Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and fall in love with Sweet Stella girl! Stella is a 7 year old spayed female staff terrier mix. Stella has been waiting for her furever home for over a year now. Stella would make a great walking companion and she is like a furry exercise machine. She loves to roll on her back for belly rubs and give kisses. Stella would do best in an adult only home with no other pets. Open up your heart and adopt this furbaby and give her the loving home she deserves!

Sparticus
 

Home Wanted -

Please come down to the Smithtown Animal Shelter and adopt  “Sparticus”!  He is a handsome 9 month old neutered male. He is a stunning grey domestic short hair with a loving personality. Sparticus enjoys hanging out with his cat friends and playing with his toys. He can be a little shy at first, but once he warms up to you, he is a big mush! Meow!

Smithtown Animal Shelter

 

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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Sunday
Jun212015

Special Town Board Meeting - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Special Town Board Meeting - Supervisor Patrick Vecchio has called a special meeting at Town Hall for Tuesday, June 23, 2015. 

The agenda for the meeting :

1. Comptroller to present overview of the current budget status.

2. Personnel matter - MSF position which has to be filled to meet DEC requirements.

3. Litigation regarding Suffolk Paving.

 

Monday
Jun152015

St. James - CVS Application Draws A Standing Room Only Crowd

By p.biancaniello (click on photos to enlarge)

 

They came, they listened and they don’t want it. That was the message  expressed by the 100 or so St. James taxpayers who attended the Smithtown Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The topic was the CVS application to build a store on the corner of Lake Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue. 

In 2014 CVS Albany LLC, filed an application in the Town of Smithtown to build on the corner of Woodlawn and Lake Avenues in St. James. The proposed site is a lot zoned residential. At that time CVS was asking that the property be rezoned to Commercial Business. The residents attending the 2014 hearing roared  that they didn’t want it.  CVS withdrew its application.  

CVS is back before the BZA asking for variances and a special exception that would allow them to construct their store. A BZA public hearing is the forum where the case for the application is made first by the applicant followed by public comments.   Vincent Trimarco is the attorney for CVS.  Also representing the applicant was traffic expert Patrick Lenihan, Director of Transportation at VHB Engineering. Mr. Lenihan offered assurances that the traffic issues would be addressed by “rearranging timing on traffic signal” at the Woodlawn/Lake Ave. intersection.  Mr. Lenihan does not anticipate much additional traffic stating that the majority of the traffic will not be CVS specific but rather cars already on their way to or from a location.  Courtney Reily, also from VHB Engineering, requested that the BZA grant relief from the parking requirements. Under current code, CVS is required to have 124 parking spaces and one loading Bay. CVS is looking for relief that would permit 57 parking spaces and one loading bay.

The CVS application seeks: 1 - A parking variance of approximately 54%, 2 -  Special permit for parking in R10 Residential Zone, 3 - Relief for parking greater than 50 feet into the residential district, 4- Relief for a buffer, 5 -Relief for the prinicpal building not conforming to parking requirements, 6 - Relief for requirement related to parking greater than 15 feet from Lake Ave.

The Planning Department was asked to comment on the application. Long time Senior Town Planner David Flynn, who was recently appointed Director of Smithtown Planning Department, read comments from the planning department’s report in which he offered the Planning Department’s official recommendation that the application be denied. The audience, a filled to capacity crowd, was pleased and met his comment with wild applause. Mr. Flynn explained the decision by stating that the applicants request for variances were substantial and that collectively they would have an impact on the character of the neighborhood. He stated that the lot is residentially zoned and to grant the relief requested “is tantamount to rezoning and not eligible for a special exception.”  “Any alleged harship in complying with the ordinance is self-created,” said Flynn. “This zoning has been in existence and for CVS to pick a property that is not suitably zoned, they’ve created their own practical difficulty.” 

St. James resident Denise McMahonIf there was a message the residents wanted to hear it was the message Mr. Flynn delivered. Resident Denise McMahon delivered petitions to BZA members with 1,200 signatures in opposition to the application. “I don’t think anyone here objects to a CVS in St. James: what we are objecting to is trying to squeeze a 10lb. saussage into a five lb bag.” Speaker after speaker stepped-up to the podium to state their concerns about traffic, parking and the impact on the community should the application be approved. “Mr. Flynn, dig your heels in.” said one speaker. 

Rev. Miguel Pagon - New Jerusalem ChurchNot every speaker opposed the application. At the end of a long line of speakers opposing the CVS application came Pastor Miguel Pagan from the New Jerusalem Church On Woodlawn Avenue. Rev. Pagan supported the application saying it would provide better access to health care and prescription needs. Rev. Pagan also spoke about the deterioration of the buildings on the proposed site. A long line of parishoners from the New Jerusalem Church stepped up to the podium in support of the CVS application.  

 

Thursday
May282015

Meet The Leaders Comes To Smithtown

By Pat Biancaniello

Meet The Leaders with Patrick Halpin came to Smithtown Wednesday, May 27,2015. The Cablevision/Optimum Community program was filmed at the Eugene Cannataro Senior Center in front of an audience filled with Smithtown residents, many of them regulars at the center.  The focus of the program was Smithtown’s 350th Anniversary.  

Host Patrick Halpin interviewed Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio and Town Historian Bradley Harris.  The two guests were questioned by the host about Smithtown’s history. Questions ranged from Smithtown’s early history including: how did Richard Smith get the patent to the land, the legend of Smithtown and more recent history including the dedication of the John V.Klein  Industrial Park and Town Hall honoring Patrick Vecchio.

Prior to the filming the audience chatted about their memories of Smithtown and how so much has changed. Audience participation followed the interview. The taped show can be seen at www.meettheleaders.com.

Cablevision/Optimum Community is a big part of Smithtown’s 350 celebration. “The Spirit of Smithtown,” an original play created by historical writer Sal St. George, is being sponsored by Optimum Community.  The play is a one-act vaudevillian musical about the history of Smithtown and its communities.  The play has been in the works for several months. There will be six performances two Fridays May 29 and June 5 @7:30pm, Saturdays are May 30 and June 6 @7:30pm and Sunday May 31 and June 7 @ 3pm. at the Smithtown Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets to the six performances are offered to the public complimentary due to the generous support of Optimum and a grant from the Gardiner Foundation. While most tickets have been distributed, there are a number of tickets at the box office for walk-ins on the day of the performances. The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2 East Main Street, Smithtown. 

Thursday
May212015

Animal Shelter Director George Beatty To Retire June 30, 2015

May 21, 2015 Town Board meeting.  During the audience participation portion of tonight’s Town Board meeting Supervisor Patrick Vecchio announced that George Beatty, director of the Smithtown Animal Shelter is retiring. According to Supervisor Vecchio Mr. Beatty sent a letter to the Town Board earlier in the day announcing his retirement effective June 30, 2015.

Mr. Beatty has served as the director of the Smithtown Animal Shelter for over thirty years. He oversaw the creation of the cat room for homeless cats in 2007. Recently, he has come under fire for conditions at the animal shelter. Some animal activists have complained about lack of medical care for the animals and unsanitary conditions. There have been other complaints made against Mr. Beatty’s record keeping and an allegation about his personal timesheet documentation.  Public Safety has investigated the allegations.

At this evening’s Town Board meeting a speaker was making a complaint about Mr. Beatty’s treatment of an employee involving the rescue of two huskies. Mr. Beatty, the speaker alleged, was insisting the dogs be adopted together and that he berated an employee who was not following his order. At this point Supervisor Vecchio announced  Mr. Beatty’s resignation and mentioned that Mr. Beatty had recently lost his wife, the caregiver for his grandchildren, and that Mr. Beatty would be taking over that responsiblity. The audience applauded and cheered and completely disregarded any mention of Mr. Beatty’s loss.

One woman called Mr. Beatty a “cancer” another urged that he not be paid his salary. After the meeting the Supervisor questioned how people could be so concerned about the animals and lack any compassion for this man who just lost his wife.

Wednesday
May132015

Smithtown History Comes To The Theater In "The Spirit Of Smithtown"

The Smithtown 350 Foundation has just announced they will be hosting a performance of an original play, “The Spirit of Smithtown” on May 29, 30, 31 and June 5,6,7 at the Smithtown Center for Performing Arts.  The play was written by Sal St. George a writer who specializes in presenting history in a manner that is both informative and entertaining.  

The one-act play was commissioned by the Smithtown 350 Foundation earlier this year. Cablevision and The Gardiner Foundation grants are making it possible to offer the performances to the public free of charge.  

‘The Sprit of Smithtown’ is history as seen through the eyes of Willie Collier, vaudevillian and host for the festivities. The production, includes many professional actors and students, combines drama, humor and historical footnotes as it celebrates the remarkable growth of Smithtown’s people and community. Mr. St. George refers to it as a toe-tapping musical revue with stories of Nesconset, Kings Park, Smithtown, Commack and Hauppauge.

There will be six performances of the play May 29, 30, 31 and June 5, 6, 7. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinees at 3pm.  Tickets are complimentary and are available at the People’s United Bank located at 1 East Main St. Smithtown, Smithtown Center for Performing Arts located at 2 E. Main St., Smithtown (631-724-3700) and through Smithtown350foundation.org. There is limited seating and people will be seated on a first come basis. There are no assigned seats. You must have a ticket in advance of the performance date. 

The Smithtown 350 Foundation invites you to join in the celebration of Smithtown’s 350th Anniversary by attending a performance of ‘The Spirit of Smithtown’ during its limited run at the Smithtown Center for Performing Arts. 

For more information click here