As Smithtown voters prepare to go to the polls next Tuesday to cast the first of many votes in the 2013 elections, the future of Main Street hangs in the balance.
Smithtown's Main Street is not only the geographic center where Town Hall stands, but also serves as its primary downtown area that – ideally – draws in shoppers from Commack, Hauppauge, Kings Park, Nesconset and other nearby towns.
But, what stores are left to bring shoppers into the downtown area?
From Commack: Man Critically Injured in Commack LIE Crash
A crash closed the Long Island Expressway eastbound between Exits 52 (Commack Road) and 53 (Sagtikos Parkway) Friday morning.
According to police, Leon Parks, 23, of Coram, was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima eastbound on the Long Island Expressway at Exit 53 when his vehicle struck a guardrail and overturned at 4:46 a.m.
Parks was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.Witnesses told police that Parks was driving at a high rate of speed.
From Hauppauge: Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant Closes its Doors in Hauppauge
Jade Garden, a restaurant that has been a staple of Hauppauge's food scene closed two weeks ago after being in business more than 40 years. The family that owned Jade Garden for the past 20 years, though, still owns the nearby Chinese take-out restaurant Hau Po.
From Northport: Police: Drunken Northport Woman Seriously Injures Passenger in Crash
A Northport woman was arrested Thursday after police said she was driving while intoxicated after her passenger was seriously injured in a crash in Centerport early that morning.
According to Suffolk County police, Elizabeth Damilatis was driving a 2011 Volvo SUV westbound on East Main Street when she lost control of her vehicle, which struck a utility pole on the north side of road in front of 375 East Main St. at 3:51 a.m.The passenger in the SUV, Thomas Martin, 36, of Huntington, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
From Huntington: STEM School Comes to Life
A Huntington school was reincarnated Wednesday, coming back to life as the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet school, three years after the building was closed to classes.
Dignitaries, parents, children, a congressman, teachers, Board of Education members and the real-life Jack Abrams were on hand to celebrate the founding of a school devoted to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.