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Nearby: Big Academy Group to March in Parade

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Some of the news stories from other Long Island communities this week.

Large Academy Group to March in Parade

Nearly 200 United States Merchant Marine Academy midshipmen will participate in the 57th Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., next week. The academy will be represented by the Regiment of Midshipmen, including regimental staff, band, color guard, honor guard and a marching complement of midshipmen, representing all four classes and companies.

Ex-Long Islander Fights for Bereavement Leave

It's a fate so terrible there is no name for it in English: A woman who loses a husband is a "widow;" a child without parents is an "orphan." But there is no word to describe a parent who loses a child, perhaps because the anguish is so unspeakable. And, there are few legal remedies for protecting these parents in the workplace. Some lose pay for being unable to return to work quickly. Others lose their jobs. Former Plainview resident Barry Kluger is determined to change that.

Charity Ale Hits the Shelves

A cooperative of Long Island breweries are ready to pour the first glass of an India pale ale aptly named Surge Protector. The sales will be donated to Long Island Cares and an Oceanside microbrewery wiped out by the October storm. The ale, brewed at Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue, will be available at Patchogue’s Tap Room starting Tuesday and hits the shelves in retail beer distributors at $16.99 for a 22-ounce bottle and will be sold at bars across Long Island starting Wednesday, according to a Newsday report. Just 2,000 bottles were made, according to the brewery. The brewing effort included Blind Bat Brewery, Barrier Brewing, Great South Bay Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, Port Jeff Brewing Company, Spider Bite Brewing Company, and Blue Point Brewery. Clare Rose Distributors signed on to pump out the product for the cause as well.

'Double Track' LIRR Plan in Farmingdale Moves Forward

The MTA's Long Island Rail Road is moving forward its Double Track project designed to smooth the 18-mile ride between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

The Double Track is expected to increase the frequency of commuter trains in and out of New York City, an initiative local leaders hope will boost economic development along those stations. The environmental study is just beginning and was kicked off at a press conference Wednesday in Ronkonkoma.

Plainview Getting Turf Field

If all goes as planned, Plainview's professional-grade turf athletic field will be ready for its home football opener. And if Plainview chose to, some of its games could be played under the lights.

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