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Babylon, Islip getting nearly $500G from state to fix potholes

The towns of Babylon and Islip are getting

(Credit: James Carbone)

The state is helping Babylon and Islip Town residents drive a little more smoothly over area roads.

State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) has announced that more than $484,000 is being allocated for pothole repairs in Islip and Babylon towns. The money is part of the $40 million that has been designated for pothole repair in the state budget.

Babylon Town will receive $142,047, while the...

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Bay Shore microbrewery gets OK for larger bar

Richard Sobotka, owner of Great South Bay Brewery,

(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Islip’s only microbrewery is getting a larger bar to showcase its frosty beverages.

The Islip Town planning board approved the Great South Bay Brewery’s application for a special permit to operate a larger bar inside its site at 25 Drexel Dr. in Bay Shore.

The board voted 5-1 to approve the permit at its Thursday meeting. Board member Michael Kennedy voted against the application.

The...

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Father shears son's hair for St. Baldrick's, marking mom's recovery

Joseph Incalcatera, 65, of Islip, cuts the hair

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

It’s been almost a year since Joseph Incalcatera, 35, of Islip, cut his wavy reddish-blonde hair, and will probably be another before doing so again. This time, Incalcatera took it further -- upping the ante by cutting his beard, mustache and eyebrows -- and all for a good cause.  Incalcatera’s locks raised $4,500 for the annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event, held last Sunday...

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Islip gives two businesses tax breaks for hiring

Islip Town Hall West in 2011. The Town

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

The Town of Islip’s Industrial Development Agency is giving tax incentives to two businesses that would create 20 new jobs and keep dozens more in the area.

The town is offering Carson Optical and M&M Canvas & Awning each a 10-year property tax abatement and sales and mortgage recording tax exemptions totaling $714,000, according to officials, as incentive to keep and bring business...

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Islip Town holds housing lottery for 15 houses

Islip Town Hall is located at 655 Main

(Credit: Erin Geismar)

With a little bit of luck, 15 families may find a new home in Islip.

The town’s Community Development Agency held a housing lottery for 15 houses in the town on Feb. 11. Families were chosen for the lottery based on required income and credit guidelines, and will now have to prove to the CDA that their incomes can handle the required mortgage payments. The chosen applicants, all first-time...

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Students give jeans for homeless teens

Students from seven high schools in Islip helped donate more than 1,400 pairs of jeans for a national group that aids homeless teens.

The denim will go to the Teens for Jeans program, which has doled out about 3.5 million pairs to those in need around the country in the past seven years.

Students at the following high schools ran the drives in the past several weeks: Islip, Sachem East,...

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