Mario Buonpane Bench Dedication at Veterans Plaza

Huntington Town officials joined friends, family and members of veterans groups April 24 in dedicating a bench at Town Hall’s Veterans Plaza in memory of Mario Buonpane, the longtime chairman of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Board, who passed away in September 2015 at the age of 83

During a ceremony moderated by Bill Ober, who succeeded Buonpane as Veterans Advisory Board chairman, Msgr. Thomas Colgan of St. Philip Neri R.C. Church blessed the bench. Town Council Members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland delivered reminiscences of Buonpane. His son, Mark, speaking on behalf of the family, spoke of his father’s efforts in creating Veterans Plaza, first as a memorial to Huntington residents who served in World War II, and expanding it in subsequent years to honor those who served in the Korean, Vietnamese and Gulf Wars.

Buonpane served in the Army during the Korean War and later worked as an engineer at the Grumman Corp., where he helped design parts of the Lunar Module for the Apollo space program. He served as Post Commander of the Northport American Legion Post #694 and as a member of its board of directors. In 1995, he was named chair of the Town’s Veterans Advisory Board, a post he held until his death.

Also joining Council Members Cuthbertson and Berland at the ceremony were Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Tax Receiver Ester Bivona, Assemblymen Andrew Raia and Chad Lupinacci and Buonpane’s wife, Beatrice, and daughters Karen Buonpane and Nancy Chang.


In the photo: Seated on bench, Mark Vincent (Buonpane) and Beatrice Buonpane. Standing (l-r): Karen Buonpane, Nancy Chang, Tax Receiver Ester Bivona, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Assemblyman Andrew Raia, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Veterans Advisory Board chairman Bill Ober.
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Huntington Tulip Festival at Heckscher Park on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11-4

The Town of Huntington's Annual Tulip Festival will take place this Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. 

The Tulip Festival, now in its sixteenth year is organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Bank.  The free festival will have children’s activity booths and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. 

12:00-12:45 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance:  “Jazzy Fairy Tales” with Louise Rogers – “Jazzy Fairy Tales” combines jazz music, storytelling and improvisational theater techniques to teach young children music, literature and social skills.  This interactive performance utilizes young children's natural ability to learn through “play.”  Swing, boogie and dance as the playfulness of jazz gives original versions of well-known fairy tales new life!  Chesky recording artist and music teacher Louise Rogers has a voice that has been described as “pure and incandescent, free of affectation or obvious influence.” (Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times).  A published author – Jazzy Fairy Tales Teacher's Manual, written with Susan Milligan (Alfred Publishing, 2011) with 2 more books slated for publication in 2015 – Louise is a leader in the field of jazz education.  Nat Hentoff has praised her work as "the most joyously encouraging way of expanding the audience for jazz".  Presented by the Huntington Arts Council. * Sponsored by Cablevision

1:00-1:45 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance:  “Casplash” – Caribbean splash band with Steelpanist Rudi Crichlow – “Casplash” – a/k/a “Caribbean Splash” – plays music made for dancing – from Calypso, Soca, and Reggae to Pop, Funk, R&B and more.  Casplash takes audience members on a fantastic musical escapade via the beautiful sounds of the steel pan, soulful singing and hot tropical rhythms.  The band leads audiences in familiar dances such as the Electric Slide, Hokey Pokey, Conga Line and Limbo; they also teach a traditional West Indian follow-the-leader style dance called Brown Girl in the Ring.  Casplash is founded and led by Steelpanist Rudy Crichlow, a man whose roots are in Trinidad and Tobago.  The band has performed at festivals, performing arts centers and special events throughout the New York Metro area and the United States.  Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Astoria Bank*

2:00-3:00 - Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance:“Songs & Puppetry” with Janice Buckner – Janice is one of the nation's top performing artists for children.  She tours nationally, appearing on over 150 stages each year receiving top ratings.  She has appeared on radio and television, as well as over 4000 schools and concert halls.  She entertains audiences of all ages with her voice, guitars, puppets and her knowledge of Sign Language for the Deaf.  She is noted for her voice, her creativity and the outstanding quality of her lyrics.  Her Learn Along Song Series includes eleven CDs & songbooks and her Creativity in the Classroom Work/Play Book with a 20-song CD is used by pre-K and elementary school teachers throughout the country.  Her Learn Along radio show aired out of Hofstra University for seventeen years and was heard around the world via the internet.  Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Huntington Honda

4:00 - Festival Closes (Museum exhibits on view until 5:00 p.m.) 

For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.



Huntington Sponsors Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Town of Huntington, the Suffolk County SPCA and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services will be holding a rabies vaccination clinic on Sunday May 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Town Hall. Free vaccinations will be provided to dogs, cats and ferrets, and a representative from the Town Clerk’s office will be present for owners to license their dogs. To receive the vaccinations, the animals must be at least four months old. All dogs must be leashed, and cats and ferrets must be in carriers. 

New York State and Suffolk County law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccinating a pet not only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people. It is very important to make sure that these animals, as well as livestock and horses, have current rabies vaccinations.

In March, following the capture of a rabid raccoon in Nassau County, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services ordered increased surveillance of raccoons in Babylon and Huntington, the two Suffolk towns that border Nassau, and asked for the public’s help in reporting raccoons that come into contact with humans or pets, as well as abnormally acting raccoons and dead raccoons. Residents are asked to report sightings to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services by calling 631-852-5900, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, call 631-852-4820. While the vaccinations are free, a $10 donation to the Suffolk County SCPA would be appreciated. For more information, call the SCSCPA at 631-382-7722 or the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter at 631-754-8722


Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Town of Huntington's

Prescription Drug

Saturday, April 23RD
9am to 1pm

At the
2016 Earth Day Family EXPO!

Huntington Town Hall
100 Main Street

Safely dispose of medicines, an effort co-sponsored by the
Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Residents will be able to drop off unwanted and unneeded medications, which will be taken by the Suffolk County Police Department for environmentally safe disposal. The Town will also distribute information about the adverse environmental effects on groundwater and Long Island’s drinking water supply when proper protocols are not followed in disposing of pharmaceutical drugs.

For more info, please call:




Huntington Officially Launches "Give a Dog a Dream"

The Huntington Town Council today announced the formal launch of Give A Dog A Dream, the not-for-profit foundation the Town formed to raise money earmarked for providing specialized services for dogs at the Town’s animal shelter.

Give A Dog A Dream provides dogs in need with access to specialized health care and surgery, customized training regimens, advanced behavior modification programs and immersive socialization and wellness programs. It offers resources such as training and education to both dog owners and surrounding animal shelters. It coordinates and sponsors pet adoption events and fundraisers to increase opportunities for dogs to find loving adoptive families and new homes. Its overall goal is to prevent pet surrenders to animal shelters and unnecessary euthanasia and to strengthen the ability of the animal shelter to provide support for abandoned and displaced dogs.

The foundation has set up a website,, through which persons can make donations or volunteer to work with the dogs at the Town shelter on Deposit Road in East Northport.

To help launch Give A Dog A Dream, Huntington Honda – the largest volume Honda dealership on Long Island -- will be sponsoring a special adoption event at its showroom from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Shelter dogs will be available for adoption, and all adoption fees will be waived as part of the event. WBZO radio host The Wiseman will be broadcasting live from the dealership, which is at 1055 East Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. Huntington Honda has committed to making a donation to Give A Dog A Dream for every car it sells in April. This is the first event involving Huntington Honda and its role as a Town marketing partner.


The foundation has put together an informational brochure that describes its activities and some of its successes stories, including:

          Roland, Champ and Grace, three feral puppies that had to be trapped and brought to the animal shelter. Prior to arriving at the shelter, they had never interacted with human beings. After several weeks of special care, they were ready for adoption and are now members of loving families.

          Oreo, a nervous dog when he arrived at the shelter who was at high risk for biting others. Through the shelter’s socialization and dog play group programs, he calmed down, learned to appreciate belly rubs and became adoptable.

          Flannery, a dog seized by the Town’s animal control division who was suffering from injuries as a result of his owner subjecting him to fighting another dog. After specialized medical care to deal with his injuries and intense socialization and play group sessions, Flannery was placed in a loving home.

Give A Dog A Dream Inc, is a charitable 501 c (3) non-profit organization. Donations to Gove A Dog A Dream are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made on-line at the website,, or by mail to Give A Dog A Dream, P.O. Box 37, Centerport, NY 11721. For further information, call 631-754-8749. 



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Join the Nationwide Favorite Poem Project

Do you have a favorite poem that you would 
like to share with the world?

Join the Nationwide Favorite Poem Project 
at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
(at 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington)

on Sunday, April 17th 
from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For more info, or to sign up, please call:
631-427-5240 or visit:




"Give a Dog a Dream"

The Town’s Animal Shelter recently started a new not for profit organization called – “Give A Dog A Dream” to help support our dogs at the shelter, as well as dogs who are in need of food and care from the community.

Give a Dog a Dream is kicking off their first fundraiser with a t-shirt drive.

For more info or to purchase a t-shirt, please visit:




Huntington Safe Boating Week

It may not seem like the boating and beach season yet, but the Town of Huntington is gearing up for the sunny and warm days ahead! 

And don't forget to save the date for 
Huntington Safe Boating Week 2016!
May 21st through May 25th! 

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Paper Shredding at Family Earth Day EXPO

t’s time for Spring Cleaning! 

Do you have large piles of paper to shred?

Have your bags or boxes of paper turned into 
confetti at the Town of Huntington’s 

2016 Earth Day Family EXPO
Saturday, April 23rd 
9:00am to 1pm 
(Rain or Shine) 

Located at:
Huntington Town Hall
100 Main Street

For more info, please call: 
351-3171 or visit: