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Week in Review: Shoreham Comes in Second, New Burger Joint

Also this week, a big step in the Rails to Trails project, one local business owner returns to her roots, & more.

The Shoreham Power Plant. Credit: Flickr/Paul Searing
The Shoreham Power Plant. Credit: Flickr/Paul Searing

LIPA Opts for Yaphank Plant Over Shoreham Site

proposal to site a 377mW power plant on the property of the Shoreham Power Plant will no longer be considered by the Long Island Power Authority, as staff recently chose to move forward with a 700mW proposal in Yaphank instead.

Mt. Sinai Dress Shop Owner Returns to her Roots

Merrily Ottomanelli recalls her Sweet 16 birthday party with a delighted fondness.

"It was like a wedding," she said. "It was on Halloween night. It had a Mardi Gras theme, every single person got a mask with the feathers."

Fast forward to 2013, and Ottomanelli, who grew up in Mt. Sinai and graduated from Mt. Sinai High School in 1994, has returned to her roots as the owner of a formal wear boutique called Merrily Couture, which opened in October.

Chance Meeting Spawns Fundraiser for Girl With Leukemia

It's a feeling many people have had before: whether it's related to kids, adults, loved ones, or sometimes even a stranger – that feeling where helping just seems like the right thing to do.

While getting her hair cut one day in June at Anthony Scott Salon in Sound Beach, Culley just so happened to see Julia Wilson – a 9-year-old girl who was diagnosed with leukemia two years ago – walk in and get her head shaved. After Wilson's blood cancer had gone into remission, Culley said, it had returned, and "you could tell it was pretty traumatic to her. Everyone was holding back tears."

County OKs Rails to Trails Agreement With LIPA

Rails to Trails – a proposed bike and jogging path running along Long Island Power Authority transmission lines – will be moving forward to the next stop after Suffolk County Legislators unanimously approved an agreement with LIPA on Tuesday, which also has the support of County Executive Steve Bellone.

Coram Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A Coram man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Wednesday after being arrested in relation to a hit-and-run in Mt. Sinai in late June, which later killed a 56-year-old woman.

Beers, Burgers & Desserts Opens up in Rocky Point

The name says it all: Beers, Burgers & Desserts.

"Because, who doesn't love beers, burgers and desserts?" asked Jessica Weiss, manager at the new joint on Route 25A that opened up on Monday, filling the shoes of the space that previously held Anthony Joseph's and Fatty Beltbuckles.

Red Mango Owner Hoping to Open Within 2 Weeks

After starting work on the Miller Place location about two months ago, Red Mango franchisee Tommy Regoukos is hoping to have the frozen yogurt joint open within the next two weeks.

Supe Looks to Sell J&R's Property

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine said he's open to accepting offers on the J&R Steakhouse property the town owns as he and town leaders work toward closing a budget gap that could top $8 million this upcoming year.

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