Here's what is happen in Patch towns near Hauppauge:
: New York State Department of Transportation announces its plans to reduce westbound traffic to one lane, creating a median and turning lane between Elm Avenue and Route 111, and more to improve pedestrian safety.
: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday approved 's $35 million award via the NYSUNY2020 challenge grant legislation enacted in August, giving a green light to the university's plan to build a new facility for imaging, neuroscience, and cancer research
: Brittany Rostron lives a different life than most young women her age – the 22-year-old spends each day at her own horse rescue, founded when she was 16 to save unwanted horses from agonizing deaths by starvation or foreign slaughterhouses.
: Bob Kelly rediscovered a passion for journalistic photography a dozen years ago and has been documenting people ever since, including the protesters who spend their Saturday afternoons down in Port Jefferson demonstrating for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
: Jim Bissett, the co-owner of and the recently-opened Hyatt Hotel in downtown Riverhead, was found dead in his car in a Mattituck park parking lot on Wednesday night.