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Week in Review: Transformer Fire; Business Anniversaries

Check out the top local headlines from the past week.

The business with likely the most noticeable and retro sign on all of Smithtown’s Main Street has been in business for almost 50 years with no signs of slowing down – Smithtown Appliances.  

In an era where big box stores dominate, Smithtown Appliances continues to keep prices competitive. How the store keeps its prices on or better than its competition is its affiliation with Intercounty Appliance, an appliance buying cooperative.

Custody Settled for Son of St. James Murder-Suicide Victim

The custody dispute over Tyler Farrell, the orphaned son of the late Katie Farrell, who was killed by East Northport native and ex-boyfriend James Schultz in a murder-suicide, has been settled.

Clare Farrell, mother to the late Katie and grandmother to Tyler, said she could not legally disclose details of the agreement to the press as per a clause in the agreement, but insisted it was put together with Tyler’s best interests in mind.

Nissequogue Villa-Style Mansion for Sale for $9M

The Tuscan-styled mansion that was under construction on Short Beach Road in Nissequogue for most of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 is now for sale.

Smithtown Patch reported in January of last yearthat the mansion was almost complete, although Anthony Doucet, a junior architect with the Woodbury-based Spector Group, could not provide an estimated date of completion.

4th World Comics Nears 30 Years in Business

While Hollywood uses the most popular characters from comic books to make blockbuster movies, locals experience the stories before they hit the big screen by picking up comic books at 4th World Comics and Toys, a store approaching its 30th anniversary.

“We’ve been around for 30 years – 10 years in St. James, 20 years here in Smithtown,” said Glenn Fischette, owner of the store. “We’re the biggest one on Long Island … there’s no other store that’s this size and carries as much stuff as we do. Most of the guys that go to the city say we’re even bigger than the city stores.” 

Energy Fitness took over its new St. James location one year ago in August, and the four-man ownership team couldn’t be more thrilled with the move. 

Formerly located at 556 Route 25A in The Shoppes at Green Hills strip next to Gymboree, the gym now occupies a standalone building across the street at 555 Route 25A.

With the move, Michael Fox, one of the gym’s owners, said there has been an increase in clientele looking for wellness services such as yoga and Pilates during prime time areas and with evening attendance as well.

Transformer Fire Causes Power Outages

A fire in a transformer on Main Street in Smithtown left more than 2,000 customers without power Monday morning.

According to LIPA spokesperson Mark Gross, the call of the transformer was received by LIPA at roughly 6:45 a.m. where 2,238 customers lost power. Gross said 660 of those customers had power restored within six minutes, 1,260 had power restored within 39 minutes, and the 300 remaining had power restored in 87 minutes.

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