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News Nearby: Dix Hills Firefighters Remember Terry Farrell

Catch up on the top news stories from across the region.

From West Islip: West Islip Home to New Schooling Option

The West Islip School District wasn’t the only educational institution opening doors on Monday as West Islip is now home to a brand new not-for-profit school called The Bridges Academy.  

According to information provided on the school’s website, the school is a grassroots effort led by educators and parents following the closure in June of St. Peter’s Day School in Bay Shore. The school, governed by a board, is located at 339 Snedecor Avenue, West Islip.

From Dix Hills: Dix Hills Firefighters Remember Terry Farrell

As they have done every Sept. 11 since 9/11/01, the members of the Dix Hills Fire Department visited the gravesite of Chief Terry Farrell, also a firefighter with FDNY Rescue Company 4, who was killed along with 342 other firefighters at the World Trade Center.

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 Babylon: A Day After Starting, Babylon Finishes Rout For First Victory

Nearly 22 hours after the game had started, the Babylon Panthers were finally able to put an end to their first regular season victory of the 2013 season.

The varsity football team picked up right where they left off in the perfect 12-0 2012 season, routing the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms 48-7 in a game at Coach Williams Memorial Field.

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