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Volunteers Improve Islip Kids’ Lives and Futures with Play

Town of Islip, Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Disney and KaBOOM! Celebrate Enriching the Lives of Kids and Families by Building a Healthy, Safe Space to Play in One Day

Islip, NY – More than 7,200 children now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active play they need. An empty lot was transformed into a kid-designed play space in less than eight hours with the help of more than 200 people from Islip, Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, Disney and organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and area residents.   

“The residents of Central Islip are grateful for the support from the Town of Islip, KaBOOM! and Disney in bringing a new playground to Islip Community Park that will serve the children in community well,” said Debbie Cavanaugh, president of Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors. “This is the first stage in building our park, which was just a dream for our community but was brought to life today by our partners and community volunteers. Without them, the playground build would not have been a success.”

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Town of Islip to Hold Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Islip, NY – The Islip Town Board will remember the 13th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, during its annual remembrance ceremony to be held at the 9/11 monument, located at Veteran’s Memorial Park, just west of Islip Town Hall, on Thursday, September 11th, at 5:00 pm. The Islip Town Board will be joined by fellow elected officials, area fire departments, local clergymen, civic leaders, local veterans groups and residents to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony, led by Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, will begin with the Lt. Michael Murphy Navy Sea Cadet Corps of West Sayville leading the color guard around Town Hall, with Town Board members and other officials following behind, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. An opening prayer will be given by Reverend Joseph Schlafer, Pastor of St. John Nepomucene of Bohemia. Supervisor Croci will be joined by Blaise Gemellaro, First Vice President of the Islip Town Fire Chiefs, in making opening remarks before Town Board members read the names of the 90 Islip Town residents who perished on that fateful day.

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Islip IDA Announces Aid for Businesses Damaged by Historic Rains

Islip, N.Y. – In a continuing effort to provide assistance to individuals impacted by the record-breaking rain event on August 13, 2014, the Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency announced yesterday that it will aide businesses that suffered damage from the rains that caused significant flooding. The Islip Town Board – in its capacity as members of the IDA board - voted unanimously in favor of these measures that include exemptions from sales tax relating to repairs, improvements and replacement of equipment damaged from the powerful rains. 

Sales tax exemptions will be made available chiefly for businesses in the industrial and manufacturing sectors in accordance with New York State law. The application process will be expedited to ensure that businesses are back on their feet as quickly as possible.
“The Town will do whatever it can do, independently, to offer assistance, and the IDA is here to help businesses work through the aftermath of this storm,” said Supervisor Tom Croci.

Anyone seeking aid for their businesses is encouraged to call the Islip Office of Economic Development at (631) 224-5512, or to fill out the application online at www.islipida.com.

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