2017 Winter/Spring Parks and Recreation Brochure Now Available Online

To view the New Winter/Spring 2017 digital Brochure go to www.tohparks.com. The Summer Edition will be released April 3rd, 2017.

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Efforts Increased to Enforce Illegal Handicapped and Fire Zone Parking

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently announced an elevated Code Enforcement Effort – corresponding to the busy holiday shopping season that is focusing on illegally parked vehicles in handicapped parking stalls or areas marked as fire zones. Councilman Cuthbertson was joined by the Town’s Department of Public Safety and volunteer members of the Town’s Handicapped Parking Enforcement Program to warn the public about the costly and possible harmful consequences that can result from parking in one these restricted areas.

“The holidays are a busy time of the year, and those who have a New York State Disability Parking permit are the only ones permitted to utilize the specially marked stalls,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “However, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, those without the proper State disability parking plaque will at times opt to occupy the special parking privilege reserved for those who need it the most, or park illegally in a marked fire zone area,” added Cuthbertson.

Fines for those who choose to park illegally in a marked fire zone or handicapped parking stall will result in a $200 or $230 summons concurrently for a first offence.

When it comes to handicapped parking, it is important to be mindful of the people who truly rely on those spaces. “They are not reserved for lazy people but rather for those who genuinely need to be close and benefit from a shorter walking distance. Without the convenience of disabled parking, many people would be forced to either stay at home or face the danger of having to cover a distance that is further than they are physically capable of doing,” said Cuthbertson.

Parking illegally in a marked fire zone will also have negative and in some cases, disastrous implications.

“These areas are sensitive parking areas and they are putting others at additional risk by obstructing an area reserved for first responders to stage, or park, at a useful distance from an emergency. Vehicles parked illegally in fire lanes also impede exit areas designed to ease evacuations, making it more difficult, if not impossible. Many of the emergency exits will open into the fire lane for rapid dispersal of patrons from within,” added Cuthbertson.

Those who have questions or would like to request a New York State Disability Parking permit application can contact the Town’s Handicapped Services Department at 351-3232.

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Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with members of the Town of Huntington’s Public Safety and Handicapped Services Departments outside of the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station to announce the Town’s increased effort to enforce illegal handicapped and fire zone parking areas during the busy holiday shopping season.


Gellerman Orthodontics Donates Mouth Guards to Youth Hockey Leagues

Thanks to the generosity of a local orthodontist, youth participating in the Town of Huntington’s recreational hockey league at Dix Hills Park will not have to worry about losing teeth due to an errant puck, high stick or hard hit.

Dr. Inna Gellerman, owner of Gellerman Orthodontics of Huntington Village, donated more than 100 custom mouth guards to youth participating in the Department of Parks & Recreation’s popular instructional league held throughout the winter at the double ice rink facility in Dix Hills. According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, athletes are 60 more times likely to sustain damage to teeth when foregoing the protection of mouth guards.

“Safety for our youth is imperative and I sincerely appreciate the generosity of Dr. Gellerman for providing this great service and these vitally important mouth guards,” said Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Interest and participation in our youth hockey programs continues to grow and the protection provided by these custom guards is greatly appreciated by our parents.”

Dr. Inna Gellerman added, “I've seen our share of tragic accidents that could have been easily prevented with the correct protective gear. Custom mouth guards help protect not only the teeth but also prevent against a head injury during contact sports - at any age,” remarked Dr. Inna Gellerman, owner of Gellerman Orthodontics in Huntington. “This is an ongoing program offered by Gellerman Orthodontics to any youth teams or any individual young athlete in the area,” added Dr. Gellerman.

For additional information on youth hockey and skating instruction, please contact the Dix Hills Ice Rink at 631-499-8058.

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Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured [center back row] with the Town of Huntington’s Parks Director, Don McKay and Dr. Inna Gellerman, along with some of the youth hockey players who received free custom mouth guards, compliments of Gellerman Orthodontics of Huntington.

 


Local Tavern Forfeits Liquor License Amidst Code Violations

A Huntington Station tavern plagued by longstanding violence and numerous health and safety violations has abandoned efforts to fight a pending revocation of its liquor license and instead voluntarily forfeited the license to state regulators, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced this week.

Due to the forfeiture last week, the owners of Melissa Tavern will no longer be permitted to serve alcohol at the troubled location. For months, Councilman Cuthbertson has led local efforts to urge the New York State Liquor Authority to revoke the license as part of an effort to curb violence at the tavern and restaurant.

“This is great news for the Huntington Station community and I applaud our police, civic leaders and residents who assisted the Town in applying constant pressure to put an end to violence and crime at Melissa Tavern.” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “For far too long, this establishment has been a detriment to the quality of life for Huntington Station and I am pleased to announce Melissa’s last call is history.”

Faced with the issuance of 28 new violations, owners of Melissa Tavern November 17th surrendered its liquor license at a court hearing in Nassau County. “Our first priority is public safety and I am pleased that the Town had the support of the New York State Liquor Authority16, the Suffolk County Board of Health and the Suffolk County Police Department,” Cuthbertson said.

The Councilman first requested the Liquor Authority revoke the tavern’s license on July 18, 2016 following a string of violent crime ranging from menacing to homicide. In March of this year, a shooting occurred in the parking lot behind Melissa. In late September, Suffolk Police were once again summoned to the tavern following a stabbing. And in the early hours on October 22 shots were fired inside and outside of the Tavern.

Councilman Cuthbertson concluded, “We can all breathe a sigh of relief that due to the actions of the NY State Liquor Authority and the Suffolk County Police Department that it’s finally last call for the sale of alcohol at Melissa Tavern.”

The tavern, located at 1419 New York Avenue, has been cited for 127 separate incidents [filed with the Suffolk County Police Department] that span a five-year period. The Melissa Restaurant/Tavern is managed by the El Paraiso Elvira Corp. 

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Help Haiti Fundraiser

In honor of today’s observance of “#GivingTuesday,” I recently joined forces with Marie Michele Destil, the owner of a local Haitian restaurant “Gingerbites” to help raise funds and awareness of a much needed humanitarian effort following Hurricane Matthew's destructive impacts on Haiti.

The mission of “Giving Tuesday,” was designed to follow “Black Friday and Cyber Monday,” to help promote the need for selfless acts of kindness and a fun way to give back to the community.

Those interested in helping to support Haiti can make monetary deposits at the collection boxes at Gingerbites Restaurant & Catering located at 730 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station or in the main lobby at Huntington Town Hall, located at 100 Main Street in Huntington through November 30th.

All proceeds will benefit the “Meds & Food for Kids” Haitian charity, which is a 501(3) (c) organization that is devoted to saving the lives of Haiti’s children. Checks will be gladly accepted and they can be made out to “Meds & Food for Kids” and in the notes section, please write: “Hurricane Matthew Relief.”

http://www.fios1news.com/…/haiti-fundraiser-at-huntington-s…

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2016-2017 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Did you know that there is a federally funded program to assist homeowners who are struggling with the costs to heat their homes?

The Home Energy Assistance Program “HEAP”– provides qualified homeowners and renters with a HEAP benefit of $450 for oil, propane and kerosene and up to $250 for natural gas, electricity or wood. Assistance is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis while available.

For more info, please stop by the Huntington Opportunity Resource Center at 1268 New York Avenue in Huntington Station, or call: 631-385-23 or visit:

http://www.huntingtonny.gov/news/?FeedID=2158

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Scavenger Hunt at Huntington Holiday Parade

New to the Huntington Holiday Parade festivities this year will be a children’s scavenger hunt [for ages 5 to 12] on November 26 in Huntington Village from 12-noon to 5pm.

The scavenger hunt will lead children (and their parents) on a fanciful tour of village merchants and allow them to collect pieces of a puzzle that, when completed, they can redeem for a free ice cream. 

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For more information please visit: 
http://www.huntingtonny.gov/news/?FeedID=2161


Town of Huntington and Local Restaurant Teams Up to Raise Money for Children of Haiti

In response to the devastating effects that Hurricane Matthew inflicted upon Haiti, I joined forces with Marie Michele Destil, the owner of a local Haitian restaurant “Gingerbites” to help raise funds and awareness of a much needed humanitarian effort following this impactful storm.

I was recently joined by my colleagues Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, along with Marie Michele Destil, Peter Charles of the St. John's Church in Cold Spring Harbor, George Frank of the Huntington Church of God, and Marie Cyr of the LAMBI Fund of Haiti to help kick off the Town’s fundraising effort to benefit the children of Haiti.

http://www.fios1news.com/…/haiti-fundraiser-at-huntington-s…

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Collaborating to Fight Crime in Huntington Station

I recently joined Supervisor Petrone and my fellow Board Members with Suffolk Police Commissioner Tim Sini at the Second Precinct to emphasize the importance of collaboration among all levels of government in the fight against crime in Huntington Station. 

Commissioner Sini cited statistics showing decreasing violent and property crime in the station as an indication that this heightened effort was working. 

http://patch.com/new-york/huntington/huntington-station-crime-extremely-low-police-say
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Diwali Festival at the New BAPS Mandir in Melville

I recently joined the Bochasawasi Akshar Purshottam (BAPS) congregation at their beautiful and new Mandir in Melville to help celebrate their Diwali Festival – which is one of Hinduism's most important festivals – the festival of lights.

The opening of the new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (temple) is an amazing spiritual and cultural center that was truly many years in the making [located on Deshon Drive in Melville]. This Mandir will be such an asset to our community, not only for the faithful who will come to the temple to worship, but for the many Long Islanders the BAPS will help to serve in our community. We are looking forward to all of the goodwill which will emerge from these sacred walls.

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I am pictured with Girish Patel and Dr. Deven Dra of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.