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smithtown east cheer squad dedicates win to paige keely


the smithtown east varsity cheerleaders wore pink ribbons in memory of paige keely, 6, of st. james during the 2018 varsity cheerleading competition on saturday, jan. 13, 2018, at sachem east high school. photo credit: joseph d. sullivan something was different about smithtown east’s cheer outfits saturday. squad members donned their usual crisp white and red uniforms. but the pink bows in their hair? that’s an accessory usually reserved for october.“we wore pink ribbons in honor of paige keely,” starr ferrari said. “she recently passed away, so we dedicated our routine to her.”keely, from nissequogue, died monday...






paige keely, 6, who charmed audience in school’s ‘nutcracker,’ dies


st. james elementary school principal mary grace lynch, on friday, jan. 12, 2018, talked about how the school memorialized paige keely, a first-grader who loved to dance and charmed the audience in the school's "nutcracker" production. paige died monday, apparently from a rare, undetected brain condition. (credit: barry sloan)by nicholas [email protected] @spanglernewsday updated january 12, 2018 6:39 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailpaige keely, a first-grader who danced in st. james elementary school’s christmas production of “the nutcracker,” took her family’s pet chicken for walks and loved collecting seashells on fire island, died monday at stony brook university hospital. she was 6. the cause was believed to be complications of an undetected and r






paige keely, 6, who charmed audience in school’s ‘nutcracker,’ dies


log in to see video st. james elementary school principal mary grace lynch, on friday, jan. 12, 2018, talked about how the school memorialized paige keely, a first-grader who loved to dance and charmed the audience in the school's "nutcracker" production. paige died monday, apparently from a rare, undetected brain condition. photo credit: barry sloan by nicholas [email protected] @spanglernewsday updated january 12, 2018 6:39 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailpaige keely, a first-grader who danced in st. james elementary school’s christmas production of “the nutcracker,” took her family’s pet chicken for walks and loved collecting seashells on fire island, died monday at stony brook university hospital. she was 6. the cause was believed to be complicatio






paige keely, 6, who charmed audience in school’s ‘nutcracker,’ dies


log in to see video st. james elementary school principal mary grace lynch, on friday, jan. 12, 2018, talked about how the school memorialized paige keely, a first-grader who loved to dance and charmed the audience in the school's "nutcracker" production. paige died monday, apparently from a rare, undetected brain condition. photo credit: barry sloan by nicholas [email protected] @spanglernewsday updated january 12, 2018 2:41 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailpaige keely, a first-grader who danced in st. james elementary school’s christmas production of “the nutcracker,” took her family’s pet chicken for walks and loved collecting seashells on fire island, died monday at stony brook university hospital. she was 6. the cause was believed to be complicatio






vocalist keely smith dies from apparent heart failure at 89


keely smith has died at age 89. here is a press release regarding her death:“keely smith, the iconic singer/performer known for her many solo recordings as well as her musical partnership with first husband louis prima died in palm springs, ca on saturday, december 16.  she was 89 and under physicians’ care at the time of her passing from apparent heart failure. born dorothy jacqueline keely in norfolk va on march 9, 19 28 of native american (cherokee) and irish parentage, smith showed a natural aptitude for singing at a young age. at 14, she sang with a naval air station band and at 15, she got her first paying job with the earl bennett band.smith, still a teenager, auditioned to be the “girl singer” in prima’s band, got the job and hit the road with them in 1948.  she and prima married i






el dorado setting standard a year away from start of cif competitive cheer


competitive cheer becomes a cif sports during the 2017-18 school year, and el dorado high in placentia can't wait.the varsity cheer squad went to orlando, fla., for the ucs national cheerleading championship and won for the fourth year in a row.el dorado won its division made up of 62 teams.the cheer at el dorado: "bring on competitive cheer."for the latest on high school sports, follow @latsondheimer on twitter






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...






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...






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






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...






jazz and pop singer keely smith dies of heart failure at 89


palm springs, calif. — keely smith, a pop and jazz singer known for her solo recordings of jazz standards as well as her musical partnership with louis prima, has died of apparent heart failure in palm springs. she was 89.according to a news release from her publicist bob merlis, smith was under a physician's care when she died saturday.smith was born dorothy jacqueline keely in norfolk, virginia on march 9, 1928, and got her first paying job singing with the earl bennett band when she was just 15. she later auditioned to sing with louis prima's band, and began touring with them in 1948. she and prima married in 1953, and together they won a grammy for their hit, "that old black magic" in 1959.in 2001 — 42 years later — smith was nominated for a grammy for her album "keely sings sinatra."i






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...






hunting group sues smithtown over weapons restrictions law


robert chambers, 64, of east northport, a member of hunters for deer, with his bow in fort salonga on wednesday, jan. 10, 2017. photo credit: jeffrey basinger a long island hunting advocacy group is suing the town of smithtown, challenging a law restricting weapons use in a case that could have implications for other suffolk county municipalities with similar laws. east quogue-based hunters for deer, which connects hunters vetted by the group with long island homeowners for hunting on private property, filed suit in new york state supreme court...






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...






officials: prom threat prompts more security at smithtown east


smithtown east school officials have stepped up security at school for classes friday and for the evening’s junior prom after threatening written statements were found in the school. in a call to parents thursday, kevin simmons, principal of smithtown high school east, said he was “made aware of threatening statements written in student bathrooms” referencing the junior prom. “suffolk county police were notified immediately and a thorough investigation has been initiated and is currently ongoing,” he said. advertisement | advertise on newsdaythere is a police presence on campus during the day and there will be one during the prom, he said. additional security guards are in the building throughout the school day and will be present during the prom, which is at the school, he said.student ba






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 by john hildebrand  [email protected] november 9, 2017 9:06 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailmarianne 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 in the state are under consideration for the same award






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 by john hildebrand  [email protected] november 9, 2017 9:06 pm print see commentsshare share tweet share emailmarianne 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 in the state are under consideration for the same award






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homeowner injured in smithtown house fire, officials say


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. most popularkevin pearsall of engine company 3, who lives a few doors down from the home, was the first on scene, the release said. he entered the home before the fire spread and escorted the unidentified homeowner outside. she was later taken to the stony brook university hospital but the nature of her injuries are unknown.“an explosion from the rear of the dwelling, possibly from a propane tank, started the fi






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,...






smithtown chocolatier running for supervisor vecchio’s seat


advertisement | advertise on newsdaykristen slevin at the chocolate shop she runs on june 1, 2017. (credit: newsday/ john paraskevas) kristen slevin, a 40-year-old chocolatier with a shop off smithtown’s east main street, is running for town supervisor on a platform that includes term limits for the town board, creation of town council districts and revision of a municipal code she calls “obsolete.” slevin has no experience in government, isn’t seeking major party backing and said in a recent interview that anyone contemplating...






university: cheerleaders who knelt for anthem to be on field


atlanta — a georgia university which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies.in a letter to students and faculty, kennesaw state university president sam olens said wednesday that freedom of speech must be protected.olens added that the cheer squad will be allowed on field before the singing of the national anthem at the upcoming game saturday — a return to the original pregame ritual used before the controversy.five cheerleaders had taken a knee during the anthem to protest u.s. racial injustice at a sept. 30 game at the public university outside atlanta, prompting a barrage of emails and calls from furious school boosters.






police investigating after video shows cheerleaders being forced into doing spli


denver police are now investigating incidents involving multiple cheerleaders and the cheer coach at east high school, 9wants to know has learned. the cheer coach, assistant cheer coach, high school principal, assistant principal and denver public schools deputy general counsel have all been placed on leave.during the first week of cheer camp for east high school in june, ally wakefield, an incoming freshman was surrounded by new teammates, and forced, by the recently hired cheer coach, into an extended split position.in videos obtained by 9wants to know, eight cheerleaders are shown repeatedly being pushed down into the forced splits, while their arms are held up by fellow teammates, making each cheerleader unable to move herself out of the position.all cry out in pain. ally wakefield ask






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...






university: cheerleaders who knelt for anthem to be on field


atlanta — a georgia university which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies.this time, it will be at a game where military members are honored.in a letter to students and faculty, kennesaw state university president sam olens said wednesday that freedom of speech must be protected.olens added that the cheer squad will be allowed on field before the national anthem at the game saturday, which is veterans day in the u.s. the game at kennesaw state's 8,300-seat fifth third bank stadium is also being promoted as military appreciation day.five cheerleaders had taken a knee during the anthem to protest u.s. racial inequality at a sep






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...






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 by nicholas spangler  [email protected] @spanglernewsday updated november 9, 2017 6:59 am print see commentsshare share tweet share emaila 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 to the town. various congregations have held services there in the past, but it was most recently occupied by a youth missionary group that






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...






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 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...






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...






elusive funding for mike pence’s bicentennial projects dogs his home state


the bicentennial plaza at the indiana state house is ready to be enjoyed by the public. the plaza is centered on the intersection of senate avenue and robert d. orr plaza. the new plaza creates a public space that can be used by government center employees, along with all citizens and visitors to indiana. the design is intended to make the plaza an engaging space that includes a water feature and two public art pieces, one representing elements of the torch and another as a figurative interpretation of a time capsule. (p o: matt kryger/indystar)indianapolis — vice president mike pence has a new home in washington, d.c., and an office in the white house, but back in indiana, state officials are still scrambling to figure out how to pay for several bicentennial construction projects pence in