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Week in Review: March 19-25

This week's top stories on Northport Patch.

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Bamboo Discussion Heard at Town Hall: Calling for mandatory installation of 10-foot buffers consisting of four-foot deep impenetrable barriers between homeowners who plant invasive bamboo and those that don't, the proposed resolution was met with mostly-favorable opinion at Town Hall March 13 from about a dozen residents made public comments.

Northport Superintendent Clarifies Reserves: Northport Superintendent Marylou McDermott sought to clarify the amount of money being held in the district's reserves and different reserves utilized at Monday's BOE meeting in response to comments from some members of the public.

Northport Board of Trustees Election Results 2012: The results of Tuesday's Northport Village Board of Trustees election are in. Incumbents ran unopposed for two open trustee seats, receiving 149 and 139 votes respectively, and will begin their second four year terms this year. Read more about their goals for the future . Four write-in candidates were submitted, including a vote for , who passed away in December after falling into the Harbor.

Red Tide Expected to Arrive, Exit Early: An unusually warm winter means Northport and Huntington waters may see an early arrival, and exit, of red tide this year, said Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University, an expert on toxic algal blooms. Speaking at the Northport Harbor Water Quality Protection Committee meeting at on Thursday, Gobler explained that warmer waters increase the concentration of the toxic algae responsible for beach closures and shellfishing bans in the recent past.

Challenger to Israel to Stay in Campaign: Republican challenger Stephen Labate said this week that he will continue his fight to unseat Rep. Steve Israel, D-Dix Hills, despite being pushed out of the Second District. New maps drawn by judicial mandate on Monday mean Labate's Deer Park home is no longer in the district he wants to represent. He originally challenged Israel for his Second District seat but when lines were redrawn, Israel's district became the Third District. Labate's house will be in the Second District, which will become the seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Peter King, a Seaford Republican.

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