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Tuesday
Feb122019

FYI - Town Of Smithtown On Winter Weather Advisory

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our area in effect until Midnight tonight. Snow will fall before 11am, with a mix of snow and sleet until 2pm. Freezing rain and sleet is expected through the afternoon. Wind chill values are estimated between 15 and 20 with gusts as high as 29 mph. Little to no ice accumulation is expected. Two to Four inches of total snow and sleet accumulation is possible.

Drivers should watch for black ice and dangerous road conditions. Please use caution and slow speeds while operating a motor vehicle.

 Supervisor Ed Wehrheim and The Director of Public Safety, Chief John Valentine have coordinated all efforts between emergency responders. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will operate through the weather advisory.

Superintendent of Highways, Robert Murphy reports crews are out applying Beet Juice, Salt & Sand on the roads to prevent icing conditions. A Fleet of 100 Plows and Spreaders are on the roads working through the duration of the storm.

Smithtown residents are asked to use extreme caution and remember to travel with a winter survival kit. In the event, you become stranded, stay with your vehicle and call authorities.

Power Outages - PSEG Information: View PSEG Long Island’s outage map Click Here

To report and receive status updates on an outage Text OUT to PSEGLI (773454) or to report an outage online visit www.psegliny.com

www.psegliny.com
Contact customer service, pay a bill, report an outage, and more. Find money-saving tips. Learn how to prepare for storms.

To register have your account number available and text REG to PSEGLI (773454)

Downed wires should always be considered “live.” Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything contacting the wire. To report a downed wire call PSEG Long Island’s 24-hour Electric Service number: 1-800-490-0075

Flooding or Road Concerns: To report icing, and other issues related conditions along the roads, please contact the highway department at (631) 360-7500

Stranded Vehicles: If there is an emergency, please dial 9-11 immediately. All non life-threatening calls can be directed to the department of public safety by calling  (631) 360-7553  

Animals & Family Pets: All domestic animals should remain indoors during the freezing temperatures, with the exception of allowing dogs to venture out to go to the bathroom. Outdoor animals should be sheltered indoors for the duration of this storm. To report animals in distress, strays or other loose domestic or wild animals please call (631) 360-7575

Elderly Neighbors & Special Needs individuals: Please check on your neighbors with disabilities, special needs and senior citizens. Make sure they have an emergency phone, plenty of water, food and blankets. Ask if they have someone to call in the event of an emergency.

Sunday
Feb102019

Apple Bank Exhibits Work By Local Artist Myungja Anna Kuh


Stony Brook Artist Myungja Anna Koh featured at Apple Bank of Smithtown Exhibition February 11 -  April 18, 2019

Smithtown Township Arts Council is pleased to announce that the works of Long Island artist Myungja Anna Koh will be on view at Apple Bank, 91 Route 111, Smithtown, December 8 -  February 9, 2019. The exhibition, part of STAC’s Outreach Gallery Program, can be viewed during regular bank hours.  

Myungja Anna Koh, was born in South Korea. She moved Karlsruhe, Germany, on 2006. When she was in Germany, she debuted as an artist through Poly Gallery and started her career as an artist. She has presented her works to a number of solo and group exhibitions in Germany and France. 

Anna moved to New York in 2013. Living and working in Stony Brook, she has been continuing her artistic activity and presenting her works in many exhibitions around Long Island. Using colorful touch and stroke, Anna creates her artworks to reflect her thoughts and inner self. She would like to express the colors mixed by one’s individual feeling and emotion.

STAC is grateful to Apple Bank for its continued support of culture in our communities.

Smithtown Township Arts Council is a 501(c) (3) Not- For-Profit Organization

Friday
Feb082019

Honor A Hero By Giving Blood At Glen Ciano Blood Drive In Commack

*Glen Ciano Blood Drive was a tremendous success with 20 more pints of blood donated than 2018***

Today is one of those days that you get to do something good. That’s the message from Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart and Commack Fire Department Chief Patrick Fazio. Today, Saturday, February 9 between the hours of 10am and 2pm hundreds of people will donate life saving blood and honor the legacy of deceased police officer Glen Ciano.L-R SCPD Chief Of Department Stuart Cameron, Susan Ciano, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Deputy Police Commissioner James Skopek

Suffolk County Police Department and the Commack Fire Department are hosting their 9th annual Glen Ciano Blood Drive to honor the memory of Glen Ciano a fallen Suffolk County police officer and a long history of working with the Commack Fire Department. Glen Ciano died on February 22, 2009, a victim of a drunk driver in Commack. Nine years ago the fire department named its blood drive the Glen Ciano Blood drive to honor the memory of the man who did so much to protect others.

Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said, “Glen lived his life protecting others as both police officer and a volunteer fire fighter. He exemplified the meaning of being a true hero.”

By all accounts Glen Ciano was someone who did everything possible to help someone who needed help. According to his wife Susan, “You could call him at any time and he was there. Things were dropped and he went.” One might think that this is a sad event for the Ciano family but as hard as it might be Susan said she looks forward to it. ” This is the fire house that Glen went out of, he had a locker here so it holds a special place in my heart. I Come every year since they named it for him 9 years ago.  Once people find out what it’s for it makes it more meaningful for them to give blood that day. It means a lot to me that  different people come out who want to honor him.”  

Since 2011, 1084 donations have been accepted and saved the lives of more than 3000 people. In 2018, 224 donations were made and everyone is hoping to match and surpass that number. Yadira Navarro, NY Blood Center manager, wants people to know that there is only a three - four day supply of blood and for O- and B- there is only a 1-2 day supply. To donate blood you must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 lbs. and have identification. Navarro advises people to eat well and hydrate before donating.

Commissioner Pat Fazzio wants this to be a great blood drive, “it is vitally important to get a great turnout.  There is no better way to honor Glen then coming out and supporting this blood drive. “

The Glen Ciano Blood Drive will be held at the Commack Fire Department between (10am and 2pm) located at 6309 Jericho Turnpike Commack, NY between 8 am-2pm (631) 499-6690 (non-emergency) Walk Ins are welcome.

 

 

Friday
Feb012019

Smithtown Youth Bureau Hosting # CozyToes Sock Drive

“The Youth Bureau will be involving school student leadership & community service groups in in this project, as well. I’m always amazed and so pleased to see the strong participation, support and generosity of our township’s students and parents, with programs like these. It’s important for young people to recognize that there are residents who are struggling and that they personally can do something to help. We’re always very proud of the efforts of our student volunteers and it’s even better when ‘helping others’ becomes a family activity.” -Stacey Sanders, Executive Director Town of Smithtown Youth Bureau

Below freezing winter temperatures are brutal for the homeless and otherwise less fortunate families. Supplying them with new, clean socks can make all the difference to stay warm.

Donated socks must be new or packaged. Already worn goods cannot be sanitized well enough, therefore cannot be put to good use. Socks are amongst the most valuable pieces of clothing to people without permanent housing. Other small items are more than welcome, such as gloves and scarfs. Even donating one garment will be substantive in keeping someone warm this winter.

“It’s always wonderful to see the entire community working together for such a wonderful cause… And our Residents have a way of coming together to help those most in need.”- Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo

Hands Across Long Island is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1988. It is now the largest multiservice agency, mental health organization in New York State. They have helped over 3,500 people every year. The organization pledges to continue creating vital programs that will strengthen, empower, and assist those in the recovery process of psychiatric consumers and survivors.

Collection Boxes are Located at:

Smithtown Town Hall: 99 W. Main Street, Smithtown
The Smithtown Youth Bureau at the Horizons Center: 
161 E Main Street, SmithtownSmithtown Senior Center: 420 E Main Street, Smithtown

Wednesday
Jan302019

St.James Resident Denise Davis 2019 St. Patricks Day Parade Grand Marshal

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal - Denise Davis

Saturday - March 16, 2019 • 1:00 p.m.

  The St. James Chamber of Commerce will hold their 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019 along Lake Avenue beginning at 1 p.m. 

St. James Resident Denise Davis Grand Marshal At 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade  It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the St. James Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their selection of Denise Davis as the 2019 Grand Marshal.

  The honor of being chosen as Grand Marshal is the result of her lifetime of dedication and service to the community.
  Denise and her husband John have been St. James residents, for over 20 years. They are parishioners of Sts. Philip and James R.C. Church and reside with their two daughters; Jillian and Jacqueline, three cats and their dog, Eloise, which is the St. James Chamber’s mascot.

  Denise owns her own graphic design business – Artpix Studio! She is awesome at what she creates! Whether it is one of the beautiful banners for various events that I’m sure you have seen displayed throughout town, or her customized digital photo paintings of animals or local scenes, or the museum quality reproductions she has done for artists both near and far, her talents are sure to impress you.

  Denise is an active board member of the St. James Chamber for 11 years, and is currently Vice President. Another local organization that she is heavily involved with is Deepwells Farm Historical Society. She is currently a board member for the past 5 years, and spends most of her time  – August through October – turning the beautiful 1845 Mansion into an extremely scary Haunted House for all of our enjoyment. Her ideas and creativity helped make Deepwells and St. James a top rated attraction and place to visit during the month of October. Besides chairing the haunted house fundraiser, she also brings in art shows, as well as psychic nights, oversees the fairs and summer concerts at Deepwells. 

  Besides her love for her family and town, she is passionate in her love of animals. She helps local Animal Rescues – helping with adoption events, donating and fostering cats. 

  Denise has been an active PTA member at Mills Pond Elementary when her girls attended  – always lending her artistic talents by creating an outdoor sign for the school or painting murals on the walls. She is truly St. James unsung hero.Her love of her town is endless.

  Denise’s parents, (John Calbo –- Italian and Margaret Murphy – Irish), were both raised in the Bronx, NY. Her mom was raised in a true 100% Irish Catholic family with nine siblings. Five of the Murphy brothers served in WWII together. They were drafted one by one into different divisions of the service, with the 5th brother enlisting after the 4th shipped out. Jack Murphy was drafted into the 1st Inf. Div. also known as the “Big Red One.” He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Amazingly they all returned home – even with three of them participating in D-Day. A photo of the five Murphy Brothers in their uniforms was entered into the museum on Liberty Island on the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Denise is extremely proud of her Irish heritage and so proud of the true Americans they were. 

  Congratulations to Denise Davis, 2019 Grand Marshal of the St. James Chamber of Commerce’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Join us on Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m.along Lake Avenue to celebrate and honor Denise Davis for her lifetime of dedication and service to our community.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade…
  The Parade will kick off at 1 p.m.starting at the Smithtown High School East Parking lot on Woodlawn Avenue traveling to Lake Avenue and continuing to the St. James Gazebo at the Railroad station where our Grand Marshal and our Princes & Princesses will watch the parade from the review stand.

  The parade lineup is fabulous so be sure to attend the best and biggest parade around. 
  For additional information contact Parade Director Kerry Maher-Weisse (St. James Funeral Home) at  631-584-5200.