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Lake Ronkonkoma-area civic group to discuss future of blighted Bavarian Inn

A sign welcome visitors to Lake Ronkonkoma. (Dec.

(Credit: Carl Corry)

The future of the Bavarian Inn property on Lake Ronkonkoma will be discussed at a meeting of the Nesconset-Sachem Civic Association, at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Smithtown public library’s Nesconset branch, 148 Smithtown Blvd.

The site has been in limbo since April 15, 2007, when the once-popular restaurant and catering hall was shut down by Town of Smithtown fire marshals. Suffolk County holds...

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Sag Harbor director raises funds for rain forest documentary

Kelsey Deaton, 23, of Los Angeles; Travis Kidd,

(Credit: Handout)

In the scenic surroundings of Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead on Saturday, Sag Harbor environmental filmmaker Paul Stoutenburgh will be screening his film about places that are quickly losing their lush and fragile habitats.

The documentary, “Preserving Paradise,” is based on a trip Stoutenburgh took late last year with two partners to the Amazon and Chocó rain forests in Ecuador, where deforestation...

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Shelter Island dog fine hearing today

Shelter Island Town Hall. (July 26, 2012)

(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Here are a few upcoming meetings and events that will be covered by Newsday's Towns reporters.

LOOSE DOGS. The Shelter Island Town board meets today at 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall and will hold a public hearing on a proposal to impose a $25 fine on dogs picked up while running loose and held by animal control officials. Check Mitchell Freedman’s Twitter updates @eastwatch.

HEMPSTEAD VILLAGE...

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Food drive challenge for Lynbrook middle-schoolers

Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

“What does it feel like to be hungry?,” asked Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of the food bank Island Harvest, to a gymnasium filled with 300 students from Lynbrook North and South middle schools.

“Your stomach feels empty and really hurts,” answered Vincent Kelleher, 12, a seventh-grader at Lynbrook North, where the event was held. “If I didn’t have any food I wouldn’t...

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Suffolk police to conduct emergency drill at Connetquot High School

An undated file photo of Connetquot High School.

(Credit: Connetquot High School)

Anyone in the area of Connetquot High School in Bohemia between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow should expect to see a crowd of emergency vehicles and personnel as Suffolk police conduct an emergency drill with staff from the Connetquot Central School District, police said.

The high school is at 90 Seventh St....

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Babylon Town to pay $1.85M to settle stormwater sump suit

Babylon Town Hall, as seen on Dec. 14,

(Credit: Carl Corry)

Babylon Town will pay $1.85 million to a Great Neck-based construction company to settle litigation over nonpayment for a stormwater sump in the town landfill that collapsed as it was being built.

The engineering firm hired by the town to design the project will pay Babylon $875,000.

No parties admitted fault in the agreement, which the town board approved Tuesday.

Great Neck-based...

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Port Washington eyesore to be demolished; 30 parking spots installed

Port Washington has a quaint downtown lined with

(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

The North Hempstead Town board voted at its meeting on Tuesday to begin advertising for bids to demolish an old, vacant home in Port Washington that has long been seen as an eyesore in the community.

The town’s Port Washington Public Parking District purchased the properties at 5 Main St., 1070 Port Washington Blvd., and 6 Ohio Ave. last December, intending to raze the old home on the Port...

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Sagamore Hill National Landmark to receive $150G to repair Sandy-damaged walkway

A bridge along a path at Sagamore Hill

(Credit: Newsday, 2006 / Michael E. Ach)

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will receive $150,000 in emergency federal funding to repair an elevated pedestrian walkway damaged by superstorm Sandy.

The walkway connects to a nature loop trail, crosses a creek and wetlands, and leads to Cold Spring Harbor on the eastern side of the property.

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) announced the funding from the Federal Highway Administration....

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Sandy insurance-claim help offered in Lindenhurst, Babylon

Susan Bivona came back to her house on

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Victims of Sandy who need help with insurance and other aspects of storm recovery are invited to meet with New York State’s Department of Financial Services Friday and Saturday.

Department representatives Friday will be at Lindenhurst Library, 1 Lee Ave., Lindenhurst, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, representatives will be at American Legion Hall, 22 Grove Place, Babylon Village,...

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Speonk groundwater pollution study to be explained by Department of Environmental Conservation officials

State environmental officials will hold a public meeting next Wednesday to give people in the Speonk area the results of a two-year study into a 2-mile-long plume of groundwater pollution that, officials say, originated at a former lumber yard on Speonk-Riverhead Road.

The Department of Environmental Conservation began a $5 million cleanup of the area around the former Best Building Supply...

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