Here are some informative articles about the Dejana property and interviews with the FSA. Please click on the link and you will be able to read the articles; they are in sequential order.
Trucks, traffic at Dejana concern civic association:
Saturday December 16, was the Fort Salonga Association Christmas Caroling Event at the IGA shopping Center. As in the past it was a great success, seeing all the children laughing and having a good time with Santa was a site to behold. It takes an entire community to make it a success and we live in the best community in Huntington and Smithtown.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.