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Town Focus: Day 1 in Smithtown

Main Street in Smithtown. (Feb. 20, 2012)

Main Street in Smithtown. (Feb. 20, 2012) Credit: Erin Geismar

Today will be the first of five days I spend in Smithtown for this month's installment of Town Focus, a series in which we take an in-depth look at one community.

This morning, I’m starting early, snapping photos around town to add to the Smithtown photo gallery. And don’t forget to check out the ones we already have.

After that, I’m meeting with Kiernan Lannon, executive director of the Smithtown Historical Society, and Brad Harris, the town historian for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program with a master of arts degree in history museum studies, Lannon has co-authored two books, “Smithtown” and “Smithtown: Then and Now.”

I will be spending most of the day collecting information and footage to tell the history of Smithtown in print and video form. If there’s anything vital about the history that you don’t want me to miss, please get in touch with me. And the same goes for a business or hangout spot you would recommend I visit.

In the afternoon, I’m having lunch at Butera’s on East Main Street with Glenn Williams, of Williams & Williams Insurance. As president of the Rotary Club of Smithtown, he’ll be able to tell me about some upcoming events and fundraisers in the area.

Although I already have lunch plans Monday, I need your help finding places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner the rest of my week in Smithtown.

Later in the week, I’ll be meeting with Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio, Chamber of Commerce president Mark Mancini and Anthony Annunziato, superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District.

Make sure to follow me throughout the week and if you have anything to add to my coverage don’t be afraid to reach me via email, Twitter or the comments below.

I look forward to the rest of our weeklong journey together.

Check out the Storify below for updates throughout the day, including an early venture into Smithtown on Saturday for the community's annual Go for the Green 5k Run.

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