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People In The News - Evan Garland 


Evan Garland with SC Legislator Rob TrottaSmithtown, NY)…Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta recognized Evan Garland of Boy Scout Troop 75 at his recent Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Evan’s goal as young scout was to become an Eagle Scout in order to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who were Eagle Scouts. His desire was so earnest that he joined the same troop, 75, that his father had been in when he became an Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle Scout project, Evan decided to do something that honored the veterans who died on September 11, 2001. He consulted with the director of Calverton National Cemetery and they decided that he would construct a memorial in the section where the veterans who died on that fateful day were buried at Calverton. The memorial would include a walkway and a garden where the families could come and pay tribute to their loved ones.

Suffolk County Legislator Trotta said, “Evan you are going in the right direction by achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 16 and you will continue to excel because of your passion and dedication to the public and your community.” “I applaud your efforts and urge you to keep up the good work,” added Trotta.

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta is pictured with Scout Evan Garland at his Eagle Court of Honor at St. Joseph’s Church in Kings Park.



Congressman Zeldin Announces Isabella Kosiba Winner Of 4th Annual Art Contest


Congressman Lee Zeldin and Isabella KosibaPATCHOGUE, NY - On Friday, April 27, 2018, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) hosted his fourth annual art reception at Artspace in Patchogue, during which he announced Isabella Kosiba of Smithtown Christian School as the 2018 winner of the Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District: “The Artistic Discovery Contest”. In attendance at the event were the twelve finalists, their art teachers and families, Artspace curator Tracy Todd Hunter, and local artists who served as judges.

The House of Representatives hosts a nationwide high school art competition every spring to raise awareness of the importance of art programs in our schools, and to recognize and celebrate the creativity and diversity of students. The winner’s artwork is displayed in the United States Capitol for one year.

The third place winner, Sutton Reinboth-Lynch of East Hampton High School, and second place winner, Raphaela Araugo of Eastport South Manor High School, will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Zeldin’s Patchogue office.   

The twelve finalists include:

Haley Akl, Hilltop Homeschool

Raphaela Araugo, Eastport South Manor High School

Aiden Carlson, Eastport South Manor High School

Ryan Carrick, Riverhead High School

Josuel Jerez Puello, Riverhead High School

Isabella Kosiba, Smithtown Christian School

Luciano Pagliarulo, Smithtown Christian School

Sutton Reinboth-Lynch, East Hampton High School

Emma Rocchetta, Eastport South Manor High School

Ninon Savoye, Center Moriches High School  

Viviana Schmitt, Longwood High School  

Isabela Tarbet, East Hampton High School

The winner and a guest will receive a flight to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork on display in the U.S. Capitol courtesy of Southwest Airlines.

Congressman Zeldin said, “Congratulations to Isabella Kosiba, the artist of ‘Mirror, Mirror…’ and  the first place winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District. A special thanks and congratulations to all of the high school students who participated in this year’s art competition. Each and every piece submitted was enlightening and inspiring, and there is no shortage of talent, creativity and enthusiasm among this year’s participants. It was an honor to host a reception to recognize these artists, and I look forward to welcoming Isabella and her family to Washington, D.C. to view her artwork in the United States Capitol.”


KP Photo Club Member Liz Milward Places First In LI Museum Juried Art Show

Kings Park Photo Club Member Captures First Prize in LI Museum’s Juried Art Show

Smithtown resident Elizabeth Milward places first in “Wanderlust” Juried Art Show

Kings Park, NY: April 20, 2018:  Congratulations to Liz Milward, accomplished local photographer and Kings Park Photo Club member, on taking First Prize in the annual LI Museum Juried Art Show “Wanderlust.”  Prizes were awarded at a reception for the artists and the general public at the Museum in Stony Brook on Friday evening, April 20, 2018.

Liz’s photo “All Aboard”, was taken on the Strasburg Railroad in PA, and the two women were in period garb looking out the back of the train, reminiscing of where they have been and dreams of where they are headed:  Pure wanderlust!  (Photo Attached.)  More of Liz’s work can be viewed at NicestlightPhotography.com.

Kings Park photographer Frank Mercuri founded the Kings Park Photo Club in 2013 to showcase and develop the many talented photographers in and around Kings Park. Club member skill levels range from novice to professional. The Club is open to people of all skill levels and all types and styles of photography are welcome too.  The Club conducts presentations, work-sharing sessions, and conducts photo trips, “photo ops,” and field workshops.  And you don’t even have to live in Kings Park to join us! Our goal is to learn, have fun, and contribute to the community.

The Club meets the third Thursday of every month at the Kings Park Library at 7 PM.  More info about the Club and how to join it is on our website  HYPERLINK “http://www.kingsparkphotoclub.org” www.kingsparkphotoclub.org.  


Smithtown Resident Phil Eng Named LIRR President

The Wall Street Journal is announcing the appointment of Phil Eng to the position of Long Island President. County Executive has offered the following statement in support of Smithtown resident Phil Eng.



“The LIRR couldn’t have a found a more qualified person for this role. As a Smithtown resident and Suffolk County native, Phil Eng understands the importance of transportation on Long Island. As Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer at NYS DOT, Phil was instrumental in implementing Governor Cuomo’s vision to expand capacity and reliability along the Main Long of the Long Island Rail Road with Third Track. An avid railroad commuter, Phil knows first hand how integral the Long Island Rail Road is to our region and will use his more than 30 years of engineering expertise to continue the modernization of our transportation infrastructure.”


Eagle Scouts Kieran and Liam Morse Recognized By Legislator Kennedy

January 21, 2018 – On an unseasonably warm January day, Legislator Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset) took the time to honor two brothers from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 3 in Smithtown. Kieran and Liam Morse achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the most prestigious rank awarded to Boy Scouts. These boys both chose to construct Eagle Scout projects that would honor the men and women who lost their lives during the 911 Terror Attacks. 

Kieran built a patio made of paver stones and four benches around a survivor tree in the back of the 4th precinct, and Liam built a paver stone patio around a survivor tree located at the Police Headquarters in Yaphank. Both memorials are beautiful tributes to those who lost their lives and the resiliency of the people of New York and around the United State.  

 “I am immensely proud of Kieran and Liam for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and for building beautiful tributes,” said Legislator Kennedy. “I think it is important that our youth remember the events that happened on 9/11 and how it has shaped our nation; more than 16 years later, we are rebuilding, much stronger than ever before. The Survivor tree from the 9/11 site represents our resilience as a nation”

For more information about this event or other events in the community, please call our office at (631)-854-3735 or log onto Legislator Kennedy’s Facebook page at facebook.com/legislatorlesliekennedy.

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