Here’s a look at some of the top stories that made headlines in and around your community this past week.
Fire trucks, ambulances and first responders filled the parking lot at Ward Melville High School Sunday morning as a large-scale emergency drill unfolded involving simulated smoke and student victims.
The drill was the first of its kind for the district and was called an invaluable training tool by Ward Melville’s Assistant Principal, Mike Owen.
Monday night, the Comsewogue Board of Education took another stand against the New York State Education Department by adopting a resolution to not participate in the implementation of Data Dashboard Solution.
Richard Zapolski, who has served deputy planning commissioner since hired in January, 2012, is replacing Dave Genaway who was appointed by former Democratic Town Supervisor Phil Nolan.
William J. Lindsay III, son of the late William J. Lindsay who held a legislature seat for 12 years, is following in his father’s footsteps in being elected to the 8th district county post in his first-ever run for office.
Rob Calarco, D-Patchogue, looks to be keeping his seat as Suffolk County Legislator for the 7th district as he leads 56.61 percent to challenging candidate John Halverson, R-Patchogue, with 43.35 percent according to the Suffolk Board of Elections.
Both candidates are separated by 1,230 votes with Calarco having 5,251 to Halverson at 4,021 with three write-in ballots. The results are not yet official as absentee ballots are yet to be counted.
Michael Slattery, a special education student at Sachem High School North who is on the school's varsity football team, might have a short film made about him should he receive enough community votes in the NFL's Together We Make Football - Your Story contest.