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customers mourn closing of panico’s community market in smithtown


donato panico, right, poses for a photo with his son, donato panico, jr., at panico's community market in smithtown on saturday, jan. 13, 2018. the market is closing sunday after more than three decades in business. photo credit: barry sloan dee nerlino has been buying filet mignons from panico’s community market in smithtown for decades.“when you cook it, you can cut it with a fork,” she said saturday morning at the market, where she came to buy six of the tender steaks.they would be her last from the small italian grocery, which is closing sunday after more than three decades in business.“i felt like i got kicked...






smithtown gets appraisal for 13-acre school district property


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe smithtown school district administration building on new york avenue in smithtown. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara) an appraisal commissioned by the town of smithtown puts the market value of a 13-acre smithtown school district property at $6.6 million or $6.9 million — less than half of what the district would have gotten in a deal with a developer that fell through earlier this year.the lower value is for the property “as is,” keeping the administration building and its annex. the higher value assumes...






brookhaven councilman says pseg didn’t explain use of tall poles


advertisement | advertise on newsdaybrookhaven town councilman dan panico in a file photo. (credit: james carbone) brookhaven town councilman dan panico on tuesday rebuffed claims by pseg long island that he had been “thoroughly briefed” on a project to install dozens of 80-foot-tall steel poles along a business and residential district of eastport. panico, whose district covers eastport, called pseg’s claim “absurdly false.” he and other town officials are to meet with pseg and residents tuesday to discuss...






smithtown house fire sends 2 to hospital, officials say


firefighters battle a blaze on brooksite drive just south of sunset lane in smithtown, tuesday, jan. 2, 2018. the cause of the fire is under investigation. photo credit: stringer news service a man in a burning home in smithtown jumped to safety from a second-floor window and a woman fled out the front door before flames gutted the two-story structure late tuesday, fire officials said.both the man and the woman were taken to stony brook university hospital, the smithtown fire department said on its facebook page. the injuries to the man were not life-threatening, and the woman’s...






fresh market to close woodbury store, eliminating 47 jobs


advertisement | advertise on newsdayspecialty grocer the fresh market will close its woodbury common location. (credit: steve pfost) the fresh market inc., an upscale food retailer that debuted on long island in 2013 with a store in woodbury, will close that location next month, according to a state regulatory notice.the other long island location of the greensboro, north carolina-based specialty retailer — in smithtown — wasn’t included in the filing.the closing of the store in woodbury common is slated to take...






smithtown gop drops vecchio for supervisor post after 39 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysmithtown supervisor patrick vecchio announces that he will run again for supervisor on town hall steps in smithtown on may 4, 2017. vecchio, 87, has been supervisor since 1978. (credit: newsday file / nicholas sprangler) the smithtown republican executive committee has recommended dropping supervisor patrick vecchio as their standard-bearer after a record 39 years, and instead run veteran town board member edward wehrheim for the town’s $111,635-a-year top job.bill ellis, smithtown republican chairman, and conservative party chairman gary forte disclosed the news to vecchio, 86, in a meeting at gop headquarters...






smithtown gop drops vecchio for supervisor post after 39 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysmithtown supervisor patrick vecchio announces that he will run again for supervisor on town hall steps in smithtown on may 4, 2017. vecchio, 87, has been supervisor since 1978. (credit: newsday file / nicholas sprangler) the smithtown republican executive committee has recommended dropping supervisor patrick vecchio as its standard-bearer after a record 39 years, and instead running veteran town board member edward wehrheim for the town’s $111,635-a-year top job.bill ellis, smithtown republican chairman, and conservative party chairman gary forte disclosed the news to vecchio, 86, in a meeting at gop headquarters...






police: road closed after car hits utility pole in smithtown


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county police and the smithtown fire department respond to an accident on oakside drive in smithtown on tuesday, feb. 28, 2017. a car struck a utility pole and overturned. (credit: joseph c. sperber) a section of oakside drive in smithtown was closed briefly tuesday morning after a car hit a pole, suffolk county police said.a photograph from the scene showed the chevrolet on its side near a tilting utility pole.police said the accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. near riverview terrace and that a tow truck was on the scene by 7:05 p.m.there were no serious injuries, a police spokeswoman...






mccarrick’s dairy in rocky point closing after 71 years


mccarrick’s dairy, the small rocky point grocery store that has fed generations of local residents and once delivered milk to hundreds of homes, is going out of business this week after 71 years.the store will close its doors for the final time at 6 p.m. friday after clearing out as much of its remaining stock as possible. a steady stream of customers came to the store monday to wish its owners — brothers hugh and kevin mccarrick, and their sister bridget idtensohn — a happy retirement.most popularthe siblings said they decided to close the market on route 25a because their grown children had decided to embark on other careers.“when they went into different occupations, we started to think we should begin planning for an exit,” kevin mccarrick, 62, said. “it’s not the easiest occupation to






homeowner injured in smithtown house fire, officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfirefighters battle a house fire on sunrise lane in smithtown on wednesday, may 3, 2017. the homeowner was injured in the fire, which may have been caused by an exploding propane tank, fire officials said. (credit: joseph c. sperber) the owner of a smithtown home was injured wednesday night in a fire at the house that may have been caused by an exploding propane tank, fire officials said.a news release posted on the smithtown fire department’s website said firefighters responded to the sunrise lane home at about 8:20 p.m. after a number of neighbors reported hearing two explosions come from the two-story house. kevin...






megachurch branch in smithtown draws residents’ parking concerns


vehicles line up in the parking lot of the christian cultural center in smithtown on oct. 29, 2017. photo credit: james carbone a new york city megachurch has opened a branch in smithtown, but some residents have complained that worshippers’ cars are clogging neighborhood streets and parking lots. “they came in with a bang,” said rich cardone, a contractor who lives nearby on colonial road.the christian cultural center’s new york avenue property, which has three buildings, holds up to 266 people, according...






smithtown parcel could host hotel, offices under plan


advertisement | advertise on newsdaya hotel, assisted living and medical offices are among the uses proposed for a 75-acre property in st. james. (credit: suffolk county planning commission) a st. james real estate company is proposing to develop one of the largest tracts of industrial land in smithtown into a hotel and medical facilities — but some town and village officials say they have traffic and environmental concerns about the plan.gyrodyne, the former defense contractor that owns the mostly open 75-acre flowerfield tract off route 25a near the smithtown-brookhaven border,...






council members in spat over name placement on signs


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe original sign for smithtown's concert series (top) and the revised sign (below). (credit: tom mccarthy) who got top billing at smithtown’s free concert series this summer? it wasn’t the bands. two smithtown town council members are in a spat over the arrangement of council members’ names on signs used to advertise the concerts.councilman ed wehrheim said he told town staff about a month ago to replace the signs because they listed his name in the second row — a placement that...






cops: 3 suffolk county pharmacies robbed in about 10 minutes


advertisement | advertise on newsdaysuffolk county police at scene of a robbery at cvs on terry road in smithtown on tuesday, aug. 29, 2017. (credit: stringer news service) three suffolk county pharmacies were robbed within about 10 minutes tuesday night, police said.suffolk county police said the first took place at about 7:35 p.m. at the cvs at 111 terry rd. in smithtown; the second at about 7:40 p.m. at a walgreens at 712 smithtown bypass in nesconset; and the third was at about 7:45 p.m. at a duane reade at 1320 stony brook rd. in stony brook, at about 7:45...






smithtown central school district will not offer veterans exemption


advertisement | advertise on newsdaytom swenson, 89, at his home in st. james on march 8, 2017. a navy seabee and later a cook, he lost his left leg in guam. he is one of the veterans who wants smithtown central school district to pass a veterans tax exemption, saying, "any little reduction we can get would be helpful." (credit: newsday / j. conrad williams jr.) smithtown central school district, the only district in the town that does not offer a property tax exemption for veterans, will not consider establishing one until the 2018-19 school year, at the earliest, officials say. district officials say they lack the information they need to properly evaluate the financial impact of the alternative veterans and cold war tax breaks, which could reduce...






smithtown child porn producer sentenced to 60 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjoseph valerio, of smithtown, seen here in an undated photo, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on tuesday, june 6, 2017, for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls. a federal judge in central islip on tuesday sentenced a smithtown man to 60 years in prison — the equivalent of a life sentence — for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls, despite the man’s plea for leniency.joseph valerio said he was sorry for the harm he inflicted on his victims, who were 2 and 6 at the time, but u.s. magistrate joseph f. bianco in u.s. district court...






edward wehrheim for smithtown supervisor


for smithtown voters who worry that some whippersnapper will take the place of patrick vecchio, whose 40-year reign as town supervisor is believed to be a state record, edward wehrheim is a candidate who can offer reassurance. the gop town board member, who knocked off vecchio in a republican primary, has been working for the town five years longer than vecchio himself.wehrheim, 69, worked for the town’s department of parks, buildings & grounds from 1972 until 2003, the year he was elected to the board, serving as the department’s director for 14 years. the combination of roles, and his lifelong residency in kings park, give him a grounded sense of what the community needs and a vision of where he’d like to lead it, even as he concedes that he will meet significant opposition.most populart






patrick vecchio loses town supervisor race to smithtown councilman


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypatrick vecchio, left, was defeated by edward wehrheim for the republican nomination for smithtown supervisor. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara ; danielle finkelstein) smithtown supervisor patrick vecchio conceded defeat monday to his republican primary rival, marking the beginning of the end of a long and storied political career.vecchio, 86, the town’s supervisor for a long island record 40 years, was defeated by councilman edward wehrheim, who claimed victory after absentee ballots were counted monday by the suffolk county board of elections.“it’s...






patrick vecchio loses town supervisor race to smithtown councilman


advertisement | advertise on newsdaypatrick vecchio, left, was defeated by edward wehrheim for the republican nomination for smithtown supervisor. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara ; danielle finkelstein) smithtown supervisor patrick vecchio conceded defeat monday to his republican primary rival, marking the beginning of the end of a long and storied political career.vecchio, 86, the town’s supervisor for a long island record 40 years, was defeated by councilman edward wehrheim, who claimed victory after absentee ballots were counted monday by the suffolk county board of elections.“it’s...






smithtown child porn producer sentenced to 60 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjoseph valerio, of smithtown, seen here in an undated photo, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on tuesday, june 6, 2017 for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls. (credit: no credit) a federal judge in central islip on tuesday sentenced a smithtown man to 60 years in prison — the equivalent of a life sentence — for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls, despite the man’s plea for leniency.even though joseph valerio said he was sorry for the harm he inflicted on his victims, who were 2 and 6 at the time, u.s. magistrate joseph f. bianco in u.s. district...






smithtown highway superintendent seeks $40g salary increase


smithtown highway superintendent robert murphy has requested a $40,000 raise on his $110,000 salary, town documents show.his boss won’t go for it. most popular“the request is a little bit over the top,” supervisor patrick vecchio said tuesday. “i have no intention of including that raise in the tentative budget.”the request appeared on a budget work sheet from the highway department that vecchio and the town comptroller are reviewing, along with those from other departments, to prepare an early draft of smithtown’s 2018 budget. vecchio is to submit a draft to the town council by sept. 30 for review and possible amendment. the council generally votes on the budget in october, and any salary change would take effect jan. 1. a $40,000 bump would make murphy one of smithtown’s most highly paid






smithtown child porn producer sentenced to 60 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjoseph valerio, of smithtown, seen here in an undated photo, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on tuesday, june 6, 2017 for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls. (credit: no credit) a federal judge in central islip on tuesday sentenced a smithtown man to 60 years in prison — the equivalent of a life sentence — for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls, despite the man’s plea for leniency.joseph valerio said he was sorry for the harm he inflicted on his victims, who were 2 and 6 at the time, but u.s. magistrate joseph f. bianco in u.s. district court...






smithtown child porn producer sentenced to 60 years


advertisement | advertise on newsdayjoseph valerio, 47, of smithtown, seen here in an undated photo, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on tuesday, june 6, 2017 for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls. (credit: no credit) despite a smithtown man’s plea for leniency, a federal judge in central islip on tuesday sentenced the real estate investor to 60 years in prison — the equivalent of a life sentence — for producing child pornography and exploiting young girls.even though joseph valerio said he was sorry for the harm he inflicted on his victims, who were 2 and 6 at the time, u.s. magistrate joseph f. bianco...






homeowner injured in smithtown house fire, officials say


advertisement | advertise on newsdayfirefighters battle a house fire on sunrise lane in smithtown on wednesday, may 3, 2017. the homeowner was injured in the fire, which may have been caused by an exploding propane tank, fire officials said. (credit: joseph c. sperber) the owner of a smithtown home suffered burns wednesday night in a fire at the house that may have been caused by an exploding propane tank, officials said.suffolk county police said the woman, 51, was taken to stony brook university hospital for treatment of “non-life-threatening” burns, but authorities did not release her name or additional details about her injuries.a news release...






smithtown gop leaders surprised by town supervisor race change


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythe smithtown town republican committee has endorsed councilman edward wehrheim, left, for town supervisor over incumbent supervisor patrick vecchio. (credit: newsday / thomas a. ferrara, james carbone) members of the smithtown republican party’s executive committee say they didn’t know about a decision by party leadership to drop 39-year incumbent town supervisor patrick vecchio and instead run councilman edward wehrheim for the top job. “this was news to most members of the executive committee when we read about it in the paper,” said paul hennings, a committee member who serves as attorney...






serious crash during snowfall in smithtown, officials say


a crash on route 25 / east main street in smithtown early thursday, dec. 14, 2017, resulted in a vehicle hitting a building. photo credit: stringer news service by lisa [email protected] @lisairiz updated december 14, 2017 8:13 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emailauthorities are investigating a serious early morning two-car crash in smithtown thursday during which there were injuries, suffolk county police said.information was not immediately available about whether the crash was related to the snow or about the number of injuries involved or the nature of the injuries.according to a police spokesman the crash happened at about 1 a.m. on route 25 / east main street in smithtown but no additional details were available.jay engle, a meteorologist in upton for th






brookhaven councilman says pseg didn’t explain use of tall poles


advertisement | advertise on newsdayelectric line workers for pseg long island install thicker power cables on a stretch of eastport manor road in eastport, where businesses and residents have complained of towering steel poles. (credit: newsday / mark harrington) brookhaven town councilman dan panico on tuesday rebuffed claims by pseg long island that he had been “thoroughly briefed” on a project to install dozens of 80-foot-tall steel poles along a business and residential district of eastport. panico, whose district covers eastport, called pseg’s claim “absurdly false.” he and other town officials met in private with pseg and residents tuesday...






police: road closed after car hits utility pole in smithtown


a section of oakside drive in smithtown was closed briefly tuesday morning after a car hit a pole, suffolk county police said.a photograph from the scene showed the chevrolet on its side near a tilting utility pole.advertisement | advertise on newsdaypolice said the accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. near riverview terrace and that a tow truck was on the scene by 7:05 p.m.photosli car accidentsthere were no serious injuries, a police spokeswoman said.






police: road closed after car hits utility pole in smithtown


a section of oakside drive in smithtown was closed briefly tuesday morning after a car hit a pole, suffolk county police said.a photograph from the scene showed the chevrolet on its side near a tilting utility pole.advertisement | advertise on newsdaypolice said the accident occurred at 6:48 a.m. near riverview terrace and that a tow truck was on the scene by 7:05 a.m.photosli car accidentsthere were no serious injuries, a police spokeswoman said.






smithtown house fire sends 2 to hospital, officials say


by william [email protected] 3, 2018 6:26 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emaila man in a burning home in smithtown jumped to safety from a second-floor window and a woman fled out the front door before flames gutted the two-story structure late tuesday, fire officials said.both the man and the woman were taken to stony brook university hospital, the smithtown fire department said on its facebook page. the injuries to the man were not life-threatening, and the woman’s injuries were not specified in the facebook post.there was no one else in the house, the department said.the fire was reported at 10:31 p.m. tuesday at the home on brooksite drive, just south of sunset lane, and was declared under control at 1:10 a.m. wednesday, the department said.the house wa






smithtown hs east math teacher is state finalist for national honor


marianne schoepflin, a teacher at smithtown high school east, is a state finalist for a national presidential award for excellence in mathematics teaching. she is shown on thursday, nov. 9, 2017. photo credit: james carbone marianne schoepflin, a teacher for 12 years at smithtown high school east, has been named a finalist in a national awards program that recognizes outstanding instruction and leadership in math and science.schoepflin, 51, who lives in port jefferson, is among three secondary teachers across the state vying for presidential awards for excellence in mathematics teaching. another four teachers...






patrick vecchio loses town supervisor race to smithtown councilman


smithtown supervisor patrick vecchio conceded defeat monday to his republican primary rival, marking the beginning of the end of a long and storied political career.vecchio, 86, the town’s supervisor for a long island record 40 years, was defeated by councilman edward wehrheim, who claimed victory after absentee ballots were counted monday by the suffolk county board of elections.most popular“it’s over. it’s over,” vecchio said in a telephone interview monday night. “after 40 years, i’m a little numb. it’s ok.”wehrheim had held a 39-vote lead in smithtown’s republican primary when polls closed sept. 12. hundreds of absentee ballots were counted monday to decide the primary’s outcome.wehrheim, a former town parks employee, said he was told at 5 p.m. monday that he had won by about 83 votes.






developer community stack overflow lays off reportedly 20% as it refocusses busi


some changes are underway at stack overflow, the online community where some 50 million developers and others converge to talk programming and many other things. techcrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has conducted a substantial number of layoffs across the company as it looks to steer the business more towards its core q&a products and away from areas that were seeing less demand. as part of this, the company is also closing its offices in denver.“stack overflow made the decision to expand product development in our core q&a product offerings, including stack overflow enterprise and channels for business developer collaboration and our well known core platform for developer knowledge sharing,” said a statement from the company. “these are in-demand solutions with strong pip






developer community stack overflow reportedly lays off 20% as it refocusses busi


some changes are underway at stack overflow, the online community where some 50 million developers and others converge to talk programming and many other things. techcrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has conducted a substantial number of layoffs across the company as it looks to steer the business more towards its core q&a products and away from areas that were seeing less demand. as part of this, the company is also closing its offices in denver.“stack overflow made the decision to expand product development in our core q&a product offerings, including stack overflow enterprise and channels for business developer collaboration and our well known core platform for developer knowledge sharing,” said a statement from the company. “these are in-demand solutions with strong pip






developer community stack overflow lays off reportedly 20% of staff as it refocu


some changes are underway at stack overflow, the online community where some 50 million developers and others converge to talk programming and many other things. techcrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup has conducted a substantial number of layoffs across the company as it looks to steer the business more towards its core q&a products and away from areas that were seeing less demand. as part of this, the company is also closing its offices in denver.“stack overflow made the decision to expand product development in our core q&a product offerings, including stack overflow enterprise and channels for business developer collaboration and our well known core platform for developer knowledge sharing,” said a statement from the company. “these are in-demand solutions with strong pip






smithtown’s vecchio, 87, will run again for town supervisor


smithtown supervisor patrick vecchio will seek re-election this fall, said a friend and campaigner, conrad a. chayes, in a release.an official announcement is scheduled to be made thursday at noon on the steps of town hall.advertisement | advertise on newsdayvecchio, an 87-year-old republican, has served as supervisor since 1978, making him the longest-presiding supervisor in new york state, according to his office.in recent months he had brushed aside questions about whether he would run again, even as a democrat, bill holst, and another republican, john zollo, positioned themselves to run.






a normal lost phone tries to explore trans identity and falls short


a normal lost phone bothers me. as an adventure/puzzle game, it is experimental and intelligent. players must learn more about a lost phone and its owner. but as the game begins to explore lgbtq themes, it takes a turn for the uncomfortable.advertisementthe set up is simple. you have found a phone. examining text messages and learning more about the owner unlocks more and more information. you’ll uncover wifi p words, find hidden apps, and piece together a story by reading forum posts and text message. a normal lost phone’s unconventional structure leads to genuine brainteasers that provide a robust test of your deductive skills.as you progress, the game feels more and more invasive. it starts with the discovery of a dating app with two profiles: one for a man, another for a woman. they’re