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News Nearby: Education Commissioner, State Senator Visit Hauppauge Schools

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From Hauppauge: Education Commissioner, State Senator Visit Hauppauge Schools 

Two state officials got a boots-on-the-ground look at what the Hauppauge school district is doing these days – and they liked what they saw. Department of Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr., and Sen. John Flanagan, R-East Northport, toured Hauppauge Middle School and Pines Elementary on Monday to observe classes and facilities and talk with students and faculty. 

From Commack: 
Town Busts Commack Marijuana Farm

Smithtown Public Safety officers arrested a Kings Park man on Wednesday night for helping tend a marijuana plant farm inside a Commack water recharge basin.

Mark Kern, 44, is charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, a felony charge, after undercover town officers found him tending to more than 100 marijuana plants off Vanderbilt Motor Parkway and Redleaf Lane in Commack at 10:22 p.m., according to Public Safety's Deputy Chief Kevin McPadden.

From Three Village: Stony Brook University Hires Executive to Market New Discoveries

A new executive has arrived at Stony Brook University hoping to commercialize discoveries that come from university research and development, according to a report published this week in Newsday. Peter Donnelly has been appointed director of the office of technology licensing and industry relations after holding a similar position at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois.

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