Regional Briefs – March 11, 2015

LI Town: Please, Feed Our Ducks

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – A Long Island town is asking its residents to help fatten flocks of ducks starved by the harsh winter, Newsday reported. Southampton is importing 3,000 pounds of corn feed to residents to feed the birds. Icy water has made it difficult for the ducks to find food, hindering their ability to migrate.

Nurse Who Balked at Ebola Quarantine Leaving Maine

PORTLAND, Maine – The nurse who defied a state-imposed quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is leaving Maine on Friday for a position with a health care system in Oregon, The Associated Press reported. Kaci Hickox last fall became a ground zero for the quarantine debate.

Man Accused of Pointing Laser at LaGuardia Aircraft

NEW YORK – A Bronx man was arrested on Monday night for pointing a laser at two aircraft landing or taking off at LaGuardia Airport, The Associated Press reported. Police found in Frank Egan’s apartment the device labeled “Laser 303” in a refrigerator. Two police officers operating a helicopter and an Air Canada pilot sustained injuries to their eyes.

Man Killed When Porch Roof He’s Clearing Collapses

PALMYRA, N.Y. – An upstate man died Monday after the ice- and snow-covered porch roof he was clearing collapsed on him, The Associated Press reported. Peter Nelson, 54, was a foreign-language teacher.

NY Expands Incentive Program For Solar Hot-Water Projects

ALBANY – New York is expanding a program aimed at increasing the number of homes and businesses able to install solar hot-water systems. The program will now include projects that displace heating oil, natural gas, propane and wood — instead of just electricity. Applications can be submitted starting March 20.