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Thursday
Oct172019

TOS - Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Oct. 19

Safely Dispose of Your Hazardous Waste

Town of Smithtown to Hold Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event

Smithtown, NY: This Saturday, the Town of Smithtown Department of Environment and Waterways is hosting its bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste event. Residents are invited to bring items that are not permitted in regular curbside waste pickups for environmentally safe disposal. Hazardous waste can be dropped off between 7AM and 3PM on Saturday, October 19th at the Municipal Services facility on Old Northport Road in Kings Park.

Items considered toxic or hazardous include antifreeze, pool chemicals, photo chemicals, old paints and paint remover, lighter fluid, adhesives, and herbicides. Residents are encouraged to avoid purchasing products labeled “Toxic” or “Hazardous” as a means of proactively protecting your family and your home.

On April 13th of this year, the Town held its biggest bi-annual hazardous household waste event yet. Approximately 606 Smithtown households participated in the event, safely disposing toxic items. The turnout resulted in over 20 tons of hazardous materials collected.

This is a free service. Proof of residency is required. The Town of Smithtown Municipal Services Facility is located at 85 Old Northport Road in Kings Park, NY.

Did You Know…

In addition to hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Event, the Municipal Services Facility also accepts peanut and other cooking oils for disposal.

Residents can also dispose of electronic waste, free of charge, at the Town Recycling Center (also located at 85 Old Northport Road). Electronic Waste, such as computers, printers, TV’s, monitors, and automotive and household batteries can be dropped off during regular hours for proper recycling.

Sunday
Oct132019

Town Of Smithtown Recognizes Brad Harris With Lifetime Achievement Award

Bradley Harris with golf pro Michael HebronDuring a Celebratory Golf & Lunch event on September 25th, the town presented Brad Harris with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was give to honor the “keeper of Smithtown History” for a life dedicated to public service.

“This is an honor that is long overdue… Brad Harris has worn every hat in the betterment of our community. He’s an educator, a former town councilman, a published writer, and our town historian. Brad Harris has literally devoted his lifetime to our great town and its children and that is truly extraordinary.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

Brad Harris was a Social Studies teacher for the Commack School District for over 30 years. He was appointed the Town Historian by former Supervisor Patrick Vecchio in 1978, and he maintained that position for almost 40 years, retiring in July of 2017. In 1980, he was elected as a Smithtown Councilman, and served on the Town Board for 12 years. He was instrumental in organizing the 350th Anniversary of Smithtown’s Founding by Richard Smith. Brad Harris has penned 3 books about the history of Smithtown; Then & Now: SmithtownImages of America: Smithtown, and Images of America: Kings Park.

Monday
Oct072019

Crafters Needed For Tender Years Treasury

Crafters Needed For Tender Years Treasury

Smithtown Senior Citizens Department Seeks Senior Residents to Craft Items for Tender Years Treasury Event

Smithtown, NY:  The Smithtown Senior Citizens Department is looking for crafters for the Tender Years Treasury event on Saturday, December 7th from 10AM to 1PM at the Senior Citizens Department. 

The Tender Years Treasury is an award-winning program for children, hosted by the Senior Citizens Department and the Recreation Department. Senior residents of the Town of Smithtown create handmade items for this event. These items are then available for purchase at $5 and under. Popular items available include jewelry, scarves, hats, wreaths, ornaments, pot holders, key chains, etc.

For further information, call Patty or Mae at the Senior Citizens Department at (631) 360-7616.

Tuesday
Oct012019

Smithtown Receives $50,000 Cybersecurity Grant

 

Smithtown, NY:  The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has awarded the Town of Smithtown $50,000 in grant funding for Cyber Security. This is the second year in a row that the town has received this award, intended to enhance and sustain the town’s approach to securing confidential data and personal information.

“With the many threats out there making news headlines, from hacked emails to ransomware and malware, we have an obligation to defend the sensitive information our community entrusts us to secure. The funding from this grant will serve as a great assistance in our efforts to update our digital infrastructure and modernize equipment.” - Supervisor Edward R. Wehrheim

The Cybersecurity grant will go toward resources and equipment necessary to prevent disruption and defend the integrity and the use of town-wide information systems. Additionally, the grant will aid the town in assessing cyber security risks and developing actionable plans that focus on response and immediate remediation to cyber incidents. Lastly, the grant will work to ensure that Smithtown is equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary for providing cyber security awareness training to staff. 

“This grant couldn’t have come at a better time. As we work to update our infrastructure and roads, we also have to modernize our digital safety networks. Getting the funding from grants like these allow us to keep sensitive data and confidentiality secure without burdening the taxpayer.” - Chief John Valentine, Director of Public Safety

The performance period for this award is October 1, 2019 through August 31, 2021.  The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Cybersecurity Grant Program awards funding to New York State Counties, cities, towns, and villages. This is the second round of five competitive targeted funding opportunities to aid in the strengthening of systems, protecting sensitive data, and educating employees. 

About DHSES:

Created by an act of the State Legislature in July 2010, the Division is comprised of four offices dedicated to the protection of New Yorkers, their property, and the State’s economic well-being from acts of terrorism and natural and manmade emergencies or disasters. The Division accomplishes this core mission through its offices - Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable & Emergency Communications - who coordinate the response of State agencies in support of local government.

Wednesday
Aug142019

Town Residents 60 And Older Invited To Lunch At Senior Center

Smithtown Senior Citizens Department Holds Daily Lunches For Residents Over 60

Smithtown, NY:  Smithtown’s senior citizens can participate in Congregate Lunches Mondays through Fridays, provided by the Town of Smithtown Senior Citizens Department. All residents ages 60 and over are invited to participate in this social setting. Lunch is served Monday and Wednesday at 11:30AM, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:45AM, and Friday at 11:15AM. The lunches are held at the Senior Center, located at 420 Middle Country Rd in Smithtown. 

“I’ve been over to the Senior Center just before lunch on Fridays. This program serves up several benefits; from friendly conversation with new friends to good company and healthy prepared meals… It’s a fantastic program.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim 

Each meal consists of one third of the current recommended dietary allowance for the 60 plus age group. The monthly lunch menu can be found in print at the Senior Center or on the town website at https://www.smithtownny.gov/193/Senior-Citizens-Department. Food service is contracted with Zan’s Kosher Deli in Lake Grove. 

A suggested meal contribution of $2.25 is recommended. Persons with self-declared incomes at or above 185% of the federal poverty level are encouraged to make a contribution equal to the actual cost of the meal. Any contributions made are confidential. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the New York State Office for the Aging, Suffolk County Office for the Aging, and the Town of Smithtown.

For further information regarding this and other senior programs call the Senior Center at 631-360-7616. Registration for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis Monday through Friday. Registration begins in person at 9:30AM. Registration is capped at 35 participants.