The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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Be Prepared!

This past month the Town of Huntington hosted a Preparedness Training Course given by Governor Cuomo’s Office and Homeland Security & Emergency Services.  We, as families, and as a community cannot prevent emergencies, but there are some simple things we can do to be better prepared! An emergency can be a natural disaster such as a flood or winter storm, a power outage or a terrorist act.

Two actions that you can take to become better prepared to protect yourself and your family are to develop an emergency plan, and prepare a portable cache of emergency supplies that can be used at home or at work.  Learn about the types of emergencies or hazards that may affect your community, and about community emergency plans that are in place and how you will be notified of an event. Read More

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Spring Cleaning Our Neighborhoods

The snow has melted.  The trees and shrubs are blooming.  Pollen is in the air.  And litter is in our streets.  We have all become aware of the growing problem of litter on the side of the many streets and roads in Fort Salonga.  When the winds blow, so does the garbage.  In addition, inconsiderate motorists travel our roads and discard their sandwich bags, coffee cups, soda bottles, water bottles, beer cans and more. This is our community and we can all do our part to keep Fort Salonga clean.

Fort Salonga has roads that are the responsibility of the state, county and towns of Smithtown and Huntington.  This further complicates getting the roads cleaned unless the proper agency is contacted. Here are some helpful phone numbers and requests can also be made on each agency’s website 24/7.

Huntington Highway Department: 631-351-3074

Smithtown Highway Department:  631-360-7500

Suffolk County Highway Department: 631-852-4070

New York State: 952-952-6702

 

Let’s all  pitch in and work together to keep Fort Salonga beautiful.

 

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Looking back…

by Bradley Harris, Smithtown Town Historian

This is the first in a series of articles about the history of the Ft. Salonga area for the Ft. Salonga Association newsletter.  I hope that you will enjoy the articles that appear and find them informative. I am going to start by writing about the early history of the area when there were only a few families living along Bread and Cheese Hollow Road, Sunken Meadow Road, and North Country Road. The village of Ft. Salonga didn’t exist.

The early history of the northwest quadrant of Smithtown, the area that became Ft. Salonga….

            Early maps of the northwest quadrant of Smithtown, the area we identify as Ft. Salonga today, show that this part of Smithtown had a variety of names in the past, and at one time or another was known as Fresh Pond, Tredwell’s Neck, Meadow Glen, Middleville and Ft. Slongo before it became Ft. Salonga.  The name change to Ft. Salonga came sometime in the mid-1880’s when the Fresh Pond Post Office was moved from Middleville, the area where Sunken Meadow Road and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road intersect.  The Post Office was moved to the crossroads of North Country Road and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road and opened in Lewis Smith’s store.  But apparantly there was another Fresh Pond somewhere on the west end of Long Island that was causing a mix-up in the mail, and to end the confusion, the Post Office asked that the name be changed.  It was decided to name the postal district after the Revolutionary War Ft. Slongo, and the name became Ft. Salonga.  How that happened is anybody’s guess.  However, the name Ft. Salonga stuck and has been applied to the geographical area in the northwest quadrant of Smithtown ever since.  Then just to confuse things, the Post Office changed the name of the postal district to East Northport and people living in Ft. Salonga began to question their sanity. Read More

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Town of Huntington Property Applications Update

There are two significant properties located in Ft. Salonga with current applications in the Zoning and Planning Boards.

One is a commercial property at the s/e intersection of Rinaldo Rd. and 25A, whose owners are seeking changes to their existing property, now being scheduled for the Zoning Board review.

The second is a residential property of 22 acres on the west side of Bread & Cheese Hollow Rd. near Cumberland St. This application is for a residential subdivision on 22 acres called Brenna Estates.

The FSA is watching the process of these applications closely. We will keep you informed on their status as they proceed through the Planning and Zoning Board process.