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Week in Review: Wounded Vet Welcomed Home

Patch rounds up the week's big news.

Sisters Jennifer DeGray and Lauren Kastrinos have come up with a charming business idea, one they say is starting to take off.

The duo is the creative force behind Gigi’s Charm, a web-based business that specializes in handmade, custom slide charm bracelets.

After a few flight changes and travel delays, John Paradine finally had the chance to welcome home his son from a seven-month long deployment to Afghanistan.

Twenty-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Cory Paradine was deployed to Afghanistan in last year. During his time there, he was injured during an IED explosion.

In Kings Park, some notable gains on state test scores were made in Grade 4 English, Grade 5 English, Grade 7 English, and Grade 7 math. The district saw slight dips in Grade 4 math and Grade 6 math, while Grade 6 English test scores saw a larger decline.

While numerous local media outlets cover the Town of Smithtown, one has decided to take a break.

Smithtown Radio announced via a letter that it will be on an "official hiatus" July 22, with its last story posted Saturday. The media outlet's live radio is down for now, however general manager James Brierton says its Facebook, Twitter and website will still remain active.

Do you like cupcakes? If so, there's one sweet upcoming raffle that will benefit local students - and cupcake fans alike.

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