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Smithtown Historical Society Appoints Melissa Clements Director Of Education

Melissa ClementsMelissa Clements is the new Director of Education for the Smithtown Historical Society. She    comes to the Smithtown Historical Society with a background in Secondary Education as a former high school Social Studies teacher. She also has worked as the Education Coordinator for the Planting Fields Foundation in Oyster Bay, as well as coordinating the CERT program for Nassau County where she helped run a disaster preparedness training program. She currently runs a giving garden in Hicksville where all produce grown is donated to those less fortunate in the local communities, and volunteers with Boots on the Ground, Habitat for Humanity and does mission work through her church.
Melissa is married with 1 college age daughter and 2 cats. She enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking, and is looking forward all the experiences Smithtown has to offer.

Marianne Howard, Executive Director for the Society is enthusiastic about the newest member of her staff.  “I hope everyone in Smithtown will welcome Melissa to the community.  Her combined experiences in her employment and her volunteerism are a wonderful match for the current programs we offer and the new ones we are looking to create to better serve the community.”

 Welcome aboard Melissa!


U.S.A. Canon Promotes KP's Tracie Sokol To Vice President And G.M.  

Tracie SokolKings Park, N.Y. January 13, 2017 - Canon U.S.A., Inc announced Kings Park resident, Tracie Sokol, has been promoted from senior director and general manager to vice president and general manager. 


Kings Park Graduate Katie Elizabeth Tuorto Makes Deans List

Congratulations to Kings Park graduate Katie Elizabeth Tuorto for making the Dean’s List at UNC Asheville - The Dean’s List is made up of full-time students who have achieved between 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average.



Smithtown HSE Graduate Samantha Delaney Dominant In Women's Basketball

Smithtown’s Samantha Delaney Becomes Dominant Post Presence for Surging Saint Michael’s Women’s Basketball

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Winners in four of its last five games, the Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball can attribute much of its recent success to the interior play of sophomore Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East), a 6-foot-2 forward. (Samantha Delaney is #23 in photo)

Just 39 games into her college career, Delaney - who has started every contest - is tied for ninth in program history with 58 blocked shots. While she showed an ability to reject shots even as a rookie, when her 34 blocks were the second most ever by a Purple Knight freshman and she ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference with 1.3 per game, other facets of her game have drastically improved. She is scoring more (12.4 from 7.4), rebounding more (7.3 from 6.3) and shooting more accurately from both the floor (46.8% from 39.5%) and free throw line (78.4% from 76.0%). Delaney is also up to 1.8 blocks per game, again good for fifth in the NE10. While blocking multiple shots in each of the last seven games, her 21 rejections in that time trailed the league leader by two.

A biochemistry major and Dean’s List student who is enrolled in the Honors Program, Delaney played five years of basketball at Smithtown East, culminating her career by being named Suffolk County League II Player of the Year as a senior. She was named all-conference four times and all-county twice.

At 7-6 overall and 5-3 in the league, the Purple Knights have already matched their NE10 win total from a year ago - in 13 fewer games - while looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2014-15. They are currently tied for second in the NE10 Northeast Division; the top five teams from the conference’s two divisions qualify for the postseason. Saint Michael’s hosts Garden City’s Adelphi University, which is ranked 16th in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


Hauppauge Student To Compete On Project Runway Junior


Thirteen-year-old Hauppauge Middle School student A’kai Littlejohn(Hauppauge, New York) – Thirteen-year-old Hauppauge Middle School student A’kai Littlejohn is a fashion designer who will compete on the second season of Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior beginning on December 22, 2016. “While kind and humble, A’kai truly is a prodigy with a highly dedicated work ethic,” stated Kari Littlejohn. “In addition to his passion for fashion design, he is on the Hauppauge Middle School high honor roll; is a student council member; and participates in cross country and track and field.”

A’kai was only a toddler when he first displayed his love for design by starting to sketch fashion illustrations at three years of age. He began learning how to hand stitch from his aunt at the age of four and continuously created intricate garments out of any material that he could find. At the ripe age of nine, A’kai interned with a Long Island fashion designer. There he was mentored about the business aspects of fashion design as well as the technical language for the various design techniques he already was intrinsically employing to create his own unique designs.

A’kai’s style aesthetic is best described as classic American, and his favorite designers are Ralph Lauren and Chanel. He is particularly keen on details in his own designs – such as color, textiles and silhouette. A’kai debuted his highly anticipated inaugural spring/summer 2017 collection, which can be viewed on his website: akailittlejohn.com and Instagram: akailittlejohn

A’kai first applied to be a Project Runway Junior cast member last year but was too young to participate at only 12 years of age. Not so this year. “I’m so proud and excited to be a designer and cast member on Project Runway Junior,” he stated. “It is so cool to have this opportunity, and I’m so grateful to be a part of such a successful show.”

Several members of the Hauppauge School District community are equally proud to be the beneficiaries of A’kai’s fashion design skills. At the end of each school year, A’kai presented a custom-made garment to each one of his teachers. “These experiences helped to cultivate his confidence as a child fashion designer, and the joy would show on his little face every year!,” described A’kai mother Kari Littlejohn. “Amazingly, all of his teachers still have the original pieces he created for them and wear them on the last day of school each year!”

The second season premiere of Project Runway Junior returns Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PTon Lifetime. Emmy® Award winner Tim Gunn and fellow co-host, Supermodel Hannah Jeter, are once again joined by returning judges: Fashion Designers Kelly Osbourne and Christian Siriano and Seventeen Magazine and Cosmopolitan Executive Fashion Editor Aya Kanai to find the freshest force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. Ages 13 to 17, theseProject Runway Junior designers prove amazing talent develops at a young age.

The winner of Project Runway Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California; a complete home sewing and crafting studio, plus, the dream machine, all courtesy of Brother; a feature in Seventeen Magazine; and a $25,000 cash prize, to help launch their line. Also, butter LONDON will supply a year’s worth of products and the opportunity to consult with butter LONDON to create a limited edition nail color collection. The styles from their finale collection will be manufactured by Los Angeles Development House, Lefty Production Company.