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08/16/17 8:00am
MARTIN BURKE PHOTO Misty dawn Wednesday over West Neck Harbor.

MARTIN BURKE PHOTO Misty dawn Wednesday over West Neck Harbor.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is calling for patchy fog this morning, turning cloudy before clearing before noon with a high today of 86 degrees. Winds will be from the west this morning at 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight will be mostly clear, according to the NWS, with a low around 58 and calm winds swinging around to the north after midnight at about 5 mph.

08/10/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO

One morning in April, Pepe Martinez, co-owner of STARS Café in the Heights, was sworn in as an American citizen along with 152 other people from 38 countries in the federal courthouse in Central Islip (“All American,” April 13).

Officiating at the ceremony was United States District Court Judge Joseph Bianco.

After those to be naturalized took the Oath Of Allegiance to the United States, Judge Bianco spoke about the promise of America, telling a story about his grandfather, who arrived as a young man from Italy in the 1920s, “with nothing, nothing, and becoming an American, and living an American life. What would he say, if when he arrived, he would be told his grandson would be a federal judge?” (more…)

08/01/17 8:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | A beautiful pin oak in the Town Center.

Latin Name: Quercus palustris

Locations: A magnificent, tall pin oak grows in the Town Center between the Library and Town Hall. Because this tree stands alone, it has a full, even spread on all sides.

Tree stats: The native pin oak ranges from the Midwest to the Northeast. The Latin word palus means swamp, which indicates this tree’s preference for moist soil. Despite this preference, it’s a popular landscape and street tree that adapts to various conditions. (more…)

07/14/17 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The group of pets and their owners.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The group of pets and their owners.

On Saturday, July 8th, approximately 40 dogs arrived at the park across from Our Lady of the Isle Church with their owners/companions to be blessed by Father Peter DeSanctis. He commented on how happy and calm the pets were and said that the pets pick up on and respond to the atmosphere in the home. (more…)