Nearby: LIPA Overhaul Underway

News you may have missed from communities around Long Island.

The transition from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to PSEG, has begun, marking the end of the LIPA’s 15-year tenure as Long Island’s power source.

Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill still has a few hurdles to overcome, the PSEG logo is already replacing LIPA’s across Long Island.

Shark Washes Ashore

A 10-foot basking sharked washed ashore in Long Beach on Wednesday afternoon, the Long Beach Police Department told Patch.

The shark was alive when a city lifeguard found the creature on a West End beach, between New York and Pennsylvania avenues, at about 3:20 p.m.

Giani Leaving Huntington to Head South Country Schools
Dr. Joseph Giani, a longtime educator in the Huntington schools, has been named superintendent of the South Country school district. He will start the South Country job July 20.

 Joe Cipp Jr. resigned as school chief of the South Country School District in March 2012 after a grade-changing scandal erupted. Cipp,  who had been Suffolk County's winningest football coach until surpassed by St. Anthony's Rich Reichert in 2012, was accused of pressuring educators to change the grade of an athlete so he would qualify for a college scholarship. Cipp repeatedly denied the accusation.

Free Dental Care Offered

Babylon Dental Care will be offering a free day of dental care at their West Babylon office Sunday.
The dental care team will be in the office at 7:30 a.m. to start helping the first 200 attendees at the West Babylon office. Patients may choose from one free filling, cleaning or extraction and the free care offer is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Video Aims to Boost 'Walk Safe' Campaign

As part of Nassau County’s Walk Safe Campaign, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Tuesday the debut of a public service video aimed at increasing safety and awareness both for pedestrians crossing busy streets and for the drivers expected to yield to them at crosswalks.

The video, produced by film students from Long Island University, features the stories of three teens that died after being struck while crossing Hempstead Turnpike and Sunrise Highway over a period of five years.

Brown Tide Strikes Great South Bay
While it poses no danger to humans, the brown tide currently sweeping across the Great South Bay is a real danger to the shellfish population. Brown tide concentrations of 1.28 million cells per milliliter near Heckscher State Park and 1.1 million cells per milliliter off Bay Shore were recently found with Newsday reporting that when those numbers reach just 50,000 to 100,000 cells per milliliter, it can cause a host of issues, including endangering shellfish, slowing clam recovery and killing eelgrass.


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