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Week in Review: Feb. 11-17

This week's top stories on Northport Patch.

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Town to Blighted Property Owners: Clean Up or Pay Up: Owners of 18 blighted Town of Huntington properties have been ordered to correct conditions or be billed cleanup costs. Notices will be sent this month to owners of blighted properties ordering them to correct conditions within 10 days or enter into a restoration agreement with Town Hall, according to the town.

Asharoken Stays Within 2 Percent Cap: Asharoken is committed to abiding by Cuomo's two percent cap on municipal taxes "no matter what it takes," according to Mayor Pat Irving, who said Wednesday that the proposed 2012-2013 budget currently calls for an increase of 1.86 percent.

Drug Testing Lab Brings New Jobs to East Northport: New kid on the block AFTS Labs is making a good first impression in the space once occupied by Armor Crafts on Larkfield Road in East Northport, promising a slew of new jobs if it sustains its current growth.

Zoning Board Still Mulling Northport 7-Eleven: 7-Eleven may be in the business of convenience, but several Northport residents challenged the location of a proposed store at Thursday's Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, citing traffic concerns.

Northport Schools Notebook: At the Feb. 6 BOE meeting, Jo Nesfield, District Chairperson of the World Language Department, gave an overview of the department’s initiatives. The IB (International Baccalaureate) foreign language program has seen an increase from 110 students in 2009-2010 to 135 in 2010-2011. However, those students scoring a four or better dropped over the two year period from 88 to 81.

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