The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

By

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

 

By

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

By

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.

By

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.

Read More

By

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.

By

Thank You Petrone and Vecchio

THE FORT SALONGA COMMUNITY SALUTES OUR TWO SUPERVISORS

FRANK PETRONE     AND     PATRICK VECCHIO

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS DURING YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE TOWNS OF HUNTINGTON AND SMITHTOWN.  YOU HAVE MADE BOTH TOWNS A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY.
THE FORT SALONGA ASSOCIATION  IS GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY, AND OUR GOAL OF MAINTAINING AN EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE NOW, AND FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!

 

By

Roads and Highways

The last major road to be repaved is our most problematic, Bread and Cheese. The plan was for the county to complete after National grid installed gas mains. However, to date, mains are installed only to Rochelle. Since National Grid is unable to complete the entire road in time for fall paving, Suffolk County will now delay the repave until spring. They will do pothole repair before year end.

The cool weather is ideal for our biking enthusiasts but our narrow, hilly roads present challenges.

According to Injury Facts, about 1,100 deaths resulted from cyclists colliding with motor vehicles in 2015. With about 80 million bike riders sharing the road with millions of motorized vehicles, the importance of safety precautions in traffic cannot be overstated.

Use Your Head, Protect Your Noggin

Cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head injury by an estimated 60% and brain injury by 58%. That statistic makes sense when you consider the first body part to fly forward in a collision is usually the head, and with nothing but skin and bone to protect the brain, the results can be fatal.

Helmets must meet federal safety standards and should fit securely.

Follow These Rules to Keep Safe

  • Get acquainted with traffic laws; cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
  • Know your bike’s capabilities
  • Ride single-file in the direction of traffic, and watch for opening car doors and other hazards
  • Use hand signals when turning and use extra care at intersections
  • Never hitch onto cars
  • Before entering traffic, stop and look left, right, left again and over your shoulder
  • Wear bright clothing and ride during the day
  • If night riding can’t be avoided, wear reflective clothing
  • Make sure the bike is equipped with reflectors on the rear, front, pedals and spokes

A FINAL NOTE OF CAUTION REGARDING OUR EXPLODING DEER POPULATION: They are now donning their darker winter coats, making them especially hard to see at dawn and dusk, favorite foraging times.

By

Looking Back…

by  Bradley Harris, Smithtown Town Historian 

(This is the third article in a series about the history of the Ft. Salonga area for the FSA newsletter. This article focuses on the period of time after the Revolutionary War and before the Civil War, a time when Ft. Salonga was a stagecoach stop on the road between Smithtown and Huntington.)  

Ft. Salonga in the nineteenth century…. 

When the Revolutionary War came to an end and the Treaty of Paris was written in 1783, the British forces occupying Smithtown and Huntington pulled out and seemed to disappear overnight. Many of the people who lived in the Ft. Salonga area and had fled across the Sound to escape the British menace, returned to find their homes and farms in shambles following the eight long years of the British army’s occupation. Houses had been broken into, the contents taken. Barns and outbuildings had been pulled apart and the boards broken up for firewood. Fences had been destroyed and livestock had been hunted and consumed, and farm fields lay fallow and neglected. For some folks the devastation was so discouraging that they decided to pack up what was left of their worldly possessions and headed west to start life anew. Those who stayed — the Smiths, the Gildersleeves, Platts, Longbothums, Ketchams, Skidmores, and Rogers worked to rebuild and restore their farms. The homes that remained standing were clustered along Bread and Cheese Hollow Road, North Country Road, and Ft. Salonga Road, and these clusters became the centers of population in the area during the 19th century. One of these centers was located where North Country Road and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road intersected and was known as Fresh Pond. Read More

By

Natural Gas Update

After months of coordination efforts undertaken by the
FSA, Town of Smithtown Highway Chief Robert Murphy,
Legislator Rob Trotta and the expansion team at National
Grid, we are happy to announce that natural gas mains will
be extended throughout the length of Bread and Cheese,
north of Pulaski Road. This project is key to securing gas
expansion for the homes along Bread and Cheese as well as
those streets that are connected to Bread and Cheese. In
addition, gas is scheduled to be run through Bradshaw and
Hastings. If you are interested in natural gas, please sign up
on the FSA’s natural gas registry at http://fortsalonga.org/
tag/natural-gas/. This grass roots community effort has
resulted in over 150 homes being offered the opportunity
to switch their home’s heating system from oil to gas and
we hope to keep the expansion going, offering our neighbors
a service that they were once told would be impossible.

By

Owl Hill

Owl Hill Update

After securing $500,000 in State monies and matching that
amount utilizing preservation funds, the Town of Smithtown
contracted to purchase multiple acres at the Owl Hill
site for $1,000,000. After securing an appraisal, the Town
has entered into negotiations with the owners of Owl Hill
to nail down how much acreage will be preserved. Details
are still forthcoming. In addition, news recently broke confirming
that the owners of Owl Hill switched real estate
brokers – relisting the property for sale. If anyone knows
of a Smithtown business that requires the purchase of TDR flow.