The Islip town board unanimously approved a resolution naming 14 people to the town’s newly created Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board at Tuesday’s board meeting.
The new board will focus on issues affecting town residents and families with disabilities, intending to be a source of guidance and support for disabled members of the community.
The appointed board members are: Ed Roldan, Carol Senft, Devin Fernandez, Rosemary Claus, Douglas King, Gary Pristera, Jeanne Marie Dorrian, Robin Mayr, Nancy O’Donnell, Derek Hawkins, Euridice Busweiler, Marianne Candito, Leo DeBobes and Geri Athenas.
The new board is the brainchild of King, a Central Islip resident who was born with spina bifida and works on issues of compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act as an advocate.
During public comments at the meeting, King said the board will help “make the town of Islip even stronger than what it is right now.”
Islip supervisor Angie Carpenter said at the meeting that the town received so many applications for the board, “we were overwhlemed by replies. We really thank all of those volunteers who have stepped forward.”
The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a reduction in a bond for a developer of eight housing units.
In 2012, City View Estates, LLC, posted a performance bond of more than $539,000 to cover the cost of public improvements associated with the project. Those include sidewalks, curbs, drains, catch basins and paving, Mayor Reginald Spinello said before the council meeting. The bond, issued by U.S. Specialty Insurance Company, is a guarantee that the work will be completed.
The performance bond was a condition of the planning board’s approval of the construction of the eight housing units, which are in three buildings on 6.2 acres on Shore Road. Construction of the development is almost complete, Spinello said.
The reduction in the bond is because City View Estates has gradually been completing the improvements. The city in February 2014 approved a reduction in the bond to $282,635. Tuesday’s resolution reduces the amount to $152,474.
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas, in partnership with Nassau and Suffolk County Police, EMS and Health officials, will host a Heroin Educational Summit on Thursday, February 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coral House in Baldwin to discuss possible solutions to the heroin epidemic on Long Island.
Hundreds of students, school officials and community leaders from throughout the region are expected to attend the summit and free luncheon - which is open to the public and sponsored by 1010 WINS radio and the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.
In Nassau County, heroin deaths rose from 38 in 2012, to 44 in 2013 and 53 in 2014.
“Nassau County’s first-ever Heroin Educational Summit will bring together government, school and community leaders to address drug addiction and our four-pronged approach to battle the epidemic: awareness, education, enforcement and treatment,” said Mangano. “Together, we will raise awareness among residents, assist those combatting addiction and save lives by offering a shot at life recovery programs.”
Summit attendees will learn what friends or family of those addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers can do to help prevent, respond to, find treatment for and save their loved one’s lives. Topics include: free Narcan training; accessing counseling and treatment - including the medication Vivitrol which cuts user’s cravings for opiates and blocks its euphoric effects. Attendees will also hear directly from individuals impacted by addiction.
Singas said: “Heroin abuse affects people of all ages, backgrounds and communities. My office is working hard to hold heroin dealers accountable.”
At the conclusion of the summit, a candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of those lost to the disease of addiction. To attend the free Summit, please RSVP at www.heroinsummit.net or call (631) 741-5616 for more information.
The village of Lake Success has begun its budget process for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
At a recent board meeting, the board finalized dates to discuss its budget. There will be a work session on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The budget will be heard in front of the public at a hearing on April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
As per state law, the village board must adopt the budget by May 1.
Both meetings will be held at village hall, 318 Lakeville Road, in Great Neck.
The Babylon Rotary Club is sponsoring a new initiative to expand networking beyond businesses to include non-profits, charities and local government.
The group, called Babylon Connections, will hold its first event March 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bergen Point Country Club, with tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Aaron J. Stein, a local businessman and past Rotary president, said it will work as a marketplace of ideas: “A nonprofit might be trying to raise funds or find volunteers. There are businesses who are interested in giving to local charities.” Elected officials can also use the group as a way to keep apprised of residents’ concerns, he said.
Participants will include Good Samaritan and Southside hospitals, Suffolk County Police, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino.
“The people in small towns like Babylon are famous for watching out for each other,” Stein said. “Anything that lends strength and cohesiveness is a good thing.”
To buy tickets, visit www.babylonconnections.com. For more information, contact Stein at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 631-669-0365 or visit www.facebook.com/babylonconnections.
Improvements are coming to the Smithtown Highway Department’s yard in Kings Park.
Smithtown Town Board members voted 5-0 Jan. 21 to transfer $75,000 in order to mitigate violations at the yard identified by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
The multiple violations stemmed from repairs that were needed for two fueling tanks and updates to the fuel monitoring system, said Robert Murphy, the acting town highway superintendent.
The town was facing penalties of an undetermined amount that could have risen to $2,875 for one fine, he said.
In July 2015, the town was put on notice about eight violations of the county’s sanitary code, including failure to maintain a secondary containment piping system in a dry condition at all times, failure to monitor the electronic leak detection system on a weekly basis and record the results, and failure to monitor product delivery and consumption on a daily basis, said Murphy.
In order to address the violations, officials plan to install new Fibrelite covers and repair concrete surrounding the covers, which were deteriorating due to age. They also plan to upgrade to an automated fuel monitoring system, said Murphy. It will provide daily and monthly fuel usage readings, which will alert officials to any leakage, he said.
The town previously relied on a worker to manually record fuel information in a log book, said Murphy. “With the installation of the monitoring system and the repairs to the fuel tanks, it’s going to put us in compliance,” he said. “This will automate the service required by the county and the state and prevent further violations.”
Councilman Edward Wehrheim said the town is in the process of working off of a federal grant to renovate fueling stations in the highway yard.
“The difficulty is the grant is in the process, but it’s going to take some time. It doesn’t make sense to keep paying for violations, while we’re waiting to receive the grant,” he said. “A better means of correcting it is to just do it.”
LAUREN R. HARRISON
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 1-3 in Islip is now accepting registrations for boating safety courses.
The eight-hour one-day classes will be held on March 19, April 16, April 30 and May 7 at the Joyce Fitzpatrick Center on Irish Lane in East Islip.
Each class starts at 8:30 a.m. and costs $50. Family discounts are available.
Boat safety classes are required in New York state for anyone who wants to operate a personal watercraft such as a jetski, and highly recommended for all other boaters.
The classes will cover topics including boating laws and personal safety equipment, trailering, storage of boats, navigation and safe boat handling, water skiing, hunting and fishing, and emergency preparedness among other topics.
To register, contact Robert Figueroa at the auxiliary at 631-647-0298 or visit www.islipflotilla.com.
The North Shore villages of Asharoken and Northport are now working together to make sure more people can properly dispose of old electronic equipment, or e-waste.
Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica and Northport Mayor George Doll signed an Intermunicipal agreement late last year that allows the residents from both municipalities to drop off their old computers, printers, phones, televisions and other electronics at Scudder Park in Northport. Drop off is at no cost to residents of either village.
A New York State law that bans throwing out electronic waste with regular garbage took effect in 2015.
The site is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Babylon Village will accept summer job applications starting Tuesday.
The village hires for about 100 jobs at the pool, Village Hall, Parks and Recreation and Highway departments.
Applicants should be village residents 16 or older. Applications from 15 year olds will be considered only if jobs are unfilled.
Pay ranges from minimum wage to about $10 hourly.
Suffolk County is sponsoring a free program in Patchogue for those who are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes.
The program is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program which supports moderate behavioral changes to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
The program is based on a research study by the National Institutes of Health which showed that with counseling and support, participants were able to make behavioral changes which reduced their risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 58 percent. For those age 60 and older, the risk was reduced by 71 percent.
The program is led by a trained lifestyle coach and meets one hour per week for 16 weeks, then monthly for the remainder of the year.
The series begins in Patchogue on Feb. 22 and is held every Monday except Memorial Day, through June 13 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Swezey Medical Pavilion, 103 W. Main St. Call 631-853-2928 for more information and to register.
The Smithtown Historical Society is partnering with the Smithtown Library to offer a free, monthly story time program for toddlers.
The “Tales for Tots” program will be held the second Friday of each month at 11 a.m. throughout the year for children ages 3 to 5, with a caregiver.
The program for this month, held Feb. 12, focuses on colors. A children’s librarian will read 2 to 3 stories about colors and there will be an interactive component of singing and dancing, said Marianne Howard, the historical society’s executive director.
Future programs includes themes on farm animals, boats and ocean life.
“I want kids to have a fun and positive experience here at the historical society,” said Howard. “We offer more programs to children once they go into elementary school, so we hope that they and their parents remember that they had a good time at an earlier program and they’ll want to come back.”
Howard said partnering with the library was a natural fit, due to their close proximity. “It helps bring awareness to us for families who don’t know, perhaps, that we’re here, and it helps the library do more programs in the community,” she said.
Advanced registration is required for the program, held at the historical society’s Roseneath Cottage, 239 Middle Country Rd., Smithtown. Call the Smithtown Main Library at 631-360-2480 to register.
LAUREN R. HARRISON