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People In The News - Scott R Capustin MD

Scott R. Capustin, MD,Scott R. Capustin, MD, has joined the Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders Program affiliated with St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center—member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS). Dr. Capustin is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine.

Dr. Capustin earned his medical degree from New York Medical College, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He also completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York University—Bellevue and at the Manhattan VA Medical Center.

Dr. Capustin has been in private practice in the Smithtown community for close to 30 years. He brings his pulmonology expertise to St. Catherine of Siena and specializes in the following: ailments of the lungs and respiratory system, such as asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, complicated chest infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases including emphysema. He also specializes in sleep medicine.

In addition, Dr. Capustin will support the newly launched CHS Lung Cancer Screening Program. The program is a part of the American College of Radiology’s Lung Cancer Screening Registry, and the initiative offers low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening to those at high risk of developing lung cancer. LDCT screening, compared to standard chest X-ray, has been proven effective in detecting lung cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.

Dr. Capustin’s office is located at The St. Catherine and St. Charles Center for Health and Wellness Center, 500 Commack Road, Suite D150, in Commack. Most insurance plans accepted. To make an appointment, please call (631) 361-7444.

For more information about St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, please visit stcatherines.chsli.org.


People In The News - Smithtown's New Planning Director Peter Hans

Smithtown Planning Director Peter HansAt the July 17th Town Board meeting Peter Hans was appointed to the position of planning director. This position became available with the retirement of David Flynn in May of this year.

Mr. Hans, 47, grew up in St. James and graduated from Smithtown High School East in 1989. He and his wife and two children reside in Nesconset. He began his career with the planning department as an intern before being hired as a full-time planner in 1995. He moved up to senior planner and became deputy director under David Flynn. Peter has served as deputy director until his recent appointment. The appointment is provisional until he receives his certification from civil service. 

In a phone conversation Mr. Hans talked about challenges in planning for Smithtown, the most significant being working with the many levels of government. Smithtown is ninety-five per cent developed which can create pressure to increase density which can lead to quality of life issues for residents. Challenges Mr. Hans is ready to take on.

He is excited about the redevelopment of Lake Avenue in St. James and sewers for Kings Park and Smithtown which he believes will spur growth in the town’s downtowns. He emphasized that a lot depends on sewers. Planning will have some input into the recodification of Smithtown’s town code and the comprehensive plan. 

Hans is ready to get to work. When asked about his past accomplishments as a town planner, he mentioned the transformation of the Nesconset Armory site to the Nesconset Branch of Smithtown Library, a project he is quite proud of.

I asked Peter to project what the town would look like when he retired in twenty years. He laughed and wouldn’t commit. He said that in ten years he expected that the residential areas will mostly remain the same, but some areas like the Hauppauge Industrial Park will have sewers allowing for more diverse uses including retail and restaurants. Downtown areas may be transformed and with the commitment the town board is making to its parks, he expects many updates and improvements. 

Can it all be done in ten years? Peter Hans mentions the staff at the planning department and states “You know the saying you’re only as good as the people you work with, well we have a great staff and I will do my best.”




People In The News - Ed Spinella

Ed Spinella

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Kudos to Smithtown’s Ed Spinella for doing what he loves and for doing good at the same time. Ed, a passionate cyclist, participatedEd Spinella in Babylon’s 11th annual Soldier Ride.

“A great day at a extremely well organized event, for a great cause with amazing people. Big thanks to SCPD for keeping a huge ride like this so safe,” said Ed.

The 25 mile Soldier Ride raises money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. All of the money raised goes to helpL-R Mary Anderson - Corinne Ciccarelli- Carlyn Hesse- Roger Mellon- Ed Spinella- Dave Klosner- Ashley Marie warriors with combat stress recovery, job training, counseling, adaptive sports programs, and more.

The Soldier Ride began in downtown Babylon and ended at Overlook Beach. One of the highlights is riding over the Robert Moses Causeway Bridge. Participants included members of the armed forces who returned to the U.S. after suffering life changing inuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

For more information or to make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate


People In The News - Huntington Resident Liz Jumper


             Liz Jumper of the Eagle Patrol was presented with his Wood Badge Beads, neckerchief, woggle and certificate in a special ceremony held by campfire light at her Huntington Station home on June 23, 2018.  This recognition was the culmination of a combination “learning/hands-on applications” time management and Leadership training course that is available to its adult Scouting leaders by the Boy Scouts of America.

            Huntington resident Mrs. Jumper, has been a District Executive with the Suffolk County Boy Scouts for 3 years. In her professional capacity, she oversees 61 Scouting units, over 2,400 Scouts from ages 5 to 20, and works alongside over 1,000 unit and District volunteers. She participated in six days of outdoors sessions in Wood Badge Course # N2-404-17 for the group participation/instructional section, held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in September 2017 and Schiff Scout Reservation in October 2017.  In order to complete the training, the Scouting volunteer leaders had to apply what they learned in a variety of self-directed goals (the practical part of the course) within 18 months, which was accomplished in May 2018. Mrs. Jumper’s project was to grow membership in the prestigious Congressional Youth Award, a program that mirrors the Boy Scout Program in many ways but has been relatively unknown in the Scouting community of New York.


85-Year-Old Mordecai Miller Receives HS Diploma

A lifelong dream made reality 

Smithtown High School West grants diploma to Holocaust survivor

Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller’s dream was made a reality on June 21, as Smithtown High School West bestowed upon him an honorary degree.For the past 10 years, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller has shared his story of survival and how good people came to his aid with students in Christina Cone’s Holocaust and Genocide class at Smithtown High School West. Deprived of an education in Poland during World War II, Mr. Miller also expresses to the students how they should be appreciative of their education. 

During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West, Holocaust survivor Mordechai Miller was granted an honorary diploma by Principal John Coady.To honor Mr. Miller’s message of doing right by others, Smithtown West helped make his lifelong dream of being a high school graduate finally come true. During the 103rd commencement of Smithtown High School West on June 21, Mr. Miller was bestowed an honorary degree. Joining the Class of 2018, the 87-year-old donned a cap and gown and sat with his fellow graduates as he waited to hear his name called by Principal John Coady.

Mordechai Miller celebrated his honorary degree from Smithtown High School West on June 21. Pictured, from left, Smithtown High School West Principal John Coady, Board of Education trustee Daniel Lynch, Mr. Miller and Board of Education trustee Christopher Alcure.“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Miller said on being granted the honorary diploma. Added his daughter Leah Miller, “He has always wanted this opportunity and tonight, they have made his dream come true.” 

Mr. Miller came to America in 1925 where he settled in Brooklyn and met his wife. Together, they have four children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He now resides in East Northport.   

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District



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