Hearing on water system some oppose
A $2.4 million water system proposed for about 50 homes in the Babylon Town community of Oak Beach will get a public hearing Sept. 1.
The town board is scheduled to hear public comment but is not expected to immediately decide on whether to move forward with the project, which some Oak Beach residents oppose.
Homeowners who now pay about $300 a year for well water would see their bills jump to about $1,500 on the centralized system and could not opt out.
Town and Suffolk County health officials say the independently run water systems that now serve those residents violate sanitary code requirements. Testing has shown the presence of E. coli bacteria and elevated levels of iron, copper and lead, according to a July town report.
The proposed replacement system would still rely on well water but would correct those violations and increase resiliency, according to the report.
Some residents who would be affected say a new system would be a needless expense because their water is tested regularly and they have their own filtration systems.
Owners of about 150 homes on Oak Beach that officials say do not have problems with drinking water supply will not be obliged to join the replacement system. --NICHOLAS SPANGLER
Runoff election on Sept. 8 after tie
The village has scheduled a runoff election for Sept. 8 after certifying a tie.
The trustee contest pits incumbent Andrew Weinberg against Leslie Fastenberg. They each received 178 votes in the June 16 election.
Fastenberg was a write-in candidate who initially trailed Weinberg by three votes, village officials reported in June. The issue was argued in state Supreme Court in Nassau.
The village's board of trustees held a special meeting on Aug. 6 to set the date for the runoff election.
Fastenberg had run with Cory Baker and Marina Chimerine as write-ins of the New Voice of Old Westbury Party. Chimerine and Baker won two trustee spots, defeating incumbents Christopher Sauvigne and Harvey Simpson. Baker and Chimerine have been sworn in to office.
The voting is to take place at Village Hall, 1 Store Hill Rd., between noon and 9 p.m.
A coin toss put Fastenberg on the first line of the ballot and Weinberg on the second. --SCOTT EIDLER
FEMA funds fire safety training
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded nearly $20,000 to the Floral Park Centre Fire Company for training programs for firefighters and at-risk youth.
Fire prevention funds worth $18,086 were announced Friday by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) to include sprinkler and smoke alarm awareness training. Funding will also cover risk assessment, exercises, safety code education and juvenile firesetter intervention.
The program will focus on children between the ages of 12 and 17 who have shown arson- or other fire-related behavior. Parents and children will be instructed about fire safety and how to reduce the risk of accidental home fires.
The funding is part of a nationwide $34 million program by FEMA for fire prevention programs.
"It's important to remember that a fire department's most effective tool is prevention," Rice said in a news release. "By reducing the frequency of fire-related emergencies, this grant will not only ensure the safety of the Floral Park community, but it will mitigate risk to the department's firefighters as well. I look forward to continue working with the federal government and local first responders to find more ways to save lives through education, detection and prevention." --JOHN ASBURY
Historic district zone decision delayed
The Huntington Town Board will delay its decision for a zone change within a historic district where an urgent-care facility is proposed.
The board had until Sept. 7 to decide to go from a residential district to C-1 zoning, which allows only professional offices, funeral homes, art or music studios, and day care centers on the lot at Park Avenue and Route 25A within the Old Huntington Green Historic District.
Preservationists have objected to the plan over its design and have been in discussions with Deer Park developer Dominick Mavellia on how to make the style more in line with the look of the area.
Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said the latest design was just recently given to the preservationist by the developer so the board felt it should give more time for review. "We felt at this point it just wouldn't be right to go forward," Petrone said.
The board voted 5-0 at Tuesday's town board meeting to extend the time to make a decision to Dec. 6.
Mavellia has proposed a 3,000-square-foot urgent-care facility and a 7,000-square-foot building that would be leased by the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. George Washington once ate at an establishment that was on the site, contributing to its historical significance.
The town board held a public hearing on the zone change application on June 9 and is required to vote within 90 days of the hearing. --DEBORAH S. MORRIS
Seaside Spectacular car show Sept. 19
Supervisor Kate Murray has announced that vintage car collectors can register for the town's Seaside Spectacular Collectors Car Show, Sept. 19 at Town Park Point Lookout.
"For classic car collectors and enthusiasts, there's nothing better than a lovely day at a beautiful beach side park with hundreds of vintage cars to enjoy," Murray said in a news release. "Now is the time to send in your entry form and reserve your space."
The event is Long Island's largest collectors' car show, featuring several hundred cars, awards, live music and giveaways for participants.
The show, open to cars from 1990 and earlier, is from noon to 4 p.m. Car check-in is from 10 a.m. to noon. There's a $10 entry fee for each car entered, but no charge for spectators.
Thanks to support from outside businesses, live music will be provided by the band Blue Angel. WBZO/103.1 FM, "Max 103.1," will be on hand to provide entertainment throughout the day.
First-, second- and third-place award plaques will be given for cars in 15 categories.
The car show participants are the judges.
The first 400 cars registered will get a dashboard plaque.
Car owners can preregister until Sept. 14, or on the day of the event between 10 a.m. and noon, but space is limited.
The rain date for the car show is Sept. 20.
Applications can be obtained through the town's website at toh.li or by calling 516-812-3496. --SID CASSESE
Concert Wednesday at historical park
The Lindenhurst Historical Society is sponsoring a free concert in the village on Wednesday.
The Harbormen Barbershop Chorus, an a cappella group, will perform at the 1901 Restored LIRR Depot and Freight House at Irmisch Historical Park. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. but those arriving beforehand can take a guided tour of the depot, which will open at 6:30 p.m. The depot was first used in March 1901 but by the 1960s the tracks had become an elevated commuter line and the depot became obsolete. In 1969, the depot was moved to its current spot and became a museum for railroad memorabilia.
The park is at the triangle formed by South Broadway, South 3rd Street and Kent Avenue. South Broadway will be closed to traffic from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concert. Soft drinks and light snacks will be available for a small donation, but attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments. --DENISE M. BONILLA
Rally offers school supplies, backpacks
Backpacks and other school supplies will be available free to about 600 children at an event hosted by the Islip Town Branch NAACP on Aug. 29 in Central Islip, an organizer said.
The sixth annual "Back to School/Stay in School Rally," to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Institute of Technology's Central Islip Campus, 300 Carleton Ave., aims to give children from Bay Shore, Brentwood and Central Islip school districts the items they need for a productive school year, said April Seneus, assistant secretary of the NAACP chapter.
Students from other areas are also welcome, Seneus said, but the program's aim is for children in those three hamlets.
"There are families in these areas who could use some financial relief in this time of year," Seneus said. "These are the areas within the town that seem to have a higher level of families in need."
At last year's event, 600 backpacks were given out and 1,000 people were fed with refreshments such as hot dogs, water, chips and juice -- the same food that will be available to guests this year, Seneus said. Other giveaways, games and activities will also be a part of the day.
Donations fund most of the event and its supplies, the biggest donors being North Shore LIJ-Health System's Southside Hospital, Target, Citibank and Suffolk Transportation Service, Seneus said.
"We're just looking to help kids be successful in school by supplying them with the things they need to help them in their first steps in being successful," she said.
Those seeking more information, or who wish to donate, can call the Islip Town NAACP Branch at 631-348-4781. --SARAH ARMAGHAN