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News Nearby: Community Raises Questions Regarding Proposed Mosque

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Community Raises Questions Regarding Proposed Mt. Sinai Mosque

A site plan proposal to convert an existing barn to a place of worship at 515 Mt. Sinai-Coram Road brought the community out in droves to Monday's Planning Board meeting at Brookhaven Town Hall.
Property owner Mohammed Sameen and his lawyer Timothy Shea presented the board and those in attendance with their proposal to convert the 74-by-142.4 square foot barn in to a mosque.

Security Updates Made Priority at Smithtown Schools

Security measures for all of the Smithtown Central School District schools are being updated.

Superintendent Anthony Annunziato announced during Tuesday's Board of Education meeting that security changes are possible, including hiring an outside security consultant.

One change Annunziato has already made to the security measures is the pushing up of Phase 3 of the district's 24-hour indoor and outdoor surveillance camera installation.

Phase 3 is the installation of the cameras at all of the elementary schools in the district. This was to be completed over the summer for the 2013-14 school year but Annunziato said installation should be completed in two weeks.

Elwood Condo Developer Denies Bribery Accusation

Engel Burman group, developers of the proposed Seasons at Elwood, are denying allegations that recently distributed dinner invitations are an ethical violation of the Town's review process.

In an email to the press, 'Preserve Elwood Now,' a group in opposition to the development, labeled the invitation bribery and called it "reminiscent of the days of Tammany Hall." A protest outside the restaurant was considered, states the email, but was struck due to safety concerns.

Marion Knott January 12, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I just responded to the Topix site about this. It appalls me that we have to have a discussion about the building of a Mosque when we wouldn't have a discussion about the proposed building of a Catholic or Protestant, etc. church. A Mosque is a place of worship not a place of terrorism. Maybe I'm reading it the wrong way. Hopefully the mosque will be approved. Our forefathers came to this country for amongst other things was Freedom of Religion.

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