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NEWS & NOTICES:
New Area Code Has Come to Suffolk County
10-digit local dialing required by all:

Officially, the last day Suffolk County residents could dial just seven digits (that means no area code needed) for local, intracounty calls was June 17. Now is the time to reprogram the local seven-digit numbers stored in personal phones, as well as be sure that any service that involves automatic dialing, such as an alarm system, has been updated with the code. There will be no need to dial a “1” for calls made from a Suffolk number to another Suffolk number, as it remains a local call, officials said.

The new area code, 934, will be gradually phased in starting July 16. For more details, click here for the Newsday article about this change.

Beach and Shellfishing Advisories:

For information about beach closings, especially related to stormwater runoff, call the Suffolk County Dept. of Health Services at (631) 852-5760 during weekday business hours or their 24-hour pre-recorded Beach Hotline at (631) 852-5822 or click here for their website.

The NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation also provides a 24-hour pre-recorded message advising the public of temporarily closed shellfishing areas at (631) 444-0480. Click here to view the DEC website which also provides shellfish closure information, including written descriptions and color-coded maps. More information about shellfish harvesting is also available by calling the DEC's Bureau of Marine Resources at (631) 444-0475, weekdays between 8:30am and 4:45pm.

Asharoken Community E-Mail Request Form

The Village of Asharoken is building a Village Resident E-Mail Contact List. The list will be used to broadcast e-mail announcements such as updates to the waste pickup schedule, road closure information, and newsletters. To add yourself to the list please print and complete the E-Mail Request Form. Completed forms may be dropped off at Village Hall, placed in the police mailbox, or you may simply email the information to the Village Clerk at rittenhousevc@gmail.com
Magazine Drop-off

Asharoken is supporting a magazine drop-off site at Village Hall. All magazines will be delivered to Northport Veterans at the VA Center.


Library Corner--November 2017:
Hours:
9am - 9pm Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm Saturday
1pm - 5pm Sunday except during Summer: closed Sundays starting June 18 through mid-September


To find out if the Library is closed for inclement weather: • call the Library for a recorded message • check the Library website at www.nenpl.org • tune in to Cablevision News 12 or radio station WBAB at 102.3 FM

Visit the Northport/East Northport Libraries
Image: Amiaga Photographers
Visit the Northport/East Northport Libraries
Visit our Libraries at:
Northport: 151 Laurel Avenue; tele: (631) 261-6930 and
East Northport: 185 Larkfield Road, tele: (631) 261-2313 and online: Northport-East Northport Public Library.


Museum Passes/Vouchers Program:
Museum passes and vouchers are available to Northport-East Northport Library cardholders. These passes/vouchers allow free admission to some of Long Island's and New York City's most popular institutions. These include: The Heckscher Museum of Art, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Old Westbury Gardens, Guggenheim Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and many more. All passes must be picked up and returned at the circulation desk of the Northport Library only.
Click here to review a list of the participating institutions.


Library Vote Results:

In 2015:
The annual library vote was held on April 14, 2015.
Up for vote was the 2015-2016 annual budget (which passed with an increase of 1.05% and to elect two trustees (uncontested). Results: 530 "YES"; 68 "NO". Georganne White and Jacqueline Elsas, both retired librarians, were elected Library Trustees (a five member Board).

In 2014:
The annual library vote was held on April 8, 2014.
Up for vote was the annual budget (which passed with an increase of 1.5% and to elect one trustee (uncontested). Results: 425 "YES"; 105 "NO". Patricia Flynn was re-elected Library Trustee.

In 2013:
The annual library vote was held on April 2, 2013.
Up for vote was the annual budget (which passed with an increase of 2.18% and to elect one trustee (uncontested). Results: 494 "YES"; 173 "NO". Elizabeth McGrail was elected Library Trustee.

In 2012:
The annual library vote was held on April 3, 2012.
Up for vote was the annual budget (which passed with an increase of 2.4% and to elect one trustee (there were two candidates). Results: 574 "YES"; 94 "NO". Andrea Gladding was elected Library Trustee.



Northport-East Northport Public Library Receives
Four-Star Distinction for Ninth Year


For the ninth consecutive year, the Northport-East Northport Public Library has earned a four-star rating in Library Journal’s 2016 Index of Public Library Service, a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America’s public libraries.

The four-star rating is awarded on the basis of four measures of service—patron visits, material circulation, program attendance, and Internet usage. This year, 35 libraries were awarded Star status in New York State, the highest number for any state.

The Northport Library System serves the Village of Asharoken
November 2017 Activities:

Gallery Exhibits:

Northport Gallery:
Eric’s Watercolors by Eric Chimon
Watercolor paintings.

East Northport Gallery:
Pictured in Fabric
An eclectiv display of fabric collages from the talented students of Madeline Nelson, in the Northport Adult Education Community Services class.

Book Groups:

Poetry Readers
East Northport Public Library, Thursday, November 16, 2:30 p.m.
Life and love, war and peace, friends and family—these are only a few of the topics that poets have pondered and written about over the centuries. To sample their thoughts on these and other themes, join Bob Little and the Poetry Readers.

Novel Ideas
Northport Public Library
Monday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. The group will discuss The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Fireside Friday: Sylph Chamber Music
East Northport Public Library
Friday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. Join Sylph Chamber Music, with flutist Nadine Scharman and pianist Ann Zalkind, for an evening of music that will feature Renaissance, Romantic, Latin Jazz, and Broadway genres as well as traditional Irish gems. Featured composers will include Dowland, Debussy, Corelli, Jobim, and Gershwin.

“Simply Me”: Comedy, Song, and Reflection with Mitchell Robert
Northport Public Library
Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m. Mitchell Robert’s musical comedy career has been crafted over time in a wide variety of NYC venues: dinner theatre, off-Broadway, cabaret, and special events. “Simply Me” is his newest one-man show combining an upbeat comedy style with a sentimental collection of original and standard songs that bring out the best of his soothing baritone voice. Acclaimed musical arranger and pianist John Bowen will provide accompaniment.

Play Time: A Documentary Film About Long Island Theater
Northport Public Library
Monday, November 20, 6:30 p.m. Ever wonder how community theaters work, and why folks of all ages pour so much energy into presenting make-believe stories for live audiences? Play Time, a 60-minute documentary by filmmaker Anthony DiFranco, tells the behind-the-scenes story of theater across Long Island.

Michelangelo:Divine Draftsman and Designer
Northport Public Library
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 p.m. Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Germano will present a visual lecture on the life, times, and work of Michelangelo, and introduce the pieces related to the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Quick Reads
Friday, November 17, 7:00 p.m.
East Northport Public Library
This informal reading group is designed for emergent adult literacy and intermediate English language learners. Pick up this month’s reading selection at the East Northport Circulation Desk.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s
Northport Public Library
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Friday Movies for Adults:

The Big Sick
Northport Public Library – Friday, November 17, 2:00 p.m.

East Northport Public Library – Friday, November 24, 2:00 p.m. Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself facing her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings. Rated R. 120 minutes.

Closed captioning will be displayed.

Northport's Food Pantry, Thrift Store Need Your Help:

The cupboards are nearly bare and the number of needy are growing. The Pantry feeds 150-160 local families daily. Non-perishable food items are always most needed. In addition, you may wish to support their holiday drive with contributions of non-food products such as health/personal care items, diapers and detergent. Checks and supermarket gift cards are always appreciated. The food pantry is located on the lower level of the First Presbyterian Church, 330 Main Street, Northport. It is open Monday-Thursday, 10am-Noon. For more information, call the Pantry Director, Sally Stark: (631) 261-4357.

The Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main Street, Northport, welcomes donations of clothing, books, toys and unique "gift" items that are sold in their Thrift Store, open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-3pm. If you have questions about what you would like to donate, contact Sharon Wolpert for more information: (631) 262-0791; email: swolpert@trinityec.com. FYI: The Trinity Episcopal Church also holds a variety of engaging events throughout the year, see their website for more details.
DEC General Permit Information

To all Residents and Property Owners:

The Village of Asharoken provides this information on how to apply for a DEC general permit for storm repair work in coastal areas of Long Island. You will find below a website that will provide more information and forms necessary to obtain the DEC general permit.

Information on applying for a DEC general permit for storm repair work in coastal areas on Long Island:
DEC has issued a General Permit for the coastal areas of Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. Approved projects include stabilizing existing dwellings, decks and walkways with temporary bracing and pilings; installing sandbags or sand cubes at the toe of damaged structures or eroded escarpments; re-grading eroded dunes; in-kind/in-place repair of stairways; reconstruction of bulkheads and shoreline erosion structures that were functional before Hurricane Sandy; and repair or reconstruction of existing public roads, bridges, utilities and other public infrastructure.

In addition, the DEC is authorizing the top elevation of a replacement bulkhead to be up to 18” higher than the bulkhead existing prior to Hurricane Sandy. It is also authorizing new bulkhead returns of up to 10 feet or extensions of returns of up to 10 feet.

The General Permit authorizes bulkhead materials to be substituted by any other new bulkhead material that is otherwise legal in the locality or under NYS law. For example, many bulkheads were made of CCA treated wood. The use of CCA treated wood is no longer permitted in many areas. The use of newer materials such as vinyl faced wood would be permitted.

Go to NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation General Permit Information for Hurricane Sandy for more information on applying for the general permit for storm repair work. This website will enable you to download a PDF form of the Notice of Intent as well as provide instructions.

Important: Please remember for storm related repair work a building permit is still required, please check with Village Hall. All building fees will be waived relating to Hurricane Sandy.

Any questions please contact Village Hall 261-7098 or contact our Building Inspector Doug Adil at 631-935-5501.

Now online:
Village Permit & Fee Handbook

The Village Permit & Fee Handbook, which was mailed to all residents in June 2011, has been updated as of March 2012.

Before you plan your next project and are not sure if a building permit is needed, please refer to the Handbook and as always, call the Village Clerk or Building Inspector for more specific information.

The Handbook also outlines permit fees, zoning requirements, driveway and curbing requirements, information on signage, etc. Compliance within our Village helps to enhance our property values and our quality of life.

Click here to visit our Village Code section to immediately view/print an online copy of it or contact the Asharoken Village Clerk.
Suffolk County JEEP:
Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan

In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services may provide assistance for eligible disabled individuals who may have no other way to evacuate their homes.

If you think you will need special assistance, such as transportation and/or sheltering, then this plan may be of assistance to you. You must apply to ensure that you qualify for this program:

  • An Application must be made: forms available at Asharoken Village Hall. If you need an Application sent to your home, call Village Hall at: (631) 261-7098.
  • Once your Application is complete and has been approved, you will be contacted by Emergency Services and they will inform you about shelter services and assigned transportation services.
  • Note: If you are unable to fill out the Application and need assistance, please call Village Hall who will provide assistance to you.
    For more information, visit the: Suffolk County Goverment JEEP website.





  • UPDATE: National Flood Insurance Program
    Finding Your Property on the National Flood Maps

    In order to maintain eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program, it is necessary that our Village adopt the new Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps into our community's floodplain management standards and regulations. Our local law is designed to comply with the floodplain management standards and regulations of the National Flood Insurance Program.

    Background:
    In November 2008, open house meetings were held to discuss the new FEMA Flood Maps. These meetings gave Asharoken residents an opportunity to ask questions about the new maps, the development standards in floodplains, and flood insurance. Staff from NYSDEC were joined by representatives from FEMA to answer questions.

    Click here to search the FEMA Website for updated rate maps for our area. On the FEMA site, select a tab at the upper-left to search by address or Map Panel ID number. Below, we've listed the Map Panel ID numbers of several overview maps for Asharoken. The maps are interactive; you will need to zoom in to see useful detail.

    Flood Insurance Maps
    Map Panel ID Number Areas Included in Map
    36103C0336H Village Hall to 359 Asharoken Avenue, Eastern Duck Island
    36103C0309H 359 Asharoken Avenue to Morgan Estate Property, northern portion of Bevin Road
    36103C0317H Duck Island, Duck Island Harbor, southern portion of Bevin Road, Bevin Road East, Bevin Road West, Eaton Harbors area (South Harbor Road, North Harbor Road, Cove Road, Clam Shell Lane, and New Harbor Road)

    These flood rate maps took effect September 25, 2009. Paper copies of the maps are available at Village Hall for viewing. For additional details, click on FEMA Flood Map Program and Suffolk County Flood Maps (by address).

    Suffolk County Police Department: Operation Medicine Cabinet

    Did you know prescriptions have become one of the most abused illegal drugs for teenagers in the United States, second only to marijuana? In fact, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, nearly one out of every five teens is said to have abused prescription drugs, with the majority believed to have obtained the drugs from friends and family. This is deeply concerning as statistics show illegally used prescription drugs and marijuana often serve as “gateway drugs” for teens who progress to use heroin and other deadly substances.

    Please help us to reduce the accessibility of prescription drugs to young people by anonymously disposing of unwanted prescription drugs in collection containers located at all Suffolk County PD precincts. For more information, please visit: Suffolk County Police Department Operation Medicine Cabinet.

    NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Website

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, website has been expanded to include a web page for the Asharoken Coastal Storm Damage Risk Reduction Feasibility Study. This special page will serve as the online repository for the publicly available reports and meeting presentation materials.
    Master Plan Online:

    The Asharoken Master Plan is available online. It is a .pdf document that will open in a new window. Note: At 73 pages, the Master Plan is a 6MB download and not recommended for dialup users.
    Update:
    Annual Library Vote: Approved

    The annual library operating budget (tax rate increase: 1.6%) and election of one trustee was approved by the voters on April 13, 2010. There were 569 "Yes" votes cast; 110 "No" votes.

    The library budget details were published in the March 2010 issue of the Library Newsletter. Copies are available at either branch of the library and also on the library's website: by clicking here and follow the link for "Newsletter" in the "Most Popular" section (left hand side).

    LEGAL NOTICE: Town of Huntington-Special Election
    Vote on Tuesday, December 22, 6am-9pm, at Asharoken Village Hall

    Vote "Yes" or "No" for the Town of Huntington Proposition #1: "Shall a Ward System be established for the election of Town Councilmen/Councilwomen in the Town of Huntington?"

    For more information, click here to view the Town of Huntington flyer on the Proposition and ballot information.

    Click here to view the Times of Northport article covering the recent public hearing about this subject.
    LEGAL NOTICE: Zoning Board Of Appeals Public Hearing

    The next public hearing of the ZBA will be held on December 14, 2009 at 7:30pm at Village Hall. One request will be heard. Click here to view the Legal Notice for this meeting.
    LEGAL NOTICE: Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting: September 9, 2009

    The next Asharoken ZBA Meeting will be held at Village Hall on Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 7:30pm. Click here to view the variance request that will be reviewed during the meeting. (Document will open in a new window.)
    LEGAL NOTICE: Public Hearing: September 8, 2009
    A Local Law for Flood Damage Prevention

    A Public Hearing will be held by the Village Board of the Village of Asharoken on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:30pm at Village Hall. The hearing will be for the purpose of adopting a Local Law for Flood Damage Prevention which includes the National Flood Insurance Rate Maps dated September 25, 2009 (36103C0309H, 36103C0317H, 36103C0328H, 36103C0336H) and the Flood Insurance Study. Copies of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Local Law for Flood Damage Prevention are on file at Asharoken Village Hall and may be viewed during normal business hours, between 9am and 2pm.
    Asharoken Garden Club Announces 10th Annual Street Garden Recognition Program

    A Lovely Entrant in the Village of Asharoken Street Garden Program
     
    A Lovely Entrant in the Asharoken Street Garden Program
    The Asharoken Garden Club is calling on all homeowners to join their program, create a street garden, and help beautify our community. This year, all entrants will receive a plaque acknowledging their participation. The three gardens judged to be the most outstanding will receive wooden signs featuring artwork by Marilyn Chiodo.

    To read a letter detailing the 2009 Changes to the Street Garden Program, click here. To view and print the 2009 Street Garden Entry Form, click here. To enter, this form must be returned by May 18th.

    Garden judging will take place between June 22 and June 29, with the winners announced on "Street Garden Recognition Day", July 11.

    Mayor Irving Attends Eaton's Neck Fire Department Installation Dinner, NYCOM Conference

    Asharoken Mayor Pat Irving attends the Eaton's Neck Fire Department Installation Dinner.
    Image: Steve Silverman 
    From the left: 1st Assistant Chief Kevin O'Neill, Mayor Irving, Chief Joseph Cartolano, and 2nd Assistant Chief Jerry Hehir at the Eaton's Neck Fire Department Installation Dinner.
    In January, Mayor Patricia Irving attended the installation dinner for the new officers of the Eaton's Neck Volunteer Fire Department as part of her community relations efforts.
    Mayor Irving at the New York Conference of Mayors. Irving met with state Assemblyman Andrew Raia (left) 
      and Senator Carl Marcellino (right)
     
    Mayor Irving at the NY Conference of Mayors. Irving met with state Assemblyman Andrew Raia (left) and Senator Carl Marcellino (right).
    Representatives from the Eaton's Neck FD attend all Asharoken Emergency Planning Committee meetings.

    In February, Mayor Irving attended the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Winter Legislative Meeting in Albany. During the sessions, Irving met with our elected state officials Assemblyman Andrew Raia and Senator Carl Marcellino.
    Support Asharoken's Independence Day Fireworks:
    2009 Special Design Logo Tee Shirts Available for Sale

    See the order form on page eight of the June 2009 Asharoken Village Newsletter.

    "Who's That Knocking at My Door?"
    "It's Only Me the Census Taker"

    The process of preparing for the 2010 census has begun. Through the end of June, as part of step one, there may be a knock on your door as census takers are verifying house numbers. All census takers have an official Federal government ID card.
    Asharoken Village Taxes Due Starting June 1

    Your village taxes are due and payable on June 1, 2009 without penalty through July 1, 2009 by mail or in person at Asharoken Village Hall. This year, the tax bills were mailed with a pre-addressed return envelope to assist taxpayers and speed payment to Village coffers.

    A summary of the proposed 2009-'10 budget, which has a 3.89% property tax increase, was mailed to all residents on February 25. A detailed several page copy of the budget was distributed during the March 2 public review of the budget. Contact Village Hall if you missed the March 2 meeting and would like a copy of the detailed budget.

    LEGAL NOTICE:
    Special Meeting of Board of Trustees--June 25

    The Asharoken Board of Trustees will review the MS-4 Stormwater Report, and other such business that shall come before the Board, on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 7:30pm at Village Hall.


    Take the chill out of your winter energy bills. New York State's HeatSmartNY program offers a variety of ways to help you manage your energy bills, save money and help protect the environment. The State also has information on financial and bill payment assistance. Call toll-free: 1-877-NY-SMART (1-877-697-6278) or on the internet: Heat Smart, New York.

    How does your home heating cost stack up? The NYState Energy Research and Development Authority conducts a weekly survey of average prices for oil, propane, natural gas and the like. The survey is done by regions within the state, Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) are one such region: NYState Energy Survey.
    PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE:
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Presentation: April 23, 2009 

    On Thursday, April 23, at 7pm, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present to our residents the current status on issues involving the "Sand on the Beach" Project. Join with your neighbors at Northport Middle School, 11 Middleville Road. More than 100 residents have indicated their interest in attending.

    LEGAL NOTICE:
    Voting to Adopt Annual Library Budget: April 14, 2009 

    On April 14, 2009, between 9am-9pm, voting will take place to adopt the Annual Library District Budget for the fiscal year 2009/2010 and the election of one Library Trustee. Voting takes place in both the Northport and East Northport Libraries. The library budget is a separate real estate tax in addition to school taxes and the Asharoken Village tax.
    The proposed budget is available for review at either library or on the library website.

    Notice: Special Meeting of Asharoken Trustees

    There will be a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on Monday, March 30 at 7:30pm. This meeting will be a continuation of the "Old Business" portion of their March 2, 2009 meeting agenda. The public is invited to attend.

    LEGAL NOTICE: (Dated March 5, 2009)
    Tax Assessment Available for Inspection

    The completed and verified annual assessment roll of property taxable within the Incorporated Village of Asharoken was, on the 2nd day of March, 2009 filed with the Village Clerk and subject to inspection for fifteen (15) days from the date of this notice (March 5, 2009).

    Emergency Planning Committee Meeting

    The next meeting of the Asharoken Emergency Planning Committee, organized by Bill Raisch, Chairman, will be held on Friday, February 6, 2009, 4pm-6pm at Village Hall.

    Through the committee's last meeting on January 9, 2009 the committee has:
    Identified potential hazards for the Village.
    Evaluated their potential impact, our available resources to address them, and prioritized them appropriately.
    Developed preliminary strategies for how to prevent or minimize the impact of the prioritized hazards.

    The focus of the next meeting will be to discuss and develop a response plan for each of the high priority hazards that we cannot otherwise prevent.


    The next meeting of the Asharoken Emergency Planning Committee, organized by Bill Raisch, Chairman, will be held on Friday, November 7 in Village Hall from 4pm to 6pm.
    BE SURE TO VOTE: November 4 General Elections

    To help you prepare for election day, the League of Women Voters has created a website: Smart Voter.
    Input your address and you'll see all the offices and propositions you will vote for on November 4.
    The League is recognized nationwide for providing non-partisan election information.

    Voting at Asharoken Village Hall is scheduled 6am-9pm.
    Flood Maps/Insurance Impact--Scheduled

    Open House meetings are scheduled for the general public to discuss the new FEMA Flood Maps.
    These are not formal meetings and comments will not be taken. It is designed instead to provide community residents an opportunity to view the preliminary FIRM panels and to ask quesitons about the new maps, development standards in floodplains and flood insurance. Staff from NYSDEC will be joined by representatives from FEMA to answer questions.

    Dates and Locations:
    Wednesday, November 12th Babylon, Town Hall Annex, 281 Phelps Lane, North Babylon, NY 11703 4pm to 9pm.

    Thursday, November 13th Southhampton, Southhampton Cultural Center, Levitas Center Concert Hall, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton, NY 11969, 4pm to 9pm.

    Friday, November 14th Brookhaven, Brookhaven Town Hall, Auditorium 2nd Floor, One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738 4pm to 9pm.

    Any Questions call 518-402-8151.

    For more details on the web: FEMA Flood Map Program and Suffolk County Flood Maps (by address)
    Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing

    The Asharoken Zoning Board of Appeals will hold its next public hearing on Monday, November 17 at Village Hall at 7:30pm. The board will consider the following variance requests (document opens in a new window).
    Farmers Market--Saturday is the final day this season:

    Every Saturday, through November 22, from 9am to Noon, head to the foot of Main Street Northport and purchase the freshest produce and other foods all from local purveyors.
    Join your neighbors at the annual Asharoken Residents Holiday Party on November 23 (Sunday), from Noon-4pm, at the Northport Yacht Club. Fare includes: hors d'oeuvres; fish, pasta, carving and salad stations; dessert and refreshments; cash bar. Tickets are $45.00/per person. To RSVP, see the flyer in the printed/mailed edition of the October Asharoken Newsletter or contact resident Catherine J. Burch, 164 Asharoken Avenue, phone: (631) 754-8030.

    The Holiday Season

    On Sunday, December 21, Santa toured Asharoken.  At Village Hall after his tour, Santa, his helpers and your neighbors enjoyed Santa's favorite holiday refreshments--hot cocoa and cookies. Santa had heartwarming traditional gifts for the young ones. See our Asharoken Spirit section for the full story and photos.

    Northport has kicked off Winterfest 2008 by lighting the village holiday tree at Village Park and decorating downtown.

    Each Tuesday evening, December 2, 9, 16, 7pm-9pm, Main Street Northport will be closed to cars from School Street to Woodbine Avenue. Various activities will take place, including holiday music, contests and other free activities for children.

    Weekend of December 13-14, 9am-5pm, the Eaton's Neck Volunteer Fire Department begins its annual Christmas tree sale at the Fire House (55 Eaton's Neck Road; tele: 631-757-8932).

    Also note: the Toys for Tots collection boxes, sponsored by the U.S. Marines, have started to appear at various Chamber member locations (such as Copenhagen Bakery) so remember a neighboring needy child by dropping off an unwrapped toy this holiday season no later than December 17.   Also at the bakery, and Assemblyman Raia's office, Operation Warmth is accepting warm clothing (coats, hats and gloves) to provide for the less fortunate members of the community.

    Visit the live camera link to Christmas in Rockefeller Center if you can't get into Manhattan to see the tree, ice skaters and holiday crowds!