Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

Town of Brookhaven Holiday Recycling Days

This Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Wednesdays, our normal recycling days. The Town will collect recyclables on the Saturday after both holidays.

Plastic and metal recycling pickup will be Saturday, December 28.
Paper and cardboard recycling pickup will be Saturday, January 4.

Plastic and metal recycling includes plastics 1 and 2, aluminum and tin. Never include glass or plastic bags. Please do not put your recyclables in a plastic bag inside your recycling bin.

Paper recycling includes clean and dry cardboard and paper only. No soiled paper or cardboard. Please do not put your recyclables in a plastic bag inside your recycling bin.

Commerdinger County Park Info

If you weren’t in attendance at the November general meeting of the civic, you missed a fantastic presentation on the Commerdinger County Park. This jewel of a park is right in our backyard, on the border of Lake Ronkonkoma and Nesconset. Please click on the link below for more information on the park and the Commerdinger Preservation Society which is in partnership with Suffolk County in preserving these 100 acres of green space, of which there are few remaining in our area.

Paul Albert, the chairman of the Commerdinger Preservation Society, engaged us in the history of the historic house, built in 1810, and its various owners throughout the years and how they were intertwined in local history as well as U.S. history. There are many walking trails throughout the property where one can enjoy the peacefulness of the forest and the wetlands. Dogs are welcome as well.

However, the Preservation Society is challenged by the lack of attention by Suffolk County in keeping the historic house safe from vandals. It isn’t clear if this is due to a lack of funding or lack of interest; regardless, without intervention and protection, this historic house is at risk of being destroyed by either fire or neglect. Please contact your local county legislator to ask that they provide the needed services to ensure the historic house and park will be preserved for many years to come:

Legislator Leslie Kennedy:
Legislator Tom Muratore:
Legislator Tom Cilmi:


No Civic Meeting in December and January

There will be no General Membership Meeting in December and January.
Next meeting: February 13th, 2020. Enjoy the holidays!

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. 

Election 2019: Meet the Candidates on October 10th

The Executive Board has invited candidates for Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town positions to the General Membership meeting on Thursday, October 10th 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 7:00 PM at the
Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook

Monthly Litter Clean-up

Saturday, September 7th, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Monthly Portion Road Litter Clean Up
Meet at the southwest corner of Portion Road & Holbrook Road. 
Please spend an hour or two helping us keep our "main street" clean.

Thank you! 

Summer Concerts at Raynor Park - THANK YOU!

Special thank you's to: Civic President Dawn Hopkins and civic board members Mark Salzano, Eileen Torraca, Ken Kellaher, Peter Bonna, Bonnie Sulz, George Schramm and Gregg Freedner for organizing the events. Sachem student Ava Rush for singing the National Anthem. Decadia and Miles to Dayton for providing the great entertainment. Suffolk County Parks Department Suffolk County Parks Police for keeping us all safe And local sponsors - please support community businesses!

Bruno's Beverage

Fun Fitness
Gino's Pizza
Giunta's Meat Farms
Lakoma Deli
MB 111 Deli
Sufffolk Nursery
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Summer Concert Series at Raynor Park!

2019 LRCO Summer Concerts at Raynor Park

Please join the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization this summer as we present our second annual Summer Concert Series at Raynor Park.  See below for dates.  Please share widely and help to make this FREE community event a success!  Thank you!!!

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Dog Days of Summer

In celebration of the “Dog Days of Summer,” the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer discounted adoptions throughout the month of August. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be reduced to $65 and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

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 through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 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 the
Animal Shelter website.
Discounted Pet Adoptions in August at the Brookhaven Animal Shelter

Ronkonkoma Street Fair: Sunday, 9/1


Sachem Budget Vote - May 21st

If you missed the last civic meeting, you missed a comprehensive presentation by Superintendent Kenneth Graham and Deputy Superintendent John O'Keefe on the upcoming Sachem School budget proposal.  Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 21st.

Budget newsletter: 

For additional information on the budget, please click on the links below:

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

Civic Annual Meeting: Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00 PM

The election of officers to the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Executive Board will take place at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 2nd, at 7:00 PM, at the Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook.

2019-2020 Executive Board Nominees
Vice-president: George Schramm (Term Ends 5/21)
Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Sulz (Term Ends 5/21)
Membership Secretary: Mark Salzano (Term Ends 5/21)
Director #3: Peter Bonna (Term Ends 5/21)
Director #4: EileenTorraca (Term Ends 5/21)

Next Civic Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 2nd, 7:00 PM at the Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Kenneth Graham, Superintendent of the Sachem School District. He will be discussing the upcoming school budget vote.

Meetings are open to all residents of Lake Ronkonkoma, Farmingville and Holbrook.
Follow us on Twitter: @LRCO2003
and Facebook: @lakeronkonkomacivic

2019 Brookhaven Special Recycling Event Schedule


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 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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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

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.