Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and fall  in love with Thunder! Thunder is a handsome German Shepherd mix @ 5 years old. He is neutered, micro-chipped, groomed  and up to date on all shots. Thunder is a sweet boy with lots of love to give! Thunder lived most of his life outside and is now waiting for his furever home! He gets along with other dogs and loves going for walks!

Sparticus
 

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Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and adopt  “Sparticus”!  He is a handsome 9 month old neutered male. He is a stunning grey domestic short hair with a loving personality. Sparticus enjoys hanging out with his cat friends and playing with his toys. He can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is a big mush! Meow!

Smithtown Animal Shelter

 

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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Saturday
Mar282015

Smithtown Author Returning To Book Revue

LONG ISLAND AUTHOR RETURNING TO BOOK REVUE

Jeb Ladouceur Will Introduce His New Novel at the Famed Bookstore Apr. 28

Author Jeb Ladouceur

For the tenth time in as many years, Smithtown’s favorite novelist has been invited to appear at Book Revue in Huntington. The renowned bookstore at New York Avenue and Main Street (Rte. 25-A) will be the site of Jeb Ladouceur’s book signing for THE QUANTUM SYNDROME on April 28.

Mr. Ladouceur leads all authors in trips to the Book Revue podium, and he is in good company. Other noted writers who have spoken about and signed their books at the huge store include Tom Clancy, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, and J.K. Rowling. In addition, Long Islanders, Nelson DeMille, Susan Isaacs, Alan King, and Jodi Picoult have shared the Book Revue microphone one or more times during their highly successful careers. 

According to the author’s long-time publicist, Debbie Lange Fifer, THE QUANTUM SYNDROME is patterned on the Atlanta Child Murders of the early 80s, but is set in present day Suffolk County. Most readers over the age of fifty, Ms. Fifer notes, will recall that in a two-year period between the summer of 1979 and spring of 1981, twenty-two children ranging in age from 8 to 16, were murdered in the Atlanta area…most were victims of asphyxiation. Finally, some 21 months after the first child had been strangled, a 23-year-old man, Wayne Williams, was arrested, tried, and convicted in the deaths of two adult Atlanta-area males. Like fifteen of the murdered children, both young men had been choked to death.

Williams was also considered responsible for 17 of the 22 child killings in Atlanta.

Though steadfastly professing his innocence, Wayne Williams received two life sentences for murder, and the matter of the notorious Atlanta Child Killings was said to have been settled.

But some of Mr. Ladouceur’s local acquaintances in law enforcement…and specifically, members of the Suffolk County Homicide Squad (to whom THE QUANTUM SYNDROME is dedicated)…had serious misgivings. A few of them saw a ‘rush to judgment’ in Atlanta, and consequently, as early as the mid-80’s, Jeb Ladouceur’s book began to take shape, if only in his nimble imagination.

 

“It is not my intention to re-visit the Atlanta Child Murders case in this fictional story,” says Mr. Ladouceur. “That sort of thing is not the novelist’s job, in my view.” He also points out that neither does his new book question the guilt of Wayne Williams. “I cite this background,” Ladouceur claims, “…only to answer my readers, whose first question at hundreds of book signings invariably is, ‘How in the world do you come up with these strange ideas for your novels?’”

The Smithtown novelist is shown introducing his Well-received ninth novel “Harvest” in 2014

The much-anticipated Book Revue event is free, and will begin at 7:30 PM. The author will speak for 20 minutes, after which he will answer questions from the audience. As is his practice, Ladouceur will introduce all writers in attendance, and will be pleased to personalize copies of his latest work for anyone who requests it. … Photos by Debbie Lange Fifer

Monday
Mar232015

Commack Students Opening Their Hearts Sharing Skills With Cambodian Women

Mailysa Wood and Caitlin Passaro

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Commack HS students Mailysa Wood and Caitlin Passaro have been planning for two years to go to Cambodia in support of impoverished women and children. The two High school juniors will not be vacationing when they get to Siem Reap, Cambodia in August; they will be volunteering to train approximately 65 young women in swimming and self defense skills. Mailysa is a certified life guard and Caitlin is a 3rd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu. They have been friends since meeting each other in third grade at Burr Rd. Intermediate school.  They are courageous, idealistic and smart as well as practical, reasonable and passionate. 

Caitlin has been fundraising for the Little Shelter Animal Rescue for years and Mailysa has assisted her. Both girls are members of the Commack Interact Club, an extension of the Commack-Kings Park Rotary Club run by community activist, Debbie Virga.  The Interact Club is dedicated to providing students the opportunity to do good works in and outside their community. The Cambodian trip is not a Rotary trip and it is not sponsored by any organization. The girls are doing this on their own after learning of the plight of young impoverished women in the Cambodian regio. Too often these become victims of rape and human trafficking and lack the swimming skills that might help them survive the flooding that occurs during the monsoon season. 

The girls have identified their goal as “teaching skills to empower people to help themselves and for them to pass on others.”

Doug Wood, Mailysa Wood and Caitlin Passaro They did not come up with this idea on their own.  Mailysa’s dad has traveled back and forth to Cambodia for years and has been involved in a not-for-profit organization that trains women to become beauty salon owners. Mailysa’s mom is from Vietnam, so the family has an intimate knowledge of the region. Not so with Caitlin’s family. Caitlin admitted they had to be convinced. She was able to convert her family by coming up with a detailed plan. 

The two girls wanted to bring gifts  to the young women they will be training. One of the things they learned was that there are few roads and the woman often go barefoot. They bought flip-flops at Old Navy and personalized them with material and ribbons they purchased with a generous donation from Commack teachers and administrators. For the swimming lessons they were able to  secure the use of a hotel swimming pool in Siem Reap at no cost.  They are looking for a location for the self-defense training.  

In addition to the expense of the 24-hour flight to Cambodia, there are other costsputting together the flip flops involved in bringing supplies (goggles, swim suits etc.) with them and they are fundraising to pay these costs.  Their goal is to raise $6000.  Caitlyn and Mailysa  have a fundraising page on Crowdrise called Project Safe Cambodia https://www.crowdrise.com/search/combined-results/project+safe+cambodia. They also plan to participate in a fundraiser with their Interact Club and are hopeful the club will choose their project as the beneficiary. A second fundraiser (dodgeball) is being planned with the NOKADO School of Self Defense in Kings Park.  A School where Caitlin has trained since she was a young child under John Olshlager. 

Two scheduled fundraisers and the crowdrise page should help them in their effort to help others. They cannot do it alone and they are hoping that people will want to be a part of Project Safe Cambodia.

Tuesday
Mar172015

KP's Jacqueline Mangogna Makes All-Conference As Freshman At Hood College

Jacqueline Mangogna – freshman at Hood College, graduate of Kings Park High School, Makes All-Conference in her first college Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship- by placing 6th in the Pentathlon. The freshman’s biggest scores came in the penthatlon’s 60 hurdles (10.12 seconds, 690 points) and the 800 (2:44.34, 524

Saturday
Mar072015

SHSE Grad Joanna Westrack Named To Marist College Dean's List

Smithtown Grad Makes Marist Dean’s List

Congratulations to Joanna Westrack of New Paltz, NY, who was named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester. A graduate of Smithtown High School East, Joanna is a member of the Marist Class of 2015, majoring in Criminal Justice. 

Marist is an independent comprehensive liberal arts college with an enrollment of 4,700 full-time undergraduate students. The college offers 44 major fields of study and 12 graduate degree programs. It was included in Princeton Review’s 2013 guide to the top colleges and universities in the U.S., ranking among the top 377 schools. 

It was also ranked 10th in the northern United State by U.S. News & World Report and is listed by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the best values among private colleges and universities.

 

Saturday
Feb282015

Smithtown's Alex Ladouceur Takes First Place In SUNY Athletic Conference Meet

Suffolk’s 2014 High Jump Champion Takes First Place In Upstate SUNY Athletic Conference Meet

SUNY Oswego freshman Alex Ladouceur at his grandfather’s Whisper Vineyards book signing event held earlier this year Photo by Debbie Lange Fifer In his first year competing as a collegian, Smithtown’s Alex Ladouceur provided his Oswego track and field teammates with a resounding victory in the SUNY Athletic Conference high jump event.

The freshman sensation from Smithtown West High School led 15 upstate SUNY jumpers with his leap of six feet – six inches! Ladouceur’s winning effort was good enough to prevail over senior Phil Longo of Geneseo, and No. 1 seed, Nick Vachon of Cortland. The hotly contested meet was held at the Special Events & Recreation Center in Brockport, New York, on February 27 & 28.

Known primarily for its champion Ice Hockey teams, the Oswego Lakers (so called because the campus is situated on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in upstate New York) look to newly enrolled scholar athletes like the 19-year-old Ladouceur to usher in a new era of excellence in Track & Field … both for Oswego and the entire SUNY conference. Said one observer of the heroics turned in by the underclassman Smithtown resident, “If the SUNYAC Meet, and Alex Ladouceur’s performance, are any indication, Oswego will be a force to keep any eye on in the foreseeable future. Both indoor and outdoor track and field seasons will certainly bear watching.”