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beach hut contract canceled in suffolk


the exterior of beach hut at meschutt beach county park in hampton bays on dec. 3, 2015. photo credit: gordon m. grant by rick [email protected] @newsdaybrand updated january 19, 2018 5:49 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailsuffolk county on friday canceled its $2.8 million annual contract with beach hut, operator of food and bar concessions at smith point and two other county beaches. the company had pleaded guilty last month to criminal charges of failure to pay sales and income taxes.philip berdolt, county parks commissioner, said the county sent a letter to beach hut friday terminating the contracts, which date to 1999 and still had years to run. he said suffolk will advertise a request for proposals to other firms to take over the concessions by memorial day w






suffolk marathon’s freedomfest canceled, but race still on, official says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe start of the suffolk county marathon at heckscher state park in east islip on sunday, sep 13, 2015. (credit: steven ryan) organizers of the suffolk county marathon have canceled the freedomfest portion of the event because of stormy weather predicted for sunday, a county official said. jason elan, a suffolk county spokesman, said saturday morning that the festival, which was to have three stages of live music from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and benefit military veterans, has been canceled. the marathon itself will...






suffolk marathon’s freedomfest canceled, but race still on, official says


organizers of the suffolk county marathon have canceled the freedomfest portion of the event because of stormy weather predicted for sunday, a county official said. jason elan, a suffolk county spokesman, said saturday morning that the festival, which was to have three stages of live music from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and benefit military veterans, has been canceled. advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe marathon itself will take place, elan said. the suffolk marathon, a qualifier race for the 2019 boston marathon, was scheduled to have three events happening at the same time — the race, the festival and a beer garden. the long island beer, wine and spirit garden is part of freedomfest, so that portion has been canceled as well, elan said.






suffolk marathon’s freedomfest canceled, but race still on, official says


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe start of the suffolk county marathon at heckscher state park in east islip on sunday, sep 13, 2015. (credit: steven ryan) a stormy and soggy forecast for sunday led suffolk county marathon organizers to call off festivities that typically draw thousands.the freedomfest: taste of long island festival portion of the event, which was to have three stages of live music from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and benefit military veterans, has been canceled, said jason elan, a suffolk county spokesman.the long island beer,...






long island weather: winter storm watch for suffolk thursday


steers beach in northport, on jan. 1, 2018, after the annual polar bear plunge was canceled. forecasters said near-blizzard conditions are possible in suffolk starting late wednesday, jan. 3, 2018. photo credit: johnny milano near-blizzard conditions and up to 8 inches of snow are possible for suffolk starting late wednesday, forecasters said, with a deep freeze expected across all of long island for friday into early sunday.drivers can expect hazardous conditions for the duration of the storm, the national weather service said tuesday afternoon. suffolk county will be under a winter storm watch beginning...






mastic beach home damaged by fire, suffolk officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya fire damages a house on elm road west in mastic beach on tuesday, march 28, 2017. firefighters from mastic beach, mastic, brookhaven and center moriches fought the blaze, officials said. (credit: john walthers) a fire damaged a home in mastic beach early tuesday, but officials said no one in the residence was injured.the fire at the home on elm road west was reported in a 911 call at 7:19 a.m., suffolk county police said.suffolk county fire officials said that firefighters from mastic beach, mastic, brookhaven and center moriches responded and extinguished the blaze, which photos showed burned...






mastic beach home damaged by fire, suffolk officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya morning fire damaged a home on elm road west in mastic beach on tuesday, march 28, 2017, but officials said no one in the residence was injured. (credit: fully involved media group / john walthers) a fire damaged a home in mastic beach early tuesday, but officials said no one in the residence was injured.the fire at the home on elm road west was reported in a 911 call at 7:19 a.m., suffolk county police said.suffolk county fire officials said that firefighters from mastic beach, mastic, brookhaven and center moriches responded and extinguished the blaze, which photos showed burned...






food vendor for suffolk, babylon to pay unpaid back taxes


mambo night at the meschutt beach hut in hampton bays, july 19, 2017. photo credit: marisol diaz in a case prompted by a continuing suffolk comptroller audit, a food concessionaire for babylon town and the county has agreed to pay $1.114 million in unpaid state and county sales tax and penalties for sales made between 2012 and 2016. the beach hut concessions at suffolk’s smith point and cupsogue beaches, babylon’s tanner park and venetian shores as well as marchello’s garden grill in...






long beach teachers get contract that includes salary increases


advertisement | advertise on newsdayan exterior view of the long beach school district's administration building in long beach on dec. 1, 2016. (credit: newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) the long beach school board of education has reached an agreement with its teachers association after two years of negotiations that calls for 0.5 and 0.75 percent salary increases over the term of the contract.the members of the long beach classroom teachers association will receive a salary increase in four years of the five-year contract starting with 0.5 percent for this school year and...






vacant house in mastic beach catches fire, suffolk police say


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfirefighters work to put down a fire in a vacant house on maywood drive in mastic early saturday, april 1, 2017. departments from mastic beach, mastic and brookhaven responded to the blaze, suffolk county police said. (credit: john walthers) suffolk county police arson detectives are investigating a fire at a vacant mastic beach residence that went up in flames early saturday.officials responded to a fire at the home on maywood dive around 4:15 a.m., a police spokeswoman said.a photo taken at the scene shows firefighters attacking the fire using hoses from the exterior of the structure, which appears to have significant...






suffolk marathon’s freedomfest canceled, but race still on, official says


a stormy and soggy forecast for sunday led suffolk county marathon organizers to call off festivities that typically draw thousands.the freedomfest: taste of long island festival portion of the event, which was to have three stages of live music from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and benefit military veterans, has been canceled, said jason elan, a suffolk county spokesman.most popularthe long island beer, wine and spirit garden — also part of freedomfest — has been canceled as well, elan said.all races, including the marathon, half-marathon, 5k race and 4-person relay, will go ahead as planned, officials said.“rain or shine, i encourage all runners to join me tomorrow for our third annual race,” said suffolk county executive steve bellone in a statement.there is a weather contingency plan for the races






vacant house in mastic beach catches fire, suffolk police say


suffolk county police arson detectives are investigating a fire at a vacant mastic beach residence that went up in flames early saturday.officials responded to a fire at the home on maywood dive around 4:15 a.m., a police spokeswoman said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaya photo taken at the scene shows firefighters attacking the fire using hoses from the exterior of the structure, which appears to have significant fire and smoke damage. a call to the mastic beach fire department was not immediately returned saturday morning.no injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the spokeswoman said.long islandrecent li fires






mastic beach home damaged by fire, suffolk officials say


a fire damaged a home in mastic beach early tuesday, but officials said no one in the residence was injured.the fire at the home on elm road west was reported in a 911 call at 7:19 a.m., suffolk county police said.advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county fire officials said that firefighters from mastic beach, mastic, brookhaven and center moriches responded and extinguished the blaze, which photos showed burned through a front entrance and the roof of the home.officials said everyone managed to escape.police said arson squad detectives were investigating the cause of the fire.long islandrecent li fires






manslaughter trial over sound beach woman’s death begins


advertisement | advertise on newsdaychristopher campbell, 36, of sound beach, was charged tuesday, sept. 6, 2016, with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, just as his trial on a lesser charge was about to begin, suffolk prosecutors said. (credit: scda) a sound beach woman almost made it home the night of oct. 18, 2014, walking drunk and occasionally veering into the road, until she was hit and killed by a neighbor’s box truck. suffolk prosecutors told a jury tuesday that the neighbor was also drunk — and that’s why he fled the scene.but attorneys for the driver, christopher campbell, 37, argued the case against him is so weak it’s practically...






mastic beach man at center of drug case controversy re-arrested


corey robinson, 24, of mastic beach, turned himself in to suffolk police on saturday, nov. 4, 2017, officials said. photo credit: scpd a mastic beach man at the center of a drug case that ignited a war of words between the suffolk county police department and the district attorney’s office was rearrested saturday morning on a lesser felony charge, three days after the original charge was dropped.corey robinson, 24, turned himself in to the police department’s seventh precinct in shirley early saturday on a charge of fifth-degree...






mastic beach man at center of drug case controversy re-arrested


corey robinson, 24, of mastic beach, turned himself in to suffolk police on saturday, nov. 4, 2017, officials said. photo credit: scpd a mastic beach man at the center of a drug case that ignited a war of words between the suffolk county police department and the district attorney’s office was rearrested saturday morning on a lesser felony charge, three days after the original charge was dropped.corey robinson, 24, turned himself in to the police department’s seventh precinct in shirley early saturday morning on a charge...






washed-up military flare detonated at smith point county park


a military marker flare that had washed up onto the beach at smith point county park in shirley sunday morning, causing a partial evacuation, was detonated in the afternoon, suffolk county police said.there were no reported injuries and the closed area was reopened to the public at about 1 p.m. shortly after the device was detonated.most popularauthorities had not yet determined the age or origin of the device, but a photograph posted sunday on the suffolk county parks department website showed it as a silver cylinder with a label reading: “to arm: rotate cover to armed position. to disarm: rotate cover to safe position.”the sound of the detonation was heard shortly before 1 p.m. — about four hours after the parks main office received a call about 9 a.m. from an unidentified person reporti






nws: tropical storm watch canceled as jose weakens


with jose now a tropical storm offshore, long island can expect lingering impacts in the form of high surf and coastal flooding, but no longer from wind and rain, forecasters said.a tropical storm watch that had been in effect for suffolk county has been canceled. jose will continue “to slowly weaken” as it passes southeast of the island, the national weather service said.most popularof main concern are high surf and dangerous rip currents at atlantic ocean beaches, said the service’s upton office, with minor to locally moderate coastal flooding.“beach hazards are the primary concern at this point,” said melissa dispigna, weather service meteorologist in upton.as for jose’s impact overnight, westhampton dunes mayor gary vegliante said at about 9 a.m. that the area is “all good,” with water






nws: tropical storm watch canceled as jose weakens


with jose, now a tropical storm to the southeast of long island, the area can expect some gusty winds wednesday, with the continuing threat of coastal impacts.a tropical storm watch that had been in effect for suffolk county has been canceled. jose will continue “to slowly weaken” as it passes southeast of the island, the national weather service said.most popularof main concern are high surf and dangerous rip currents at atlantic ocean beaches, said the service’s upton office, with minor to locally moderate coastal flooding.fisherman george rivadeneira braves giant sea swells below montauk point lighthouse wednesday. #montaukpoint #hurricanejose @newsday @news12lia post shared by mark harrington (@mhlongisland) on sep 20, 2017 at 5:43am pdt“beach hazards are the primary concern at this po






residents to sue suffolk and state, alleging exposure to chemical


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycathy green listens as her husband, al green, describes his medical illnesses, which he attributes to contaminated water he used while living near gabreski air national guard base in westhampton beach. al green, who was interviewed on monday, march 20, 2017, is among residents who have filed a notice of claim that they plan to sue suffolk county and the state. (credit: joseph d. sullivan) about 200 residents plan to file a lawsuit against suffolk county and the state, alleging they were exposed to a hazardous chemical used for decades by firefighters at gabreski air national guard base in westhampton beach, their attorneys said monday.new york state added the air base to its superfund list in september after sampling of water supplies detected perfluoroo






residents to sue suffolk and state, alleging exposure to chemical


advertisement | advertise on newsdaycathy green listens as her husband, al green, describes his medical illnesses, which he attributes to contaminated water he used while living near gabreski air national guard base in westhampton beach. al green, who was interviewed on monday, march 20, 2017, is among residents who have filed a notice of claim that they plan to sue suffolk county and the state. (credit: joseph d. sullivan) about 200 residents plan to file a lawsuit against suffolk county and the state, alleging they were exposed to a hazardous chemical used for decades by firefighters at gabreski air national guard base in westhampton beach, their attorneys said monday.new york state added the air base to its superfund list in september after sampling of water supplies detected perfluoroo






3 men arrested, large amount of fentanyl seized in raid, police say


suffolk county police commissioner timothy sini holds images of three men charged with multiple offenses after authorities seized 725 grams of fentanyl in a raid of a mastic beach house at a news briefing at police headquarters in yaphank on saturday, oct. 28, 2017. photo credit: newsday / jean-paul salamanca authorities arrested three men and seized enough opioid fentanyl to make 1.1 million street doses during a raid of a mastic beach home, officials said saturday.the trio face multiple charges in connection with possessing 725 grams of fentanyl, suffolk police commissioner timothy sini said at a news conference saturday at police headquarters. sini said suffolk police and other law enforcement...






vehicular manslaughter trial in suffolk takes sudden turn


advertisement | advertise on newsdaychristopher campbell, of sound beach, leaves first district court in central islip april 14, 2015, after being charged in the october 2014, hit-and-run death of tracy mangino, of miller place. (credit: james carbone) the vehicular manslaughter trial of a sound beach man took a last-minute detour thursday when a suffolk prosecutor tried to question the medical examiner about whether an intoxicated driver was capable of staying in his lane.the question drew an immediate objection from defense attorneys, prompting the judge to halt testimony and hear legal arguments.chief medical examiner michael...






food vendor for suffolk, babylon to pay unpaid back taxes


mambo night at the meschutt beach hut in hampton bays, july 19, 2017. photo credit: marisol diaz by rick [email protected] @newsdaybrand updated december 18, 2017 8:56 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailin a case prompted by a continuing suffolk comptroller audit, a food concessionaire for babylon town and the county has agreed to pay $1.114 million in unpaid state and county sales tax and penalties for sales made between 2012 and 2016. the beach hut concessions at suffolk’s smith point and cupsogue beaches, babylon’s tanner park and venetian shores as well as marchello’s garden grill in smithtown, which has the same ownership, failed to pay $296,000 in sales tax on $3.4 million in sales.according to prosecutors, frederick marsilio, part-owner of beach hut restaura






oak beach residents grapple with more water system disruptions


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county officials recently distributed flyers to oak beach residents warning them that their tap water may pose a public health risk. (credit: barry sloan) suffolk county urged oak beach residents this month not to drink from their taps after breakdowns in a distribution system compromised water quality and temporarily left faucets running dry in at least seven homes, officials said.the episode was the latest to spark concern over the condition of the water that three privately run systems draw from wells into 57 homes in the barrier beach community...






dozen-plus flights canceled out of ontario airport


ontario >> united airlines canceled more than a dozen flights in and out of ontario international airport friday morning as the region is expected to be hit with the biggest rainstorm of the winter.as of noon, united has canceled six inbound and seven outbound flights, airport spokesman dan adamus said.“we’re taking all the precautions,” he said. “it’s mother nature. we’re hoping for the best and preparing for what’s coming.”southwest says it expects to cancel, delay or divert flights out of ontario, john wayne airport, burbank, los angeles, long beach, oakland, sacramento, san diego, san francisco and san jose airports because of the storm.“in the state of california, we’ve proactively canceled more than 250 flights and expect the number to stay around there for today,” a spokespers






oak beach residents grapple with more water system disruptions


suffolk county urged oak beach residents this month not to drink from their taps after breakdowns in a distribution system compromised water quality and temporarily left faucets running dry in at least seven homes, officials said.the episode was the latest to spark concern over the condition of the water that three privately run systems draw from wells into 57 homes in the barrier beach community next to ocean parkway. suffolk county has repeatedly flagged them for health risks, and babylon town plans to replace them with a public water system by 2019. some homeowners have questioned the need for the new infrastructure, especially given its $3 million price tag, but others said it’s worth it.most popular“to have peace of mind . . . we’re willing to take on that additional cost,” said laure






joey gibson, organizer of saturday's canceled rally, handcuffed after running at


joey gibson, the founder of the patriot prayer group that organized saturday's canceled rally in san francisco, was handcuffed after running at police sunday. it was not immediately clear how many arrests were made in the incident. gibson announced on friday that his group had canceled its “freedom rally” at crissy field beach in san francisco.“it doesn’t seem safe, a lot of people’s lives are going to be in danger tomorrow,” he said during an interview with unite america first.






fire destroys vacant store in mastic beach, officials say


a vacant hardware store burned to the frames in mastic beach tuesday afternoon, authorities said.the building, once the smitty true value store at 211 mastic beach rd., started burning just before 4:15 p.m. in an inferno that took about a dozen fire departments to subdue, officials said. most popular“i was sitting outside . . . and i looked behind me and i was like ‘wow,’ ” said antonio jones, a hair cutter at supreme cuts barbershop at the nearby strip mall. “it was shocking for me that there was a fire next door because it’s an abandoned building.”he said all he could see was a cloud of black smoke, then the flames about 20 minutes later as firefighters started gaining control of the blaze.about a dozen fire departments helped bring the blaze under control by about 5:45 p.m., according t






washed-up military flare detonated at smith point county park


a military marker flare that had washed up onto the beach at smith point county park in shirley sunday morning, causing a partial evacuation, was detonated in the afternoon, suffolk county police said.there were no reported injuries and the closed area was reopened to the public at about 1 p.m., shortly after the device was detonated.most popularauthorities had not yet determined the age or origin of the device, but a photograph posted sunday on the suffolk county parks department website showed it as a silver cylinder with a label reading: “to arm: rotate cover to armed position. to disarm: rotate cover to safe position.”the detonation happened about four hours after the parks main office received a call at about 9 a.m. reporting the device had been found on the off-roading part of the be






up to 6 inches of snow possible thursday on li, nws says


steers beach in northport, jan. 1, 2018, after the announcement of the cancellation of the annual polar bear plunge. photo credit: johnny milano the first week of the new year brings continued frigid cold and then a shot of snow, with a winter storm watch issued for all of thursday for suffolk county, forecasters said.“snow accumulations of 6 or more inches are possible” in suffolk, the national weather service said, adding that those out on the road should “plan on difficult travel conditions, including the morning and evening commute...






sound beach man’s ex-girlfriend to testify in manslaughter trial


advertisement | advertise on newsdaychristopher campbell, of sound beach, and his attorney robert a. macedonio leave first district court in central islip on april 14, 2015. (credit: james carbone) there’s no question the testimony of a sound beach contractor’s ex-girlfriend will be damaging to him, but a suffolk judge set limits tuesday on how much damage she’ll be allowed to cause.the next witness in the vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated trial of christopher campbell, 37, is his ex-girlfriend, christine evko.because there is no evidence of campbell’s blood-alcohol...






home prices spike in nassau, rise modestly in suffolk


a scarce supply of homes for sale drove prices up dramatically in nassau county last month and more modestly in suffolk county.the median price in nassau for a closed home sale was $511,000 in september, up 9.9 percent from a year earlier, the multiple listing service of long island reported tuesday.advertisement | advertise on newsdayin suffolk, homes sold for a median price of $360,000, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous september.the number of sales fell by 11.5 percent in nassau and rose by 4.9 percent in suffolk, compared with the year-ago period, listing service figures show. those trends appear likely to continue, with the number of homes going into contract last month falling annually by 5.7 percent in nassau and rising year-over-year by 8.1 percent in suffolk.a shortage of h






sini defeats perini in suffolk district attorney contest


suffolk county police commissioner timothy sini, a democrat, defeated republican ray perini to win the suffolk county district attorney race on wednesday, nov. 8, 2017. suffolk police commissioner timothy sini handily defeated republican ray perini in the race for suffolk district attorney on tuesday night, promising to restore integrity to the office.“together we have ushered in a new era of criminal justice in suffolk county, an era of integrity, fairness and doing the right thing,” sini told nearly 200 supporters at his campaign headquarters in hauppauge....






long beach teachers get contract that includes salary increases


the long beach school board of education has reached an agreement with its teachers association after two years of negotiations that calls for 0.5 and 0.75 percent salary increases over the term of the contract.the members of the long beach classroom teachers association will receive a salary increase in four years of the five-year contract starting with 0.5 percent for this school year and next, then rising to 0.75 percent in years 2018-19 and 2019-20.most popularthose currently on step 17 or higher will also receive a $300 payment this year. “steps” are the annual increases built into teachers’ pay schedules based upon years of employment. typically, such schedules encompass 20 to 30 pay levels known as steps, which teachers ascend year by year — even when contracts expire — until they r






sound beach man’s former girlfriend testifies against him


advertisement | advertise on newsdaychristopher campbell, of sound beach, and his attorney robert a. macedonio leave first district court in central islip on april 14, 2015. (credit: james carbone) for the first time, a suffolk county jury heard evidence wednesday that a sound beach contractor was intoxicated the night he hit and killed a neighbor and left the scene in his box truck.the assessment that christopher campbell, 37, was drunk the night of oct. 18, 2014, came from his now former girlfriend, a part-time bartender. campbell is on trial in central islip, charged with...






ny bets big on aging nuke plants, balancing jobs, safety


oswego, n.y. (ap) — when the nine mile point reactor first went online, richard nixon was president, the beatles were still a band and three mile island, chernobyl and ushima weren’t yet bywords for the hazards of nuclear power.almost 50 years later, new york state is betting big on the future of nine mile point, one of the nation’s two oldest nuclear plants.the state is putting up $7.6 billion in subsidies to ensure that the plant and two other upstate nuclear plants stay open, part of new york’s strategy to lean on nuclear energy as it ramps up renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric.but even as democratic gov. andrew cuomo’s administration embraces nuclear power upstate, it’s moving to shutter the indian point nuclear plant some 30 miles north of new york city.most read