News Nearby: Childcare Center Opens in Kings Park

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Miller Place-Rocky Point

If your daily travels have ever taken you to in Mt. Sinai or even if you've just driven by, at some point or another you’ve been greeted by the smiley face cut into the grass or made up of thousands of little flowers on the knoll facing Route 25A.

This year, volunteers are holding a fundraiser to bring the flowery smiley face back to the park.

According to Fred Drewes, chairman of Heritage Park's Farm Committee, back in the fall of 2004 volunteers planted 7,500 crocus that formed the first blooming smiley face. Over the the next two years the crocus came back.

Port Jefferson

Painting had been instilled in Anne Palmer Tuttle at an early age. She grew up in the Brandywine region of Pennsylvania the oldest child in a family of artists. During the depression her family moved to Long Island where the teenager put herself through college, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Long Island University.

Over the decades Tuttle earned a name for herself as a print-maker, painter and art instructor.

Now, the is showing a lifetime retrospective of her art starting Thursday and running through Nov. 13 titled “Anne P. Tuttle – A Life in Art.”


Four Commack residents are fighting back against Commack School District for the right to have their legal arguments in defense of the school in the Marion Carll Farm Lawsuit.

Vito J. Cottone, Daniel Fusco, Arthur J. Reilly Sr., and James Tampellini f brought forth by Carll's heirs against Commack School District for possession of the nine-acre historic farm. When school officials tried to prevent them as "mere taxpayers," the residents have chosen to fight on instead of backing down.


Hauppauge and Smithtown homeowners have been given the opportunity to educate themselves on the Route 347 greenway project before casting their votes on its future construction.  

New York State Department of Transportation will be holding an information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 for roughly 90 homeowners whose lives will be directly impacted by the next phase of Route 347 construction, from Route 111/Wheeler Road east to Mount Pleasant Road.

Kings Park

Just in time for the start of the school year, New Beginnings childcare center has opened its doors and is ready for business.

The center operates in the space left vacant by New Discovery childcare back in June. Owner Sylvia Bastone and staff were on hand Tuesday putting in some last minute touches, setting up new furniture and welcoming children from the Kings Park School District for the before and after care school program.


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