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Week in Review: Burglaries, LaValle Stadium, Electronic Sign Top the Week's Headlines

A look back at the past week's headlines in Three Village.

Officials: $5.7 Million Allocated for Future LaValle Stadium Expansion

Ten years ago, New York State invested $22 million in building Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium, Suffolk County's largest outdoor athletic facility. Officials are looking towards a future expansion to the tune of $5.7 million for the stadium that officials hope will take it to an even higher level. State Sen. Ken LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, said in a recent interview with Patch that the money will allow the existing 8,300-seat stadium to be expanded to seat 10,000. LaValle – who can often be seen wearing a red Stony Brook hat – said there are additional plans to bring the stadium to a seating capacity of 15,000 in the future. It will not only help in recruiting athletic talent, he said, but it will also bring the community on board even more.

Commissioner: Stony Brook Downtown Project Won't Involve Eminent Domain

As Three Village business leaders questioned the Town of Brookhaven's early handling of the the question arose of whether eminent domain would be invoked in the process. But at least one official has said that won't be the case. In a letter to Assemb. Steve Englebright dated Oct. 10, Brookhaven planning commissioner Tullio Bertoli wrote: "I can with great certainty indicate that not only will eminent domain not be necessary but that it is also not appropriate, warranted or required in this project.

Patch Q&A: Lauren Miller, Filmmaker and Actress

Raise your hand if you saw "For a Good Time, Call...," the sexy, comedic film about friendship that emerged from the Sundance Film Festival to a short run in theaters recently. Now raise your hand if you knew the film's co-writer and co-star has roots right here in Three Village. Lauren Miller, 31, mostly grew up in Florida. But before her family settled in Florida she was a Long Islander, spending several years in Setauket and attending school at Nassakeag Elementary until the age of 8. Check out our full interview here.

Residents Concerned Over Electronic Sign at Murphy Junior High

The presence of the new electronic sign at the entrance to Murphy Junior High School in Stony Brook has alarmed homeowners in that neighborhood who say it is both a nuisance to residents and a traffic hazard. The sign, which glowed with messages in bright red at the start of the school year, is inoperational at the moment, but some nearby residents brought the issue to the Board of Education last week because they fear it may be turned back on.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Turns 50 Years Old

Reverend Margie Allen, the leader of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, said she looks forward to each and every service because of the congregation's ability to partner together "in creating worship that is really moving and meaningful." And, she said, "We can really do some fancy things with music as a congregation." Those very characteristics will inform the weekend full of celebration that UUFSB has put together in celebration of a milestone it will hit this month: the congregation turns 50 years old. "There’s excitement about looking back and looking forward," Allen said.

Police Investigating Trio of Burglaries in 1 Day

Suffolk police are investigating three burglaries that occurred in Three Village on Oct. 15. In one incident, an unknown person broke into a home on Ada Lane in East Setauket through a glass basement window in the rear of the home between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The thief took assorted electronics and a safe containing jewelry. In another incident, a thief forced open a rear basement window of a home on View Road in Setauket and stole jewelry and a locked box containing cash sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In Stony Brook, someone broke a window of a home on Sycamore Circle between 9:20 a.m. and 4 p.m. and stole jewelry and cash.

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