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Smithtown Special Library District Annual Budget And Trustee Vote Oct. 9


The Smithtown Special Library District will hold its annual Budget Vote and Trustee Election on Tuesday, October 9, 2019 from 9:30am-9:00pm.  Residents of the Smithtown Special Library District who are registered with the Suffolk County Board of Elections can vote at any of the Library’s four buildings.  Please note that if you do not vote at your assigned building based on your street address, you will vote by paper ballot, not by machine.  A copy of the sample ballot can be seen here.  For more details on the Library’s Budget Vote and Trustee Election, please visit the Library’s website at www.smithlib.org or call our Administration Office at (631) 360-2489.


NYS Senator Flanagan Announces Renaming Of Rte.25 To Honor Lt. Chris J Raguso

Senator Flanagan Announces New Law Renaming Roadway In Honor Of Lt. Christopher J. Raguso

Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that legislation he sponsored to rename a portion of Jericho Turnpike in honor of Commack resident Christopher Raguso, who lost his life earlier this year heroically serving our nation in Iraq, has been signed into law.  The legislation will ceremonially name a 7-mile stretch of Route 25 from East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills to St. Johnland Road in Smithtown as the “Lt. Christopher J. Raguso FDNY-CFD Memorial Highway.”  

Lt. Raguso’s widow Carmela said, “Chris was an extraordinary husband and father.  He loved his country and his community and ultimately gave his life that others may live.  We miss him tremendously every day.  The outpouring of support and love gives our hearts comfort during this very difficult time.”

“Lt. Christopher Raguso is a true American hero who repeatedly stepped up to protect his country and community.  He served honorably and selflessly, and our hearts are broken for his family and friends.  His love of country and serving others is reflected in his years of dedicated military and firefighter service, and that will forever stand as an example for others to follow.  It is my hope that this recognition serves as an everyday reminder of the courageous sacrifice Lt. Raguso made on behalf of this great nation.  We owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and we will continue to be here for his beautiful family,” stated Senator Flanagan.

As an HH-60G special missions aviation flight engineer with the rank of Master Sergeant, Raguso was tragically killed, along with six of his fellow service members, in a military helicopter crash in Iraq on March 15th.  He was serving in Iraq as part of the 106th Rescue Wing, which is stationed at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach.

In addition to serving the nation in the military, he was a respected member of the Commack Volunteer Fire Department since 2000 and a 13-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department since 2005, where he served in both Ladder Company 113, Flatbush, Brooklyn, and Engine Company 302, Jamaica, Queens.  During his service in the FDNY, he was honored six times for bravery and lifesaving actions.

Lt. Raguso is survived by Carmela, and their two daughters, Eva and Mila.

The renaming of the roadway calls for the installation of commemorative signage on the roadway.


Deer Management Permit Application Deadline Approaching


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded hunters today that the deadline to apply for deer management permits (DMPs) is October 1, 2018.

“Deer Management Permits are DEC’s most effective wildlife management tool, and help balance deer herds with available habitat,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage all Hunters to apply by October 1st and help us advance our deer management goals.”

Licensed hunters may apply for up to two deer management permits in specified Wildlife Management Units (WMUs). Hunters will know immediately whether or not they are selected to receive their deer management permits.

Sporting licenses and permits for the 2018-19 license year have been available since Aug. 1, and can be obtained at any one of DEC’s 1,300 license issuing outlets, by phone at 866-933-2257, or online through the DEC website. Hunters must apply for DMPs by Oct. 1, and should review their chances of selection before applying. The application fee for deer management permits is $10. The fee is waived for junior hunters and Lifetime License holders that purchased a Lifetime (Sportsman) License prior to Oct. 1, 2009.

DEC’s automated licensing system (DECALS) website is now mobile-friendly making it easier than ever to purchase licenses and permits,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Sporting license customers can purchase licenses, privileges, and permits directly from their mobile device, as well as any computer or tablet.”

Hunters should allow two weeks for delivery of their license and carcass tags when purchased online or by phone.

Take It, Tag It, and Report It

DEC encourages hunters to use the new e-license and game harvest reporting tool HuntFishNY. Through this mobile app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges, and report the harvest of deer, bear, and turkey immediately while afield on their mobile device. Sportsmen and women can download this exciting new feature from the DEC’s official mobile app, NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife by Pocket Ranger, which is available from either the Apple App or Google Play stores.

Harvest reporting is required and is critical to wildlife management. Wildlife managers use data supplied by hunters in their calculations for future harvest management quotas. For more information on reporting your game harvest, visit DEC’s website.

Hunters are reminded to be a “Habitat Hero” this fall, by purchasing a $5 Habitat & Access Stamp. Donations help fund projects to protect and improve fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve public access for fish- and wildlife-related recreation. This year’s stamp features a barred owl and is available through all license issuing outlets. Purchasing a Habitat & Access Stamp is the perfect way to contribute to healthy and sustainable fish and wildlife resources and habitat.



Smithtown Toyota Donates CPR Unit To Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp


Smithtown Toyota presented a Resusci Anne CPR training unit to the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corp at the dealership at 360 East Jericho Tpke. Smithtown, NY. Smithtown Toyota is a member of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association which administers the CPR donations. New York State Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Raia were in attendance. 

The units allow personnel to train area residents on the correct way to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), allowing those trained to save the lives of countless people who suffer heart attacks and need immediate attention.   Nationwide, since 1975, franchised automobile dealers through the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) have donated thousands of manikins worth more than $4 million on which more than two million people have been trained.  


The Mansion At Ebo Hill

By Stacey Altherr

Richard Albano drove by the old white house on Edgewood Road, and knew he had to buy it.

Historic Mansion at Ebo Hill on Edgewood Ave (Photo Ebo Hill Facebook Page)“I passed by it and fell in love with it,” said Albano, 57, now living in Deer Park. “I said to myself, ‘Someone needs to fix that up.”

Built in 1843, and in a severe state of disrepair but with many of the original details, the Deer Park resident bought the house known as the Mansion at Ebo Hill. Albano, who owned an auto repair shop for 30 years in West Babylon and now owns pizza parlors in Commack and Deer Park, had also been buying and fixing up homes since 1984. This one, he wanted as his own home.

Albano was so enthralled by the thought of the project, he began work even before the closing, with the blessing of the previous owner, renovating to restore the grandeur of the old home by painstakingly going over every historic detail, working on it 7 days a week.

The Mansion at Ebo Hill fire 2018 “I worked on it five weeks before the purchase went through,” he said. “Two weeks later, it burnt down.”

The home was reduced to rubble on March 26, leaving behind a smoldering mess and chimney remnants. A cross beam in the fireplace, the only one fireplace of the four in the home deemed safe to use by an outside company, had caught fire. The fire must have been smoldering for hours before it flamed, he said. 

“I was at my girlfriend’s house about five houses down and a neighbor called,” he said. “By the time I got there, it was fully engulfed.”

“Friends tried to console me, saying that everything happens for a reason,” but it wasn’t until his daughter told him that it could have happened while they were all asleep in the house, that the words rang true. “I was sure of it. The problem with the chimney wouldn’t have been found.”

Albano was devastated. He had gone so far in the process with structural work, and the roof work was to begin the day after the fire. Already “thousands of dollars” into the house, both by sale price and renovation, the home could either be abandoned or rebuilt. For Albano, there was no question. His love of the house and its history meant he would rebuild.

Construction at The Mansion at Ebo Hill on Edgewood Ave. September 7, 2018With the community on his side (more than 6,800 follow his Facebook page), the house restorer has already laid the foundation and is working on the framing. He is using those same historic pictures to make the home as authentic as possible.

“My kids didn’t want me to do it,” Albano said. “They said it was too much of an undertaking and it will cost 10 times what it was going to cost, but I decided I would keep going. I feel a responsibility to the community and the home. Hundreds of souls have lived in that home.”

For anyone who would like to watch the process of the house restoration and rebuilding, follow The Mansion at Ebo Hill on Facebook where Albano puts up pictures and information on the progress of the project regularly.