Week in Review: Local Couple Featured on 'America's Got Talent'

A look back at the week's headlines on Three Village Patch.

As the America's Got Talent finale draws closer, there's at least one act Three Villagers shouldn't miss: Stony Brook native Donovan Jones and wife Rebecca Peache, who perform together as self-taught acrobats, who sailed into the show's semifinals on Tuesday after several thrilling performances. Scroll to approximately 17:30 into the video to view the couple's segment from Tuesday night. Visit them on Facebook here.

A 2008 state audit that showed Stony Brook University Hospital overbilled some patients close to $3.7 million has not fully been addressed, according to a report published in Newsday. The affected patients were customers of the Empire Plan, which covers many current and former school district employees and government workers. The services in question were delivered between 2004 and 2008, according to Newsday. The state comptroller said in a report issued Monday that the overpayment has not been fully recovered and that SBUH also did not comply with an audit that said it needed better financial controls related to its agreement with Empire.

Rockstar Dee Snider of the band Twisted Sister will be among the honorees at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at in Huntington on Oct. 18. Snider, a Three Village resident, was previously inducted into the hall and will receive this year’s 2012 Harry Chapin Award. He is known for his charitable works for the March of Dimes through his "Bikers for Babies" event and .

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services continues to find mosquitoes in and around the Three Village area carrying West Nile Virus, with another mosquito sample taken between Aug. 20 and Aug. 23 in East Setauket has tested positive for the virus. Thus far, nine mosquito samples taken in East Setauket have tested positive for the virus. In 2011, a total of five samples taken in East Setauket between June and September showed the virus circulating in the local mosquito population. The virus was first detected in the mosquito population this year on .

The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences is taking an on ambitious project to restore the ecological health of a long-troubled Southampton bay, with the aid of $3 million in grants announced Monday. Donated by the Laurie Landeau Foundation and Simons Foundation, the millions will enable SoMAS marine scientists to carry out the first phase of the project, which includes planting eelgrass beds and seeding shellfish in the areas of the bay where they will be most likely to flourish. According to SoMAS scientists, by adding more live organisms to the bay to use up excess nutrients — which are mostly the result of groundwater pollution from septic systems — the bays can be rid of an overabundance of algae that are threatening to marine life and human health.


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