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Sunday
Nov252018

Town Of Smithtown - EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (NOVEMBER 28) NO GLASS IN RECYCLE PAILS

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (NOVEMBER 28) NO PICK UP OF GLASS IN RECYCLE PAILS

The Town of Smithtown wants residents to know that the town’s recycling program is changing and part of that change begins with the scheduled November 28th recyclable pick-up. Residents need to be aware that Smithtown will no longer pick-up glass as part of the recycle program. 

According to the town’s public information officer, Nicole Gargiulo, residents will be able to drop off glass at the MSF on Old Northport Rd., Smithtown Highway Department on Nesconset Hgwy. and at Town Hall or they may include glass in the regular trash.

Smithtown will continue to pick-up recyclables that are mixed paper, cardboard and plastic for the remainder of 2018. In 2019 the program will revert to the pre 2015 recycle program where paper and cardboard  (without grease ex. pizza boxes) will be picked up one day and plastics /cans will be picked up the following week.

According to Gargiulo the town has been trying to address the recycling problem created when China announced that it would no longer accept recyclables. Local contractors faced economic uncertainty and withdrew from contracts. The Town has entered into a six-month renewable arrangement with the Town of Brookhaven, Southold, and villages of Ashroken and Loyd Harbor,  accepting their recyclable material at $5 a ton which will be sold along with Smithtown’s. Winters Brothers will pick up paper/cardboard and Trinity Transportation will pick up plastic/metal.

Saturday
Sep222018

Wanted A Partner For Smithtown's Animal Shelter And Adoption Center

 By Stacey Altherr

The Town of Smithtown is looking for a partner for its Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

A recent Request For Proposal was advertised on the town’s web site, looking for a third party to assume the “day-to-day operation” of the shelter.

A town official said the proposal was “purely exploratory,” calling it a way to lessen the cost for taxpayers and work toward getting more animals adopted from the shelter.

“One half of the town’s population is happy to spend the budget money,” said town spokesperson Nicole Garguilo, “and the other half feel we are wasting taxpayers’ dollars.”

“If there is a group that will partner with us, we can do more work getting animals adopted,” at no additional cost. 

Garguilo noted that animal groups have a wide network that would help the town in that effort.  Town shelters cannot call themselves “no-kill” but Smithtown has worked to not euthanize any healthy animals after years of protest in the way some animals were handled. “We never want to neglect the animals,” she said. “With this administration, we want to go forward.” 

No employees would lose jobs- there are about four-to-five animal control officers and four-to-five shelter attendants at any one time – and the volunteer group would help with the daily operational tasks, which are needed 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

The town would maintain the buildings, and still deal with animal control issues, such as a dog or cat hit by a car or abandoned animals.

The partnering organization must have experience with no-kill shelters.

No groups have contacted the town yet, but officials do think at least some organizations, and one in particular, will be interested. If there are no proposals by the closing date of the RFP, Sept. 27, it most likely would be extended, said Garguilo.

Interested groups can contact the town’s purchasing department.

Stacey Altherr is a former Newsday reporter now living in Sarsasota, Florida. Her beats included Smithtown, where she covered governmental affairs.  She now runs a café in Longboat Key near her home and writes freelance. Altherr has won many awards, including a 2010 Society of Silurian Award for community service journalism for a multi-part series, “Heroin Hits Main Street,” and a third-place National Headliner Award for public service for a multi-part year-long investigation on spending at fire districts on Long Island.

Friday
Aug242018

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.

 

Wednesday
Aug152018

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.

Saturday
Aug112018

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.