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KP Photo Club Member Liz Milward Places First In LI Museum Juried Art Show

Kings Park Photo Club Member Captures First Prize in LI Museum’s Juried Art Show

Smithtown resident Elizabeth Milward places first in “Wanderlust” Juried Art Show

Kings Park, NY: April 20, 2018:  Congratulations to Liz Milward, accomplished local photographer and Kings Park Photo Club member, on taking First Prize in the annual LI Museum Juried Art Show “Wanderlust.”  Prizes were awarded at a reception for the artists and the general public at the Museum in Stony Brook on Friday evening, April 20, 2018.

Liz’s photo “All Aboard”, was taken on the Strasburg Railroad in PA, and the two women were in period garb looking out the back of the train, reminiscing of where they have been and dreams of where they are headed:  Pure wanderlust!  (Photo Attached.)  More of Liz’s work can be viewed at NicestlightPhotography.com.

Kings Park photographer Frank Mercuri founded the Kings Park Photo Club in 2013 to showcase and develop the many talented photographers in and around Kings Park. Club member skill levels range from novice to professional. The Club is open to people of all skill levels and all types and styles of photography are welcome too.  The Club conducts presentations, work-sharing sessions, and conducts photo trips, “photo ops,” and field workshops.  And you don’t even have to live in Kings Park to join us! Our goal is to learn, have fun, and contribute to the community.

The Club meets the third Thursday of every month at the Kings Park Library at 7 PM.  More info about the Club and how to join it is on our website  HYPERLINK “http://www.kingsparkphotoclub.org” www.kingsparkphotoclub.org.  


Smithtown Resident Phil Eng Named LIRR President

The Wall Street Journal is announcing the appointment of Phil Eng to the position of Long Island President. County Executive has offered the following statement in support of Smithtown resident Phil Eng.



“The LIRR couldn’t have a found a more qualified person for this role. As a Smithtown resident and Suffolk County native, Phil Eng understands the importance of transportation on Long Island. As Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer at NYS DOT, Phil was instrumental in implementing Governor Cuomo’s vision to expand capacity and reliability along the Main Long of the Long Island Rail Road with Third Track. An avid railroad commuter, Phil knows first hand how integral the Long Island Rail Road is to our region and will use his more than 30 years of engineering expertise to continue the modernization of our transportation infrastructure.”


Smithtown's Tracey Epstein Wins First In Age Group In 10 Kilometer Run


Tracey Epstein of Smithtown heads for the Aspire 10K finishCongratulations to 57 year old Tracey Epstein of Smithtown, who earned the first place award in the 55-59 Age Group in the Jonas Chiropractic Sports Injury Care 41st annual Aspire 10 Kilometer Run.  The Run was held on the roads of Plainview and old Bethpage on Saturday morning, April 7th.  A field of 547 runners reached the finish line at the H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview.

Epstein finished the 6.2 mile race in 46 minutes, 39 seconds to earn her award, 1 minute, 26 seconds in front of age group runner-up Dee Vogt of Huntington.

Congratulations and thanks to Karen Schackner of the host Greater Long Island Running Club, who did another outstanding job as the Director of the event.  Karen had every detail of the Run totally under control.  Congratulations and thanks as well to Steve and Holly Jonas and Jon DeGorter of Jonas Chiropractic Sports Injury Care for their most generous support as the title sponsor of this event. 

“Thanks to to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino for being there to show his support and to present a special Citation from the Town to honor the Club and the Aspire 10K,” commented Race Director Karen Schackner.

The charitable beneficiary of the Run is HeritX, a global not-for-profit corporation focused on preventing inherited cancers such as ovarian cancer and breast cancer.



Commack Resident Dr. Fred Kruger Honored With IEEE Outstanding Teacher Award

On Thursday evening, March 22, a ballroom at the Crest Hollow Country Club was filled for this year’s Annual Awards Banquet of the Long Island Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Fred Kruger was presented the Region 1 award for Outstanding Teaching in an IEEE Area of Interest. “For outstanding mentoring of high school science students research activities and inspiriing them to pursue engineering and science as a career.”

Dr. Kruger has served as a Volunteer Science and Technology Mentor to students in the Commack (NY) High School Science Research Program and as a science, engineering, and technology consultant to the program for about 10 years. He has introduced several students to Ham Radio and the role it can play in support of their present and future science and engineering activities and education. Many of the students he helped mentor have gained local, regional and/or national, or international recognition for their competition winning science research projects. His wife, Dr. Barbara Kruger, has worked at his side as a Volunteer Science and Technology Mentor during the same period.

Commack resident Dr. Fred KrugerDr. Kruger holds a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology, a Post-Doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and is trained in electronic engineering and computer sciences.He is a Senior Life Member of the IEEE, a life member of: Acoustical Society of America, American Radio Relay League, and other organizations. He holds an FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio license (K2LDC), and an FCC First Class Commercial Radio-Telephone License. He serves on several ANSI/ASA and IEEE standards committees, the IEEE LI Section Executive Committee, and chairs the LI Rotary District 7255 Emergency Preparedness Committee. Dr. Kruger is also the AEC and DRO for Smithtown ARES. He holds several patents.


Death Notice - Gerard W. Dempsey

Dempsey - Gerard W. - of Rockville Centre and Jefferson’s Ferry on March 3, 2018.  Beloved husband of the late Helen J. Dempsey. Loving father of Gerard Jr. (Carol), Mary Ellen Bechtle (Eugene), Wade (Joan) and Beth Apostoli (Michael). Dear grandfather of 11 and 22 great grandchildren. Funeral Services were held at the Sts. Philip & James RC Church on March 9, 2018. Interment with Military Honor’s took place at the Calverton National Cemetery. Mr. Dempsey’s funeral arrangements were professionally supervised while the Dempsey Family was lovingly cared for during their bereavement by the Maher Family & Staff of the St. James Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online guest book at www.stjamesfuneralhome.com