The Fort Salonga Association

Established 1946

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2017 Annual Egg Hunt

April 8 was a beautiful, sunny day for our annual Egg Hunt.  There was a record turnout of boys and girls of all ages. At 11 a.m. sharp the race was on to pick up about 3,500 colorful candy filled eggs, which were stuffed by Girl Scout Troop #1536. Each Egg Hunt participant then received a plush animal of their choice.

Over 50 children participated in the jelly bean count contest.  The winners were Grace and Blake.  Many thanks to our very own FSA Bunny, Jack Hoyt, who provided lots of smiles and great pictures with everyone.

Thank you to the many parents who brought their children and thanks to the volunteers who made this popular event a success.

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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.

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HEARING POSTPONED: TOH Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

NOTE: THIS ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED. The FSA will post the new hearing time to the website when it is announced. 

 

Fort Salonga residents are encouraged to attend the Town of Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals meeting on March 30 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall – Town Board Room (104) – 100 Main St., Huntington.

To be discussed are proposed special use permits and variances for the shopping center property on the corner of 25A and Rinaldo. Being considered is zoning for a convenience store and bistro zoning. 

In summary:
“The applicant is proposing to establish a 2,400 square foot convenience store in the existing structure, to allow the current food shops on the property to be considered bistros and allow alcohol sales, and to provide 600 square feet of outdoor seating for any food shops/bistros on the property.

 “The proposal will require a special use permit, relief from condition(s) of the special use permit and variances pursuant to the Huntington Town Code.”

FSA Board members will attend and voice concerns. We encourage all members who are concerned to attend.

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Emergency Preparedness Training Event for Residents, Wednesday, 4/12, 7 p.m., Huntington Town Hall

The Governor’s Office and Town of Huntington Councilwoman Tracey Edwards have invited residents to attend an emergency preparedness training event, Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m. at Huntington Town Hall.

Every attending family will receive a free NYS disaster preparedness kit. Visit www.prepare.ny.gov to register and to learn more. Or call 631-351-3317.

Presentations will be given by the Governor’s office, Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard, NYS Fire and Police, Suffolk County Fire and Rescue and Emergency Services.

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Spring Egg Hunt, 4/8, 11 a.m., Callahan’s Beach Upper Parking Area

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the best local events of the year! The Fort Salonga Association’s annual Spring Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 8, 11 a.m. at Callahan’s Beach, Upper Parking Area.

Join us for the egg hunt and jelly bean contest!

Fort Salonga residents only, please.

(Rain date is April 15. In case of inclement weather, check the website for updates. Sign up to receive email blasts from the FSA to get information as it is released.)

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The President’s Message — Winter 2017

Dear Fort Salonga Neighbors,

2016 was a tumultuous year for our community and your board, initiated by the sale of the Indian Hills Country Club (IHCC) to a developer.

With the declining interest in golf, and the closure of many Long Island courses, it finally took the offer of a developer to thread the needle, proposing to both develop AND retain the course. The only way these two objectives could be reconciled was situating approximately 108 townhouses on the course, while saving enough of the 150 acre parcel to retain the course by changing the zoning to R-OSC, Residential Open Space. As our last parcel of effectively undeveloped land, this created a dilemma since cluster and townhouses have long been anathema to our community. Since the course is already zoned 1 acre residential, if this plan fell through the developer would build over 100 single family homes and eliminate the course entirely. Read More

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Summary of Annual Election of Officers

This past election marked a major departure from past elections and a major challenge to insure we would conduct a scrupulously honest and fair election. Traditionally, we have always voted on a slate of officers submitted by our nominating committee, and held elections consistent with our 1946 by-laws at our December meeting. Because there were, for the first time ever, independent candidates, we needed to insure they were given time to submit names and meet the by-law requirements. We therefore postponed the election to January. Read More