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Ramsey- Shep/Chow mix male/neutered 3 years old Ramsey is up to date with vaccines. What’s not to love about Ramsey we challenge you to try? Come visit Ramsey at the Smithtown Animal Shelter you won’t be disappointed.

 

Agnes – Brown Tabby Female/Spayed 3 years old. An awesome cat for an awesome home!! Agnes is sweet, lovable, affectionate simply a great cat.

 

 

 

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Monday
Apr212014

What’s Ahead for Smithtown? Director of Planning to Speak On The Future Of Smithtown

What’s Ahead for Smithtown? Director of Town Planning to Speak

The Smithtown League of Women Voters, in cooperation with the Smithtown Library, will present a special program on the Future of Smithtown, Wednesday evening, April 30th, 6:45 p.m., at the Library’s Smithtown Branch.  Featured speaker will be Frank DeRubeis, Director of the Town Planning Department.

Like many suburban towns around the country, Smithtown faces the multiple challenges of the “brain drain,” sufficient and affordable housing for seniors and young adults, rising taxes, access to transportation, problematic traffic patterns, sewage management, and the vitality of downtown areas.

Following the showing of a public television feature film entitled “The Future of Suburbia: Promise and Problems,” a film which examines both the struggles and successes in suburbs such as Arlington, VA; Cleveland Heights, OH; Bridgeview, ILL; Montgomery, MD; and White Plains, NY,  Mr. DeRubeis will present and then take questions on Smithtown’s “Five Year Plan,” revealing for the first time a final segment of the Plan.

Members of the Smithtown community are invited to attend and participate.  For further information, call 523-1653.

Sunday
Apr132014

"Smithtown In The Year 3000" Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

Morgan Schare, Eric David and Alexandria Soldo stand in front of their winning entriesCongratulations to Eric David, Michaela Olivero, Morgan Schare and Alexandria Soldo winners in the Smithtown Matters/ Smithtown Youth Bureau’s creative writing contest “Smithtown in the year 3000”. 

High School students from across Smithtown were invited to submit original writing pieces on the topic “Smithtown in the year 3000.” The Smithtown Youth Bureau received poetry and short story entries that were presented to judges with backgrounds in creative writing. Judges were not given any information about the applicants or their backgrounds.

Taking first-place in the short story category was Commack HS Junior Eric David. Honorable Mention went to Morgan Schare (Commack HS). First-place in the poetry category went to Alexandria Soldo (Smithtown HSW) and Honorable Mention went to Michaela Olivero (Commack HS). In addition to receiving certificates each of the students received an Amazon gift card. First-place winners Eric David and Alexandria Soldo will have their writings included in Smithtown’s 350th time capsule in 2015. 

Stars of HopeThe contest winners were recognized on Saturday, April 12th at Smithown Youth Junior Catholic Daughters of the AmericasBureau’s Global Services Day Event.  Over the past five years the Youth Bureau has participated in this global event by recognizing students for their community service projects.  This year there were 175 students from various schools being recognized for their seflessness in giving back to their community.  135 countries participate in Global Youth Service Day. 

“GYSD is celebrated each year in more than 135 countries, with young people working together—and with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, national service programs, government agencies, and  adult mentors— to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities” About Global Youth Service Day

Read the winning entries:

Eric David

Morgan Schare

Alexandria Soldo

Michaela Olivero

 

Sunday
Mar302014

Historic Appointment - Sandy Miranda - Smithtown's First Female Director Of Parks, Buildings And Grounds

By Maureen Rossi

Sandy MirandaA dozen yellow roses adorned the desk of Sandy Miranda on Friday when Smithtown Matters visited her. They were congratulatory in nature as  Ms. Miranda was recently appointed Director of Parks, Buildings and Grounds for the Town of Smithtown - a historic appointment as she is Smithtown’s first female Director of Parks, Buildings and Grounds.

Ms. Miranda was first employed by the Town in 1986 as a part time employee in the Planning Department. She transferred into the Parks Department around 1995 and has worked her way up from a clerical position to administrative assistant before being appointed director unaninimously by the Town Board on March 20.  The long-time town employee takes over leadership of Smithtown’s 2nd largest department. “I’m absolutely thrilled to death, I’m still in shock,” she explained. 

Sandy Miranda may be in shock but the people who appointed her are not. Sandy has a reputation as someone who is not only dedicated but very competant. Supervisor Patrick Vecchio has known Miranda for a long time and fully supported the appointment. “I am proud the Town Board elected to put a woman in a very important postion, in the 2nd largest department in the town”, said Vecchio. He is not alone, Councilman Creighton supported the appointment and said, “Sandy is a long time employee of the town who is well qualified to be the first woman in this position and I think it is an important step for the town and will work out very well.”

The Parks Department has a $7.2* million budget, sixty-five employees and is responsible for Smithtown’s eighteen parks, the Bluff, the Marina, Hoyt Farm and the beaches.  In addition to the maintenance of those outdoor facilities, the department maintains every building owned by the town of Smithtown including the Smithtown Municipal Country Club and Pool.  

The Department’s responsibilities also include the repair and maintenance of town vehicles and is charged with the cleaning and plowing all municipal parking lots in town including the three Long Island Rail Road stations. The Park’s Department also hires and supervises lifeguards, park attendants and issues permits for camping and picnicking at town facilities. She said her’s is a very visual department but they handle everything in and outside town buildings.   “The Bull, that’s us, toilet overflows, that’s us,” she laughed.   

“This is our busiest time, from now until Memorial Day we are in high gear,” Miranda reported.  “Right now we have a sand project going at Callahan’s and Short Beach,” she added.    

Miranda says she has been provided an outstanding Assistant Director, Richard Kazanecki.  The main focus for she and Kazanecki will be “beautification”, keeping all town properties and beaches pristine.

Miranda is extremely excited about her new position and enormously grateful for the opportunity to head the department.  “I’ve got a fantastic Assistant Director and I’ve got great supervisors to run my five different divisions, everyone has been very supportive”.   She said she has learned so much from the many outstanding directors she has worked for including Town Councilman Eddie Wehrheim.   She said Wehrheim was incredibly generous in imparting his vast knowledge while he was the Director and she looks forward to working with him in a different capacity now.  “I certainly look forward to working for the Town Board to keep Smithtown one of the best towns on Long Island,” said Miranda. 

Ms. Miranda has been residing in Smithtown since 1981 and is very proud of that. She reiterated over and over.  “I want everyone to feel that way”. She is mother to three girls who are all grown and grandmother to four grand-daughters.  Her granddaughters ages are 5, 4, 3  and the youngest 7 months old, and all live close by. Miranda’s elderly parents reside in her home and she says her 89 year old father is so very proud.  “Never in a million years did I expect this – I started as a clerk typist, every day I go home and my parents still can’t believe it,” she shared.    Miranda also thanked Supervisor Pat Vecchio for having given her an opportunity to work for the town she loves many many years ago.   “Everyone in the town has been so very good to me, they are all fantastic,” she ended.

 * correction was made original posting left out the decimal point. 

Saturday
Mar082014

Meals on Wheels for Smithtown Senior Citizens

The Smithtown Senior Citizen Department offers a hot nutritious meal delivered to the homes of the frail elderly within the Smithtown community. According to Laura Greif, Program Director, “The meal consists of one-third of the current daily recommended dietary allowance for individuals age 60 and older. A regular diet meal is typical; however, we can accommodate diabetic and low salt needs.”  All food in this program is prepared by Zan’s Kosher Deli & Restaurant of Lake Grove. Deliveries are made to participants in the late morning every Monday through Friday.  A voluntary contribution of $2.50 per meal is greatly appreciated.

In order to be eligible for this program, an individual must first be assessed by the Smithtown Meals on Wheels assessor. The Meals on Wheels program is meant to be a temporary service and re-assessments are administered on a semi-annual basis.

Meals are delivered by volunteer drivers from our community. These kind individuals take time out of their busy schedule to help others within our community.  Delivering Meals on Wheels requires as little as two hours a week, one to four days per month.  If you have the time to spare we would love to have you join our wonderful group of volunteers! 

In addition, for those individuals who would enjoy a daily meal in a congregate setting, we serve Monday through Friday at either 11:30 or 11:45 am. A $2.25 donation per meal is greatly appreciated. 

Funding for these nutrition programs are provided by the Suffolk County Office for the Aging, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services through the New York State Office for the Aging, and the Town of Smithtown.

For more information about the Smithtown Senior Citizen Department come visit us at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown or  HYPERLINK “http://www.smithtownny.gov” www.smithtownny.gov or call us at 631-360-7616.

 


Friday
Mar072014

Moving to option 2 at Montclair Avenue Facility

Moving to option 2 at Montclair Facility

The Smithtown Town Board will meet in a special session this morning at 11am to change a contract it has with All Island Excavating operating out of the Town’s Montclair Avenue facility in St. James. The contract with All Island Excavating had two options. The first option allowed the business to grind trees and stumps at the facility and was less costly. Option 2 requires the removal of trees and stumps for offsite grinding.

The Town will move to option 2 of the contract. The additional cost for option 2 has been approximated at $175,000.

Earlier this year several St. James residents went before the Town Board with petitions requesting changes on the road. Residents complained of truck traffic and noise associated with the wood grinding and mulch blowing onto neighbors property.