There's plenty of news happening in Port Jefferson on any given day, and the same can be said about the towns around us. Here's a look at what's making headlines in nearby Patch towns.
From Three Village Patch: Drunk Bus Driver Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail. The Three Village school bus driver who was busted for driving drunk with a flat tire on the Long Island Expressway will serve two years in prison, according to a report published Thursday in Newsday. Robert Stundis, 48, of Bohemia, was convicted in December on charges including 12 counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Reports say he had a blood-alcohol content of .23; a half-empty bottle of vodka was found in the center console of the bus.
From Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch: Debate Persists Over Contentious Kindergarten Proposal. Full-Day kindergarten continued to be the topic of contention at Wednesday’s second budget workshop as the district pitched the proposal again while now including a four-year projection. Clearly the most controversial topic after the first workshop, the program would come at no cost to district the first year and little cost in 2014-‘15 thanks to Kindergarten Conversion State Aid that would be received. The first two years of full-day kindergarten would come at a net cost of $105,370 thanks to a projected $750,000 in aid.
From Kings Park Patch: Kings Park Local in Hollywood Flick. Steve Gagliano, a Kings Park resident and owner of Tormented Souls Tattoo in East Northport, plays an Albanian gangster in the new action-thriller "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, and Terrence Howard. The film, released March 8, is about a thug (Farrell) with a secret past who goes head to head with a woman (Rapace) seeking revenge for an attack.
From Smithtown Patch: Residents Rally Against Outdoor Dining at Rockwell's Bar and Grill. The new owners of Rockwell's Bar and Grill are facing resistance from local residents in their attempt to legalize an outdoor dining space before warm weather arrives. Peter Trink, a new co-owner of Rockwell's Bar and Grill in Smithtown, went before the Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday night in efforts to legalize an outdoor dining area with a special exception permit. Trink said he was unaware Rockwell's outdoor dining are did not have proper town permits when he took over the business. However, it plays a crucial role in his business's success.