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LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Throughout the month of April, volunteers are recognized nationwide for their important and selfless contributions to society. Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options), a Ronkonkoma-based provider of housing and supportive services for vulnerable Long Island residents is celebrating volunteers and their impact on the region. Options also operates a thrift shop in Lake Ronkonkoma. Read more from OnSachem News.


PATCHOGUE, NY — Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts took to Facebook on Wednesday to share its enthusiasm about the news. New Yorkers can soon enjoy newly reopened arts and entertainment venues, and residents can host and attend events with more people gathered. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcements as COVID-19 spread slows throughout the state. Read more from OnSachem News.


ARLINGTON, VA — As states make COVID-19 vaccines more widely available, Lidl US today announced a new initiative to encourage its employees to get the vaccine. Lidl is providing $200 in extra pay to all Lidl US employees who choose to receive the vaccine. The additional payment will help offset the costs associated with vaccine administration, including travel costs and childcare. The company will also accommodate employee schedules for vaccine appointments. Read more from OnSachem News.


NEW YORK (The Center Square) — The New York State Department of Labor announced recently it would proceed with a scheduled increase in the minimum wage that was scheduled to take effect before the COVID-19 pandemic started. It’s a move that business leaders and Republicans question as companies still are recovering from the public health crisis. Read more from OnSachem News.