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Menorah light sets world records, Bay Shore woman sentenced in DWI crash, Medford woman dies in accident and more LI news for December 23rd, 2011

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Medford Women Killed in Patchogue Accident; DWI Driver Arrested in Patchogue; Menorah Lighting Sets World Record; Port Jefferson Aims to Make Solar Energy Use Possible; Bay Shore Woman Sentenced After DWI Crash

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Medford Women Killed in Patchogue Accident

Yong Soon Yim, 76, was driving on the LIE in Holtsville when she sideswiped a tractor trailer shortly after 1pm, causing her to lose control of her car. Soon Yim then had a head-on collision with a Mercedes SUV which had been on the westbound side of the LIE. She was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Mercedes and his passenger were also transported to the Stony Brook University Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the trailer sustained no injuries.

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DWI Driver Arrested in Patchogue

Patchogue resident Tenchue Atkinson caused a chain-reaction car crash early Thursday morning. Atkinson had been driving his Ford Mustang eastbound on Sunrise Highway when his car broke down near exit 53 just after 3am. Atkinson and his passenger exited the car and stood near the side of the road when a passing vehicle struck the Mustang, forcing the car into Atkinson’s passenger who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries. Atkinson is charged with driving while intoxicated.

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Menorah Lighting Sets World Record

Roughly 700 people turned out at the Merrick Jewish Centre on Wednesday night, the second night of Hanukkah, to break the world record for most menorahs lit simultaneously. More than 2,300 candles were lit. The previous record was set in 2009 in a Moscow nightclub where 358 people lit menorahs at the same time.

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Port Jefferson Aims to Make Solar Energy Use Possible

In order to make it easier for Port Jefferson residents to install rooftop solar electric panels and village ordinance must be amended. A public hearing was hold on December 19th by the Port Jefferson Board of Trustees on mending the ordinance thusly “streamlining the applications process for residential rooftop solar electric and hot water energy systems.” Port Jeff residents has been given 10 days from the close of the hearing Monday night to send a letter of comment to Village Hall before the board makes a decision. The amendment proposal’s new application process will save time by speeding up approvals, eliminate paperwork and protect public safety.

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Bay Shore Woman Sentenced After DWI Crash

Samantha Alfaro, 20, of Bay Shore, has been sentenced to 3-9 years in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing into the tree in March. Alafaro suffered leg and ankle injuries while her 3-year-old daughter, who was secured in the car by only a seatbelt and not a child safety seat which police later found in the truck of Alfaro’s Mazda, was left paralyzed due to a severed spine and broken neck. A half-empty bottle, plastic cups and empty beer bottles were also found inside the car. Alfaro’s blood-alcohol content was as high as .11 in the hour following the crash.

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