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Week In Review: Zero Cuts in Miller Place's Proposed Budget

The top headlines from the week that was.

Mt. Sinai Mosque Debate Continues; Written Comment Extension Given

The first public discussion in almost two months regarding the proposed Mount Sinai mosque was thorough and at times heated during Monday's Town of Brookhaven Planning Board meeting.

Mohammed Sameen's proposal to convert an existing 74' x 142.4' barn to a place of worship at 515 Mt. Sinai-Coram Road has led to much discussion over concerns residents have.

Many worry about traffic that the mosque would bring, while other issues about the controversial topic were brought up as well.

Zero Cuts in Miller Place Superintendent's Proposed Budget

After a handful of tumultuous budget seasons that included teacher and staff layoffs and cuts to curriculum, sports and activies, Miller Place Superintendent Marianne Higuera's proposed 2013-'14 budget includes no cuts.

The budget, which Higuera presented to the Board of Education and those in attendance at Miller Place High School Wednesday night, would not exceed the expected tax levy cap of 4.31 percent. The proposed budget of $67,757,777 not only had zero cuts, but also included multiple instructional program and co-curricular initiatives along with another major proposal of full-day kindergarten.

Town Acquires Property on Broadway for Municipal Parking

Taking advantage of the Route 25A Land Use Plan, the Town of Brookhaven recently purchased property located on Broadway in Rocky Point to be developed as a municipal parking lot. The purchase presents the first opportunity for the Town to build on the J6 zoning designation that is part of the plan.

The property was purchased from Anthony and Bridget Caccavale with funding in the form of a Community Development Block Grant through the Federal Government.

Have You Seen This 'Yarn Bomb' in Rocky Point?

If you stop at the corner of Lincoln Drive and Park Drive right off of Broadway in Rocky Point, you'll notice one of the most colorful and unique stop signs you'll see.

Patch reader Bre Candela snapped a photo of the stop sign, which was apparently hit with a 'yarn bomb' to make it look a bit like a very large flower.

If you're not familiar with the crazy, yarn bombing has become popular over the past few years and is basically crochet and knit 'graffiti'.

Guitar Asylum Moves to Bohemia [Empty in Rocky Point]

About a year and a half after moving from its longtime location in the Miller Place Plaza to the Crossroads Plaza Westin Rocky Point, Guitar Asylum has moved once again, this time completely out of town to Bohemia.

Those who shopped or had lessons in the store can find them at 1610 Ninth Ave. in Bohemia, right off Vets Highway. The move creates another vacancy in the plaza where Route 25A and North Country Road meet. Most recently, Aid Auto Stores closed back in September.

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