News Nearby: Man Killed by Train in St. James

A look at the top headlines this week from nearby town's.

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson School District Mourns BOE Member's Passing

Residents of the village and the Port Jefferson School District are mourning the passing of one of their own after Isak Prohovnik died suddenly earlier this week. Prohovnik was elected to the school board in 2011 and was a professor of Psychiatry and Radiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.


Lowe's Submits Revised Plans for Smaller Commack Store

Lowe's is taking the next step forward in converting the former Commack Cinemas into a massive home improvement center.

Lowe's submitted revised building plans for a 166,000-square-foot  home improvement store and garden center to Smithtown Planning Department on Oct. 18. It will come up for a public hearing before the Planning Board on Nov. 7 and could be approved the same night.

The home improvement franchise's newly revised plans shrink the size of the proposed store's retail area by 21,925 square feet, down from its initial plans for a 187,925-square-foot store. The proposed building would be more than double the size of Commack Cinemas Multiplex, which was  71,700-square-feet.


P.F. Chang’s Hearing Before Smithtown BZA Postponed

P.F. Chang's plans for a proposed Smith Haven Mall location will have to wait a little longer.

P.F. Chang's public hearing before Town of Smithtown's Board of Zoning Appeals was postponed on Tuesday night due to lack of adequate company representation. It has been rescheduled for their November meeting.

Adrienne Giannadeo, BZA chairwoman, would not let Andria Pacinelli, P.F. Chang's Regional Director of Development, speak on behalf of the company without being given power of attorney.


Man Killed by Train in St. James

A man died in St. James on Tuesday after he was struck by a full eastbound train approaching the station platform, Metropolitan Transportation Authority police said.

Detective Sergeant Kim Riley of the MTA Police said the man was hit by the train at 12:20 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the Lake Avenue station when officers arrived.

"It appears he was on the platform," Riley said.

Kings Park

No Power Plant For Kings Park

The Long Island Power Authority announced Wednesday afternoon that it will recommend two locations to its board of trustees as possible future sites for a new power plant.

The two sites being considered are in Yaphank and Shoreham, but the proposed site in Kings Park is no longer under consideration. LIPA Board Trustees will be asked to vote on moving forward with conducting negotiations for 20-year Purchase Power Agreements with both companies as it determines which one will offer the best value to Long Island customers.


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