Some of the news from around Long Island this week.
Boy Scout Troop 175 in West Babylon joined a comic book drive spearheaded by Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley, contributing 1,600 comic books. The idea for the "Super Heroes for Our Heroes" drive came from Lindenhurst resident and Vietnam veteran Joe Ingino, who suggested a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Horsley commented in a press release that he came up with the comic book idea because “comics could provide a bit of light reading that hopefully would lift their spirits and bring a smile to their faces.”
Nassau County Police responded to Thursday after several fishermen reported seeing an injured seal on the oceanfront.
When Seventh Precinct officers arrived about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police located the 4-foot grey seal about 600 feet west of the main pavilion on Oyster Bay's town-owned beachfront.
Police reported that the seal was evidently not in any distress and apparently uninjured. Officers consulted with a local marine biologist who will monitor the condition of the mammal.
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hold a required public hearing to override the state’s newly imposed 2 percent tax cap. The city’s projects a 4.1 percent increase to the tax levy – the amount of money raised by property taxes – and a $3.3 million annual payment for three years to pay down would add a temporary 11.9 percent tax increase for three years, two taxes of which are expected to increase Long Beach taxes approximately $430 to $2,904 for the average home owner next year,
After Kings Park Youth board member John McQuaid made the town of Smithtown an offer he thought they couldn’t refuse – that his organization would like to pay for two Automated External Defibrillators to be installed on a town park where their teams play ball – he got a very unexpected response: The town refused. “It’s a liability,” said town attorney John Zollo.
McQuaid recently wrote the town a letter, explaining that the organization would pay for the life saving units at Memorial Park in Kings Park and would be willing to maintain them. The town, responded in a letter, denying the request, but did not offer an explanation, prompting McQuaid to appear at last week’s town board meeting. The denial was issued by deputy attorney, Matthew Jakubowski. Zollo was under the impression that KPY wanted sole use of the units. McQuaid clarified the letter, stating anyone who was trained could use it and the group was willing to cover the cost of training and maintaining the units. Zollo, maintained his belief that the liability risk was still too great.
A national supermarket survey released by Consumer Reports found that Pathmark customers have the worst experience of any supermarket chain in the United States. topped the list, and according to this slideshow, 75 percent of those polled had at least one complaint about shopping at the New Jersey-based chain.