Bald eagles on Long Island

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Just in time for the July 4th holiday, America’s national bird could make an appearance over Long Island. 

Two baby bald eagles are nesting at the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.  They hatched in April and the preserve manager says they’re just about ready to take some short practice flights. 

The birds are rare to Long Island and the exact location of their nest is a closely-guarded secret.

Stop and Shop will cut jobs

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Stop and Shop has filed notice with the state that it will close its New Hyde Park Peapod Delivery facility, resulting in the loss of 162 jobs. 

The company says it will try to move the affected employees to other stores in the area.  The employees include drivers and clerks.  The Stop and Shop store that houses the facility will remain open. 

East end farmers want to harvest power

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Some East End farmers want to use their land to harvest power and make some money, but not everyone is in favor of the plan.
Multiple farmers are seeking permission to allow companies to install solar panels on their property in exchange for a fee. They hope to gain income to stabilize costs, while preserving the environment.  Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter says he’s afraid that so many solar panel companies will want to come in and rent farmland, driving up the already high cost of land for traditional farmers.
Officials say they do not want the farms in the area to turn into industrial zones.

Retired cop pleads guilty


A retired Suffolk County cop pleads guilty to taking nearly half-a-million dollars in illegal pension payments from the New York State and Local Police and Fire Retirement System. 

Sixty-five-year-old Terrance Hoffman of Shirley admitted to falsifying records to get the pension payments from 1996 to 2012.  As part of his guilty plea, Hoffman must repay all the money. 

He’s due back in court September 10th for a pre-sentence conference.