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Wednesday
Apr182018

Planned Parenthood Announces STI Awareness Campaign

 

Get Yourself Tested at a Planned Parenthood Center and Take Control of Your Sexual Health

 

[Smithtown, NY]— This April, Planned Parenthood is celebrating Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month as part of its sexually transmitted infection (STI) awareness campaign. Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) is offering free HIV testing on April 18 all of its health centers to encourage everyone to get tested. You can call (800) 230-PLAN or visit pphp.org to schedule an appointment. 

There are many myths and misunderstandings about having an STI:

 

  • Anyone who has had vaginal, oral or anal sex could get an STI. No one should be shamed, harassed or judged because they have an STI or because they want to use protection. Disclosing one’s status can be difficult, especially if people continue to shame those who have STIs.
  • ALL STIs—even HIV—are treatable, and many are curable. Early treatment can help prevent serious, lifelong health problems that can result from STIs, but the only way to know your status is to Get Yourself Tested. 
  • Not all medical checkups include STI testing—so unless you ask to be tested, you can’t assume you have been. Most tests require just a urine sample. The CDC recommends:
    • Annual testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea for all sexually active women under the age of 25
    • Screening at least once a year for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
    • HIV testing at least once for all adults and adolescents
    • HIV testing at least once a year if you have sex without a condom or share needles.

Conversations about STIs don’t have to be uncomfortable. Getting tested and knowing your status shows you care about yourself and your partner. If you’re nervous, know the more you do it, the easier it gets! Please visit www.pphp.org to find the health center closest to you. Planned Parenthood health centers provide more than 4.4 million STI tests annually, including more than 705,000 HIV tests, making it a leader in STI testing and treatment. Planned Parenthood believe that access to safer sex—including tools, testing and treatment—is the best way to ensure that people of all ages stay healthy and safe. Everyone deserves to have a healthy and pleasurable sex life.

Monday
Apr162018

Following Tradition Cub Scouts Race Pinewood Derby Cars

 

MATINECOCK DISTRICT CUB SCOUTS RACE PINEWOOD DERBY CARS
 
        “And they’re off!!!!”


        Racing six small wooden vehicles on the specially-fitted track in each heat, 85 hand-crafted Pinewood Derby cars were in the competitions at the Annual Matinecock District (Boy Scouts of America)’s district-wide runoff event held in the gym of the John Glenn High School in Elwood on April 14, 2018.

Coming down the racetrack: As the mini-racing cars handcrafted by the Cub Scouts came down the electronic Pinewood Derby track at the 2013 Matinecock District Annual Pinewood Derby Races, the 85 cars were eliminated during the matrix style races. Cub Scouts and their parents watch the race cars as they near the end of the runway and the “pit crew” Boy Scouts get ready to retrieve the cars at the end of the racetrack.The cars had to be made by the boys (and parents could assist) in shaping and decorating the 5-ounce block of wood contained in the Pinewood Derby Car Kit.  The 7- to 10-year-olds who were taking part in the District-wide event had previously raced their cars in the individual Cub Scout Pack’s race.  The top four winners from each of the Cub Scout Packs in the Matinecock District (which encompasses Western Smithtown and all of the Town of Huntington) were eligible to take part in this event.

With friends, parents, and volunteer scouting adults from the Pack and the Scout District to cheer them on, matrix style races were held for the 85 Tigers, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts and their cars.  The top ten winners received trophies, and each participant received a commemorative patch. The scouts and their families, representing 25 of the 33 Matinecock Cub Packs, had a fun day at this Matinecock District 2018 Pinewood Derby.  Electronically scored, the pinewood derby cars raced from a variety of speeds of 192.07 mph to 222.34 mph and were timed at speeds of 3.5498 seconds to a top speed of 3.0665 seconds as they came to the finish line on the 40-foot long racing tracks.

Top 10 winners - As the mini-racing cars handcrafted by the Cub Scouts came down the electronic Pinewood Derby track at the 2018 Matinecock District Annual Pinewood Derby Races, the 85 cars were eliminated during the matrix style races. Top Ten trophy winners in the 2018 Matinecock District’s annual Pinewood Derby Race, Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos pose for a photo with their trophies. –Top district winners (right to left / first to tenth place) were: (back row) 1st place – Benjamin B. of Pack 232 (Northport), 2nd place – Vincent S. of Pack 329 (Commack), 3rd place – Evan A. of Pack 225 (Greenlawn), 4th place – Jack R. of Pack 225, 5th place – Nolan M. of Pack 329 (Commack); (front row) 6th place – Mario M. of Pack 5 (East Northport), 7th place - Christian D. of Pack 232 (Northport) (missing from photo), 8th place - Christopher R. of Pack 406 (South Huntington), 9th place - Christian S. of of Pack 42 (Northport), 10th place- Owen L. of Pack 52 (East Northport) with Matinecock District Executive Liz Jumper and Matinecock District Pinewood Derby Race Chair Rob Zeblisky.Top district winners (first to tenth place) were: 1st place – Benjamin B. of  Pack  232 (Northport), 2nd  place – Vincent S. of Pack 329 (Commack), 3rd place – Evan A. of  Pack 225 (Greenlawn), 4th place – Jack R. of  Pack 225, 5th place – Nolan M. of  Pack  329 (Commack), 6th place –  Mario M. of  Pack 5 (East Northport), 7th place -  Christian D. of  Pack  232 (Northport), 8th place -  Christopher R. of  Pack  406 (South Huntington), 9th place -  Christian S. of  of  Pack 42 (Northport), 10th place- Owen L. of Pack 52 (East Northport)

Rob Zeblisky, Matinecock District Pinewood Derby Race Chair said, “The Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos Scouts who participated in the Pinewood Derby race are truly winners, whether in their individual Cub Scout Pack or here at the District-wide race. They have had the fun of creating their own racecar and seeing it run, with their parents and fellow scouts cheering each and every one of them on to winning.  Special thanks go to all the volunteers who assisted me in this event: Boy Scout Troop 125 (Commack)’s Greg M., “JJ” S., and Matthew M., Boy Scout Troop 52 (East Northport)’s Patrick S and Ryan K., Cub Scout Pack 312 (East Northport)’s Webelos Scout Michael T. Thanks go to Cub Scout Pack 312 (East Northport) who supplied the track, Pete Tumbarello (Pack 212 Cubmaster),   Vinnie Robert (Troop 8,  Assistant Scoutmaster), Matinecock District Executive Liz Jumper, and scouting parents Roseann Zeblisky and Scott Merkel. It was a great time for everyone who took part in every aspect of this great Cub Scouting event.”

group photo - As the mini-racing cars handcrafted by the Cub Scouts came down the electronic Pinewood Derby track at the 2018 Matinecock District Annual Pinewood Derby Races, held in the gym at John Glenn HS (East Northport), the 85 cars were eliminated during the matrix style races. The Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos Scouts who participated in the Pinewood Derby races have had the fun of creating their own racecar and seeing it run, with their parents and fellow scouts cheering each and every one of them on to winning. Prior to the start of the Matinecock District’s annual 2018 Pinewood Derby race, all of the participating Tigers, Cubs, and Webelos pose for a photo with all of the pinewood racecar entries.

Wednesday
Apr112018

St. James FD Commissioners Invite Residents To Participate In Online Survey

 

The Commissioners of the St. James Fire District are conducting an Online Survey of Residents, Taxpayers and Business operators in the St. James Fire District and Head of the Harbor.

We want the views of the people we serve in our ongoing efforts to assure Efficient Effective and Safe delivery of fire rescue services to our community.

We want to know what the members of this community view as our primary Strengths & Weaknesses and Opportunities. We want to know how you view your fire rescue services and what Threats you may see that could impact our ability to serve this community. 

We look forward to, and thank you for, your feedback.

Edward Springer Sr. Commissioner Chairman of the Board
William Kearny Commissioner Vice Chairman
John Young Commissioner
William Theobalt Commissioner
Joseph Kuethen Commissioner

If you are a Resident, Taxpayer or Business operator in the St. James Fire District and/or Head of the Harbor, please take a few minutes of your valuable time to take this survey today.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunitySurveySJFD9JLKR6N

The Survey will end at close of business Monday, April 30, 2018. 


This survey is Totally Confidential. The identity of participants will NOT be revealed.

*Emergency Responders, Staff and Members of the St James fire rescue services are being invited to take a comparable but more detailed survey. Please do not take this survey if you are part of the St. James Fire Rescue Services

Tuesday
Apr102018

DEC Reopens Mountain Bike Trails

DEC Lifts Mountain Bike Trail Closures

Mountain bike trails on four New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)-managed properties in Suffolk County reopened on April 6, DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher announced today.

The trail closures had been in place due to small game and deer shotgun hunting seasons and to prevent excessive impacts to trails due to the annual spring thaw cycle.

“DEC makes every effort to manage its 16,843-acres of upland properties in the most sustainable manner possible. The annual closure period of the mountain biking trails in the fall prevents conflict between hunting groups and cyclists and the continued closure into early spring allows the trails to stay less rutted, which increases trail safety,” Director Gallagher said.

The DEC properties where mountain bike trail closures have been lifted are:

  • Otis Pike Preserve
  • Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest
  • Eastport Pine Barrens State Forest

Mountain biking is allowed year-round on DEC’s Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve, which features approximately 12.3 miles of mountain biking trails and on DEC’s Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest. Trails on these properties are maintained by Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers (C.L.I.M.B) and DEC.

Bicyclists on DEC property must:

  • Ride only on marked bicycling trails, except on the Otis Pike Preserve where only established roads may be used;
  • Cyclists must wear hard-shell helmets and eye protection and shall yield to official vehicles and equipment, horseback riders and hikers; and
  • Ride only between the hours of dawn and dusk.

DEC Forest Rangers may potentially close trails for limited time periods throughout the year due to poor trail conditions or so that Forest Rangers and other DEC staff can conduct activities such as prescribed fire operations without impacting firefighters and bicyclists.

Recreational activities on most DEC-owned lands on Long Island require an individual to have a NYS DEC - Managed Land Access Permit. Access permits are free and are valid for three years and must be carried at-all-times.

Permits are required for anyone 12 years old or older.

See DEC’s website for additional information on Region 1’s three-year access permits and recreational opportunities on DEC-managed properties, please contact the Region 1’s Natural Resources Department at (631) 444-0270.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/77537.html

Saturday
Apr072018

Smithtown Mourns Lt. Christopher Raguso

Farewell Lt. Christopher Raguso

A Family Man, An American Hero, F.D.N.Y.  

Maureen Rossi 

Lt. Christopher Raguso (Photo Stripes.com)Under the warmth of the mid-day sun, several thousand residents, firefighters from around the country as well as various law enforcement agencies lined the streets of Commack and Kings Park on Saturday March 31st to honor the extraordinary life of Lt. Christopher Raguso who died in a helicopter crash on March 15 while serving as a member of the NY Air National Guard in Iraq. 

His wife and their two *children were surrounded by family and close friends as they rode in a F.D.N.Y. truck at the beginning of the procession.

Lt. Christopher Raguso was a member of the F.D.N.Y.; Ladder 113, Engine 249 in addition to being a member of the New York Air National Guard.  He was also a volunteer firefighter with the Commack Fire Department.

Known as a guy who gave it all, regardless of what he was doing, Raguso leaves behind scores who loved him and respected him.

Young participant in the Lt. Christopher Raguso processionHis firefighter brethren came out in vast numbers with helicopters flying above the procession catching the enormity of the sea of blue which turned out to be an Ocean for Raguso and his family.   It was the second F.D.N.Y. funeral of the week and some the men of the F.D.N.Y. wore it on their fatigued faces with tears rolling down their faces as Raguso’s coffin went by.         

Commack and Kings Park were adorned in American flags and yellow ribbons for their local hero and in support of his family.  The 11:30 a.m. mass at St. Joseph’s was filled to capacity. Store fronts served as water stations and coffee stations for mourners. Tents were filled with food for the firefighters. Roads were closed.  Only firefighters were permitted on Old Dock Road.  Parking was a challange, many members of the community walked from their homes to pay their respect.

The enormous procession began at the Commack Fire Department when it rolled into Kings Park, there was a terribly sad silence.  Eerie at times, minus the bark of a dog, the sound of a baby crying. The crowd waited and waited to see the motorcade as it slowly rolled through the streets of Kings Park.

Young and old came out – people were on rooftops filming – a news station filmed the entire procession from their copter and donated the video coverage to the F.D.N.Y. where they have a dozen plus videos on YOUTUBE: Search Funeral Raguso, the coverage is extremely well done.

Thirty-nine motorcyles were part of the motorcade representing the F.D.N.Y. riding organizations.  

Store fronts served as water stations and coffee stations for mourners. Tents were filled with food for the firefighters. Road were closed.  Only firefighters were permitted on Old Dock Road.  Parking was a challange many members of the community walked from their homes.

New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio and New York City Fire Chief Daniel Negri attended the funeral services said by Fr. Sean as well as other dignitaries from around the Island. Speakers lined the streets near St. Joseph’s so mourners could hear the mass. 

A town came together and pulled off a huge event that involved local county, state and New York City officials.  Tony Tanzi is President of the Kings Park Chamber.  He said he has never been more proud to be part of this town; he said when one of us is down, we are known for all coming together.  

He wanted to thank everyone for their time, donations and complex coordination efforts: 

  • His fellow members of the K.P. Chamber of Commerce, 
  • The K.P.F.D., and  
  • Local Businesses Big and Small 
  • The Ancient Order of Hibernians, 
  • The LOAH (Ladies Order of Ancient Hibernians) 
  • The Girl Scouts, 
  • The Boy Scouts, 
  • The Knights of Columbus,  
  • Angels Without Faces, 
  • Kings Park Youth, 
  • VFW – KP Post
  • The American Legion
  • Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
  • The Kings Park Soccer Club and 
  • The Suffolk County Police Department 
  • The Smithtown Highway Dept and 
  • The Smithtown Parks Department, 
  • St. Vincent de Paul

“I surely hope I have not failed to mention everyone.  It was an impressive coordination - every day during the planning people just gave their all,” said Tanzi.  

To Help the Raguso family who have two children under the age of 7 please see below message:

According to the FDNY Foundation, “Donations in Lt. Raguso’s honor can be made to the Scholarship Fund to Benefit the Children of FDNY Lieutenant Christopher Raguso by clicking here and selecting the fund in the drop down menu.” LINK:   https://www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/

* correction - the article originally stated Lt. Raguso and his wife had four children they have two children.