Half year in review

Half year in review



Jan. 11

Calm after the storm: The image shows Islip Grange in Sayville after winter storm Grayson, the first major storm of 2018, blew through our area. Grayson dumped 16 inches of snow, closing schools and wreaking havoc on roads.

Jan. 4

She said ‘yes’: A Sayville couple recounts their special Christmas proposal.

A jump-start on paying taxes: With the new federal tax laws in place, area residents rushed to prepay their taxes to get a heftier deduction.

Jan. 11

Struggling to keep warm: Broken pipes and oil burner at the Gillette House leave food pantry workers in the cold.

New minority leader: Tom Cilmi was elected to head the Republican caucus in the Suffolk County Legislature.

Jan. 25

Protest in Sayville: Residents turned out en masse to protest the proposed apartments on Lakeland Avenue in Sayville at the former site of the Island Hills Golf Course. The developer, Rechler Equity Partners, had filed for a change of zone in the town to construct 1,371 apartments.



Feb. 8

A fond farewell: A gathering was held at Sayville Public Library to say goodbye to longtime librarian Alice Lepore, and wish her well in her retirement. Lepore had been with the library for more than 14 years.

Feb. 1

She’s 100 today: Bayport resident Florence Corkery reached a milestone. She shared her very long and interesting life with our readers.

Feb. 15

New sheriff in town: Errol D. Toulon Jr. took over the reins of the sheriff’s office and mapped out his agenda for his first year in office.

Feb. 22

The focus is on school safety: After another mass shooting took place on Feb. 14 at a high school in Florida, area school districts prepared for the emergencies they hope will never happen. Many instituted new safety measures.

Grant pending for Gillette House work: While the historic building endures no heat and lots of maintenance issues, SCN learned that there has been a state grant pending for $50,000 since it was arranged by Sen. Tom Croci in 2016.

Seafield retreats, convent still for sale: The plan to sell the St. Ursula Center in Blue Point to Seafield for use as an in-house rehabilitation center has dissolved.



Mar. 1

A guiding spirit: Barbara Fitzpatrick of Sayville was chosen as the SCN Inspiration Award winner for 2017.

Harlem Renaissance artist exhibition opens: Touro Law School held a special exhibit in honor of Black History Month that honored renowned artist William Henry Johnson. The artist spent the last years of his life at Central Islip State Hospital, on the grounds where the law school is now situated.

Mar. 8

Off duty: Local Sayville resident and Suffolk County Police Officer Joel Reines was given a special ceremony in Sayville, where he spent 25 of his 38 years with the force on foot patrol in his old neighborhood.

Focused on the future: High school students, who are part of the Suffolk Student Climate Action Committee, discuss the importance of facing the issues of climate change.

Mar. 15

On a mission of hope: Local student spends his winter vacation in Haiti to help those in need.

Mar. 22

School walkout: Sayville High School students stood together and participated in a countrywide protest in response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Residents and developers meet: A meeting was held for the public regarding the proposed apartments at the former Island Hills Golf Course property in Sayville. The developer, Rechler Equity Partners, answered questions and addressed concerns voiced about the proposal.

Mar. 29

New animal shelter coming: After more than 50 years at the same location, Islip Town has secured grants to build a new facility.

Batters up: The Long Island Ducks minor league baseball team begins hosting tryouts for the first time in 15 years.



April 12

Clearing the beach: Cadets from the Lt. Michael Murphy Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, which is based at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, help clean up an East End beach.

April 5

Catching up on the neighborhood: The hamlet of Sayville has a new civic association to give everyone in the area a voice on quality-of-life issues.

April 12

Stop the bleed: Connetquot School District participated in a national campaign to learn first-aid techniques during an emergency situation until professional help arrives.

5K Run for the Bay: The Blue Island Oyster Company hosted their second annual event that raises money to help out local environmental groups.

The end of an era: Gil Bergin, the longtime manager of Connetquot State Park, passes away.

April 19

Answering the call: Kim Kaugher, a nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital, is redeployed in the U.S. Navy.

April 26

The tender stewards of oysters: Brothers Billy and Charlie Hart have run successful local businesses for over half a century.



May 24

Seventy-five years of service: Ex-chief of the Sayville Fire Department William Fridrich Jr. was honored by the members of the department for his long service to the community.

May 3

The opposition continues: Nearly 200 people protested outside of Islip Town Hall against both the Island Hills and Heartland developments.

May 10

He’s not running: NYS Sen. Tom Croci announced he would not be running for reelection at the end of this year. Croci, a U.S. Navy Reserve officer, will be returning to active duty.

May 17

Art ignites memories: Jack Southwell, a fourth-grade student, didn’t win an official prize for his artwork at a Main Street show, but he did receive special recognition.

Community engagement is key: Sayville has a new library director, Jennifer Fowler.

How sweet it was: Kurt Fritzsche, the owner of Fritzsche’s Bakery on Main Street in Sayville, passes away.

May 24

Resurrecting Dowling College: The Dowling College Alumni Association held their initial fundraiser in the hope of one day reopening the school.

Public outcry over agency replacement: A pocket resolution at the last town hall meeting drew criticism over the replacements of several board members of the Community Development Agency.



June 14

Stepping back in time: Fourth-grade students in Blue Point Elementary School step back in time to experience what life was like in America during their Colonial Day event.

June 7

Democrats debate: Just a week or so ahead of the New York Primary, Democratic candidates for Congress, Liuba Grechen Shirley and Legis. DuWayne Gregory, participated in a public debate at the Sayville Congregational Church.

A blooming success: Keep Islip Clean’s Project Bloom celebrates 25 years of growing flowers for public properties.

June 14

Over $20 million in county projects blocked: The Republican minority in the Suffolk County Legislature blocked the capital projects that were bundled with the bond vote. Democrats defended the way it was presented, citing other municipalities that use that process as a way to save money.

Dem. Monica Martinez runs for Senate: Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez of Brentwood announced her candidacy to run for the NYS 3rd Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Croci, who decided not to seek reelection.

June 21

Protest at Town Hall: Around 50 or so residents, mostly from the hamlets of Brentwood and Central Islip, gathered on the steps of Islip Town Hall to demand council districts as a way of ensuring equal representation.

Students discuss climate change with the governor: Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with members of the Suffolk Student Climate Action Committee to discuss issues that pertain to embracing a greener future.

June 28

His passion will go on: A new scholarship was named in honor of BBP alumnus Mark Italiano, a musician who passed away unexpectedly.

Grechen Shirley wins 2nd congressional district primary: The first-time candidate will face longtime Congressman Peter King.