This year marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Smithtown and we all know the famous story of John Smith riding his bull Whisper to establish the borders of the town. While this story may be a stretch and maybe there never was a real bull, we do have a sculptor’s impression on 25A in Smithtown.
Town of Smithtown Supervisor Patrick R. Vecchio is the longest serving supervisor in the history of the State of New York.To put that in context, this year the Town of Smithtown is celebrating its 350th Anniversary, and Supervisor Vecchio has served as Smithtown’s Town Supervisor for 10 percent of that history.
Here is our question-and-answer session with Supervisor Vecchio, where we cover a host of topics.
I have lived in the beautiful hamlet of Fort Salonga for seven years, and I refer to Makamah Beach as just that. It is, however, also known as Geisler’s Beach to those who have lived here for much longer. It is one and the same.
FSA directors Bill Berg and Joe Stolfi with the new bench at Makamah Geisler’s Beach, donated by members of the FSA.
The past year has seen many improvements to the beach’s parking area. These improvements were done by the Town of Huntington, and are almost complete. There is some cleanup required to the left as you enter through the gate — reseeding of the grassed area and some moving of the stone slabs on the beach. Working on the beach is very delicate due to the D.E.C. not allowing too much moving around of the existing stone, sand, and boulders.
Shortly before the holidays in 2014, the FSA’s activities committee arranged a group of discounted tickets to the Engeman Theatre to see “A Christmas Story.” Many residents logged on to our website to purchase tickets to this event. My family and I chose to purchase tickets.
We’d attended other shows in the past, like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Pinocchio.” When we arrived at the theater I could feel the magic in the air. Just when you think that you’ve seen it all, the show starts and you are immediately whisked away to another time and place by the incredible talent of everyone who put together this production.
I have to say that I always leave the theater in a better mood than what I entered with. Thank you to the Engeman Theatre for offering this discount to us and hats off to the wonderful performances you put on. Thank you to our directors Barbara Mandelik, Katherine Kovins, Kevin Klaus, and Will Safer who worked to put this event together.
Our association volunteers are hard at work this year putting together wonderful events that take place throughout the year like the annual spring brunch, our Spring Egg Hunt, the holiday caroling and our new resident welcome party just to name a few. As a member of our association I have been honored to work with such giving people as our Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and all of our Directors. Some of you may know that our organization has gone through some changes recently and I would like to thank some very special individuals for their contributions to our organization and community over the years: Former President Paul Graf for his dedication and steady leadership; Director Kevin Klaus for his incredible management skills; Director Ken Kraska for his excellent organizational skills and leadership; and Director Paul Zacher for his focus on critical issues. Thank you for all you have done for our community.
That’s how I would describe FSA’s Holiday Caroling event.
The highlight of the festivities is a visit from the Kings Park Fire Department Christmas Parade, with Santa, Mrs.Claus and all their helper elves.
The year’s event — held on a brisk Saturday afternoon — featured great food and activities all entirely free thanks to IGA, Boars Head, The Village Deli, Energy Fitness, Grace Music, and the FSA. We placed donation boxes on some of the tables at the event and donate the proceeds to St.Vincent DePaul and The Lay Ecumenical Society food pantries in Kings Park and Northport.
The Fort Salonga Association’s annual Egg Hunt is postponed until Saturday, April 4, 2015, 11 a.m. at Callahans Beach Park.
The weather forecast for the original date, Saturday, March 28, indicates cold temperatures and a chance for rain and snow.
Please inform your neighbors and friends who are likely to attend that the Egg Hunt has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2015, 11 a.m. The FSA is notifying the community by way of email and its website.