News Nearby: Serious Injuries Sustained in Middle School Fight

Also: Police say drugged driving ends in crash; nearby civic association wants tougher penalties for housing code violators.

There's plenty of news happening on any given day in Port Jefferson, and the same can be said for the towns around us. Here's a sampling of nearby headlines.

From Hauppauge Patch: Serious Injuries Sustained in Middle School Fight. Schoolyard bullying turned violent this week at Hauppauge Middle School when a seventh grade boy was seriously injured during a bathroom brawl. Principal Maryann Fletcher said that the incident originally came through as an accident, but after further investigation, the administration discovered that it was not.

From Three Village Patch: Civic Association Calls for Stiffer Penalties for Rooming House Landlords. The Civic Association of the Setaukets and Stony Brook wants heftier fines for unscrupulous landlords who are turning single-family homes into illegal rooming houses for university students, and has asked the town to release the names and addresses of those homes cited for such violations within the past year. Residents in Three Village have long complained about these houses to the Civic Association and to the Town of Brookhaven, saying the situation often turns an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood into a noisy, chaotic one.

From Commack Patch: Police: Drugged Driving Ends in Crash. A Commack driver was allegedly on drugs when she crossed over a double yellow line and crashed into oncoming traffic in Smithtown Feb. 15. According to police, Rachel Shavzin, 29, was driving a 2012 Honda Accord on Old Willets Path in Smithtown when she started driving on the opposite side of the road and crashed her vehicle into an oncoming car.

From Miller Place-Rocky Point Patch: WATCH: Viral 'Harlem Shake' Firefighter Video from Rocky Point. The 'Harlem Shake' has taken YouTube by storm harder than Gangnam Style of late, and one of the most viral videos of the hot trend reportedly stems from the Rocky Point Fire Department. The video has taken the internet by storm and is one of the most popular 'Harlem Shake' videos on the web. Click above to watch.

From Sachem Patch: Police Say No Serious Injury in Sachem School Bus Accident. Police say there were no serious injuries involving yesterday's school bus mishap on Empress Pine Drive in Lake Ronkonkoma. Authorities say the bus, carrying middle school students, was turning the corner at the road at around 3:45 p.m. when its rear wheel got caught in a snowbank. The snag caused the bus to lurch. Two girls bumped heads and one hit a side window.


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