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Smithtown Youth Bureau Goes Radio

Smithtown, NY:  A collaborative project between the Town of Smithtown Horizons and Youth Bureau and Suffolk County Community College’s Radio/TV program has led to the creation of a new series of Public Service Announcements developed for radio broadcast. Local students researched, wrote, and starred in their own PSAs that provide information on topics relating to drug usage. 

“I couldn’t be more impressed with the work that our young people have done. And I am so proud of our Youth Bureau and Horizons team for Teaching our youth about addiction and bullying through the power of hands on public awareness. They have spread powerful messages to the community that will resonate for the foreseeable future, all while educating our residents both young and old.” -Supervisor Ed Wehrheim 

The students were encouraged to find their voice and use it to spread positive messages regarding critical issues facing today’s youth: Vaping, Underage Drinking, Peer Pressure, and Marijuana Use. Student volunteers worked with Suffolk County Community College’s Radio/TV program students on the technical production of the PSAs. The messages will be aired on five local radio stations and online. 

“We are proud of the social awareness and creativity demonstrated by our youth volunteers in the development of these PSAs.  Partnering with Suffolk County Community College was a great way to professionally produce these messages and spread them throughout the community for all to hear.” - Horizons Director of Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services Matthew Neebe

Additionally, the announcements are now added onto the schedule for Smithtown Government Television. The audio will be accompanied by images of the youth participants hard at work in the radio studio.



Smithtown To Host Prostate Cancer Screening Event

Smithtown, NY:  The Town of Smithtown and the Nesconset Fire Department will sponsor a Prostate Cancer Screening event on September 12th from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Nesconset Fire Department. The event is open to all men over the age of 40 who have not previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, I can tell you firsthand the importance of having your prostate exam and your PSA exam as early as possible. It was because of that exam that I was identified as having prostate cancer 19 years ago. I strongly recommend that any male over the age of 40 have this exam yearly.” - Councilman Tom Lohmann

This event is meant to coincide with Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Thomas Harrington of Advanced Urology Centers of New York will be conducting DRE tests, and PSA blood tests will be performed by a medical technician from Integrated Medical Foundation. Seaqua Deli of St. James will be catering the event, and will provide healthy lunches for the participants. 

“I work with men that are living proof that, if caught early, prostate cancer can be reduced to a temporary inconvenience. I learned about prostate cancer through an employee for our Parks Department, Bill Renner. He educated me on this disease. Bill was diagnosed in his 40’s. As he was talking to me, I looked back at him and saw a young man, something you do not think about when you hear prostate cancer. Thankfully, Bill was treated, and has become a strong vocal leader in bringing prostate cancer awareness to the table. 

Thanks to IMF Cares, Smithtown residents can be proactive by registering for a free prostate screening. If you know a loved one over the age of 40, talk to them about getting screened. A simple blood test can change their life forever.” - Councilwoman Lisa Inzerillo

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. Approximately 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, while approximately 1 in 36 men will die from prostate cancer. In 2018, an estimated 164,690 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that all men at risk undergo screening in order to recognize potential prostate problems early, before they become serious.

To register for this event, those interested should RSVP at 631-257-6070.


Town Sets Public Hearing Date For Cell Tower At Callahan's Beach

Callahan’s Beach in Fort SalongaCallahan’s Beach goers and Fort Salonga residents may soon have improved cell service along with a brand new Spray Park, Playground and overhang Pavilion. Site Tech has proposed to construct a 150 ft high cell tower on the park’s land. The construction of the tower would coincide with the construction of the new recreational facilities as a part of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Site Tech is willing to contribute approximately $250,000 for the recreational projects.

“This project is a collaborative effort that defines good business practice, community access and public safety. Once it has been completed, the community will have a new spray park for our young children, and cell reception for residents, beach goers and emergency responders. We’re even planning on restorative measures along the bluff. We got all parties to the table and the outcome will give the whole community something to enjoy.” - Councilman Thomas McCarthy

In order for the project to be approved, it needs to fulfill certain requirements of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP has many state and local policies to best protect and use coastal resources. The project’s proposal involves replacing twelve unnecessary, unused parking spaces from the beach parking lot, along with the construction of a pavilion, playground, and spray park. The proposal additionally calls for the top half of the tower to be painted sky blue, and for the bottom half to be painted brown to mitigate potential visual concerns. 

“We’re excited that this park will get some much needed upgrades and improvements, while also providing the added benefit of cellular service for emergency services and nearby residents who do not have reliable cell service.” - Town Planning Director Peter Hans

Public safety is of paramount importance regarding the necessity for the Cellular tower. Emergency calls made in the area have previously been routed to Connecticut, which can lead to an increase in response time, when seconds matter. The proposed tower will supply cell signal coverage at Callahan’s Beach, Sunken Meadow, and the surrounding area while transmitting emergency calls and communication more efficiently.

“From a public safety standpoint, that tower completes a triangulation for passing data, radio communication, and microwave that will now make the townwide public safety network system seamless.” - Department of Public Safety Chief John Valentine

Prior to project approval, a Public Hearing will be held during the September 20th Town Board meeting, and will include a review of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, followed by an internal review of the Site Plan. The project is expected to be approved this Fall.