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News Nearby: Blaze Extinguished After Large Fire Erupts on Port Jefferson Dock

A round up of big news from neighboring towns.

Marine Band to Lead St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Friends of St. Patrick have announced that US Marine Corps Band from Quantico, VA will lead the 63rd Annual Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17.
According to the group organizing the parade, this makes the Miller Place-Rocky Point parade the only one on Long Island to feature a military band. The group also said it estimates 50,000 people will witness the parade

Blaze Extinguished After Large Fire Erupts on Port Jefferson Dock

A fire broke out Tuesday morning in what is being called a service building on the dock behind Danford's Marina in Port Jefferson Harbor, police and the village mayor have confirmed.
Reports started coming into Patch at around 9:36 a.m. that a fire was raging on a dock in downtown Port Jefferson. Witnesses have reported that the fire is burning near Danford's Marina.
Port Jefferson and Terryville Fire Departments have responded to the scene.
Suffolk County Police confirmed that a call came in at 9:13 a.m. reporting the fire.

Town Preps to Send Wrecking Ball at Hightower Home

sSmithtown officials are ready to demolish of two abandoned Kings Parks home, despite the pleas of a Nassau attorney for more time to cleanup the property.
Smithtown Town board narrowly approved allowing the town to enter Hightower Homes property owned by Frederic Powell, at 77 and 81 Main Street in Kings Park, to demolish or clean up the two vacant homes as needed to bring them within compliance with building codes. Councilmen Bob Creighton and Ed Wehrheim voted against taking action.
Olympic Dreams Become Reality for 2 Locals

While taking a class in 2005 revolving around sports medicine, injuries and injury rehabilitation, a chiropractor spoke about his experience travelling with Olympic teams and how there is a short list of chiropractors that get invited to the games.

Inspired by the stories, this is where local chiropractor Marc Taczanowski’s Olympic dreams began.

Taczanowski, who runs True Sport Care with his chiropractor wife Hope Miller at 62 Lake Avenue South in Nesconset, joined Smithtown skeleton athlete John Daly on this journey. Daly began his career as a skeleton athlete in 2001 and has since developed an extensive resume, earning accolades such as placing first in the Lake Placid America's Cup during the 2007-08 season, and winning the St. Moritz Europa Cup and the Igls Europa Cup during the 2008-09 season.

Donors Step Up to Bat for $200 Million for Stony Brook University in a Year

When the Simons Foundation first profferred a $50 million matching challenge to fund endowments and research at Stony Brook University, the Stony Brook Foundation estimated that it would take between three and five years for the matching donations to come in.
On Monday, the University announced it had surpassed that goal in 12 months – and that it raised $200 million total through the matching challenge, which was issued in December 2011 as part of a $150 million gift that Jim and Marilyn Simons made to Stony Brook via their foundation. Before the end of 2012, that goal was met.


Home Burglary Reported in Commack

A Commack family came home to find its back door broken and iPad missing Feb. 26, police said.
According to police, the perpetrator entered the home Feb. 26 by knocking out the glass on the rear door. The alleged burglar then stole an iPad from the home, police said.
No residents were home at the time of the incident.


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