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Nesconset Man Arrested For Sexually Abusing Teenager And Child Pornography


Suffolk County Police arrested a Nesconset man for sexually abusing a teenager and possessing child pornography.

James SheahanFollowing an investigation into child pornography, Computer Crimes Unit detectives and members of the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at the home of James Sheahan. During the search of the home child pornography was recovered and detectives discovered, in an unrelated case, that Sheahan had sexually abused a teenage boy.

Sheahan was arrested at 7 a.m. and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Sex Abuse 2nd Degree and Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child, a felony. He was arraigned in First District Court on January 11.

Sheahan, 19, is a part-time employee at a hockey equipment store located in Suffolk County. Due to the sensitive nature of this ongoing investigation, details surrounding the abuse will not be released. Parents who have information related to this case or have concern for their children are asked to call the Computer Crimes Unit at 631-852-6279.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Letter To Editor - It Is Both A Shame And Honor To Write This - St. James FD

The Saint James Fire Department has been vigilantly responding to alarms of its residents since 1922.  For nearly one hundred years, your friends and neighbors, son and daughters, father and mothers have stopped whatever they were doing to come to your aid.  During the middle of a summer day or in the midst of a night time winter storm, the members of the St. James Fire Department have always been there to protect life and property in their community.  In 2017, the Saint James Fire Department will have closed out the year answering 1400 alarms.  The members of the department would have dedicated an average additional 8 hours a week in training and meetings to further ensure any response will be swift, decisive and professional.  We, your Fire Fighters, Officers, EMT’s and Paramedics do this for you with no expectation of return whatsoever.  We do it selflessly for you, and will continue to do so without question.

There has been much talk around our community pertaining to Fire House construction and now sale of one house by the Fire District back to the membership of Fire Department who had originally owned it since 1922.  Unfortunately, in some rare cases this has fueled some animosity between the brothers and sisters of our proud department.  Perhaps the words in this letter can help assuage some of these recent occurrences; because in the end we all want what is best for those we serve.

It is not uncommon within a group of such dedicated and highly trained members that true leaders emerge.  I’d like to direct your attention to one such devoted leader that has been misrepresented by some in the media.  That is Chief Edward Springer Sr.  Ed is a lifelong resident of Saint James.  He was born and raised in our community, attended school and worshiped in Saint James.  

In 1971, at the age of 18, Mr. Springer joined the Saint James Fire Department and thus began his 40-year career in the Fire Service.  The only interruption of his time in the SJFD, was when he answered his Country’s call to duty by serving proudly in the United States Army’s elite 101 Airborne Division from 1972 to 1975.  Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the Army as a Sergeant, Mr. Springer returned home to his beloved Saint James.  This was 1975, over 40 years ago.  Many of the residents who lived in town then have moved on.  However, Mr. Springer did not and made a choice to stay and raise his family in Saint James.   

During his tenure in the fire service, Mr. Springer attained the ranks of Chief of the Department, President of the Saint James Fire Department in 2007 and 2008, and was elected to the Board of Fire Commissioners for two consecutive terms.  He held line officer positions at the lieutenant and captain’s level in the venerable Engine Co.1 of the SJFD along the way.  While devoting his time to Saint James, Mr. Springer was employed as the Chief Fire Marshal of the Northport Veterans Administration Hospital, and then served as a Suffolk County Fire Marshal and ultimately being promoted to Chief Fire Marshal of Suffolk County where he served until his recent retirement.  During his employment with Suffolk County, Mr. Springer served one year as the New York State Emergency Management Office Downstate Representative.  

Who is Ed Springer you ask?  Mr. Springer is one of the humblest men we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  He is honest and sincere.  He helps new recruits (probies) with Fire Academy learning. He takes a phone call about a question related to the fire service at 9PM on a Sunday night when most others wouldn’t want to not answer the phone.  He volunteers his time to the American Legion where for the last four years he serves as a Post Commander. You can find him at the fire house the night before our St. Patrick’s Day Parade cooking and slicing 100 pounds of corned beef for the community to feast on the next day.  He is the guy who sits at the bedside of a member who is about to pass on and softly speaks comforting words to him.  He is the guy who takes his bunker coat off at a motor vehicle accident alarm and puts it over the patient trapped in the car so that they don’t get hit by shards of metal and glass as we cut the car apart.  He is the first guy to ask if you are okay and offer his hand when he hears that someone important in your life has passed away.  He is equally there for us to celebrate the successes in our lives as well.  Ed Springer Sr. is that guy. Frankly, these are not simply words on a page, these are all the things I/we have seen Mr. Springer do, time and time again.   

It is our hope that this allays any false impression that has been put forth about the character of Mr. Springer.  Mr. Springer has been, and remains committed to improving the working conditions of the Saint James Fire Department by putting forth great effort in designs for a new fire house that went through two iterations and two bond votes.  In all cases he has worked in earnest of the tax payer’s wishes and fire fighters/EMS personnel needs.  

It is a both a shame and honor to have to write this.  The shame comes from the maligning of an iconic and devoted member of our department.  The honor is in defending his character, one which we should all endeavor to be more like.  


The Board of Director and Desk Officers of the Saint James Fire Department

January 3, 2018


HIA-LI Women Leading The Way Breakfast #MeToo and More


#MeToo and More

HIA-LI Leans In for Women in the Workplace

By Nancy Vallarella

HIA-LI orchestrated the 7th Annual Women Leading the Way Breakfast last Thursday, November 30th.  Women of various career levels, spanning generations and industries took the time to share experience, business knowledge, and make suggestions for enhancing capability while navigating workplace issues.

Terri Alessi-Miceli, HIA-LI President, and Dianne Faria, HIA-LI’s Director of Operations deftly addressed a full ballroom of attendees at the Hyatt Regency Long Island. Their opening statements painted a picture of relevance and competency while highlighting the impressive cast of panelists, the spectrum of attendees, and topics impacting the economy, business, and individual careers. 

Senator Kirstin Gillibrand led the way via video address outlining the progress and shortfalls concerning women working in today’s economy. Talking points of life and work balance, finding voice, networking, mentoring and navigating a career path, prompted commentary from the panel of female executives: Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO, Island Harvest, Kristin Jarnagin, President and CEO, Discover Long Island, and Martha Stark, Senior Vice President and Group Director, Signature Bank.     

Island Harvest’s Randi Shubin Dresner, attributed her career success to mentors in her life that encouraged her throughout her career path.  She also credited work and life blending, not balancing, as a more realistic approach.

Arizona transplant and single mother of two, Kristen Jarnagin advised, “Take risks. Take on challenges. Examine your strengths. Stretch yourself. Do something you are afraid of every day. Fear leads to intimidation, and that holds you back.”  

Senior Vice President of Signature Bank, Martha Stark, known for her expert relationship building abilities, is an advocate of maintaining and building relationships and not relying on networking.  

Over 60 minutes, the businesswomen also exchanged opinions on interview impressions, local economics, pay equity, gender bias and social media. Social media organically prompting the #MeToo phenomenon with a thought-provoking conversation that voiced positive and concerned opinions.  Panel Moderator, Domenique Camacho-Moran, Partner, Farrell Fritz led the event’s panel discussion leaving the controversial topic for last. Her masterful navigation gave way to panelist’s insights on the other topics that also have ongoing relevance without being consumed by the national limelight of one.

Skillfully organized by the HIA-LI, this forum of credible information from relatable, accomplished, and local businesswomen proved to be an impressive resource for all working women.

Nancy Vallarella is a freelance writer well known for her articles under the headline What’s Cookin? Smithtown. She is also an advisory board member of the Smithtown Children’s Foundation and program coordinator - Know Real Food LI.



Police Make Two Arrests In Kings Park For Selling Alcohol To Minors


Suffolk County Police have arrested two people during a month long investigation at businesses located within the Fourth Precinct.

Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers conducted an investigation into the sale of alcohol to minors during which nine businesses were checked for compliance with the law.

The following clerks were arrested and charged with Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor 1st Degree after they sold alcohol to a minor.

  • Thomas Watson, 22, of Northport, employed at Speedway gas station, located at 152 East Northport Road, Kings Park
  • A 16 year-old male juvenile, employed at BP gas station located at 94 Pulaski Road, Kings Park.

 The following establishments were in compliance:

  • Shell gas station, located at 700 Commack Road, Commack
  • BP gas station, located at 621 Commack Road, Commack
  • Citgo gas station, located at 100 Crooked Hill Road, Commack
  • Speedway gas station, located at 2104 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
  • Speedway gas station, located at 38 Indian Head Road, Kings Park
  • Mobil gas station, located at 819 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
  • BP gas station, located at 1007 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown


Watson and the juvenile were issued Field Appearance Tickets and are scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on January 2, 2018. The State Liquor Authority is conducting a follow up investigation.


A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



Responders Remembered 9/11 Park Veterans Day Ceremony 

John FealNesconset’s Responders Remembered 9/11 Park board members held their first Annual Veterans Day Candlelight Vigil. The park located at 316 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset has granite walls containing the names of people who responded to the tragic events of 9/11 and who died as a result of their service. Cancer has prematurely taken the lives of responders and John Feal, the creator of the park and president of the FealGood Foundation, has made it his mission in life to make sure that their lives and sacrifice is not forgotten.

On this night, with the granite walls behind him and a huge pine tree decorated with red, white and blue lights in front of him, John Feal had another message he felt compelled to share. That message was that in this troubled world we need to remember and to focus on the many things that unite us. Mr. Feal’s Veterans Day message was regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, political affiliation, religion, economic circumstances, whether you are fat or skinny, we are Americans and we share American values.

Mr. Feal’s words were echoed by Martin Aponte, President of the Responders Remembered 9/11 Park and the speakers who followed. Before making brief comments Legislator Leslie Kennedy and husband John Kennedy, Suffolk County Comptroller stood in the crowd with their candles, freezing with everyone else. Their day started hours before when they attended the St. James Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 am followed by attending almost every other Veterans ceremony in the Town of Smithtown. Their day was long but their respect and support for Veterans was apparent. Town Clerk Vincent Puleo also spoke acknowedging our Veterans and giving thanks for their efforts to keep Americans safe.

The brief ceremony ended one-half hour after it started but John Feal’s message, that we are all Americans who can benefit by listening to each other and by speaking respectfully to each other, seemed to make the light from the candles a little brighter.