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Lottery winner Jose Gomez
Lottery winner Jose Gomez
A look back at the recent news around Huntington.

Huntington Station Man Wins $2 Million

Jose Gomez really cleaned up when he went out to wash his clothes.

The Huntington Station man won a $2 million scratchoff Lottery prize. Gomez, 35, and his laundry arrived at Combo Laundromat on Aug. 25,  thanks to owner Robert Hou, who picks up customers on weekends who don't have cars. 

He received a ceremonial check Thursday outside the laundromat on Lowndes Avenue from lottery spokeswoman Yolanda Vega.

New Executive at Cold Spring Harbor Lab

Teri F. Willey has been hired by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to help it commercialize some of its discoveries and turn them into products.

As vice president of business development and technology transfer, a new position at the lab, Willey will direct the lab's commercialization and technology transfer activities, including patenting, licensing, company start-ups, and corporate partnerships and collaborations.

Whitman Students Take Pledge on Texting and Driving

A national safety campaign came to Whitman High School, with numerous students signing pledges to refrain from texting while driving.The national It Can Wait campaign is sponsored by AT&T and other mobile phone carriers.

 The goal is to prevent accidents resulting from texting while driving. Some students said they'd made friends stop mixing the two activities and more than one mentioned having told their parents to stop.

Handicap-Accessible Home Opens for Young Man

A home designed to accommodate the needs of a young man with Duchenne  Muscular Dystrophy  officially opened its doors Wednesday in Centerport.

A crowd of volunteers, builders, political officials and well-wishers applauded as a ribbon was cut to welcome Dylan Thompson to the handicap-accessible house.

Restaurants Opening at the Mall

A cluster of restaurants are scheduled to open at Walt Whitman Shops. Zinburger, P.F. Chang's, Cups Yogurt and Brio, all on the west side of the mall, are nearing completion. Brio announced Friday that it will open Oct. 10.

Stimson School Gets Robots

A South Huntington school acquired two robots from Teq, a Huntington Station-based company that teaches technology in the classroom. The little NAO robots will be used as part of a wider STEM (Science, technology, engineering and technology) curriculum the district has developed.


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