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News From Around LI, March 24

Possible bamboo ban, and a circus train backup.

Some of the news you may have missed from around Long Island this week.

Long Beach Seeks to Borrow $6 Million

Nearly four months after the City of Long Beach to cover a shortfall in the city’s payroll and retirement payout, the City Council will be asked to consider another borrowing plan next week. 

Bamboo Ban Discussed in Huntington

A final decision on possible residential bamboo use restrictions could come soon by the Huntington Town Board. Calling for mandatory installation of 10-foot buffers consisting of four-foot deep impenetrable barriers between homeowners who plant invasive bamboo and their neighbors, the proposed resolution was met with mostly favorable opinion at Town Hall March 13 from about a dozen residents who made public comments.

Circus Train Arrives, Backs Up Traffic in Garden City

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train rolled through Garden City Monday afternoon on its annual trek to the Nassau Coliseum. More than 100 train cars slowly crossed Clinton Road and Commercial Avenue, backing up traffic for more than two hours as it passed the fire station along St. James Street on its way to the East Garden City yard.

Syosset Board of Education: Budget Makes the Cap

The tax levy for the 2012-2013 school year will fall exactly at the new tax cap, said to the Syosset Board of Education at Monday's meeting. , the district let out a collective sigh of relief at a relatively less daunting budget process.

Stranded Teens Rescued from Psychiatric Hospital

Three teens who entered an abandoned building at the former Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital had to be rescued by police and fire crews Monday afternoon. According to State Park Police, the teens, who are from Commack, Smithtown and Hauppauge, had climbed a tree and were able to enter the property's largest and most well known Building 93 through a broken window. “The teens got up to the eleventh floor, where they entered a room. The door closed behind them and they were unable to get back out,” said park police Sgt. Anthony Catalano.  They were rescued after one of the teens used a cellphone to call 911. All three were charged with trespassing and were released to their parents.

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