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Councilman Kevin J. LaValle

From left, Legislative Aide Bill Maggi, Hobbs Farm President Larry Corbett, HF Vice President Ann Pellegrino, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore, Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle and HF Treasurer Cindy Gallo. Photo by Heidi Sutton

By Heidi Sutton

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Ronkonkoma) was honored at the Bethel Hobbs Community Farm’s Harvest Fair Oct. 6 for his many years of dedicated support of the farm’s programs. The legislator was recently able to secure a $29,616 grant for the 11-acre Centereach farm, which donates 90 percent of its vegetables to area food pantries.

Children enjoy the farm’s Harvest Fair. Photo by Heidi Sutton

“This is a great place in Centereach — the last remaining farm we have in this area. Legislator Muratore was the one that really turned me on to Hobbs Farm and what was going on here,” Brookhaven Town Councilman Kevin LaValle (R-Selden) said before presenting a plaque to the legislator along with the farm’s President Larry Corbett and Vice President Ann Pellegrino. “He’s been, for years, a huge supporter of this farm, whether it’s been working with me to do the Run the Farm to raise money, to bring in grants, to help out any way possible.”

“I can’t do enough for Hobbs Farm. This is our jewel here in the district. We love this place – it brings so much,” Muratore said, pointing to the families enjoying the festival. “I thank Ann, I thank Hobbs Farm and, most of all, I thank you my community. God bless you.”

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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 www.prepare.ny.gov. For more information, call 631-451-6647.