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People In The News - Lalaine Torreblanca Que MD

Dr Lalaine Torreblanca QueLalaine Torreblanca Que, MD, has joined St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center’s Primary Care Group in St. James, New York. Dr. Que is board certified in Family Medicine and has been practicing since 1989. 

Dr. Que earned her medical degree from Far Eastern University College of Medicine in Manila, Philippines. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Far Eastern University Hospital in Manila, Philippines, followed by another residency in clinical and anatomic pathology at the University of Illinois. She then transitioned into the role of Chief Resident at the University of Illinois in the Department of Family Medicine.

Prior to joining the primary care group at St. Catherine of Siena, Dr. Que was an attending physician at Hudson River Health in Shirley. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the New York State Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Que’s clinical interest are adolescent health, women’s health, geriatrics, public health and minor dermatologic procedures. 

Dr. Que’s office is located at 403 Lake Avenue in St. James. She joins Drs. Bruce Thompson and Neenah Chaudhari. She accepts most insurance plans. To make an appointment, please call (631) 862-7062.


People In The News - Brian O'Reilly Receives Distinguished Youth Silver Award

 Pictured at the Distinguished Youth Award Ceremony are from left: Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Brian O’Reilly and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory.


Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta congratulated Brian O’Reilly for completing the requirements to receive the County’s Distinguished Youth Silver Award. This award focuses on four categories: Volunteer Service, Personal Development, Exploration and Physical Fitness. The purpose of the program is get the young people more involved in their communities and to improve their well-bring. Brian completed 100 hours of developing his personal skills and 100 hours of doing physical fitness activities, as well as visiting and exploring 15 Suffolk County parks. “I am proud of Brian’s accomplishments and his determination to complete this program and achieve this recognition,said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

Pictured at the Distinguished Youth Award Ceremony are from left: Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Brian O’Reilly and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. 


People In The News - Cherie Lehmann, Caitlin Beirne, Paris Ray And Isabella Benrubi

Local Residents Sing the National Anthem at the Smithtown Library

Summer Concert Series Hosted by Legislator Rob Trotta

Prior to the last concert featuring Fast Lane, an Eagles Tribute band, Caitlin Beirne, of St. James and a junior at St. Anthony’s High School, sang the National Anthem. She is pictured at the concert with Suffolk County Legislator Rob TrottaDuring the Dennis Cannataro Summer Concert Series at the Smithtown Main Building, Cherie Lehmann of Kings Park, Caitlin Beirne of St. James, Paris Ray of Smithtown/St. James sang the National Anthem or in the case of Isabella Benrubi, played it on her violin. The concerts were made possible by a Suffolk County Economic Development grant obtained by Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.

Legislator Trotta thanked everyone for coming to the concert series and supporting the local businesses in downtown Smithtown. In addition, he expressed his gratitude to Julie Delaney, the library’s Community Relations director, for organizing and coordinating the concerts.

Isabella Benrubi of Fort Salonga played the National Anthem on her violin. She is pictured with Legislator Rob Trotta and will be entering her freshman year at the University of Texas. 


People In The News - Commack Middle School Principal Michael Larson 

Michael Larson appointed principal at Commack Middle SchoolMichael Larson was appointed as the principal of Commack Middle School at a special Board of Education meeting on August 16, 2018.  Mr. Larson, who was one of the Assistant Principals at Commack High School, will be joining the administrative team at the Middle School immediately, to fill the vacancy left by former principal, Anthony Davidson.

A graduate of Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Social Science Education and a Master of Education in Special Education, Mr. Larson also received his School Building Leader and School District Leader certification from Stony Brook University, with an overall GPA of 4.0. He began his career in Commack in 2007, teaching history, economics, and government classes. Mr. Larson worked closely with our students as a class advisor, a student council advisor, and with the Boys Scholar Athlete Leadership Club. His work with the staff included leading groups focused on redesigning the learning environment to support multimodality-learning experiences for our students. He served as the Coordinator of Student Affairs and Attendance during the 2015-16 school year.

Dr. Donald James, Superintendent of Commack Schools, stated, “We know that Michael’s sensitivity to students, their developmental abilities, and his capacity to work alongside staff members will support student success. His innate ability to work with staff on the implementation of building-wide programs through cooperation and participation is what we found in Mr. Larson. We anticipate a very smooth transition as well as an amazing new school year under Mr. Larson’s leadership.”

Michael lives in Stony Brook with his wife and two young children, a four-year-old son and an 18 month-old daughter.  “I cherish spending time with my family,” he said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join an exceptional group of educators, staff members, administrators, and parents as we collectively focus on the social, emotional, and educational needs of our students.  I look forward to embracing new learnings and maintaining the program of academic excellence that has been established at the Commack Middle School.”


People In The News - RJO Student Kiernan Brown

Kiernan Brown, RJO Middle School Student, Sings National Anthem at the Annual Kings Park Rocks Sponsored in part by Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta introduced Kiernan Brown, a student at RJO Middle School in Kings Park, who sang the National Anthem prior to the annual Kings Park Rocks concert featuring Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl Band. The event was held in one of the municipal parking lots in Kings Park and was sponsored by a number of Kings Park Chamber members and through a grant from the Suffolk County Office of Economic Development and Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, as well as with support from the Town of Smithtown and the Kings Park Fire Department. “This is a great night that the Kings Park Chamber organizes for our residents and neighboring communities who come out and support our local businesses,” said Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta. “For a young boy, Kiernan has a terrific singing voice and did an incredible job and I thank him for participating in this great event, added Trotta.