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Week in Review: Illegal Boarding House Issue Continues, Grade Schoolers Learn Fire Safety

A look back at the week in news.

Have You Seen the Village Scarecrows?
Where can you find a minion, Superman and the Cat in the Hat? Only in the village, Stony Brook, that is.

While away a fall afternoon taking a walk through Stony Brook Village's scarecrow competition display, an annual tradition that is now in its 23rd year.

Crackdown Continues on Illegal Boarding Houses

Town officials, local law enforcement and grassroots organization, The Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners sent a clear message on illegal boarding homes at a community meeting held Wednesday night; they aren’t welcome.

The meeting, organized by the Stony Brook Concerned Homeowners, a group dedicated to fighting what it calls an epidemic of illegal boarding homes in the area, provided updates on the recent progress it has made working with local officials and Stony Brook University on the issue.

DA: Suspect Sent Text 'Pulp Fiction' Death Threats to Equestrian, Planned to Kill Both Men
A man who police said shot and killed a well-known equestrian and Mattituck horse farm owner and fired his gun 11 times through the window of his home had been sending threatening texts for months and once unleashed his fury with a sword, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Spota announced the indictment of murder suspect Brett Knight, 45, arrested for the September 24 murder in Setauket of equestrian Ross Reisner. 

Sex Offender Charged for Exposing Himself to Young Girls

Police have arrested the man they say exposed himself to teens at Setauket Elementary School and to a young girl at the Target in Medford earlier this month.

Ray Sanchez, a registered Level 2 sex offender from Coram, was held overnight at the sixth precinct and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.

Ward Melville Grad Earns Cross Country Honor

Ward Melville grad and Lehigh University freshman Alexander Fitzgerald continues to set the pace in running. 

Fitzgerald was named Lehigh's Cross Country Rookie of the Week after placing sixth in Saturday's Lehigh-Lafayette dual with a time of 27:03:90.

Mount Elementary Students Learn Fire Safety

As part of Fire Prevention Month, W.S. Mount Elementary School students recently practiced and discussed important safety procedures with members of the Stony Brook Fire Department.

Firefighters visited kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in their classrooms and spoke about the need for a predetermined escape plan in the event of a fire and the importance of household smoke detectors. 

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