Authors Posts by Heidi Sutton

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On Tuesday, March 28, the Selden Fire Department, 44 Woodmere Drive, Selden will host a Citizen’s Preparedness Corps Training Seminar at 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by Councilman Kevin J. LaValle (R-Selden) with the Office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and the Centereach Fire Department, Farmingville Fire Department, Ronkonkoma Fire Department and Selden Fire Department. The seminar will feature the National Guard and Department of Homeland Security who will discuss what to do, and what not to do, in case of an emergency. A Q-and-A will follow and additional literature on the topic will be provided. To preregister visit For more information, call 631-451-6647.

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They say the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Find opportunities to give back to your community at a Volunteer Fair hosted by Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook on March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Adults and teens age 16 and over are welcome to meet representatives from over 20 local organizations including American Red Cross, Art Without Walls, Canine Companions for Independence, Coastal Steward, Family Service League, Friends of Sachem Public Library, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Girls, Inc. of Long Island, Great Strides Long Island, Habitat for Humanity, Hands Across Long Island, Inc., L.I. Against Domestic Violence, LGBT Network, Literacy Suffolk, Long Island Head Start, Make the Road NY, Mentor New York, Mercy Haven, New York Giving Doll, New York Blood Center, Rebuilding Together Long Island, Sachem Community Youth Services, Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue, SeniorNet, Sierra Club L.I., Students Taking Action for Tomorrow’s Environment, The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge.

This event is free and no registration is required. Call 631-588-5024 for more information.

The Northport Public Library, 151 Laurel Ave., Northport will host a Job Fair by the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center on Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives from over 25 local businesses are scheduled to attend including Attentive Care, Bright Star Care, Catholic Guardian, Certified Laboratories, Combined Insurance, Developmental Disabilities Institute, First In Service Staffing, Goodwill, Home Depot, HW Staffing Solutions, Interim Healthcare, Long Island Cares, Lloyd Staffing, Lowe’s, Maxim Healthcare, National Recruiting Group, NRL Strategies, NY Community Bank, NY Life Insurance, Pier 1 Imports, Prudential, Right At Home, SCOPE, Sears, Sysco, Teachers Federal Credit Union, UCP of Suffolk, Urban League Mature Workers Program and YAI. All are welcome and no registration is required. Bring copies of your resume and dress to impress. For further information, call 631-261-6930.

From left, Councilwoman Valerie Cartright (D-Port Jefferson Station); Supervisor Ed Romaine (R); Scott Meiselbach, owner of Sunrise Construction; Councilmen Kevin Lavalle (R-Selden), Michael Loguercio (R-Ridge), Dan Panico (R-Manorville) and Neil Foley (R-Blue Point); and Town Clerk Donna Lent (R). Photo from Town of Brookhaven

Town of Brookhaven honors Business of the Month

At the March 2 Town of Brookhaven board meeting, Councilman Kevin LaValle honored Sunrise Construction in Farmingville as Business of the Month for March in Council District 3. The award is given to a business deserving special recognition for the positive impact it has on the community. Owned by Scott Meiselbach, Sunrise Construction has been an outstanding community partner for many years, providing jobs for local residents. He also helped repair numerous homes in the area after Hurricane Sandy. Councilman LaValle said, “Scott has been an outstanding leader in the Farmingville community for many years and he’s always ready to help when needed. I am happy to recognize him and Sunrise Construction as the CD 3 March Business of the Month. It’s a well-deserved honor.”

From left, Sean Doyle, Planet Fitness contractor; Rob Trotta; Cara Pagan, regional manager; John Mahoney, Planet Fitness owner; Pat Vecchio; and Eric Apicella, club manager. Photo from Leg. Trotta’s office

RIBBON CUTTING Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta (R-Fort Salonga) and Smithtown Town Supervisor Pat Vecchio (R) joined Fort Salonga resident John Mahoney and his staff in officially opening his sixth Planet Fitness at 240 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 6, joining locations in Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Medford, Rocky Point and Port Jefferson. The gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, circuit training, free weights, abs/core, tanning, Hydromassage and massage chairs. It is open Monday to Friday 24 hours and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. “I think that this Planet Fitness is an excellent fit for the Hauppauge Industrial Park,” said Trotta

Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman campus, 533 College Road, Selden will hold its 29th annual Health Fair on Wednesday, March 29 in the Babylon Student Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the many college resource tables including Nursing, Paramedic/EMT and Dietetic Technician, enjoy massage therapy and reiki, sample healthy snacks, take advantage of free screenings of body fat to muscle ratio, measure cholesterol, blood pressure and more. Free and open to the public. Call 631-451-4110 for additional information.

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Suffolk County’s Department of Health encourages residents to take advantage of Narcan training classes at Comsewogue High School, 565 Bicycle Path, Port Jefferson Station on March 27 at 7 p.m. and Longwood Middle School, 41 Yaphank Middle Island Road, Middle Island on March 29 at 7 p.m. The training will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal Narcan and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal Narcan. For more information, call 631-852-6109.

Can’t make it on those dates? Hope House Ministries will host a free Narcan Training Workshop on Thursday, March 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at its Human Service Center, 1313 Main St., Port Jefferson in the Sister Aimee Room. Participants will learn the essentials of opioid overdose prevention and receive certification as Trained Overdose Responders as well as an overdose response kit that includes naloxone (Narcan). For more information or to register, please call 631-928-2377 or 631-473-0553.

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Does your child love trains? The Smithtown Historical Society will host a Model Train Show fundraiser at the Frank Brush Barn, 211 E. Main St., Smithtown on Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring an HO Scale layout from Long Island HOTrack, O Gauge Trolleys from the Long Island Traction Society and an N Scale layout courtesy of Trainville Hobby Depot.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the historical society’s restoration of farm buildings and caring for the farm animals. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 12 and under. For information, call Vinnie at 631-524-0529.

Duracell. Photo courtesy of Kent Animal Shelter


This is Duracell, a male shepherd mix who was rescued from the dog meat trade in Thailand by the SOI Dog Foundation and is now safe and sound at Kent Animal Shelter. Thai dogs have a particularly horrible life, but thankfully there are groups out there rescuing the ones that they can.

Duracell is super sweet, loves people and would make a great family pet. He’s 5 years young and can’t wait to have the loving and caring home he so deserves. Kent Animal Shelter is located at 2259 River Road in Calverton. For more information on Duracell and other adoptable pets at Kent, please call 631-727-5731 or visit

Update: Duracell has been adopted!

The annual Home & Garden Show in Holtsville is a fun event for the whole family. File photo by Heidi Sutton

Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro (R) recently announced the return of the annual Brookhaven Town Home & Garden Show, benefiting the Holtsville Ecology Site. The show, which will once again run for two weekends, will kick off on March 25. The event will feature dozens of vendor exhibits including landscaping, garden centers, awnings, stonework, driveways, garden structures, sprinklers, siding and windows, interior décor, gutters and more.

“After a long winter, residents are always eager to come out and enjoy the wide array of home improvement ideas our vendors have on display,” said Losquadro, adding, “The Home & Garden Show is a wonderful opportunity for residents to support local businesses and reinvest in our local economy. From building outdoor fireplaces and getting more creative with landscaping design to replacing fencing and walkways or even putting in a hot tub, the Home & Garden Show features some innovative ways to enhance your home, garden and property this spring.”

In addition, with paid admission, visitors can participate in free educational workshops and hands-on classes. Workshops for adults include flower arranging, an introduction to beekeeping, organic tree care and composting. Children can learn about recycling, plant care, water conservation and make a craft. Classes and workshops are subject to change ­— a comprehensive schedule of seminars will be available at as the event nears.

The show will run on March 25 and April 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 26 and April 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of admission is $6 for adults, children 16 and under are free. Parking is free, as is the opportunity to walk through the animal preserve, which is home to more than 100 injured or non-releasable wild and farm animals and will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“All proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Holtsville Ecology Site, one of our Town’s hidden gems,” Losquadro continued. “Over the years, so many families have enjoyed and appreciated all the Ecology Site has to offer. Investing the proceeds from this event directly back into the Ecology Site will help to ensure there is adequate funding to support its continued operations.”

The Town of Brookhaven’s Ecology Site is located at 249 Buckley Road in Holtsville. For further information, call 631-758-9664, ext. 18.

Update: Spring craft and storytime

Cindy Sommers, author of “Saving Kate’s Flowers,” will be at the Town of Brookhaven’s Home & Garden Show on March 25, 26 and April 1 at 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. and on April 2 at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sommers will read from her book and help the children make a spring craft. Free with admission to the Home & Garden Show.