Local Briefs



Fundraiser planned for stricken firefighter

The Bellport Fire Department is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for firefighter Frank Furia this Saturday at its headquarters on Main Street.

Furia is fighting Wegener’s granulomatosis, a rare vascular disease that has affected his kidneys, requiring him to undergo dialysis and now a transplant. The fundraiser will run from 1 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. 

In addition to the fundraiser, Friends of Frank LTD are collecting monetary donations at P.O. Box 349, Bellport, NY 11713. The fire department is located at 161 Main St., Bellport. For more information, call 286-0273.


New supe names liaison picks

Supervisor Ed Romaine last week announced his town council liaisons to the various town departments.

Romaine, who took office last month, will be looking after 451-Town, economic development, ethics and personnel. He tapped Deputy Supervisor Panico for the bulk of the departments, including the airport, ambulance districts, amphitheater and assessor, as well as building and fire and the planning board. Councilwoman Connie Kepert will liaison with highways, health and human services, planning, and disabled services, to name a few. 

Councilman Tim Mazzei was plucked for the law department, parks and recreation, vehicle control, waste management, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Romaine said the liaison assignments keep the town council in touch and closely involved with all facets of town government.

“As everyone knows, we’ve had to tighten our belts and we need to stay on top of every department to ensure that they are run more efficiently, while at the same time provide the services that help maintain a high quality of life for our residents,” he said. 


Stormwater committee to hold quarterly meeting

The Village of Patchogue’s Stormwater Committee is scheduled to hold its quarterly public meetings today, Thursday, Jan. 24. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall. Village Hall is located at 14 Baker Street.

For more information, call 475-4300.

Angels open house set for Sunday

Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue is holding an open house to coincide with Catholic Schools Week for parents who are considering enrolling their child next year. 

The event, which will run from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., will give parents the opportunity to tour the school, meet the teachers and mingle with parents whose children attend Holy Angels, according to school officials. Registration materials will be distributed at the open house and, as well, an informational DVD will be available that parents can take home to watch with their family. 

Principal Michele Mulderrig said choosing the right school is important for a child’s academic, intellectual and spiritual development. 

“It has to be the right fit,” Mulderrig said. “The open house is a great time for parents to get an inside look at the school and meet our administration and staff. We’ll take the time to speak with parents and answer whatever questions they may have. In light of the school’s policy of small class sizes, our pre-K to 8th-grade classes fill up very quickly, so I encourage parents to enroll their children early.”

Holy Angels was founded in 1923 as St. Francis de Sales R.C. School and was established as a regional school in January 1977 after being known as Patchogue Regional School for a few years. It provides education to children in the eight neighboring parishes. 

Holy Angels Regional School is located at 1 Division St. in Patchogue. For more information about the open house, please visit www.holyangelsregional.com or call 475-0422.


Free alert program reaches 2,000 registrants

More than 2,000 residents have signed up for the police department’s Nixle alerts since its launch last month, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The alert notification system, which was launched Dec. 17, is a web-based, geographic-based public notification system available free of charge to residents and allows police to communicate with the public via text messages, email, Twitter and Facebook. Communications have included emergency alerts, missing persons reports, safety tips, crime information and community outreach information.

Commissioner Edward Webber said the no-cost service provides a platform for direct communication between residents and the department. 

“It is an invaluable tool that will improve the department’s communication with residents of Suffolk County,” he said. “Public involvement is one of the most helpful tools the department has in fulfilling its mission of public safety.”

Residents can sign up for Nixle alerts at

Legislators push tax relief for Sandy victims

Suffolk lawmakers are asking that County Executive Steve Bellone request Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspend a law requiring municipalities to charge property owners penalties and interest for the late payment of taxes. 

The Suffolk Tax Act sets specific penalties and interest to be levied as the result of late payment of property taxes. But Legislators Tom Cilmi and Wayne Horsley would like the act suspended to give victims of Superstorm Sandy extra time to pay their property tax bills. State law requires that the request come from the chief executive of a municipality. 

Cilmi called the storm’s wake “devastation” like officials have never seen before. “People are desperately trying to get back on their feet,” he said. “The least we can do is show some empathy by not charging these folks penalties for paying their taxes late. Putting food in their children’s mouths and rebuilding their homes should be their No. 1 priority.”

Horsley described the storm as having a catastrophic impact on residents.

“This storm of epic proportions has affected residents and business owners, both financially and emotionally,” he said. “We have an obligation as elected officials to assist our residents who were devastated by Sandy as they struggle to rebuild their homes, their businesses and their lives. An extension on the deadline for real property tax payments would provide residents in the affected areas with some relief.”

Bellone supports the measure, according to a staffer.