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  • Student designs anniversary town logo
  • Opponents hit 260-unit apartment plan
  • Hauppauge overlay district faces opposition
  • Editorial: Consider Supervisor proposal to make clerk, tax receiver appointed positions
  • Republican primary results
  • Rudy Giuliani on Suffolk County campaign trail
  • Commack, Hauppauge graduation previews
  • Dimensions of living
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Clubbing up for Charlie

Charlie Rollins

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

The Booster Club of Smithtown will hold its annual Golf Classic to honor Charlie Rollins at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Seatauket, Monday, July 21. The outing will also raise money for scholarships for the Smithtown School District’s outstanding senior student-athletes.

“I’m honored,” Rollins said. “Based on previous recipients, I couldn’t be more humble to receive the award. I’m in very experienced and high company.”

Charlie Rollins was president of the booster club from 1998 to 1999. He has three children who went through the Smithtown Central School District and all played sports. He also served as the example for future presidents of the booster club.

“He was a mentor for many presidents that followed him, including myself,” former booster club president and golf committee member Bob Madarasz said. “He instilled business practices to make the booster club very productive and had the ability to maximize dollars to give back to student-athletes in Smithtown.”

Student designs anniversary town logo

HONORED ARTIST: Logo contest winner Sabrina Shankar (center) holds her logo design while flanked by (from left) Smithtown High School East Principal Ed Thompson, art teacher Tim Needles, Director of Fine Arts Michael Mastrangelo, Superintendent Judith Elias, town historian Brad Harris and art teacher Lauren Conde.

By SETH WALLACH

 

As part of Smithtown’s upcoming sesquarcentennial (350th) celebration next year in 2015, the town announced the winner of its contest to create the next Smithtown logo, and unveiled the artwork at a special press conference Thursday, June 19.

The winner, Smithtown High School East senior Sabrina Shankar, 18, will have her design plastered all over signs, banners and t-shirts when the celebration begins next year. It will also be placed on the official town letterhead for years to come, making it the new symbol of Smithtown.

“It’s amazing, the feeling is indescribable,” Ms. Shankar said in an interview after her winning logo was unveiled at Smithtown Town Hall last week. “It’s just something that a person can only dream to have, to be able to have it where everyone can see it.”

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE SMITHTOWN NEWS…

Special Bridal section


  • Kings Park man confesses World Trade Center leap
  • Verdict in Sonic lawsuit
  • Aid’s impact on state budget
  • Traffic director opposes Montclair Ave. closing
  • Editorial on Moreland Commission
  • Battle of the Bulls softball ends in walk-off
  • Nizich twins look back, forward on athletic careers
  • Dimensions of Living Section
  • Letters from our readers
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Gas station plan fuels resident’s ire

By SETH WALLACH

 

A new zone change application was presented to the Smithtown Planning Board, Wednesday March 19, that has at least one local resident up in arms.

The applicant, Bolla L.I. Operating Corp, is requesting a zone change from Wholesale Service Industry (WSI) to Neighborhood Business (NB). The change in zone will allow the property owner to build a Bolla-Mart convenience store next to the proposed gas station. The current zoning law permits gasoline pumps but limits the size building, which means that the convenience store would be too big under current zoning.

The property has been vacant for some time. The previous gas station has been out of business since 2001. The currently abandoned site housed several different businesses in its early years, but has been solely used as a gas station since 1955. 

Early, late charges by Bulls gore Lions

senior attackman Joe Saggese (#3) uses his stick in East’s 10-6 victory over West Islip, Friday, March 28 at Smithtown High School East.

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

For 12 minutes, the old West Islip magic nearly undid 36 dominating minutes of Smithtown East boys’ lacrosse. In that 12 minute span, the Lions negated a 5-0 Bulls’ lead to tie the game 6-6, but the team that ended its dynasty a year ago pulled away for the game’s final four goals to win, Friday, March 28 at Smithtown High School East.

Heading into East’s home opener, the Bulls were looking to pick up their third consecutive win against West Islip. “We’re very excited to play our opener. This is a great opportunity for us and I hope we play four full quarters this year,” Smithtown East coach Jason Lambert said prior to the game. “We want to try to win face offs, pick up ground balls and finish our shots.”

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Special Home Improvement and

Go For the Green Sections

  • Main Street makeover possible
  • Head of the Harbor election coverage
  • Author shares story of Smiths
  • Editorial on Main Street makeover
  • KPE II court case update
  • West kickline heads to NDA Nationals
  • High school track and field national championship coverage
  • Dimensions of Living section
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Smithtown’s Ben Bonhurst wins national shot put title

Smithtown West senior Benjamin Bonhurst

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

Benjamin Bonhurst has reached the top of the mountain. The Smithtown High School West senior shot putter won the national championship at the New Balance Nationals Indoor at the Armory in New York City, Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

Bonhurst came into the championship meet red hot. In the previous 14 days, he had won the New York State championship and set the state record with a throw of 65’.

“I was feeling pretty confident,” Bonhurst said. “Two days before the meet I had my best practice throw ever, over 64 feet.”

As he stepped to make his first throw of the championship, Bonhurst turned to his mother for last second advice. “My mom told me to come out big with my first throw and scare some people away,” Bonhurst said. “I wanted to make them all nervous.”

Smithtown duo picked for Albany conference

Emily Durcan

By SETH WALLACH

 

Two Smithtown students, Emily Durcan of Smithtown High School West and Matthew Indimine of Smithtown High School East, have been selected to join a delegation of students heading to Albany this May to attend the 14th annual “Students Inside Albany” conference.

The conference is an immersive experience where students learn about how public policy is crafted and implemented at the state level, who the major players are, and what they do on a day to day basis. Participants receive the opportunity to sit in on a live New York State Senate meeting and a state House of Representatives meeting. They will also get the chance to shadow their congressman or senator for a day.  

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