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Week in Review: Major Paving Project Completes, Sneak Peak of 'A Christmas Carol'

A roundup of the top headlines in the area this week.

Week in Review: Major Paving Project Completes, Sneak Peak of 'A Christmas Carol'

Rocky Point Student Gives Verbal Commitment To Binghamton

 Rocky Point High School student Jack Sullivan has given a verbal commitment to play for the Binghamton Bearcats after he graduates. Sullivan who is entering his third varsity season, said he feels really good about being part of the Bearcats team after getting letters from Marquette, Fairfield, Penn, Lehigh and Colgate.

"It seemed like a good fit for myself.  I wanted to be a part of this growing program, which is only going to get better. The  coaches were really nice and were patient with me in my decision," said Sullivan in an interviewwith LAX Lessons. "And I could see myself going to that school even if I was not playing a sport there."

Sullivan said he is a strong faceoff middie and a good all-around midfield player. He plans on working on his offensive and stick skills over the next couple of months. 

Miller Place Owner Turns In Illegal Alligator To Rescue Organization

A 2-foot baby alligator was rescued from a Miller Place home last week after the owner called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The owner, who remains unnamed, did not want to face fines or other illegal charges for keeping the animal in their home. 

Fines include $250 per illegal animal and/or up to a year in prison. 

According to Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross, the owner just missed a reptile amnesty event that was held at the Selden Petco store in September. This event is like an open house. All animals are allowed to be dropped off no questions asked, no fines. 

As a last resort, the owner called the SPCA. Gross said although he might have to pay a fine, turning in the reptile might have saved lives. “There is a reason why they’re illegal. They’re dangerous, they’re unpredictable,” Gross said in a report to  CBS News. “An alligator could be up to five feet long. They are capable of killing someone.”

Rocky Point Students Continue To Collect Donations

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students and staff members just completed their Thanksgiving drive and were able to collect hundreds of nonperishable food items for local families. Anything you could think of from holiday treats to deserts weren't off limits at the event. 

To help out, the second-grad Service Club, who were advised by counselor Jamie Admaski, helped to go through all of the hundreds of donations and sort them in an orderly fashion to be delivered just in time for the holidays. 

According to the district, this year’s donations will provide assistance to 15 families through the Cross Over Christian Church as well as fill the shelves at the Island Heart, Lighthouse Mission, Invited Inn and St. Anthony’s food pantries.

Over $200 Raised In An Anti-Common Core Campaign

An online campaign dedicated to raising money to help students, parents, and teachers from all over Long Island purchase materials, signs, flyers, and more to make sure the word is clear that the implementation of common core is not working. 

Currently, the campaign is about $430 short of its goal. 

Miller Place Resident Featured In University Fall Dance Concert

Hofstra University's Dance Program presented its annual Fall Dance Concert, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, November 21-24. Julia Macchio of Miller Place was one of the featured dancers in the program. Julia, 21, is a member of the Hofstra class of 2014, majoring in Dance.

This year's fall concert featured choreography by Stormy Brandenberger, Rachel List, Amy Marshall, Karla Wolfangle, Royce Zachery, and guest Terry Creach, who directs the New York City-based Creach/Company.

For more information on the dance program visit Hofstra University's website.  

Sneak Peak: Behind The Scenes Photos Of Theatre Three's 'A Christmas Carol'

When Joey Byrnes had a back injury January of 2011, he recalls working through the pain over the next few months during his job as an apprentice for a heating, ventilation and Port Jefferson's Theatre Three will present its 30th anniversary production of the Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol throughout the month of December. 

Major Paving Project Gets Completed In Rocky Point

Just in time for the holiday season, the Brookhaven Highway Department completed a major paving project consisting of Broadway, Frances Path, Hallock Landing Road, Hallock Lane, Jonathans Path, Locust Drive, Noahs Path and University Drive.

Daniel P. Losquadro, Brookhaven Town Superintendent of Highways said this project was not only important for the residents, but it was a must-do project for anyone who travels on those roads. 

“This project will have an extraordinary impact on the Rocky Point Community,” said Losquardo in a statement. “It addresses roads that are the main arteries within the community as well as less traveled streets.”

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