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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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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.

 

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)