As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to inspiring tales of community brotherhood. But some stories are just plain weird. Here are some of the stranger headlines from the past seven days.
The Boos Have It
Residents who feel like booing at town board meetings will have to button their lips in the future after Riverhead Town officials on Tuesday banned such outbursts at Town Hall.
The board voted to approve new legislation that prohibits any demonstration that lawmakers would consider disruptive to meetings, specifically booing, but agreed clapping would still be permitted.
The first draft of the legislation banned both booing and clapping.
But, after Dominque Mendez, president of the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, protested that the proposed law "goes far to restrict what's free expression and free speech," the board agreed to ban only booing.
Don't Be Shellfish
A Newark, NJ man was arrested in Commack on March 3 on a charge of petty larceny after he allegedly stole a lobster from ShopRite.
It's the second crustacean-related crime to make news in 2013.
Is Everyone Harlem Shaking?
It's the latest hot YouTube meme, The Harlem Shake, and it's landed in communities across northern Suffolk County and the East End. Here's our wrap-up of our local versions.
- WATCH: Smithtown Participates in 'Harlem Shake' Trend
- WATCH: 'Harlem Shake' Video Craze Comes to Stony Brook
- WATCH: Viral 'Harlem Shake' Firefighter Video from Rocky Point
- WATCH: Long Island Aquarium Does the 'Harlem Shake'
- Suffolk Students Get in on 'Harlem Shake' Dance Craze
- WATCH: Hampton Bays FD Does the 'Harlem Shake'
- WATCH: Dan's Papers Makes 'Harlem Shake' Video
- WATCH: Southampton Historical Museum Does the Harlem Shake
- WATCH: 'Harlem Shake' Internet Craze Hits Ross School
- WATCH: Southampton High School Does the Harlem Shake
- WATCH: The Palm Serves Up the 'Harlem Shake'