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Friday
Sep132019

Additional Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Additional Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The New York State Department of Health has informed Suffolk County health officials that 11 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus. The samples, 10 of Culex pipiens-restuans species and one of the Culex salinarius species, were collected on September 4 and September 5 from West Babylon (1), West Islip (1), Oakdale (1), Holtsville (1), Mattituck (1), Northport (1), Greenlawn (1), Melville (1), and Rocky Point (2). No new mosquito samples have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) at this time.

To date, Suffolk County has reported 68 mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus and six that have tested positive for EEE. Four birds have tested positive for West Nile virus. No humans or horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Suffolk County to date this year.

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in mosquito samples or birds indicates the presence of West Nile virus in the area,” said Dr. Tomarken. “While there is no cause for alarm, we advise residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to reduce their exposure to the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

West Nile virus may cause a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. Symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pain, and fatigue. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus. Patients are treated with supportive therapy as needed.

The Suffolk County Department of Health Services continues to ask residents to assist in controlling the mosquito population by eliminating standing water on their property.  

Individuals, especially those aged 50 or over, or those with compromised immune systems, are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  To avoid mosquito bites, residents are advised to:

  • Minimize outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when mosquitoes are active.
  • Use mosquito repellent, following label directions carefully.
  • Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
  • Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as vases, pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, discarded tires, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, trash cans and rain barrels.
  • Download a copy of Suffolk County’s informational brochure “Get the Buzz on Mosquito Protection,” available in English and Spanish, and share it with your community.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call the Department of Public Works’ Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270.

For further information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Department of Health Services’ website. 

Friday
Sep132019

Smithtown Children's Foundation Grand Tasting Event Will Honor Joseph Zangri 

Smithtown Children’s Foundation

Smithtown Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2019 Community Table grand tasting event will take place at the Watermill Caterers on Tuesday, November 5th. 

Smithtown Children’s Foundation To Honor Joseph ZangriChristine Fitzgerald, Co-Founder, and President of the non-profit foundation stated, “For the past decade the Watermill has been the host venue for Smithtown Children’s Foundation annual dinner dance.  Their staff and leadership have been by our side in helping to support the Smithtown community. In anticipation of the Watermill’s 25th anniversary, we are elated to honor Watermill Caterer’s Managing Partner, Joseph Zangri.”

Honoring Mr. Zangri and the Watermill follows a tradition of recognizing Smithtown’s most enduring and iconic hospitality businesses and the people behind them. Past honorees have been Maureen Dernbach of Maureen’s Kitchen, Myra Naseem of Elegant Eating of Smithtown, and Chef Guy Reuge of Mirabelle.  

SCF’s Community Table is an annual event where the Smithtown community gathers to help maintain a growing and vibrant community.  The primary focus is to raise funds for Smithtown school district residents who require financial or emotional support due to an unforeseen crisis. 

Behind the scenes, efforts of volunteers, sponsors, and donors are as local as local gets.  Volunteers are Smithtown residents, Smithtown school administrators, teachers, and students. Past sponsors for SCF Community Table include Nancy Buzzetta, Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown, Carolyn & Steve Louro of Professional Group Plans (Hauppauge), and Eric Hagenbruch of Finesse Landscape Design (St. James). Item and gift card donations from local businesses culminate into mountains of raffle gift baskets each year. 

As many as 30 hospitality businesses gather for the evening to offer a sampling of their best products and services. These businesses have reported an uptick in their holiday business and established contact with attendees that have resulted in returning customers.  The event has even fostered a marriage of two attendees!  

The positive momentum of the evening is magical. Attendees consider it a fun and memorable evening.  St. James resident Robin Rosenberg attended the 2018 SCF Community Table and had this to say, “This event epitomizes what I love about living in the Smithtown area. We had an amazing time enjoying local fare, at a local venue, all while raising money for our community members in need. Win-win for everyone! Can’t wait to do it again in November! #LoveWhereYouLive”.

For further information on the event, sponsorship, donation, and volunteer opportunities: www.smithtownchildrensfoundation.com

Follow the Smithtown Children’s Foundation Community Table on facebook for updates on the November 5th, 2019 event!  

Saturday
Sep072019

VFW Invites HS Students To Participate In Youth Scholarship Competition

Youth Scholarship Competition                                              

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving Smithtown East/West or Hauppague high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship, the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest may be for you.

2019 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed 3-5 minute recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

Up to fifteen finalists are selected from entries at the three Smithtown high schools, and are judged by the veteran Voice of Democracy committee. Local post certificates and cash scholarships are awarded to the winners.  The first place post winner goes on to compete at County, District and NY State (Department) level for additional awards. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

Want to apply? Visit www.vfw.org, and read the rules and eligibility requirements, then download and complete the 2019-20 entry form. Contact your local high school essay contest coordinator for additional information on entry submittal. All student entries must be submitted by the coordinators to Smithtown VFW Post 10870 by midnight, Oct. 31

The 2019-20 essay theme is: 
“What Makes America Great”

About the 2018-19 winners …

Grace Guttieri, Smithtown HS West, won last years 1st prize at Post level, with an overall high score  of 366  out of a possible 400…. Grace’s essay went on to win County and District competition, and won 4th prize in NY State competition.  Grace read her essay at last year’s Smithtown Veterans Day Ceremony.

Christine Troll, a senior home-school student from Somerset, Pa., was named the 2018-19 Voice of Democracy national first-place winner. Christine’s speech on the theme, “Why My Vote Matters,” won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Christine was sponsored by VFW Post 554 and its Auxiliary in Somerset, Pa..

For addditional information, contact your local school coordinator or Tom Mooney, VFW Committee Chairman, at (631) 834-4128.

Friday
Sep062019

Smithtown Stands Up For The Homeless 

Smithtown NY: The Town of Smithtown Horizons Counseling and Education Center and Youth Bureau participated in the 12th annual Stand Up for the Homeless event at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Both Horizons and the Youth Bureau made significant donations to the event. The Youth Bureau donated backpacks stocked with school supplies, and Horizons donated diapers, baby wipes, and baby food.  Horizons intern Ariel Claassen and Youth Bureau Staff Member Andrea Pesiri

“The generosity of others was on full display and it was clear that the recipient families were extremely grateful for the goods, resources, and guidance that they received.” - Matthew Neebe, Director, Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services, Horizons Center

Homeless individuals and families were provided transportation via bus from local shelters to take advantage of the resource fair. They were able to obtain donations of clothing, baby products, and backpacks with school supplies as well. Each family received important information on many vital resources, such as health insurance companies and help with obtaining public assistance. There were free mammography screenings, various healthcare services, and free haircuts. 

About Stand Up for the Homeless:

Presented by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services, this annual event provides homeless families and individuals with access to services from Federal, State, County and private agencies, including health and dental screenings, employment opportunities, veteran’s services, food counseling, and educational and benefit services.

The mission of the Department of Social Services is to provide financial assistance and support services to eligible Suffolk County residents in a cost effective and efficient manner, simultaneously protecting the vulnerable while encouraging their independence and self-sufficiency. 

Friday
Sep062019

The Andy Foundation To Help Build Playground For Pal-O-Mine Equestrian 

 

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. (www.pal-o-mine.org, Islandia, NY), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, announced that on Saturday, September 28th, The Andy Foundation, a fifteen year-long supporter, will be lending its support once again by leading a project to build a new accessible, sensory playground at Pal-O-Mine. According to The Andy Foundation, over 100 volunteers will be on hand for the playground project representing its largest volunteer venture to date.

Several significant partners and sponsorships for the playground project have already been secured including The Junior League of Long Island as well as Amy and Neil McGoldrick; Chris and Greg Burke-Lane Office; Dan Donnelly, Barbara and Tom Sullivan, Jeremy Cotty- HomeCraft Contracting; Regina Imperio, Liam, Frank, Caleigh and Kieran McGoldrick, Deb and Bob Hussey, Bagel Café of Nesconset, Giorgio’s Pizza of Nesconset and Starbucks of Islandia. All of these sponsors will be recognized on a permanent sign placed at the entrance of the new playground.

Pal-O-Mine CEO and Founder, Lisa A. Gatti said, “We are so excited about this new sensory playground for children of all abilities. As we continue to advance our expansion campaign, it becomes clearer to us that with organizations like The Andy Foundation, our playground sponsors and our team of compassionate volunteers, this will be A Race We Will Win.”

The Andy Foundation has distributed over $1 million to assist children in need. In 2010, the organization’s charitable work and volunteerism was recognized with its induction into the Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame.

About Pal-O-Mine

Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised.  Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs many of which involve the organization’s herd of therapy horses and livestock. Pal-O-Mine relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit:www.pal-o-mine.org or call: 631-348-1389.