News Nearby: Police Searching for Bank Robber, Islip Pines Concerns

A look at some of the top headlines from fellow Suffolk County Patch sites over the past week.

Babylon Village

Suffolk Police are looking for a woman who robbed the People's United Bank on Deer Park Avenue at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to police, the woman, described as a white female in her 40s with crooked teeth and light brown or dirty blonde hair, entered the bank and handed a teller a note threatening violence and demanding cash.

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West Islip

A worker was injured putting out a fire on the roof of the former Excel Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy building in West Islip Monday morning, fire officials said.

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When the field was renamed the Michael J. Canobbio Field on , it was only the second time in the history of that the Board of Education and the central administration has gotten together and renamed a field after a key contributor to the schools and the community.

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Half Hollow Hills

Long Island executive Doug Manditch is not a typical banker. Over breakfast this past Thursday at Greenway Plaza, he told the Melville-East Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce that he takes his cues from Main Street instead of Wall Street, and reached success because of it.

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The Drama Club presented CATS, the musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, for three well-attended performances which ran from Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24. The young cast and crew, led by producer and director Ken Dobbins, put on a fabulous show of frolicking feline fun, imbued with heartfelt emotion.

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The 17th annual St. Patrick's Day parade was held on Main Street in Patchogue Village on Sunday.  Led by Grand Marshal Peter Feehan, the parade marched down Main Street to the cheers of hundreds of people. The Saffron United pipe band won the "Mayor's Cup for Best Overall Pipe Band", won "Best Overall" and for the second year in a row, the Swan Lake Civic Association's float took the prize for "Most Irish".

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Scared. That’s the word Sayville business owners have used repeatedly, according to Sayville Chamber of Commerce President Bill Etts, when discussing a proposed mixed-use development (Islip Pines) on 136 acres of land in Holbrook. Serota Properties is proposing 250 one and two-bedroom housing units, more than 400,000 square feet of retail space, a movie theater and a 1.3 million square feet of industrial space, which would include a hotel, on the land at the northeast corner of Vets and Sunrise highways.

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