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Suffolk Transportation Hosts Transportation Workers Appreciation Day


Suffolk Transportation Service honors employees with their Extra Mile Award. Pictured from left to right are: Beth Enright, June Meigel, Robert Akerman, Patricia Jimenez, Nancy Gilardi, Ralph Andreano, Juanita Samuels, Frederick Johansen, Theresa Leger and Suffolk Transportation Service Vice President of Operations Ray Grimaldi. Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. (STS), leading transportation provider well- known for superior customer service and groundbreaking safety measures, hosted their annual Transportation Workers Appreciation Days from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM on Wednesday June 6th at their Bay Shore facility; Thursday June 7th at their Ronkonkoma and Brentwood facilities; and Friday June 8th at their Coram facility. The three-day festivities included awards ceremonies for years of service and outstanding performance, as well as barbeque lunches for more than 2,500 employees. The enthusiastic crowd included Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter; Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi; Department of Public Works representatives Chris Chatterton, Sarah Falco and Christopher McVoy; numerous Suffolk County business leaders; and officials from many of the school districts STS services: Bay Shore, Brentwood, Comsewogue, Islip, Lindenhurst, Longwood, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Sayville, West Babylon and West Islip.

“Our annual driver appreciation day is always a great event for our organization,” said Suffolk Transportation Service Executive Director of Operations Thomas W. Smith. “Our customers and all of us at STS thank our drivers for their hard work and dedication throughout the school year, but this is a special day set aside to honor our outstanding employees. Our success is built upon our drivers providing great service every day for our customers, and we welcome the opportunity to thank them for another successful school year.”

STS honored employees with awards that recognized 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service with a combined total of more than 2,300 years. This year, the 40- year awards went to van driver Patricia Campeau, shop manager Wayne Mueller, and driver assistants Patricia Shanley and Cecilia Hoey. STS also honored employees who go above and beyond their normal job responsibilities with the Extra Mile Award. This year’s Extra Mile Award went to 35 exceptional employees holding different positions in the company from various STS locations. STS has been hosting Transportation Workers Appreciation Days since the late 1980s to ensure that their employees are recognized and valued, and to reinforce a culture of encouragement, respect and engagement.

To add to the celebration, several choirs from school districts that STS services entertained the celebrants. Among these talented students were the Bay Shore High School Harmonies, Central Islip Concert Choir, Central Islip Show Choir, and Brentwood High School Choir.

In keeping with the tradition of giving a gift to all employees, this year STS provided three reusable bags to each participant as a way of demonstrating the Company’s commitment to the community. As of January 1, 2018, Suffolk
County local law has required stores to charge customers a minimum fee of 5 cents on carryout bags.

About Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc.: With eight state-of-the-art facilities on Long Island, Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. combines the most advanced technology with top-notch leadership and caring employees to provide its customers with the highest level of safety, security, and professionalism. From sophisticated video surveillance to the latest in digital technology, Suffolk Transportation is an industry leader in safety both nationally and locally, as it has been since its founding in 1945. Suffolk Bus Corporation, the public transportation division of the company, has not only served the general public, it also has a dedicated staff specifically trained in working with people with special needs. The company’s many awards and distinctions include: the New York State Bus Contractors Association’s “Contractor of the Year” Award; the Public Transportation Safety Board’s “A” rating; First Place in the National Special Needs Competition; Winner’s Circle distinction more than 40 times in annual New York State safety competitions; School Bus Fleet magazine’s “National School Bus Contractor of the Year” award; and voted by its employees as one of the best companies to work for in New York State in an anonymous survey conducted by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management. For more information, go to suffolkbus.com.



Legislator Trotta Collecting School Supplies For St. Vincent de Paul Society In KP

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Collects School Supplies for the

Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Josephs Parish in Kings Park

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is collecting school supplies for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul based at St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park. Donations may be dropped off at his district office in Smithtown, located at 59 Landing Avenue, Suite 1, during the hours of 9am 4:00pm, Monday Friday.

School items being collected include composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, pencils and pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, pens, crayons, erasers, rulers, loose leaf paper, Play- Doh, and pocket folders.

Legislator Trotta said, “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul does a wonderful job throughout the year of assisting area residents who need a helping hand.” For more information, please call Legislator Trotta’s office at 631-854-3900. 


Congratulations To Smithtown Troop 888's Four New Eagle Scouts


(Smithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislators Robert Trotta and elected officials from the Town of Smithtown and New York State attended the Eagle Court of Honor for Kevin Caunter, Matt Garcett, Chris Golden and Matty Kalinsky of Boy Scout Troop 888 of Smithtown.

from left: Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Scouts Chris Golden, Matt Garcett, Kevin Caunter, Matty Kalinsky and Smithtown Town Clerk Vincent Puleo. The four scouts wanted to do their Eagle Scout Community Service Projects for several Smithtown-based organizations and the Hauppauge Fire Department. Kevin Caunter built a brick raised flower bed around the Hauppauge Fire Department’s sign, flag pole, and digital clock. He also refurbished the company’s sign. Matt Garcett replaced the 200-foot split rail fence at Hoyt Farm in Commack, which will protect the animals and enhance the grounds of the park. Chris Golden worked with the Suffolk County Parks Department to create the Rassapeague County Park on county-owned property in Nissequogue. He built a parking lot, created a marked trail and cleaned up more than 1,000 pounds of debris from the site. Matty Kalinsky designed and constructed an agility ramp, platform, and a suspended bridge to train the puppies at the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown. Once the dogs are ready, they become guide dogs for the blind and/or wounded veterans.

Suffolk County Legislator Trotta said, “This is a very proud moment for these young men and their families, as well as their troop leaders and fellow scouts. I extend my congratulations to all of them for being outstanding scouts and role models for the younger scouts and hope that they will remain active in their communities.”



Sunrise Rotary Club Sponsors Children's Program Honoring Otis M Thornhill

Happenings at The Smithtown Library – Kings Park Building

On Saturday, June 2 The Smithtown Library and the Rotary Club of Smithtown Sunrise partnered to hold a children’s program to memorialize Otis M. Thornhill.  Otis M. Thornhill was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Smithtown Sunrise, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Smithtown Library until his death in 2016.  This event in Mr. Thornhill’s honor was held at the Kings Park Building of The Smithtown Library in the Otis M. Thornhill Memorial Playground.  Presented by the Rotarians, children enjoyed storytime with a reading of Mr. Pines Purple House and then decorated birdhouses. Each child in attendance also received a copy of the book Mr. Pine’s Purple House.  The Smithtown Library thanks the Rotary Club of Smithtown Sunrise for their support and organization of this successful event.