Celebrity Apprentice Rivals Unite for Fundraiser

Headlines from around Long Island, May 26.

Some of the news from around Long Island you may have missed this week.

Celebrity Apprentice Rivals Unite for Fundraiser

The Gibson Girl Foundation held their second annual gala at Oheka Castle Monday to help underprivileged kids with scholarships to nurture interest in the performing arts.

Joining Debbie Gibson on Long Island was her Celebrity Apprentice colleagues Aubrey O'Day, Lisa Lampanelli and Dee Snider who came out Monday to perform one day after wrapping up the season finale of the TV show in New York.

The approved the $87.9 million 2012-13 budget Tuesday, despite calls from council members, union officials, taxpayers and city employees to table the vote on the document another week.

The council voted 3-2 to adopt the spending plan that represents a 2.6 percent tax levy increase and a 5.3 percent deficit reduction surcharge, down 4.1 and 11.9 percent respectively from the original proposal.

The fight over the amount of noisy planes flying over Nassau County communities came to Malverne Monday night, where residents expressed their frustration to the man in charge of monitoring the racket.

Edward Knoesel, manager of environmental services for the aviation department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates nearby JFK Airport, was the guest speaker at the May 22 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee.

Pet lovers rejoice, because the that is to is making progress, according to Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow.

Gonsalves recently had a meeting in which she reviewed the plans for the , and she said, “Progress is definitely being made.”

The gate to the dog run will be located at the corner of Salisbury Park Drive and Stewart Avenue, with the main part of the new facility running along Salisbury Park Drive.

One of the dog runs will be for bigger dogs, while the other will be for pooches of the more petite variety.

If you’re one of the millions of viewers who enjoy a steady diet of the critically acclaimed, award-winning show “Glee” every Tuesday night, then we’ve got a treat for you.

Patch spoke with East Meadow native Jenna Ushkowitz, whose alter ego Tina Cohen-Chang is one of the six original New Directions members.

Residents Pack Town Hall for Melville Park Hearing

Hundreds of Half Hollow Hills residents flooded Huntington Town Hall Tuesday night for a public hearing on a plan to create a new park, an affordable senior housing complex and a house of worship on two Melville properties. 

“We want a park, we want a park,” chanted nearly 200 residents from outside the main chamber, which overflowed with local civic groups, community members and families requesting a zoning change and transfer of development rights for an 18-acre property on Deshon Drive, which would allow for the creation of  “Sweet Hollow Park” on the site of Meyers Farm.

Wine Industry Speaks Out Against New Code

To many working in the North Fork Wine industry, the text in proposed changes to a law regarding special events regulations in are simply flawed.

About 25 people spoke out against the proposed change at a Southold Town Board public hearing Tuesday afternoon. According to Town Attorney Martin Finnegan the changes the code committee had worked on over the last few weeks are not “meant to police or regulate every event ever contemplated,” he told board members during a work session earlier that day.


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