Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

LRCO June Meeting

Please join us for our next civic general membership meeting via conference call.  We will have updates from local elected officials and community leaders. There will also be information on local development projects and other community news.

Date:  Thursday, June 25th Time:  7:00 PM Conference call number:  1-(701)802-5420 Access code:  2428358 followed by #

Note:  please keep your phone on mute during the call to ensure no background noise and that we can hear the speakers. Please submit any questions ahead of the meeting to the civic via email (information@lakeronkonkomacivic.org) or via Facebook.  Questions can be about the pandemic or any other civic/community issue.  Questions can also be submitted during the meeting via email or Facebook.   Thank you and feel free to share this info with others who may be interested in joining the meeting.

Civic Board Votes to Postpone Board Elections Due to Coronavirus

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Board has decided to postpone this year’s Board elections. Once the restrictions on social gatherings has been lifted and regular Civic general membership meetings can continue, the Board will hold elections following the process contained in the Civic’s Bylaws.

LRCO May Meeting

Please join us for our next civic general membership meeting via conference call.  We will have updates from local elected officials and community leaders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Date:  Thursday, May 28th Time:  7:00 PM Conference call number:  1-(701)802-5420 Access code:  2428358 followed by #

Note:  please keep your phone on mute during the call to ensure no background noise and that we can hear the speakers. Please submit any questions ahead of the meeting to the civic via email (information@lakeronkonkomacivic.org) or via Facebook.  Questions can be about the pandemic or other civic/community issue.  Questions can also be submitted during the meeting via email or Facebook.   Thank you and feel free to share this info with others who may be interested in joining the meeting.

Memorial Day Suggestions


Please see suggestions below for ways to observe Memorial Day this year.
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Suffolk County Parks Update




Overall Park Status
Please see information below regarding the current status of Suffolk County Parks during this phase of the pandemic:
Suffolk County Parks are open for visitors
  • Park areas that do not provide social distancing opportunities are closed. (Example: Park Offices, Restrooms, Campgrounds, Playgrounds and Dog Parks).
  • SCParks@suffolkcountyny.gov with the required documents (Picture of Driver’s license, green key and vehicle registration). It takes about 5-7 days to receive request after customer makes the payment. Requests are mailed via US Postal Office.
    Park Offices are closed to the public. Green Key and Permits can be requested by emailing
  •  
    Suffolk County Golf Courses Update:
    • Bergen Point is OPEN beginning Saturday April 25th
    • Indian Island is OPEN beginning Monday, April 27th.
    • Timber Point is OPEN beginning Wednesday, April 29th.
    • West Sayville is OPEN beginning Monday, April 27th.
     
    Campground Status:
    • May 31 Due to COVID-19. (Date is subject to change)
      Campgrounds are closed until
    • with begin date between April 1 – May 31 will be cancelled
      All Camping Reservations
      • scparks@suffolkcountyny.gov to request refund to credit card
        Full refunds will be issued to household account unless otherwise requested by the camper. They can email
      • All campers impacted will be emailed.
    • Campground Dump Stations are closed.
    • Southaven remains open for hardship (transient campers) and essential workers (i.e. traveling nurses). These reservations are approved through West Sayville.
    • New camping reservations for the 2020 season are suspended. If you've made a reservation for the 2020 season beginning June 1, and we determine your campground is safe to open, your reservation will be honored.
     
    Marina Status
    • OPEN.
      Marinas are
    • th  
      Marina Season shifted due to COVID-19 to April 25 – November 28
    • While parks and marinas are open certain facilities and areas within a park that do not allow visitors to maintain social distancing, may be closed. Because of this, all public restrooms, showers and the gas dock are closed until further notice. In addition, please no picnicking or use of park BBQ’s.
    • Boat Ramps are OPEN
    • SCParks@suffolkcountyny.gov with any questions or concerns.
      Due to the high call volume and limited staffing please email us at

    Donations Needed

    To assist those less fortunate during these troubling times, the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is requesting donations of non-perishable food, baby formula and diapers.  We will be accepting these items on Tuesday May 26th from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Hiawatha Elementary School on Patchogue-Holbrook Road.  Look for our table with the green LRCO banner.  We will distribute the items collected to those in need in the community.  Please share this message with others who may be able to assist. 

    Thank you!

    Phase 1 Business Reopening Guidance

    Please see information below from NYS Governor Cuomo's office regarding the reopening of businesses.  Feel free to share.
    
    Phase 1 business guidance is now available at 
    https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase  On the website you will find a summar y of guidelines, a link for businesses to read and affirm detailed guidelines, and a printable business safety plan template. Please note that these guidelines are applicable once a region is permitted to begin reopening based on the regional COVID19 metrics.

    The regional monitoring dashboard can be found here: 
    https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard
     
    Businesses that are currently operating as per the ESD essential business guidance (
    https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026) still need to read and affirm the guidance and utilize the safety plan template. 
     
    A helpful FAQ about reopening can be found here: 
    https://esd.ny.gov/nyforward-faq


    Some thoughts from the executive board of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization during these challenging times:
    Please check in with your elderly neighbors and friends, or those who may be more vulnerable to the virus.  Offer to buy groceries or pick up prescriptions from their pharmacy.  [And maybe even share a few rolls of toilet paper that you may have stocked up on…]
  • Please support local businesses however possible.  Order takeout from your favorite restaurant perhaps.  Many of these businesses have laid off most of their staff and are getting by on a skeleton crew. 
  • If you do order food or other items for delivery, make sure to add a couple of extra bucks to your usual tip.  Not all service, health care and retail workers have the privilege of working from home or calling in sick. They're working because they can't afford not to.
  • During this time of “social distancing”, take the time to pick up the phone and call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in some time.  Or email friends and family to check in.  Or call or write a note to an elderly relative who may be shut-in.
  • https://www.charitynavigator.org/
    Donate money if you can.  Plenty of local organizations and charities, as well as those that serve globally, are looking for monetary support. Charity Navigator has compiled a list of trustworthy charities to donate to, and food banks, shelters and other charities in our area certainly need support.    
  • Take a walk!  The weather is warming up, it’s a great time to take your spouse, kids and/or your dog for a stroll around the neighborhood.  
  • Lastly, we’re grateful to all of the civil servants who are still working:  the mail is still being delivered, our garbage and recycling is still being picked up.   UPS and Fedex drivers are making sure our packages are being delivered while we shop online.

    And we’re especially grateful to all of the local emergency responders (police, fire and ambulance personnel) as well as to all of the doctors and nurses who are on the front line, taking care of those who may be ill.

    Let’s all be good neighbors and help our community!

    Thank you and be well!  Drink lots of water, rest and wash your hands!

    COVID-19 Testing


    We're sharing this information for those of you who may want to pursue testing:
    Suffolk County’s first drive thru, free testing site for coronavirus is now open at Stony Brook University in the South Commuter Lot (P Lot).  This is off of Stony Brook Road.
  • The mobile testing site features six lanes to accommodate up to 1,000 tests per day and will be open 7 days a week from 7am - 7pm.
  • If you wish to be tested, call the State of New York Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065 to make an appointment. If you can't make it to Stony Brook, call your doctor for additional testing options and availability.
  • Some community information regarding COVI-19



    Town of Brookhaven updates are here (closings/cancellations etc.)
    https://www.brookhavenny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=2158

     
    Suffolk County Updates 3/20/2020
     
    SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
    For more information, please click here.
     
    Important Links:
    CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    S.C. Covid-19 Update Page
    NYS Coronavirus Information
     
    Governor Cuomo Update-March 20, 2020
    Some of this information may be helpful to you.  Please share if you believe others will find it useful.  Thank you.
    Governor Cuomo will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others. Effective Sunday, March 22, 2020 by 8:00 pm
    • Effective March 21, 2020 8:00 pm - until further notice, all barber shops, beauty salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to members of the public. This shall also include nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians; and the provision of electrolysis, and the provision of electrolysis, laser hair removal services, as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance
    • #COVID19 pandemic.
      New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants. We will do all we can to help those financially suffering because of the
    • For assistance in finding child care please contact the Child Care Council of Suffolk hotline # 646-926-3784. We are prioritizing child care for essential workers, including health care workers, first responders, grocery and pharmacy employees and others who are critical to keep our essential supports operational. 
     
    Grocery Retailer Senior Shopping Hours updates-March 20, 2020
    Dollar General 8-9 am-Daily
    Stew Leonard 7:30-8:00 am-Daily
    Stop and Shop 6:30-7:30 am-Daily
    Uncle Giuseppe’s 7-8:00 am-Daily
    Giunta Meat Farm 6:30-7:30 M/W/F
    Target 8-9 am Wednesdays
    Walmart 6-7 am Wednesdays
     
    Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit is Open -March 19, 2020-
    The Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit -- a key component of the County’s overall plan -- is now operational within our Labor Department.
     
    12 Labor Department employees dedicated to this unit and not only will they address questions and needs, but they will be able to track the data and information provided by our local businesses.
     
    To be connected to the unit,
    our local businesses can Dial 311 and once prompted press 2 to be transferred to the unit, email Business.Recovery@suffolkcountyny.gov or they can visit
    www.suffolkcountyny.gov/bru.
     
    We also want to encourage our residents to fill out the Business Recovery Survey located on the top right of the Suffolk County Government homepage. While it can be accessed on a mobile device, we recommend the use of a desktop or laptop.
     
    Governor Cuomo Update-March 19, 2020 
     
    The Governor also announced the Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus. The directive includes:
    • Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship;
    • No negative reporting to credit bureaus;
    • Grace period for loan modification;
    • No late payment fees or online payment fees; and
    • Postponing or suspending foreclosures. 
    Additionally, the Governor has asked the Department of Financial Services to instruct state chartered banks to waive ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and fees for credits cards to help lessen the financial hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Yorkers.
     
     
    Suffolk County Parks Update-March 19, 2020 
    While all of our County Parks remain open for our residents to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, today we will be closing all dog parks and playgrounds in the interest of public health.
     
    Residents can still visit our parks to get outdoors with their family or for walks with their dogs. Additionally, as of tomorrow all County golf courses will open EXCEPT Timber Point.
     
    The Park’s Department will continue to post updates on the County website to keep our residents informed.
     
    NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IMPLEMENTS A FILING SYSTEM AND EXTENDS HOURS TO ADDRESS THE INFLUX OF UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS AND MAKE PROCESS MORE EFFICIENT FOR CLAIMANTS-March 18, 2020
     
    To file a claim log on to: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/
     
    NYSDOL is implementing a new more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). Here is the step-by-step process for filing;
     
    A - F : Monday
    G – N : Tuesday
    O – Z : Wednesday
    Missed your day : Thursday and Friday
     
    Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim, since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.
     
    Stony Brook University Drive Through Testing Site
    NYS Coronavirus Hotline
    The New York State Department of Health is allowing people to make appointments at their Suffolk County mobile testing site now. Suffolk County residents who want to make an appointment for the test can call the NYS Coronavirus Hotline
    1-888-364-3065 and they will be triaged by a nurse or a healthcare professional.
     
    Suffolk County Department of Social Service
    Riverhead Center
    893 E. Main Street Riverhead, New York 11901-2542
    Telephone: (631) 852-3500
    Fax: (631)852-3505
     
    Coram Center
    80 Middle Country Road Coram, New York 11727
    Telephone: (631) 854-2300
    Fax (631) 854-2123
     
    Smithtown Center
    200 Wireless Boulevard Hauppauge, New York 11788
    Telephone: (631) 853-8714
    Fax: (631) 853-8842
    South West Center
     
    2 South 2nd Street Deer Park, New York 11729
    Telephone: (631) 854-6600
    Fax: (631) 854-6672
     
    All efforts to reduce public contact are being made while meeting the needs of the County’s most vulnerable residents.
     
    Applications
    Applications for assistance programs can be submitted by mail (instead of coming to a center). Please visit the SCDSS website for information or to download applications at:
    https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Social-Services/Client-Benefits-Administration
     
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and case recertification can be submitted electronically @ mybenefits.ny.gov or by mail (instead of coming to a center).
     
    Additionally, SNAP benefits can be used for online grocery purchases.
    Current participating retailers include: Amazon, Walmart and ShopRite. Amazon is available statewide; Walmart and ShopRite participate in specific zip codes. Walmart, depending on specific locations, offers delivery, pick-up or both. Clients can enter zip code on the Walmart or ShopRite websites to find availability.
      
    Establishments that are not abiding by the closure order
    The County Executive announced today, March 17, 2020, that if someone sees an establishment not abiding by the Governor’s closure order for bars and restaurants, please call 631-852-COPS or 311.
     
     
    
    SMART 911 
    We are encouraging residents to sign up for SMART911, which allows individuals and families to provide critical medical information to 9-1-1 and first responders.
     
    The information provided in a Smart911 Safety Profile enables us to know who is at the greatest risk in our community. We can provide individuals with critical updates based on their location and health history.
     
    Ultimately, Smart911 gives our community the chance to be proactive, and lets us know who requires our services. Residents can visit
    Smart911.com to sign up.
     
    As part of this effort, residents can now sign up for SMS text message updates on their mobile devices to receive updates on the latest information, health guidance and other developments relating to the coronavirus. Residents should text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to enroll.
     
     
    Closure of Suffolk County Department of Human Resources, Personnel and Civil Service
     
    As of March 17, 2020- The Suffolk County Civil Service Building will be closed to the public for the next two weeks or until further notice.
    All essential functions will continue. Almost all transactions and general inquires can be addressed online via access to the website or by phone. For those wishing to drop material off at the building we greatly encourage you to mail instead.
     
    New Yorkers with Student, Medical, and Other State-Referred Debt Will Have Payments Frozen for At Least 30 Days
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James-Debt Relief Announcement March 17, 2020 Effective immediately — the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.
     
    S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs
    Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs as well as SWEP are closed to the public. Information is available by phone and email.
     
    631 853-4600  
    Consumer.affairs@suffolkcountyny.gov
    631-853-6600  
    SC.DOL@Suffolkcountyny.gov
    631-853-3820  Suffolk Works Employment Program (SWEP) Help Line
     
    NYSED-Effective March 18, 2020:
    Early Intervention and 4410 Preschool Special Education Services, including SEIT, Evaluations, Related Services and Transportation are suspended. This will remain in effect thru April 1, 2020.
     
    COVID Testing Procedures:
    Reach out to Primary Care Physician (PCP) or call your local Urgent Care Facility to assess your conditions/symptoms. Currently, it is also flu and allergy season as well as many are experiencing signs of the common cold and cough. Your Primary Care Physician or Urgent Care Facility should be able to triage your symptoms to eliminate other possibilities before being tested for COVID 19.
     
     
    Food Pantry and Feeding Programs
    Long Island Cares (LIC) Michael Haynes
     
    LIC will perform Grab and Go breakfast to children and adults in need (Gus Truck) ;
    • Saturday, March 21: Wyandanch Community Resource Center, 1585 Straight Path (from 9:30 to approximately 10:30 a.m.)
    • Saturday, March 21: Mercy Inn, 17 S. 20th Street, Wyandanch (from approximately 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.)
    • Sunday, March 22: HELP Suffolk, 685 Brookhaven Avenue, Bellport
    Sunday, March 29: Mastic Fire Department, 1080 Mastic Road, Mastic
     
    LIC will provide emergency bags of food to seniors and individuals in need (Support our Seniors Program) Consists of: 9 meals per person, 3 meals per day, for 3 days based on Feeding America guidelines
     
    3/18/20 - Moriches Bay Recreation Center-12:00-1:00pm- 313 Frowein Rd. Center Moriches, NY 11934
    3/18/20 – Hampton Bays 10-11:00am -31 E Montauk Highway Hampton Bays, NY 11946
    3/18/20- Avery Village – 2:30 pm -3:30 pm -1100 Village Drive East Patchogue, NY 11772
    3/20/20 - Mitchel Houses 1pm-2pm -1485 Front Street, East Meadow, 11554
    3/20/20 –- Sienna Village10:00 am – 11:00am – 2000 Bishops Rd , Smithtown, NY 11787-
    3/23/20 - Plainview Housing- 10:00 am -11:00 am - 115 Central Park Rd, Plainview, NY 11803
    3/27/20 – Village of Brentwood 10:00am-11:00am- 95 2
    nd Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
     
    LIC will provide emergency food to individuals in need (Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise) Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise (M.O.R.E.): Provides emergency food to individuals- They will be provided 3 meals per day for 3 days.
     
    3/20/20 - Rogers Memorial Library - 11am-12pm - 91 Coopers Farm Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
    3/20/20 – Westbury FQHC Family Health Center – 10:30am - 11:30am 682 Union Ave, Westbury, NY 11590
    3/25/20 - Middle Country Public Library – 11am-12pm - 101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720
    3/25/20 - Comsewogue Public Library - 12:30m-1:30pm - 170 Terryville Rd, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
     
    LIC operates satellite locations including its own emergency food pantries at several community locations. Satellite centers will serve 6 families at a time. People in need are encouraged to call the LIC location closest to them to make an appointment to alleviate time constraints. Food boxes will be delivered to vehicles. Hours and locations are as follows:
     
    Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Our staff will also be available to assist people at other times including, weekends by appointment only by calling
    (631) 582-3663 Ext 109. 
     
    Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank
    10 Davids Drive – Harry Chapin Way, Hauppauge
    (631) 582-FOOD
    for appointment
     
    Nassau Center for Collaborative Assistance
    21 East Sunrise Highway, Freeport
    (516) 442-5221
    for appointment
     
    South Shore Service Center
    163-1 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
    (631) 991-8106
    for appointment
     
    Harry Chapin Food Bank and Humanitarian Center
    220 Broadway, Huntington Station
    (631) 824-6384
    for appointment
     
    Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Retail Food Rescue Center
    161 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst
    (631) 991-8106
    for appointment
     
    Hunger Assistance & Humanitarian Center of the Hamptons
    286 West Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
    (631) 613-3344
    for appointment
     
     
    Suffolk County Department of Health Services as of March 16th

    I tested positive for COVID-2019 What do I do now?
     
    If you test positive for COVID-2019, you should isolate yourself from other household and/or family members (those who live with you). In addition, your household and/or family members should also remain at home under quarantine.
     
    Quarantine or isolation means you must stay separate from others in the community to prevent the possible spread of COVID-2019.
     
    ·        
    You must stay at your residence all the time, during the period you are self-quarantined. You should avoid having company at your residence
     
    ·        You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day, and record your temperature on a sheet of paper or electronically.
     
    ·        You can live with other family members in your home, but you must sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the quarantine or isolation period is over.
     
    ·        During this period, you should avoid close contact for social or dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
     
    ·        You may walk outside your house on your own property, but should not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. You should refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
     
    ·        Symptoms of novel coronavirus include: fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick.
     
    ·        If you have a true emergency, call 911, and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine or isolation for novel coronavirus.
     
    ·        If you feel you need to be relocated to another jurisdiction (city, town, or state), you must first speak to the SCDHS Public Health Staff at 631-854-0333 who will handle your request.
     
    ·        If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), please call 311.
     
    ·        If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer to excuse you from work. 
     
    ·        You will be advised by the SCDHS in consultation with the New York State Department of Health when your quarantine or isolation period will end. 
     

    March Civic Meeting: Cancelled

    Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling our March general membership meeting. This is consistent with the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus by limiting things like gatherings of people. The disease risk is greatest for those age 50 and older and those with pre-existing conditions or risk factors.

    Thank you.



    The March meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be held on Thursday March 12th at 7:00 PM
    at the
    Ronkonkoma Hub - Station Square
    1000 Mill Rd, Ronkonkoma


    There will be updates on the Phase 1 & 2 Hub construction and a tour of the completed buildings.

    Directions
    From Union Avenue, turn south on Mill Road, and look for the Alston Leasing Office sign on the left.

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

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    Animal Shelter Celebrates “St. Pet-rick’s Day” with “Irish I Had A Home” $65 Dog and Cat Adoptions

    The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its “Irish I Had A Home” promotion, offering $65 adoptions on March 16 and 17. The normal adoption fees are $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat. Adoptions will also include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm, flea and fecal tests. Pictured are two of the Animal Shelter’s adoptable pets, “Jocyln” (left) and “Helga” (right).

    If you want to adopt a forever friend, 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, visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.


    Thank you!   

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    Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board Meetings

    LAKE RONKONKOMA ADVISORY BOARD


    MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2020

    Wednesday, March 18th



    Time: 6:00 PM

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

    Information: if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to our office at 631-854-3735 or ali.nazir@suffolkcountyny.gov

    February Civic Meeting

    Thanks to everyone who attended February’s civic meeting.
    For those of you who weren’t able to attend, you missed an informative meeting.
    Hope to see you at our March meeting. Some highlights from the meeting:

    1. The COPE officers from Suffolk County Police Department’s 4th and 6th precincts were in attendance and spoke about reckless youth biking.  See flyer below.  They also answered questions on a number of other local issues.
    2. Membership drive:  we plan on 2020 being a growth year for civic membership.  Stay tuned for more info and expect to hear us speak to the benefits of a large membership base at upcoming meetings.
    3. We discussed the Town of Brookhaven’s proposed re-design for the Five Corners intersection.  See rendering below.  Please come to the Community Meeting on February 24th, 6:00 PM, at Lake Grove Village Hall on Hawkins Avenue.  Representatives from the town and the town’s consultants will present their proposal, answer questions and take feedback from the community.
    4. The civic provided updates on a variety of land use projects and properties in the community.  We discussed:
    - The proposed 7/11 on the site of the former Shell gas station (corner of Hawkins & Portion) and how the civic worked to make sure it complied with the land use plan. 
    - The proposed 7/11 & gas station for the site of the former miniature golf business on Portion Road.  The civic is opposed to this as it is not in compliance with the land use plan.  Town elected officials seem to be in favor of this though and we will continue to push for appropriate compliant use of this parcel.
    - The Agnew & Taylor building.
    - The parcel on the southeast corner of Holbrook and Portion Roads.
    - The Cenacle property
    - Newton’s Garage site
    - Ronkonkoma Hub current and future development.
    5. For reference, here is a link to the adopted land use plan on the town’s website.  This is our guiding document for development and re-development on Hawkins Avenue and Portion Road.  It took many years to compile this plan – please take some time to review it.

    https://www.brookhavenny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/730/2009-Portion-Road-Corridor-Study-and-Land-Use-Plan-for-Lake-Ronkonkoma-and-Farmingville-PDF