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Fire department drill team disbands, again

In 2021, the Patchogue Fire Department’s 40 Thieves Drill team were calling it a comeback after a 14-year layoff. But just three years later, in 2024, the drill team, which has a rich and …

Parishioners at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Patchogue celebrated the commissioning of their head priest, the Rev. James E. Reiss, as a U.S. Navy chaplain, during a noontime prayer and …

Around noon on June 1, in front of the Dunton Inn in East Patchogue, 77-year-old Marine veteran Roger Fonnest walked straight down the middle of South Country Road with his head held high. With …

Red, white, and blue lined Main Street in Patchogue as veterans’ groups, emergency vehicles, and community organizations marched in the village’s annual Memorial Day parade, followed by a …

Patchogue-Medford High School senior Alex Lawrence has been accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following graduation from Pat-Med, Lawrence …

Temple Beth El observed Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Sunday with an emotional community-wide interfaith service of song and prayer and a talk by Holocaust educator Dr. Bernie Furshpan. …

Equipped with bags and gloves, a group of dedicated volunteers gathered along the banks of East Patchogue’s Swan River to clean up their local waterway. Led by James Bertsch and Tom Kain, …

Power in Heels in Patchogue will be celebrating their seventh annual event, hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce at The Sunset Harbor Club. A total of three remarkable women will …

Medford Boy Scout Liam Langlan recently completed his Eagle Scout project: a Giving Box, now located at Patchogue Medford Youth & Community Services, on Bay Avenue in Patchogue. For his …

This past Sunday, March 17, the Harbor Crab Co. in Patchogue hosted its second annual St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser. Members of the community came out in support of five local kids and their …

Four Patchogue Village public safety officers, Sgt. Joseph O’Connell, Sgt. Dominic Surinaga, officer Alexander Iacono-Hall and officer Marcus Gipson, stopped a car driving down Main Street …

Patchogue-Medford came into its road game against Walt Whitman having already clinched a playoff spot, but without Angel Redding, its leading scorer. Redding, who averages 18 points and eight …

Patchogue-Medford High School Class of 2023 and first-round pick Josh Knoth is slated to be the opening-day starter in the Arizona Rookie League for the Milwaukee Brewers. Also, this year’s …

Bellport High School freshman Caitlin Maragioglio earned fourth place at the 2024 NYSPHAA Girls Wrestling Tournament. To earn the spot, she wrestled in six matches during the day-long state …

Former Hagerman fire chief Nicole Pannhurst has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court claiming gender discrimination, a hostile workplace and retaliation, against the fire district and several …

Students, council members, friends and family alike gathered at the Brookhaven Town Hall to enjoy a sense of community and celebrate Black History Month, which runs through February. Despite the cold …

Blue Point-based Johnny Mac Foundation, headquartered at the Bayport-Blue Point Library, hosted its 14th “wish gala” on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Gatsby-fabulous Mansion at Oyster Bay. A …

Early on Jan. 10, a nor’easter brought in severe rain and strong winds, causing major flooding. Since then, Brookhaven Town supervisor Daniel J. Panico declared a state of emergency effective …

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has declared the Mastic Fire Department substation at Calabro Airport in Shirley a state Superfund site, after the chemicals PFOA and PFOS were …

Five days a week at 10 outreach posts throughout Suffolk County, Lighthouse Mission of Bellport serves hundreds of people by providing them with food, groceries, clothing and prayer. In 2023, …

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