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Decker – Lab/Shep mix 10 years old male/neutered up to date on vaccines. Decker is a special needs dog

The Smithtown Animal Shelter has many adult cats and young kittens for adoption. Our kittens are socialized and handled by our


  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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Burr Intermediate School Gets A New Interim Principal - Paul K. Schmelter

Paul K. SchmelterThe Commack Board of Education has appointed Mr. Paul K. Schmelter as the interim principal at Burr Intermediate School. Former principal Rhonda Pratt has returned to her previous position in West Islip Schools.

A graduate of Stony Brook University, Mr. Schmelter was a political science major and received his Masters Degree in Social Studies Education. He also earned his Educational Leadership certification at Stony Brook. He began his teaching career in private schools, and joined the Commack team in 1998. In addition to teaching, Mr. Schmelter served as a dean of discipline at the middle school, and as the Director of the Commack Teacher Center from its inception until 2012, when he became an assistant principal.

“Mr. Schmelter is a very well-respected and experienced academic leader in this District,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald James. “He is the consummate professional, and knows this District and its students.”

Mr. Schmelter lives in Huntington with his wife and two children. He recently completed his first skydiving jump, visited the Grand Canyon, and is empowered to keep checking things off of his ever expanding bucket list. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the team at Burr. I am really looking forward to working with the students, staff and parents at this amazing school.”

Mr. Schmelter will serve as the interim principal at Burr until a search process is completed.


People In The News - Commack's Samantha Sclafani, Ashley Ferraro And Matt Rafanelli - Making Hospitalized Children Smile!

By Dana Klosner

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Commack High School alumni Samantha Sclafani 19,  Ashley Ferraro, 18 and Matt Rafanelli, 19, have combined their love of fantasy, musical theater and kids to create “Characters with a Cause,” a volunteer group that brings the joy of fairy tales to hospitalized children and fundraisers throughout Long Island and the New York area.

The group dons the costumes inspired by Disney, popular fairy tales, superheroes and pirates and will go to the hospital rooms of sick children, some terminally ill and bring gifts, like coloring books, crayons and nail polish, just to see the smiles on their faces.

“We love fairy tale stories and the joy that brings,” said Sclafani who did all the high school musicals with Ferraro and Rafanelli. “We thought, ‘How cool would it be to bring the joy of fairy tales to hospitals?’ Children in hospitals can’t go to theme parks to meet their favorite characters, so we wanted to bring their favorite characters to them. In addition to that, we get donations from loved ones and supporters and the hospitals provide us with a wish list of what the children want. Then we personally give the presents to the kids. We want to promote smiles, hope and healing through fairy tale characters.”

The group hand makes their costumes. They make sure they are soft, not fragile or frilly and nothing can fall off in the hospital.

“We have fun making the costumes and we alter our costumes based on hospital dress code,” Sclafani said. “When we start from scratch it can take up to two weeks to complete a costume, so these things have to be booked months in advance.”

The group has been together and been involved in fundraisers doing “meet and greets” with kids for about a year now. They appeared at a fundraiser for Contractors for Kids. They will be visiting hospitals for the first time on August 19 and 20. The group has been contracted to perform at Stony Brook Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.

“They came to me with awareness that the needs of sick children are different than those of well children,” said Joan Alpers, Child Life Specialist at Good Samaritan Hospital. “Sick children are naturally frightened by the hospital setting. They (Characters with a Cause) were aware that hospitalized children don’t feel well and they need to be reassured and soothed as opposed to entertained.”

“There’s something about having a child’s favorite character come through,” said Mike Attard, Child Life Specialist at Stony Brook Hospital. “It puts a sparkle in their eyes.”

Sclafani is hoping the visits at these two hospitals are the start of something bigger. 

“We really want to spread the joy over the holidays and bring gifts to the children that they possibly wouldn’t get due to medical bills,” she said. “We don’t want them to suffer because of their illness. We want to strive to take the worry off parents around the holidays. We want the kids and their parents to see that there are people out there who really care about them. We want to take away that sickness for a moment. We want them to forget about their struggle and give them a reason to smile. We want them to feel this is their special day – they are the special guest and we’re so excited to meet them.”

“We want to give a big thank you to all who have supported us,” Sclafani said.
They have supported and inspired us to keep spreading smiles.” 

This is a volunteer organization. They are not a non-profit foundation so donations are not tax deductible. If you are interested in donating go to www.youcaring.com/characterswithacause.


Danielle Cinone, Smithtown And Dana Wachter, Nesconset Finalists In Ms. Long Island 2015

On Sunday, August 10th, during a live competition, Long Island’s newest Queens were crowned!

Photo Credit: Image Nation Photography Danielle Cinone of Smithtown - Second from right Dana Wachter of Nesconset- Far rightCongratulations to… Miss Long Island 2015, Jenna Tirado of Manorville - Miss Long Island Teen 2015, Geena Cardalena of Floral Park


WINNER:    Miss Long Island 2015, Jenna Tirado of Manorville

1st runner up, Ashley Edwards of West Hempstead

2nd runner up, Danielle Cinone of Smithtown

3rd runner up, Hayley Riesel of Oceanside

4th runner up, Dana Wachter of Nesconset

Miss Photogenic, Jenna Tirado of Manorville

Miss Congeniality, Hayley Riesel of Oceanside

Miss Community, Aja DiLorenzo of Ridge

Directors Award, Sabina Lotlikar of Hicksville

National Pageantry Spirit Award, Dana Wachter of Nesconset

TEEN FINALISTS - WINNER: Miss Long Island Teen 2015, Geena Cardalena of Floral Park

1st runner up, Danielle Harloff of Mt. Sinai

2nd runner up, Katherine Sreckovich of Glen Head

3rd runner up, Julia Frangeskos of East Quogue

4th runner up, Kristen Murphy of Bellmore

Miss Photogenic, Geena Cardalena of Floral Park

Miss Congeniality, Geena Cardalena of Floral Park

Miss Community, Jessica DeStefano of West Islip

Directors Award, Brielle Caturano of Smithtown

The Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant is comprised of three equally scored phases of competition: interview, swimsuit competition, and evening gown competition. The highest scoring contestants will advance to the Top 10, where they deliver a platform statement to the audience, discussing which cause they would choose to support should they be crowned as Miss Long Island or Miss Long Island Teen. The five highest scoring delegates in that phase of competition will then advance to the Top 5, where they answer an on-stage interview question. 

The winners of the Miss Long Island and Miss Long Island Teen Pageant will advance to compete at Donald Trump’s Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA Pageant in January!

Photo Credit: Image Nation Photography



Smithtown Resident Michelle Lombardi Graduates Cum Laude From Eastern Nazarene College

Local student graduates from Eastern Nazarene College

QUINCY, MASS.—Smithtown resident Michelle Lombardi graduated from Eastern Nazarene College recently, receiving a diploma during ENC’s 92nd spring commencement exercises held May 3 at the college’s main campus in Quincy, Mass. Lombardi graduated (Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Arts degree.


Can You Help? Claudia Bowers Kidney Transplant Fundraiser

Claudia Bowers Kidney Transplant Fundraiser

Friends and family in Smithtown  have always rallied around each other in times of need. Whether it’s been for a neighbor fighting cancer or a family who lost their house in a fire, those in the community have long held fundraising events like spaghetti dinners and silent auctions to help their neighbors through difficult times.  

Now, through a growing trend called crowdfunding, they are taking these efforts online.  

Friends and family of Claudia Bowers have set up a crowdfunding page on the popular crowdunding website, GiveForward.com. 

So far, the friends and family of Claudia Bowers have raised $1,950 for medical costs associated with her kidney transplant since the campaign launched on July 29.

Just over a year ago, Claudia, who has been a Smithtown resident for over 38 years, was diagnosed with renal failure, a debilitating disease that forced her to retire from a job she loved as Suffolk County Girl Scout’s Director of Camping Services. The diagnosis, which also requires her to go to dialysis three times a week at St. Catherine’s of Siena Hospital in Smithtown, often times prevents her from spending time with the loves of her life, her grandchildren.

There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel for Claudia. In September, her sister, Alyson Capone, of Daytona Beach, Florida, will unselfishly give her the gift of life by donating one of her kidneys to her big sister.  The operation will take place at the University Hospital at Stony Brook.

Of course, with a kidney transplant comes costs — costs that the insurance company won’t cover, including medications that Claudia will need to take to prevent her body from rejecting her sister’s kidney. Due to what is called a “donut hole,” in the insurance system, Claudia will have to pay $5,000 out of pocket for these expenses. This is why a fundraiser has been set up in her name. 

“Raising this money is so important to help my mom on her way to good health. It has been a long road since her diagnosis and we are forever grateful to everyone who has stepped up to help,” said Erica Jackson, Claudia’s eldest daughter.

To learn how you can support Claudia Bowers, please visit http://gfwd.at/1qLf44M or go to www.GiveForward.com and search for Claudia Bowers, Kidney Transplant Fundraiser the campaign closes on October 30, 2014.

A Facebook page to provide supporters with updates has also been created and can be visited here: https://www.facebook.com/Claudiastransplant?ref=hl

About GiveForward

GiveForward.com is one of the world’s leading online fundraising websites and the easiest way to raise money for a loved one in need. It is the #1 platform to start a medical fundraiser with 99 cents of every dollar going directly to the people who need it.  It is the only online fundraising site with fundraising coaches who provide fundraising ideas and guidance on how to raise money online.