Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and fall in love with Sweet Stella girl! Stella is a 7 year old spayed female staff terrier mix. Stella has been waiting for her furever home for over a year now. Stella would make a great walking companion and she is like a furry exercise machine. She loves to roll on her back for belly rubs and give kisses. Stella would do best in an adult only home with no other pets. Open up your heart and adopt this furbaby and give her the loving home she deserves!

Sparticus
 

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Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and adopt  “Sparticus”!  He is a handsome 9 month old neutered male. He is a stunning grey domestic short hair with a loving personality. Sparticus enjoys hanging out with his cat friends and playing with his toys. He can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is a big mush! Meow!

Smithtown Animal Shelter

 

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.


 

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Saturday
Aug282010

Remembering Haiti

By John Dennehy

    In 2007 I visited some villages in India that were destroyed by the Indian Ocean tsunami three years before, and I was saddened by what I saw.  The greatest natural disaster of my lifetime had brought headlines and aid money to the south-eastern coast of India, but the money and the reporters left long before anything sustainable was built, and the disaster dragged on silently. 
    A few months after returning from a visit to Haiti I saw the news headlines about that nations capital reduced to rubble and I expected a similar pattern of immediate but short lived concern.  I was wrong.
    More than half a year on and the world has not forgotten.  Much of the pledged money has not yet come and it seems likely that much of it never will, but no matter.  As much as we like to think that throwing money at a problem will solve it, that is so rarely the case.  Immigration and debt reform, government corruption, environmental policy and the myriad of other issues that made the western third of the island of Hispaniola so vulnerable to disaster do not have price tags, but they can be solved. 
   Haiti´s burden of debt has been erased by many donor nations.  The severe immigration restrictions have been eased by many of Haiti´s neighbors.  The next government will, with little effort, be the least corrupt in generations.  Not only are these real changes but they are long term; and they are because the world continues to care.  Unlike past tragedies that fade from our thoughts as quickly as they appeared, this Caribbean nation has held our attention, and that makes all the difference.  The immigration reform, the debt relief, and everything else is greatly helped by the simple fact that we have not forgotten.  If we had ignored the nation as we did before, I believe that the other governments would happily continue to collect debt interest and the next Haitian government would fill its pockets with as much gold as all the past ones have, but not now, not while we watch. 
    I think it may be hard for many Americans to comprehend how desperate the situation in Haiti was before the earthquake and so this wound will take a very long time to heal, but even from this skeptics perspective, we are making progress. 
Saturday
Aug282010

Cleaning up Jericho Tpke

By Erica Jackson
Heading down Jericho Turnpike into Commack anyone can see that the economy has taken its toll.  Gas stations and shops that were once bustling with business now sit vacant.  Weeds have taken up residence in the empty parking lots as had a stray junk car dealer that had locals up in arms.
 
The dealer say residents, just added to the blight in the area.  In a letter to SmithtownMatters.com, one resident wrote, “Commack boasts some lovely scenery.  Four corners by the sawmill on Harned Road is lush and the sound of the frogs croaking at night is a delight.  The shopping areas, schools and fire houses are landscaped, stylish and very clean.  Yet, the Smithtown side of Commack suffers from a particular blight.  There are a number of empty gas stations, some are in transition seeking new business operators and some are in the process of demolition. However, it is due to the number of empty lots on the Smithtown side of Jericho Tpke. that Commack has the Junk truck.  It rotates its location in abandoned service stations imploring, GOT JUNK CARS.”
 
The truck, according to Jeff Horton, senior investigator for the Town of Smithtown, is now gone and its owner will be facing charges in court.  “Nothing should be taking place in these empty lots,” said Horton.  “If anyone sees anything, they should contact me.” 
 
Horton says he is keeping a watchful eye over the area for any town code infractions to help with the blight situation, but he believes the area is in pretty good shape considering. He said, “Compared to other towns, we are in decent shape.  You don’t realize how good our town looks unless you drive through some other areas like in Huntington and Islip.”
 
Still, area residents hope the town can do something more to help improve the area. Bruce Ettenburg, president of the Commack Community Association says his organization is looking to improve the area with with a Veterans’ Memorial Park. He said, “Commack is the only hamlet in Smithtown that does not have a veterans memorial and we are trying to work with the town to get one.” He continued, “Jericho would be a likely place for it.”
Ettenburg says he would hope a park could help strum up some business in the area, but he also said that the town needs to start involving the stakeholders in its master plan process. The stakeholders, he said may have ideas that could be included in the master plan to help improve the area.
 
The master plan, now in the works for four years is expected to help guide town officials in planning the town’s future.  It will, said Frank DeRubeis, Smithtown town planner, address Jericho Turnpike as well as other areas in the town that are having similar issues.  
“The problem with Jericho,” said DeRubeis is that the zoning for the area dates back to the 1920s when “strip” zoning was the norm.  He said, “Businesses were located along a strip with residences behind them.”  It became apparent, he said, around 50 years ago that strip zoning was not a good idea. “It left more space for commercial uses than what can be absorbed,” he said.
 
To remedy the issue, DeRubies said the town must take a hard look at what the town’s land use needs are.  That hard look will come in the form of eight reports that are slowly being released by the town’s planning department as part of the master plan process.
 
According to DeRubies, after the town releases it’s reports, his department will then work on a corridor analysis that will include strategies to improve blighted areas, such as Jericho Turnpike. In the case of Jericho, DeRubies said he may recommend allowing for multifamily residences or suggest that the town install sewer lines in the area to allow for businesses such as restaurants.
 
DeRubies said, “Right now, you are limited in that area on what you can do because there are no sewers.” Once all reports are released and recommendations are made, DeRubies said the public will be invited to make comments.  An environmental impact statement will also be required before the Master Plan is finalized. It isn’t expected, however, that the plan will be made final anytime soon. DeRubeis said, We are looking at several years down the line.”
Friday
Aug272010

Congressman Bishop Wants You To Know About New Credit Card Rules

 

As of August 22, 2010, credit card companies must adhere to the following rules:

 

•              Your credit card company must justify increases in your Annual Percentage Rate (APR).

•              If your credit card company increases your APR, it must re-evaluate that rate increase every six months and, if appropriate, reduce your rate within 45 days after completing the evaluation.

•              Your credit card company cannot charge you a fee of more than $25 unless:

One of your last six payments was late, in which case your fee may be up to $35; or

Your credit card company can show that the costs it incurs as a result of late payments justify a higher fee.

•              Late payment fees cannot exceed the level of your minimum monthly payment.

•              Your credit card company can’t charge you inactivity fees, such as fees for not using your card.

•              Your credit card company can’t charge you more than one fee per event or transaction that violates your cardholder agreement. For example, you cannot be charged more than one fee for a single late payment.

Friday
Aug272010

Bank Robbery at TD Bank - Smithtown Branch

Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 12:45 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Major Case detectives are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today at a TD Bank branch in Smithtown. A man entered the bank, located at 714 Smithtown Bypass, and passed a note to a bank teller announcing a robbery.  The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the rear of the bank at 12:45 p.m.

A dye pack was concealed within the cash and it exploded soon after the suspect left the bank.  The suspect then dropped the cash and fled the scene.  He was last seen on foot heading toward the rear of Famous Dave’s Restaurant located next to the bank.

The man was described as black, 30-40 years old and 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall.  He was wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans, a fishermen-style hat and glasses. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Tuesday
Aug242010

Altschuler: We Need Tax Cuts to Jump-Start the Economy

Randy Altschuler, the conservative Republican candidate for Congress (NY-1), today called on Tim Bishop and Nancy Pelosi to “stop living in denial” and realize that the record drop in housing sales figures shows a deepening slide in the U. S. Economy. Altschuler was referring to figures released Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors which showed sales of occupied homes plunged 27.2% in July to its lowest level in 15 years, which is the largest monthly drop in over four decades of record keeping.

Randy Altschuler said, “The housing sales figures released Tuesday prove that despite the inside the beltway spin from the Obama administration, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Bishop, the economy is still in deep trouble and the bail-outs and give-aways simply aren’t working. Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Tim Bishop have to stop living in denial. Congress needs to set aside the political rancor and renew the GOP tax cuts that are set to expire at year’s end. Additionally, Congress needs to cut spending and institute new across the board tax cuts if we are to jump-start the economy and climb out of the recession.

“How can we expect individuals to make the largest single purchase in their lifetime when they are scared to death of the Tax Tsunami that, courtesy of the Democrats, is headed our way at the end of the year. Potential homebuyers are worried sick that the sluggish economy and the prospect of a huge federal tax hike will dig deep into their bank accounts, wiping out hope of a home purchase for the foreseeable future. The American people need tax cuts and they need them now.”