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Zane – 2 year old puggle mix male/neutered. Looking for big personality in a small package? Zane may be the dog for you, he would prefer a home with older children and no other pets.

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many kittens for adoption, the little ones are handled and socialized by our volunteer staff they are friendly have their initial shots and de-worming.










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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.



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


Commack Resident Janet Koch Takes Over As Executive Director Of Life's WORC

Janet Koch Announced as New Life’s WORC Executive Director

Janet KochMs. Koch has over 20 years of industry experience and expertise to help advance the mission of Life’s WORC.

Donald Barrick, Life’s WORC Board Chairman announced that Janet Koch has been hired as the new Executive Director of Life’s WORC, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. Ms. Koch assumes this leadership responsibility as Peter Smergut retires after twenty (20) years in this position. After a thorough and extensive executive search process, the Life’s WORC Board is confident Ms. Koch has the vision and skills consistent with the needs of the organization. She will assume her position as Executive Director on Monday, November 3, 2014.

Since 2009, Ms. Koch, 44, has been the Chief Financial Officer of Life’s WORC, overseeing a $45M annual budget. Her introduction to the developmental disabilities field began more than twenty (20) years ago at Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) in Bethpage, NY. She is a native of Queens, NY who graduated from St. Francis Preparatory School, then earned a BBA in Business Administration from Dowling College, and an MS in Accounting from C.W. Post College/Long Island University.

Ms. Koch stated one of her primary goals is to evaluate the continuum of services, supports and programs offered through Life’s WORC in line with the significant challenges providers need to address in the coming years. “Life’s WORC has earned recognition and success for what it has accomplished,” she explains. “However, the paradigms it has been using are changing as dictated by new government mandates. Government’s role is shifting from a traditional fee for service funding partnership and moving towards a business model using the principles of a managed care environment. My concern lies in being able to effectively synthesize human needs with corporate efficiency and reduced funding.”

Life’s WORC (www.lifesworc.org) based in Garden City, NY was founded in 1971. The agency currently manages 36 homes and 12 non-residential programs throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties providing programs and services to over 1,500 individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. Life’s WORC has established an excellent reputation in the provision of quality services and supports to people with developmental disabilities and autism. The organization has also ensured for its fiscal responsibility with 91 percent of the funds received by Life’s WORC being spent directly on the individuals supported in the agency homes and programs.

Ms. Koch will also oversee the Family Center for Autism, www.FCAutsim.org, an affiliate corporation of Life’s WORC. This new Center (located next door to Life’s WORC) is set to open in January 2015, and will offer a unique environment supporting individuals with autism and their families. This family centric model has been created to address a significant unmet need within our community.

Ms. Koch, and her husband, Harold Koch, are residents in Commack, NY and are the parents of three girls, ages eight and four-year-old twins. She is a Licensed Notary Public and is a member of the audit committee for the Commack Union Free School District board of trustees.


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.



Former Kings Park Residents Paul And Geri Renna Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Geri and Paul RennaPaul and Geri Renna of Sayville, formerly of Kings Park, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 10th.  A celebratory lunch at Casa Rustica was attended by their children, Robert and Andrea and their families. Congratulations!

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