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News Nearby: Smithtown Restaurant Celebrates 11 Years

A look at the top headlines from nearby towns.

Port Jefferson

Port Jefferson to Become Seawolves Country

If you see Seawolves prowling around Port Jefferson, don’t be frightened. It’s all part of a plan to team up with Stony Brook University to promote the village to students and faculty of the school and get residents and visitors to see all the campus has to offer.

According to Jill Russell, Port Jefferson’s public relations representative, the village is popular with students so strengthening that bond made sense.

"We can stay connected and leverage all we have to offer here," Russell said.

The relationship opens opportunities for local businesses to cater to the population of approximately 25,000 students and faculty members at the university. Seawolves branded merchandise will be sold in local stores and signage declaring Port Jefferson as “Seawolves Country” will be put around the village and the campus.

Smithtown

H2O Celebrates 11 Years in Business

Longevity may not be the norm with restaurants today, but H2O in Smithtown has managed to last 11 years in its West Main Street location, helmed by brothers and co-owners Michael and Kurt Bohlsen.

Michael attributes much of the restaurant’s success to the loyalty of its guests.

“The people here are very genuine, they’re very loyal,” he said. “We’ve developed a lot of relationships with the people that live right behind us and all around us.”

While loyalty may keep the doors open, it’s the food that brings the guests in.

Three Village

Cops Say Three Village Driver Drove Bus Drunk

The bus driver charged with DWI on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday was a bus driver within the Three Village Central School District, a school spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

According to police, Robert Stundis, 48, of Bohemia, was driving a Ford mini-bus with one tire missing on the westbound lanes of the LIE at around 4:45 p.m. when police stopped him just east of Exit 60 in Ronkonkoma. When officers stopped him, they administered a series of sobriety tests and determined that he was intoxicated. A breathalyzer revealed a blood-alcohol content of .23.

Kings Park

Kings Park Local in New Reality TV Show

Eleven locals will star in an upcoming reality TV show about privileged 20-somethings living it up on Long Island's legendary North Shore, with a backdrop of some of the area's swankiest hotspots and homes.

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