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Thursday
Nov202014

Smithtown Author Jeb Ladouceur Introduces His Ninth Novel At Book Revue 


Jeb Ladouceur introduces new Balkans-based novel in Huntington Nov. 25

In an upcoming event unparalleled among authors Island-wide, Smithtown novelist Jeb Ladouceur will conduct his ninth speaking and book-signing appearance at Huntington’s renowned Book Revue, one of the nation’s ten largest independent bookstores, on Tuesday night, Nov. 25. The free event is slated for 7:30 PM.

Author Ladouceur will introduce “Harvest” at area bookstores beginning with the Book Revue November 25, at 7:30. The novel deals with illicit organ trafficking in The Balkans.

Ladouceur is the author of a widely acclaimed “Wordplay Trilogy” that he introduced at the massive store, and which Smithtown Library Foundation president, James Teese in 2009 called, “Nothing short of terrific!” This month Ladouceur will present his newest novel “Harvest” to the always enthusiastic Book Revue audience.

Jeb Ladouceur is photographed at 2009’s Smithtown Library Foundation Awards banquet. The author was the dinner’s Keynote Speaker and is a frequent lecturer at many Long Island venues.An award-winning writer, Jeb Ladouceur is now the author of nine novels, and his theater and book reviews appear online and in several major L.I. publications. In this heralded 360-page thriller, an American military doctor is seized and ordered to perform illegal surgeries by a sinister gang of organ traffickers in The Balkans.

Smithtown’s favorite storyteller numbers among his adherents, best-selling author Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper). She was one of the first literary lights to acknowledge eight years ago that, “Long Island’s up-and-coming novelist Jeb Ladouceur is well on his way.”

More recently T.J. Clemente, book reviewer for the iconic Dan’s Papers, stated, “Ladouceur’s novels are brisk, twisted, grisly—and they all work!” Clemente adds, “His books are polished in their story-telling, the characters are neatly developed, and the settings are well researched.”

Shortly thereafter, distinguished AOL critic, Elise Pearlman, dubbed Mr. Ladouceur “Long Island’s incomparable Master of Suspense.”

Asked about the most gratifying occurrence in his event-filled career, the local writer responded quickly and without equivocation, “It was giving the keynote address at 2009’s Smithtown Library Foundation banquet. Obviously my rank-and-file readers are first and foremost among the folks I enjoy meeting with regularly,” said Ladouceur, “but the Foundation Dinner was a once-in-a-lifetime happening. All those dignitaries—those fine members of the community who live and breathe books on a daily basis—it was a unique honor to speak at their awards banquet.”

The fifty-year Smithtown resident has spoken before any number of prestigious organizations. According to his publicist Debbie Lange Fifer, Mr. Ladouceur, in addition to being featured on multiple occasions at the Huntington Book Revue, has been a fixture discussing his novels at bookstores throughout the Northeast, notably several independent outlets including the famed Baby Grand Books in upstate Warwick. He has also been interviewed about his books on “The Joe Bartlett Show” (WOR radio), ‘The Larry Davidson Radio Show’ (WGBB in Freeport), ‘Vic Latino’s Neighborhood’ (Party 105, Ronkonkoma), WRIV in Riverhead, and various other regional radio and television stations.

Jeb Ladouceur signs his eighth book “The Dealer” for waiting fans in Huntington last fall. No other writer has appeared at the renowned Book Revue as often. Ladouceur has twice lectured at Hofstra University, was featured during ‘Meet the Author’ appearances at the Smithtown Public Library, and addressed the Suffolk County Ethical Culture Society. He has been a guest speaker at meetings of The Smithtown Book Club (founded in 1937), the Smithtown Township Arts Council, and several other diverse organizations, including the international literary association, “Sisters In Crime” whose president is the noted Dr. C.B. Knadle of Dix Hills. 

The popular writer is a charter member of the Long Island Authors Group and a graduate of Smithtown’s exclusive Writers Workshop. Jeb Ladouceur is recognized throughout Long Island for his career in public relations, advertising, and publishing. A former New York Senate candidate and member of Gov. Mario Cuomo’s State Arson Task Force, the St. John’s graduate is the founder and Publisher Emeritus of The Fire News, circulated continuously among firefighters in the Northeast since 1973.

Mr. Ladouceur and his wife Elizabeth live in the historic “Landing” area of Smithtown. Their five married children all reside with their families in New York. The author may be contacted at 631-278-5100 or by e-mail at JebLadouceur@aol.com.

Photos by Debbie Lange Fifer

Saturday
Nov012014

Eric Homeyer - Kings Park's Boy Scout Troop 75 Giving Back To Community 

By Dana Klosner

Eric Homeyer, 16, a junior at Kings Park High School and member of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Kings Park is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. His project has been welcomed by fly fisherman throughout the community.

Homeyer, with the help of his father and Caleb Smith State Park Manager Clarence Ware, as well as help from his fellow troop members, has built 8 benches in the water at Caleb Smith State Park on the south side in the Nissequogue River where fisherman fly fish.

“I got into fly fishing during Boy Scouts,” Homeyer said. “I like it because it’s nice, peaceful and calm. I like going to Caleb Smith State Park. For my Eagle Scout project I wanted to do something with fly fishing.”

Homeyer approached Ware and asked him what he would like done. That’s when the idea of benches in the water came up. It would be a great place for older fly fisherman to rest, sit down and take a break, Homeyer quoted Ware as saying.

The project took one year from approval to completion, including fundraising projects, receiving permits and building time. In all 260 hours. The actual time it took to build the benches was three days, done over two weekends.

“I got a lot of help from my troop,” Homeyer said. “They helped at the fundraising car wash and they helped with the construction.”

Homeyer held a car wash on May 25th at Kings Park High School. He also received donations from fly fishing clubs throughout the community. In all he raised $2,600. He spent a little over $1,000 on the benches, the rest of the money will be used to stock the river with trout.

Homeyer had help from his dad and Clarence Ware in the design of the benches. Then he bought wood and built the benches in the water.

“We put in two locust posts,” he said of the construction.  “We notched them. Then we put two 2X6’s in the notches which became the support beams in the bench. Then we put two more 2X6’s in and that became the part you sit on. I also put a ruler on the benches so you could measure the size of your fish.”

Homeyer, who has been a Boy Scout for five years, said he has learned a lot about being a leader through this project. He also learned how to follow up with people and what it’s like to supervise a project.

He got involved with Scouting because he thought the activities sounded fun and a lot of his friends were in it.

“I got to experience hikes and see places I wouldn’t normally see,” Homeyer said. “I feel like I became a better leader.”

“This project was a great idea,” said Glen Homeyer, Eric’s dad. “He spent a lot of time working it out with the parks department and the DEC. He had to get permits through the DEC. He was very excited about it and he didn’t drop the ball at any point in time. His mother and I are very proud.” 

“He’s an exceptional young man,” said Ware. “I’ve dealt with a lot of young people. He stayed on the case and got the job done.”

 

Monday
Oct272014

Christopher Petersen Commack HS 2014 Alumnus Of Distinction

Christopher Peterson (center) at the Alumni of Distinction Award ceremony. With Chris are (l to r) Assistant Principals Leslie Boritz and Susan Shapiro, Principal Catherine Nolan, and Assistant Principal Matthew Keltos. This year’s Commack High School Alumnus of Distinction is Christopher Petersen, Class of 2003. A graduate of Notre Dame, he worked in finance until 2008. Christopher always aspired to serve our country in the military, so he followed his heart and went through an arduous two-year pararescue military training courses: Pararescue Indoctrination Course, Air Force Combat Dive Course, Army Airborne School, Navy Military Freefall School, Survival School, EMT-Basic and Paramedic and the PJ Apprentice Course. He was one of 10 of the original 90 soldiers who graduated.

As part of the 103rd Rescue Wing of the United States Air Force, Christopher has deployed three times to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom: in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Over this time period, he participated in numerous combat personnel recovery missions, resulting in American, coalition, and Afghan lives saved. He was twice selected as Airman of the Quarter in 2012, as well as the New York Air National Guard’s Airman of the Year in the same year. His military decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor, several Air Medals, an Aerial Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.

In 2013 he was selected as the USO National Guardsmen of the Year representing the entire United States National Guard, and also the recipient of the Special Operations Medical Association Pararescue Medic of the Year in 2013.

 

Wednesday
Oct222014

Maureen Rossi Joins Talk Radio As The Non Profit Voice On LI News

Smithtown resident and community activist Maureen Rossi is the new host of The Non Profit Voice on LI News Radio.   103.9 is Long Island’s only all-talk radio station with news, traffic, weather and feature programs.

Found on the FM dial, the Non Profit Voice is produced by Ron Gold of Marketing Works and highlights various non-profits around Long Island every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Rossi says she is thrilled to be doing the show.  “I was a guest on The Non Profit Voice several times speaking on the Island’s opiate and heroin epidemic,” she explained.    “That was a very positive experience; now I am so happy to be hosting, its enormous fun and I get to learn about all the non-profits that serve this great Island we live on,” she added.

Last Saturday Rossi celebrated National Down Syndrome Month with a provocative interview with the Executive Director of ACDS Michael Smith and a member of his staff, Mary Lynn Dinu.  Dinu is also the mother of a nine year old son who happens to have Down Syndrome.  A lively beautiful child in Spider Man pajamas, Rossi invited him into the studio after the show to play with the equipment; he was able to hear himself on the radio speakers in the airport.   “Is it wrong to have so much fun at work,” she asks laughingly. 

LI News Radio (103.9) is broadcasted LIVE from Islip’s MacArthur Airport.

The LI News Radio news department is the largest in Suffolk County, keeping the Island informed locally and state-wide.  Rossi says the website is extremely well done with a news ticker and breaking news.  “It’s a very modern take on news, lots of it, short blips of data, the site is a great news source in addition to the station,” she explained.

Being in the news business for twenty years, she says she is a self-proclaimed news junkie.  “I am a huge fan of the station and listen daily in my home-based office in Kings Park while I work,” said Rossi.

She said there have been so many political guests since the station was launched in December 2013.  Rossi says she particularly enjoys the political coverage because she has interviewed most of the elected officials who have been guests on the station.  “If you want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening on Long Island, LI News Radio is the place to be,” she ended.

Those residing north of 25A sometimes have to get the station online on a computer or digital device via

Saturday
Oct112014

Commack's Scott Armstrong Wins Pumpkin Weigh-Off With 1,059 Pound Pumpkin

Armstrong Family with 1,059 pound pumpkin

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Commack’s Scott Armstrong grows pumpkins, corn and garlic. The Armstrong family has gained notoriety for their giant pumpkins. For the second year in a row Scott has won the Hicks Marissa & Ava Armstrong 217 pound pumpkinNurseries Pumpkin Weigh-Off competition. Scott’s giant pumpkin weighed 1,059 pounds. This year’s entry was somewhat smaller than last year when Armstrong won the Hicks Nurseries competition with a 1,456 pound pumpkin.

Following in their father’s footsteps were daughters Marissa & Ava Armstrong. Their Junior Division entry weighed 217 pounds. 

George Boyd of Kings Park won second place for his 453 pound pumpkin during the Giant Pumpkin weigh-Off at Hicks Nurseries today. 

George Boyd with 453 pound pumpkinThe competition, held each October at the nursery, encourages homeowners and children to bring their pumpkin, no matter what the size, to the nursery to be weighed. It is a fun day for the growers to show off their skills and for families to enjoy hayrides, roasted corn, Otto the Ghost and much more.