News Nearby: Fire Rips Through Melville Home, Death at Stop & Shop

A look at some of the top headlines from fellow Suffolk County Patch sites over the past week.

Half Hollow Hills

Flames ripped through a Melville home Wednesday afternoon, completely gutting the rear of the house. The Melville Fire Department received a call for an automatic fire alarm at 26 Gwyne Road shortly after 2 p.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found the homeowner in the driveway with her four dogs as heavy smoke billowed out of the house, Melville's second assistant chief, Jason Bernfeld, said.

Babylon Village

The Stop & Shop supermarket on Route 109 in West Babylon was closed for a few hours Tuesday morning as Suffolk County Police responded to a medical emergency that resulted in the death of a person who has yet to be identified.

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The Varsity Girls Softball team defeated Islip 8-3 at the team's annual “Friday Night Lights” game at Babylon on May 4. This win came after a week marred by numerous rainouts. But last Friday night Mother Nature cooperated, and with a great deal of help from the Lindy American groundskeepers, the team was able to take the field.

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Three Sayville teenagers are under arrest and charged with burglarizing the Hot Bagels business on North Main St. in Sayville early Monday morning, according to Suffolk Police.

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West Islip

For a quarter century, Scott Craig and Bill Turri have been fixtures on the lacrosse field at West Islip High School. On Thursday, the head coach and assistant coach respectively of the boys lacrosse team together celebrated win number 400 of their varsity careers as the Lions (15-1) finished the regular season with a 13-7 win over Connetquot.

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Deer Park-North Babylon

For North Babylon parents Vincent Verni and Michael Vazzano, President Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, is a message of hope that all couples, regardless of gender, will soon be granted the same legal rights. "His support and the legalization of same sex marriage in New York makes me even more proud to be an American," , said.

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Patchogue Patch held its first blood drive with Long Island Blood Services in on Monday. Around 11 units of blood were collected, and prize packages were raffled off to visitors from and .


A Holtsville man died Friday afternoon in a two-car crash in Holbrook, police said.

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