds for the East Rockaway and Lynbrook VFWs and for the Rockville Centre and Malverne American Legion posts.

“All proceeds will go to the participating Veterans posts,” said Curran. “I hope everyone in our community will come out and support our heroes. Every day, we owe our veterans’ not only our gratitude, but we owe them our freedom.”

The event will be Sunday, April 17, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Hewlett Point Beach in Bay Park, where it also will finish.

“Don’t only stand with our veterans, run for them!” Curran said.

Sponsorship levels will run from $100 to $1000.

Participant fees are $25 for a runner/walker on the pre-race day; $35 on the race day, and $15 for those 14 and under.

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A Rocky Point advertising and marketing executive has been appointed to the Brookhaven Town Industrial Development Agency board of directors.

Gary Pollakusky, managing partner of Media Barrel LLC, replaces John O’Loughlin, chief operating officer and vice president of Shirley-based Bay Gas, who resigned last year. The Brookhaven Town Board approved Pollakusky’s appointment on Jan. 6.

The IDA, Brookhaven Town’s business arm, considers applications from businesses planning to expand existing facilities or relocate to the town. The IDA may extend economic benefits such as sales tax rebates and payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs.

The IDA board also operates the town’s Local Development Corporation, which considers applications from nonprofits for tax-exempt bonds to finance construction and expansion projects.

Pollakusky, a native of Baldwin, graduated in 1998 from Cornell University and started Media Barrel in 2002.




The Babylon Village Board on February 23 will conduct public hearings for four laws covering taxes, boat storage, the environment and public safety.

As they have each year since 2012, trustees will consider a law permitting the village to exceed the state tax levy cap. That cap is .12 percent for the village this year, a level Mayor Ralph Scordino said in an interview last week was too low to fund municipal obligations. “Health insurance, electricity, workman’s comp: all these things go up,” he said.

Passage of the law does not guarantee a tax increase above the cap, but Scordino said that some increase is likely. “If you want the services and you want the village to look as good as it is, and you want the quality of life, you have to expect that taxes might go up a little.”

The boat storage law would make it illegal to store boats in front yards, amending a law that now permits some residents with large yards to store them set back from the road.

Landscapers would no longer be permitted to sweep fertilizer and lawn treatments off sidewalks, driveways and curbs onto the streets under another new law. That law, which would cover roughly 100 landscapers licensed by the village, is intended to keep storm drains clear and limit nitrogen runoff into the Great South Bay.

Finally, the Village board is considering a ban on hoverboards and other “motorized personal transport” devices on sidewalks in the downtown business district.




Town of Huntington officials will seek $115,000 in grants for a public art project in Huntington Station.

The money would go toward the “Huntington Station: Moving Forward Together” creative placemaking project.

ArtPlace America earlier this year issued a call for submissions of proposals for its National Creative Placemaking Fund. The fund is expected to award $10.5 million in grants nationwide to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to help build stronger, healthier communities, town officials said.

Placemaking is the planning, design and management of public spaces using multi-faceted ideas and a hands-on approach.

Town officials said the money would be used for the planning and implementation of the Huntington Station project.

The Town’s Public Art Advisory Committee, which recommended the town board seek the funding, wants to build upon past and proposed projects, town officials said. The plan is to implement a new creative placemaking project that would utilize the arts and the work of artists to make the neighborhood more attractive and visitor friendly, highlight the community’s multi-cultural nature, foster visitation to the community and encourage increased economic activity.




Some South Country School District students wanting to jump start their careers and learn how to be successful will have that opportunity next month at a school-sponsored job fair.

Bellport High School recently sent letters to local business professionals inviting them to speak with students at the school’s March 7 career fair.

The working professionals represent several industries and will give career advice to students and parents.

About 400 students are expected to participate in the nearly two-hour event which starts at 11 a.m. in the boy’s gym.

The fair is being held in conjunction with the school’s annual college fair in which roughly 100 colleges are expected to attend.

Officials at the school district and high school didn’t return calls on Tuesday. Professionals interested in volunteering at the fair should call 631-730-1660.




The Suffolk County Department of Health Services is offering residents a free class on managing type-2 diabetes at three different locations around the county.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program helps residents who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes make moderate behavioral changes to reduce their risk. The hour-long classes run for 16 weeks, followed by monthly classes.

“We seek to reverse in Suffolk County the nationwide trend toward increased rates of diabetes. This program addresses the behaviors that contribute to diabetes, a disease that exacts enormous costs to the individual, the family and the community,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in a release.

“Diabetes puts people at risk for many serious health conditions,” said Health Services Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken in the release. “The good news is that moderate changes in lifestyle can help restore blood sugar toward normal levels and result in significant health benefits.”

In Patchogue, classes begin at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and will meet each following Monday through June 13 at the Swezey Medical Pavilion, 103 West Main Street. Contact 631-853-2928 to register.

In Riverhead, classes begin at 6 p.m. March 23 and will meet each following Wednesday through July 6 at the Peconic Bay Medical Center, 1300 Roanoke Avenue. Contact 631-853-3187 to register.

In Hauppauge, classes begin at 5:30 p.m. March 24 and will meet each following Thursday through July 7 at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, 725 Veterans Highway. Contact 631-853-2928 to register.

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