The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946


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.


Thank You Petrone and Vecchio







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.


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


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
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.


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.


Smithtown News

Smithtown Update
The Dejana property on Pulaski Road has begun to clear
the way for their new facility. The FSA has reached out to
the owners requesting a meeting so that we can get a feel
for their plans for their property and discuss the community’s
concerns about the project. In addition, we have recently
learned that the Dejana company has purchased the
vacant site at the corner of Town Line and Pulaski
Roads. No plans to develop the property have been filed,
however, the FSA hopes to discuss the future of this property
with the new owners (Dejana) very soon. As always,
we will keep the community updated.


New Residents Welcome Party

On Sunday, October 22nd, the board of the Fort Salonga Association hosted our annual welcome party for new residents to the community.  It was held at the Northport Historical Society on Main Street in Northport.  Attendees were treated to sandwiches, salads, and cookies from Copenhagen Bakery.  Frank Konop, board member, spoke to the gathering about the FSA, our mission, and activities that occur during the year.  Tracy Pfaff, the director of NHS, also spoke about the society and it’s events.  The new residents are thrilled to be a part of our beautiful community, and we look forward to seeing them during the year at our events.