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Marine Bureau Officers Rescue Clam Dredge Captain

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued the captain of a clam dredge after he experienced a medical incident while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday night.

Ronald Garay, captain of the 77 foot commercial clam dredge Mary T, was operating in the Atlantic Ocean south of Point O’ Woods, Fire Island, when he began to experience shortness of breath and called for assistance over Marine VHF radio.

The Marine Bureau heard the call and dispatched a rescue boat, Marine Kilo, crewed by Officers Keith Magliola and Christopher DeFeo, who are both New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians.

The police boat responded out of Fire Island Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and intercepted the Mary T approximately two miles south of Fire Island. Officers DeFeo and Magliola transferred Garay, 44, of East Meadow, New York, from the dredge onto the police boat where Officer DeFeo administered first aid to Garay. The victim was transported to U.S. Coast Guard Station Fire Island. West Islip Fire Department ambulance then transported Garay to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment.



Remember 9-11 With Flags For Freedom


This year marks the 18-year anniversary of the tragedies and loss of life that occurred on September 11, 2001.  To remember and to honor the heroes of 9-11, the Commack School District would like to add a special touch to our community to commemorate that day.

If you would like to sponsor a 3’x5’ American Flag with a yellow ribbon that says “9-11Remembrance,” please fill out the information below. Each sponsor’s name will be attached to the flag. The flags will be displayed along Scholar Lane.  If requested, your flag will be returned to you at the end of the year. Sponsors can include; individuals, families, businesses, schools, organizations. All are welcome to show their patriotism through a flag sponsorship. All funds raised through this event will be donated to The Commack Alumni Foundation, and The FealGood Foundation.



Eight-Year-Old Cancer Survivor From Ronkonkoma Makes Easter Chocolates



Forest Hills Aigner Chocolate Shop Hosts Long Island Girl Who Credits Chocolate with Her Recovery

Athena Giassakis, an eight-year-old cancer survivor from Ronkonkoma, NY, who credits chocolate with helping her through her battle against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) recently visited Aigner Chocolates, located at 103-02 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY, to make special chocolate treats for Easter. 

Children who undergo chemotherapy treatment typically eat chocolate afterward to help with some of the side effects of treatment. 

Athena, who was diagnosed when she was 21 months old, preferred what she called “fancy chocolate” during her treatments, the same kind that are created in the Aigner Chocolate shop owned by husband and wife team Mark Libertini and Rachel Kellner. 

The dream-come-true experience was made possible by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter (LLSLI), located in Melville, NY, as part of their “Random Acts of Light” Program.  

“We were thrilled to be able to connect Athena and Aigner Chocolates for this special day,” said Sara Lipsky, Executive Director of LLSLI. “We know chocolate plays a special role for kids who go through chemotherapy treatment. Seeing her smile is what our Random Acts of Light program is all about.” 

Libertini and Kellner volunteered their time and shop to help Athena feel special as she nears her five-year anniversary of remission this summer. 

In addition to making chocolates in the basement kitchen of the shop, Athena also helped show off a four-foot, 25-pound Easter bunny made of solid chocolate, which will be raffled off in the tradition of the landmark store in Forest Hills, founded in 1930, which was just named “Best Chocolate Shop in New York” in a recent writeup.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Long Island Chapter: 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world‘s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the work and provides free information and support services. Follow LLSLI on Facebook & Instagram


SADD Club Sponsors Distracted Driving Simulator To Save Lives

Distracted driving simulator helps educate Smithtown HS West students

To teach their fellow students about the dangers of making poor decisions while driving, the SADD Club of Smithtown High School West hosted the International Save a Life Tour in the school’s auditorium on April 10. All Smithtown High School West juniors participated in the program which began with an assembly highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving.  

Throughout the day, juniors were invited down in smaller groups to experience driving in simulated situations of being distracted either by texting or using alcohol. Students also took a pre and post survey on their knowledge of being impaired while driving. After their experience driving in the simulators, SADD students encouraged their peers to sign a pledge card to remind them of what they experienced.  

All of the Smithtown High School West juniors signed the pledge, which will hang in the school as a reminder to all students to make good choices while driving.

Photos: To teach students about the dangers of making poor decisions while driving, the SADD Club of Smithtown High School West hosted the International Save a Life Tour in the school’s auditorium on April 10. Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Smithtown Youth Bureau To Host Volunteers On Global Youth Day

Smithtown, NY: The Smithtown Youth Bureau will host approximately 80 teen volunteers who will spend their Saturday cleaning up Sweetbriar Nature Center and beautifying the grounds in honor of Global Youth Service Day.  The volunteer youth will help get Sweetbriar ready for the season, planting a pollinator friendly Butterfly Garden, painting “Kindness Rocks” and variou raking, weeding and beautification projects throughout the grounds.  

The Smithtown Parks Department has provided the volunteers with equipment necessary to clean up the property. Sweetbriar Nature Center Director, Marie Smith and her team of devoted professionals will be readily available to educate the volunteers regarding the rescued wildlife living on the grounds and the many benefits the helpers are providing by assisting in the clean up.

About GYSD:

Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to the contributions that younger generations make year round. Global Youth Service Day is celebrated in more than 135 countries, highlighting young people working together in schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies and mentorships, addressing the world’s most critical issues to help change their communities.