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DEC Conducted Prescribed Fires On Otis Pike Preserve

Town of Riverhead
Suffolk County

On April 11 and April 16, Forest Rangers, with the assistance of a multi-agency fire crew, conducted prescribed fires on the Otis Pike Preserve. A total of 38 acres were treated through prescribed fire. Staff from DEC’s Divisions of Forest Protection, Fish and Wildlife, and Lands and Forests came together with DEC volunteers and Central Pine Barrens Commission staff to safely execute the burns. Both burns were done for the purposes of top killing invading woody shrubs and pitch pines invading the fields to maintain and promote habitat for grassland nesting birds.



"4/20" Enforcement Operation Resulted In DWI/Marijuana Arrests

On Saturday April 20, 2019, the New York State Police, along with our law enforcement partners in Suffolk County, conducted a multi-agency “4/20” enforcement operation which focused on Driving while Ability Impaired and the unlawful possession marijuana. Officers from the New York State Police, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Riverhead Police Department, town of Southampton Police Department, Shelter Island Police Department, town of Southold Police Department, village of Quogue Police Department, and the village of Westhampton Beach Police Department conducted stationary and roving checkpoints throughout Suffolk County which resulted in:
8- DWI arrests
17- Unlawful possession of Marijuana arrests
over 40 vehicle and traffic law infractions.
The efforts of all the officers helped in the effort of ensuring highway and to help raise public awareness that operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana can have the same tragic consequences as alcohol or other drugs. 



Christopher Trimble Becomes Kings Park's Newest Eagle Scout

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Recognizes Christopher Trimble of Kings Park for Achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout

(Smithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta congratulated Christopher Trimble of Boy Scout Troop 75 for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at his Eagle ScoutCourt of Honor. Christopher’s involvement with scouting started in 2007 as a Bobcat andculminated in 2018 with obtaining the rank of Eagle. Throughout his scouting career, Christopher earned 25 merit badges, more than required for his Eagle Scout and strengthened his leadership skills while a Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.

For his community service project, Christopher contacted the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown and they agreed that he could install 90 meters of wood fencing around one of the exhibit areas. He raised over $1200 with a car wash. Christopher bought the necessary supplies and supervised the delivery of the materials, as well coordinated the installation of the new fence. Christopher’s involvement with this project inspired him to studyEngineering Management at NYIT in Old Westbury.

“Scouting has certainly had a positive impact on Christopher’s life and has guided him in studying for a college degree in Engineering Management and a future in where he can help people. I commend him for being a role model for the younger scouts and for wanting to make our community a better place for all of us,” said Suffolk County Legislator RobTrotta.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is pictured with Eagle Scout Christopher Trimble at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.


Marine Bureau Officers Rescue Clam Dredge Captain

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued the captain of a clam dredge after he experienced a medical incident while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday night.

Ronald Garay, captain of the 77 foot commercial clam dredge Mary T, was operating in the Atlantic Ocean south of Point O’ Woods, Fire Island, when he began to experience shortness of breath and called for assistance over Marine VHF radio.

The Marine Bureau heard the call and dispatched a rescue boat, Marine Kilo, crewed by Officers Keith Magliola and Christopher DeFeo, who are both New York State Certified Emergency Medical Technicians.

The police boat responded out of Fire Island Inlet into the Atlantic Ocean and intercepted the Mary T approximately two miles south of Fire Island. Officers DeFeo and Magliola transferred Garay, 44, of East Meadow, New York, from the dredge onto the police boat where Officer DeFeo administered first aid to Garay. The victim was transported to U.S. Coast Guard Station Fire Island. West Islip Fire Department ambulance then transported Garay to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment.



Remember 9-11 With Flags For Freedom


This year marks the 18-year anniversary of the tragedies and loss of life that occurred on September 11, 2001.  To remember and to honor the heroes of 9-11, the Commack School District would like to add a special touch to our community to commemorate that day.

If you would like to sponsor a 3’x5’ American Flag with a yellow ribbon that says “9-11Remembrance,” please fill out the information below. Each sponsor’s name will be attached to the flag. The flags will be displayed along Scholar Lane.  If requested, your flag will be returned to you at the end of the year. Sponsors can include; individuals, families, businesses, schools, organizations. All are welcome to show their patriotism through a flag sponsorship. All funds raised through this event will be donated to The Commack Alumni Foundation, and The FealGood Foundation.