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Roundup: New Oyster Bay speed limit, break-in forum

Speed limit on busy road now at 35 mph
The Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday lowered the speed limit on busy Underhill Boulevard from Jackson Avenue in the downtown business district to Jericho Turnpike from 45 mph to 35 mph.

Councilman Chris Coschignano said the action stemmed from requests from local civic and PTA groups after several accidents on the road that is used as a bypass for Jackson Avenue.

There were no speakers at a hearing before the vote.

Neighborhood group to discuss break-in
The Brightwaters Neighborhood Watch plans to hold a general meeting Monday and discuss a recent attempted break-in.

The hourlong meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Library at 1 South Country Rd. in Brightwaters.

Brightwaters Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Carmine Chiappetta said in October, a local home was the target of an attempted robbery.

“Last month we had an attempted break-in through pet doors,” he said. The suspects fled after “they tried to undo the door and they tripped the alarm.” He said there was a similar incident in May.

Chiappetta said transportation may be provided to residents who want to attend the meeting.

Trustees to vote on architectural panel

Trustees in the Village of Flower Hill will vote next month on whether to create a new architectural review committee.

“We’re taking the building permit committee, changing the name and giving it some teeth,” Mayor Elaine Phillips said at a Nov. 4 public hearing on the proposed law.

The committee would be an advisory body to the board of trustees and would have three members, including one trustee. Members would examine construction projects with an eye toward surrounding property values, land use and the overall appearance of the village, according to the proposed law, and make recommendations to the board of trustees, which will decide whether applications should be approved.

Trustees are slated to vote on the creation of the committee at their Dec. 2 meeting.

Students to perform at concert Dec. 3
After rehearsing for three months in a renovated carriage house in downtown Riverhead, nine middle and high school student musicians from central and eastern Long Island are scheduled to give a free concert — their only public performance — on Dec. 3 at the Eastern campus of Suffolk County Community College.

The students were selected to take part in the Music Masters Fellowship Program offered by the Riverhead-based East End Arts, a nine-week tuition-free string ensemble workshop run this year by professional cellist Nico Olarte-Hayes, who has given solo performances at Lincoln Center and was assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra in 2011.

The East End Arts program started in 2011, and the student band that year gave a rock concert. The students this year range in age from 12 to 17, and there are five violins, one viola, two cellos and one double bass. The musicians come from Riverhead, Westhampton Beach, Sachem High School North and the Bellport Middle School.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Shinnecock Building on the community college campus on Speonk-Riverhead Road.

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