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Nearby: Manhole Covers Stolen

Patch reports on the news from around the Island this week.

Long Island was busy this week; here are a few stories you may have missed.

The Huntington said Tuesday that it has recently had to replace about 20 manhole covers that have been stolen.

 The department said that in addition to creating serious driving hazards, replacing each manhole cover costs about $400 to replace, not counting labor costs.

Though no longer an uncommon occurrence each summer, a streak of red tide hit local waters as early as last week, a premature showing from the algal bloom that officials say is likely responsible for a fish kill in an Aquebogue creek.

A spokesman with the Department of Environmental Conservation stated on Thursday that on Aug. 2, dead killifish, snappers, and black sea bass — all with a coating of "orange slime" — were reported at Cases Creek in Aquebogue.

The report, which is "almost certainly" red tide according to the DEC, came earlier in the summer than typical occurrences — and bodes for a summer where locals will likely see the dark algae in higher quantities across the East End.

Shopkeepers up and down Main Street in the Port Washington Public Parking District are up in arms over the change in parking meters in the lots off Main Street.

The lots, which once had one meter per spot or every two spots, now have one meter for the entire lot where patrons enter their spot number and pay for their time. Even though the meters now allow two hours instead of one, many feel the extra time is not worth the inconvenience.

A Walmart supermarket is slated to replace the vacant on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.

The Walmart Market is different from the general Walmart store. It is a chain of grocery stores that offer a full line of groceries, health and beauty products, photo services, general merchandise and other items. There are currently 199 locations and they were founded in 1998, according to Walmart's website.

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