The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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Important Suffolk County Department of Public Works Meeting

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works is holding a meeting to discuss a number of issues including drainage, paving and National Grid. It will be held at:

East Northport MIddle School

1075 Fifth Avenue

East Northport

May 23, 2018 7PM


Spring Brunch 2018


Spring Brunch 2018

Limited Sitting Available!!

Come join us for our Spring brunch on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM at the Indian Hills Country Club.

Tickets are $35.00 per person.

Guest Speakers are: Smithtown Supervisor Wehrheim and Huntington Supervisor Lupinacci


Planning Board Meeting Tonight

Huntington Town Planning Board Meeting Tonight

March 28, 2018 @ 7pm Town Hall

Town Board Room (104) 100 Main St Huntington NY 11743

Agenda: Please note item # 4


Spring Egg Hunt

Due to the recent Nor’Easter the Annual FSA Spring Egg Hunt has been postponed to March 31st at 11AM at Callahan’s Beach.


Dejana articles

Here are some informative articles about the Dejana property and interviews with the FSA. Please click on the link and you will be able to read the articles; they are in sequential order.

Trucks, traffic at Dejana concern civic association:

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Annual Christmas Caroling Event

Saturday December 16, was the Fort Salonga Association Christmas Caroling Event at the IGA shopping Center. As in the past it was a great success, seeing all the children laughing and having a good time with Santa was a site to behold.  It takes an entire community to make it a success and we live in the best community in Huntington and Smithtown.

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Updated Important Phone Numbers

At the last annual meeting some members were asking for information about contacting various community officials for issues of concern. The following are pdf files which are printable for your convenience.

Important Telephone Numbers



Annual Meeting Elections

At the December 6th annual meeting the following elections took place and the slate of officers were elected as follows:

President:          Frank Capaccio

Vice-President:  Scott Paisley

Secretary:          Ellen Fantauzzi

Treasurer:          Joe Stolfi

Directors:           Barbara Mandelik, Richard Gasser

Additional information on directors and their responsibilites can be found on the drop-down under officers and directors



The President’s Message Fall 2017

Dear Fort Salonga Neighbors,

As we enter the fall and winter months, the leaves turn color and the days shorten portending change. Our town government will also be changing with the retirement of our two long serving town supervisors, Frank Petrone and Pat Vecchio. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with both over the years and wish them the best in their retirement. Since our hamlet overlaps two towns, we are presented with the challenge of dealing with multiple town agencies with different zoning and ordinances. Our long-standing commitment to represent the entire community has resulted in interaction with both supervisors on many occasions on numerous issues. They have consistently supported us and our community’s interests. We will continue our active involvement with both new administrations, scheduling early-on meetings, and also inviting them to speak at our spring brunch so you, our residents, can meet them personally.

On December 6th we will also be holding elections for the officers and directors who will be representing our community in 2018 and beyond. This will be held at the Fort Salonga School (Sunken Meadow Rd.) on December 6th at 7 PM. I encourage you to attend, stay informed and support our organization.  Louis Amsler from Richter’s Orchard will present a brief walk down memory lane, sharing the amazing history of the oldest surviving family apple orchard on Long Island. We will also provide updates on pending subdivisions, gas main expansion and road repaving among other topics. Refreshments including fresh Richters’s cold pressed cider and apples will be served.

We close out the year with our traditional caroling at IGA on December 16th before the arrival of the KPFD . This is always a fun family event with hot dogs, hot chocolate and a sing-along with former president Paul Graf and his holiday troubadours. I look forward to joining you there.

Warmest Regards,

Frank Capaccio


Annual Caroling Event

Fort Salonga Association Annual Holiday Caroling Event

Saturday December 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Fort Salonga IGA Market

Featuring Paul Graf and The Fort Salonga Band

Come join all of your neighbors and spread some Holiday Cheer along with the HFRS Chorus, and Santa and his friends

This FREE community event includes Boars Head hot dogs, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, a Craft, and a special Toy from SANTA

*All local students who would like to participate in this event will receive a COMMUNITY SERVICE CERTIFICATE. Come to the hot chocolate table next to the caroling to pick up your community service certificate anytime during the event.


Interview with Local Business People – First in a Series

Charles Reichert

As a young boy, Charlie was indoctrinated into the grocery business following the path of his family as merchants for generations. This natural proclivity toward commerce coupled with his genuine penchant for community connection makes him the success that he is today.

Reichert began his humble life in Richmond Hill, Queens where he attended Richmond Hill High School and successfully courted his beautiful wife, Helen. They married and moved to Hempstead where he was a district manager, at the early age of 29, for Gristedes. Although Hempstead was their home, the Reicherts knew that they would not settle there permanently; Fort Salonga was the place where they were fated to live. Once the decision was made to move and the connection with the realtor was initiated, they spent many a day off going through cards filled with information about homes (there was no internet back then), in surrounding areas near Fort Salonga. When that special house was presented here, lucky for us, it was the right one. Now Charlie loved Fort Salonga so much and had such a work ethic that as the district manager he commuted from Fort Salonga to Nassau County, Westchester County, Connecticut and parts of New Jersey. This added another 34 miles, and another 45 minutes to his commute without traffic. Talk about dedication! However, he did it with a smile on his face and pep in his step.

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Richters Orchard

At our annual meeting on December 6th, residents will get re-introduced to our famous Ft. Salonga apple family, the Amslers. They are the owners of the oldest Long Island family run orchard, begun back in 1900 by Frederick Richter, a confectioner. In 1934 Louis Amsler, a graduate of Farmingdale College, purchased the farm from Fred where he had worked since 1900. In 1932 Mr. Amsler and his sister initiated a petition to give a nearby dirt road known alternately as Upper and Lower Middleville Road an official status. Their suggestion, Old Bridge Road, was approved and the name remains today, even though we do have a newer bridge.

After Mr. Richter passed away the sons, Lou and Andy, took over. Both are graduates of Cornell University College of Agriculture. Open year round, the orchard offers all popular crisp apples from mid-August through May. In addition peaches and pears are available during the summer. Starting in October, fresh apple cider is available, pressed and pasteurized on site. A drive up the long entrance off Pulaski Road transports you back to a simpler time with the smell of apples in the air.

Several years ago the entire property was at risk of being sold for development. The FSA supported funding from Huntington and Suffolk County to include limited development but preservation of the primary orchard acreage in perpetuity. The resolution passed and now we and future generations will continue to enjoy Long Island’s best apples.

About the Association


About the Fort Salonga Association

The Fort Salonga Association brings together members of the community to enjoy all the hamlet has to offer. It monitors and engages with local government, advocating on community members’ behalf and offering counsel on issues that impact residents.

The Association hosts an annual spring brunch, a spring egg hunt, caroling in December, and more. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter for all households in the hamlet, and provides news and other community updates through this web site.

Who joins the Fort Salonga Association?
Everyone who lives in Fort Salonga is invited to join. Each spring the Association promotes its annual paid membership, which is $15 per household. Households don’t need to join to receive the quarterly newsletter but know that your annual dues payment helps the Association promote the community and advocate on its behalf to help preserve our way of life.

How do I know I’m in Fort Salonga?
Fort Salonga is bounded by portions of Bellrose Avenue, Pulaski Road, and Old Northport Road to the south, the Sunken Meadow Parkway to the east, the Long Island Sound to the north, and approximately along Norwood Avenue to the west. Fort Salonga is split by Bread & Cheese Hollow Road, and to the west the hamlet sits in the Town of Huntington, and to the east it sits in the Town of Smithtown.