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Week in Review: Interim Principal Arrives, Alternative High School Relocated

Here's a look back at the biggest stories of the week.


Gelinas Junior High Gets New Interim Principal

With Gelinas Junior High principal Gus Hueber tapped to head the new alternative high school program, an interim principal – who's not new to the district at all – will step into his post at Gelinas this coming school year. As Hueber transitions to the Three Village Academy, the Board of Education on Monday appointed Tom Colletti to the post of interim principal at Gelinas. Colletti already has 34 years of service in Three Village: he first spent 12 years as a social studies teacher at Gelinas before becoming the social studies chair at Ward Melville HS. He later became an assistant principal at Ward Melville, principal at Murphy Junior High, then principal at Ward Melville.

Alternative High School to Launch at North Country Administration Building

When the Three Village Academy – an alternative high school program – launches in the fall, it will be located at the North Country Administrative Center on Suffolk Avenue in Stony Brook rather than at the empty administration building on Nicolls Road. School officials said Monday that the Nicolls Road facility was not intended for student occupancy when it was originally built, so the costs of outfitting the building for instructional use were much higher than anticipated.

Bella Dolce to Close as Owners Focus on Wholesale Business

Bella Dolce, a much-loved frozen dessert café in East Setauket, is preparing to close its doors or sell the business after its ownership decided to focus on the wholesale end of the business.

Communications Tower at Stony Brook Fire House Will Fund Paid EMTs

A new program which brings paid emergency medical technicians to the Stony Brook Fire District is expected to reduce response times and enhance the level of protection and care the district can provide to its residents – and is expected to be paid for with revenue from a new communications tower on fire district property. Commissioner Paul Degen said the new EMT initiative will cost the district $75,000 a year, which won't be funded through already-thinly-stretched taxpayer dollars; rather, he said, it will be funded through revenue generated by a new communications tower – also called a cell tower or a monopole – that will be erected on the premises of Station 2 on Stony Brook Road.

Tae Kwon Do Studio Relocates to Stony Brook

Ultimate Tae Kwon Do, formerly located in Centereach, has relocated to a Stony Brook storefront in the Waldbaum's shopping center in between The UPS Store and King Wah Chinese Food.

Graffiti Reported at Nassakeag Elementary School

Graffiti was found on a modular building on the campus of Nassakeag Elementary School on Pond Path in Setauket on Aug. 5. The incident is thought to have occurred between 4 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 8 a.m. on Aug. 5 while the buildings were unoccupied over the weekend. A police spokesperson could not provide a description of the markings.

World Gym Setauket to Build Tennis Bubble

As its tennis programs increase in popularity, World Gym Setauket has received town planning board approval to build an enclosure over its four outdoor tennis courts.

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