Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

General Announcements

Meet the Candidates Online: October 8th, 7 PM

virtual and is scheduled for Thursday October 8th at 7:00 PM.

This is our annual Meet The Candidates meeting and will be a joint event with the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce.  Candidates for US Congressional Districts 1 and 2 have been invited as well as candidates for NYS Senate District 3 and NYS Assembly District 5.

Please see details on flyer below.  This is the Zoom info in order to participate in the meeting:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 947 8032 9868
Passcode: 828539
Telephone: 1 (646) 558 8656, access code 828539

Meetings are open to all residents of Lake Ronkonkoma, Farmingville and Holbrook.  

The October meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be


Mail-In Voting In New York: Deadlines and How To Get A Ballot that provides important information on these changes, various deadlines and how to vote by mail for the upcoming election on November 3rd.  

Follow these steps to properly cast your ballot by mail in New York.
Rules regarding absentee voting have just recently changed in New York State.  See link below to a recent article on

Lake Ronkonkoma Survey

The survey for the Lake Ronkonkoma Management Plan is now available!

The link to the survey is .The plan is to keep the Survey open through mid- September.
Please see the link to this important survey below.  The results of this survey are important to the future of the lake as well as to the community.  Please share this widely within the community.  Thank you!

New York State Unclaimed Funds Program

If you need assistance, State Senator Martinez's office can help.  See note below:

Dear Neighbor, 
I am writing to advise you of the New York State Unclaimed Funds program. New York State is currently holding more than $15 billion in lost money owed to state residents, businesses, and non-profit organizations. During these difficult economic times, our office wanted to make sure we did our best to find any way possible to help.  
Under state law, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required to turn over inactive accounts to the State. The Office of the State Comptroller then serves as the custodian of this money until it is claimed by its rightful owner. As your State Senator, I look forward to helping you get the money you are entitled to.
You can check if you have unclaimed funds owed to you by logging onto
New York State's Unclaimed Funds.  Once you’re logged in and checked that you have unclaimed funds held with the State, please follow the prompts to claim the money owed to you. 
The representatives in my office would be pleased to help you receive your unclaimed funds as well as to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (631) 360-3356 if I can be of assistance with this or any other matter and share this information with your friends and loved ones.
A reminder to periodically check for unclaimed funds in New York State.  Use this link:

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 ( 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 ( 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.

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).
  • 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
      • 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
    • 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  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:
    Businesses that are currently operating as per the ESD essential business guidance ( still need to read and affirm the guidance and utilize the safety plan template. 
    A helpful FAQ about reopening can be found here:

    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.
    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.)

    Suffolk County Updates 3/20/2020
    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 or they can visit
    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.
    To file a claim log on to:
    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 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:
    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and case recertification can be submitted electronically @ 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 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
    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. 

    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 or call 631-451-6950.

    Thank you!   


    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.

    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 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)

    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!

    New Displays at the LRHS Museum

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    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.

    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

    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.

    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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    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.

    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. 


    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...

    Lake Cleanup October 15th, 9 AM

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

    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 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...

    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



    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

    Please share this e-mail with your friends and neighbors who might benefit from this information.

    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.


    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.

    LRCO Update: Sachem Budget

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

    The Sachem School Board has tentatively agreed to a budget that will result in a 1.99% property tax rate increase. The approval is tentative because the State budget and school aid amount is not yet final. The 1.99% property tax rate increase technically pierces the State tax cap and will therefore require a 60% approval rate in the district-wide budget vote. If there is no change in state aid, the level of services will be the same as in the current school year, but for the previously approved closure of two elementary schools and one middle school. If state aid increases, the Board will have the opportunity to revisit the level of services. Note that the State budget deadline is April 1st so this should be resolved shortly, if the State acts on time.

    LRCO Update: Suffolk County Alarm Management Program

    If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed a briefing on this program by Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer:

    Suffolk County passed legislation last year requiring residents and business with central alarm systems to obtain permits from the Suffolk County Policy Department by April 1, 2016. A brief brochure was recently mailed to all Suffolk County addresses describing the program and how to obtain a permit. The stated purpose of the program is to reduce the cost of police response to false alarms. After April 1, 2016, policy response to a false alarm will result in a fine. This fine is waived for those with a current permit. The permit costs residents $50 the first year and $25 in renewal years.

    A copy of the brochure is provided below.


    LRCO Update: Town of Brookhaven Info

    If you weren’t at the last civic meeting, you missed an update on Town of Brookhaven issues. Jeff Kagan, civic treasurer, attended the last town board meeting and provided the following updates:

    1. Councilmen LaValle and Foley, who together represent the LRCO community, have indicated that we should see more local paving in 2016 and 2017. Hawkins Avenue, which spans both council districts, will be paved in 2016 in conjunction with the downtown revitalization project. Councilman LaValle stated that additional streets will be paved in his district in 2016. These should include the South Howell and Crestwood Lane area. Councilman Foley advised that he is working off of the civic’s submitted street list and it has been submitted to the Town Highway Department.

    The civic will continue to provide updates on progress towards getting adequate attention to our community’s streets.

    2. Numerous people spoke at the Town Board meeting in support of Caithness II. Caithness II is a proposed 750 megawatt power plant to be located in Yaphank nearby the existing Caithness I power plant. PSE&G recently reported that projected demand on Long Island does not support Caithness II and the project was set aside. The Town stated that it is not on the Town decision calendar and that the Town had already given all requisite approvals. The speakers advised that they were requesting action by the Town Board as individuals in support of this project. There are many issues related to energy needs and the future of Long Island. While these were not discussed at the meeting, this is a high-stakes issue and is should heat up considerably in the near future.

    Sachem School District Preliminary Budget

    The Sachem School Board met February 24, 2016. Among other agenda items, they discussed the upcoming Budget. The Board has recently been forced to make mid-year budget adjustments to deal with financial shortfalls. The Board also decided to close three schools for the upcoming school year to address the emerging financial stress.

    The financial shortfalls are substantially the result of years of reduced NY State School funding and unfunded State mandates. The actual amount of NY State school funding for 2016/2017 will not be finalized until the State finalizes its budget on or about April 1, but unfortunately preliminary funding projections are modest. While our local legislators are making every effort to provide additional funds, the Board needed to make preliminary decisions based on the preliminary funding projection.

    The Board has tentatively decided to pierce the State property tax cap in order to properly fund the current level of school services. The State tax cap is 0.76% and the Board is proposing a 1.9% tax rate increase. The Board made this decision recognizing that the NY State tax rebate program refunding school property tax increases in Districts that stayed within the tax cap has ended and been replaced with a far more modest program. Thus the impact of piercing the cap is significantly reduced.

    The Board fully intends to work with our State representatives to encourage additional State aid. Once the Board knows the final amount, final decisions about the proposed Sachem School Property Tax Rates, and the level of school services provided will be made. This should occur in the first weeks of April.

    Sachem School Board votes to close Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School

    Members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended the last Sachem School Board meeting, the main focus of which was the decision to close three schools to help address the district's financial difficulties. A summary of the meeting follows:

    The Sachem School Board met Wednesday evening January 20, 2016 to make the final decision on school closings. The School Board had voted to propose closing Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School during their December 16, 2015 meeting. The next and final steps to finalize the proposal were a Public Hearing and then a School Board vote. The Public Hearing occurred Wednesday. Numerous people addressed the School Board members covering three basic issues.
    Residents associated with Gatelot expressed their disappointment that Gatelot was selected. They cited comments in the report of the Facilities Study Committee Report from January 2014 stating that Gatelot should not be closed.
    School nurses and parents expressed concern about nurse staffing after realignment.
    Residents expressed concern about Administrative and Custodial staffing after realignment.
    The School Board closed the Public Hearing and commenced the regular meeting. Item 9.3 was the resolution to close Tecumseh and Gatelot Elementary Schools and Sequoya Middle School. This resolution passed by a vote of 6 to 3. The school closings take effect with the school year starting September 2016.

    The School Board and Administration advised meeting attendees that the vote does not decide staffing of Nurses, Administrative or Custodial personnel for the upcoming school year. Staffing will be determined during the budget process which will commence shortly.

    The School Board and Administration also advised meeting attendees that they intend to make every effort to lease the closed schools and do not intend to sell them at this time. They pointed out that they leave the option open to reopen the schools at a later date if circumstances warrant.

    New Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

    There is a new hearing date for this proposed office building, at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane. The hearing will be on Monday January 25th at 4:00 PM. This hearing is number 4 on the agenda. The agenda reads:

    Portion Properties LLC @ Ronkonkoma
    Location: S/EC of Portion Road (CR 16) and Ackerley Lane
    Description: To construct a 3,230 sq. ft. Office building (medical office) and associated site improvements, with parking variances.
    Tax Map#: 0200 64900 0200 031001
    Council District: #5
    Log#: 15SP0013
    Area: 2.157 acres
    Zoning: J Business 4
    School District: #5 Sachem CSD
    Applicant Info: Scott Friedman c/o Portion Properties, LLC 500 Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

    We have previously communicated our concerns about the original proposal. In December, we met with a representative of the property owner to discuss those concerns and review a revised proposal.

    ​The building itself is much improved; the architecture matches the current office building at that corner and appears to be compliant with the Land Use Plan (LUP) for this part of the Portion Road corridor. [See images below.]

    The LUP also suggests that a new building on this property be aligned with the existing commercial frontage along Portion Road, as is the existing building, as opposed to being placed on a residential side street (Ackerly Lane). Placing the building on Portion Road would also protect the residential properties on Ackerly and Conway.

    However, should the building be placed on Ackerly, we would recommend the following protective measures:
    Maximize the size of the buffer along the east, south, and west property lines
    Within these buffers, use as much of the natural vegetation as possible supplemented with additional evergreen landscaping, such as Leyland cypress.
    The buffer should also address the grade change across the properties and try to limit the visibility of the structure at the second floor level.
    Use landscaping to disguise the retaining wall that’s visible from the street.

    We are also concerned that proper noticing of this hearing has not been done; the required signs on the parcel itself have not been posted properly.

    We encourage nearby property owners to attend Monday’s hearing to share their concerns and comments on this proposal with the Planning Board.


    Suffolk Drone Bill Public Hearing on January 21

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, pursuant to Local Law 29-2015, will hold a public hearing, in order to receive input from the public regarding the establishment of an unmanned aerial vehicle permitting process and regarding which County parks are appropriate to allow such permits to be utilized.
    A public hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Media Room 182 of the H. Lee Dennison Building, located at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788, at which time all interested persons will be heard.

    Lake Advisory Board Meetings for 2016



    Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

    Wednesday March 9th, 2016

    Wednesday May 11th, 2016

    Wednesday July 13th, 2016

    Wednesday September 14th, 2016

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

    Time: 6:30 PM

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

    Contact the 12th Legislative District Office
    (Office): 631-854-3735

    Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

    Thanks to all of you to attended this hearing on October 5th.  However, the developer did not properly notify neighboring residents as well as the community in large, about the Planning Board hearing.  As such, the hearing will be re-heard on Monday November 9th, 4:00 PM at Brookhaven Town Hall.  Please plan to attend to ensure your voice is heard on this proposal.   You now have a second shot to address the Planning Board to ask for changes or to ask that they deny the proposed development as presented.  See notes below from our prior email to you for more information and why the civic organization has serious concerns about this developer's plans.

    The hearing is number 9 on the Planning Board agenda; this is how it appears on the agenda:

    9. Portion Properties LLC @ Ronkonkoma
    Location: S/EC of Portion Road (CR 16) and Ackerley Lane
    Description: To construct a 3,230 sq. ft. Office building (medical office) and associated site improvements, with parking variances.
    Tax Map#: 0200 64900 0200 031001
    Council District: #5
    Log#: 15SP0013
    Area: 2.157 acres
    Zoning: J Business 4
    School District: #5 Sachem CSD
    Applicant Info: Scott Friedman c/o Portion Properties, LLC 500 Portion Road Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 

    Thank you!

    LR Historical Society Annex Opening


    Next Civic Meeting: September 10th

    The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, September 10th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum located at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    Please attend and share your road condition frustrations
    Also: Ronkonkoma Hub Project Update

    Update on Patchogue-Holbrook Road Bridge Project

    The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization reached out to Assemblyman Al Graf to get an update on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge over the Long Island Expressway.  Many of our members have asked the civic for news on this reconstruction as it seems to be moving at a slow pace with no end in sight.

    According to the Assemblyman:

    The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016. It has been delayed by a truck accident and inclement weather. The work is done from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. This is a much more involved project than the Ronkonkoma Avenue bridge: there will be a new structural bridge deck, new roadway approaches, wider shoulder lanes, a new sidewalk, improved traffic signals, and new landscaping. The New York State Department of Transportation appreciates the patience and cooperation of motorists during this important project.

    We'll continue to pass along any additional information we receive on the status of this bridge work.

    Health Officials Warn of Cyanobacteria Bloom on Lake Ronkonkoma (Brookhaven side)

    Researchers from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services have confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) at Lake Ronkonkoma* off Pond Road, in the Town of Brookhaven.
    Additionally, blue-green algae persist at the following locations:
    Sagaponack Pond in South Hampton
  • Georgica Pond in East Hampton
  • Roth Pond, Stony Brook University
  • McKay Lake in Calverton
  • Fort Pond in Montauk
  • Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton
  • Wainscott Pond in Wainscott
  • Agawam Lake and Mill Pond in Southampton
  • Maratooka Lake in Mattituck.
  • Health officials ask residents not to use, swim or wade in these waters and to keep pets and children away from the area.

    Cyanobacteria are naturally present in lakes and streams in low numbers; however, they can become abundant, forming blooms in shades of green, 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. Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins that can cause health problems in humans and animals if exposed to large enough quantities.

    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 cyanobacteria bloom at a body of water that contains a Suffolk County-
    permitted bathing beach, contact Suffolk County Department of Health Services’ Office of Ecology at 852-5760.

    To report a suspected cyanobacteria bloom that is in a body of water that lies within Suffolk County but does not contain a permitted bathing beach, contact the Division of Water at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: (518) 402-8179.

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

    *Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip is open for bathing. Cyanobacteria have not been detected at levels warranting beach closure at Lake Ronkonkoma Beach this summer.

    Town of Brookhaven Planning Board Meeting - Ronkonkoma Hub Project

    On Monday, August 17th, the Brookhaven Town Planning Board held a hearing related to the Ronkonkoma Hub project. The hearing was regarding Phase 1 of the project: “Demolition of all existing structures and construction of 489 rental units consisting of 9 studios, 238 one-bedroom, 227 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom units consistent with the Town Board adopted Form Based code, and SEQRA Findings of June 24, 2014. Applicant is Master Developer of Ronkonkoma Hub. Plans also show proposed infrastructure and proposed County sewage pump station. Application also includes request for Planning Board covenant relief.”

    LRCO Vice President Dawn Hopkins attended the hearing and spoke in favor of the proposal. She discussed the civic’s involvement in the project since 2007 as well as the community’s involvement in the planning phases. She also discussed the reasons that Tritec was selected as the master developer of the Ronkonkoma Hub project. There were four speakers in attendance that supported the application and one opposed. A decision from the Planning Board is expected at the September 21st Planning Board meeting.

    These renderings of Phase 1 were provided by the master developer, Tritec.


    Brookhaven Town Road Paving

    Members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization have expressed concern about the condition of our local roadways for some time. As such, the LRCO Board has been attempting to increase Town of Brookhaven Highway Department attention to the woeful state of our communities’ streets. While the Highway Department has not agreed to a meeting with the civic organization, we were able to obtain certain highway paving records through the Freedom of Information rules. Read more...

    Lake Ronkonkoma Beach Reopens

    Northport, Eatons Neck and West Sayville Beaches Close to Bathing
    Lake Ronkonkoma Beach Reopens

    Steers Beach in Northport, Prices Bend Beach in Eatons Neck and West Oaks Recreation Club Beach in West Sayville are closed to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels in excess of acceptable criteria. The beach closure for Lake Ronkonkoma Beach in the Town of Islip has been lifted, as recent water samples meet New York State standards.
    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.

    Contact: Grace Kelly-McGovern

    No Civic Meeting in July and August

    There will be no General Membership Meeting in July or August.
    Next meeting: September 10th. Enjoy the summer!

    Sachem’s “Meet the Candidate” Night

    Sachem’s “Meet the Candidate” night, sponsored by the Sachem PTA Council, will be on Tuesday, April 28 in the auditorium at Samoset starting at 7:30 p.m. You’ll have a chance to hear from the individuals running for seats on Sachem’s Board of Education.

    Want to Help Your Community? Serve on Your Civic Board.

    There is a vacant Director position on the civic’s executive board. This position has been earmarked for someone who will manage our social media efforts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and also to work on increasing the profile of the civic in the community. If you have the needed skills or know of someone who does, please contact the civic: We will be interviewing interested individuals over the next few months in order to find a community member who has these skills.

    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.

    Members can share this information with the civic three ways:
    Bring the list to the next civic meeting
    Mail the list to the civic at P.O. Box 2916, Lake Ronkonkoma, 11779
    E-mail the list to

    We are also compiling a list of streets in the community that are in need of paving or resurfacing. Please include that information in your correspondence to the civic. Provide us with the full street name. Note, this list is not for pothole repair, we are looking for entire streets that need serious attention. For pothole repair, please call 451-TOWN.

    Next Civic Meeting: May 14th

    The next general membership meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization will be on Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 PM at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum at 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    Guest speaker:
    Town of Brookhaven
    Ed Romaine EO

    The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
    Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    Next Civic Meeting: April 9th

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

    Guest speakers:
    Town of Brookhaven Council Members

    Kevin LaValle EONeil Foley EO

    The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
    Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

    A Reminder From the Membership Committee

    Our fiscal year ends soon and that means it’s time once again to renew your membership.
    You can pay for your renewal online, safely and securely, by using your credit card or PayPal account. Just visit the Civic membership page:

    You will be automatically transferred to a secure PayPal-hosted page where you can complete the payment for your membership using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa, or if you have a PayPal account, you can use that too. Your credit card information remains safe and secure with PayPal's encrypted website; the Civic does not store, nor have access to, your credit card data.

    Be A Hero

    On June 13, 2015, the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service is offering an entrance examination for the position of Police Officer. This exam is offered once every four years. Download the flyer below or visit:
    seminar 3-9-15 version

    PSEG Long Island’s Three-Year Electric Rate Proposal

    If you missed the recent NYS Department of Public Service press release regarding the Notice of Informational and Public Statement Hearings concerning PSEG Long Island’s Three-Year Electric Rate Proposal, Director Julia Bovey outlined the Rate Setting process in the following video

    Brookhaven Special Recycling Events Schedule for 2015

    Includes e-Waste / Paper Shredding / Drug Take-Back. Download the schedule at:

    Medford Meeting: February 25, 7:30


    Brookhaven Special Recycling Collection on Saturday Town Announces Special Saturday Recycling Collection, Regular Garbage Collection to Resume on Thursday

    The Town of Brookhaven has added a special recycling collection on Saturday, January 31. The regular Wednesday collection was suspended so Town snow removal crews would not be impeded in the aftermath of the snow storm. The Division of Waste Management asks that residents do not place recycling cans on the street until Friday night because they could interfere with our continuing snow removal efforts.

    The Town will also resume regular garbage collection on Thursday, January 29.

    Town Announces Pre-Season Resident Parking Sticker Sale

    The Town of Brookhaven Department of Parks, Recreation and Sport, and Cultural Resources announces the pre-season sale of the 2015 Seasonal Resident Parking Sticker at selected locations throughout the town. This year resident seasonal stickers bought prior to Friday, May 22nd will be discounted.

    The price of the 2015 Seasonal Parking Sticker is $15.00 and is good for the entire 2015 season. If purchased before Friday, May 22nd the sticker cost will be $10.00. Resident Senior Citizen, Handicapped and Veteran's seasonal stickers will be $5.00 throughout the season.

    Stickers are available at the Town of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Office in Centereach, the Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center in Blue Point, the Port Jefferson Marina Annex in Port Jefferson, the Rose Caracappa Senior Citizens Center in Mt. Sinai, the Mastic Recreation Center in Mastic and Kaler's Pond Park in Center Moriches. Stickers will be available at the Mt. Sinai Marina in Mt. Sinai and the Holtsville Ecology Site starting March 7th.

    Click here for more information, including hours and directions:

    Rail Yard Info Center Opens at Ronkonkoma Station

    LIRR customers and local residents are invited to visit the Mid-Suffolk Train Yard Information Center at Ronkonkoma Station on January 29 and 30. The Mid-Suffolk Yard project, which involves expanding the existing Ronkonkoma Train Yard, is a critical element in the MTA's efforts to improve the Main Line commute. Additional yard capacity is needed to support direct service to Grand Central Terminal when East Side Access is up and running. The yard expansion plan calls for the use of undeveloped property already owned by the LIRR on the south side of Ronkonkoma Yard. The Info Center, located opposite the Ronkonkoma Station ticket office, will be staffed by LIRR personnel ready to discuss the project in detail. The hours of operation are:
    • Thursday, January 29 from 1 PM to 9 PM
    • Friday, January 30 from 6 AM to Noon

    Click here for a recent Newsday article regarding this project:

    Brookhaven Exceeds Tax Cap Despite Voter Referendum

    We in Brookhaven Town received our property tax bills this weekend. We saw Town General Fund tax rates increase 25.2% and 18.8% for whole town and part town respectively. This occurred in spite of the 2010 referendum where we overwhelmingly passed a 4% tax cap

    The Town contends that the intent of the 2010 referendum was to apply the cap to the total tax rate. This contention is refuted in both the Town Finance Director’s power point (see first attachment below), presented to the Board at the June 15, 2010 meeting, as well as the Town Press Release following that meeting (see second attachment below). These documents state quite clearly that the cap applies to the General Fund tax rates. It makes absolutely no mention of the Highway Dept.

    This means that the Board did indeed pierce the town’s own tax cap, albeit with the requisite 2/3 majority vote provided for in the Town Code, in spite of the rhetoric from the Town about holding taxes flat.

    The tax bills also show a 13.7% increase in the 2004 $100 million bond act tax. The Town included $1 million in new open space funds in this line rather than in the General Fund line. It’s unclear how this is appropriate. The 2004 $100 million bond act was the result of a Town Referendum and can’t be modified without a further referendum. If this $1 million was included in the General Fund line the General Fund rate increase would have been even higher.

    There’s also a line on the tax bill entitled Snow Recovery Tax. The prior tax bills included a line entitled Blizzard Note Repayment and applied to the Whole Town. The current tax bill line entitled Snow Recovery Taxes and is a Part Town tax. Our tax bills show that the rate for this recast line item increases 92%. It’s not entirely clear what this tax is for. Did we issue notes? And if so what were the terms and why are they only applicable to Part Town? It’s also curious that the Highway Budget went down significantly in the same year this item appears.

    It’s interesting to note that the Town chose to exclude the $7 million Snow Recovery Tax and the $1 million in open space funding from the erroneous ‘total tax cap’ calculation. If the Town included these items, the resulting tax rate increase would still pierce the tax cap.

    We need further transparency in the budget and tax process and should let our elected representatives know how strongly we fell about it.

    06.15 Local Law Presentation Extract
    2010 June Town Press Release

    Follow Up to Civic Presentation by NYS Department of Public Service (DPS)

    Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Members:

    The Department of Public Service Long Island (DPS) staff would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak at your meeting with your civic group. We hope your members found our presentation helpful and informative.

    As promised, I would like to follow up on some questions that were asked during our presentation.

    1. Where is the closest Customer Care Center?

    The closest customer care center to Lake Ronkonkoma would be the Patchogue Customer Care Center, 460 E. Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772. Another option would be the Brentwood center located at 1650 Islip Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717. For other locations, please follow the link below.

    2. Regarding the question about the LIPA debt:

    The amount of debt utilized for the Shoreham project has been decreasing since 1998 and will be completely eliminated under the current schedule in 2033. Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) financials are a public record and can be found on their website

    3. What happened to the Superconductor that was installed in Ronkonkoma?

    We’re looking into the status of this project and will forward any information we receive.

    There was also a question asked by Jeff Kagan regarding research and development. Currently, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers various programs to help the residential and business community across New York State become more energy efficient, and less reliant on fossil fuels. As a result of the LIPA Reform Act, NYSERDA efforts have now expanded into Long Island. You can learn more about some of the key program initiatives by clicking on the links below or visiting the NYSERDA website at :

    NY Prize: NY Prize is part of New York’s comprehensive effort to build a cleaner, more resilient, and affordable infrastructure.

    NY Sun: The NY-Sun Initiative is part of Governor Cuomo’s commitment to protect the environment and lower energy costs for all New Yorkers by improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid. NY-Sun brings together and expands existing programs administered by NYSERDA, LIPA, PSEG Long Island, and the New York Power Authority (NYPA). This coordinated, well-funded effort will further expand the use of solar installations across New York State.

    K-Solar: a joint project of NYPA and NYSERDA which will provide NYS school districts, AT NO COST and NO OBLIGATION, with the tools, and expertise to bring solar energy to their facilities and reduce their energy costs.

    Other R&D Initiatives in Long Island:

    If you need further assistance, you may contact us at 516-490-2318.

    Anna Senatore:
    NYS DPS | Long Island Office| 125 East Bethpage Road, Plainview, NY 11803

    Chamber of Commerce Holiday Celebration: Dec. 7th


    Sachem School District Considers Facilities Options

    The Sachem School Board is looking at their options in light of declining enrollment. Enrollment at Sachem has dropped from a high of 20,497 in 1979 to 13,787 this year and is expected to drop to 12,771 in 2018. This means district schools are underutilized and may present financial opportunities. The greatest level of underutilization presents itself in the Elementary Schools, followed by the Middle Schools. This logically follows from the root cause of declining enrollment. The Sachem community is aging due to an exodus of young adults with a resulting reduced birth rate. This reduced birth rate continues to impact incoming Kindergarten classes. The current kindergarten class was expected to be about 900 and is only 826. This reduction isn’t represented in the 12,771 projection above.

    This declining enrollment occurs during a period of increasing budget stress. The budget for the current school year was favorably impacted by a late infusion of additional State aid. It’s unclear what future levels of State aid will be but the District is still required to maintain property tax rates within the State tax cap. That’s the reason the School Board is reviewing all options. The Facilities discussion is just one of those options.

    The Facilities review began when the Board formed a committee of district residents in October 2013. This committee presented its findings at a School Board meeting February 26, 2014. The findings consisted of a wide range of school closing scenarios. The School Board narrowed this down to four scenarios and asked the Superintendent to make presentations on each of the 4 during Board meetings in the fall of 2014. The fourth presentation occurred at the School Board meeting November 19, 2014. All of these presentations are available for public view on the Sachem Web Site:

    The four scenarios evaluated were:
    1. Close two (2) Elementary Schools
    2. Close two (2) Middle Schools and move 6th grade classes to the Elementary Schools
    3. Close two (2) Elementary Schools and 1 Middle School
    4. Close one (1) Middle School

    It’s important to note that the savings associated with the school closings in each scenario do not include reduction in teaching staff. Teaching staff will generally follow the students.

    It’s also important to note that each of these scenarios will entail redistricting, i.e. changing the mapping of residence addresses to specific school buildings. Moreover the Superintendent has stated that the extreme variances in the number of children in each school currently will require some redistricting whether any schools are closed or not.

    Select community groups have attended one or another of the budget presentations as each option was reviewed. It’s clear that no one want’s their school closed. It’s also clear that no one wants redistricting.

    The School Board does not seem enamored of any of the specific scenarios and has thus requested the Superintendent identify options to utilize the excess capacity through options other than closing schools.

    It’s not clear where this discussion will end up, but with continued decline in enrollment and continued budget pressure it’s likely that something will occur at some time in the next several years. And while it’s not been stated, the expected level of State aid for the upcoming school year may cause greater urgency.

    Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief

    Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief from FEMA and the Suffolk County Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services

    According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home fires involving cooking equipment. By making safety part of the Thanksgiving dinner menu, you can avoid preventable cooking fires. Here are some steps to follow when preparing your holiday feast:
    • Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working;
    • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove; and
    • Keep an eye on what you are cooking.
    In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become a popular cooking method. While fried turkey may be a tasty addition to your meal, cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be a recipe for disaster! They have a high risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil - which can lead to fires, burns and other injuries.
    For a safer alternative to deep-frying your bird, the National Fire Protection Association encourages the use of an outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil.

    Thanksgiving Safety

    Cooking fire safety outreach materials

    Turkey Fryers
    The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil

    Turkey Fryer Safety

    It’s a Clean Sweep
    When the temperatures fall, many people use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances to heat their homes. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires in the U.S. Fires confined to chimneys, flues or fuel burners account for 87 percent of these tragedies and are often due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. The U.S. Fire Administration encourages these steps and more to keep your home fires burning safely:
    • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned yearly by a certified chimney specialist;
    • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out;
    • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire; and
    • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating sources.
    Home fires occur more often in the winter months than any other time of the year. Learn how to properly build and maintain a fire to heat your home with this video series hosted by the National Fire Academy Deputy Superintendent.

    LIPA 2015 Budget Hearings: 11/20

    The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be holding two public input sessions on its proposed 2015 budget; one in Nassau County and another one in Suffolk County. These sessions are going to be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the following locations:

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Nassau County Legislature
    Legislative Chamber
    1550 Franklin Avenue, 1st Floor
    Mineola, NY 11501

    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - H. Lee Dennison Building
    Media Room
    100 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Hauppauge, NY 11788

    For more details about LIPA’s 2015 Budget Public Input Sessions, please visit their website at and scroll down to the bottom of the page and to download the LIPA 2015 Proposed Budget.

    Brookhaven Town Board Modifies Zoning Variance Notification Requirements

    The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended the Brookhaven Town Board Meeting Tuesday Evening October 29, 2014. One notable item on the agenda was a Public Hearing on a proposal to modify the notification requirement for Variances. Variances are building and site plan designs that do not comply with Town requirements. When a property owner requests a Variance the Town schedules a public hearing on the matter. The Town code requires that the property owner requesting a Variance notify all property owners within 500 feet of the Public Hearing by USPS certified mail. The proposed modification would require certified mail for property owners within 200 feet and regular US mail for property owners 201 feet to 500 feet.

    The basis for the proposal was twofold.
    1. Certain property owners have balked at the cost of certified mail for minor Variances.
    2. Certain Board expressed a belief that certified mail is actual less effective than regular mail getting people’s attention. The belief is that folks put off going to the post office to pick up certified mail on the assumption that only bad news comes through that vehicle. Furthermore they stated that Town records show that a significant portion of such mailings are never delivered.

    There was an active dialogue amongst the Board members and with speakers from the community about the importance of transparency. Some strongly stated that any move to reduce transparency was a move in the wrong direction. Others spoke passionately about the ineffectiveness of certified mail.

    The Board made it clear that this proposal did not apply to requests for change in Zone but only to Variances. Changes in Zone would still require certified mail for all properties within 500 feet.

    The conclusion was that the Board voted to adopt the new approach.

    Heritage Association to Place Two More Historic Markers

    On Saturday, November 1, starting at 9:00 AM, the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association will be placing historic markers in front of two structures in Lake Ronkonkoma: the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District Building (formerly the National Bank of Lake Ronkonkoma) and Agnew & Taylor Hardware Store.
    There will proclamations at each location, followed by light refreshments.
    For more information visit:

    The Agnew & Taylor Hardware Store, along with Newton’s Garage, were designated as Brookhaven Town Landmarks in July 2006 through the combined efforts of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization and the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society. You can read about it here.

    LRCO: Working for our Community

    Portion Road Light Posts Report: Councilman LaValle Supports Portion Road Safety
    The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization met with Brookhaven 5th District Councilman Kevin LaValle earlier this year to discuss various opportunities within our community. One of the items which we discussed was the state of the decorative light posts on Portion Road. These light posts were installed as part of the Portion Road redesign to provide lighting for pedestrians and support the community atmosphere we sponsor. Unfortunately over time a number of these light posts had been damaged.
    Councilman LaValle recently reported that most of the missing and broken light posts have been fixed or replaced. We thank the Councilman for his efforts on our behalf and look forward to working with him closely in the future on this and other community matters.

    Brookhaven Animal Shelter Howl-O-Ween Adoption Event

    Saturday, October 25 from 10am to 4pm
    300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven

    Food, music, games, arts and crafts, face painting,
    balloon animals and costume party

    Click here for more information

    Presented by the Town of Brookhaven

    Patchogue-Holbrook Road & LIE Bridge Closing for Construction

    You have likely seen the signs announcing that the Patchogue-Holbrook Road (CR 19) bridge over the Long Island Expressway will be closed for construction. The bridge is long overdue for repairs and we are glad that the work will finally be done.
    Below is the procedure to get the details from the NYS Department of Transportation's website. We have reached out to our NYS Assemblyman for more detailed information and will forward any updates we receive.

    1. Go to the NYS DOT's website:

    2. Click on "Projects"

    3. In the box next to "Project Identification Number" type in 022934

    4. Click on "Search Projects"

    5. Scroll down and you will see the Search Results,

    6. Click on the PIN 022934 for details on the project.

    Are you ready to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster?

    Brookhaven Town to Host
    Citizen Preparedness Training Program
    October 1 at Town Hall

    Members of the NY National Guard will give a presentation that will help you respond to a natural, manmade or technological disaster and keep yourself, your family and your property safe. A team of experts from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) will answer any questions or concerns from the audience.

    Click here for more information and to register.

    Don’t Panic - Be Prepared for Hurricanes

    Waiting until the day you may have to evacuate your home, due to a power outage or a natural disaster, is the worst time to discover that you are unprepared. We encourage our members to take an hour one evening to review the list below and plan ahead. It is up to us to be prepared!


    Annual Fitz-Greene Hallock Homestead Tour

    Saturday, September 27th, 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Find out what life was like in Lake Ronkonkoma in 1888!
    No electricity! No electric lights! No telephone! No internet!!

    The Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society invites you to tour the Fitz-Greene Hallock Homestead at 2869 Pond Road. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to tour this1888 home, the summer kitchen, chicken coop, pump house, and grounds. Come and step back in time and see how our ancestors shaped Lake Ronkonkoma.

    The Hallock family was instrumental in the history and progress of our area. Come and hear the stories about Lake Ronkonkoma and the pavilions from the members of the Society that grew up during that era.

    There will be finger foods and drinks served.

    For more information call 631 588-7599

    $10 per person donation.


    BOO! A "Not So Scary" Haunted House

    On Sunday, October 19, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society is hosting a "Not So Scary" Haunted House at the historic Fitz-Greene Hallock Homestead, 2869 Pond Road, just south of the Brookhaven Town Beach. Admission is only $5.00 per person. In addition, there will be crafts games, pumpkins, and mums.

    Transit-oriented development is key to Long Island's future

    By Nancy Rauch Douzinas

    One concept that addresses many of Long Island's economic and social needs is transit-oriented development. It should become a prominent focal point in this election season, as Long Islanders discuss our future ambitions.

    Transit-oriented development refers to any development — housing, office, retail or any combination of them — located adjacent to transit stations, for us the Long Island Rail Road. What is especially impressive is the number of priority needs it addresses on Long Island.

    From an economic standpoint, we need to grow job opportunities, and transit-oriented development provides settings for office and retail jobs, as well as housing. We need to increase our population in order to expand our economy and reduce the individual tax burden, and this development enables higher-density growth without impacting less commercial areas. We need to provide more varieties of housing — smaller units and more rental options that appeal to young people as well as those looking to down-size from larger homes — and transit-oriented development can accommodate those varieties as well.

    Read the full article here:

    Veteran's Stand Down: September 24th

    Homeless Veterans and Vets at risk of homelessness get assistance with housing, employment, health care and more.

    Wednesday, September 24th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Northport VA Medical Center
    Gymnasium Building 89
    79 Middleville Rd.
    Northport, NY 11768-2200

    Transportation to Northport VA Medical Center:

    • MTA Nassau Bus (516-228-4000) N79 goes to the Walt Whitman Mall. Then take Suffolk County Bus 54 East to the Huntington Square Mall and transfer to the S41 North bus, which will take you to the VA Medical Center.

    • Suffolk Bus (631-852-5200) routes 3A, S33 and S41 will take you to Northport VA Medical Center.

    • Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network is offering roundtrip pickup:

    Suffolk Pick up points:
    • 10 a.m. pick up at VA’s Riverhead Clinic (300 Center Drive)
    • 11 a.m. pick up at Port Jefferson Railroad Station
    • 12 p.m. pick up at the Babylon Vet Center (116 West Main St.)

    Nassau Pick up points:
    • 9:30 a.m. pick up at VA clinic at East Meadow (Bldg. Q at Nassau University Med. Ctr.)
    • 10 a.m. pick up at Hicksville Vet Center (970 South Broadway)

    Other transportation questions, call 631-863-4840.

    See attachments for more information and how to participate:
    Standown Flyer Sept 2014Stand Down Agency Participation Form 9-2014

    LRCO: Working for our Community

    A summary of some of the activities that the Civic has been involved with recently:

    Maintaining Portion Road
    Civic members have noted that some of the trees and decorative light posts along Portion Road have been damaged. In response the Civic Board conducted a detailed survey and identified 35 trees and 6 decorative light posts that need repair or replacement. Jeff Kagan, recently elected LRCO Treasurer, provided the lists to Brookhaven 3rd District Councilman Kevin LaValle on May 5 and had a follow up discussion May 13 in his offices at Town Hall. The Councilman has asked the Highway Department to address the deficiencies and will keep us informed of their progress.

    Civic Executive Board
    The Civic welcomes Timothy Tucker as our newest member of the Executive Board. He’ll be joining the board as a Director.

    The Design of Portion Road

    Recently, Newsday’s “Watchdog” column discussed Portion Road and its design. Specifically, a local resident wrote to Newsday to find out why some parts of Portion Road have two travel lanes in each direction and some parts have one travel lane in each direction. The resident felt that in the sections that transition from two lanes to one lane, that drivers exhibit aggressive behavior to be at the “head of the line”.Read more...

    Launches Mobile App and Web Page For Residents to Report Vacant Buildings

    Brookhaven has a new Town web page and mobile app for residents to report vacant homes and commercial properties throughout the town. You can go to and follow the steps to submit a report. The information will be entered into a centralized database which the Law Department will use to investigate.

    In December of 2013, the Town enacted a new law that requires the registration of all vacant buildings in order to provide the Town with a local individual or organization responsible for maintaining the property. The failure or refusal for any reason of the property owner to register a vacant building within 30 days after they become due will result in a fine of $1,000 or more. But the newly launched web page and mobile app can be used by any Town resident, not just the property owner, to report a vacant building.

    The new legislation is modeled after similar vacant home registries that have been adopted by municipalities across the nation in response to the foreclosure crisis. The cities of Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Jacksonville have adopted similar legislation, as has the Town of Babylon.

    To download the free mobile app, you can visit the Town’s website at from a mobile device, or for Apple devices, search for “Brookhaven” in the iTunes App Store. Residents can also call 451-TOWN between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:30 pm to report housing violations.

    Town of Brookhaven – Special Recycling Event

    On Saturday, June 7, the Town of Brookhaven will hold an e-Waste recycling event from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Sachem Public Library.

    This is an opportunity to safely recycle your old electronics such as:
    TV’s/VCR’s/DVD Players
    Modems/Hard Drives
    Circuit Boards
    Electric Typewriters
    Power Supplies
    Cell Phones/Telephones
    Backup batteries
    Answering machines

    For more information, contact the Town’s call center at 451-TOWN.

    Memorial Service for Pat Duffield

    A memorial service for Pat Duffield will be held on June 22, 2014 at the Smithtown, NY Masonic Temple starting at 1pm. The Masonic Temple is at 34 River Road in Smithtown, NY 11787.
    Light refreshments will be served after the service. Chris Wright, acting as a representative of her church, will be the leader of the service.
    To obtain a good estimate of the number of people attending, we ask that you email an RSVP to Chris Wright at

    It's Summer, Time to Visit Your Town Beaches, Parks, and Marinas

    Parking stickers are required to enter most Town of Brookhaven parks, beaches and other recreational facilities. Resident parking stickers are available for purchase. The price of the sticker is $15, or $10 if before May 24. Senior citizen, handicapped and veterans stickers are $5. Stickers expire Dec. 31.

    Stickers can be purchased at:
    • Parks and recreation office, 286 Hawkins Road, Centereach; Mon-Fri, 9 am-3 pm; Saturday 9 am-noon.
    • Holtsville Ecology Center, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville; Sat, 9 am-3 pm ( booth).
    • Port Jefferson Marina, 130 West Broadway, Port Jefferson; Mon-Sun, 9 am-3 pm, (sales at annex building by west exit).
    • Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, 39 Montauk Highway, Blue Point; Mon-Fri, 9 am-3 pm; Saturday, 9 am-noon.
    • Rose Caracappa Senior Citizen Center,739 Route 25A, Mount Sinai; Mon-Fri, 9 am-3 pm.
    • Mastic Recreation Center, 15 Herkimer Street, Mastic; Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 am-noon.

    [Stickers will be available at the last three locations until May 9.]

    Brookhaven Town residents must prove their residency by bringing:
    • A current New York State driver’s license showing Brookhaven address.
    • A current New York State motor vehicle registration showing Brookhaven address.
    • If registration doesn’t show Brookhaven address, must bring a current tax bill, utility bill or voter registration card, with Brookhaven address.

    Civic Board Member, Pat Duffield, Passes Away

    It is with deep regret that we inform you of Pat Duffield's death. Pat passed away on Sunday, April 6th.

    Most of you 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. Pat was also active in the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society and Friends of Sachem Library. Ultimately, she was a cheerleader and supporter for Lake Ronkonkoma. She will be missed greatly and we will always be grateful for her efforts to better our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

    There will be a memorial visiting service on Saturday, April 12th, 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Moloney's Funeral Home in Lake Ronkonkoma. The service will be in the Tribute Center which is located behind the main funeral home.


    LRCO: Working for our Community

    A summary of some of the activities that the Civic has been involved with recently:

    Brookhaven Town Board
    At the Town Board meeting on February 4th, the Civic spoke in favor of rezoning specific properties in the downtown business area along Hawkins Avenue. The Civic has been working to revise the zoning map to further the goals of the community’s vision by rezoning parcels where the current use of the property matches the use indicated on the land use plan, but does not match the current zoning designation. With proper zoning we can encourage appropriate development along Hawkins Avenue.
    The Civic president, George Schramm, spoke at the Town Board meeting on March 4th regarding the proposed rebuilding of the Wendy’s Restaurant at the corner of Portion Road and Ronkonkoma Avenue. Wendy’s is planning to demolish the existing building and construct a new restaurant.

    Civic Executive Board
    The Civic welcomes Jeff Kagan as our newest member of the Executive Board. Jeff has been a Farmingville resident for 44 years and is a former executive at United Healthcare. He’ll be joining the board as the Recording Secretary.

    LRCO: Working for our Community

    A summary of some of the activities that the Civic has been involved with recently:

    Brookhaven Town Board
    Civic board members spoke in support of the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Land Use and Implementation Plan at the Town Board meeting on Thursday, January 9th.

    Civic Board Meets with Brookhaven’s New Councilman
    Civic board members met with the new councilman for Brookhaven’s 3rd council district, Kevin LaValle, to discuss ongoing and future projects in Lake Ronkonkoma. Within Ronkonkoma, Councilman LaValle’s district is the area north of Portion Road.

    Brookhaven Planning Board
    The Civic president, George Schramm, addressed the Planning Board meeting on January 27th regarding the proposed townhouse development on the former site of the Golden Villa Adult Home on Portion Road. The civic has been working with the applicant to improve the proposed architecture of the buildings.

    Happy Birthday to Us!

    Ten down and many more years of serving the Lake Ronkonkoma community ahead. On November 14th at the Lake Ronkonkoma Historic Society Museum on Hawkins Avenue, the Civic celebrated our tenth birthday. Civic and executive board members gathered to share stories of our accomplishments and activities, as well as to partake of the cheese, crackers and other food, including three boxes of cookies and brownies brought from S & D Bakery on Hawkins Avenue that had many of us sorry we had eaten before attending. Some¬how, though, most of us found room to share in the stack of pizza pies and garlic knots Gino’s Pizzeria, on Portion Road, sent over as a surprise. Thank you, Gino’s!

    While we ate and chatted, we were able to view a slide show of pictures from our events over the years. Remember the Portion Road Visioning and how we fought for and managed to get a decent road that serves our community and not a super multi-laned expressway to the east end? And then there is the on-going project to bring our lake back to the treasured natural resource it is. Currently, part of our agenda is working on the Ronkonkoma Hub for the railroad station area. And, of course, besides benches and trash cans and many other successful projects, there are the parades and events, like the Breakfast with the Bunny and Bagels with Santa, we did for so many years, as well as our annual Fall Festival held each September on the lake. The Civic was formed for the betterment of our community by people who came together to serve us all. As civic president, George Schramm, pointed out, it is people like us and your neighbors who are the backbone of our community. We each can make a contribution for the good of all. We have challenges ahead but by working together, volunteering to help on our projects and by coming out and showing your support at meetings, we can make Lake Ronkonkoma a desired destination-not just a train stop. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting---and bring a friend!

    Civic Vice-president Appointed Chair of Suffolk County Parks Board of Trustees

    Congratulations to Civic Vice-president, Dawn Hopkins, who was elected chairperson of the Suffolk County Parks Board of Trustees. Dawn was appointed as Brookhaven Town’s representative on the Board in 2009 and was the first woman to represent Brookhaven on the Board in 40 years. And now she is the first woman ever, to serve as chairperson.
    The Suffolk County Parks Board of Trustees consists of 13 members, with 10 members appointed by the County Legislature from each of the towns of Suffolk County upon recommendation of the Town Supervisor. The board makes recommendations upon basic policy, long-range plans for park and open space acquisition and facilities development, any proposed sale of parkland and approves annual capital projects plans. The board also approves all matters having to do with the regulation, use, fees and charges with respect to county parks and recreation facilities.
    Congratulations Dawn!

    Special Town Board Meeting for the Ronkonkoma Hub

    There will be a special Brookhaven Town Board meeting on Thursday, January 9, 5:00 PM at Town Hall, regarding the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Land Use and Implementation Plan.
    The agenda includes:
    1. To Consider Acceptance of the Supplemental Ronkonkoma Hub Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Land Use and Implementation Plan and Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DSGEIS) and the Commencement of a Minimum 30 day comment period.
    2. Introductory Local Law #1 of 2014 – Amending Chapter 85 entitled “Zoning” by Enacting Article XLVII entitled “Ronkonkoma HUB Transit-Oriented Development District (RONKONKOMA HUB TOD DISTRICT).
    3. To Consider Change of Zone on Town Board’s Own Motion for certain parcels of property located in Lake Ronkonkoma to Ronkonkoma HUB Transit Oriented District (TOD) (Parcel #HUB-1)
    4. To Consider the Adoption of the Ronkonkoma Hub Urban Renewal Plan.

    You can read about why the Civic supports the redevelopment around the Ronkonkoma Railroad Station
    Also, if you attended the Civic meeting this past June where the master developer gave a presentation regarding the project, then you’ve seen first hand that there are groups and individuals who don’t live in Lake Ronkonkoma that will use misinformation and fear mongering to misrepresent the goals of the project. We hope that you will publicly support the Ronkonkoma Hub Redevelopment, but even if you don’t, it’s still important that you don’t let these individuals speak on behalf of your community. Please make every effort to voice your opinion about the future of your neighborhood, as a resident or business owner of Lake Ronkonkoma, at all the public hearings.

    Why the Civic Supports the Ronkonkoma Hub Redevelopment

    The history of this project is a long one, so it’s easy to forget how we arrived at this point in the process. In 2007 the Town of Brookhaven hired a consultant to explore the various possibilities for revitalization around the railroad station. These findings were presented to the community in a series of public meetings in 2007 and 2008. The Civic helped facilitate those meetings because we were interested in knowing the opinion of the community. Had the attendees made it clear that they preferred no development or limited development, then that would be the goal the Civic would work to achieve. But that’s not what happened. Those meetings revealed that there was overwhelming support for a mixed-use development in the blighted industrial area near the Ronkonkoma train station and that the nearby neighborhoods of single-family homes should preserved and protected. With the goal now set, the Civic continued to work with the Town to make that goal a reality.Read more...

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    Civic Scholarship for High School Seniors

    The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is pleased to announce that we are offering one scholarship this year to a graduating senior who lives in the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization area (see the Civic map). The scholarship will be in the amount of $500 and given to a January or June 2014 graduate who plans on attending college. You are required to write an essay on “HOW I HAVE MADE A CONTRIBUTION TO MY COMMUNITY.” It should include details of community service and volunteer work in which you have participated.
    The scholarship application form and activities verification form can be
    downloaded from the Civic website. The scholarship will be awarded only if our requirements are met, including a minimum of five hundred words, no more than six hundred words, essay using correct format and grammar. The application deadline is April 24, 2014. If you have any questions, contact Patricia Duffield at
    Good luck to all who apply!

    Fall Festival Draws Crowd to Lakeside

    The annual Fall Festival, held September 28 at the Michael P. Murphy Beach, was a huge success. The weather cooperated and a fun time was had by all.

    For the children there were the pony rides and petting zoo as well as the bouncy activities. There were many vendors who offered a large variety of goods to keep shoppers happy. Lots of holiday shopping was accomplished!

    Special thanks go to Andy Glut for his help with the setup and so much more, as well as to our board members who volunteered their time and energy. Peter’s raffles for current and new members was a big success and we thank all the local businesses listed below who contributed wonderful items.

    The Events Committee also thanks Legislator Tom Muratore for the Corrections Dept. van and Sen. Lee Zeldin for his table providing us with information about NY State. We also thank the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for providing a fire truck and a stand-by ambulance, and the DEC for they're fishing, always a big hit with the children and providing information about fishing on LI and in NY State.

    Our lake is our biggest asset and our Fall Festival is a wonderful way to enjoy a fall day, the beauty of our lake, fun, food and shopping, and being with others who are also having a great time. We are looking forward to you attending the Tenth Fall Festival September 27, 2014.

    Thank You to our Raffle Contributors
    Albert’s, BLD’S Restaurant, Boston Market, Brownstone Restaurant, Burger King, Card Shoppe, Carvel, Ching Hoi, Clean As A Whisker, Colonial Flowers, Countryside Wine & Liquor, Curves Gym, Da Nang, Diet Shoppe, Dunkin’ Donuts, Eddie’s Pizza, Flanagan’s, Friendly's, Gino's Pizza, Guinta’s Meat Farms, Head Cutters, IHOP, Island Empanada, King Kullen, Lake Liquors, Lakoma Deli, Mc Donalds, Meson Ole Restaurant, Mesoyio Greek Restaurant, Metro PCS, Olympic Den, Pop's Deli, Red Lobster, Royal Pizza, S & D Pastry, Sachem Deli, Shell Gas Station, Slater Pharmacy, Smokey Bones, Stop ‘n’ Shop, Strathmore Bagels, Subway, TCBY, Triple X Cleaners, Verizon, Wendy’s Restaurant, Wild Berry, Windows On The Lake.

    LRCO: Working for our Community

    A summary of some of the activities that the Civic has been involved with recently.Read more...

    Civic Welcomes New Bakery on Hawkins Avenue

    When the Civic conducted the visioning for Portion Road one of the things high on the priority list was the return of old-fashioned mom and pop stores to our town. Read more...

    Understanding Bicycle Lanes

    One thing that has been confusing many of us since they were installed on Portion Road are the rules governing bike lanes. Read more...

    Annual Fall Festival

    Brookhaven’s “One Call:” 451-TOWN

    For Brookhaven Town issues, such as potholes, street light repairs, garbage collection, barking dogs, recycling, graffiti, town events, code violations and more, call 451-TOWN between 9 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday except holidays. You can also get information on government and related business services, with no call referrals and limited transfers, and without having to figure out the organization of the Town’s Departments.

    LRCO: Working for our Community

    A summary of some of the activities that the Civic has been involved with recently:
    - Members of the civic attended Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine’s recent Civic Roundtable. Representatives from dozens of civic organizations in Brookhaven Town participated in the event, discussing issues affecting their areas. Attendees had an opportunity to speak to both town-wide and neighborhood-specific concerns with the Supervisor and to advocate for ways to improve the quality of life in their respective communities.

    - The civic continues to advocate for development in the area that complies with the Land Use Plan. Executive Board members recently met with owners of a local fast food restaurant to discuss proposed improvements to their building and how to comply with the Architectural Guidelines in the Land Use Plan.

    - Members of the civic attended the monthly meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board. The Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board, consisting of representatives from the three municipalities that border Lake Ronkonkoma (Suffolk County, the Towns of Brookhaven, Islip, and Smithtown), New York State, the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization addresses issues regarding lake water quality and environmental issues in the Lake Ronkonkoma Watershed.

    2013 Scholarship Award Winner

    The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is pleased to announce the winner of our 2013 annual scholarship award. From Sachem High School North the winner is Nicole Phillips.
    We believe it is important for our youth to be involved in supporting and working with and for their community, and, as Nicole states in her essay, “any act of community service, no matter how big or small, will make an impact on the community.”
    There are many ways we can all give back and offer support on many levels. We would like to thank all who submitted entries this year and are looking forward to reading the entries for next year. Check with Guidance and the library Teen Center for details this coming Fall.

    Sandy Help for Businesses

    New York State has recently launched the website to allow business owners such as yourself to apply for financial assistance. Grants of up to $50,000 to cover as much as 100% of eligible uncompensated losses may be offered. The State may offer additional grant assistance up to an aggregate grant amount of $100,000 for businesses that suffered damage under specified circumstances that can demonstrate that they are at risk of closure. To learn more about this program please go to

    While applications may be completed online New York State has established intake centers found at New York State also has trained professionals at our local Small Business Development Centers (“SBDC”) located in Farmingdale and Stony Brook ready to answer your questions and assist you in completing this application. The locations are as follows:

    Farmingdale SBDC, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735, Phone: (631)420-2765, Hours from 8:30am – 4:00pm

    Stony Brook University SBDC, Research and Development Park, Development Drive, Building #17, Room 146, Stony Brook, NY 11794, Phone: (631) 632-9837, Hours from 8:30am – 4:00pm

    It is highly recommended that you call the SBDC offices to arrange appointments and learn what documents you should bring. As fellow Long Islanders we strongly encourage you to apply for these additional funds.

    It's important that businesses register, even if they have questions about eligibility. We can only provide assistance after an application has been filed and processed.

    Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board Meeting Schedule for 2013

    Tuesday February 26th, 2013
    Tuesday April 16th, 2013
    Tuesday June 11th, 2013
    Tuesday August 13th, 2013
    Tuesday October 15th, 2013
    Tuesday December 10th, 2013

    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Rose Y. Caracappa Legislative Auditorium at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building (Bldg. No. 20), 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge.

    Executive Board Meets with LIRR on Double Track Project

    On Friday January 11, members of the civic's Executive Board met with representatives from the Long Island Rail Road regarding the "Double Track Project" from Ronkonkoma to Farmingdale. The project will establish two continuous railroad tracks from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma. The LIRR states that this project, along with other projects in various stages of planning (mainly associated with Long Island MacArthur Airport), will improve service, spur economic growth and provide many construction-related jobs. Read more...

    Civic Installs New “Welcome” Signs

    Thanks to a grant arranged by Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore, the Civic was able to buy two new welcome signs and install them at the south and north ends of Lake Ronkonkoma.


    Brookhaven Approves Historic Ronkonkoma Hub Master Developer Agreement with TRITEC

    (The following is from a press release issued by the Town of Brookhaven Division of Public Information * Office of the Supervisor)

    On August 28, 2012, the Brookhaven Town Board approved the Master Developer Designation Agreement (MDDA) with TRITEC Real Estate Company, LLC (also Trec Ronk Hub, LLC) for the 50-acre Ronkonkoma Hub redevelopment. This is the first time in the Town’s history that it has entered into a formal partnership with a master developer to create a vibrant new community in the Town. Read more...

    Suffolk Legislature Supports Ronkonkoma Hub

    (The following are excerpts from a press release issued by the Suffolk County Legislature Office of the Presiding Officer)

    Doing its part to pave the way for the most important pending economic development project in Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Legislature has included funding in its 2013 capital budget to create sewers to serve the Ronkonkoma Hub project.
    The proposed $350 million redevelopment project will transform the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station into a 50-acre, mixed-use, transportation-oriented, pedestrian-friendly centerpiece of the community.Read more...

    Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan Update

    On Tuesday, May 8th, there was a Town Board Hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall to re-zone 15 parcels within the area of the 2010 Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan. The Civic supported this series of re-zonings because it changed the zoning of specific parcels where the current use of the property matched the Land Use Plan, but not the current zoning. This was be the third hearing held for re-zoning; the Town was successful in re-zoning 78 parcels presented at a hearing in June 2010, and 31 parcels in March 2012.

    Thank You SC Legislator Tom Muratore

    The Easter Bunny made a special trip back to Lake Ronkonkoma to remind us we forgot to thank one of his biggest helpers during our Bagels With Bunny! Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore and his aides put together special Easter eggs filled with candy for the Easter Bunny to hand out to all the children. It made the Bunny's visit so much easier knowing we have elected officials who care about our events and give a hand to help. So, from the Civic and the Easter Bunny, we extended a heartfelt thank you.
    See everyone at “Breakfast With Santa” on December 8th. Check the webpage and newsletter for details and reservations forms this Fall.

    Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan Update

    On Thursday, March 1st, there was a Special Town Board Hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall to re-zone 31 parcels within the area of the Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan. The Town adopted the Land Use Plan in 2010. The Civic supported this series of re-zonings because it changed the zoning of specific parcels where the current use of the property matched the Land Use Plan, but not the current zoning. The hearing also resolved “split-zoned” properties, where one parcel straddles the line between two zoning areas. The re-zoning removed the burden of a Change of Zone application from the property owner who may want to develop a parcel in compliance with the Land Use Plan, and protected residential parcels from inappropriate development. This was be the second special hearing held for re-zoning; the Town was successful in re-zoning 78 out of the 86 parcels presented at a prior hearing in June 2010.

    Lake Ronkonkoma "Mirrors of the Past" Photographic Exhibit

    "Mirrors of the Past" Photographic Exhibit Opens at the Port Jefferson Village Center
    Exhibit traces the history of Lake Ronkonkoma with 120 enlarged photos
    Now through February 29, 2012

    Reception - Sunday, January 15, 2012, 1 - 3 pm
    Meet the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society

    Ronkonkoma Hub Update

    Here on are some recent news items regarding the proposed transit-oriented development of the 50 acres around the Ronkonkoma Train Station:Read more...

    Traffic Calming Project for Holbrook Road

    On July 28, 2011, members of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization attended a Public Information Meeting hosted by the Town of Brookhaven at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. Read more...

    Civic Places Benches at Bus Stops

    Thanks to a grant by Suffolk County Legislator, Tom Muratore, in 2010, the Civic was able to buy park benches for the bus stops along the new Portion Road where bus shelters were not feasible. The benches were fabricated on Long Island and were installed this past Spring by Civic volunteers.

    Portion Road Land Use Plan Wins Smart Growth Award

    Vision Long Island honored the Town of Brookhaven’s Portion Road Land Use Plan with a Smart Growth Award at a ceremony on Friday, June 17th, at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Plan was recognized for “Certainty & Predictability” which are essential attributes for a successful land use plan. The Civic worked tirelessly alongside the Town’s Planning Department to craft a land use plan that implemented the community’s vision.
    Watch the video about the award:

    The Smart Growth Award for the Portion Road Land Use Plan at the Vision Long Island luncheon: (L to R) Vision LI Executive Director Eric Alexander, Town of Brookhaven Planning Commissioner Tulio Bertoli, Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Kathy Walsh, Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization President George Schramm, Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Recording Secretary Pat Duffield, Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Vice-president Dawn Hopkins, Town of Brookhaven Joseph Sanzano.

    Ronkonkoma Hub Update

    On March 7, 2011, the Town of Brookhaven issued a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for developers to present the Town with a concept plan for the Ronkonkoma Hub transit-oriented development, which is one of the most significant opportunities in the region to create a beautiful new transit-oriented downtown.
    Read more at the Brookhaven website:

    Portion of Cenacle Property Protected Through Conservation Easement

    Brookhaven Town and the Ronkonkoma Cenacle have signed a conservation easement agreement that will protect approximately 12 acres of the over 40-acre estate once owned by the famous 19th century stage actress, Maude Adams.
    According to the agreement, the purpose of the easement is to forever conserve the property to “assure the sustained, natural capacity and the ecological integrity of the Protected Property and its soils and vegetation and limit adverse aesthetic, wildlife and ecological impacts, particularly in public vistas.” Some of the land uses that are prohibited by the agreement include housing, camp grounds, golf courses, recreation fields, hotels, antennas, and equipment for telecommunication.
    Maude Adams, who famously portrayed Peter Pan in 1905, donated her estate to the Cenacle Sisters in 1922. In 2007 the sisters decided to replace the 1927 Retreat House with a smaller, greener building scheduled to be complete in September 2011.

    President’s Message: Our Loss

    By George Schramm, Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization President

    The year 2010 saw the loss of one of our community’s greatest assets: Bob Molinari, who passed away in November.Read more...

    Lake Ronkonkoma Now Designated an "Inland Waterway"

    New York State Governor, David Paterson, signed legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Ginny Fields and Senator Brian X. Foley officially designating Lake Ronkonkoma as an inland waterway. Recognition as a state inland waterway will enable Lake Ronkonkoma to receive new streams of funding and expedite economic development in the surrounding communities.

    Concerned About Local Crime?

    A Neighborhood Watch program has proven to be a successful method of reducing the risk of crime. But don’t wait until your neighborhood has problems to participate; establishing a Neighborhood Watch now can prevent those problems from occurring.The Civic can assist your neighborhood in establishing a Neighborhood Watch.Read more...

    Civic Vice-president Appointed to Suffolk County Parks Board of Trustees

    Congratulations to Civic Vice-president, Dawn Hopkins, who was appointed as Brookhaven Town’s representative on the Suffolk County Parks Board of Trustees. Read more...

    Credit Cards Accepted Here.

    Becoming a member of the Civic is now just a click away, and renewing your membership couldn't get any easier.

    The Civic now accepts credit cards, so now you can pay your membership dues online, safely and securely.Read more...

    The New Arrowhead Community Park

    Lake Ronkonkoma residents, community groups, and Civic members participated in this year’s Great Brookhaven Plant-In by planting flowers and trees in the new Arrowhead Community Park.Read more...

    Lake Ronkonkoma Means Fish

    Lake Ronkonkoma is stocked and ready. Are you ready for the challenge of largemouth and smallmouth bass, Walleye, Chain Pickerel, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Carp, and Brown Bullhead?Read more...

    WS Commerdinger, Jr. County Park

    The WS Commerdinger, Jr. County Park is open.

    Why We Drive the Way We Do

    "Traffic does not yield to simple, appealing solutions. Adding lanes or roads is a short-lived fix. Widen one highway, and drivers from another will defect. Soon that road is worse than it was before." - Tom Vanderbilt, in his new book, "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us)."Read more...

    Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy Honored at Lake Ronkonkoma

    Navy Names New Ship and Town Dedicates “Serenity Plaza” for “Medal of Honor” Recipient Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy

    On Wednesday afternoon, May 7th, on the shore of Lake Ronkonkoma, U.S. Navy Secretary Dr. Donald C. Winter, Brookhaven Supervisor Brian X. Foley, 5th District Councilman Timothy P. Mazzei, and 1st Congressional District Representative Tim Bishop today joined the Murphy family to honor Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy of Patchogue. Lt. Murphy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan June 28, 2005, received the nation’s highest military medal, The Congressional Medal of Honor, for his courage, sacrifice, and heroic efforts to save the Navy SEALs under his command.Read more...

    The Civic Online Gift Shop is now open!

    You can support your Civic and buy get some great stuff at the same time.
    We have hats, shirts, mugs, tote bags, and more with the Civic logo and other neat Lake Ronkonkoma artwork.Read more...