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A round-up of the top headlines from those towns near Hauppauge.

Locals Protest Commack Hess Before Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals
Commack residents came out in force against Hess's efforts to build a new station in what many called the most dangerous intersection of their community.

More than 20 local residents, business owners, community leaders and elected officials spoke out Tuesday night against Hess's request for 17 zoning variances from Town of Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals to build a 12-pump Hess Express on the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Harned Road. 

Alleged Drunk Bus Driver is Driver for Three Village School District
The bus driver charged with DWI on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday was a bus driver within the Three Village Central School District, a school spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

According to police, Robert Stundis, 48, of Bohemia, was driving a Ford mini-bus with one tire missing on the westbound lanes of the LIE at around 4:45 p.m. when police stopped him just east of Exit 60 in Ronkonkoma. When officers stopped him, they administered a series of sobriety tests and determined that he was intoxicated. A breathalyzer revealed a blood-alcohol content of .23.

State Denies Petition to Remove Liz Barrett from Board of Ed
A petition filed to remove Liz Barrett from the Kings Park Board of Education has been denied by the state Commissioner of Education.

The  to an undisclosed third party.  According to the findings released by the State Education Department, the petition was denied based on procedural errors including the  failure to serve Barrett within the required 30 days from learning of the alleged breech.

Port Jefferson to Become Seawolves Country
If you see Seawolves prowling around Port Jefferson, don’t be frightened. It’s all part of a plan to team up with Stony Brook University to promote the village to students and faculty of the school and get residents and visitors to see all the campus has to offer.

According to Jill Russell, Port Jefferson’s public relations representative, the village is popular with students so strengthening that bond made sense.

"We can stay connected and leverage all we have to offer here," Russell said.

The relationship opens opportunities for local businesses to cater to the population of approximately 25,000 students and faculty members at the university.

Seawolves branded merchandise will be sold in local stores and signage declaring Port Jefferson as “Seawolves Country” will be put around the village and the campus.

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