Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization

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

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Election 2017: Meet the Candidates on October 12th

The Executive Board has invited candidates for Town and County positions to the General Membership meeting on Thursday, 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 7:30 PM at the
Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society Museum, 328 Hawkins Avenue.

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!
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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.  

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.
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The Great Brookhaven Cleanup

Volunteer to Keep Lake Ronkonkoma Clean!
Join the Annual Great Brookhaven Cleanup on
Saturday, May 20, 2017
On Saturday, May 20, the Town of Brookhaven will once again participate in Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup and Ronkonkoma residents can participate and help keep the Lake Ronkonkoma shoreline clean and beautiful. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm volunteers will meet at Brookhaven’s Michael P. Murphy Beach on Lake Shore Road and walk the shoreline of the lake picking up litter and garbage.
For details, visit
www.brookhaven.org or call 631-451-6222

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.

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 http://saintregiskofc.com 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.

Lake Ronkonkoma Advisory Board Meetings

LAKE RONKONKOMA ADVISORY BOARD


MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Wednesday March 15th, 2017

Wednesday May 17th, 2017

Wednesday July 19th, 2017

Wednesday September 13th, 2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017



Time: 6:30 PM

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

Information: if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to our office at 631-854-3735 or ali.nazir@suffolkcountyny.gov

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.

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.
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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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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.

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.
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Additional Opportunities to Meet the Candidates

ABCO & Member Civics: Debate
Monday, October 17, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
1st District Congressional Candidates
Medford Firehouse, 171 Oregon Avenue, Medford

Centereach, Selden, Lake Ronkonkoma Civics:
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 PM
Centereach Fire House, 9 South Washington Ave, Centereach

Lake Cleanup October 15th, 9 AM

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

Ronkonkoma Street Fair Sunday, 9/4

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Lake Cleanup August 27th, 10 AM

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LRCO Summer Concert August 4th

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ATTENTION: Upcoming meeting regarding Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge

The Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization has received many complaints about the status of the work on the Patchogue-Holbrook Road bridge.  As mentioned previously, we asked Assemblyman Al Graf to set up a community meeting with the NYS Dept of Transportation to find out more information about when the project can expected to be completed.  

The meeting has been scheduled for Monday June 27th at the Sachem Public Library, 6:00 PM.  Please be there to voice your concerns and urge the DOT and its contractors to complete this project soon!  Please share the flyer below with your friends and neighbors.  

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For Town of Brookhaven Residents - Special Recycling Event Schedule

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Next Civic Meeting: June 9th

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

We will be discussing the status of repaving town roads and the downtown revitalization grant project.

Civic meetings are open to members and non-members.

Stakeholders Meeting to discuss proposed changes to Suffolk County’s Sanitary Code, Construction Standards, and the upcoming Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan

In accordance with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's Reclaim Our Waters initiative and the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, Suffolk County is pursuing proactive measures to reduce nitrogen pollution of our waters. The county is currently testing several innovative alternative single-home wastewater treatment systems to evaluate their effectiveness at reducing the amount of nitrogen that leaches from typical wastewater systems that have been widely used in Suffolk County.
 
To accommodate the use of alternative-wastewater-treatment systems, changes are being proposed tothe Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards. In concert with the proposed changes to the codes and standards, a Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan is being prepared that will provide recommendations for nitrogen load reduction goals and a recommended wastewater management strategy for all of the priority subwatersheds of Suffolk County. The stakeholders meeting will present the proposed changes to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code and Construction Standards and will present the proposed scope of work for the Suffolk County Subwatersheds Wastewater Plan.
 
When:                 12:30 -3:30 p.m., May 16, 2016; registration begins at 12:00 p.m.
 
Where:                Suffolk County Community College, Ammerman Campus, Babylon Student Center- Montauk Point Room, Selden, N.Y.
 
Registration:      Seating to this event may be limited. Please click on the link below to RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/subwatersheds-wastewater-plan-and-proposed-changes-to-sanitary-code-tickets-25207033917

SCPD March 2016 Community Meeting Invitation

Open invitation to March’s monthly 6th Precinct Community Meeting;

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 at 7PM at the Middle Island Fire Department, located at 31 Arnold Dr. Middle Island (directly off Middle Country Rd.). Please spread the word.
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Respectfully,
P.O. Todd Bradshaw
Suffolk County Police Department
6th Precinct COPE Unit
400 Middle Country Road
Selden, NY 11784
Phone: (631)854-8689
E-mail: todd.bradshaw@suffolkcountyny.gov

Next Civic Meeting: March 10th

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

Please attend this informative meeting and invite others to come as well.

Thank you!

February Meeting: Ronkonkoma Hub Update


Here’s what you missed if you weren’t able to attend last Thursday’s civic meeting:

  1. President George Schramm updated attendees on several local land use projects: proposed office building on the corner of Portion & Ackerly, Dunkin Donuts parking lot expansion, Wendy’s redevelopment and others.
  2. Rob Loscalzo and Jim Coughlan from Tritec Real Estate gave a presentation on the latest news on the Ronkonkoma Hub project. Residents in attendance asked many questions of the Tritec representatives:
  3. Several key properties have been purchased for Phase 1 of the project (eastern side of Mill Road); other parcels are in contract. They expect to break ground later in 2016.
  4. They are buying up properties from multiple owners for Phase 2 of the project (east of Hawkins Avenue).
  5. Phase 1 is primarily residential, with six buildings, 489 dwelling units, 1,000 estimated residents. Phase 2 is mixed use buildings: offices, retail, residential.
  6. Right now, the residences are planned to be 10% owner-occupied (condos) and 90% rentals. The rentals will include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, with studios starting at $1,350/month. There will not be an affordable housing component to the project.
  7. Phase 2 will have nine buildings as well as five parking structures (not for commuters). A major grocery store could be included here.
  8. Phase 3 includes more office and retails space plus a parking garage to replace the lost parking for commuters.
  9. Phase 4 focuses on some of the area between Hawkins Avenue and Mill Road.
  10. They discussed some of the architectural details of the buildings, including the use of arches throughout the project as well as French quarter style details in the residential buildings.
  11. See images below of Phase 1 and Phase 2.
  12. There was also discussion about the sewering. Right now, there will be a pumping station at the far east end of the project to hook up to the Southwest Sewer District.
  13. Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy was in attendance and engaged Tritec in specific questions on the project.

Hope to see you at the next civic meeting!

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Another Hearing for Proposed Building at Portion & Ackerley

On Monday January 25, community members attended this Planning Board hearing to speak about the proposed office building at the corner of Portion Road and Ackerly Lane.

Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Organization Vice President Dawn Hopkins along with nearby property owners addressed the Planning Board. The owners of nearby parcels spoke of their concerns about the amount of trash that currently accumulates on the property as well as the youths that congregate in the parking lot at night. Their fear is that this new building will create more of an opportunity for these behaviors. A significant concern was the placement and height of the proposed building that will allow the occupants to look directlyinto the kitchen and backyard of the house next door.

The civic pointed out that the required notice of property change to the community was incorrectly posted on public property (telephone pole) instead of the Friedman property. We also spoke to the lack of posting on Ackerly Lane where the proposed building would actually be built. As a result, the Planning Board determined there must be a correct re-posting done on Ackerly and Portion. The application will be reheard at the February 8 Planning Board meeting.

Long Island Water Quality Hearings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) are embarking on a Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan, that is part of a wide-range of actions necessary to restore Long Island’s drinking and surface water.
 
In connection, they are hosting three meetings to discuss the scope of this plan and are looking for input from stakeholders.
 
SUFFOLK COUNTY
Date: February 1, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center - 260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Suffolk County Community College, Culinary Arts Center Multipurpose Room - 20 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
 
NASSAU COUNTY
Date: February 3, 2016
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Hofstra University, North Campus, Sondra & David S. Mack Student Center - Multipurpose Room - Hempstead, NY 11549
 

RSVP to the NYSDEC by January 28, 2016 to LIwaterquality@dec.ny.gov.

 
It is important for the DEC and LIRPC to hear everyone’s views on what Long Island needs to do in order to restore water quality. Whatever you have to contribute is welcome! We hope to see you there.


Public Service Commission REV Information Sessions

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On January 26, 2016, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) will offer information and the opportunity for public comment  on Long Island regarding the regulatory reforms proposed under “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comprehensive strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.
The information sessions regarding REV will take place at the Suffolk County Legislative Building, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and at the Nassau County Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave, Mineola from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public will be invited to submit comments immediately following these hour-long sessions.
“Through regulatory overhaul, REV is remaking New York’s utilities to encourage the cleanest, most advanced, and efficient power system operation,” said PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman. “We are seeking innovative ways to redesign state programs to support clean energy, accelerate market growth, unlock private investment and ensure that by the year 2030 half of the state’s energy needs are met by renewable resources.”
To this end, the Department of Public Service – the Staff arm of the PSC – filed a "White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models" (see attached) on July 28, 2015 (http:/www3.dps.ny.gov/W/PSCWeb.nsf/All/C12C0A18F55877E785257E6F005D533E?OpenDocument). The White Paper sets forth proposed reforms for the utility business model, the ratemaking process, and rate design. Comments from parties and the public will be considered by the PSC as it moves forward with the REV initiative. These hearings and forums are the latest in a series of REV-related public events designed to maximize public education about and participation in Commission decisions.  Previous events have included a symposium, a seminar series, technical conferences, Commission conferences, numerous webinars, prior public statement hearings and public information forums, and informal meetings with stakeholders and communities.  Notice of future events will be posted on the Commission’s web site.
In order to make comments on the record, it is not necessary to be present at the start of a hearing or to make an appointment in advance. Written materials will be accepted but they are not required of public speakers. Persons will be called to speak after completing a request card. The public statement hearing will continue until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made.
Disabled persons requiring special accommodations should call the DPS's Human Resources Management Office at (518) 474-2520 as soon as possible. TDD users may request a sign language interpreter by placing a call through the New York Relay Service at 711. Individuals with difficulty understanding or reading English are encouraged to call the Commission at 1-800-342-3377 for free language assistance services regarding this notice.
Other Ways to Comment
Internet or Mail: In addition to speaking at the formal hearings, members of the public desiring to comment may submit written comments by sending them electronically to the Commission’s Secretary at secretary@dps.ny.gov or by mail or delivery to Hon. Kathleen H. Burgess, Secretary, Public Service Commission, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223-1350. Comments should refer to Case 14-M-0101.
 
Toll-free Opinion Line: Comments may also be submitted through the Commission’s Opinion Line at 1-800-335-2120. This number is designed to take comments about pending cases from in-state callers, 24 hours a day. Callers should press “1” to leave comments for the cases referenced above.
 
Opinion-line comments are not transcribed but are summarized, with the summary reported to the Consumer Advocate and the Commission. Written comments may be accessed on the Commission’s website by searching Case 14-M-0101 in the input box labeled "Search for Case Number" and clicking on the “Public Comments” tab. Many libraries offer free Internet access.
About Reforming the Energy Vision
 
Under Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), New York State is spurring clean-energy innovation and attracting new investment to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV encompasses groundbreaking regulatory reform to integrate clean energy into the core of our power grid, redesigned programs and strategies to unlock private capital, and active leadership in deploying innovative energy solutions across the State’s own public facilities and operations. REV will enable a dynamic, clean-energy economy operating at a scale that will stimulate opportunities for communities across the state to create jobs and drive local economic growth, while protecting our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.
Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY

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

SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATURE
LAKE RONKONKOMA ADVISORY BOARD


MEETING SCHEDULE 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

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

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

LR Historical Society Annex Opening

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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.

ROAD CONDITIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Please attend and share your road condition frustrations
Also: Ronkonkoma Hub Project Update
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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!

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.

Medford Meeting: February 25, 7:30

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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:
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/lirr-doubling-size-of-ronkonkoma-rail-yard-ahead-of-east-side-access-project-1.9835288

Holiday Events @ Brookhaven Town

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Chamber of Commerce Holiday Celebration: Dec. 7th

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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 http://www.lipower.org/newscenter/events.html and scroll down to the bottom of the page and to download the LIPA 2015 Proposed Budget.

No Civic Meeting in December and January


There will be no General Membership Meeting in December and January.
Next meeting: February 12th. Enjoy the holidays!

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: http://www.thelakeheritage.org/

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.

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Howl-O-Ween Adoption Event

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

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

Click here for more information

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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.

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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.

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

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!

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
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.

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.

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