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News From Around LI, April 8

School ceiling collapses; hospital expands pediatric services.

Crews Clear School's Collapsed Ceiling

Construction crews worked overnight Friday to secure earlier in the day.

Peter Wilk, a spokesman from the Brooklyn-based Wilk Marketing Communications, a public relations firm working with a renovation and construction team at LBHS, said in a statement early Saturday morning that crews were working overnight to secure and remove an extended area of suspended stucco ceiling that collapsed inside the ground-floor's east parking area, under the second story of the high school, at about 5:10 p.m. Friday, according to Nassau County Police Department.

The police department’s Emergency Services Unit and Canine Unit and Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene Friday afternoon and reported no injuries at the school, which was closed for spring recess.

Good Samaritan Hospital Expands Pediatric Services

Dilys Audrey Whyte, MD, has joined Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center’s new Division of Pediatric Nephrology.

Whyte will evaluate pediatric patients with renal disease and hypertensions at Good Samaritan's Center for Pediatrict Specialty Care in Babylon.

Justice Scalia Silent on Healthcare at Breakfast Q&A

It isn’t often that a United States Supreme Court Justice visits Mineola much less when those not admitted to the bar and riding landmark cases get the opportunity to lob questions at them when they step out from under their black robes.

Justice Antonin Scalia was a guest of the Long Island Federalist Society at the Tuesday morning. His reply to if he thought the Supreme Court would – as President Barack Obama put it – be engaging in “judicial activism” if the affordable health care law was to be struck down?

A simple, curt ‘nope’ according to U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford.

Reconstructionist Temple to Sell Hewlett Building

, the only reconstructionist temple on the south shore, will soon sell its building on Franklin Avenue in Hewlett and move to a new location, according to its rabbi.

With more and more Orthodox Jews moving to the Five Towns, other denominations in the area have suffered, and Rabbi Elliot Skiddell said the congregation at its current size could not support the current temple building.

Huntington Shuts Down Wood Chipping Operation

The Town of Huntington got a temporary injunction to shut down a mulching and wood chipping operation in Huntington.

But a manager at the company said it was unnecessary.

The move by the town comes one day after a fire broke out in a 25-foot high mulch pile on the property, located at 1130 West Jericho Turnpike. 

The order, signed by a state Supreme Court judge, prevents Big Dougs Enterprises, Indian Head Ranch and Wayne and John Dougal from operating a wood chipping and mulching business at the location.

Huntington Fire Marshal Paul Latuso issued summonses alleging violation of the state fire code for storing and processing compost and for storage and processing without a required emergency plan, and a third summons for an open burning violation, according to a town press release.

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