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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!

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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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EPA Invites Public to Vote in Rachel Carson Contest 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking the public to vote for their favorite entries in the fourth annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. A panel of judges selected the finalists in five categories: photography, essay, poetry, dance and mixed media (photography and a poem or essay). Finalists were selected based on originality, creativity, use of an intergenerational team, and ability to capture a sense of wonder.  

Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, “Silent Spring.” Using the title of another of Carson’s books, “The Sense of Wonder,” the contest sought submissions “that best express the ‘Sense of Wonder’ that you feel when observing the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes.”

The deadline for voting is November 1. The winners will be announced later that month. They will receive a certificate for their accomplishment and will be recognized on EPA’s website.

The contest is sponsored by the EPA in partnership with Generations United, the Rachel Carson Council Inc., and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

To vote:

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SCPD Arrest Two At Hauppauge Massage Center

Chun Zhi Bates, 55Chun Zhi Bates, 55Suffolk County Police today arrested two women for offering prostitution at a Hauppauge massage center.

Fourth Precinct Crime Section officers, working with Fourth Squad detectives and Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) officers, conducted an investigation into prostitution activity at the Qi-Gong Relaxation Massage Center, located at 471 Townline Road, which resulted in the arrest of two Flushing women at 4 p.m. The center’s employees were also performing massages without a required New York State License.

Massage tables, assorted body oils, towels, a computer and cash were also seized after a search warrant was executed at the business.

Chun Zhi Bates, 55, was charged with one count of Prostitution and one count of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession. Weili Cai, 53, was charged with two counts of Prostitution and one count of Unauthorized Practice of a Profession.

Bates and Cai, both of 41-25 Kissena Blvd., will be held overnight and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 13.


Grausso Property In Kings Park Protected 

By Erica Jackson
Public officials gathered in Kings Park today to announce that the county has acquired 6.5 acres of environmentally sensitive property that sits within the Nissequogue River watershed. The property, known as the Grausso property, was purchased via the county’s 1/4 percent Drinking Water Protection program for $521,000.
“It behooves us to purchase and preserve this property in its natural state,” said Suffolk County Legislator Lynn Nowick, who was instrumental in the property’s acquisition.  “It is a good purchase for the county.  We have to try and preserve whatever we can.”
According to Nowick the parcel now adds to other county-preserved properties in the area, including ten acres of contiguous land and another 20-acres, which was bought four years ago. The state also owns a 75-acre parcel that sits adjacent to the Grausso property.  That land has been transformed into a park, known as the Nissequogue River State Park.
The acquisition of the Grausso property, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said, “is a major step forward in our process of protecting the Nissequogue River, which is vitally important to the Long Island Sound tributary.”  He added, “Our efforts, combined with action taken by New York State officials, will ensure that more than 100 acres of mature, contiguous oak forest will ultimately be preserved forever.”
Kings Park Civic Association President Sean Lehmann praised the purchase. He said, “The Kings Park Civic Association appreciates the efforts of Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and County Legislator Lynne Nowick to preserve one of Kings Park’s last remaining open spaces. This land acquisition not only preserves the Kings Park Greenbelt, it also protects an important part of the Nissequogue River watershed area from future development.” Mike Rosato, head of the Nissequogue River Foundation agreed and added, “County Executive Steve Levy and Legislator Lynne Nowick really get it.  They understand how important these acquisitions are are to our environment, quality of life and to help stabilize our tax base.” Kings Park resident Ed Maher, who also serves as chair of the Smithtown Democratic Committee, also applauded the county’s efforts. He said, “As a resident of Smithtown and Kings Park I am pleased that this environmentally sensitive land is protected.”

Levy, Nowick to Announce Acquisition of Kings Park Wetlands Area 


Suffolk Officials Say Acquisition of 6.5-Acre Tract is Part of Overall Plan to Preserve 100 Acres of Neighboring Oak Forest

Hauppauge, NY – Suffolk Executive Steve Levy and County Legislator Lynne Nowick will be joined by state and town officials, as well as community advocates and environmentalists, as they announce the acquisition tomorrow of 6.5 acres of environmentally sensitive wetlands located in the Nissequogue River watershed region.

 “This acquisition is a major step forward in our process of protecting the Nissequogue River, a vitally important Long Island Sound tributary,” said Levy. “Our efforts, combined with action taken by New York State officials, will ensure that more than 100 acres of mature, contiguous oak forest will ultimately be preserved forever.”

The county is acquiring a 6.5-acre site known as the Grausso property, which is located in the Kings Park Greenbelt area, south of Route 25A and east of Indian Head Road in the Town of Smithtown . New York State has purchased an adjacent 75-acre property that was formerly part of the Kings Park State Hospital facility. Suffolk previously had bought 10 acres of contiguous land and has its sites on additional vacant woodland property, which when purchased would bring the amount of total holdings to more than 100 acres.  



For The 2nd Time This Week Lake Ronkonkoma Beach In Islip Is Closed to Bathing 

For the second time this week Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip is closed to bathing.  It is beneficial to you to check the bathing beach hotline below before you make a trip to any of the three beaches listed.

James L. Tomarken, MD, MSW, MPH, MBA, FRCPC, FACP, Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, said today that Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip is closed to bathing due to the finding of bacterial levels in excess of acceptable criteria. 

 The following beaches will remain closed to bathing:  Tanner Park Beach in Copiague on the Great South Bay.

 For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at (631) 852-5822, contact the Department’s Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit the website link below and in the Popular Links box, click on “Beach Advisories Map” (