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WANTED:  WARM LOVING HOMES !!!

Olivia (tortie) & Isabella (tux) are two year old declawed sisters, and boy do these gals have it all….good looks and super dispositions!! What more could you ask for? We would like “Livie” and “Izzy” to go home together….cause really the only thing better than one purrfect lady are two purrfect ladies!


  

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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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.

 

Tuesday
Oct072014

2015 Proposed Town Budget Public Hearing Scheduled For October 23

Town Council members did not offer any changes to the Supervisor’s 2015 Tentative Budget.  At today’s board meeting the board voted to schedule a public hearing for October 23.  The document, now called the 2015 Proposed Town Budget, is available for viewing online by clicking 2015 Town Budget or by visiting the Town’s webpage. The public hearing is an opportunity for residents to make comments and to address any concerns they may have regarding the budget. 

Sunday
Oct052014

Archery Hunting For Deer In Kings Park - Good Idea? Depends On Who You Speak With

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It is called Kings Park Unique Area, it is 67 acres located on Meadow Rd. and archery hunting for deer is permitted. To many who live in the area, the idea that this DEC site which includes a newly constructed foot trail, a bench and is handicapped accessible, is also an active hunting area is ludicrous. 

Oct. 2 - Residents show up at DEC site to check out the new useCompatible is the term the DEC uses. According to the DEC, they have properties throughout the Long Island region where hiking, mountain biking and other recreational activities occur during the archery season without conflict between the uses. Not a good idea for Kings Park say many residents, the Kings Park Civic Association and Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio.  

Phones have been ringing almost non-stop at the offices of NYS Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Fitzpatrick. They have requested that the DEC revisit its decision. 

The DEC uses hunting as the primary tool to manage deer populations. Until this year the setback for archers was 500 feet in the 2014 budget bill the setback was reduced to 150 feet. According to the DEC there have been no incidents between a bow hunter and another person in all of New York State due to archery hunting over the past decade.  Deer-motor vehicle collisions in NY are estimated to be be around 1,000 per year with a large number of incidents in areas where the 500-ft setback prevented deer management opportunities. The 150 foot setback allowed the DEC to evaluate properties that would benefit by controlling the deer population but could not be considered before the setback was changed. The site according to the DEC is in an area where they have received many questions about the burgeoning deer population. It is the DEC’s position that the cost and danger to motorists outweighs the perceived danger from bowhunting.

The Kings Park Civic Association (KPCA) worked closely with the DEC in creating an area at the site for walking, hiking, birding, dog walking etc. According to KPCA President Sean Leahmann “The Kings Park Civic Association is not taking a stand on hunting, or the State’s decision on whether to or how to control the local deer population. This issue is about the safety of the residents that use this particular trail for recreational purposes, and the close proximity of housing and school fields.”

According to KPCA Vice President Linda Henninger the comparison to other DEC sites is unfair because other sites are larger comprising thousands of acres. The Kings Park site is 67 acres, there is a school, athletic fields and there are homes in the immediate area. “DEC’s policies must change as the typography and demographics change. They can not safely treat Kings Park the same way they treat land upstate or out east. The statistics are like comparing apples to oranges and Kings Park should not and will not be a test case for them.” 

KPCA worked with the DEC to improve and promote the site which members call the Meadow Rd. Trail. “We promoted its use, no one ever hinted that there would be the use of firearms at the same site where people push strollers and walk their dogs, we feel manipulated, said Henninger.  

The DEC has posted signs alerting users that hunting may be occurring and posted restricted areas for the sections of the parcels that lie within 150 ft. of a dwelling or public structure. Hunters are limited by the allocation of a single parking space. It is the DEC’s position that the property is far enough from the school to allow safe and legal discharge of a bow.  

Town Supervisor Vecchio is never one to mince words. He is not a fan of the DEC’s decision to allow archery hunting in Kings Park. “A patently stupid idea.  No guns, arrows or any other weapon that could cause harm to people should be permitted.” Said Vecchio.

The DEC is expected to revisit its decision early this week. The archery hunting season began October 1 and ends December 31.

 (updated Oct.6 7:46 am)

Saturday
Oct042014

Smithtown's 2015 Tentative Budget Online

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio presented his 2015 Tentative Budget to the Town Council on Friday.  Vecchio’s budget message is (as in years before) simple and to the point. “The 2015 budget is unique and different from previous budgets in that it consolidates and integrates blue-collar employees to achieve greater efficiencies and I want to thank Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen for his cooperation in this endeavor. Also, a new method of recycling is introduced (see Appendix I and Appendix II),” Supervisor Patrick Vecchio. When asked for additional comments after the Town Board meeting, the Supervisor said his budget message says it all.

It will take some time to examine the Supervisor’s budget which is available online on the Town’s website. Some highlights include a tax increase around $11.66 for the average assessed ($5,500) house. The Town is restructuring departments and removing 21 employees from the Highway Department and transferring them to the Solid Waste Department. The employees will be available to work with the Highway Department when needed on the removal of snow.

Responsibility for the  collection of leaves and brush has been removed from the Highway department and will now become a function of the Sanitation Department which has historically been responsible for the recycling of the materials.  According to the Supervisors message, “consolidating the collection and recycling of leaves and brush within a single department will improve efficiency by allowing manpower and equipment to be easily shared by the two operation. 

Included in the budget is a major environmental initiative, “single stream recycling”.  The town is facing major expenses ($2-$4 million) to replace outdated equipment used in the recycling of our paper/metal. The explored options and determined that a single stream recycling program would be more convenient for residents and likely to increase participation.  Once a week pick-ups of recyclables will continue, but residents will no longer need to separate the materials.  In addition, there will be an increase in the materials that will collected. The single stream initiative is likely to begin January 1, 2015.

Town Board members will now have the opportunity to examine the budget and to make recommendations and or changes.  The Town Board is expected to vote at the Tuesday, October 7th Town Board meeting to schedule a public hearing for later this month.