Local coach, author has writer’s advice

COACHING UP: Smithtown resident Gus Alfieri (above) will hold a lecture on the writing process of his first book, Lapchick.

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

Smithtown resident Gus Alfieri is the consummate teacher. One of the most successful basketball coaches in Suffolk County history, a doctor of American Cultural Studies, published author and the head of the All American Basketball Camp for 45 years, Alfieri continues to teach by holding a clinic providing tips on being published, Wednesday, September 25 at the Smithtown Library.

Alfieri’s basketball resume is extensive. In 19 years as head boys’ basketball coach at St. Anthony’s, Alfieri, known for his extensive preparation and suffocating defense, won over 300 games, four NSCHAA titles and two New York State championships.

After his coaching career, Alfieri went back to college to get a second master’s degree and doctorate in American Cultural History. Alfieri, a 50-year Smithtown resident, credited the tools he learned during this period as the basis for his book, Lapchick: The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach in the Glory Days of Basketball.

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  • Smithtown students back to school with Superintendent still at helm
  • September 10 Election preview
  • Profile of District Attorney Thomas Spota
  • Local Boys’ and girls’ soccer preview
  • Local baseball team wins championship
  • Dimensions of living section
  • Police Blotter
  • Letters from our readers
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Vecchio driven by love of the job

Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio with Robert Fonti and I AM PAC supporters after its endorsement of the incumbent in the supervisor race.

By DAVID AMBRO

 

When Smithtown Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio was in his formative years on the job, a headline in this newspaper predicted he was on course to become a “household name” in Smithtown government.

In retrospect, four decades later, that headline was prophecy.

Mr. Vecchio is now finishing his 36th year on the job, an iconic figure on the political landscape and the supervisor to generations of Smithtowners. First elected in 1977, Mr. Vecchio is the longest serving town supervisor in Long Island history and second longest serving supervisor in New York State history.

During an interview on the backyard deck of his Fort Salonga home Monday, September 2, Mr. Vecchio said it is a job that he loves and one that he wants to keep doing.

“I do it because I love to do it. I believe in my heart that public service is a nobel thing,” Mr. Vecchio said. “Yes, there are times when it can become discouraging. But then there are other times when you receive great joy from knowing what you have done has helped a lot of people.”

In his quest for another four-year term, however, Mr. Vecchio is being challenged in a September 10 primary by Councilman Robert Creighton in what has become a contentious battle even for a seasoned political veteran.

PRIMARY ENDORSEMENTS

Vecchio still on his game, earns GOP nod

For 36 years Patrick Vecchio has been elected and re-elected to the position of Smithtown Town Supervisor but rarely in that long and heralded career has it been so important for voters to get to the polls to support their town supervisor as it is in the Republican primary Tuesday, September 10.

Voting is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and enrolled Republicans should make it a point to get to the polls to cast their ballots for Mr. Vecchio. The wonderful quality of life that Smithtown homeowners have come to enjoy is on the line.

Through generations of Smithtown homeowners, Mr. Vecchio has proven himself to be a great town supervisor. By contrast, in a very short time his opponent, Robert Creighton, has proven himself time and time again to be wrong for the job.

The Vecchio record in public office is too long to extol. He has had a hand in the evolution of the town from a sleepy rural burg to a class one suburban community, and he has guided that evolution with an even hand, balancing the interests of business and expanding the tax base with the interests of homeowners and the environment.

Bulls’ lax players in all-star showcase

ALL-STARS: Smithtown West seniors (from left) Kyle Mathie, JJ Foley, Logan Greco, Christian Zawadzki and Ryan Keenan take a break during the recent Under Armour all-America Lacrosse Classic Underclass Tournament in Maryland. The Bulls played for the Long Island team against other regional all-star teams for national supremacy. The Long Island team went 1-3, but two of its loses came in overtime.

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE SMITHTOWN NEWS…

Special Back to School section 

  • Debate still rages on Uplands
  • Campaign profile on Highway Superintendent Glenn Jorgensen
  • After Spat, Town Attorney John Zollo offers update on Kings Park Zoning Laws
  • Editorial on 25/25A projects
  • News of Long Ago
  • Local baseball team wins championship
  • Dimensions of living section
  • Letters from our readers
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Former Smithtown track star raising money for underprivileged children

ON TRACK: Kim Ladouceur celebrates after a Marist College track and field meet with her parents (above), Carolyn and Jeb Jr. Ladouceur is raising $4,000 for charity by running the New York City Marathon, Sunday, November 3.

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

Kim Ladouceur, a Kings Park native and 2007 Smithtown High School West graduate, has a daunting task ahead of her. The former Smithtown track and field sprinter has to raise $4,000 for Fine Arts NYC while running the 26.2 mile New York City Marathon.

Ladouceur’s run towards the marathon began in Kings Park, where she grew up, and Smithtown, where she went to school. Her family also has deep roots to Smithtown. Her mother, Carolyn, graduated from Smithtown in 1978 while her father, Jeb Jr., graduated in 1977. Ladouceur’s sisters, Jillian (class of 2003) and Leanne (class of 2011) were also Smithtown West graduates while her youngest brother, Alex, is entering his senior year.

Zoning dispute costs Reliable Tree town contract

By DAVID AMBRO

 

Amid an ongoing zoning dispute, Reliable Tree Service has lost its contracts with the Town of Smithtown, one, from being underbid and the other because of code violations at its 927 West Jericho Turnpike yard.

The town’s tree work is awarded in two contracts, one for pruning and the other for stump removal, contracts held by Reliable Tree Service in the past. At the town board meeting Thursday, August 15, the town board awarded the pruning contract to Stapleton Tree and Landscape, of Doyle Court, East Northport for $96,632. Reliable Tree Service was the second low bidder at $98,330 and the third lowest and only other bidder was Dom’s Lawnmaker Inc. at $131,142.

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GUIDE TO SMITHTOWN TOWNSHIP

  • Surprise resignation rocks Smithtown school district
  • Town Councilman Kevin Malloy campaign  profile
  • Trotta will resign from detective job to be full-time rep.
  • Thomas A. McCarthy bursts onto political scene in highway chief race
  • Truck removal a start to cleaning up KP site
  • Editorial on debates before primaries
  • Baxley bringing winning ways to Geneseo
  • Pannell named MLL Rookie of the Year
  • Smithtown Elks to hold annual golf outing at Landing
  • Letters from our readers
  • Dimensions of Living Section
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Feeling singled out in political sign flap

Political signs on Vecchio headquarters on Main Street, Smithtown

By DAVID AMBRO

 

Eric Neitzel, owner of DeBarbieri Associates Inc. of St. James, supports Robert Creighton in the September 10 Republican primary for Smithtown Town Supervisor, and he lets it be known, placing lawn signs for Mr. Creighton and his running mates, Councilman Kevin Malloy and Town Clerk Vincent Puleo, on all his properties.

It has him feeling picked on this week though.

Mr. Neitzel, along with his siblings, is the owner of the building at 473-471 Lake Avenue, St. James, where the long-time tenant is Spages Pharmacy. To promote his candidates, about three weeks ago Mr. Neitzel affixed lawn signs 10 to 15 feet up the facade of the building for Mr. Creighton, Mr. Puleo and Mr. Malloy.

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