The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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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.

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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.

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Northport Society requests your help!!

Fort Salonga  – The Northport Historical Society needs your help!

Northport Historical Society is  seeking homes to feature on their annual “Deck the Halls” holiday tour. Each year they highlight four to six decorated homes, which are visited by ticket holding tour goers. Attendees are given protective booties at each house and hosts/hostesses are stationed to ensure the visitors are respectful and follow any stipulations about which rooms are off limits to visitors.

This year the event will be held on Sunday, December 10th from 12-4pm. The historical society  has one house in Fort Salonga and would love to have another to really highlight our beautiful area!

This event is a main fundraiser for the Society, whose mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and educate the greater Northport area about the history and events which have shaped the community.

Please contact Tracy Pfaff  at nhsdirector@northporthistorical.org or at the Society’s number, 631-757-9859 if you are interested in highlighting your home for the holiday tour.  

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Annual Meeting

FSA ANNUAL MEETING

Join us for our annual meeting on Wednesday, December 6th 7 PM in the Fort Salonga Elementary School cafeteria. All Fort Salonga residents are welcome to attend.

 Our annual election for the FSA board will take place at this meeting. All 2017 paid FSA members are eligible to vote. One vote per household.  The slate of officers is as follows:

                       

                              President  Frank Capaccio

                             Vice President  Scott Paisley

                             Secretary Ellen Fantauzzi

                             Treasurer Joe Stolfi

                             Directors  Barbara Mandelik, Richard Gasser

 

Our guest speaker will be Louis Amsler, an owner of Richters Orchard, the oldest Long Island family-run orchard.  They will talk about the history of this treasure right in our own backyard.

                     

                            Refreshments will be available

                    WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ON DECEMBER 6th!

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Election Day

The Fort Salonga Association would like to remind the community to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

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The President’s Message Summer 2017

Dear Fort Salonga Neighbors,

When our community gave myself and the board a vote of confidence at our January election, I pledged that we would work to represent the entire community across a wide spectrum of issues. In this Summer issue I believe you will see that we are working hard to fulfill that commitment.

The issue of most interest was, and remains, the proposed development of the Indian Hills Country Club. The proposal to retain the golf course and permit cluster zoning while preserving the one acre overall yield was , we believe,  in the best interests of our community.  I, and a number of residents attended the July 26th Huntington Planning Board meeting. The number of units proposed was reduced to 98 and the guest cottages were eliminated. The application was approved. This, I feel, is a positive outcome and a victory for the community. An environmental study will follow which will allow the entire community to provide additional input. We will notify you when these meetings are scheduled.

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Roads and Highways

Fort Salonga roads are under siege with speeding, tailgating and illegal passing all too common. Many of our roads are also inherently difficult to navigate with curves, hills, and poor visibility due to our wooded terrain. Bread and Cheese (B&C) presents the biggest challenge with a large volume of VA traffic and also providing trucks with an illegal shortcut. We continue to enlist the assistance of the appropriate county, police and town agencies. We have also reached out to the VA director and he has cautioned his employees. Electronic warning signs have been periodically installed on both B&C and Old Bridge. The county refuses to place stop signs along B&C, claiming they are not designed for speed control.

The county will be repaving B&C this fall and while this may make for a smoother ride it will add to the speeding issues. Also, Huntington will be repaving Middleville and Old Bridge, probably this month. We urge residents to continue to report specific violations of illegal trucks to police and trucking companies. While of limited immediate effect, it does demonstrate the level of community concern. Also, this is an election year and keeping town officials focused on these issues is important.

Another area of danger is the large volume of traffic moving through our shopping centers. Pedestrians cross at random, oblivious to oncoming cars, often texting while walking. With no traffic controls, parking lots become a free-for-all with drivers speeding to the nearest exit. Parking in an open area with few obstructing cars can reduce the risk. We remind our residents to be  aware of other drivers and pedestrians, and be extra cautious in this dangerous mix of people and cars.

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Q and A with Mr. Frank Petrone 2017

Interview session with Mr. Frank Petrone 2017

  • The Fort Salonga community is very interested in the proposed cluster development at Indian Hills Country Club. Can you update us on this issue?

It is our understanding that the applicant intends to withdrawn his request for a zone change on this property and will pursue an as of right cluster development via the Town Law Section 278. Essentially the applicant will pursue a development that is similar to the conceptual plan submitted with the Zone Change application. However the yield will be determined by the number of homes that can be achieved via a standard R-40 subdivision. It is anticipated that the Planning Board will require many of the same open space benefits offered in the prior plan, including the preservation of the golf course. It is expected that the Planning Board will issue a positive determination and a full EIS will be required to comply with SEQRA.

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2017 Scholarships

The Fort Salonga Association, along with local resident sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reichert, proprietors of the Fort Salonga Market IGA, proudly honor six outstanding students from our local community.

The Fort Salonga Association Scholarship, each in the amount of $1,000 is funded by the association, and awarded to one student from each of our two local public high schools.

2017 recipients of the FSA Scholarship:

Jack Joyce- Northport High School  Jack will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall.  Area of study-environmental engineering with a focus on water resources.

Doug Gradel- Kings Park High School  Doug will be attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He will be pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

The Charles and Helen Reichert Foundation Scholarship.  Thanks to their very generous contributions, two scholarships totaling $4,000 were awarded. The 2017 recipients are:

Melissa Lee Discorsi  Kings Park High School  Melissa will be attending Coastal Carolina University where she will be a business major.

Lauren H. Anselm  Northport High School Lauren will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design where she will be majoring in TV production and film.

The Fort Salonga Market IGA Scholarship in honor of former FSA director Dr. Richard G. Costello, is sponsored by local resident and proprietor Mr. Charles and Mrs. Helen Reichert.  Their generous contribution of two $1,000 scholarships is greatly appreciated.

2017 recipients of the IGA Scholarship in memory of Dr. Richard Costello:

Julianna Marie Gomez  Kings Park High School  Julianna will be attending Farmingdale State University where she will major in nursing.

Sarah Connor  Northport High School Sarah will be attending Carnegie Mellon University where she will be a theater design and production major.

Many thanks to the Fort Salonga Market IGA and the Reichert Family.

Our best wishes and congratulations to all our recipients, and may they live all their dreams and surpass all their goals.

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Smithtown News

Owl Hill Update

The Planning Department has advised that the Town has officially signed the contract required by the State in order for the Town to secure the $500,000 preservation grant that it was awarded by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the acquisition of acreage at the Owl Hill Site.  The Town has commissioned an appraiser to value the property for the purpose of determining a fair market value per acre.  We will keep the community apprised of further developments.

As a note to our members: If you or any person or company that you do business with requires additional sewer flow rights in order to expand a business in Smithtown or Suffolk County, please contact the FSA so we can put you in touch with the parties who are in charge of the TDR Programs (Transfer of Development Rights) in our area.  As reported in several of our prior newsletters, the local TDR programs allow commercial property owners to expand their business in exchange for their purchasing development right credits (aka density flow rights) from undeveloped land, resulting in the preservation of that lot in perpetuity. In short, these TDR programs offer us the opportunity to preserve and protect more acreage in our beloved hamlet – – let’s take advantage!

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