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Firefighters to get new breathing gear

New breathing apparatuses for Sea Cliff firefighters will be unveiled Friday at 11:30 a.m.

The 25 apparatuses were paid for with nearly $197,000 from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, according to a news release issued by the office of Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), who plans to be at today's event at Sea Cliff Fire Department headquarters, 79 Rosyln Ave. The money is part of FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Fire Chief Ernest Longobucco Jr., other fire department leaders and several other elected officials also are scheduled to be at the unveiling.

The equipment is worn by firefighters and first responders so they can breathe in heavy smoke conditions, the news release said.


Focus on dangers

of distracted driving

Rep. Kathleen Rice, local law enforcement officials and representatives from AT&T will speak about the dangers of distracted driving with about 300 junior and senior students at Freeport High School today, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The event is part of AT&T's national "It Can Wait" campaign, which teaches young drivers how dangerous it is to look at a phone while driving. New research shows that 7 in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving -- not just texting, but also checking email, posting to social media, and even taking selfies while behind the wheel.

In addition to Rice, speakers will include Freeport Police Chief Miguel Bermudez, a representative from AT&T, and Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter, whose husband was killed by a distracted driver while crossing Sunrise Highway. The presentation will also include a screening of the documentary "The Last Text." At the end of the event, students will have the opportunity to sign pledges expressing their commitment to keep their eyes on the road and not their smartphones while driving.

The high school is at 50 S. Brookside Ave.


Veterans Day wreath ceremony on Sunday

The town will hold its annual Veterans Day wreath ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony will mark the anniversaries of the various branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The event begins at 9 a.m. in Veterans Plaza on the front lawn of Town Hall and will feature a performance by the Long Island Children's Choir.

Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and members of the town board will join representatives from the town's Veterans Advisory Board in placing memorial wreaths at each of the monuments in the plaza.

The ceremony will give special recognition to the 240th anniversaries of the founding of the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines; the 225th anniversary of the founding of the Coast Guard; and the 68th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force.

The public is invited to attend.

Town Hall is at 100 Main St.

American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 will conduct its annual observance ceremony on Veterans Day at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Greenlawn Memorial Park Monument at Pulaski Road and Broadway in Greenlawn.

"What we now call Veterans Day began as Armistice Day," said Dennis Madden, Post Commander of American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244. "It is historically significant that this day continues to be observed on the 11th day of the 11th month, and at 11 a.m., the very hour, in 1918, that the guns of World War I fell silent."

The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization. It was founded in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I. Post officials said that during the first national convention of the group in Minneapolis, delegates broke from business sessions to parade down a main street in a heavy snowstorm at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 to mark the first anniversary of the armistice.

For more information, call Bob Santo at 516-458-7881.


Country music festival set at library

Artists in Partnership will host its fourth annual "Kickin' Country Eclectic Music Festival and Food Drive" today through Sunday at the Long Beach Public Library.

The festival will feature live country, 'alt' country, Americana and bluegrass music with a special focus on Piedmont country blues. The event is free, but Artists in Partnership is requesting food and personal care items to benefit various causes, including the Long Beach soup kitchen. The library is at 111 W. Park Ave.


War memorabilia

to be on display

Memorabilia from Smithtown's veterans will be presented as part of a special exhibit that opens Sunday.

The "Salute to Smithtown Veterans" display is set to include uniforms, medals, photographs and letters from a prisoner of war, spanning from World War II to more recent conflicts such as the war in Afghanistan, according to event planners.

"The goal is to just celebrate Smithtown's rich history and recognize the veterans of Smithtown who have contributed so much to Smithtown's history," said Pat Biancaniello, a member of the Smithtown 350 Foundation, which organized the exhibit. "It's our way of giving back to those who served, by paying tribute to them."

Biancaniello said a Korean War veteran and town historian Brad Harris are expected to speak at the opening.

"We're hoping that we get school children to come in and expose them to the sacrifices that people made," said Biancaniello.

The free exhibit at 77 W. Main St. in Smithtown will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 13. Hours are extended on Veterans Day, Wednesday, when the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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