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Nissequogue River State Park Foundation Celebrating 10th Anniversary

By Pat Biancaniello*

The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation (NRSPF)  will hold a celebratory 10th anniversary gala Thursday, October 10th at the Sunken Meadow Pavilion. The NRSPF was formed for the improvement and beautification of the NYS Nissequogue River State Park. NRSPF members work to raise awareness and funds for the beautification of the park.

2015 Turkey TrotThe foundation has raised money by hosting various events including an annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Sunset Run and Regatta On The River. Participation at the events has grown over the ten years with past and new participants coming from all over Long Island.

Since its inception the NRSPF, comprised of volunteers, has been actively calling for a park master plan to ensure that the park is properly preserved and its utilization  is appropriate for a park. In addition to fundraising for a master plan and creating a garden at the park, the NRSPF is raising funds for the addition of an accessible park for children with special needs. 

Work has begun on the Administration Bldg. thanks to the $1,000,000 donation from the Reichert FoundationIn addition to NRSPF fundraising, the Nissequogue River State Park has benefitted from the generous support of Helen and Charles Reichert who have supported every foundation event. Most recently they donated one million dollars to NYS Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to help with the remediation of the park’s administration building. 

The Reichert’s, owners of the IGA in Fort Salonga and Northport, have a history of giving back to the community. Earlier this year they donated $226,642.68 to the Smithtown Historical Society for the remediation of the Obidiah Smith House on St. Johnland Road. 

Charlie Reichert, center with $1,000,000 check donated to remediate Admin Bldg.The Reicherts philanthropy is not limited to Smithtown. They have generously donated baseball uniforms for student athletes in Greenport, helped to preserve a vessel for the Fire Fighter Floating Museum,  they are huge supporters of Huntington Hospital and most recently promised to donate the five-cent bag fees collected at IGA to the Center for Mother and Babies at Huntington Hospital.

The Nissequogue River State Park has seen a steady increase in the number of park attendees with 227,179 visiting the park in 2018. On any given day you can find people walking, biking, boating, taking photos and visiting the healing garden.Kings Park Interact club members working at garden 2019 Kings Park students belonging to the 2018 Regatta on the River Interact Club clean-up the garden, local scouts do projects, students run the annual Regatta at the Nissequogue River State Park. Foundation members plan, advocate, fundraise and work towards the betterment of the park. And people like the Reicherts provide the resources to make things happen.*

The 10th Anniversary celebration is Thursday, October 10th at The Pavilion at Sunken Meadow,Sunken Meadow Boardwalk, Kings Park. If you are interested in attending or making a donation for this event contact the NRSP Foundation. All proceeds will go to expanding the Nissequogue River State Park playground. 

Nissequogue River State Park is located on St. Johnland Road in Kings Park

Nissequogue River State Park Foundation, PO Box 159, Kings Park, NY 11754

About the Foundation

The Nissequogue River State Park Foundation was established in March 2008. It united local community leaders under one umbrella organization to help enhance and beautify the park. The foundation has restored the cupola on the park’s Administration Building, helped paved the roadway around the park’s soccer fields, sponsored several cleanup projects, organized numerous recreational and cultural events, supported the expansion of the park’s hike & bike trail and funded the creation of a conceptual master plan for the park.

*Pat Biancaniello is a member of the Nissequogue River State Park Foundation



The 23rd Annual Long Island International Film Expo Is Accepting Submissions


The 23rd Annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) is Open for Submissions

Nassau County, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is proud to announce that the 23rd annual Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), Nassau County’s longest running regional film festival, is now accepting submissions.

“The film, television and commercial industries are a huge economic engine in Nassau County, and LIIFE provides a networking community for local independent filmmakers to meet filmmakers from the world over. This film festival also brings unique films to our local constituents who prove to be a sophisticated movie-going audience,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.  

LIIFE will be held from July 10 - 16, 2020 at the historic Bellmore Movies and will include local and foreign film screenings, celebrity appearances, entertaining and informative panels, a star-studded awards ceremony, Q & A with filmmakers from the world over and networking galore. Early bird submission pricing will be in effect until, January 1, regular submission pricing will be held until January 20, 2020. Cut-off date for submission is March 3. Alumni discounts are available for past LIIFErs by emailing   

Festivals of the past have included such luminaries as Danny Aiello, Ed Asner, Blue Bloods’ Robert Clohessy, Abigail Hawk, Ralph Macchio, John Amos, Ally Sheedy, 30 Rock’s Kevin Brown, Cathy Moriarty, Steve Buscemi, Ed Burns, William Sadler, Ilene Kristen, and so many more.

Categories include shorts, features, documentaries, student films, animations, Long Island, foreign films, music videos, trailer, webisodes and screenplays and their new horror category.

Submit today for early-bird submission pricing to For questions, please

Scared for Your LIIFE, the Long Island Film-TV Foundation’s short horror film festival is also accepting submissions until October 31, 2019. Scared for Your LIIFE returns for its third year and will be held the Long Island Puppet Theater on Saturday, December 7, 2019.  To submit, go to  If you’ve had a previous film at LIIFE or Scared for Your LIIFE, alumni discounts will apply as well.

Good luck, and we’ll see you at the movies.


Driver Arrested For DWI After Three Car Crash In Dix Hills

Suffolk County Police last night arrested a man for driving while intoxicated following a crash involving three motor vehicles in Dix Hills.

Thomas Macy was driving a 2019 Ford van southbound on Deer Park Road, near the intersection of East Deer Park Road, when he crashed into the back of a southbound SUV at approximately 10:05 p.m. The SUV then crashed into the back of a southbound four-door sedan. The Ford van caught fire and became fully engulfed.

The occupants of the SUV, two adult females and an adult male, as well as the occupant of the sedan, an adult male, were transported to Huntington Hospital for evaluation. Macy was not injured. 

Macy, 52, of  Selden was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. He is being held overnight at the Second Precinct and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on October 1.

A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Congratulations To Eagle Scout Anthony Guadagna Jr

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Congratulates Troop 8’s Newest Eagle Scout Anthony Guadagna, Jr.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is pictured with Eagle Scout Anthony Guadagna, Jr.Smithtown, NY)… Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for his constituent, Anthony Guadagna, Jr. of Boy Scout Troop 8. Anthony earned 45 Merit Badges ranging from American Heritage to Welding. He also served as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Quartermaster. 

For his community service project, Anthony created a prayer garden and brick patio for St. Anthony of Padua Church in East Northport. He dedicated this project to Sister Eileen Christie, a family friend and a teacher at St. Anthony’s High School, who went missing while on vacation in Austria and has not been heard from since.

“Becoming an Eagle Scout is a testament to your character and leadership skills and is something that you have accomplished while still a teenager. This recognition will stay with you for the rest of your life and can never be taken from you,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. “What you have done is very impressive and we will expect great things from you in the future,” added Legislator Trotta.



Smithtown Historical Heritage Fair 2019

Heritage Fair 2019

On Sunday, September 22nd, The Smithtown Historical Society hosted its annual Heritage Country Fair, continuing a long-standing tradition of carrying the past into the present.

The Fair offered an assortment of appealing attractions, such as an old-time baseball game, traditional music, historic re-enactors, farm animals, a hayride, a mounted horse show, featuring the Island Long Riders, and music for children, featuring Strummin and Drummin.

This year we introduced Touch a Truck, a new attraction where kids climbed onto the trucks and learned about the equipment on each truck. The Parks Department, Highway Department, the Smithtown Fire and Police Departments and some local businesses parked their trucks and cars on the Historic grounds for the public to enjoy.

The fair took place on the sprawling 22 acres of the Smithtown Historical Society’s grounds, where many of our historic buildings are located. Each of the buildings were open for guests to explore during the event. Families visited the Epenetus Smith Tavern, the Judge J. Lawrence Smith Homestead, and the Arthur Farmhouse for historic interpretations with the educational staff led by Director of Education, Melissa Clements.

At the kid’s area, our student volunteers from the Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau, Girl Scouts and Junior Educators helped children with various arts and crafts, such as pumpkin painting. Music was performed by Strummin and Drummin. It was a beautiful day!

Historical Society Executive Director Priya Kapoor said, “Thank you to all of the community groups and organizations who participated in our annual Heritage Country Fair. Without the help from the Parks Department, Highway Department, Smithtown Fire Department and Police Department, the Island Long Riders, the Atlantic Base Ball Club, and more we would not have been able to host such a wonderful community event for Smithtown. I saw so many children enjoying themselves, as they rode the hay wagon, painted pumpkins, and fed the farm animals. It was such a wonderful day. A special thanks to Councilman Thomas W. Lohmann, Parks Director; Joseph Arico, Superintendent of Highways; Robert Murphy and Smithtown Fire Chief; Kevin Fitzpatrick. Without their help our Touch a Truck would not be possible. I would also like to mention Supervisor Edward R. Wehrheim who has always given us his support for the welfare of the community.”

From the staff at the Smithtown Historical Society, we greatly appreciate and humbly accept all the support and admiration bestowed upon us. Many thanks to our educators, volunteers and Sponsors, who made this an extraordinary event for the children and families of our community.  Executive Director Priya Kapoor said, “We also would like to thank our Heritage Fair Committee Chairpersons, Mike Donnelly and Kathy Albrecht, without their guidance we won’t be able to host a successful fair.”  

A special thanks to our partners for making this event a great success: Winter Bros Waste Systems, Damianos Realty Group, GSE Dynamics, Hirsch Fuels, Helen Matuz, People’s United Bank, Reliable Office Solutions, School House Remodeling, The Schaefer Agency, St Catherine of Siena Medical Center, St James Funeral Home, Watermill Caterers, Williams & Williams Insurance, Natalie Worthington, Brian Clancy, Kenneth Donato, Marguerite Micciche, M.E. Sanders, Shop Rite Hauppauge, Smithtown Childrens Foundation, St Johnland Nursing Center, The Farino Family, Waves Salon & Spa Smithtown, Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, Kathy & David Albrecht, Don & Joanna Betts, Joan & John Carro, The Donnelley Family, Gail Hessel, Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo, Kings Park Meat Market, Jerry & Pat Melvin, Nardy Honda Smithtown, Norman Keil Nurseries, Carole Palmer, SCOPE Education Services, George & Maureen Smilow, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea of Smithtown, Stella & William Valentine, Wells Fargo Advisors and The Smithtown News.