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Zane – 2 year old puggle mix male/neutered. Looking for big personality in a small package? Zane may be the dog for you, he would prefer a home with older children and no other pets.

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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Wednesday
Oct292014

Smithtown's Official 350th Anniversary Logo

The Town of Smithtown will be celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2015. A committee has formed to plan events for a 350th Anniversary Celebration. This logo was selected by the committee from designs submitted by high school students and is the official logo for the celebration. The logo was designed by Smithtown HSE Senior Sabrina Shankar, Class of 2014.

The 350th Anniversary Committee is selling magnetic decal Logos to raise funds for the scheduled activites.  The logos can be put on cars, refrigerator or anything metal.  The magnetic logo is being sold for $10 each. To purchase a logo contact Kiernan Lannon at (631)265-6768 or kmlannon@smithtownhistorical.org or Pat Biancaniello at pat@smithtownmatters.com

 

Smithtown Matters is proud to support Smithtown’s 350th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday
Oct262014

We Have A Deer Problem In Smithtown - Now What?

One of two deer spoted on Oakside Dr. Wednesday, October 22, 2014

by p.biancaniello

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) decision to open Kings Park’s Unique Area on Meadow Road to bow hunting for deer is confounding for many residents in Smithtown. How did it happen that bow hunting could possibly be deemed acceptable in Smithtown on a sixty acre site surrounded by homes, a school,  athletic field, and a newly created handicapped accessible walking trail/foot path? It is a question people want answered.  How can the DEC consider hunting to be a compatible use to a walking trail, a place where people bring their pets and little children can run?

It’s complicated. October 1, 2014 marks the opening of deer hunting season in New York.  Bow hunting is permitted from October 1 thru December 31. Without discussion the DEC opened this newly created hiking area (the hiking trail was constructed in the spring of 2014) to bow hunting. Notification to people and organizations who worked alongside the DEC in the development and promotion of the area was limited and made approximately one week before the hunting season began.  The Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA) was the organization most active in working with the DEC on the project. According to KPCA Vice President Linda Henninger, members feel blind sided. “You can not compare this sixty-acre site to areas upstate or out east that are comprised of thousands of acres,” said Henninger. 

According to the DEC hunting is a compatible use with the type of activities that take place at the Kings Park site and they cite statistics to prove it. “In the last decade, there have been no incidents between bowhunter and another person in all of New York State with archery hunting. Yet human injuries from deer-motor vehicle collisions in New York are estimated to be over 1,000 annually.”

Robert Keenan, a dispatcher for the Smithtown Highway department, in a phone conversation expressed the sentiment that Smithtown roads are becoming more hazardous and dangerous for drivers as deer-motor vehicle collisions are increasing.  “Highway department workers are sent out at least once a week to pick-up the corpse of a dead deer on a town road that died due to a collision with a motor vehicle.” An important caveat is that deer are not small animals. Unlike squirrels or raccoons, deer can weigh between 130 and 200+ pounds. Deer are fairly large animals and collision damage can be significant and impact may cause injury to the driver. 

The deer population is exploding on Long Island and without a natural predator the DEC is looking to cull the population by loosening the restrictions on hunting.  Earlier this year the state legislature approved a change of rule for deer hunting with a bow. Previously NYS code required a 500ft. setback for bow hunting, but as of 2014 the setback is 150ft. It is this reduced setback that allowed the DEC to open the Kings Park area to archery deer hunting.

“Not safe and it shouldn’t be permitted” is the feeling of many residents including Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA)  President Sean Lehmann and Vice President Linda Henninger. “This is not about hunting it is about safety and whether firearms should be used within 150 ft of homes and in an area where people walk, parents bring their children, people walk their dogs.” A resident who did not want to be named asks “how can the DEC be sure it is safe when they just changed the setback for hunting from 500ft to 150ft?” State officials, Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Fitzpatrick have been inundated with calls from angry residents and  hunters. Both officials have requested the DEC to revisit its decision. A meeting between the DEC and residents has been postponed. 

The DEC, initially criticized for lack of signage at the site, has increased its signage advising visitors that the area is an active archery hunting site.

In NYS Archery hunting requires training and a permit. Hunters typically sit in a tree stand and shoot (an arrow) down at the animal which is below them. The shot is usually direct and within 75ft of the deer.  

Recently Smithtown resident Robert Dowse, who has lived in his home off of Old Willets Path for almost 30 years,  found a dead buck in his garden.  According to Mr. Dowse, the animal was an 8pt buck. A magnificent animal.  The deer was killed by an arrow and Mr. Dowse suspects it suffered terribly, dying a long painful death.  “This is not what you would expect in Smithtown.” said Mr. Dowse.  The police, DEC and the highway department were called to Mr. Dowse’s home. Unless the hit is direct and paralyzes the deer, a deer can run more than 100 yards before it succumbs to its injuries. The DEC is still investigating this incident and so far has not been able to identify who or where this deer was shot.  The Kings Park Unique Area is too far from where the deer was found for it to have come from that site.  

Dispatcher Keenan is not a hunter but he is concerned that the Smithtown deer population is getting out of hand and something needs to done before someone gets hurt. “There are deer everywhere in Smithtown. We have deer in the recharge basin by the highway department.  The Bull on Rte. 25 and 25a is an area where lots of deer have been hit by cars, Old Willets Path is another area where deer-motor vehicle collisions have become more numerous.”  Saying that something needed to be done Mr. Keenan recounted a recent call from a resident who was horrified to find a dead deer impaled on a backyard fence.  The resident did not know what to do.  Smithtown Highway workers may not enter someones private property to pick up a deer they may only remove a deer corpse from a roadway.  

What is the solution to a deer population that according to experts will continue to increase?  Assemblyman Fitzpatrick quotes this statistic  “forty percent of the doe population would need to be culled to maintain the deer population at its current level.”

Most people can agree that archery hunting for deer on the Kings Park site is not the answer to this very complex deer problem.  The number of deer at the site is small and the deer population is large and growning. The DEC is the government agency that has the jurisdiction over environmental concerns.  Residents want a say in what happens in their community. It is time for serious discussion.

Autumn months are the rut season (deer mating season). This is a particulary dangerous time of year when most deer-motor vehicle accidents occur. Deer are very active during the rut they often travel in small groups. Drivers are warned to be aware of their surroundings and to look for signs that indicate there are deer in the area. Drive slowly. To see the DEC’s Deer Management Plan click here.

Thursday
Oct232014

47 Tons Collected At Smithtown's Houshold Hazardous Waste Collection Event 

The Town of Smithtown held a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event (HHWCE) on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Town Municipal Services Facility at 85 Old Northport Road in Kings Park.  Over 47 tons of material was collected from five hundred and ninety-six families participating in the event.  This was the largest HHWCE in Smithtown’s history.

Notable items included decades old quart bottles of the long banned pesticides DDT and Chlordane. Additional materials included pesticides, oil based paints, gasoline, paint thinners, waste gases, petroleum distillates, flammable solids, liquid and solid oxidizers, sodium and potassium nitrates, acids, corrosives, miscellaneous toxic liquids and solids, lacquers and various toxic compounds.

“The household hazardous waste collection event has been a real success. Participating in a household hazardous waste collection event allows people to safely dispose of old chemicals.  It also heightens awareness that not everything offered for sale is a good thing to have and use around the house.  We should all try to minimize or avoid buying toxic products in the first place,” said Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio.

HHWCE was conducted by Care Environmental Corp. of Landing, New Jersey.  The firm won the contract for the highly specialized and regulated work through a competitive bid process.  The cost to the Town of Smithtown was $11,900.00.  The Town will be reimbursed one half of the cost by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 

The next HHWCE will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7am - 3pm at the Municipal Services Facility, 85 Old Northport Rd., Kings Park. 

Friday
Oct172014

Senior Citizens Department Seeking Talented Crafters

Senior Citizens Department Seeking Talented Crafters!

The Smithtown Senior Citizens Department is looking for talented Smithtown Senior Citizens for our award winning program – Tender Years Treasury. The event will be held at the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department on Saturday, December 6th 2014 from 10am – 1 pm.

We need handmade items priced $5 and under to be purchased by Smithtown Elementary School students as holiday gifts for their family members.  There is no table charge and all proceeds are kept by your organization. Crafters must be Smithtown residents age 60 or better.

Come join us for a fun and rewarding day! Call Mae/Patty 631-360- 7616 to register and receive more information.

 

Tuesday
Oct142014

Smithtown Library Budget Approved 766 - 362

1128 residents went to the polls to vote on the Smithtown Library’s 2015 Budget.   The Budget passed with 766 supporting the budget and 362 opposing.  Voters were asked to cast ballots for two trustee positions. Candidate Rudy W. Zientarski received the highest number of votes 888 and Otis M. Thornhill received 858.