Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

Save the Dates - Summer Concerts at Raynor Park!

The Raynor Park Summer Concert Series is BACK! Save the Dates!
Please join the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization this summer as we present our sixth Summer Concert Series at Raynor Park on Ronkonkoma Avenue. See below for dates. Please share widely and help to make these FREE community events a success!

Thursday August 1st, 7:00 PM: Just Sixties
Thursday August 8th, 7:00 PM: Radio Daze (80's tribute band)

Location for all: Raynor Beach County Park, Ronkonkoma Avenue

LRCO June Meeting


Please join us on Thursday June 13th for the June meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization which will be at the Sachem Public Library. We will have a presentation by Enrico Nardone, the Executive Director of Seatuck Environmental Association.

For those of you not familiar with Seatuck, they are based at the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the Scully Estate in Islip. From their mission statement:
Seatuck Environmental Association is dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization pursues its mission by advocating for wildlife and advancing conservation projects, engaging community scientists in wildlife research, and offering high-quality environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages.

Meetings are open to residents of Lake Ronkonkoma and neighboring communities.

Date: Thursday, June 13th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Sachem Public Library, loft area

Civic Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 9th

Please join us on Thursday May 9th for the May meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization which will be at the Sachem Public Library. We will have a presentation on the Sachem school district budget vote for the upcoming school year. Note that the budget vote will be held on Tuesday May 21st. In addition, local elected officials have been invited to provide updates and to answer questions. We will also discuss local development projects and other community news.

Note that this is the Annual Meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization; as such, the election of officers to the Executive Board will take place at this meeting. Only members in good-standing may participate in the election of officers.

2024-2025 Executive Board Nominees
President: Dawn Hopkins (Term Ends May 2026)
Treasurer: Thalia Bouklas (Term Ends May 2026)
Recording Secretary: Thalia Bouklas (Term Ends May 2026)
Director #1: Ken Kellaher (Term Ends May 2026)
Director #2: MaryLou Gonzalez (Term Ends May 2026)
Vice-president: George Schramm (Term Ends May 2025)
Corresponding Secretary: Bonnie Sulz (Term Ends May 2025)
Membership Secretary: Mark Salzano (Term Ends May 2025)
Director #3: Peter Bonna (Term Ends May 2025)
Director #4: Barbara Mandello (Term Ends May 2025)

If you weren't able to attend the April meeting, you missed a lively and informative presentation by Mitch Brendle of Integrity Expediting. Expediters can assist homeowners with a variety of town violations that can hold up the sale of a house (illegal structures like decks, sheds, pools, fences, garage & basement conversions, etc.) They can assist folks trying to buy a house that has potential violations.

Meetings are open to residents of Lake Ronkonkoma and neighboring communities. More information on the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization and how to become a member can be found at www.lakeronkonkomacivic.org.

Date: Thursday, May 9th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Sachem Public Library

April General Civic Meeting

Please join us on Thursday April 11th for the April meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization which will be at the Sachem Public Library.

We will have a presentation by Mitch Brendle from Integrity Expediting. Expeditors can assist homeowners in a variety of ways when dealing with the local township:
- if you are planning a new project and need permits
- if you need to legalize a previously constructed alteration
- if you have a town violation related to your home
- if you are preparing your home for sale

In addition, local elected officials have been invited to provide updates and to answer questions. We will also discuss local development projects and other community news.

Meetings are open to residents of Lake Ronkonkoma and neighboring communities.

Date: Thursday, April 11th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Sachem Public Library, Community Room C

Please feel free to share this info with others who may be interested in joining the meeting.

March Meeting Presentation

Thanks to all who attended our March meeting last week at the Sachem Library. We enjoyed a presentation on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening) led by the civic's student director, Lydia Hicyilmaz. See picture below from the meeting. Thank you Lydia, Abby and Brianna for sharing your experiences from this leadership development program!
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The Importance of Civic Associations

Please take a few minutes to read this editorial from The Times of Middle Country, a local newspaper, regarding the importance of civic associations. Hopefully you will be inspired to join us at future meetings:

Editorial: The importance of Civic Associations and Resident-run Conversations

In the heart of every thriving community lies a network of voices, opinions and ideas that form the very essence of its identity. These voices, when united through platforms such as civic associations and other civic groups, become a powerful force for positive change and progress. As we navigate the complexities of modern life, it is essential to recognize and emphasize the invaluable role that community forums play in representing the unified voice of residents.

Civic associations and similar groups serve as the lifeblood of local democracy, providing a platform where residents can come together to discuss issues that matter most to them. These forums offer a space for open dialogue, collaboration and problem-solving, allowing community members to actively engage in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and cities.

One of the primary benefits of community forums is their ability to amplify the collective voice of residents. In a world where individual voices can often feel drowned out by larger forces, these forums empower individuals to come together and advocate for common goals and interests.

It is necessary for these groups to facilitate ongoing and productive dialogue rather than drown one another out with differences of opinions. The goal of such associations is to gather together and advocate together. Whether it’s for improved public services, addressing community concerns or promoting initiatives for positive change, the unified voice of residents carries significant weight in decision-making processes.

Community forums foster a sense of belonging and solidarity among residents. By bringing people together from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, these forums bridge gaps and foster understanding, strengthening the social fabric of our communities. They provide opportunities for residents to connect, build relationships and work toward common objectives, creating a sense of shared ownership and responsibility for the well-being of their community.

Civic groups can serve as a vital link between residents and local government authorities. By acting as a platform for dialogue and collaboration, these forums enable residents to communicate their needs and priorities to decision-makers. This direct engagement not only ensures that the voices of residents are heard but also facilitates more informed and inclusive decision-making processes that reflect the genuine needs and aspirations of the community.

In today’s rapidly changing world, the importance of community forums cannot be overstated. As we face various challenges, ranging from urban development and environmental sustainability to affordability and changing public school landscapes, it is crucial to harness the collective wisdom and energy of our communities.

By actively participating in civic associations and other civic groups, residents can contribute to the creation of vibrant, resilient and inclusive communities that reflect their values and aspirations.

Brookhaven Animal Shelter March Adoption Promotions

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The Town of Brookhaven has announced that the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will provide $65 adoptions during the “I-rish I Had a Home” St. Patrick’s event (March 16 and March 17) and free adoptions during Easter week (March 25 through March 31). All adoptions include flea and fecal, neuter or spay, heartworm test, vaccinations, microchip, license and FIV/FELV testing. Pictured (left to right) at the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, are adoptable pets “Zuko,” “Bruce” and “Squirt” that are hoping to find their “forever home.” The Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information about the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, please call 631-451-6950 or visit the Town website:
https://www.brookhavenny.gov/152/Animal-Shelter

LRCO General Meeting, March 14, 2024 @ Sachem Library


Please join us on Thursday March 14th for the March meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization which will be at the Sachem Public Library.  
We will have a presentation on RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awakening) District 7255 by Lydia Hicyilmaz, a member of the civic's executive board and a Sachem student.   RYLA is a leadership development program for young people to hone their communication and problem-solving skills, and to discover strategies for becoming a leader in their school or community.  RYLA strives to bring out the best in high school students, following the motto "Service Above Self".  Participants focus on uniting others and bettering the world.  The annual spring event will be in April where sophomores from Long Island and New York City will be led by junior and senior leaders as they enter the program for the first time.  

In addition, local elected officials have been invited to provide updates and to answer questions.  We will also discuss local development projects and other community news.  

Meetings are open to residents of Lake Ronkonkoma and neighboring communities.   More information on the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization and how to become a member can be found at www.lakeronkonkomacivic.org.

Date:  Thursday, March 14th
Time:  7:00 PM
Location:  Sachem Public Library, Community Room C

Please feel free to share this info with others who may be interested in joining the meeting.

6th Precinct Community Meeting

You are invited to the Suffolk County Police Department 6th Precinct monthly community meeting.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 13th at 10:00 AM at the Sixth Precinct, 400 Middle Country Road, Selden.  All are welcome.   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.  

Lake Ronkonkoma Neighborhood Forum

On February 15, 2024, Legislator Leslie Kennedy will be hosting a community forum at the Ronkonkoma Fire Department on Portion Road, intended for Lake Ronkonkoma and Ronkonkoma residents. Many local elected officials will be in attendance to provide updates and field questions from the community. 

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