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Voting Is The Cornerstone Of Democracy Join LWV On National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day Provides Opportunity to Register or Update

On Tuesday, September 25th, National Voter Registration Day, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Smithtown will join thousands of volunteers from other Leagues and community organizations across the country to help citizens prepare to vote in the November Midterm elections.

Have you moved in the past year?  Have you changed your name?  Will you be 18 by December?  Do you wish to change party registration?  Have you never registered to vote?  If a citizen answers “yes” to any of these questions, filling out either a first or updated voter registration form will be necessary.

The Smithtown League will be participating in this national event by staffing a table at the ShopRite Supermarket, Crooked Hill Road, Commack, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 25th…    Voter Registration Forms and Applications for Absentee Ballots will be available, along with all essential information about the voting process.

As noted by Lisa Scott, president of the Suffolk County League of Women Voters, “the privilege of voting, the right to vote, is a cornerstone of American democracy.”   And community members are quite welcome to contact the Smithtown League at any time with questions about the voting process:  (631) 523-1653 or lisawscott@gmail.com.   


Primary Day Thursday, September 13, 2018

Primary Day Thursday, September 13th

NYS Governor (D)

Andrew M. Cuomo

Cynthia E. Nixon

NYS Lieutenant Governor (D)

Kathy C. Hochul

Jumaane D. Williams

NYS Attorney General (D)

Leecia R. Eve

Letitia A. James

Sean Patrick Maloney

Zephyr R. Teachout

Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Judge - Democratic

Tara A Scully

Theresa Whelan

NYS Attorney General - (Reform REF)

Mike Diederich

Chrisotpher B. Garvey

Nancy B. Sliwa

Suffolk County Family Court Judge - (Women’s Equality WEP)

Richard Hoffmann

Karen Kerr

Smithtown District Court Judge, 4th District (Independence IN)

Richard T. Dunne

Paul E. Hennings

William G.Holst

Gary L. Rosenthal


First Human Case Of West Nile Virus Reported In Suffolk County


Suffolk Health Commissioner Reports First Human Case of West Nile Virus

Health Officials remind residents to eliminate standing water on their property

Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken today reported one human case of West Nile virus in Suffolk County, the first human case reported this year. The individual resides in the Town of Babylon.

The individual, who is over the age of 55, has been hospitalized since August 19, 2018, with symptoms consistent with West Nile virus fever.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is estimated that 20 percent of those who become infected will develop clinically noticeable symptoms of West Nile virus disease. Mild symptoms may include fever, headache and body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. West Nile virus can be fatal. Residents who experience symptoms are advised to visit their healthcare providers.  While there is no specific treatment for West Nile virus, patients are treated with supportive therapy as needed.

Individuals who are most at risk for severe infection include those over 50 years of age and those with chronic illness or compromised immune systems. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long pants when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers. 

The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year. Suffolk County reported seven human cases in 2017, five human cases in both 2015 and 2016, one in 2014, and four in both 2011 and 2013. Comparatively, the county reported 14 human cases in 2012 and 25 in 2010, the year in which the virus claimed three lives.  

“There is no discernible trend,” said Dr. Tomarken. “We know only about the cases in which the patient sought treatment and we received laboratory confirmation of West Nile virus. There may be many more residents who acquired West Nile virus, but we never learned about them because they didn’t seek medical attention or they sought attention but lab tests weren’t ordered.”

Individuals who have medical questions related to West Nile virus may call the Department of Health Services: 631-854-0333.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270. 

*Follow label instructions. Consult healthcare provider before using insect repellent on young children.


Commack Honors The Memory Of 9/11 With Night Of Reflection


By Stacey Altherr

Members of the Commack Community gather for 9/11 Memorial Ceremony 2015The night of the September 11th attacks, Debbie Virga and her neighbors stood on the street with candles like many other Americans. Tuesday evening, Virga and other Commack residents will hold another candlelight vigil, just like they have done for the past 17 years.

Virga, the organizer of the Commack School District 9/11 Night of Reflection event, said each year the 9/11 event has grown and diversified. Now, there is a formal 9/11 memorial at Commack High School, built in 2012, complete with an authentic piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center site. 

Each year, along with the ceremony and vigil, a specific aspect is selected to highlight. One year, it was every group of the military. Another, a recognition of the cadaver dogs who worked “the pile,” a short-hand name used at the time for the World Trade Center site.

LT. Christopher Raguso (Military Times)“This year, we are dedicating it to Lt. Christopher Raguso,” said Virga. Raguso, a Master Sargant in the New York Air National Guard, was also a member of the Commack FD and a lieutenant in the FDNY. On March 15, he was killed while on a tour in Iraq when the helicopter he was in crashed. Raguso enlisted in the military after the 9/11 attacks, Virga said.

The memorial, set at the high school athletic grounds, has the names of those associated with Commack  – Debbie Virga and others at 2015 9/11 eventwhether residents or former high school graduates – who were killed during the attacks., and the emblems of the four New York City public service units most affected by the attack- New York Police Department, The Fire Department of New York, Emergency Medical Services and Port Authority- are also honored at the memorial. Two reflecting pools will be set up for the event,  gatherers will have the opportunity to throw in flowers into the reflecting pool in honor of those who died

“SCPD will do a fly over,” said Virga. “I have 100 lanterns we put up around [the site].”

Since the remembrance event also honors those who have died due to 9/11 contamination on the World Trade Center site, Dr. Michael Guttenberg, 50, of Jericho and a Commack High School graduate, will be remembered. Guttenberg was an EMT who worked on the Pile for the months after the terrorist attack. He later become a physician and served as medical director of Northwell Health’s clinical preparedness and Center for Emergency Medical Services (CEMS). He died last year from pancreatic cancer, linked to his work at the World Trade Center site. His niece, Jaime Guttenberg, was one of the students killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last February 14th.

“This family has really suffered,” Virga said. “This will recognize him and his contribution.”

Virga noted that memorial stones with names of the victims are set around the memorial.

“Sadly, the list is growing.”

Anyone can attend the ceremony, which takes place Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Commack High School, One Scholar Lane, off Town Line Road. Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. this year in deference to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah.


Commack Residents or former Commack High School graduates 

honored at the memorial

Died on 9/11

Ezra Aviles-Port Authority

Benilda Domingo-World Trade Center

Dennis Scauso- FDNY

James Munhall -World Trade Center

Joseph A. Kelly-World Trade Center

John T. Schroeder- World Trade Center

Died Post 9/11

Traci Tack-Czajkowski- NYPD

Marci Simms- NYPD

Dr. Michael Guttenberg

Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, who died in Iraq and served because of 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Smithtown Toyota Donates CPR Unit To Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp


Smithtown Toyota presented a Resusci Anne CPR training unit to the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp at the dealership at 360 East Jericho Tpke. Smithtown, NY. Smithtown Toyota is a member of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association which administers the CPR donations. New York State Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Raia were in attendance. 

The units allow personnel to train area residents on the correct way to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), allowing those trained to save the lives of countless people who suffer heart attacks and need immediate attention.   Nationwide, since 1975, franchised automobile dealers through the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) have donated thousands of manikins worth more than $4 million on which more than two million people have been trained.