January 2008 Newsletter

P.O. Box 623, Miller Place, NY  11764

(631) 473.0943

Web Page:  www.millerplacecivic.com

Email:  millerplacecivic@aol.com




A Message From the President

Dear Neighbor,

             It has been quiet in our hamlet over the winter and that is always a good thing.
             With the New Year comes thoughts of what I’d like to see accomplished for 2008. The wish list includes a new business in the old Waldbaums store, a halt to more chain pharmacies, less and slower traffic on North Country Road, a firm plan for preservation of the DeLea Sod Farm and the Vassilaros property, some long overdue and promised updates to Sylvan Avenue park, completion of our hamlet study revision, a closer Trader Joes, and a great turnout of volunteers for our annual cleanup.
             We’d like to hear from you-what would you like to see on the list ? Our next general membership meeting is Monday, January 28th. We’ll share community updates and have plenty of time for open discussion. You can also email or call.

                                                                                                                                Kathy Rousseau

MPCA Board of Directors

                      Kathy Rousseau - President/Membership           Jim Moran- Vice President, Zoning/Planning
                      Kyle Markott– Zoning/Planning                          Frank Klement-Traffic and Safety, ABCO
                      Rita Miszuk– Secretary                                     Woody Brown-Web Master
                      Jackie Czarnecki - Treasurer, ABCO                Mike Guido-Zoning/Planning, Schools

Board Meetings are held the second Monday of the month.
General membership meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month.

General Membership Meeting

January 28, 2008

Community Updates

Miller Place High School Library


SNOW REMOVAL for people with disabilities and/or senior citizens

            Every winter the Suffolk County Office of Handicapped Services receives many calls requesting information on snow removal for people with disabilities and/or the elderly. There is no such County Service. Senior citizens and people with disabilities have snow removed from their driveways, walkways, berms and all other areas with few exceptions, by paying for the service. Fees are negotiated privately. Our Town Youth Bureau has a list of names of young people willing to shovel snow for a fee: Brookhaven Town - Patchogue/Medford Youth Services(631) 758-4100. In the past some of Troop 204 Boy Scouts have been available. If anyone is having a problem planning for snow removal please call 473-0943 and we will try to connect you with more resources.



            The civic board met with the Vigilante family, owners of Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown, recently to discuss their plans for a funeral home on RT 25A, east of Park Avenue and the sump on the north side. Nearby neighbors were also present. The consensus was that the plan presented was suitable to the area providing the exit to Toledo Avenue was eliminated. This is a residential area that does not warrant the additional traffic that would accompany the exit as it was placed, even if it was used only sporadically as stated.

            The Town Council closed the application for the Walgreens on 1/23/08 as it was presented. At the public hearing neighbors from the area and Jim Moran voiced concern over the increase in traffic onto Miller Place Road. There was also a drive-thru component recently added to the plan which is absolutely not possible for any business in that location. It would produce more chaos on RT 25A. They may resubmit another plan-Jim will keep on top of it as always.

            The TGIF application appears to be moving along more smoothly through the town. A decision should be forthcoming.

Miller Place Civic Board Members Honored

            This year the Beacon Record honored Rita Miszuk as Volunteer of the Year for her countless hours spent working on fundraising and projects for the Miller Place Beautification Committee which she founded. This was initiated well before Rita became involved with the civic association. She is always bursting with enthusiasm for what needs to be done and follows up with a plan to do it. She donated $125.00 to the civic from one of her tag sales last summer to cover the expense of moving our website to a host that was more compatible with our growing needs and we thank her for her generosity. The North Shore Sun honored Kyle Markott as Civic Person of the Year for his work on the school board, fire department, and our civic association. How he finds the time while running a successful business is inspiring. Everyone should volunteer for one cause in their lives. We congratulate both of these individuals for their accomplishm ents and are proud to have them on our Board.

LongIsland Winterfest

            Start planning your visit to the East End of Long Island Feb. 8 through March 9, 2008 to enjoy a special series of great jazz performances, cultural attractions and programs, hotel and B&B getaway packages, restaurant specials, winery tastings and events and limousine/wine tour special offers during Winterfest 2008. “JAZZ ON THE VINE” is the theme of the 2008 Long Island Winterfest and will include jazz performances in winery tasting rooms every Saturday and Sunday afternoon over the five-week period. The calendar already includes nearly fifty performances with free admission. Included among the performances is a very special appearance by David Amram, hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced. The 2008 Winterfest is being organized by the Long Island Wine Council, the East End Arts Council, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Workforce Housing, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express, with additional support from WLIU Radio and Legislator Ed Romaine. Visit the official website of 2008 Winterfest at www.liwinterfest.com for all the latest events, schedules and special offers.

Historic Society News

             The Historic Society is undertaking a fundraiser for the continued renovation of the Hawkins House. This is the home donated to the Historic Society several years back on the north side of North Country Road. More information will follow with specifics. Contributions can be made to :

            The Miller Place - Mount Sinai Historical Society
            P.O. Box 651
            Miller Place, New York 11764

             Visit: www.mpmshshistoricalsociety.org

Membership: It is now time to renew your membership for 2008.

             There are still a number of you who haven’t yet renewed for 2007. Your names will be removed from our member list at the end of this month if we don’t hear from you. One of our jobs is to share community information and for that reason I leave names on for a whole year. The $15.00 fee is all we ask for financial support and we make that go a long way. New residents are added to our mailing list for a month which is indicated with an * after your name. Please visit our Web Site, www.millerplacecivic.org, to learn more about our association and consider membership. New members receive a 3 month subscription to the North Shore Sun.

Upcoming Meetings

             Jan. 28

             Feb. 25

             Mar. 24

             Apr. 28

             May 19


Welcome to Helping Paws Pet Services

             Helping Paws recently moved to our hamlet. I can vouch for their professionalism and the quality of pet care provided after using them for my dog and cat for two weeks last summer. They provide daily dog walking, vacation pet sitting, house sitting, play dates, park visits and pet transportation. They care for your pets in the best place, your home! They are Licensed, Bonded and Insured. Custom Plans are available to fit every animals needs.
             Call Milinda at 428-1440 or e-mail watmin@yahoo.com

             There are some great events planned for February by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Just to mention a few: Parent Education Workshops, chocolate making, and Sea Monsters. Pre-registration is necessary for most of their programs. Please call or visit their website for additional information and events: www.cce.cornell.edu/suffolk.

             Sport fishing on Long Island classes begin Feb., 26th.at a cost of $125.00. For more information call the Suffolk County Parks Department at (631) 854-0903


We all need to take responsibility for our communities

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