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People In The News - Julia Dovi Receives Marcia Lawrence Rockwell Scholarship

Smithtown Garden Club President  Barbara Tinghitella awarded the Marcia Lawrence Rockwell Scholarship to Julia Dovi who graduated this past June from Smithtown H.S. West.  Julia will attend Stony Brook University and major in biology and minor in Environmental Science.She would like to work for the EPA when she gets  her  B.S. degree.


Smithtown Graduate Rob Pannell Selected For Major League Lacrosse All-Star Team


Six New York Lizards players have been selected to play in theRob Pannell 2019 Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on July 27 in at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD. Lizards All-Stars are:


“We’re thrilled to have six of our amazing team members chosen for this annual honor,” said Jeffrey Rudnick, CEO of the New York Lizards. “We are looking forward to seeing them each make important contributions on the field in one of the most exciting lacrosse games that is played each season.”

The New York Lizards is the tri-state area’s only professional lacrosse team.




KP Heritage Museum Recognizes Martina Segarra Ostolaza With Award For Excellence

From the Left: Board of Trustees President of the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum Joann Galletta Hahn, Vice President Gail Hessel, Award Presenter Judy Bishop, KPSCD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Eagen, KPHS Student Isabella Cain, Martina Segarra Ostolaza, Diana Wehrheim, Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

Smithtown NY: Supervisor Ed Wehrheim joined Kings Park High School Superintendent Dr. Timothy Eagen and representatives from the Kings Park Heritage Museum Award to honor Martina Segarra Ostolaza, who has been selected to receive the 2019 Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum Award in excellence for outstanding internship and volunteer service to the museum. 

“What a joy it is to meet a fine young citizen of the world, who traveled across the globe as a High School student… so far away from home, family and friends. In addition to her many extra curricular activities, Martina assisted the museum in their many endeavors as an intern while she lived here for the school year. I commend her on making such a rich contribution to our community.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim  

Martina Segarra Ostolaza, originally from Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain came to the Kings Park community through the Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT) Share Program. While spending the year in Kings Park, Martina became an intern for the Leo P. Ostebo Kings Park Heritage Museum, joined the JV Basketball & Track teams at Kings Park High School. She also performed in the Kings Park High School’s Musical production Godspell, joined the school newspaper, concert band and choir. Martina will now go back to Spain with a year’s worth of new experiences and a successful year as a Kings Parker. 

About The Educational Resource Development Trust (ERDT) Share Program 

Designed in 1980, the ERDT Share Program provides opportunities for people of different cultures to come together to learn about other points of view and ways of life, believing that cross-cultural understanding is fundamental to developing mutual respect and tolerance between Americans and people from around the world. The program provides cultural experiences that foster good will, tolerance and understanding through a positive people-to-people experience. ERDT places more than 700 international students a year with American host families while they attend local high schools. 



Nine HS Students From Smithtown Schools Receive Dellecave Awards

Smithtown Area High School Seniors Honored at Dellecave Awards

Local high school seniors from Smithtown were recently honored at the 19th Annual Butch Dellecave Awards held recently at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

Named in memory of the legendary educator, official, and coach Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, the award is the product of a highly successful 19-year partnership between local school districts in Suffolk County and the award organizers: the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, the Butch Dellecave Foundation, and Newsday.

Athletic Directors from all sixty-six Suffolk County school districts were asked to nominate one male and one female from their high school senior class. Nominees must be students who are not only at the top of their game, but also score high in classroom performance and in their commitment to local community service.

Pictured, Smithtown High School East nominees Michael Storms and Gabrielle Schneider are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. [Photo credit: Artist Lake Media]

Pictured, Smithtown High School West nominees Conor Calderone and Emily Eng are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. [Photo credit: Artist Lake Media]

Pictured, Smithtown Christian High School nominees Josiah Fennelly and Alexa Weindorf are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. [Photo credit: Artist Lake Media]

Pictured, Kings Park High School nominees Andrew Bianco and Taylor Eggert are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. [Photo credit: Artist Lake Media]

Pictured, Commack High School nominees Joseph Slackman and Katherine Kelly are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. [Photo credit: Artist Lake Media]


About the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc.

The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. – a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization – has been serving Suffolk County for 52 years. It is the county’s federally designated Community Action Agency, designed to assist low-income families and individuals. The agency’s mission is to promote a goal of self-sufficiency by broadening the minds of children, revitalizing communities, and assisting families and children in need through coordination of public and private resources.


People In The News - Police Officer Dana Deshcleron Receives Rotary's "Service Above Self Award"


Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Congratulates Police Officer Danan DeshcleronAt the June Smithtown Rotary Club meeting, Suffolk CountyLegislator Rob Trotta congratulated Fourth Police Precinct Police Officer Dana Deshcleron being this year’s recipient of the Rotary’s “Service Above Self” Award named inmemory of Detective Peter J. Biegen. This award was established in 1969 to honor and acknowledge a police officer from the Fourth Precinct who best exemplifies the Rotary’s credo of, “Service Above Self.” It was named for Detective Biegen because of his service and the positive impact he had on people and the Smithtown community.

Officer Deshler initiated the annual Prom Impact Event in 2018. She solicits donations of prom dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes and accessories from local businesses and the public. Held at the Police Academy, officers greet the students and help them select an outfit to wear to the prom. Since the program started, more than 400 students have received clothes to wear to their prom.

As a retired Suffolk County Detective, I know firsthand of the hard work and commitment that is involved in being a police officer and I commend Officer Deshler and all of the members of the Suffolk County Police Department for their service and dedication to the department and to the residents of Suffolk County.” “It is important to note that a policeofficer’s job is not just about catching the bad guy and putting on handcuffs, but also havinga positive impact on community relations, like Officer Deshler’s Prom Impact Program,”added Trotta.