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When the coronavirus pandemic upended the U.S. economy, many states halted or limited construction work. While real estate development is beginning to resume, recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed an unprecedented drop in residential building permits. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — Given the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, 7‑Eleven, Inc. announced today it will not celebrate 7‑Eleven Day, better known as July 11 (7/11), in stores this year. Instead, the convenience retailer is giving a special birthday gift of one million meals to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. Read more

EAST ELMHURST, NY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took part in a ribbon cutting Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new passenger terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, and while air traffic remains almost completely grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governor wasn’t about to let that dampen the celebration. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — Karvers Grille in Holbrook hosted a contingent of state elected officials and heads of local chambers of commerce. The group hopes to advance a bill to provide marketing dollars to encourage local shopping, dining, and services as the business community pulls itself from the depths of economic hardship caused by the pandemic. Read more

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FARMINGVILLE, NY — Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and the members of the Town Board today announced that the Town is accepting applications for "COVID-19 Social Distancing Accommodations" to assist businesses and houses of worship expand to outdoor seating and sales. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — One of the key metrics to beginning the first phase of Long Island's economic reopening as early as Wednesday is having enough "contact tracers" hired, trained, and ready to work, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Contact tracer training is completed online and the state is actively recruiting. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — The early evening dinner rush on Friday appeared bustling outside Karvers Grille in Holbrook. Though the ongoing pandemic prevents the popular restaurant and bar from offering inside dining at this time, the community has been enjoying takeout with curbside pickup and delivery by DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats. Read more

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RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — As travelers begin to make plans to fly again and airlines work nonstop to ensure the health and wellness of their customers, Long Island MacArthur Airport becomes the first airport in the world to install and activate new systems to continuously sanitize air and surfaces in the airport’s facilities. Read more

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SCOPE Education Services is now offering free school-age child care services to children of first responders, medical personnel and essential services personnel in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Locally in the Sachem Central School District, the program is offered at Nokomis Elementary School, 151 Holbrook Road, Holbrook. Registration is open all weekend for childcare to begin on Monday. Read more

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning that the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic could cost state revenues $4 billion in the next fiscal year. And if there’s a severe recession, stock market declines and an extended timeframe for recovery from the virus, that figure could rise to $7 billion. Read more

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(The Center Square) – As the number of new diagnosed coronavirus cases skyrocketed in New York on Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out yet another directive designed to encourage social distancing. Read more