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Sophia Chang

I cover the town of Islip as well as the villages of Brightwaters and Islandia. Whether it's municipal issues, health topics, or bizarre news, I want to help readers understand what's going on in their world from local to global. Please contact me and my colleague Candice Ruud with any relevant article ideas or news tips — we’re always eager for a good story.

Islip supervisor Tom Croci set to return on Wednesday

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, left, greets American

(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) will be among the welcoming crowd greeting returning Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci at his welcome-home party Wednesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Croci is returning from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as U.S. Navy commander.

Zeldin plans to present Croci with a New York State Liberty Medal upon state Senate approval.

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Islip adopts disaster-preparation plan

Islip Town Hall West in 2011. The Islip

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Islip Town Board has adopted a comprehensive plan for disaster preparation.

The board last week unanimously voted to accept Suffolk County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is meant to help municipalities prepare for natural disasters. Town officials worked with Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for two years to revise the town’s original hazard mitigation.

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