Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

2019 Brookhaven Special Recycling Event Schedule


Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board Meetings



Wednesday, February 20th

Wednesday, April 23th

Wednesday, June 5th

Wednesday, August 7th

Wednesday, October 9th

Wednesday, December 11th

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: William H. Rogers Legislature Building (Bldg. No. 20), 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York.

Information: if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to our office at 631-854-3735 or

The Great Brookhaven Cleanup

Volunteer to Keep Lake Ronkonkoma Clean!
Join the Annual Great Brookhaven Cleanup on
Saturday, May 18, 2018

The Town of Brookhaven will once again participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and Ronkonkoma residents can participate and help keep the Lake Ronkonkoma shoreline clean and beautiful. From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm volunteers will meet at Brookhaven’s Michael P. Murphy Beach on Lake Shore Road and walk the shoreline of the lake picking up litter and garbage.
For details, visit or call 631-451-6222

Next Civic Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday, April 11th, 7:00 PM at the Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook

Our guest speaker is Rich DeBragga from the Town of Brookhaven Assessors office. He will be discussing available exemptions and the assessment grievance process.

Meetings are open to all residents of Lake Ronkonkoma, Farmingville and Holbrook.
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and Facebook: @lakeronkonkomacivic

Problem Streets & Roads - UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who "nominated" roads in our area that need major repairs and/or paving! We had many responses, and many streets that were submitted by multiple people so it is clear that specific roads were in bad shape. We compiled the list of roads and submitted them to the Town of Brookhaven. There was a total of 38 roads on the list, in Lake Ronkonkoma, Holbrook, Centereach and Farmingville.

We received feedback from town officials and have been informed that the following nine roadways from our list are scheduled for resurfacing during the 2019 paving season (which runs from April through November).

  • Rustic Road (from Smith Road to Middle Country Road)
  • Cenacle Road (from Portion Road to Smith Road)
  • Smith Road (from Rustic Road to Dead End)
  • Pleasant Avenue (from Curtis Street to Middle Country Road)
  • David Street (from Ackerly Lane to Mill Road)
  • Walter Street (from Ackerly Lane to Smith Avenue)
  • Brian Street (from Ackerly Lane to Smith Avenue)
  • Alan Street (Smith Avenue to Mill Road)
  • Donald Street (from Smith Avenue to Mill Road)

In addition to these roads, the town will also be paving other roadways in the area.

Although it is disappointing that more of our problem streets won't be addressed in 2019, we are pleased that some of the worst ones will be resurfaced.

Thanks again for the responses - we will try again next year!

Suffolk County DA Community Meeting

Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini is hosting a community meeting at Newfield High School located at 145 Marshall Drive in Selden on Thursday, March 28th from 7pm-9pm.

The DA will give a brief overview of his time thus far as DA, his initiatives and priorities, and will take questions and comments from the audience after he concludes his remarks.


Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System

You are invited to a public information meeting on the Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System.

Bus Rapid Transit is an innovative public transportation solution offering many of the advantages of a light-rail system but at a fraction of the cost – both for the passenger and to the municipality. BRT Systems feature:

State-of-the-art, comfortable, Wi-Fi-equipped busses
Dedicated bus-only lanes, with priority traffic signaling for less stops due to automobile traffic
Level boarding using pre-paid fare cards and electronic passes
Modern, safe and comfortable stations with real-time transit, fare and location information.
Connection to transit hubs for multimodal transportation, e.g., other bus systems, railways, airports, etc.
BRT Systems have been implemented in over 190 cities across the world, allowing passengers to arrive to their destination faster– avoiding traffic and helping to reduce road congestion.

The transformation of Nicolls Road into a multimodal corridor will establish the first direct north/ south connection between three Long Island Railroad lines; linking Brookhaven National Lab to Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College; connecting our Patchogue and Ronkonkoma Hub downtowns to Long Island MacArthur Airport; and creating an extensive hiking/biking network. The next public information meeting for Nicolls Road BRT will be held at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:30- 8:30 P.M.


Recycling Info

As you know, our February general membership meeting featured a discussion on recycling changes in the Town of Brookhaven.   Waste Management Commissioner Chris Andrade shared an informative presentation on why the town was forced to change how and what it recycles.  We will continue to share information with our members on the town's recycling program.

As a follow up to the meeting, the Commissioner clarified that the following items ARE recyclable:
Paper / Fiber

Copy Paper
Colored Inserts
Cardboard corrugated and non-corrugated INCLUDING cereal boxes.

Plastic / Metal
Tin Cans
Aluminum Cans
Steel Cans
Plastic # 1 (Soda bottles, water bottles)
Plastic # 2  (milk jugs, laundry detergent, bleach)
So if items are not on these lists, don't put them out on Wednesdays as they will contaminate the recycling stream.  And a reminder, tomorrow, Wednesday is PAPER recycling day!

2019 Membership Drive!

If you are not a dues-paying member or have let your membership lapse, please join us! 
You can be an active, involved member.  Or just stay up-to-date & informed about the future planning of our community.  Your choice, but please support us.  We are an all-volunteer organization and operate on a shoestring budget.  But we do need your dues to pay for operational expenses (printing, mailing, insurance, website, etc.) 

Some of the work and achievements of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization as we mark our 16th anniversary in 2019:
- Had the county design Portion Road the way the community wanted.
- Worked with the town to redesign and beautify Michael Murphy Beach.
- Protect the lake as representatives on the Suffolk County Lake Advisory Board, working with state, county and town governments.
- Coordinated the purchase and beautification of Arrowhead Park at Church Street and Pond Road.
- Worked with Brookhaven Town and Tritec to properly develop the area around the railroad station.
- Created a Land Use Plan using community input for the area along Portion Road to revitalize our downtown, increase business, and make our town more attractive. Dunkin Donuts, Wendy’s, Ralph’s Ices, Bolla Market, Burger King and IHOP are examples where the civic’s input resulted in more attractive & functional establishments.
- Sponsor a Summer Concert Program at Raynor Park.
- Helped organize Neighborhood Watches.
- Regularly meet with developers to work on making their site plans fit the desires of the community.
- Sponsored a Junior Civic Club at Samoset Middle School.
- Host a monthly litter cleanup of Portion Road.
- Provide a forum for local government representatives to talk to our members.
- Appear at Town, Planning, and Zoning Board hearings to speak for the community.

If you appreciate the past and current work of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization, please become a member and join us!
You can join online using Paypal or print off a membership form to mail in right here from our website. 

2019 Brookhaven Town Road Survey

As many of you know, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has advocated for our community’s streets & roads to be maintained and improved appropriately.  We have spent a great deal of time exploring how the town determines which roads will be paved and how paving dollars are allocated by hamlet and by council district within the Town of Brookhaven. 

In 2015, we asked the community for input on problem streets that needed some kind of paving work.  We submitted that list to the town.  Only a handful have been addressed since then.  As such, we are asking you all to “nominate” local streets again; it is clear that some communities in Brookhaven are getting many more paving projects than our hamlets. 

So, please let us know as quickly as possible of any streets that you feel are in need of paving work; please send pictures if possible.  The civic will compile a list of problem roads and forward on to the town councilmen who represent our area.  Please forward this information to the civic at its general e-mail address: Thank you and please feel free to share this with neighbors.

New Displays at the LRHS Museum

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Brookhaven Resident Parking Stickers for Town Facilities

The Town of Brookhaven Resident Parking Stickers are now available for purchase.  Click here for more information:
The price of the sticker is $15.00 for the season. Daily and weekly fees available.
If purchased prior to Saturday, May 25th, the sticker cost is $10.00. 
Seniors, Handicapped Residents and Veterans
The price for a senior citizen (60+), handicapped resident or veteran is $5.00. Handicapped residents must present their BLUE permanent placard, not the RED temporary placard. Learn more about parking permits for persons with disabilities
Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans that are Brookhaven residents will receive a free sticker (must show United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued identification card stating “Service Connected” disability).

Click here for more info and to find out where you can obtain a sticker:

Parking Sticker Information

Cyber Safety and Security Seminar

On Monday, February 4, 2019, the Suffolk County Police Department will present to the Middle Country Central School District their “Cyber Safety and Security Seminar”.

The presentation /lecture will assist both parents and students in identifying the risks involved with their online activities and will provide information about current laws and consequences offenders may face.

The program begins at 7:00 pm sharp in the auditorium of Newfield High School which is located at 145 Marshall Drive in Selden.


Out with the Old, In with the New at Sachem Public Library

Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Road • Holbrook, NY 11741

Monday, January 14 7:00pm

Pollution from sewage is responsible for massive fish kills, turtle die-offs, toxic algae blooms, and closed beaches around Long Island. This presentation by Suffolk County and the Citizens Campaign for the Environment will educate you about the benefits of replacing cesspools and antiquated septic tanks with innovative alternatives that will help protect our waterways and drinking water. Find out if you are eligible to receive up to $11,000 in grant funds from the county to help offset the cost of a new unit.

All are welcome to attend this free event at the Sachem Public Library. Register here, or call 631-588-5024.

Lake Management Strategies Survey

Please see link to survey below.  This survey will ask the user several questions regarding possible management strategies in Lake Ronkonkoma and the watershed of the lake. The survey is divided into sections 1) in-lake management interests, 2) in-lake management attitudes, 3) watershed management interests, and 4) watershed management attitudes.
As many of you may know, Monica Matt, SUNY Oneonta Lake Management M.S. student, is developing a long-term management plan for Lake Ronkonkoma.  The survey results will be used to help determine the main topics, layout, and design of the lake management plan.  Note, as you go through the survey, some of the questions switch between 5 being "for" something and 5 being "against" something.  Read/answer questions carefully.  Thank you.

Town of Brookhaven Resident Services

451-TOWN (8696) is a state-of-the-art Constituent Response System utilizing one phone number -- 451-TOWN -- for residents to receive any and all town services and information. The Contact Center Representatives utilize state-of-the-art technology to help them manage the high volume of calls received on a daily basis. They answer general information calls as well as specific questions about services such as garbage collection and recycling, public safety, code enforcement, street lighting, highway maintenance, parks and Town events. 451-TOWN was designed to provide residents with a single phone number to access the complete spectrum of information and Town services. Since its inception in 2007, 451-TOWN has received over 1.3 million calls.
Do you need to contact the Town of Brookhaven?  Do you need to report a pothole that needs to be filled or a burnt out street light?  Do you have a question about your garbage pickup or how to properly dispose of something?  Those and many other issues can be handled by the staff at Brookhaven's Contact Center:  call 451-TOWN (8696).

Animal Shelter Home for the Holidays or call 631-451-6950.

Thank you!
The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate the holiday season with its “Home for the Holidays” promotion, featuring free pet adoptions throughout the month of December. Each adoption includes free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. The normal adoption fees are $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat. Pictured is “Cinderella,” one of the adoptable pets looking for a home this holiday season.

Those who are interested in adopting a pet this holiday season should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit

Brookhaven Recycling Program Changes

FYI, there are significant changes being made to the Town of Brookhaven's recycling program.  The primary changes are that glass will no longer be recycled and that the town is returning to alternating Wednesdays for paper vs. plastic/metal recycling.  But see flyer below for details. 

Please share this information with your friends and neighbors. 

Thank you.

No Civic Meeting in December and January

There will be no General Membership Meeting in December and January.
Next meeting: February 14th. Enjoy the holidays!

2018 Brookhaven Special Recycling Event Schedule


Election 2018: Meet the Candidates on October 12th

The Executive Board has invited candidates for State and Federal positions to the General Membership meeting on Friday, October 12th to meet with our members. The Board does not endorse any particular candidate or political party, but we do encourage our members to come to the meeting and ask our guests about the issues that are important to them.

The meeting begins at 6:30 PM at the
Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook

LRCO Summer Concerts at Raynor Park

This event is fully or partially funded by the County of Suffolk Sponsored by Legislators Tom Cilmi, Leslie Kennedy, Tom Muratore, and Brookhaven Councilmen Neil Foley and Kevin LaValle

The Civic would also like to thank our commercial sponsors:
45 Research Way, Suite 100, E. Setauket, NY 11733-6401 - 631-751-0300

Giunta's Meat Farms
318 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-580-4720

Gino's Pizzeria
214 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-588-9874

Bonny's Restaurant & Pizzeria
600 Portion Rd, Suite 27, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-981-9090

Shenanigans Cafe
228 Hawkins Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-467-9724

Ronkonkoma Deli & Grocery
200 Ronkonkoma Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-676-5055

Island Lake Diner
625 Portion Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-676-5500

home towne tavern
Home Towne Tavern
2800 Pond Rd, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 - 631-676-4784

Help Us Reach More People


Together we can grow our organization to better serve the needs and interests of you and your neighbors.
We need your help to spread the word about the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization.
Let’s get more of our neighbors involved.

Recruit dues paying families to join the civic and enjoy a gift card to a local business as a thank you.
Recruit 2 dues paying families and get a $10 gift card.
Recruit 3 dues paying families and get a $15 gift card.
Recruit 4 dues paying families and get a $20 gift card.
Recruit 5 dues paying families and get a $25 gift card.

You can get a gift card more than once.
Simply have your recruits put your name on their application each time you get people to join.

Memorial Plaque at Arrowhead Park

Many of you may know that Pat had been an active member of the Lake Ronkonkoma community.  She served on the Executive Board of the civic organization since its inception, holding a variety of positions.  She also chaired our Fall Festival for many years, organized many of our events and chaired our Scholarship Committee.  She advocated for the Town of Brookhaven to purchase the parcel of land that has been transformed into Arrowhead Park.  Pat was also active in the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society and Friends of Sachem Library.  She was a cheerleader and supporter for Lake Ronkonkoma and we hope that this plaque helps to acknowledge her efforts to better our community.  

Thank you.
The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has placed a plaque at Arrowhead Park (corner of Pond Road & Church Street) in memory of Pat Duffield who passed away in 2014.

May Meeting: Sachem Budget Presentation

After that, Sachem Library Director Neely McCahey discussed the updated mission of the library, the many new program offerings and took questions on how the civic and the library can work together to advance our respective goals.

Please see below for a photo from the meeting.

Thank you!
If you weren't in attendance at the last civic meeting, you missed a lively discussion of the proposed Sachem School District budget.   Superintendent Graham and Assistant Superintendent O'Keefe presented details about the budget and the impact on the tax levy.  They took many questions from those in attendance.  

Pet Adoption Fair

SATURDAY MAY 19th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Come meet your new best friend at the library's 7th annual Pet Adoption Fair in
Inside/Out, the library's garden extension.  Representatives from over a dozen agencies will attend with adoptable cats, dogs and more.  Bring the whole family and pick out a new addition!  

Note:  Please do not bring your own pets.  Only adoptable animals from approved agencies are permitted in Inside/Out.  In the event of inclement weather, the fair will be moved indoors.

NEW Lake Management Study Surveys

The Lake Ronkonkoma 2017-2018 Management Study wants to know your opinion.
There are new surveys available regarding Lake Ronkonkoma.
You can visit the Management Study website here:
Or go directly to the survey here:

Proposed Amendments to Civic Bylaws

The Civic Board has proposed amendments to the Organization's Bylaws. In accordance with Article X, Section 2, The Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds affirmative vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting of the ORGANIZATION, providing that the proposed text of the amendment has been previously submitted in writing and reviewed by the Bylaws Committee in accordance with Article VIII, Section 2, and the proposed text shall have been made available to the entire membership at least ten days before such meeting.

This posting of the proposed amendments below, which have been reviewed by the Board and Bylaws Committee, shall be considered the necessary notification ten days prior to the March 8th General Meeting.

Deletions to the Bylaws text are in red and struck through; additions are green and in bold.

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Suffolk County Announces Additional Free Flu Clinics

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken today announced that the Department of Health Services will be providing additional influenza clinics at no charge to residents in light of Governor Cuomo’s declaration of a public health emergency in New York. All residents six months of age and older who have not already obtained their flu shots are urged to do so as soon as possible. 
“The health and wellness of our residents is of utmost importance,” said County Executive Bellone. “We thank Governor Cuomo for providing the funding to allow us to increase access to flu vaccines to help save lives.”
“We ask residents to obtain immunization against the flu to protect not only themselves but others who may be especially vulnerable to the flu, especially infants who are too young to be immunized, pregnant women, older residents and those with other health conditions that make them more vulnerable to flu,” said Dr. Tomarken.
Flu shots are available for residents who are age two and older at local pharmacies and for everyone age six months and older at pediatricians’ and healthcare providers’ offices.

For those who are unable to access flu immunization, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be providing flu immunizations to all residents six months and older at the following times and locations:
Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
H. Lee Dennison Building, plaza level
100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY
Entrance is to the left side of the building when facing the traffic court.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Riverhead Library
330 Court St., Riverhead, NY
Entrance is on Osborne Ave.
Residents with questions or who wish to preregister may call 631-787-2200 Tuesday through Friday, February 20 through February 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For Town of Brookhaven residents: Resident Parking Stickers for Town Facilities

The Town of Brookhaven Resident Parking Stickers are available for purchase. The price of the sticker is $15.00. If purchased prior to Saturday, May 26th, the sticker cost is $10.00. The price for a Senior Citizen (60+), Handicapped and Veteran Sticker is $5.00.

For more detailed information:


New Lake Management Study Website

The Lake Ronkonkoma 2017-2018 Management Study now has its own website. There you can find out more about this study, participate in surveys, and learn what YOU can do to help out your lake!

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Amvets Post 48 Valentine's Day Party

FYI, see below.  The party will be held on Saturday February 17th at the Amvets Post, 660 Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma.  The phone number there is 631-588-1401.

Ronkonkoma Hub Groundbreaking
Representatives from the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization participated in the Ronkonkoma Hub groundbreaking event on November 20th. 

Dawn Hopkins, the civic's president, addressed the attendees.  Dawn relayed how the civic has worked for many years with members of the community, with the Town of Brookhaven and with Tritec to transform the blighted area around the train station.  The goal has been to create a walkable community centered around the transportation options of the LIRR, the airport and the LIE, and also to provide much-needed living accommodations for the both the younger and more senior members of our community.  The civic is also seeking to foster a strong link between the Hub, the existing downtown Lake Ronkonkoma business district on and around Hawkins Avenue as well as the Lake itself in order to maximize the economic benefit of this project.

Here is a link to an article about this event in the Long Island Business News:

Sachem School Board Meeting, November 15 2017

The Sachem School Board held a routine meeting this past Wednesday, November 15. Board meetings follow a standard agenda which includes a Superintendent’s discussion, a Presentation, Board actions, and public comment:
  • The Superintendent’s discussion covers current events in the district.
  • The Presentation varies at each meeting and covers various subjects of interest to the Board and the Community.
  • The Board actions mostly include contract approvals and personnel transactions.
  • The public comment section is an opportunity for community members to raise issues they want the Board and Administration to address.
The Presentation at this week’s meeting was about a major initiative to revise the current Code of Conduct. The current Code of Conduct was developed many years ago and is broadly viewed as out of date. The new Code of Conduct is almost complete, and will be presented to the Board shortly for approval.

The Administration advised that their work on the Code of Conduct is only the first step in the overall process. They also need to develop a strategy and tactics to roll out the Code of Conduct to students, the administration and parents. Then they need to create a strategy for dealing with students who don’t comply with the Code of Conduct.

The Board was quite vocal about the importance of making sure that the non-compliance strategy be fair, address students with different needs appropriately, keep all personnel safe, and support the overall Sachem goal of helping our students grow.

School Board meetings are often informative and the public is invited to attend. The current meeting schedule may be found at this link.  Scroll down and look at “Upcoming Events” on the left side.  The next meeting is on December 6 at 7:30 PM at Samoset Middle School, in the Board Room.  We strongly encourage Sachem residents to attend these meetings.  The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization often has a representative at the meetings to report back to membership on the business of the Sachem School District.

Meeting Schedule for 2018

All meetings are at 7:30 PM, at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum,
328 Hawkins Avenue.

Thursday, February 8th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 8th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 12th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 10th: Annual Civic Meeting
Thursday, June 14th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 13th: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 11th: "Meet the Candidates"
Thursday, November 8th: General Membership Meeting

If you use Google Calendar, you can subscribe to the Google's LRCO Meeting Calendar by clicking on this link:


Ronkokomo featuring Comedian/Actor Christopher Brian Roach from Kevin Can Wait on CBS! A tribute to his hometown.

News from Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue

Please consider adopting one of these dogs or cats, or donating towards their care.  Please share this with others.
Over two dozen dogs and cats came in to Save A Pet from Rebel Ranch Rescue in Texas after the owner of the Ranch, Amy Allen, was murdered on August 21st.  All animals were tagged, vaccinated and enjoyed stretching their legs from the long journey. All except two will need to be spayed or neutered.  Everyone will be heartworm tested, many need dentals and blood work. Please consider donating at:
Their lives depend on all of us!

 For information please call (631) 473-6333. We are open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4.  Save-A-Pet is located at 608 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station


Suffolk County launches program to thwart park dumping: RID (Report Illegal Dumping)

Please share this with others, thank you!


Suffolk launches program to thwart park dumping, vandalism
August 21, 2017 By Carl MacGowan

A wave of illegal dumping incidents in Suffolk County parks in recent years prompted officials Monday to make it easier for visitors to report suspicious activity.

County lawmakers announced a new telephone hotline and email address that parkgoers can use to report dumping and other problems such as vandalism and graffiti they see in parks.

“What we want people to do is report it if they see it,” Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) said during a news conference at Lakeland County Park in Islandia. “It’s important that those of us who are here to enjoy our beautiful parks are also going to protect them.”

County officials plan to launch a social media and public awareness campaign to call attention to the program, dubbed Parks Watch, which is modeled after neighborhood watch programs in residential areas.

The campaign, also known as Report Illegal Dumping, or RID, will be highlighted in county parks by new signs bearing a pair of owl eyes that list the phone number, 631-854-1423, and email address,, for visitors to use.

Officials have been alarmed by a spate of dumping incidents in parks and open spaces in Melville, Manorville, Coram, Miller Place and elsewhere.

Islip Town’s Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood — which closed in April 2014 when 40,000 tons of contaminated construction debris was found there — reopened on July 31.

Besides illegal dumping, officials said parks are easy targets for vandalism, drug dealing, gang activity and graffiti.

Visitors should call 911 if they spot “serious criminal activity,” Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mount Sinai) said. Suffolk County police are installing security cameras to monitor parks for illegal activity, Anker said.

“You’re not going to see them. You’re not going to know where they are,” she said of the cameras. “It’s a shame we have to get to this, but we have to protect our parks.”

Suffolk has about 70,000 acres of county parkland, County Parks Commissioner Philip Bertolt said. About one-third of the county consists of state, county or municipal parks, he added.
Much of that land is in remote areas away from homes and businesses, making those places difficult to monitor, Bertolt said.

He added he hopes the Parks Watch signs alone might deter people from vandalism and illegal dumping in the parks.

“If people will know they are being watched, hopefully it will keep them away,” he said.

Visitors who call the hotline should provide useful information such as license plate numbers of involved vehicles, and the date and time of suspicious activity, Hahn said.

She said dumping and vandalism cost the county “millions of dollars” to repair and replace playground equipment and bathroom fixtures that suffer damage.

“We love our parks in Suffolk County,” Hahn said. “And we’re going to protect them.”
Please see article from Newsday below regarding a new county initiative to reduce illegal dumping in our parks.

There is a hotline to call:  631-854-1423
Or e-mail address:  

Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Offering Free Adoptions in June
The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate the start of summer with free adoptions through the month of June. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Pictured is "Jaidyn," one of the Animal Shelter dogs available for adoption.
Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit

Ronkonkoma Hub Update

If you missed the last civic meeting on June 8th, you missed a comprehensive presentation by Rob Loscalzo of Tritec, the developer of the project.  Rob provided some history of Tritec's involvement with the project and relayed some information on when construction of Phase I might start.  He discussed the impact of the sewer line on the project, the number of housing units, Phase 2 (the retail/office section), parking, and much more.  He also shared several renderings, a few of which are included below.

Local History Program at Sachem Library

The Manor of St. George
Sachem Public Library • 150 Holbrook Road • Holbrook, NY 11741
Wednesday, June 14   6:30 pm

At one time Suffolk County boasted 13 manors, founded by influential individuals with money and connections to the British Royal Governors, yet the patriots from the towns who won the Revolutionary War wrote LI history as if the manors never existed. 
The Manors of Long Island, a series of documentary films produced by the Suffolk County Archaeological Association and directed/researched by Gaynell Stone, PhD, tells this untold story. The Manor of St. George uncovers the history of the manors owned by William "Tangier" Smith in Strong's Neck, Yaphank, and Mastic. Dr. Stone will introduce the film and answer questions.

All are welcome to attend this free event at the Sachem Public Library. Register
here, or call 631-588-5024.

Kids 4 Vets Day - Sunday June 4

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is supporting the upcoming Kids 4 Vets Day.  Please see flyer below for details and share this email with others.

Thank you!

Substance Abuse Education Workshop for Parents

Please see flyer below for information about this workshop.  Please share with others who may be interested.

Town of Brookhaven Events, Programs & Other Information

Seasonal Employee Online Application:

Pre-Season Resident Parking Sticker Sale:

Cedar Beach Marine Stewardship Center & Environmental Programs:  see flyers below. 

Holtsville Ecology Site & Animal Preserve programs:

LRCO update: Sachem budget information

Residents in the Sachem School District will be receiving the notice below in the mail regarding the 2017-18 budget to be voted on on May 16th.

There is more information available on the school district's website as well as in a comprehensive budget newsletter:

For Town of Brookhaven residents - 2017 Special Recycling Event Schedule

Please see 2017 schedule below for special recycling days for electronics, pharmaceuticals and paper shredding in the Town of Brookhaven.  The next event is tomorrow in Mt Sinai at the Rose Caracappa Center.


2017 Spring Street Sign Clean-Up

The civic is once again compiling a list of street name signs and traffic control signs that are missing, vandalized or in generally poor condition.  Send your list of signs to the civic; we will verify and forward on to the appropriate town departments for review and possible replacement.  Either bring your list to the next civic meeting, or mail the list to the civic at PO Box 2916, Lake Ronkonkoma, or e-mail the list to  Deadline is May 31st.  

Also a reminder that if you notice particular potholes that need filling, please call Brookhaven's Constituent Call Center:  451-TOWN (8696).

Civic Annual Meeting: Thursday, May 11th, 7:30 PM

Join us on May 11th for our Annual Meeting and a presentation and discussion on the results of our 2017 Community Survey.

The election of officers to the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Executive Board will take place at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 11th, at 7:30 PM, at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

2017-2018 Executive Board Nominees
President: Dawn Hopkins (Term Ends 5/18)
Vice-president: Jeff Kagan (Term Ends 5/19)
Treasurer: Jeff Kagan (Term Ends 5/18)
Recording Secretary: Thalia Bouklas (Term Ends 5/18)
Corresponding Secretary: George Schramm (Term Ends 5/19)
Membership Secretary:Gregg Freedner (Term Ends 5/19)
Director #1: Brianna Fitzgerald (Term Ends 5/18)
Director #2: Peter Bonna (Term Ends 5/19)

The position of Director #3 (Term Ends 5/19) is vacant.

Suffolk County Police Department 4th Precinct Monthly Community Meeting: May 2nd

Note:  in general, in our area, if you live east of Patchogue-Holbrook Road, you are in the 6th Precinct; west of Patchogue-Holbrook Road is the 4th Precinct.  
You are invited to the SCPD 4th Precinct monthly Community Meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 2nd at 7PM at the Nesconset Public Library located at 148 Smithtown Blvd.  Special guest is SCPD Homeland Security.  All are welcome.  

Earth Day at Arrowhead Park

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Saturday's Earth Day event at Arrowhead Park!

• All of the volunteers who dug holes, shoveled mulch & soil, planted trees & bushes and spruced up this community park.
• The local nurseries who donated the plantings:  Mike from Bloomin' Haus Nursery in Holtsville, Richard & Scott from Longwood Farms in Middle Island and Donna from Bohemia Garden Center.
• The Town of Brookhaven which provided the mulch and soil.
• And especially Lesia Macko who organized the event!


Volunteers needed at Arrowhead Park - Saturday April 22nd

Please help and ask others to assist as well for this Earth Day event!  

Two local nurseries have donated several trees to the civic organization to be planted at Arrowhead Park.  Brookhaven Town has donated soil and compost.  Now we need volunteers to get the trees in the ground.  Bring your own shovels & gloves, and wheelbarrows if possible.

LRCO Second Community Survey

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is always looking for new ways to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community.  We issued our first survey last summer.  This second survey focuses on recreational activities.  

Please follow the survey link below and share your thoughts so we may help make our community a place we want it to be.  And please share this with other members of the community - the more voices we hear from, the more effective this survey will be.

Thank you!

Presentation at Sachem Library: The Revitalization of Lake Ronkonkoma

The Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group will present a program on Saturday, March 18th, 2:00 PM, about the revitalization of the lake, featuring Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley and Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle.  The program will include slides of the history of Lake Ronkonkoma provided by the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society and will showcase the accomplishments of the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group.

Update from Suffolk County Police Department Update from Suffolk County Police Department Update from Suffolk County Police Department

discussed the prevalence of massage parlors in our community; some have been involved in human trafficking and prostitution.

We recently heard from the commissioner's office regarding two arrests that took place after a raid at a massage parlor on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma after numerous complaints from local residents were made to the SCPD.  See details in press release below.  They urged residents to continue to alert the SCPD of any illegal activity believed to be going on in our neighborhoods.  

As you may recall, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini attended the November meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization.  During that meeting, we 

Suffolk County Community Protection Act

The County Executive asked that local organizations share this link with their members:

Lake Ronkonkoma St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 PM
Parade will begin at Patchogue Holbrook Road at Portion Road, West on Portion Road, South on Hawkins Avenue, West on Church Street, ending at Pond Road.
Visit for details.

Public Hearing for Ronkonkoma Hub - February 7, 2017

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7th at 2:30PM in the Legislative Auditorium of the W.H. Rogers Building (located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787) regarding the proposed expansion of the Southwest Sewer District (Suffolk County Sewer District No. 3) to support the Ronkonkoma Hub development. 

The proposal was originally presented at a public hearing last year, but was not voted on by the Legislature due to concern it was not clearly expressed this would come at no cost to the taxpayer. These improvements will be paid for using Sewer District Serial Bonds and a grant from the Empire State Development Corporation, with contributions from the developer of the Ronkonkoma Hub. The expansion of the Southwest Sewer District will provide sewage treatment to previously un-sewered areas, creating a favorable ecological and economic impact to the County, and allowing for the construction of an asset within the District that has the ability to generate revenue and future cost savings to District rate payers.

This hearing is critical to the redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma Hub.  The County Legislature is deciding on the appropriations for the pump station.

This issue has recently become "political" and if the appropriations are not approved, then the entire project is at risk.  The project requires proper sewering to move forward.

It would be helpful if community members in favor of project attend the hearing and state their support of the project and relay how important it is to redevelop the blighted area around the train station.

Emma Bruno Passes Away at 102

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Emma Bruno.  Emma passed away on Saturday January 28th; she was 102 years old.

Many of you know Emma Bruno through her varied community and civic involvements.  She had been a steadfast pillar of the Lake Ronkonkoma community for most of her life.  Emma's generosity through philanthropy and volunteerism was known by many.  She was honored by the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization in 2006 as our Citizen of the Year (see photo below).

Emma Bruno had been an active member of the Lake Ronkonkoma Homemakers Club, the Friends of Sachem Public Library Club, the Lake Ronkonkoma Senior Citizen Club, the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society and the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization. She was an avid gardener and was known to share her vast knowledge of Lake Ronkonkoma history with anyone who was interested.  Mrs. Bruno’s husband, Louis, passed away in 1991. 

Arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday February 1st:  Joseph A. Weber Funeral Home, 231 Hawkins Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Thursday February 2nd:    Funeral service to be held at Weber Funeral Home.  Internment at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale


Information Regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge

As many of you know, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has been sharing as much information as possible about this frustrating bridge project.  We arranged a community meeting with the New York State Department of Transportation in June and have provided any additional information on the project as received.

Just this week, we were provided with the flyer below (even though it was released in November.)  It provides some additional information about the project especially with regard to the closure of the northbound lanes.

Please feel free to share via e-mail or Facebook with others in the community who may be interested. 


Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board Meetings



Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Wednesday March 15th, 2017

Wednesday May 17th, 2017

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Clerk’s Conference Room at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building (Bldg. No. 20), 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York.

Information: if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to our office at 631-854-3735 or

Lake Ronkonkoma Intermunicipal Watershed Organization Meeting

The next meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Intermunicipal Watershed Organization will be held next Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00PM, prior to the Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board meeting at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held in the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium in the W.H. Rogers Legislative Building, 725 Veterans Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787.

Town of Brookhaven Coat Drive


Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit: Report on the Public Meeting December 13

Representatives from the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended this public meeting regarding the proposed Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on December 13th. While funding is always an issue with Suffolk County projects, there is a lack of adequate north-south transit options.  The BRT system would connect Stony Brook University and Patchogue with the Ronkonkoma Hub and the LIRR. The LIRR connection combined with a train station near the Brookhaven National Labs pulls together some key population centers. The proposed buses would be comfortable and make for a pleasant ride. And the proposed schedule calls for frequent departures.
Nicolls Road has a wide center median which would readily accommodate the additional lanes required for the buses. The attached exhibits show the alternatives current being considered.
Some might ask about a Smith Haven Mall connection. We believe that there would be normal bus service from the Ronkonkoma Hub to the Mall to accommodate this route.
Folks should send their comments to

Pet Adoption Fees Waived During "Home for the Holidays" Promotion at Brookhaven Animal Shelter December 15 through January 15

The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate the holiday season with its "Home for the Holidays" promotion, featuring free dog and cat  adoptions from December 15 through January 15.  Each adoption includes free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal tests. Pictured is "Jalapeño," one of the adoptable pets looking for a home this holiday season.
Those who are interested in adopting a pet this holiday season should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit


Public Hearing for Ronkonkoma Hub - December 20, 2016

This hearing is critical to the redevelopment of the Ronkonkoma Hub.  The County Legislature is deciding on the appropriations for the pump station.

This issue has recently become "political" and if the appropriations are not approved, then the entire project is at risk.  The project requires proper sewering to move forward.

It would be helpful if community members in favor of project attend the hearing and state their support of the project on December 20th and relay how important it is to redevelop the blighted area around the train station.
See notice below for Public Hearing number 2055; as noted, public hearings begin at 2:30.  The general meeting is held at William H. Rogers County Center in Hauppauge.

Upcoming Events

1.  The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 4th (tomorrow) at Raynor Beach County Park at 2:00 PM.

2.  The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be holding a Farmers Market on Sunday December 11th, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Ronkonkoma Fire District Building (corner of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue).  Vendors will be offering a variety of foods and other goods.  We expect to have additional Farmers Market events in 2017 - more info to follow.

3.  Suffolk County will be holding a public information meeting on December 13, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Suffolk Community College regarding the Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System.
Bus Rapid Transit is an innovative public transportation solution offering many of the advantages of a light-rail system but at a fraction of the cost – both for the passenger and to the municipality.
The transformation of Nicolls Road into a multimodal corridor will establish the first direct north/south connection between three Long Island Railroad lines; linking Brookhaven National Lab to Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College; connecting our Patchogue and Ronkonkoma Hub downtowns to Long Island MacArthur Airport; and creating an extensive hiking/biking network. The first public information meeting for Nicolls Road BRT will be held at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:00- 9:00P.M. 
4.  The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting on December 26th, 7:00 PM at Raynor Beach County Park.

5.  Their will be no regular meetings of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization in December or January.  Stay tuned for information regarding topics/guest speakers at meetings starting in February.

Upcoming Farmers, Craft, Artistry Market

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Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization
Farmers, Craft, Artistry Market

Sunday, December 11

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Ronkonkoma Fire District Building
(Corner of Portion Road and Hawkins Avenue)  

Vendors will be offering a variety of foods and other goods.

Ronkonkoma Hub Update

Several members of the community have recently asked us to provide an update on the Ronkonkoma Hub project since we previously shared that ground would be broken for Phase 1 in late 2016.  

According to Rob Loscalzo from Tritec Real Estate:

  • In July, Tritec purchased the fence company site on Mill Road and in August, Tritec purchased the World Gym site.
  • In early October, Tritec finalized the Phase 1 Site Plans with the Town of Brookhaven, and so far have received approvals from the following departments: Planning, Engineering, Highway, and Traffic Safety. The plans were then submitted to the  building department and Tritec expects to have a building permit before the end of the calendar year.
  • The Phase 1 Site Plans have received approvals from Suffolk County Department of Public Works (DPW) and Suffolk County Health Department. 
  • In September, the Council of Environmental Quality unanimously approved the pumping of waste to the Bergen Point Plant and made a recommendation to the Suffolk County Legislature to approve the pump station. Earlier this month the pump station plan was unanimously approved by the Suffolk County Legislature Environmental Subcommittee to be voted on by the full legislature. Last week, the full legislature voted to approve the pump station. The SC Legislature also voted unanimously to approve the inter-municipal agreement with the Village of Islandia to allow the forced sewer main to go through the street Right of Ways in the Village.  Tritec has  been working with the County Engineers to finalize the path through the development area.
  • On December 6, the Suffolk County Legislature Budget Committee makes its recommendation to fund the appropriations to build the pump station and forced sewer main. 
  • On December 20th, the Suffolk County Legislature will have a public hearing on the appropriations to fund the construction. 
  • After the Suffolk County Legislature approves the appropriations, the Suffolk County DPW will be able to go out to bid with the plans. They will notice the bid in the paper for 6 weeks, after which they will take 4 to 6 weeks to qualify the bids and another 4 to 6 weeks to negotiate a contract. After the contract is executed, construction will start on the forced sewer main and pump station. It is expected to take about 18 to 20 months for completion.
  • Tritec plans to mobilize on site this January, and depending on the weather, expects to start demolition and site work. The start of Phase I construction is planned for April 2017.
  • Tritec is aware of graffiti on a few buildings that have been purchased & are now vacant.  They have started the process to have the graffiti cleaned or repainted.  They have met with the police since the same vandal tagged other buildings in the area.

Keep Ronkonkoma Clean Every First Saturday

Every first Saturday of the month volunteers like you help keep Lake Ronkonkoma clean.
Saturday, April 3, 9:00 AM
will be our next Portion Road & Hawkins Avenue Clean Up, weather permitting.

Highlights from the Last LRCO Meeting

1.  The civic held its first Farmers Market on November 6th.  There will be another one in December - details to follow.  We expect to schedule additional ones over the next few months.

2.  Dunkin Donuts is proposing the addition of a drive-thru; a public hearing is scheduled for November 17th at Brookhaven Town Hall.  The civic will indicate its opposition to the Town Board as a drive-thru in that location is not in compliance with the land-use plan for Portion Road.  In addition, the site is not configured properly for a drive-thru.

3.  The proposed 2017 Brookhaven budget was discussed.

4.  We received updates from Councilman LaValle's office regarding some outstanding issues.

5.  There is another lake clean-up scheduled for November 19th.  

6.  Guest speaker Police Commissioner Tim Sini addressed the members in attendance and shared a tremendous amount of information.  Some highlights:

- He discussed the opioid epidemic in Suffolk County.  Year-to-date, there have been 259 fatalities, 30 in our local community.  The SCPD has a multi-pronged approach to this crisis including prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement.
- The SCPD has an
anonymous hotline that can be used to report drug dealing in your neighborhood.  Call 631-852-NARC.
- He discussed the Long Island Heroin Task Force.
- He discussed drug prevention activities in the local schools.
- Narcan training has been provided to all officers and first responders.  There have been 550 saves YTD, including several "repeats".
- Gang activity is an issue in several Suffolk County communities but is not significant in our area.
- The SCPD has a full time traffic analyst who is monitoring traffic fatalities in Suffolk County.  The issue is being addressed with enforcement and also communication to local governments if there is a road safety issue.  2016 fatalities are 27% lower than 2015 so far this year.
- SCPD Shield is a program that partners with local businesses and also churches; it allows them to share information with the SCPD to assist in crime investigations.  
- The Commissioner discussed initiatives to increase efficiency in the 911 call system, including the ability to generate a police report over the phone by calling 631-852-COPS.
- He discussed the new false alarm law (if the SCPD responds to three false alarms at your residence, you will be fined).  So far, false alarm calls are down 30%.
- 2015 had historically low crime rates; 2016 in on pace to be even lower.
- We discussed the Police Explorers program for youth ages 14 to 20 that are interested in learning about a possible career in law enforcement.
- Commissioner Sini encouraged the formation of Neighborhood Watch Groups.
- He provided crime statistics specific to our area.  We have a very low rate of violent crime.   We have high rates of property crime and larcenies likely related to the opioid epidemic.
- We discussed the prevalence of massage parlors in our community; some have been involved in human trafficking and prostitution.

Hope to see you at a future meeting!  
If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following:

LRCO Community Survey Presentation

If you missed the last meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization, you missed a presentation on the results of our first community survey.
Click on Read more… below to see the presentation slides.Read more...

Additional Opportunities to Meet the Candidates

ABCO & Member Civics: Debate
Monday, October 17, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
1st District Congressional Candidates
Medford Firehouse, 171 Oregon Avenue, Medford

Centereach, Selden, Lake Ronkonkoma Civics:
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM
Centereach Fire House, 9 South Washington Ave, Centereach

Lake Cleanup October 15th, 9 AM

Lake Ronkonkoma Clean Up2
Meet at Brookhaven’s Michael Murphy Beach on Lake Shore Road.

Ronkonkoma Street Fair Sunday, 9/4


Lake Cleanup August 27th, 10 AM

Lake Ronkonkoma Clean Up

Summer Concert Re-cap

On August 4, 2016 the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization held its first summer concert at Raynor Park in Lake Ronkonkoma.   Presenting a mix of classical music and show tunes, the seven  musicians and a barbershop quartet provided excellent entertainment with their array of talents. Many in the crowd enjoyed the sing-alongs to "Sweet Summertime", "Yankee Doodle Dandy", and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".  Seven lucky members of the civic won gift certificates to Mamma LaRosa's, Chimichanga, Mesoyios, Flanagan's, and the Island Rock Diner.  Some in the crowd went to Gino's Pizza and the Island Rock Diner afterwards where they were given 10% discounts. We wish to thank both of them for their generosity and the diner for donating two gift certificates for our raffle.   Please see some pictures from the concert below.

We hope to see you at our upcoming concerts and events. If anyone would like to perform in our future concerts, please contact Fred at 631-338-6062

Thank you!


Long Island's Hidden Past: Lake Ronkonkoma

A special lake, in the heart of Long Island, is featured in this month's Long Island's Hidden Past segment.
Three different tribes lived around Lake Ronkonkoma. To them, the lake was sacred, and used to do their hunting and fishing.
Formed by ancient glaciers, is Long Island's largest fresh water lake.

Follow Up Regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge

The civic has received additional information regarding the bridge project that we'd like to pass along:
  • Crews have been working every day since the community meeting.
  • As was requested by the community, the number of left turn lanes from the North Service Road onto the bridge was reduced to one from two.
  • They are working on getting a left-turn signal on Patchogue-Holbrook Road & the North Service Road (northbound while on the bridge) to help move traffic along quicker.
  • They will be putting "Do Not Block the Box" pavement markings on the intersection with the South Service Road.
  • They have moved the detour sign on Patchogue-Holbrook Road BEFORE Union Avenue to give unfamiliar drivers the opportunity to take Union Avenue as an alternate.  
  • They have increased signage on the entrance ramps to the LIE before the bridge in each directions.

We will continue to pass on additional updates as received.  Thanks again to everyone who attended and provided practical and sometimes obvious solutions to some of the traffic impacts of this bridge project.

LRCO Community Survey is Closed

The LRCO Community Survey has just been closed out. We wish to express our sincere thanks to those who took the time out of their busy days to participate. Your responses will help us set priorities for future actions.
We are in the process of analyzing the information and will share what we’ve learned at an upcoming General Membership Meeting.
Enjoy the beautiful summer weather!
The LRCO Executive Board

LRCO Summer Concert August 4th

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LRCO Community Survey

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is always looking for new ways to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community.  We’ve prepared a brief survey as one approach.  It’s anonymous and may be followed up by future brief surveys from time to time.

Please follow the survey link below and share your thoughts so we may help make our community a place we want it to be.  And please share this with other members of the community - the more voices we hear from, the more effective this survey will be.

Thank you!

Highlights from Meeting Regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge

As mentioned previously, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has received many complaints about the status of the work on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge.  We arranged for a community meeting NYS Dept of Transportation to find out more information about when the project can expected to be completed.  

The meeting was held on June 27th at the Sachem Public Library.  Here are some highlights:
  • Approximately 50 members of the community were in attendance.
  • The bridge was in very bad shape, poorly maintained over the years.  The concrete platforms holding up the bridge were deteriorating. Some of the steel support beams needed repair. And the underpinning of the road surface was falling down.
  • The project has been affected by a series of delays mainly caused by accidents:  the bridge has been struck four times over the past two years by trucks.  These were serious accidents, one happened just before the work started, two significant hits subsequent to that, and one more recently.  The original completion data was June 2016 but that has obviously passed.  The contractor has an additional year (until June 2017) to complete the project, but has a financial incentive to be done before this winter.  No work can be completed during winter months.
  • The concrete road deck of the southbound lanes of the bridge should be poured in July, and once that's complete they can start the second half.  Those southbound lanes should be paved in July 2016 with the walkway and side rail shortly thereafter.  The northbound lanes may be paved before year end depending on weather.  It’s likely that the walkway alongside the northbound lands and that side rail will be built in the spring and may entail some limited lane closures but this isn’t definite.
  • The contractor will have to pay penalties if work isn’t fully completed by year end 2016 and it seems that the penalties get even more serious if work isn’t fully completed by mid-year 2017.
  • We learned that as part of the repairs, the bridge is being raised six inches on one end and 18 inches on the other end.
  • The DOT will review the traffic patterns around the bridge to try to address community concerns. Assemblyman Graf will communicate the plans and the civic will relay any news on this that we learn.
Thanks to everyone who attended!

2016 Brookhaven Road Paving Update

Road paving is one of the most visible services we get from Brookhaven Town. The Civic has been working with the Town to raise awareness about the state of the roads in our community and increase transparency about paving plans.Read more...

Lake Ronkonkoma Closed to Bathing

Lake Ronkonkoma, in the town of Islip, is closed to bathing due to the finding of bacterial levels in excess of acceptable criteria.
According to Suffolk County Commissioner of Health Dr. James Tomarken, bathing in bacteria-contaminated water can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
For the latest information on affected beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 852-5822, contact the Department's Office of Ecology at 852-5760 during normal business hours, or visit the 
Beach Monitoring page on the Suffolk County website.

Suffolk County Activates Public Health Information Line

County Executive Steve Bellone and Commissioner of Health Services Dr. James Tomarken announced today the activation of the Public Health Information Line: 631-787-2200. The Information Line is being employed to enhance continuing efforts to detect and prevent the spread of communicable illnesses in Suffolk County. The line is now available from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Read more...

ATTENTION: Upcoming meeting regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has received many complaints about the status of the work on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge.  As mentioned previously, we asked Assemblyman Al Graf to set up a community meeting with the NYS Dept of Transportation to find out more information about when the project can expected to be completed.  

The meeting has been scheduled for Monday June 27th at the Sachem Public Library, 6:00 PM.  Please be there to voice your concerns and urge the DOT and its contractors to complete this project soon!  Please share the flyer below with your friends and neighbors.  


New Cyanobacteria Blooms in Lake Ronkonkoma

Recent sampling performed by SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Lake Ronkonkoma off Pond Road in the Town of Brookhaven and Mill Pond in Southampton.

Currently, cyanobacteria blooms exist at the following Suffolk County locations:
  • Lake Ronkonkoma (Brookhaven side)
  • Mill Pond, Southampton
  • Maratooka Pond, Mattituck
  • Agawam Lake, Southampton

Due to these findings, health officials ask residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area.  
Extra precautions should be taken to avoid direct exposure to waters at the Brookhaven side of Lake Ronkonkoma and Agawam Lake, as levels of cyanobacteria and associated toxins are very high. 

Though blue-green algae are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers, they can become abundant, forming blooms mostly typically in shades of green but also in shades of blue-green, yellow, brown or red. They may produce floating scums on the surface of the water or may cause the water to take on paint-like appearance.  

Contact with waters that appear scummy or discolored should be avoided. If contact does occur, rinse off with clean water immediately.  Seek medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur after contact: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; skin, eye or throat irritation, or allergic reactions or breathing difficulties.

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom that is in a body of water that does not contain a Suffolk County permitted bathing beach, contact the Division of Water at New York State DEC: 518-402-8179 between 8:00 am – 4:00 p.m. or anytime via email at

To report a suspected blue-green algae bloom at a body of water that does contain a Suffolk County-permitted bathing beach, contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 631-852-5760 between 8:30 – 4:30 or by anytime via email at

For a comprehensive list of affected waterbodies in NY State, visit the DEC’s Harmful Algal Bloom Notification Page at

For more information about blue-green algae, visit the Suffolk County website:

Highlights from the last LRCO meeting

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following updates:

1.  Members of Boy Scout Troop 9 were in attendance.  They were fulfilling a requirement for the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.

2.  Anna Throne-Holst, Democratic candidate for Congress, addressed the membership, speaking about her background, experience and priorities if she is elected.  She is being challenged in a Democratic primary by Dave Calone.  A representative of Mr. Calone was also at the meeting.  The Democratic primary is scheduled for June 28th.

3.  Maria Barbara from County Legislator Cilmi's office was in attendance.

4.  County Legislator Tom Muratore was there and provided an update on the county budget issues and red light cameras.

5.  A representative from NYS Assemblyman Al Graf's office was there to discuss the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge project as well as the Assemblyman's efforts on the heroin epidemic.  The civic has asked the Assemblyman to set up a meeting between the civic and other community stakeholders and the NYS Dept of Transportation regarding the bridge project.  We will certainly pass on to the community any updates that we received.  Right now, they claim it will be finished in August.  However, to those of us who regularly travel over the bridge, that seems optimistic at best. 

6.  Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle and Chamber of Commerce representative Kevin Hyms spoke about the Hawkins Avenue revitalization project.
- 22 new street lights have been installed.
- New street trees have been planted.
- New drainage basins will be installed.
- Hawkins Avenue, from Division to Smith, will be repaved in the fall.
- Pedestrian countdown timers were installed at Division Street.
'In addition, other updates from Councilman LaValle:
- The parks department has cut the grass at Arrowhead Park.
- Shoprite is expected to open in 2017 (located at the old Waldbaum's on Portion Road).
- Five corners:  the signage at that corner (from the shopping center) is in fact allowed, a permit is in place.  The civic had asked the town if the unattractive & cluttered signs there were legal.
- The town will be paving streets on the Farmingville-Lake Ronkonkoma border, specifically Warren Avenue and some of the side streets there.
- The proposed roundabout for Five Corners is still in the planning phase.  The civic will be attending a presentation by the town's consultant.
- The town board passed a resolution requiring a new septic system be installed when any structure is built or re-built within 500 feet of protected bodies of water.

5.  An orchestra is being formed to present an evening of music at Raynor Park during this summer.  Musicians are needed; auditions are tentatively scheduled for July 9th at Raynor Park.  For more information and/or if you are interested, please contact Fred Wallenmaier:
6.  The civic will be placing a plaque in memory of Pat Duffield at Arrowhead Park.  Pat was a long-time member and board member of the civic and worked tirelessly on behalf of our community.  We'll let you know when the plaque is in place at the park.

7.  The next LRCO general meeting is not until September.  We'll continue to update you over the summer on events and issues important to the community.  Enjoy the summer and congratulations to all of the new graduates!

Squashing the litterbugs

The column below appeared in Newsday recently.  Given that members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization have spent countless days cleaning up after other people, we felt it was worth sharing the author's sentiments.  Since its creation, the civic has made it a priority to do its part to pick up roadside litter (along Portion Road, Hawkins Avenue and Railroad Avenue) and trash along the shores of the lake.  We hope that one day, we will no longer need to do so.

Squashing the litterbugs
May 22, 2016
By Michael Dobie

When we bought a house and moved to Long Island from the Bronx more than 25 years ago, there were certain things I was prepared for. Those quintessentially Long Island things.

I did not expect one of them to be litter. On my own property. In single-family-home heaven.
It’s not so bad in the winter, but now ’tis the season.

That’s not my imagination. The temperature rises, and the litter falls. A lot of it ends up on my lawn. Or, more precisely, on the planting strip outside the hedge and the fence.

For Town of Brookhaven Residents - Special Recycling Event Schedule


Next Civic Meeting: June 9th

The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, June 9th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

We will be discussing the status of repaving town roads and the downtown revitalization grant project.

Civic meetings are open to members and non-members.


The Civic is working on an evening of music to be performed by local musicians in Raynor Park this summer.
If you are interested in joining the orchestra, contact Fred at

Town of Brookhaven Residential Building Permit Requirements & Process

Also, here again are links to pamphlets detailing what is allowed and what requires a building permit:
As mentioned previously, the last civic meeting featured an in-depth discussion on the residential permit process in general, with a focus on decks & sheds as these commonly result in homeowners having to obtain approval after the fact and perhaps also having to appear before the Zoning Board.   Provided below is more in-depth guidance as provided by the Town of Brookhaven.  However, please contact the Town of Brookhaven Building Division directly for assistance with your specific situation.
Decks & Porches Brochure
Shed Flyer

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Why do I need a Building Permit?
 It’s the law! The Town of Brookhaven Building Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and Brookhaven Town Code Section 16-3.

When is a Building Permit Required?
 A Building Permit is required for New Homes, Additions, Alterations, Manufactured Homes, and Accessory Structures. Accessory Structures most commonly include detached garages, sheds, decks, gazebos and swimming pools. “A permit shall not be required for minor repairs to existing plumbing systems.”
Alterations Requiring Permits: 
• Structural changes:
Moving internal wall
• Pool; both in ground and above ground
• Fences which meet certain criteria
Over 6 feet tall
Over 4 feet tall in front yard
• Fireplace or Wood burning Stove
• Deck more than 6 inches off ground
• External cosmetic changes if house is in an historic district
• Shed more than 144 square feet (12x12)
• Gazebo more than 144 square feet
• Accessory apartment
• Finished basement (see definition of basement)
• Garage conversion (to non garage use)
• New / Replacement HVAC system
• HVAC conversion to gas
• Solar panels
• Major plumbing system modifications
• Curb cut change – Highway Department
• Driveway apron change (decorative) – Highway Department
• Large garden structures, especially those which restrict a driver’s view
• Outside basement entrance
• Detached Garage
• Barn
Alterations not requiring Permits: 
• Kitchen Remodel
• Window replacement / remodel (except historic district)
• New or replacement roof / new or replacement siding
• Electrical system upgrade (i.e. new panel)
• Driveway and related work (note driveway must be hard surface, i.e. asphalt or concrete)
• Shrubbery and trees

• Bring paperwork (architectural plans et al) to building department (1st floor of town hall – behind guard desk).
• Meet with initial reviewer / reviewer provides form package for completion / reviewer checks package to ensure it’s complete. Scheduled appointments are available through online system.
• Meet with permit examiner / if all is in order building permit is issued.
• Note: one of the forms is a structural affidavit – this will identify any missing permits / certificates of compliance. These need to be addressed as part of the permit issuance process.  The Town has access to aerial views allowing the Town to validate the structural affidavit.
• The building permit is good for one year. Extensions are available and may be requested on line.
• During building Town inspectors must be called in to review various stages of constructions. Details will be included in the building permit package.
• Once the construction is complete a final survey must be completed (by a licensed professional such as an architect).
• The final survey and certain other paperwork are submitted to the building department for issuance of a certificate of compliance. The other paperwork will be specified in by the building department and will include items such as a tax assessor statement.

Other matters:
• When there is existing work which was done without a permit, appropriate fees/penalties must be paid.  These fees are three times the standard fees.  Architectural plans are not required but appropriate descriptions must be provided to the Building Dept.
• Existing work done without a permit must be addressed prior to sale of property.
• The building department will research original certificates of occupancy and certificates of compliance and surveys, for a fee.

Stakeholders Meeting to discuss proposed changes to Suffolk County’s Sanitary Code, Construction Standards, and the upcoming Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan

In accordance with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's Reclaim Our Waters initiative and the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, Suffolk County is pursuing proactive measures to reduce nitrogen pollution of our waters. The county is currently testing several innovative alternative single-home wastewater treatment systems to evaluate their effectiveness at reducing the amount of nitrogen that leaches from typical wastewater systems that have been widely used in Suffolk County.
To accommodate the use of alternative-wastewater-treatment systems, changes are being proposed tothe Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards. In concert with the proposed changes to the codes and standards, a Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan is being prepared that will provide recommendations for nitrogen load reduction goals and a recommended wastewater management strategy for all of the priority subwatersheds of Suffolk County. The stakeholders meeting will present the proposed changes to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards and will present the proposed scope of work for the Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan.
When:                 12:30 -3:30 p.m., May 16, 2016; registration begins at 12:00 p.m.
Where:                Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center- Montauk Point Room, Selden, N.Y.
Registration:      Seating to this event may be limited. Please click on the link below to RSVP:


If you are a member of the civic in good standing and you get a new family to join as a member by our June meeting (June 9th), you will win a $15 gift certificate to one of our local restaurants. If you are not a member but join the civic as a paying member with a friend, you too can win a $15 gift certificate.
Help us grow and support our local restaurants!

LRCO Update

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed the following updates:

1. Ronkonkoma Hub update: Initial ground breaking is likely to commence in November, pushed back from this summer.
  • Tritec, the developer, does not plan to include Section 8 housing at the HUB.
  • The State budget included funding for commuter parking structures which will replace the parking north of the tracks. This is of critical importance to the project
  • The civic will form a committee to make sure Tritec follows through on their commitments to the community.

2. The next LRCO general meeting is scheduled for May 12. We’ll discuss the Land Use Plan and residential building permit requirements.

3. May 21 is the Great Brookhaven Cleanup Day. LRCO will participate with a clean-up effort at Lake Ronkonkoma. More details to follow.

4. The Lake Ronkonkoma Inter-municipal Organization (IO) had its first meeting recently. George Schramm and Dawn Hopkins, LRCO Board members, presented draft bylaws for consideration by the IO. This is an important step towards remaking the Lake into the community asset it once was and should be.

5. The Town Board passed a resolution sponsored by Councilman LaValle and co-sponsored by Councilwoman Cartwright last week requiring the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to attend semiannual meetings with the Law Department. The Law Department will review land use plans and recent town code changes. The intent is to encourage these board to make decisions consistent with community interests. LRCO strongly supports this resolution.

LRCO Update: Sachem School District News

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the Sachem School District. Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer, attended the last school board meeting and provided the following summary:

  • The school board voted not to pierce the tax cap reversing their previous direction. The state tax cap is 0.76%. The previous decision to pierce the tax cap was made before the State budget passed. With the additional school funding from the New York State budget, Sachem will stay within the Tax Cap. The budget is not finalized but while they discussed reinstating some of the cuts made over the past year, indications are that not all of the cuts will be reinstated. The next and final budget meeting will be Wednesday April 20.
  • The school board also voted to select the new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth E Graham. He replaces James Nolan who is retiring June 30. Dr. Graham presently works in the Long Beach school district as assistant superintendent of schools.

Suffolk County to Increase Rabies Monitoring

With a recent report of the capture of a rabid raccoon in Nassau County and out of an abundance of caution, Suffolk Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken announced today that he has ordered increased surveillance of raccoons in the Towns of Babylon and Huntington, which border Nassau County.

“Suffolk County has an ongoing countywide rabies surveillance program that we will be enhancing in in those western towns in light of this new information,” said Dr. Tomarken. “We ask the public’s assistance.”

Reporting Guidelines:
  • Residents of all towns are asked to report raccoons that come into contact with humans or pets to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.
  • Residents of the Towns of Huntington and Babylon are asked to report abnormally acting raccoons and dead raccoons.
  • In towns other than Huntington and Babylon, dead raccoons should be discarded in the garbage in a safe manner and with no direct physical contact with people or pets.

Residents are asked to report sightings to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services by calling 631-852-5900, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, call 631-852-4820.

Rabies Protection:
New York State and Suffolk County law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinating your pet not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people. It is very important to make sure that these animals, as well as livestock and horses have current rabies vaccinations. To further protect yourself from possible exposure to rabies:

  • Keep dogs, cats and ferrets on a leash and keep livestock confined in the evening.
  • Do not have contact with any animal other than your own.
  • Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your home.
  • Do not touch dead or dying animals. Use a shovel, wear rubber gloves and double bag the
  • carcass, if you need to move them.
  • Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in an unusual way.
  • Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.
  • Children should be advised to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or scratched by any animal.
  • To prevent the possible spread of the rabies virus, no one, including trappers and nuisance wildlife rehabilitators, should transport and relocate any wild animals at this time.

For more information on rabies, visit the New York State Department of Health website at, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

LRCO Update: Lake Advisory Board Meeting

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the last Lake Advisory Board meeting. Dawn Hopkins, civic vice president attended along with civic president George Schramm, and provided the following summary:

Besides members of the Lake Advisory Board, about twenty-five people attended the Lake Advisory Board meeting on March 9.

Larry Farrell, community member, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the physical conditions around the Lake. Remnants of the bookstore that burned, fallen trees and debris scattered around the Lake were among the pictures that he showed. He wants to work on lake restoration in 2016.

Chart Guthrie, regional fisheries manager for the New York State DEC, reviewed his plan for development of the fishing access site on Victory Drive. A redesign of the bio-filtration system and an enlarged parking area were some of the ideas he presented. He stressed this was still in the design phase and it would be presented to the community for input. He cited numerous sources for funding the project. A number of neighbors from Victory Drive and Richmond Boulevard attended the meeting and some spoke about their concerns. The issue of vandalism was paramount and also that of parked cars at all hours of the day in the area. Chart pointed out he would have an access site steward from 7am until 4pm, weekends, holidays and some weekdays. The steward is recently mandated by State legislation on removal of invasive vegetation on boats going into and out of the Lake. The steward would also be charged with reporting incidents of concern. Chart also pointed out that there is a 24-hour DEC hotline: 877-457-5680.

George Schramm gave a history of the Memorandum of Understanding that created the Intermunicipal Organization which, for the first time, has Brookhaven, Islip, Smithtown and Suffolk County unified and committed to the health of the Lake.

LRCO Update: Friedman Property aka Ackerly Lane Office Building

If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on the Planning Board hearing for the proposed office building on Ackerly Lane near Portion Road. Dawn Hopkins, civic vice president attended and provided the following summary:

Numerous hearings have been scheduled and held on this application to build a dental practice facility on Ackerly Lane. Local residents have turned out in opposition to the development at each hearing.

Given the grading of the land and the size (2 stories) of the building, occupants of the new building would look directly into a neighbor's kitchen. There is a concern about adequate parking with neighbors worrying about people parking on the surrounding streets of Ackerly and Conway.

The Civic is also concerned with the encroachment of commercial business into residential neighborhoods. The Land Use Plan, developed by the community and the Town of Brookhaven, specifically underscores that commercial business belongs on Portion Road not in residential areas. Towards that, 66 neighbors in the Ackerly community signed a petition against this building being placed on a residential block.

The application has been placed on the Planning Board's decision calendar for March 21st.