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HALF HOLLOW HILLS Copyright © 2012 Long Islander Newspapers, LLC Online at VOLUME FIFTEEN, ISSUE 40 N E W S P A P E R 28 PAGES THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 MELVILLE TOWN OF HUNTINGTON Voices After Superstorm Sandy By Mike Koehler When Superstorm Sandy pounded Long Island, it was nimble, bottom-up efforts that made the difference at a time while reliable communication was in short supply. So it came as no surprise to Suffolk County Legislators Steven Stern (D-Dix Hills) and Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) when a few dozen Suffolk County residents vented to members of the Suffolk County Legislature at a hearing on storm response last week. The hearing was the first step in creating a regional storm plan. “When you hear people and professionals from their various organizations, they’re speaking from their particular perspective. Then it’s our responsibility to take that perspective and coordinate it into an overall effort,” Stern said. Residents from as far west as Amityville and east as Mastic Beach approached the legislators on Thursday evening to talk about difficulties they faced after the Oct. 29 storm. The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) remained an easy target. Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, referenced the utility company’s failed text message system and daily press briefings in his plea for better communication. “I think that kind of disconnect was hard,” Alexander said. D’Amaro complained after the hearing that LIPA’s briefings often contained old information. At a time when power outages were expected and hundreds of thousands of ratepayers were trying to pick up the pieces, the legislator said accurate information is critical for planning. “They have to vastly improve their ability to communicate with ratepayers,” D’Amaro said. Others asked the legislators present to force public elections for LIPA’s Board of Trustees. When the company was founded in 1985, they claimed, ratepayers (Continued on page A22) Site Plan OK’d For Senior ‘Club’ Planning Board approves 261-unit The Club at Melville By Danny Schrafel A complex and long-awaited plan to bring senior housing, a religious temple and a new park to Melville appears to be in the home stretch to groundbreaking. Huntington’s Planning Board approved site plans for The Club at Melville, a 261-unit ownership senior residential community on property on Deshon Drive near Pinelawn Road that was previously used by Newsday, during their Nov. 28 meeting. Attorney Morton Weber, who represents Deshon Partners, said the proposal is awaiting routine approvals from the town. Once those are received, the final step is (Continued on page A22) Renderings of The Club at Melville are one step closer to becoming reality after the town’s Planning Board signed off on site plans Nov. 28. MELVILLE New Trial For Convicted Murderer By Mike Koehler A state appellate judge threw out a 2009 murder conviction last week after ruling that attorneys on both sides acted inappropriately against the gang member. Bloods gang member James McArthur, of Huntington Station and formerly of Melville, will not have to serve out a 35 years-life term for the slaying of a Huntington Station day laborer in 2007. He was initially sentenced in June 2009. Major Crime prosecutor Glenn Kurtzrock alleged that McArthur, 25, killed Sebastian Bonilla, 38. The defendant was allegedly walking southbound on First Av- the robber. Prosecutors enue with a friend said McArthur then around 3 a.m. on July pulled the trigger once, 15, 2007 when the vicfiring a round into tim and his nephews Bonilla’s chest. left a neighborhood bar One nephew stayed and headed east. with the victim, while Prosecutors said they another chased after crossed paths at First McArthur. Bonillo was Avenue and Pulaski pronounced dead at Road, where McArthur Huntington Hospital announced his intenthat afternoon. tion to rob one of the A jury convicted Honduran men, all day James McArthur McArthur of secondlaborers. degree murder and second-degree According to the prior conviction, criminal possession of a weapon in McArthur approached one of the May 2009. He was classified as a nephews and began patting him violent felony offender for convicdown. Bonilla intervened, walking tions on three other shootings. in front of his nephew while not making any physical contact with (Continued on page A22) IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION THE FOODIES DO La Notte A12 GET YOUR COPIES OF THIS EDITION AT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY (see list on page 24) Register for free digital subscription at Hicksville, NY 11801 Permit No. 66 CRRT SORT US Postage PAID STANDARD RATE

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