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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.
The meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the
Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 here.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Good luck to all who apply!
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.
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Thursday, February 14th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, March 7th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 11th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, May 9th, 2013: Annual Civic Meeting
Thursday, June 13th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 12th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 10th, 2013: "Meet the Candidates"
Thursday, November 14th, 2013: General Membership Meeting
Thursday, February 13th, 2014: General Membership Meeting
- 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.
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.
While applications may be completed online New York State has established intake centers found at http://nysandyhelp.ny.gov/content/resources. 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.
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.
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...
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...
See everyone at “Breakfast With Santa” on December 8th. Check the webpage and newsletter for details and reservations forms this Fall.
The Civic president participated on the Town’s selection committee, which ultimately chose the TRITEC Company, a developer based on Long Island, as the master developer for the Ronkonkoma Hub.
Moving forward, the Civic will continue to work with the Town, and the master developer, in creating a vibrant and exciting transportation oriented development that will appeal to the next generation of workers and residents.
What began as a vision-driven process became a comprehensive community plan with specific goals, an understanding of trends and opportunities, and strategies for implementation. Back in early 2010 the Civic was proud to support the Town of Brookhaven’s adoption of Portion Road Corridor Land Use Plan, a plan the Civic helped to create.
Some of the goals of the Plan include:
• The revitalization of the long-established downtown center at Hawkins Avenue, and the development of a new downtown area at Morris Avenue, near Nicolls Road.
• The creation of Transition Areas along the roadways that bring vehicles and pedestrians into the downtown centers.
• The integration of existing Regional Centers by providing more pedestrian-friendly connections to local residential areas.
• The further development of Transportation networks that reduce congestion, enhance safety, and encourage a diversity of transportation options.
• An economic development plan that will increase appropriate retail activity, encourage the expansion of local businesses, increase the quantity of local jobs, and provide an adequate tax base.
• The interconnectivity of commercial and residential areas with local resources, such as the Lake. A related goal is the preservation and promotion of the history and historic structures in Lake Ronkonkoma.
• The establishment of architectural design guidelines to improve appearance of buildings undergoing construction or renovation, because a picturesque downtown draws more shoppers.
The adoption of the Land Use Plan was a significant accomplishment for the Civic, but it was only the first step. In June 2010, there was a Special Town Board Hearing at Brookhaven Town Hall to re-zone certain parcels within the area of the Land Use Plan, along Hawkins and Ronkonkoma Avenues. 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 action removed the burden of a Change of Zone application from property owners who want to develop a parcel in compliance with the Land Use Plan, and it also protects residential parcels from inappropriate development. The Town was successful in re-zoning close to all the parcels presented at the hearing. Another special hearing for a similar purpose for parcels along Portion Road will be scheduled for 2012.
The Civic also continues to work on enforcing the architectural design guidelines contained in the Land Use Plan. The Civic’s Land Use Plan Implementation Committee comments on drawings submitted to the Town of Brookhaven and appears in front of the Town’s Planning Board to ensure that proposed façade changes comply with the design guidelines.
Also, don’t be surprised if an officer from the 4th or 6th Precinct is in attendance to report on the what’s happening in the area.
By making membership renewal easier, the Civic can reduce the need to mail out letters and make phone calls to remind members to renew and devote its limited resources to other activities such as…
Creating Eyes on the Street
By working together with Suffolk County Police, neighbors learn how to safeguard each other’s homes by observing and reporting. By observing and reporting any suspicious circumstance, neighborhoods actually increase their own safety.
Police cannot fight crime they do not know about. When alert citizens keep them informed, the police are far more effective against crime, and citizens have better protection and safer neighborhoods.
In 2012 the Civic will continue to help organize Neighborhood Watches in our area. If you’re interested, contact the Civic President at firstname.lastname@example.org or the COPE office at the 4th Precinct at (631) 854-8478, or for neighborhoods east of Hawkins Avenue, the COPE office at the 6th Precinct at (631) 854-8670.
Because a clean community discourages littering and raises local living standards and quality of life, the Civic also hosts a monthly litter cleanup along Portion Road. On the first Saturday of the month, volunteers meet in the parking lot at the southwest corner of the intersection of Portion Road and Holbrook Road, where our litter coordinator, Ken Kellaher, distributes gloves, safety vests and trash bags. Then each team walks a small section of the road collecting litter in bags that will picked up later. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to walk more this year, you can improve your health and your community by volunteering for our litter cleanup. For more information, you can contact Ken at 736-0626.
The Civic also enforces the architectural design guidelines contained in the Portion Road Land Use Plan by commenting on façade designs submitted to the Town’s Planning Board.
We encourage our members to attend Planning Board hearings and let their voices be heard; the success of the Civic indicates that our participation does not go unheeded.
To further the public-private partnership strategy for the area around the lake, the Civic also created a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Ronkonkoma Lake Foundation, which has the ability to apply for grant funds for educational and environmental programs related to the lake.
At the beginning of every December we welcome Santa with our annual Breakfast With Santa, and in the Spring we have our annual Bagels With Bunny. At both the children have great fun (though we suspect the adults have just as much fun as the children) with crafts to make, coloring and puzzle sheets, food, goodie bags (and Santa hands out reindeer food), and, of course, a visit and photo-op with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Check our website for the dates for each event and reserve your seats early for a memorable time for your children or grandchildren.
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 SocietyRead more...
Watch the video about the award: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65Yb-R03UHw
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.
Read more at the Brookhaven website: http://www.brookhaven.org/PressRoom/tabid/56/newsid970/985/Default.aspx
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.
The year 2010 saw the loss of one of our community’s greatest assets: Bob Molinari, who passed away in November.Read more...
Saturday, April 3, 9:00 AM will be our next Portion Road & Hawkins Avenue Clean Up, weather permitting.
The Civic now accepts credit cards, so now you can pay your membership dues online, safely and securely.Read more...
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...