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10 Biggest Stories of 2013 in Smithtown

The breaking news that gripped the Smithtown community in 2013.

Customers waited outside T. Carlton's Spalon on Friday morning after finding out their appointments were cancelled and looking for refunds on gift cards. (Photo Credit: Henry Powderly).
Customers waited outside T. Carlton's Spalon on Friday morning after finding out their appointments were cancelled and looking for refunds on gift cards. (Photo Credit: Henry Powderly).
T. Carlton's Spalon Shuts Down Overnight
Dozens of customers flocked to a popular Smithtown salon on Friday morning to find their appointments canceled and seek returns on unused gift cards. 

T. Carlton's Spalon put up a handwritten note reading, "Sorry, we  are closed. We are going out of business," on its doors on Aug. 2. 

Smithtown School District Superintendent Abruptly Resigns
Smithtown School District Superintendent Anthony Annunziato announced his resignation at the board of education meeting in August and said he will be joining St. John's University as a professor.

Kindergartener's Heroic 911 Call Saves Her Diabetic Mom
The quick thinking of a 5-year-old girl saved her diabetic mother's life in Nesconset in September. Jillian Given,  a kindergartener at Cherokee Street Elementary School, made an alarming 911 call at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 16

St. James Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint, Police Seek Serial Robber
A St. James Gulf gas station was robbed at gunpoint last week and police are seeking a man they suspect of robbing numerous other Suffolk County businesses over the past two weeks. 

According to police, the man has entered eight establishments, including the Gulf on North Country Road on Nov. 1, and pretends to purchase an item. 

Staff Sues Head of the Harbor Billionaire For Watering Down Wages
Former household staff members are suing a Head of the Harbor billionaire for stiffing them on wages because they failed to close doors or make sure hanging pictures were level at his palace on the Long Island Sound.

Feds: Couple Smuggled Immigrants, Forced Them to Work in 7-Elevens
Authorities on Monday indicted nine people from New York and Virginia – including a Head of the Harbor couple – for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country and forcing them to work long hours for minimal pay at several Long Island 7-Eleven stores. 

Police: Nesconset Man Arrested for Numerous Armed Robberies
A Nesconset man was arrested Sunday and charged with committing several armed robberies in the area over the past two weeks in December. 

Joseph Botti, 27, who police say also burglarized a Nesconset home, was arrested for allegedly burglarizing Ralph's Italian Ices in Nesconset, Citgo in St. James, Party Hardy in Nesconset and Game Stop in Lake Grove. 

Vecchio's Reign as Supervisor Continues in Smithtown
Vecchio has won enough votes this November to further extend his reign as New York's longest-serving town supervisor. 

Smithtown Schools Join Movement Against High-Stake Testing
Smithtown school district officials have officially joined part of a growing movement against high-stakes standardized testing on Long Island in September. 

Snow Collapses Roof at AMF Smithtown Lanes
The roof of the AMF Smithtown Lanes bowling alley collapsed on Feb. 9 under the weight of heavy snow from the nor`easter, Suffolk County Police confirmed. AMF Smithtown was able to rebuild and reopen in fall 2013. 


Gabrielle Starace- Alfano December 31, 2013 at 01:33 PM
They ruined a lot if lives - happy new year

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