Gas station project
A proposal for the long-debated Bolla Oil gas station project on Main Street in Bay Shore has been submitted to the Town of Islip's planning board.
Roger Delisle of Island Associates Real Estate Inc., a Smithtown-based development firm that owns three parcels that make up the one-acre plot, submitted the proposal on March 5, records show.
Delisle, under the company 301 West Main Street LLC, requested a change of zone for each of the parcels to allow for greater density on the property.
A special permit was also requested for a gasoline service station and a 2,500-square-foot convenience store, according to the application. The number of parking spaces required is 25, but the proposal seeks 17.
The site on the north side of Main Street between Sunset Road and Seafield Lane, with three dilapidated buildings, has been vacant for the past 14 years. Island Associates has been fined three times since 2009 for the site's appearance, and Islip's crews have cleaned up graffiti several times.
The proposal also requires review by the Suffolk County Planning Commission because the site is within 500 feet of the border with the Village of Brightwaters.
Bolla Oil president and chief executive Harry Singh met with skeptical area residents during three meetings since December, but critics still say the project is too large for the site and could generate pollution and additional traffic.
An Islip planning board public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 3.
Another fee waiver
The Hempstead Town Board today is to consider extending fee waivers for the fifth time -- to June 30 -- for town building department permits for Sandy-related reconstruction and repair.
The board at its meeting also plans to extend the fee waiver for the replacement of documents lost in the October 2012 storm, including marriage licenses and other materials furnished by the town clerk.
"The Town of Hempstead remains committed to helping every superstorm Sandy victim recover and rebuild," town Supervisor Kate Murray said. "We are confident that waiving fees on building permits and replacement documents for those residents affected by Sandy will go a long way toward the recovery effort."
Specifically, fees will be waived for town building department permits for "in-kind" reconstruction and replacement of homes damaged by Sandy in unincorporated areas of the town. Residents of incorporated villages should check requirements of their local villages.
Hempstead Town residents who lost important documents such as birth certificates and passports because of Sandy will not have to pay the town fees for replacement copies.
won't go on at yard
Smithtown Town Board members unanimously approved a bid that relocates the grinding of tree stumps and debris from the Montclair Avenue highway yard after neighbors complained of dust and noise.
The board voted 5-0 to rescind a $210,000 bid awarded in December to All Island Excavating Corp. to grind the material at the St. James highway yard. In its place, the board approved All Island's $385,000 bid to transport and dispose of the material off-site.
Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said he called the special meeting on Friday after receiving complaints from residents about excessive grinding noise.
Vecchio has said the town will cover the $175,000 increase with reserve funds, which the board unanimously voted to give the town comptroller authority to transfer.
Robert DeMoustes, 65, lives on Montclair Avenue and has complained about the noise and dust.
"On behalf of the residents of Montclair Avenue, we would greatly like to thank you for your appreciation in this matter and we hope that we can move forward in the future with such kind of resolve," he told the board at the Friday meeting.
Vecchio said Smithtown entered into a consent decree with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to remove excess debris from superstorm Sandy or face a $450,000 fine.
St. Baldrick's event
held in teen's honor
Dylan McCormack, 13, got a respite from chemotherapy and surgery on Sunday by spending time with hundreds of other teens at the fifth annual St. Baldrick's Fundraiser at the Changing Times Ale House in East Northport.
This year's event, designed to raise money to support research for children's cancers, was held in Dylan's honor. St. Baldrick's events include participants shaving their heads in solidarity with children who usually lose their hair during cancer treatment.
Since the Commack teen was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in August, he has undergone 10 chemotherapy treatments and six surgeries, including two major reconstruction surgeries on his right leg.
"Everybody loves the event," said Changing Times co-owner Eddie Plitt, 48, of Deer Park. "We have kids; we have adult women who shave their heads. Everybody jumps on the cause."
Teens made up a significant portion of those getting shaved.
"It seemed like a fun idea, and it's for a good cause," said Kevin Gelabert, 13, of Northport.
The Changing Times event was the third for Kevin and his teammates from the Northport-Huntington Hockey League. The team raised $2,400.
The St. Baldrick's event was brought to Changing Times in 2010 by Wayne Forte, 43, of East Northport, who heard about the movement from a member of his Cub Scout troop.
"We've raised over $280,000 in the past five years," Forte said.
Through donations and merchandise sales, the Changing Times Ale House raised more than $50,000 last year and Plitt said he hopes to reach that goal again this year.