- Smithtown officials take oaths at New Year’s Day ceremony
- Town Attorney/Planning Board Chairman shake-ups
- Fitzpatrick bill seeks labor reform
- Editorial on LIE closing
- News of Long Ago
- Consultant hired to design Montclair Ave. project
- Local students recognized for brilliance
- Smithown West boys’ basketball battles Centereach
- Kings Park girls’ basketball in classic with Huntington
- Hauppauge volleyball set for next step
By DAVID AMBRO
With the Town of Smithtown’s 350th anniversary a year away, Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio has set in motion an initiative to mark this historic milestone with a community celebration.
Mr. Vecchio sent a letter January 2 to Town of Smithtown Historian Bradley Harris asking him to begin work on the community celebration, which he anticipates will take a year-long effort to organize.
Nicki Cronin, a Kings Park native and 2009 Kings Park High School Graduate, was named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and earned all-region honors for the third straight year after helping the Muhlenberg College women’s cross country team to a strong season.
To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, a student must be a sophomore or higher in class standing; a starter or key reserve on her team; and carry at least a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average.
A physics major, Cronin turned in a stellar senior campaign. She finished a career best 20th at the NCAA Mideast Regional, becoming the third female in program history to make the all-region team three times.
Cronin also qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, where she placed 135th in a field of 280 runners, the third-best showing by a Mule women’s runner at the national meet. Cronin also finished 19th at the Centennial Conference Championships.
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- Board poised to approve Whisper Landing
- Editorial on Whisper Landing
- Ivy Hill homeowners up in arms over return of clients to motel
- Trustee resigns from school board
- Family escapes house fire
- Costly campaign for GOP donors
- Film features heroics of local soldier
- Buzzer beater for Smithtown East basketball
- Legendary Met makes appearance at local store
- Smithtown West girls’ basketball coverage
- Dimensions of Living section
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By DAVID AMBRO
Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James Gaughran added his voice to that of United States Senator Charles Schumer in an appeal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay the sudden implementation of new standards related to fire hydrants.
Senator Schumer charges that new EPA rules related to fire hydrants “absurdly apply” new standards for the amount of lead that fire hydrants can contain. He said even though shower and bath tub parts are exempt from the new lead standards, fire hydrants must be brought into compliance with the new standards by January 4, 2014.
By ANTHONY LIFRIERI
Ben Cono, a senior swimmer at Smithtown High School East, competed in the AT&T Winter National Championships, Thursday, December 5 through Saturday, December 7 at the University of Tennessee.
“It was pretty awesome,” Cono said of the meet. “I went up against Olympians and college athletes. Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers and Nathan Adrian were all there. These are Olympic gold medalists so it was a very fast meet. It was cool to watch them compete”
In the 100 yard breatstroke, Cono finished 30th overall in 55.45 seconds, a personal best. “I had a late reaction time, so my time wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Cono said. “I still did very well. I finished almost a second under the state record, even though it doesn’t count because it’s not a varsity meet. I also broke the Metro record (club team state record) of 55.49 seconds. I basically broke every New York State record in the race.”
- Smithtown Board of Education withdraws from Race to the Top program
- Lame-duck councilman pushes for term limits
- Kings Park business donates new memorial to replace stolen one
- Nissequogue River State Park Foundation’s 5K run preview
- Town election results by election district
- Smithtown Library left off prestigious national library ratings list
- Upcoming town menorah and tree lightings
- Coverage of Kings Park girls’ volleyball at state championships
- Coverage of Smithtown girls’ gymnastics at county championships
- Coverage of Commack, Smithtown West football in county semifinal games
- Dimensions of Living section
- Letters from our readers
By DAVID AMBRO
On the wall behind Supervisor Patrick Vecchio in his office at Smithtown Town Hall is an iconic scene in American political history, a photograph of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife Jackie sitting on top of the back seat of a convertible in a ticker tape parade up Broadway in Manhattan.
It was a week before the 1960 presidential election, Mr. Kennedy was the United States Senator from Massachusetts taking on Republican candidate Richard Nixon in a closely fought campaign to replace outgoing President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had served two terms. The streets of New York City were abuzz with activity as the presidential candidates’ motorcade made its way slowly up the famous Manhattan avenue.
Walking in the street alongside the convertible, eyes peeled, is a 31-year old Patrick Vecchio, an NYPD detective assigned to protect the Kennedys during their visit to Manhattan. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the infamous November 22, 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, photos of the ticker tape parade are back in the news, and so is the image of Mr. Vecchio 50 years ago.
Matthew Morganelli, a Smithtown resident and 2012 Smithtown High School West graduate, is continuing his football career at Sacred Heart University in Conneticut. Morganelli, a former all-League, all-county and all-state player helped Division I Sacred Heart win the North East Conference (NEC) championship this year.
At the start of the season, Morganelli, a redshirt freshman, was the starting left guard for all field goal and point after tries. He is also the starting defensive tackle on the goal line defensive package.
Both of Sacred Heart’s first two wins came against Division I non-division foes. Despite being double-digit underdogs in both games, Sacred Heart defeated Marist, 37-21, then upset Lafayette, 26-24, on a 42-yard field goal as time expired, on which Morganelli was blocking.