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Published Writers Form "LONG ISLAND AUTHORS’ CIRCLE"


Jeb LadouceurA group of published Long Island writers has formed an assemblage to be known as the “Long Island Authors’ Circle.” The newly established ‘LIAC’ is composed of six charter members who have been published individually in virtually every fiction and non-fiction genre; from poetry and drama, to journalism and novels.

The core group consists of four women and two men who hail from St. James, Northport, Dix Hills, Massapequa Park, and Smithtown. Their varied backgrounds include: Town Councilwoman, Newspaper Publisher, College Professor, Literary Critic, Businessman, and Television Personality. 

Purpose of the Authors’ Circle is the exchange of information and ideas valuable to members in the execution and furtherance of their respective writing crafts. Communication is conducted primarily via email, though physical meetings are held when proposed and unanimously agreed to by the charter participants.

Each of the core members may sponsor new Long Island candidates for membership if they have been published. When unanimously approved, nominees are invited to join the self-help organization.

The “Long Island Authors’ Circle” has no mandatory meetings or dues; no officers, committees, or elections; no by-laws; and participation in the group’s activities is at all times strictly voluntary.

“We’re sort of like the free-and-easy ‘Algonquin Round Table’ established by Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and company,” said celebrity biographer, Richard Grudens, and poet-dramatist-novelist, Charlene Knadle, agreed. “This sort of ‘no-demands’ group is often the most successful,” she noted. Journalist, Pat Biancaniello, pointed out that “…with the availability of modern electronic communications, a productive ‘meeting’ can be conducted in minutes, where once it would require hours.”

The author of eleven novels, member Jeb Ladouceur, said that he has resisted joining organizations demanding time that he might otherwise devote to writing in his Smithtown study, and author Dina Santorelli was quick to agree. “The time seems right for an association like this,” she said. In the words of online journalist, Elise Pearlman, “The Long Island Authors’ Circle is a wonderful idea—it should be highly successful.”

Authors interested in learning more about the “Writers’ Circle” may contact any of the charter members at their email addresses: 

Pat Biancaniello                     pat@smithtownmatters.com

Richard Grudens                   celebpro4@aol.com

Charlene Knadle                    cbknadle@cbknadle.com

Jeb Ladouceur                       jebladouceur@aol.com

Elise Pearlman                       lotuselise1@aol.com

Dina Santorelli                       dina@dinasantorelli.com



SHE Freshman Jacob Chandler Completes Eagle Scout Project

Nesaquake Gets Makeover Thanks to Eagle Scout

Smithtown High School East freshman Jacob Chandler recently completed his Eagle Scout project at Nesaquake Middle School in the Smithtown Central School District. 

click on photo to enlargeFor his project, Jacob remodeled the physical education entrance of the school by painting a mural on a large retaining wall and expanding the existing flowerbed with similar bushes and perennial flowers. Jacob purchased a welcome sign and three 6-foot benches after holding a car wash fundraiser. 

 Photo Captions: Smithtown High School East freshman Jacob Chandler recently completed his Eagle Scout project by remodeling the physical education department outdoor entrance of Nesaquake Middle School. 

Photos courtesy of the Smithtown Central School District


Nissequogue Resident Timothy Bowe Presents Check For Burn Victims

New York Fire Sprinkler Council Raises Funds for Burn Victims 

Pictured L-R: Michael Russo, James Botto, Angela Rabbit, Andrew Marrotta, Gwen Curran, Dr. James Gallagher, Lt. Ralph Longo, and Timothy BoweUnion contracting industry gives back by raising tens of thousands for New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, which supports education, care and research

The Mechanical Contractors Association of New York (MCA) announced it has raised $34,000 for the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, which provides crucial support for research, education and prevention, as well as medical care, for burn victims.  

At its November membership meeting, MCA President Michael Russo, Board member Timothy Bowe and Steamfittting Industry Promotion Fund Chairman James Botto presented a check to the Foundation on behalf of MCA’s New York Fire Sprinkler Council, which was recently created to further spread awareness of the importance of fire suppression systems in saving lives and protecting property. “The work of the Foundation has significantly improved the lives of burn survivors and we are honored to support their efforts,” aid Bowe.

“When you find an organization like the Burn Center Foundation that does such incredible work and is so closely aligned with our industry’s mission, they become the obvious choice for our Association to give back to,” added Russo.

Fire sprinkler contractors have been raising funds for the Foundation since 2000, and total industry contributions have now reached more than $667,000. The MCA’s Steamfitting Industry Promotion Fund alone has contributed $147,500 over the past 16 years, in addition to annual donations by individual MCA members and suppliers.

The Burn Center Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the advancement of quality burn care, research, prevention and education. The primary beneficiary of the Foundation is the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s William Randolph Hearst Burn Center, the largest and busiest center of burn care in the nation. 

During the MCA meeting, New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation Board members Firefighter Ralph Longo and Firefighter Andrew Marrotta gave a presentation about the outstanding work performed by both the Foundation and the staff of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center.  Following the presentation, nearly $5,000 additional funds were pledged by industry members in attendance.  

Foundation Executive Director Gwen Curran; Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center Dr. James Gallagher, MD, FACS; Burn Center Patient Care Director Jamie Heffernan and Research Nurse Angela Rabbit were also on hand to accept the donation.  

The New York Fire Sprinkler Council (NYFSC) is a newly created division of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc. (MCA) dedicated to educating communities and public officials of the vital role of fire sprinklers in protecting lives and property. Its mission is to increase awareness about the lifesaving benefits of fire sprinklers and provide advice to public agencies on technical matters related to the installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of these systems.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of New York, Inc. (MCA) is an organization of the union Mechanical and Fire Sprinkler Contracting industry in New York City and Long Island. The MCA is designed to promote the welfare and development of the heating, piping, air conditioning and fire suppression industry.  Since 1885, the MCA has provided a place for contractors to come together and assist each other in identifying emerging technologies, addressing labor issues effectively, and improving business practices.



Success! Classical Flute And Piano Recital At The Kings Park Library

Classical flutist Sue Kleiner and pianist Joe Ferrant performed at the Kings Park Branch of the Smithtown Library on Saturday, November 14.  The duo played to a full house and received accolades for their performance.  The concert was co-sponsored by Kings Park Musical Moments and the Smithtown Library.


NYS Assemblyman Fitzpatrick Named To NY Farm Bureau Circle Of Friends


NYS Assemblyman Michael FitzpatrickAssemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown) was recently named to the New York Farm Bureau’s Circle of Friends. He was one of 158 distinguished state legislators to be named to the list for his support of New York’s agriculture industry and the Farm Bureau.

“It is a great honor for me to be named to this prestigious list along with a number of my colleagues,” said Fitzpatrick. “Farming is an essential part of this state’s economy from the North Country, out to Western New York and down here on Long Island, which is why I consistently support it in Albany.”

The Circle of Friends is based on each legislator’s individual voting record on agricultural issues as well as support of legislation that the Farm Bureau has supported or opposed during the most recent legislative session.