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Hauppauge Girl Scouts Are Amazing!!

Hauppauge Girl Scouts Bridging

On September 23, Hauppauge Girl Scouts hosted their multi-level bridging ceremony for more than 50 Girl Scouts.  Five Girl Scout troops from the Hauppauge School District attended: Troop 139 and Troop 211, Daisy’s bridging to Brownies; Troop 229 and Troop 3837, Juniors bridging to Cadettes; Troop 2861 and an Independent, Senior Scouts Bridging to Ambassadors.  The Bridging Ceremony is a very important ceremony in Girl Scouts. It marks a girl’s move from one level of scouting to another.  

At every level, Girl Scouts have fun while making the world a better place!  Daisies meet in a nurturing, inclusive environment. They go on trips, learn about nature and science, and explore the arts and their communities, while earning Learning Petals and receiving participation patches.  Brownies work together, earn awards, and explore their community. Friendship, fun, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Brownie meeting and move out to the community and wider world.  Juniors earn badges and discover what girl power is all about through new activities and by learning to take charge of their own plans. They gain self-confidence as they explore the world in partnership with their leaders.  Self-esteem and confidence continue to blossom as a girl becomes a Cadette.  Focus grows toward maintaining healthy lifestyles, taking a stand on issues within the community and learning how to resolve conflict and set goals. Cadettes have more control of what they do as Girl Scouts and are encouraged to pursue individual and group goals.  Cadettes make nearly all decisions about their program, guided by the National Program Portfolio and Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  Seniors are already confident leaders, caring members of the community, responsible for themselves and respectful of the common good. They pursue group and personal goals and continue to use the Girl Scout Cookie Sale as an entrepreneurship experience.  They can try all sorts of new experiences, such as outdoor adventures, fitness training, community service, mountain biking, doing yoga, touring an art gallery and traveling. Seniors make all decisions about their program, decide on activities based on a budget, and make all plans for meetings and events. They completely plan and organize trips. They raise money to pay for their activities and to fund service projects to meet community needs.  An Ambassador has made it through the ranks of Girl Scouts and is ready to change the world using her developed and seasoned skills and abilities. As an Ambassador, it is her chance to take advantage of all Girl Scouts has to offer for girls her age – travel, service projects, special events and even college readiness.  


About Girl Scouts of Suffolk County: Girl Scouts of Suffolk County is the largest youth-serving agency on Long Island. It serves more than 30,000 girls between the ages of 5 and 17, with the dedicated support of more than 5,000 volunteers. For more information about Girl Scouts, please call (631) 543-6622 or visit


Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation Has Money For History Specific 501c3 Organizations

By Pat Biancaniello

Kathryn M. Curran was the guest speaker at the Smithtown Historical Society’s “Grant Funding Opportunities” workshop Tuesday, October 15.  Curran is the executive director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation;Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation a foundation with an annual $5 million dollar grant budget for 501c3’s with history focused missions or properties.

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation (RDLGF), established in 1987, supports projects  that promote the understanding of the role Long Island and particularly Suffolk County has played in the “American Experience”.  Robert David Lion Gardiner, until his death in 2004, was the Lord of the Manor of Gardner’s Island owned by the Gardiner family since 1639. 

The focus of the meeting was to inform attendees of grants available through the foundation and other sources but also to provide grant writers with information that will elevate their application.

Ms. Curran was light hearted but no nonsense when she advised grant applicants to do their homework before applying. She made it clear that the RDLGF does not give money without carefully assessing applications. 

She emphasized that no project would be considered without a site visit by the executive director. Her advice is to make sure the site is both clean and inviting. Do a realistic assessment of what your organization is and how it fits with the mission of the RDLGF.  Is your website current? Are the displays interesting, inviting and in good condition?  Do you have a collections policy and is it implemented? 

The RDLGF is generous and with so many organizations desparate for additional resources Curran made it clear that the RDLGF wants to help BUT a great deal depends on the application.

She provided the following information about the application assessment: What we look for:

Sustainability - The organization shows the ability to financially support the project indefinitely and the project contributes to the sustainability of the organization.

Organizational Capacity - The organization demonstrates the financial and human resources as well as intellectual capacity to manage the project successfully.

Community Impact - Projects will benefit and enhance the knowledge of the large audience and /or local community.

In Depth Knowledge - Proposals reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter.

Project-Based Design - Work plans consist of a set of logical, interrelated activities tied directly to addressing the key need or challenge identified in the proposal.

Demonstrable Results - projects generate measurable results that tie directly to the need or challenge it was designed to address.

Sensible and Justifiable Budget - Applicants craft a budget well-suited to both the scope of the project and the organization’s capacity; the amount requested should neither be inflated nor insufficient to complete the project’s success.

Visit the RDLGF website at for additional information about the foundation and/or additional resources that are available. 



St Catherine Of Siena's 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Salute

SMITHTOWN, NEW YORK—“Life is like a disco, no matter how the music changes, you just keep on dancing.” The charmed quote is taken from an American movie, Jumping the Broom (2011), and captured the essence of St. Catherine of Siena Hospital’s 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Salute, held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Each year, the breast cancer survivor event adopts a creative theme to add a layer of fun to the celebration. 

This year, the event took on a disco theme—and more than 100 breast cancer survivors showed up in their best Saturday Night Fever attire—ready to dance the night away as they triumph, despite the changes cancer may have brought upon their lives. “It was wonderful to see familiar and new faces in our growing family of courageous women celebrating their fearless determination to overcome,” said St. Catherine’s Administrative Director of Reconstructive Microsurgery Diana Yoon-Schwartz, MD, PhD, FACS. 

The event was moderated by St. Catherine’s Breast Health Navigator Meiling Alsen, RN, and a special welcome was given by Chief Nursing Officer Mary Jane Finnegan, MS, RN. “When I look at all of you, I know I am surrounded by strong, courageous women, along with your family members and friends, who have survived or are in the process of surviving a fight that no one should ever have to fight—you truly are my inspiration,” said Finnegan.  

The welcome was followed by the latest updates in breast care by St. Catherine’s Medical Director of Breast Health Services Jana Deitch, MD, FACS, who also took the opportunity to address survivors directly. “Tonight is a wonderful night about celebrating women who fight the tough fight every day—you are not only surviving, but thriving and giving back to other women who may need some encouragement on the journey to healing,” said Deitch.

The disco mood was further set with live renditions of the era’s top hits, played by Just Cause Band. The band originated by attorneys has grown into a diversified group, born from the love of music and a desire to help the community by supporting charity events at no cost. Thanks to the philanthropic and harmonizing skills ofJust Cause Band, survivors and supporters danced and sang all night, and when the rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will Survive” was played, the room erupted in unified triumph. “It is a moment I will always remember—it was electrifying and inspiring,” said Dr. Deitch.

The Pink Ribbon has become a tradition that survivors and staff look forward to annually. “Our survivors and staff dance the night away in celebration—it is an evening we all cherish, filled with laughter and hope, share with family and friends,” said St. Catherine’s Medical Director of Breast Imaging Anne Green, MD. “I’m proud to be a part of an exceptional group of compassionate breast health specialists who service patients from one location in their own community—we are a community that provides the true continuum of care for our patients—so, we will keep on dancing right beside them!”

The Pink Ribbon Salute is supported by St. Catherine of Siena’s senior leadership, and the event was co-sponsored with the support of Suffolk Anesthesia Associates, Genomic Health, Inc. Myriad Genetics, New York Cancer Specialists, New Street Plastic Surgery, and Square Care.

St. Catherine of Siena is a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, as designated by the American College of Radiology. St. Catherine of Siena’s Breast Center provides innovative, comprehensive care for women of all ages and backgrounds in a welcoming and supportive environment. The Breast Health Program combines cutting-edge technology, including 3D mammography, with personalized interest to offer a broad range of clinical and support services from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. The multidisciplinary team consists of physicians, surgical specialists, nurses, specialized technologists, radiologists, a breast health nurse navigator, and is dedicated to caring for the physical and psychosocial needs of all patients. 



LWVUS Warns The Public To Watch For Misleading Census Mailers

Watch for Misleading Census Mailers
We are aware of mailers labeled “2019 Congressional District Census” allegedly sent by the RNC to at least five states thus far (California, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, and Washington State).  
Although the forms look nothing like a real census form, the partisan nature of the content, request for payment, and the labeling of “census” is concerning, as it could cause confusion in many communities.  
This sort of misinformation campaign is not new, however given the political climate around the census, we want to be careful not to counter the misinformation with messaging that would discourage the public from participating in the actual census next year. Our goal is to inform - not instill fear or anger.  
Please share this guidance with your local Leagues and members working on the census. 
Our message recommendation is to use straight forward facts to provide accurate information without emotion
  •  The only official U.S. census form comes directly from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  • Anything solicited prior to April 2020 is not part of the U.S. census. 
  • Any survey by an outside group mentioning the census is not part of the official U.S. Census. 
  • Anyone who has participated in these surveys should still plan to participate in the U.S. census starting in March 2020. 
For additional LWV talking points about the 2020 Census, see Census Talking Points ( and the Census Action Kit ( on the League Management Site. 
Our coalition partners at the Leadership Conference have provided the following recommended actions if you see these mailers in your community: 
1. Report the deceptive mailer to your non-partisan state/local Complete Count Committee, your area 2020 Census Partnership Specialists and your regional or Area Census Office (if/when applicable) and urge them to release a clarifying statement. (For example Independent Record: State warns of Republican National Committee mailer imitating Census survey) 

 2.   Elevate the mailer for your congressional representatives (U.S. House and Senate members), in order to raise the visibility of the problem and to spur action with the U.S. Postal Service (which has authority over this issue). For your reference, last week Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Lacy Clay, and Frank Pallone sent a letter asking the Postmaster General to investigate the fake census mailer. The Deceptive Mailing Prevention and Enforcement Act prohibits private entities (nonprofit or for-profit) from using logos, slogans, return addresses, and the like that would reasonably confuse the recipient into thinking it was official federal government mail.  
3.  Educate your community and clarify that this is not an official mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau or related in any way to the upcoming 2020 Census. The Census Bureau website includes resources on “avoiding frauds and scams” ( that makes clear that the Census Bureau will not ask for money or donations. Consider sharing these resources with your community.  
4.  If you receive an unknown mailing, please take a photo and email to 
Remember to share this guidance with your local Leagues and members working on the census as soon as possible.  
Thank you all for your commitment to this work!  



Smithtown League Of Women Voters Organizes Candidate Debate October 17th

Smithtown League Organizes Candidate Debate

Smithtown Community residents will have the opportunity to hear and submit questions to candidates for the 13th District County Legislative seat on Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. at the Nesaquake Middle School on Edgewood Avenue, St. James.

Invited to participate in this educational forum by the Smithtown League of Women Voters are the following, listed in alphabetical order by office, as certified by the Suffolk County Board of Elections:

Town of Smithtown Council member: two seats in contention

Richard Guttman (D)

Lisa M. Inzerillo (R, C, I)

Thomas Lohmann (R,C,I)

Richard S. Macellaro (D)

Patricia A. Shirley (Libertarian)

Town of Smithtown Receiver of Taxes

Justin W. Smiloff (D)

Deanna Varricchio (R,C,I)

Suffolk County Legislator 12th District

Leslie A. Kennedy (R,C,I, Libertarian)

Margo E. Rosenthal (D)

Suffolk County Legislator 13th District

Janet C. Singer (D, WF, I)

Robert Trotta (R,C,Libertarian)

In keeping with the League of Women Voters’ Candidate Meeting Guidelines, there will be a moderator and timekeeper from the League.  After one minute opening statements, candidates will take questions from community attendees as submitted on index cards and vetted by League members.  Questions must focus on issues and cannot be either derogatory or opponent-targeted.  Rebuttals will be permitted when a candidate so indicates by raising a red card.

As this notice goes to press it can be confirmed that both candidates for the Suffolk County 13th District legislative seat will be participating.  Mr. Trotta and Ms. Singer will begin their debate at 7:15, following the League’s welcome, and that debate will be allotted 45 minutes.  League debate rules prohibit “empty chair” debating.  For any office, more than one candidate must be participating.  If at the last minute, after initially accepting the invitation, a candidate declines to appear, the remaining candidate will be given a two-minute opportunity to address the audience, without further questioning.

The League of Women Voters requests that no campaign materials be brought onto the debate grounds or into the event auditorium.  Looking ahead, the League announces a Suffolk County Executive Debate on October 21st, at Kings Park High School.  Additional information will follow. For furtherl information: