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News Nearby: Port Jeff Village Files Notice Against National Grid

Catch up on the latest news in those towns surrounding Commack.

Kings Park

Ocean breezes, fresh air, baseball fields and sandy beaches all fit into the landscape of Kings Park and for one week a boy from Brooklyn will slip on some flip-flops and enjoy all a Long Island summer has to offer.

Three Village

Firefighters quelled a heavy fire in the basement of a home on View Road in Setauket Wednesday night in approximately an hour and a half.

Public information officer Larry Hall said the fire started in the far corner of the basement underneath the garage, but said the cause is under investigation.

"Basement fires are notoriously difficult to fight," he said, calling the smoke condition "a very dark, choking black smoke."

The owners of the home and their dog evacuated the house safely before emergency crews arrived. No serious injuries were reported.

Port Jefferson

In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging British-owned National Grid with “perpetrating fraudulent practices and illegally exercising market power,” the village of Port Jefferson hopes to put the energy company under the microscope and expose a business that it says has kept prices on Long Island high and excluded competition.

Among the accusations are that National Grid has coerced the Long Island Power Authority into an extension of the 1997 Power Supply Agreement (PSA) on unfavorable terms for rate payers and stalled opportunities to repower existing and inefficient power plants like the one that sits on the edge of Port Jefferson Harbor.

These practices, according to the claim, block competitors from offering reasonably priced alternative energy or upgrading of inefficient plants running at minimal output.

In essence, the village claims that National Grid is a monopoly with Port Jefferson playing the part of trustbuster.

Smithtown

A new eatery made its Smithtown debut Thursday.

Moe’s Southwest Grill, which took over the former home to , located at 77 Route 111 near and , will open its doors to the public at 11 a.m.

Owner Bill Mullaney, a Sayville resident who worked in nearby Commack at the Hampton Inn, said this is the premier location for the eatery.

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