Seniors can learn to prevent ID theft

The Town of Huntington will sponsor an event today designed to educate and better protect senior citizens from identity theft.

Town Board member Mark Cuthbertson will be on hand for a four-hour paper shredding event at the town’s senior center, at 423 Park Ave., starting at 11 a.m. There is a limit of three, banker-sized boxes per person.

“Identity theft can cause a significant amount of financial and emotional hardship, which is why it is so important to help protect seniors from falling prey,” Cuthbertson said in a news release.

Meanwhile, between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., an expert in the field of identity theft protection will join Cuthbertson in a seminar on ways to help seniors and their loved ones stay safe. The seminar will be held in the senior center dining room.

For more information call Cuthbertson’s office at 631-351-3171.

Fundraising rodeo offering free food

A rodeo for kids on Saturday in Riverhead — a fundraiser for a local charity that donates funds to families who are swamped by medical bills — will charge $5 admission, but is giving away food.

The event is expected to bring between 500 and 1,000 people to the Sleepy Hollow Ranch at 391 Middle Rd. between 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to sponsor Contractors for Kids.

The barbecue and rodeo will be a Halloween mix of costumes and cattle roping, horsemanship classes, pony rides and other activities.

While visitors can take part in the riding and roping competition, there is an entry fee. All proceeds from the event are to go to Contractors for Kids, formed in 2005 by Kevin Harney and Alan Nahmias of Stalco Construction of Islandia. The charity has raised about $4 million since its creation and has helped nearly 400 families with medical bills, mortgage and utility payments and other expenses when they have exhausted all other resources.


Society to display artifacts from 1600s

The Oyster Bay Historical Society opens its fall exhibition of documents, correspondence, maps and manuscripts from the 17th century through the 20th tomorrow evening.

The items included in “Ffoure Pounds Sterling” are drawn from the collections of the society, the town clerk, town historian and Townsend Society — and many have never been exhibited.

Among the earliest manuscripts on view will be the 1653 First Purchase agreement with the Matinecock Indians for the land that is now Oyster Bay, which has been preserved in the town clerk’s office. There is also a 1661 agreement granting Henry Townsend permission to build a mill at Mill Pond in the hamlet, on loan from the Townsend Society of America.

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, there is a selection of records documenting Oyster Bay’s involvement in the conflict, including a rare ambrotype photo of Pvt. Daniel Lewis Downing, son of the town supervisor, who died in battle in the summer of 1863.

The exhibition also traces the development of Jones Beach, from the property’s purchase by the Town of Oyster Bay in 1806 to its sale more than 100 years later to the state for the establishment of the world’s most famous public beach.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 19, opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Angela Koenig Research and Collections Center, 20 Summit St. in Oyster Bay.

For more information, call 516-922-5032 or visit


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