News Nearby: Local Chief Honored for 50 Years of Service

Also this week, Huntington supe says better communication needed during storm.

L to R: Joey D’Alessandro, Jerry Owenburg, Fred Reithel, Tom Magno, Tom Napolitano, lan Berkowitz. Photo by Steve Silverman.
L to R: Joey D’Alessandro, Jerry Owenburg, Fred Reithel, Tom Magno, Tom Napolitano, lan Berkowitz. Photo by Steve Silverman.
Catch up on some headlines from surrounding areas from the past week:


Police: Commack Resident Victim of Phone Scam

A Commack resident is one of dozens of Long Islanders who fell victim to an ongoing phone scam.

According to Suffolk County police, the Commack resident received a call Aug. 13 in which the caller allegedly fooled the homeowner into believing that a family member was arrested and needed money for bail. Police said the victim sent the money, but then learned it was all a lie.


Petrone: Better Communication Needed in Storm Response

Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone cited a need for improved communication as the top finding in a recently released report analyzing the Town's response to Super Storm Sandy.

The 78-page report, presented to the Town Board last week, makes specific findings and recommendations about the Town’s actions in dealing with the storm and its aftermath and possible changes in Town procedures and policies.


Fire Deparment Honors Ex-Chief for Service

The Dix Hills Fire Department honored its ex-Chief and past Commissioner Fred Reithel for 50 years of what representative Steve Silverman described as "outstanding and dedicated volunteer service to the department and community."


Vietnam Veteran Receives 'Long Overdue' War Medals

A Kings Park veteran accepted war medals for his actions taken more than a decade ago.


DOT Drops Plan to Widen Main Street, Re-Evaluates Route 111 Intersection

New York State's Department of Transportation is looking at Smithtown's Route 25 in a different light after last year's public outcry.

Eileen Peters, spokeswoman for the DOT, said state officials notified the Town of Smithtown they would be withdrawing their previous plans to widen Route 25 - know as Smithtown Main Street and Middle Country Road - between the Route 111 and Route 347 intersection.


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