Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

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 The current Code of Conduct was developed many years ago and is broadly viewed as out of date.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)

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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.

LRCO Second Community Survey

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization is always looking for new ways to ensure it is meeting the needs of the community.  We issued our first survey last summer.  This second survey focuses on recreational activities.  

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!

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. 


Lake Ronkonkoma Intermunicipal Watershed Organization Meeting

The next meeting of the Lake Ronkonkoma Intermunicipal Watershed Organization will be held next Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00PM, prior to the Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board meeting at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held in the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium in the W.H. Rogers Legislative Building, 725 Veterans Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787.

Town of Brookhaven Coat Drive