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Cuthbertson Honors V. Elaine Gross of ERASE Racism


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/27/2013
Author: Steven Jimenez

 
Recently, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recognized V. Elaine Gross, President of Syosset-based group ERASE Racism (Education, Research, Advocacy, Support to Eliminate Racism), on behalf of her commitment to human right and civil right causes. ERASE Racism was formed to fight against prejudice and discrimination directed against race based beliefs and is committed in helping children to become our future role models of tomorrow. “V. Elaine Gross has spent more than a decade righting race-based wrongs on Long Island and her dedicated work continues to inspire today’s youth to see and understand that their actions, words and how they interact with people really matters,” stated Councilman Cuthbertson. “I am honored to present this prestigious recognition to Ms. Gross on behalf of her relentless pursuit of human rights for all people.”


 


Huntington to Celebrate Earth Day 2013


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/20/2013
Author: Steven Jimenez

 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2013 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 20th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main St., Huntington. “By now, everybody knows that their unwanted electronic items shouldn’t just be thrown into the trash, but many people don’t’ know exactly how to get rid of them,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “Our annual Plug In to E-Cycling Day helps people clean out their attics and closets while helping to preserve the environment.” Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town’s comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Covanta will also be co-sponsoring a rechargeable battery collection program with Call2Recycle®. Since 1996, over 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries have been collected through Call2Recycle®. Joining us this year will be Safety Shred. They are one of largest leaders in the on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION giants on Long Island. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. (Please note there will be a three banker-box size limit per person.) The GREEN SHOWCASE, will offer multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids. In addition, children can learn how compost is made and plant a seed in a recycled pot. MARINE LIFE EXHIBIT: Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide children of all ages the opportunity to touch and experience a variety of sea specimens in their marine life touch tank, as they demonstrate the importance of protecting our precious marine environment. There will also be sign up information available on Cornell’s environmental summer camp programs. “Children and parents alike will definitely have the opportunity for a lot of ‘hands-on’ fun at this event,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “In recognition of Earth Day, it is equally important to be able to show families across Huntington how easy it is to protect kids from harmful chemicals and pesticides, how to make homes and cars more energy efficient and how to save money in the process.” Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicles and a garbage truck among others. PLASTIC GROCERY BAG RECYCLING: Trader Joe’s of Commack will provide the first 200 residents to trade in a plastic grocery bag with a free ecofriendly tote bag, compliments of Trader Joes. BOATERS can dispose of shrink-wrap either onsite at Earth Day 2013 or anytime through Memorial Day weekend at the Town’s Recycling Center located at 641 New York Avenue. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information on the 2013 Family Earth Day Expo call 351-3171. To learn more about disposing boat shrink-wrap or the Town's Recycling Program, please call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.

 


Register Now for Spring Eggstravaganza Sponsored by Councilman Cuthbertson


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/12/2013

 

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Councilman Cuthbertson & Councilwoman Berland Invite You to Take a New York State Boating Safety Course


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/27/2013
Author: Steven Jimenez

 
With pending stricter laws on the operation of motorized vessels, the Town of Huntington is joining forces with local boating organizations and marine law enforcement agencies to educate and train residents in safe boating and navigation laws. Starting in early March, numerous boating safety educational classes will be held throughout Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland announced today. Those attending the classes will learn the fundamentals of safe boating such as safe loading & operation, navigation rules, getting underway and accidents & emergencies and much more. “Recreational boating continues to be one of the most popular leisure activities among families and boating enthusiasts on Long Island. It can also be one of the most dangerous family activities,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Those participating in the safe boating program are the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht & Boating Clubs, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the United States Coast Guard Post at Eaton’s Neck, the Huntington Harbor Master’s Office, Suffolk County Police Marine Division, the Neptune Sail and Power Squadron and the local Village Harbor Masters and fire departments. “ Last year’s July 4th boating tragedy will be forever etched in our minds and hearts, which is why it is so vitally important to educate each and every boater on Boating Safety,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Our sincere thanks to all of the boating agencies and all who helped to make these classes available to the community. It is my hope to raise awareness and educate boaters in the Town of Huntington so as to avoid future tragedies,” added Cuthbertson. “It is important that we as a Town honor the lives lost in the July 4th boating accident by doing everything in our power to fully and properly educate our boaters,” commented Councilwoman Berland. “I am proud to work with my colleagues on the Town Board in partnership with Huntington’s various boating groups to bring boater education classes to the community. It is our hope that in doing so, we will never again have another fatal accident in or near our waters.” Suffolk County passed a bill last year that requires boaters to take a safety course before operating in County waters. According the legislation, the safety certifications may be administered through such agencies as the United States Power Squadrons, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Those who violate this law face fines of $250, $500 or $1,000 for first, second or third offences respectively. “This was the impetus in sponsoring a resolution at the December 18, 2012 Town Board Meeting to establish a Boating Safety and Education Sub Committee, that my fellow colleagues on the Board overwhelmingly supported,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “The new subcommittee is charged with coordinating boating education, promoting boating safety and organizing law enforcement initiatives,” added Cuthbertson. The following courses will be available to the public and for additional information or for a list of additional classes that are available, please visit: www.usps.org/Neptune or, www.cgaux.org/boatinged/class_finder/index.php. March 5th, Boating safety class starts at the Britannia Yachting Center, Tuesdays for 6 weeks, 7PM to 9PM April 4th. Boating Safety class starts at the South Huntington Public Library, Thursdays for 6 weeks, 7PM to 9PM April 8th Boating Safety class starts at the Harborfields/ Greenlawn Public Library, Mondays for 6 weeks, 7PM to 9PM April 13th, Town Hall Board Room/100 Main Street, Hunt – 8:30am to 4:30pm “ONE DAY NEW YORK STATE BOATING SAFETY CLASS” April 27th, Boating Safety class starts at the Bridge Marina, in Bayville for 2 Saturdays April 27 and May 4. May 22nd, Sail class starts at the Britannia Yachting Center, Wednesdays for 6 weeks, 7PM to 9PM

 


Hands on Huntington Sponsors Seminar on Memory and Aging


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/14/2013
Author: Steven Jimenez

 

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Cuthbertson Recognizes Teacher for Hurricane Sandy Aid Effort


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/7/2013
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 
Huntington, NY, February 5, 2013 - Hurricane Sandy brought forth a huge outpouring of empathy, support and volunteerism from people all over the country, and especially those from Long Island, which itself was so badly damaged by the storm. In response to the storm, Oldfield Middle School teacher Monica Zenyuh coordinated an immense effort to help students who were directly affected and started an “Adopt-A-School” program. Ms. Zenyuh emailed friends from out of town, contacted administrators in storm damaged areas and essentially became the liaison between schools that needed assistance and schools that wished to help. Ms. Zenyuh’s outreach grew, until 20 schools across three school districts in Long Island, Queens and Staten Island were adopted with various schools and groups helping them. Ms. Zenyuh’s “Adopt-A-School” program included 60-70 helper schools and classes ranging from Pre-K through high school in NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, as well as Brownie Troops, sports teams and a gym franchise all pitching in. Ms. Zenyuh initiated a student letter and card writing campaign both to educate her own students and ensure that supplies would be accompanied by a personal touch in order to help the students “connect” with students in other school districts. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who presented the proclamation to Ms. Zenyuh stated, “All of our heartfelt thanks go out to Monica. She stepped up during a difficult time to help fellow Long Islanders in need in the aftermath of Sandy. In doing so, she not only provided much needed supplies, but taught her students a valuable lesson in the process.” Ms. Zenyuh’s efforts resulted in donations of toys, sports equipment, books, and Box Tops, as well as gift cards and financial contributions. The "Adopt a School" Program has almost raised $30,000 in cash and donations for schools in devastated areas, and many schools are still raising funds and materials!


 


Children's Halloween Costume Parade - 10/31/12 in Huntington Village


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/31/2012

 

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Cuthbertson Announces New Bicycle Locker Program


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/10/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are happy to announce that bicycle lockers will be available to health and environmentally conscious commuters who are looking for an alternative mode of transport. These lockers, 38 in all, are located at all four Long Island Rail Road stations in the Town; Huntington Station, Cold Spring Harbor, Greenlawn and Northport. “The existing Bicycle Locker Program has been initiated and administered through the State of New York Department of Transportation since 2004”, remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “All ownership and operations of this program are being transferred by the State to the Town at no cost,” added Cuthbertson. Councilman Cuthbertson invites residents and those who are interested in receiving a no-cost one-year bike locker lease to apply to the Town Clerk, Jo-Ann Raia’s Office. Currently, vacant lockers will be offered free of charge on a “first come – first served” basis to new applicants who apply between Monday, October 15, 2012 and Thursday, November 15, 2012 [extension period]. The usual $60.00 rental fee will be waived. If more applications are received post-marked the same date than the number of available lockers, the Town Clerk will conduct a “lottery” to assign the lockers to the winning applicants. At the conclusion of this incentivized program, the usual annual rental fee of $60.00 will apply. Each locker is six feet long, four feet high and at least three feet wide, and will easily fit most bicycles. The Town requires a $40.00 key deposit, which is refunded at the termination of the lease. No sub-leasing is permitted. “These bicycle lockers offer our commuters who are bicycle enthusiasts a unique opportunity. The Town continues to endorse environmentally friendly initiatives and this is another for our commuters,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “In addition to being eco-friendly, using a bicycle to get to the train station supports and encourages a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great program that I look forward to seeing flourish and grow,” added Cuthbertson. For more information on the Bicycle Locker Program, please contact Councilman Cuthbertson at 631-351-3171 or the Town Clerk at 631-351-3206 to register. To review or print a registration form, please click here__________.

 


Permit Denied for Controversial Liquor Store


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/3/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
With the growing number of liquor stores that are beginning to saturate communities in the Town of Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was approached by several local liquor store owners who were concerned about a pending application for a new 6,000 square foot liquor store at 295 West Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station. “Ultimately, the New York State Liquor Authority has jurisdiction when considering applications for liquor licenses,” remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “There are currently sixteen liquor stores that are located from less than a half mile to 3.5 miles from the proposed applicant and if passed, the new store would saturate a well-served community” added Cuthbertson. At the September 24 Town Board Meeting, Councilman Cuthbertson sponsored and enacted legislation urging the Governor and New York State Legislature to place limits on the number of retail liquor store licenses that can be issued within a geographic area and to set forth standards defining “saturation” for the purpose of limiting the number of retail liquor store licenses which may be issued. On Thursday, September 27th, the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) held their monthly public meeting in New York City. Included in their agenda was a hearing for the new applicant – “Kevin’s Discount Wines of 295 West Jericho Turnpike.” The NYSLA took note of the outcry from the State, Town and community levels as they listened to both sides of the testimony. At the end of the hearing the NYSLA rendered its decision and denied the application. “I have always been an advocate for small businesses and economic development,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, but this liquor store license application tipped the scale when looking at it terms of density and saturation. I applaud Chairman Dennis Rosen and Commissioner Jeanique Greene of the New York State Liquor Authority for their time and consideration on this matter. I am hopeful the Governor, State Legislature and NY State SLA will set geographic limits on new applicants in the future,” added Cuthbertson.

 


Cuthbertson Honors Brielle Caro


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/1/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson honors an eleven-year old fashion designer whose palatial gala was created to benefit a worthy cause. 

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with Brielle Caro at her Fairytale Fashion Show hosted at OHEKA Castle
 
At OHEKA Castle, your fairytales can come true. Some come to OHEKA and fantasize what their lives would be like and yet for 11-year old Brielle Caro, she fantasized about helping the lives of others. On the night of Thursday, September 27, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and over three hundred distinguished guests cheered as Brielle’s fairytale wish came true. Brielle Caro is an accomplished fashion designer and by using her own signature fashion-line “Brielle’s Fairytale Fashions,” she held a fairytale inspired gala to help raise money for a charity that is near and dear to her heart. Brielle is an advocate for Angela's House, an organization formed to coordinate complex home care services and residential services for medically fragile children. All of Brielle’s dresses featured in her fashion show held at OHEKA Castle were auctioned off with proceeds benefitting this worthwhile organization. “Eleven-year old Brielle Caro is a truly gifted fashion designer and she helped many children’s dreams to come true,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “It was my honor and privilege to recognize Brielle on behalf of her charitable contributions to Angela’s House and all of the children who will ultimately benefit from her childhood advocacy,” added Cuthbertson. For information on Angela's House or a schedule of their upcoming events, visit their website or call 631-979-2620.


 


Cuthbertson Encourges Seniors To Keep Kayaking


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/24/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured at the Centerport Senior Beach House by the new kayak rack.
 
Senior citizens who are participants of the Town’s Senior Center and looking for a place to launch or secure their kayak during warm weather months will be happy to know this can all be done at no cost at the Centerport Senior Beach House. “The Town of Huntington is home to a very active and vibrant senior citizen community,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Last year, I was approached by residents who were asking if the Town could have a kayak rack installed exclusively for participants of the Senior Beach House in Centerport. Providing rack space at no cost at the Beach House makes sense and anything we can do to help encourage our residents to continue exercising and living a healthy lifestyle is a worth-while investment,” added Cuthbertson. To learn more about this kayak rack program or for questions about the many other programs offered through the Town of Huntington’s Senior Center, please call the Senior Center hotline at: 631-351-3253.


 


Cuthbertson Enacts Legislation To Authorize Town Harbormasters Office to Set Temporary Speed Zones


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/17/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
The Town of Huntington boasts over 64-square miles of shoreline and has many picturesque bays and beaches that play host to a number of aquatic events in Town waters each season. Water-related events pose a difficult challenge to marine law enforcement, especially when moored or rafted vessels become dangerously intermixed with vessels under power and people swimming. To help promote safe boating and to provide the Town’s Bay Constables with an additional tool for enforcement, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently enacted legislation that now authorizes its Harbormasters Office to use discretion in setting temporary 5-mph speed zones. This temporary speed restriction was very well received during the Huntington Lighthouse’s annual Music Fest celebration that took place in the middle of Huntington Harbor over Labor Day weekend, which helped to keep the waters safe and mitigate crowds. “The unfortunate tragedies in the waters of the North and South Shores this boating season are a sad reminder of the challenges we face with marine law enforcement and boating safety,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “By giving the Harbormasters Office the discretionary power to set temporary speed zones, it now affords our Bay Constables with the means to implement this control as necessary and timely, thus negating the need of Town Board approval. This is just one step that we are taking in the safeguarding of Huntington’s waters,” added Cuthbertson.

 


Cuthbertson Sponsors Legislation For Town to Acquire Carpenter Farm


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/17/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Six months ago Councilman Mark Cuthbertson enacted legislation, which was unanimously passed by his fellow Town Board Members for the Town to consider purchasing the Carpenter Farm property in Greenlawn in partnership with Suffolk County. More recently, at the September 12, 2012 Town Board Meeting, Councilman Cuthbertson sponsored Resolution 2012-414 authorizing the Town purchase of the 12.5 acre site. This resolution passed by a 4-1 majority. Initially, the Town of Huntington was partnering with Suffolk County to purchase the development rights, but there were timetable conflicts between the County and the willing sellers of Carpenter Farm which changed the decision to acquire this parcel as parkland without the County’s participation. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the owners for their patience and concern for conservation of the property for public benefit, as well as the Town’s Environmental Open Space Committee and the Friends of Carpenter Farm for their dedication and support. Carpenter Farm promises to be a place for all ages to enjoy the great outdoors,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.


 


Cuthbertson Sponsors Legislation To Acquire New Patrol Boat – at No Cost


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/30/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (left) is pictured with the Town’s Senior Harbormaster, Harry Acker (center) and Director of Parks and Recreation, Don McKay standing in front of the newly commissioned patrol boat at the Harbormaster’s Office in Halesite.
 
The Town of Huntington recently took ownership of a new 24-foot Justice Boston Whaler equipped with twin Mercury 200hp outboards, full electronics and police package – provided at no cost to the Town through a New York State Parks and Recreation & Historic Preservation Marine Law Enforcement Program. The newly commissioned vessel “M-2,” is valued at $175,000 and will be utilized by the Town’s Bay Constables for patrol of its harbors and waterways. “Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the New York State Government Agencies for assigning this state-of-the-art vessel to the Town’s Harbormasters Office at no cost to its taxpayers,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “The Town of Huntington has over 64 square miles of shoreline and with its four harbors and numerous waterways, this new vessel will be instrumental with safeguarding Huntington’s waters,” added Cuthbertson.


 


Cuthbertson Gets The Town and Northport V.A. Golf Course Onboard With Patriot Golf Day 2012


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/29/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson is pictured (2nd from left) with Don McKay (left), Mario Buonpane (second from right) and Leo Giovenco at the Northport V.A. Golf Course to announce the Town’s partnership in Patriot Golf Day kicking off on Labor Day weekend.
 
Golfers visiting the Northport V.A. Golf Course, Crab Meadow and Dix Hills Golf Courses this Labor Day weekend will be asked to take a swing of support for military families who have been adversely affected while serving their country. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, together with Mario Buonpane, Chairman of the Northport V.A. Golf Course, Leo Giovenco, Historian of the Northport American Legion Post 694 and Don McKay, Director of the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department this week announced the Town’s participation in Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide fundraiser that provides educational scholarships to families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty. Those playing the Northport V.A. Golf Course, Crab Meadow or Dix Hills Golf Courses this Labor Day weekend will be asked to donate a minimum of one dollar for each green fee processed. All funds collected will be donated to the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501c3 organization committed to helping military families throughout the country. The event kicks off across the country on Friday, August 31st and ends on Monday, September 3rd. The Folds of Honor Foundation was created four years ago by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA professional and F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Through events held across the country since 2007, more than $12.8 million has been raised, allowing the Foundation to award 3,500 post-secondary educational scholarships. “The Town of Huntington is proud to join the Northport Veterans Golf Course, as we support this nation’s veterans over Labor Day Weekend,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “We hope our community will take a swing for this nation’s bravest during Patriot Golf Day and make a charitable contribution to a very worthwhile cause,” added Cuthbertson.


 


JAWS-Weather Update:


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/23/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

JAWS will be shown at Crab Meadow Beach on Monday, August 27 

 
Weather Update for tonight's movie – JAWS - scheduled for CRAB MEADOW BEACH: As of August 27, 2012 - 3:30pm Tonight’s movie – JAWS will be shown at CRAB MEADOW BEACH, located at 445 Waterside Avenue, Northport. Gates open for JAWS at 6:00opm. Movie time: 8:00pm to 8:30pm It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs for the drive-in performance, in the event the drive-in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available from Asharoken Beach in Northport and bus service brings people and their belongings to and from the main event area.


 


Cuthbertson Testifies at State Senate Hearing on Boating Safety


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/17/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured testifying in front of a NY State Senate Standing Committee on Boating Safety, flanked by Harry Acker (left) and Edward Carr (far right).
 
Following the well-attended Boating Safety Forum held at Huntington Town Hall on August 7th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson testified before the New York State Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee on August 8th to examine Boating Safety. He was joined by the Town’s Senior Harbor Master, Harry Acker and Director of Maritime Services, Edward Carr. Testifying before the panel, Councilman Cuthbertson stressed the need for the State to draft legislation that would require basic Safe Boater training for all vessel owners. The Councilman gave a brief overview of Huntington’s previous commitment to the issue as well as how it would facilitate such education. Since 2002 an average of fifty to sixty boaters per year have taken the New York State Boating Safety Course co-sponsored by the Town of Huntington and the Centerport Fire Department. However, Mr. Cuthbertson stressed with over 5,000 registered boaters in the Huntington-Northport Bay complex those numbers are simply not high enough. The Councilman suggested that a phase-in period be put in place on the education requirement so Town services would not be overburdened in the rush to fulfill the new mandate. Mr. Cuthbertson shared the additional concerns our boaters discussed during the August 7th forum on boating safety such as: the need for state issued Boating Licenses, the dangers of wakes from larger/speeding vessels, the need for vessel occupancy guidelines, set-up police presence to control boat departures at the conclusion of events, and the need for mandated boat inspections. “It was important to testify on behalf of our town and boating community during the State Senate’s public hearing as they examine current New York State boating safety laws and regulations that can help make our waterways safer,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “There is a growing consensus that we simply need to make sure boaters are properly educated before going out on the water. We have laws and regulations in place for anyone who wishes to obtain a learner’s permit or driver’s license and how imperative it is to educate drivers on the rules of the road before handing them the keys. The time has come to apply the same logic to boating,” added Cuthbertson.


 


2012 Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce Tournament


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/7/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(bottom row, starting 3rd from left) Peter Rabito, President of the American Bocce Club, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and tournament participants.
 
August 4, 2012, Huntington, NY – Despite sweltering heat, nineteen teams consisting of 4 players each converged at Mill Dam Park in Halesite on Saturday to compete in the annual Town of Huntington versus Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. The tournament between the two towns began in 2002, and has grown in popularity with each passing year. The 2012 tournament was hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and for the first time, was held at Mill Dam Park in Halesite at the four new bocce courts located there. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, founder of the annual bocce tournament stated, "I want to thank all of the participants of the 2012 Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. It’s fantastic to see everyone from seniors to young adults come together for the day to compete in this sport. The success of this event over the years is testament to the players’ passion for the game. I am proud to have hosted the event at our beautiful new bocce courts and am already looking forward to next year’s competition!” Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer stated, “I am proud of our Babylon players’ participation in this event for the past eleven years. Congratulations to the winners and to all of the bocce players who spent the day competing in a game that they love.” The tournament was played with four round robins, with the best two teams from each bracket moving on to a single elimination format. In the end, the top three teams were Huntington teams, continuing Huntington’s winning streak in this tournament. In first place was Pat Iasoggna's team from The Greens, in second place was Team Carino from the American Bocce Club and third place went to Team Lonny, also from the American Bocce Club. For more information about the annual bocce tournament, please call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Hands on Huntington: Learn How to Procect Your Groundwater


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/17/2012

 

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Cuthbertson Honors Jim Kaden


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/17/2012

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board are pictured with Honoree Jim Kaden
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored Jim Kaden - President of South Huntington School Board for becoming the 2012 New York State Advocate of the Year. The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) recently honored Jim Kaden with their prestigious Advocate of The Year Award on behalf of his passion and dedication to education. Mr. Kaden has been a member of the school board since 1993 and has served as President of the South Huntington School Board since 1997. In addition to his exemplary service to the South Huntington School District he is also the President for the Nassau-Suffolk School Board Association (N-SSBA) representing over 5000 school board members and 700 school districts. Due to his dedication the N-SSBA awarded Jim Kaden with its Champion for Long Island Education Award. Only the third time in its history that the prestigious award has been given. “Jim Kaden possesses a vast knowledge of educational policy and law and is revered for his commitment towards educational advocacy,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Mr. Kaden has dedicated himself to the needs of the South Huntington School District for over nineteen years and strives to help each school district on Long Island achieve his benchmark of excellence in education,” added Cuthbertson.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Honors Valedictorians and Salutatorians


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/17/2012

Councilman Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board are pictured honoring this year's Valedictorians and Salutatorians
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored the Valedictorians and Salutatorians from each school district in the Town of Huntington. Each student received a Proclamation that included their numerous academic and extracurricular achievements that in many cases were too lengthy to list. “The Town of Huntington is home to the best school districts in the country and I am honored to recognize each Valedictorian and Salutatorian for graduating this year at the top of their class,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Each of these students earned the highest academic honor among their peers and we wish them continued success as they embark on the next phase of their collegiate endeavor,” added Cuthbertson. The list of Honorees below: The Valedictorians: Bridget Green- Harborfields High School Juliana Coraor-Huntington High School Caroline Lovaglio-Northport High School Andrew Shapiro-Commack High School Adam Needleman-Half Hollow Hills East Jesse Schanback- Half Hollow Hills West Ribu Mathew- John Glenn High School The Salutatorians: Cyril Danielkutty- Harborfields High School Justin LoScalzo- Huntington High School Nicholas Scover- Walt Whitman High School Tim D’Agostino- Northport High School Emma Lecarie- Commack High School Aaron Schwartz- Half Hollow Hills East Julie Hemphil- John Glenn High School


 


Cuthbertson Draws Support for Crab Meadow Watershed Stewardship Plan


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/16/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

One of Northport’s most fragile environmental habitats will undergo an extensive study and examination to support the development of a management plan further protect and enhance the watershed and the Long Island Sound.  

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with Kristin Cavalito of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lucienne Pereira and some of the campers of Cornell Cooperative’s SeaStar Marine Camp at the Fuch’s Pond Preserve – Mural Project kick off.
 
One of Northport’s most fragile environmental habitats will undergo an extensive study and examination to support the development of a management plan further protect and enhance the watershed and the Long Island Sound. Thanks to a federal grant, the Town will soon launch a multi-pronged hydrology study of the Crab Meadow Watershed, a massive and diverse environmental habitat that encompasses the Fuchs Pond and Preserve, Crab Meadow Golf Course and the Jerome Ambro Wetland Preserve. The study will focus on a detailed analysis and examination of how the watershed functions and what measures need to be taken to protect its integrity and health – and thus enhancing the vitality of the Long Island Sound. “Our aim is to start with science, to study and identify how this elaborate and complex system really works,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, sponsor of the project. “The study will allow us to carefully look at the watershed’s flow and impediments and inform and educate the public of the importance of protecting this critically important area.” The study is made possible through a $58,000 grant from the Sound Futures Fund - a program supported by the Long Island Sound and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The hydrology study and stewardship plan is one of 31 projects funded in New York and Connecticut. The Town will be required to match the grant with a contribution of $27,000. “The purpose of the Sound Futures Fund is to support projects that restore and protect the health and living resources of Long Island Sound,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “The size and scope of the Crab Meadow Watershed is extensive and it has a direct impact on the health of the Sound. It is our hope to not only formulate a plan to safeguard the precious watershed but also lend a stronger hand to protecting the overall condition of the Sound and its bays, harbors and tributaries.” The Futures Fund grant follows a $4,000 grant awarded by the Iroquois Gas Community Grant Program in December 2010 for the first phase of the hydrology study and a watershed education campaign. All of the efforts are being supported and coordinated with the assistance of the Town Board-appointed Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee, Trout Unlimited and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The initial grant enabled the Town to purchase specialized equipment to analyze water temperature. Last May, Trout Unlimited volunteers deployed data loggers at key locations along the two major streams within the watershed. The loggers will continue to be placed out each year from May through October to gather data. To help raise awareness and foster greater stewardship, Cornell Cooperative Extension has assisted development and design of educational materials, including a watershed logo, brochure, poster, website narrative and signage. Cornell Cooperative will also help oversee the creation of an outdoor mural with the help of a local artist and Cornell’s summer camp. “The mural project is an educational component that is currently being worked on at the Fuch’s Pond Preserve with the help of local artist Lucienne Pereira and Cornell Cooperative’s SeaStar Marine Camp. The mural will illustrate the environmental importance of the Crab Meadow Watershed area and will provide a glimpse of the multitude of marine life that calls this estuary home,” added Cuthbertson. The mural is supported by the Huntington Environmental Open Space and Park Fund Program and will be used to further watershed education. The Town plans to contract with an environmental consultant to conduct the hydrology study and work with the Watershed Committee to prepare the Stewardship Plan. “A key element in this planning process will be public input,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “The residents in the Crab Meadow community have firsthand knowledge of the area – its issues and its wonders. We encourage anyone to join us and assist in the plan’s preparation.” The consultant will be required to convene three community forums – one in the beginning, one in the middle to report interim findings, and one at the end to discuss the draft stewardship plan before it is submitted to the Town Board. Much of the Crab Meadow Watershed contains passive parkland, owned by the Town and Suffolk County. “Our current efforts to build a greater understanding of how the system works and to plan for its best management can help insure that future generations will have a natural appreciation for the watershed resources,” said the Councilman. For more information or to join the effort, contact Councilman Cuthbertson at 631-351-3171.


 


Cuthbertson’s Movies On The Lawn Back For Season Nine!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/1/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

This summer's Movies on The Lawn program will have something for everyone to enjoy. 

 
This year is the ninth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up,” said Cuthbertson. "With every passing year, the crowd of movie-goers multiplies so it's wise to arrive at each venue a little early. We plan to have some fun things to see and do before each show. Our thanks to Verizon, Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village and LaCasa at Crab Meadow Beach for co-sponsoring this year’s line-up.” To review or download a Summer 2012 Movie schedule, please click here_______. The schedule starts with a lawn performance at Huntington’s Heckscher Park on Monday, June 25th -FIELD OF DREAMS (Rated PG). This feature is about an Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella who hears a voice in his corn field telling him, "If you build it, he will come." On Thursday, July 26th there will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring the 1975 original movie classic JAWS (Rated PG). This Oscar award winning movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel about a gigantic great white shark that begins to menace the small island community of Amity. Amity police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it, but not before surmising after their first encounter with this creature—they’re going to need a bigger boat. Come early for the Marine Life displays by Cornell Cooperative. Back to the lawn on Monday, August 6th at Dix Hills Park. This natural amphitheater setting (by the pool parking lot) will feature the Walt Disney Production of THE MIGHTY DUCKS (Rated PG). This movie is about a hotshot lawyer who is sentenced to community service coaching a pee-wee youth hockey team – the worst in the league. Will they skate on to victory? Find out on August 6th. There will also be Tours of the Dix Hills Ice Rink starting at 6:00pm. On Thursday, August 23rd, it's back to the drive-in at Crab Meadow Beach to see DOLPHIN TALE (Rated PG). This movie, inspired by a true story, is about a lonely and friendless boy who untangles a hurt dolphin caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail. Cornell Cooperative will once again have their Marine Life displays for everyone to experience. All movies begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, including the drive-in performances, in the event the drive-in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at JAMES H. BOYD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL Auditorium, 286 Cuba Hill Road, Elwood and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: www.HuntingtonNY.gov or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.

 


Cuthbertson and The Harborfields School District Dedicate Sign in Honor of the 2012 Boys Tornadoes Basketball Team Champions


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/26/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson and the Harborfields School District dedicated a sign in recognition of the 2012 Harborfields High School Boys Tornadoes Championship Basketball Team to honor their historic record season. 

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (on far right) is pictured with John Valente, Gary Schoer, Maggie Boba, Chris Agostino, Superintendent Todaro, John Tampori, David Ba, Justin Ringen, Thomas Zazzarino, Kevin Zabransky and Lucas Woodhouse.
 
The 2012 Harborfields High School Boys Tornadoes Basketball Team capped off a historic season with a 67-58 victory over the previously unbeaten Tappan Zee in March to win the first New York State championship in the school’s history. Speaking of history, this team rewrote their record books by winning their third straight Class A Suffolk County title; their third straight Small School County Championship; their second straight overall County Championship and they won their fourth straight League 5 Championship. In honor and recognition of the historic 2012 Harborfields Tornadoes Champions, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson partnered with the Harborfields School district to have a sign dedicated in the championship team’s name on June 21 at the entrance to the high school. Those in attendance included John Valente (Athletic Director), Gary Schoer and Maggie Boba (Board of Education), Chris Agostino (Head Coach), School Superintendent Diana Todaro, John Tampori (faculty member), along with David Ba, Justin Ringen, Thomas Zazzarino, Kevin Zabransky and Lucas Woodhouse representing the 2012 Tornadoes Championship Team. “I congratulate the 2012 Harborfields High School Boys Tornadoes Basketball Team and coaches. They exemplify what strong commitment, dedication, teamwork and leadership will achieve in the pursuit of excellence,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “Let this sign not only serve as a reminder of this gifted team’s remarkable achievement, but also a dynasty,” added Cuthbertson.


 


Update: 5th Annual Lenny Lamb Day Is On!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/1/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

A message from the Lenny Lamb Day Committee: 

 
A message from the Lenny Lamb Day Committee: We are still on for the annual competition tomorrow (Saturday, June 2nd). We think rain will be ending early in the morning and the park will be fine to go at 11:00 am -- just in time for the games to begin. See everyone tomorrow! Join us in support of the annual Lenny Lamb Event and the Make-A-Wish Foundation at Veterans Skatepark, Bellerose Avenue, East Northport.

 


5TH Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/31/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington and the Friends of Long Island Skateboarding are proud to present the 5th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest at the Veterans Skate Park in East Northport this coming June 2nd. 

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington and the Friends of Long Island Skateboarding are proud to present the 5th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest at the Veterans Skate Park in East Northport this coming June 2nd. In June 2007, Lenny Lamb was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident with his father. Lenny’s classmates approached Councilman Mark Cuthbertson about doing a special event in honor of Lenny and revolving around what Lenny loved to do most, skateboarding. “It’s hard to believe that five years ago we presented the first event at the Greenlawn Skatepark,” stated Councilman Cuthbertson. “Since that time this sport has grown so much which prompted the addition of the second skatepark at Veterans Park,” Cuthbertson added. The 5th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest takes place in the 15,000 square foot, state of the art, concrete skateboard park located in Veterans Park in East Northport. This concrete skate park features a World Class Street Course, Flow Bowl and the Beast of the East Vert Bowl. This year’s event will include: • Best Trick, Street Course and Flow Bowl and competition for beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters • Long Island Skateboard vendors premiering new skateboard products • Appearances by Bodega and Paradox Team skaters • Raffle of skateboards and skateboarding apparel • Music and refreshments and food for purchase • Merchandise and skateboard supplies on display by dozens of event sponsoring organizations Where: Veterans Skate Park on Bellerose Avenue in East Northport (One mile east of the Northport Train station) When: Saturday, June 2th, 2012 (rain date June 9th). Open practice and registration starts at 10:00 am. $5.00 contest entry fee. Who: Open to skateboarders of all ages and abilities Why: To celebrate the memory of Lenny Lamb and skateboarding on Long Island. All Proceeds from the event go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Thank you again to the Northport/East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force for assisting with the event again this year,” said Cuthbertson, “and for the fifth year, proceeds will help make a wish come true for a Make-A-Wish recipient.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This year monies raised will help five year old Alexis meet Mickey Mouse this coming October. Alexis lives in Wyandanch and suffers from sickle cell anemia. *For more information on being a part of this event as a vendor or participant, please call Joe at jmannix754@aol.com or Steve at skzach55@optonline.net. For up to date information on the event, visit 5th Annual Lenny Lamb Day Skateboarding Event on Facebook.


 


Second Annual Hunting-Tony Awards A Smash Hit!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/16/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Richard Dolce, Producing Artistic Director of the John W. Engeman Theater at the 2nd Annual Hunting-Tony Awards
 
May 15, 2012, Northport, NY – The second annual “Hunting-Tony” Awards, held at the John W. Engeman Theater last Tuesday night, was a smash hit and packed the house with students, parents and faculty members who are involved in their respective high schools’ extra-curricular performing arts programs. Sponsored by Huntington Town Council members Mark Cuthbertson and Susan A. Berland, the “Hunting-Tony” Awards featured a pre-show in which student nominees, many of whom wore tuxedos and evening gowns, walked a red carpet that was sponsored by Fred’s Carpet of East Northport. The show began with opening remarks from Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland, along with an introduction from John W. Engeman Theater’s Producing Artistic Director Richard T. Dolce. The “Hunting-Tony’s” had twenty-six categories that recognized acting, singing, choreography, stage crew and design, orchestra pits, costumes and playbill design. A panel of volunteer judges attended each play and musical production performed by a public high school within the Town of Huntington and determined the winners by using a standard judging rubric. The ceremony also featured musical numbers from five high school productions: John H. Glenn High School’s Jakeim Hart singing "Close Every Door" from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cold Spring Harbor High School’s Jake Lisabeth and Julie Biedry singing “I Like Your Style” from Barnum, Commack High School’s Ashley Reyes, Tiffany Eatz, Ashley Ferraro, Alyssa Curcio and Anthony Funcheon singing “Five Forever” from Little Women; Walt Whitman High School’s Sean Conlon and Joe Cairl performing “Right Track” from Pippin and Harborfields High School’s Zoe Katsaros, Danny Saulle and Scott Oliveri, singing “Little Known Facts" from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, “I am proud to help showcase the immense talent and dedication of our performing arts students in the Town of Huntington. I want to thank Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce of the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport for hosting this event again in their beautiful space. I also want to thank all of the high school teachers, staff and students for all of the time and effort that they put into each and every one of these shows. I hope that these awards will help recognize and celebrate the dedicated students who work tirelessly to bring a show to life.” “The Hunting-Tonys are a great way to recognize Town of Huntington students who participate in the performing arts,” commented Councilwoman Berland. “I have been an avid patron of the arts for years and nothing makes me happier than to see these talented young men and women honored for the countless hours they have spent perfecting their productions. I encourage everyone to go see the high school productions throughout our Town, as well as the fantastic shows at the Engeman Theater. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Hunting-Tonys.” For more information, or a complete list of winners for the second annual “Hunting-Tony” Awards, please call 351-2877.


 


Cuthbertson Get’s Huntington Onboard With Bike To Work Week 2012


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/8/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members are pictured along with honorees Lanny Wexler of the New York State DOT and Paul Spreer of 511NY Rideshare accepting the Town proclamation in recognition of the Town’s 2012 Bike to Work Week event
 
Across the country, May is recognized as “Bike Month,” by the League of American Cyclists and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is getting the Town of Huntington onboard for this year’s Bike to Work Week event. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented a proclamation to Paul Spreer of 511NY Rideshare and Lanny Wexler of the New York State Department of Transportation in recognition of the League of American Cyclists annual Bike To Work Week event. The Bike To Work Week event will begin on Monday, May 14 and will end on Friday, May 18. This is the League of American Cyclists 56th year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month. Huntington is a wonderful town, but how often do we get the chance to get outside, exercise and experience it all while pedaling a bike? "As a cyclist, I hope more residents will discover the joy and the excitement that I have found while biking around the town" stated Councilman Cuthbertson. “Not to mention the gas prices we are paying at the pump. I couldn’t think of a healthier, more economical and environmentally savvy way to reduce our fueling costs,” added Cuthbertson. Councilman Cuthbertson would also like to encourage residents who commute by train to take advantage of the Bicycle Locker Program. Bicycle Lockers were installed by the State of New York Department of Transportation at all four LIRR stations in an effort to provide a green and environmentally friendly mode of transportation and ease traffic congestion. These lockers are self-contained, secure and protect your bicycle from elements of weather. The New York State Department of Transportation feels that biking can be faster than driving to the train station and in renting one of these lockers, no time is wasted looking for a parking space. For information on these bicycle lockers and/or anyone interested in leasing one, please contact 511NY Rideshare (the contractor for the NYS DOT) at (631) 479-3093 or visit 511NYRideshare.org . The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and helmet, and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute.


 


Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings Honor Local Art Students


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/7/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Back row (left to right) Peggy Low of the Huntington Arts Council, Anthony Intagliata, Astoria Federal Savings, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Councilman Eugene Cook and student art award winners.
 
Friday, May 4, 2012, Huntington, NY – Student artists along with their art teachers and parents joined members of the Huntington Town Board, representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the staff of the Heckscher Museum and representatives of the Huntington Arts Council to recognize the winners of the 2012 Tulip Festival School Art Contest organized by the Huntington Arts Council. The Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings were co-sponsors of the 12th Annual Town of Huntington Tulip Festival School Art Contest. For the contest, art students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 12th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. As a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program, the contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. Three winners from each grade level received a $50 gift card courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and had their work displayed at Huntington's 12th Annual Tulip Festival on Sunday, May 6th. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the best of the grade, also courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings. For the first time, one student was awarded the Carolyn Fostel “Best in Show” award, given in honor of the late Ms. Fostel of Astoria Federal Savings. Ms. Fostel was instrumental in joining Astoria Federal Savings and the Town of Huntington together as co-sponsors of the Huntington Tulip Festival since its inception in 2001.


 


It’s Cherry Blossom Time on the Village Green


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/30/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Forty years ago, members of Women in Support of our Men in Vietnam dedicated a living memorial on the Village Green to pay tribute to forty Huntington men killed in combat. At that time, forty Kwanzan Cherry Trees were planted and became one of the nation’s first memorials established to honor those lost in Vietnam. In October 2010 when Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington hosted the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall here in Huntington, additional Kwanzan Cherry Trees were added to honor those soldiers later killed or declared missing in action and to replace those trees that succumbed to disease and/or damage. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Don McKay, Director of Parks and Recreation recently went to the Village Green to see the forty-nine trees in full bloom. “The Village Green memorial is a living tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country in Vietnam,” Councilman Cuthbertson said. “These beautiful trees will ensure that the memorial never fades or loses its intended purpose of four decades ago—to honor those lost in battle.”


 


10th Annual NY State Boating Safety Course- Sponsored by Councilman Cuthbertson and Town of Huntington-Is Set For Saturday, May 12


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/27/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

For the 10th consecutive year, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are hosting the New York State Boaters Safety Course. The course is given free of charge and will be instructed by the Town’s Department of Maritime Services. 

 
For the 10th consecutive year, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are hosting the New York State Boaters Safety Course. The course is given free of charge and will be instructed by the Town’s Department of Maritime Services. "Recreational boating is a source of great pleasure for many but each boating season can bring needless accidents," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This is one of the best courses a boater can take in learning how to prevent accidents, injuries, drowning and property damage." The course is available for those 10 years and older and it is designed as a comprehensive course teaching fundamentals of safe boating operation including accidents and emergencies, boat operation, equipment, fueling, navigation, etc. This “one day course” will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Attendees will receive their boating certificate at the completion of the eight hour program. For more information or to register, please contact the Huntington Harbor Master's office at 351-3255. Residents are also encouraged to visit the NY State Parks website: www.nysparks.com or to call toll free: 1-888-274-6121 to request information.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Town of Huntington To Host 12th Annual Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/24/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Photo - “You Light Up My Life” by Karen Celella of Coram
 
Huntington, NY – The Twelfth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington (Route 25A and Prime Avenue.) This free, family-oriented celebration is held annually within the natural beauty of historic Heckscher Park. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year with activity booths for children, live entertainment, art exhibits and a children's parade. Some of the activities leading up to and planned for the Twelfth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival include: *Family Performances: Throughout the duration of the Festival, the Chapin Rainbow Stage will host a series of family-oriented performances organized by the Huntington Arts Council. *Children’s Activity Booths: A diverse selection of activity booths with creative, hands-on projects for children of all ages will be available in Heckscher Park during the Festival. *School Art Contest: Building up to the festival will be an art contest for area students organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Award winning work will be displayed near the stage at the Festival. *Photography Contest: Entries by amateur and professional photographers will be juried to select the images most evocative of the beauty and family orientation of the Festival. Entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2012. Prize-winning images will be used in Festival publicity. The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with: 12:00-12:45 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: Broadhollow Theatre presents “Rapunzel–The Musical” – A Tangled Fairytale! Let down your hair and join Rapunzel, her Prince, and the evil witch for a performance of hair-raising hi-jinx! Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings* 1:30-2:15 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: “Pirate School!”- David Engels playing “Billy Bones” presents this comic stage show with an on-their-feet action section. New recruits learn well-crafted “Pirate Lessons” on how to stand, talk, laugh, eat, walk, sing and swashbuckle like pirates. They’ll encounter silly challenges, engage in nonsensical competitions; hear a pirate poem, rap song or alphabet, meet an amazingly life-like puppet – his furry first mate Rocky – and receive a Pirate School diploma at days end. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Cablevision 2:15-2:30 Historic Children’s Parade: Put your “Pirate” on! – Pirate School’s Billy Bones will lead our re-enactment of the annual children’s parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area (Parents: Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.) 3:00-3:45 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: “The Broccoli Rob Show”– Singer/Songwriter Robert Poe plays a Super Veggie Hero named “Broccoli Rob.” Along with other characters (Bruce Leek & Elvis Parsley among them), he stresses the importance of eating fruits, vegetables and other high nutrient foods, combining music, comedy, fitness, dance, and martial arts into an interactive and highly entertaining show. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* 4:00 Festival Closes (Museum exhibits on views until 5:00 p.m.) In addition, to help make this wonderful family day a success, volunteers are needed to distribute festival programs to visitors. Any person or community group is welcome to volunteer by calling (631) 351-3099 or by downloading a volunteer application form from the Town of Huntington’s website. Click on “Cultural Affairs” in the “Online Library.” For further information: Contact John Coraor, Director of Cultural Affairs at (631) 351-3099. ####


 


Family Earth Day Expo-Saturday, April 21 – Sponsored by Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson, Covanta and Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/21/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2012 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. 

 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2012 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. “By now, everybody knows that their unwanted electronic items shouldn’t just be thrown into the trash, but many people don’t’ know exactly how to get rid of them,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. “Our annual Plug In to E-Cycling Day helps people clean out their attics and closets while helping to preserve the environment.” Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town’s comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Covanta will also be co-sponsoring a rechargeable battery collection program with Call2Recycle®. Since 1996, over 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries have been collected through Call2Recycle® and they are the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Joining us again this year will be Shred-It. They are the oldest providers of on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION in the world. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. The GREEN SHOWCASE, sponsored by Jonathan’s Ristorante of Huntington Village, will offer multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids. In addition, children can learn how compost is made and plant a seed in a recycled pot. PLASTIC GROCERY BAG RECYCLING, sponsored by Trader Joe’s of Commack, will provide the first 200 residents to bring at least 20 plastic grocery bags with a free ecofriendly tote bag, compliments of Trader Joe’s. Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide children of all ages the opportunity to touch and experience a variety of sea specimens in their marine life touch tank, as they demonstrate the importance of protecting our precious marine environment. There will also be sign up information available on Cornell’s environmental summer camp programs. “Children and parents alike will definitely have the opportunity for a lot of ‘hands-on’ fun at this event,” said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “In recognition of Earth Day, it is equally important to be able to show families across Huntington how easy it is to protect kids from harmful chemicals and pesticides, how to make homes and cars more energy efficient and how to save money in the process.” Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicles and a garbage truck among others. BOATERS can dispose of shrink-wrap either onsite at Earth Day 2012 or anytime through Memorial Day weekend at the Town’s Recycling Center located at 641 New York Avenue. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information on the 2012 Family Earth Day Expo call 351-3171. To learn more about disposing boat shrink-wrap or the Town's Recycling Program, please call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.


 


Cuthbertson Passes Legislation Aimed at Regulating Temporary Outdoor Signage


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/19/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured announcing the details of his legislation that will now regulate outdoor feather type advertisements. Cuthberson is flanked by fellow Board Members and members of the Fort Salonga Civic Association.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson held a press conference earlier this week to announce his new legislation that takes aim at temporary outdoor “feather-type” banner advertisements installed without the proper permits. The legislation passed by a vote of 4 to 1. Joining Councilman Cuthbertson was fellow Board Members Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Councilman Mark Mayoka, along with Antonio Geraci and Joseph Stolfi of the Fort Salonga Civic Association. “This enactment will now help the Town to regulate the size, type, location and permitted use of temporary outdoor feather-type banner signs,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. The legislation ensures that banner signs, commonly known as “feather” sign advertisements, are installed after getting the proper permits. These signs are classified as temporary signs in the Town Code. Under the new legislation, it will require the square footage of all temporary signs – on one lot at one time – to not exceed 64 square feet, down from 90-square feet under the previous code. The amendment also redefines the term “banner” to include more types of signs. “Any temporary outdoor feather sign that has been installed without the proper permit will be subject to a notice of violation and must be removed,” remarked Mr. Cuthbertson. “This legislation strikes the balance between the rights of individuals to display their signs and the public’s right to be protected against the unregulated proliferation of feather signs,” added Cuthbertson.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and VeteransRock.com Support Lt. James Byler


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/4/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

John Tunney, Lt. James Byler, Phil Caporusso and Janet Byler are pictured at Besito in Huntington Village on March 30, 2012.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, together with John Tunney and Phil Caporusso of VeteransRock.com, honored one of Huntington’s heroes on Friday, March 30th at Besito in Huntington Village. Lieutenant James Byler, a graduate of Huntington High School, sustained major injuries while serving his country overseas in Afghanistan. VeteransRock, a local non-for-profit organization founded by John Tunney, supports disabled U.S. Veterans and their families living on and returning to Long Island. John Tunney, on behalf of VeteransRock, made a charitable contribution to Lt. Byler in recognition of his service and sacrifices in protecting our country’s freedoms. “I would like to thank and recognize Lt. James Byler for all of his personal sacrifices in protecting our nation’s freedoms,” stated Councilman Cuthbertson. “I applaud John Tunney and his VeteransRock organization for their generosity and support of our county’s men and woman in uniform,” added Cuthbertson. Mark Cuthbertson partnered with local enterpriser John Tunney of VeteransRock.com in an effort to show their support of one of our Country’s Veterans and a hometown hero, who was severely injured while serving our country overseas. VeteransRock.com presented Lt. James Byler with a generous contribution in recognition of his service and sacrifices while protecting America’s freedoms. “The sacrifices James Byler has made in defense of our nation are a reminder that freedom is precious... and without those to defend our principles we would lose the very heart of what makes this country great,” stated John Tunney.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson, TriCYA and Family Service League Sponsor Prom Dress Giveaway


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/1/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 
For the fifth year in a row, the Town of Huntington and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, along with the TriCYA and Family Service League, have collected new and gently used dresses and accessories to help make a young girl's dream of her senior prom or special event come true. Every spring, young women across America pack malls, boutiques and department stores in search of the perfect prom or special occasion dress. Unfortunately, due to economic constraints, there are a great many families that cannot afford that special dress. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, “I wish to thank all of the residents and store owners for their generous donations of new and gently used dresses and accessories. Hopefully this will help to ease the burden on families as they prepare for their child’s prom or spring event.” Viewing this collection is by appointment only. There is no charge and all appointments are confidential. For more information or to book an appointment, please call Debbie Rimler at 673-0614. To donate dresses or accessories for this initiative, please bring donations to one of the following locations: Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington Family Service League, 790 Park Avenue, Huntington Huntington Chamber of Commerce, 164 Main Street, Huntington REACH CYA, 525 Half Hollow Road, Dix Hills TriCYA, 809 New York Avenue, Huntington (behind Famous Footwear) ####


 


Cuthbertson Organized Meeting with County Executive Steve Bellone and Huntington School District


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/10/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (second from left) and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone (second from right) recently met with Huntington School Superintendent James Polansky and School Board President Emily Rogan to brief the County Executive on community concerns and issues. The meeting was a follow-up to a New Year’s Eve visit to Huntington Station by the County Executive. “County Executive Bellone has committed the full resources of Suffolk County to address the concerns of the Huntington Station community,” Mr. Cuthbertson said. “This meeting was the first step in what will be a continued dialogue with the County, Town and School District.”


 


Cuthbertson Passes New Legislation To Benefit Local Businesses


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/7/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson is pictured with members of the Huntington,Melville and East Northport Chambers of Commerce and Huntington Village and Huntington Station BID’s along with members of the business community to announce plans of the new law.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, together with local business leaders and members of the community, publically announced plans on Monday, February 6th in Huntington Village of a new local law that will give local business owners an edge when seeking work and contracting to provide professional services to the Town. Cuthbertson’s proposed legislation, “Local Preference Law,” was unanimously voted into law during the February 6th Town Board meeting, which will now grant businesses located within the Town of Huntington a 5 percent margin when submitting proposals against out-of-town companies. The intent of this newly adopted legislation is to keep business and tax dollars within the local Huntington economy when practical. “ During these challenging economic times, it is important to support our local businesses through innovative legislation and I am grateful for the overwhelming support from the local business community and my fellow colleagues on the Board to help bring this new law to fruition,” stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. “The Local Preference Law will help give local businesses an edge over companies located outside of the Town’s borders when seeking work and contracting to provide professional services to the Town. This new law also links to the ‘buy locally’ campaign that many of our Chambers of Commerce help to promote and I am proud to create this type of legislation at the local level,” added Cuthbertson. For more information on Councilman Mark Cuthbertson’s Local Preference Law, please contact his office at 631-351-3171 or via email to: Mcuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov .


 


Cuthbertson Reminds Seniors To Apply For a Senior STAR Exemption


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/3/2012
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
I would like to take this opportunity to remind our Seniors who reside in the Town of Huntington and who will be 65-years of age or older by December 31, 2012 that you may be eligible for a Senior Tax Exemption on your December 2012 tax bill (if you do not already have one). The deadline to file is March 1st, 2012 in the Town Assessor’s Office. There are two programs that may qualify you for a tax reduction. The first is the Enhanced STAR school tax exemption, which is about double the savings of Basic STAR and is primarily funded by New York State. The requirements are: 1) All owners must be 65 years of age by December 31, 2012 (except husband and wife or sibling co-owners; only one needs to be 65). 2) Your 2010 income cannot exceed $79,050 (Federal Adjusted Gross less taxable IRA distributions). 3) You will need to file an application with the Town Assessor’s Office by March 1st, 2012. The second is a limited income Senior Citizen exemption that can also reduce School, County, Police, Town, Highway and Library tax, but your 2011 income cannot exceed $37,400. As a Councilman, I have always voted for the maximum savings for this Senior exemption. Should you have any questions or to pick up an application, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 631-351-3226 or visit the Town’s website at: www.HuntingtonNY.gov . MARK CUTHBERTSON Councilman

 


2011 Tulip Festival Photo Contest Winners Recognized


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/11/2012
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Front-Phil Jacknis, Bushra Dana (Astoria Federal Savings Huntington Station Branch Mgr) and Jamie Rose. Back-Councilman Mayoka,Councilman Cuthbertson,Supervisor Petrone,Councilwoman Berland,Councilman Cook
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board, and Astoria Federal Savings, which is the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival, were proud to recognize the winners of the 2011 Tulip Festival Photo Contest at the January 10th town board meeting. First place and a $350 award check went to Karen Celella of Coram, NY for her photo, "You Light Up My Life." Second place and the $200 prize was awarded to Phil Jacknis of Dix Hills, NY for "Light, Shadow and Texture" and third place and the $100 prize was awarded to Jamie Rose of Commack, NY for "Love in Bloom." Honorable Mentions went to Judith Feinman of Baldwin, NY for "Red and Yellow on Blue" and to Johanna Stoneking of Colonial Heights, Virginia for "End of the Season." Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who started the Huntington Tulip Festival over a decade ago stated, "The winning photos not only display the wonderful artistic talent of the photographers and the vivid tulips which are their subjects, but reminds us that warmer days and outdoor family fun are also right around the corner." The Huntington Tulip Festival is a FREE, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips, booths with activities for children and live entertainment. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The 2012 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be un-mounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2012. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at http://HuntingtonNY.gov Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form." ####


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Swears In Class of 2012 Youth Court Inductees


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/16/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured administering the oath to the 2012 Youth Court Inductees during a ceremony held at Town Hall on December 6. 2011
 
Huntington NY — On Tuesday December 6, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson inducted 56 new student members into the Youth Court Program during a ceremony held at Town Hall. Now celebrating its twelfth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has over 100 members from every high school in the Town and has inducted 534 Youth Court members to date. "It is exciting to see how this program has grown and matured over the past twelve years," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I would like to personally thank and commend the Youth Court's past and present coordinators, Ms. Corrine Lesko and Ms. Maria Danisi for their outstanding dedication and contributions to this innovative program," added Cuthbertson. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program's coordinator, Maria Danisi, works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty. For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547 or via e-mail to: youthcourt@optonline.net .


 


Cuthbertson Gets Huntington On Board With Coast Guard I.D. Labeling Program


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/5/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (2nd from right) is pictured with Harry Acker, Senior Harbormaster, Town of Huntington, Jon L. Ten Haagen and Richard B. Kinch displaying the orange index card size I.D. stickers available for canoes, kayaks or rowboats.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington recently launched a new small vessel identification program in conjunction with the United States Coast Guard's education campaign. Every year countless man-hours and millions of dollars are spent on search and rescue for vessels that have been found adrift. The Coast Guard and other marine law enforcement agencies can never assume that the kayak, rowboat or other unregistered vessel they come upon were unoccupied. While it may seem odd to begin this program in December, this presents an opportune time for recreationalists to label everything with their contact information as gear gets stored for the winter. Residents can obtain these labels from the Town's Harbor Master's Office beginning December 2011, The Greater Huntington Yacht & Boating Club in Spring 2012 or the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 22 in Eaton's Neck. "Recreationalists who affix an identification label to their small watercraft will make it easier to be located if unoccupied canoes, kayaks or rowboats are found adrift, preventing what would otherwise be a false search and rescue alarm," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "In an attempt to avoid such situations, the Town will provide interested small craft owners with labels. It is my hope that other municipalities will follow suit," added Cuthbertson. "The Greater Huntington Yacht & Boating Club, Inc. established in 1985 brought the Coast Guards "Operation Paddle Smart" to the attention of the town and we are delighted that Mark and the town grabbed the reins on this very important safety issue. The Boating Council is very proud of our continued corroboration with the town in keeping our waterways the safest and most beautiful on the north shore of Long Island. The Boating Council will be providing these small craft safety decals to our club members and the general public as we get closer to the next boating season," stated Jon L. Ten Haagen, CFP, Commodore. " Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 22 has been an active participant in the Vessel Identification program and will continue that participation in the future. We would like to thank Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington for their support of this very worthy program. These stickers can also be obtained from your local Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla," stated Richard B. Kinch, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 22. Residents who are interested in this program or have questions can contact the Town of Huntington Harbor Master's Office at 631-351-3255{3192} or Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's office at 631-351-3171.


 


2011 Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/31/2011
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 






 


Tonight's Movie: YOU AGAIN' (Rated PG) Will be shown at Crab Meadow Beach in Northport


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/23/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
It's that time again! Pack up your picnic supper and family and catch the final outdoor performance of this season's Movies on The Lawn Program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. On Wednesday, August 24, the Town's summer movie series for 2011 will conclude with the performance of 'YOU AGAIN' (Rated PG) in Northport at the Crab Meadow Beach Drive-In. Starring: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Betty White, Kristen Chenoweth, Odette Annable, Victor Garber and James Wolk. This star-studded cast is about a high-powered PR professional Marni (Kristen Bell) who heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch nemesis, who's conveniently forgotten their problematic past. Then the bride's jet-setting aunt (Sigourney Weaver) bursts in and Marni's not-so-jet-setting mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy that proves that not all rivalries are forever. YOU AGAIN will be shown at darkness (approx. 8:30pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs for the drive-in performance, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach.


 


Cuthbertson Dedicates Historic Landmark in Northport


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/15/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
On August 2nd, 2011 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, along with Councilwomen Susan A. Berland and Glenda A. Jackson, local elected officials, members from the African American Designation Council and community dedicated an historic cornerstone of the former Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church (Allen AME) first stood. The Allen AME church was the first church for African Americans in Northport. " Over 103 years ago, 54 Church Street in Northport was the former site of the Allen AME Church and today we officially commemorate this significant and religious historic landmark in the Town of Huntington," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " Properties such as this are important to Huntington's rich historic past and will afford future generations with a tangible reminder of Huntington's proud heritage," added Cuthbertson. In 1901, African Americans in Northport began raising funds to build a church on a parcel of land located on this site. Initially they only raised enough to buy the land and lay the church's foundation, which afforded the opportunity to host outdoor services only. Fundraising resumed in 1906 but was slow going. In 1908, the building committee secured a $500 loan from real estate developer William Codling. The building was reportedly moved from a Main Street location in Northport to the current site. The church was dedicated on November 29, 1908. The loan was paid off by 1922, however, the church was dissolved in 1955, the building sold in 1967 and ultimately converted to residential use. Now 27 years and four prior homeowners later, Terry McNally and his wife Barbara purchased the property to raise their family. The McNally's renovated to bring back some of the charm and character of days gone by. "The Town of Huntington is fortunate to have many treasured historic properties, including the former site of the Allen A.M.E. Church in Northport" commented Councilwoman Berland. "This historic marker commemorates its legacy and solidifies its place in Northport's history." " Today's dedication of the Allen AME Church stands as another significant cornerstone of Huntington's historic heritage," stated Councilwoman Glenda Jackson. " The commemoration of 54 Church Street will provide a lasting reminder of Northport's African American ancestry and will help to pay homage to the congregation that once called this town their home,"added Jackson. "I was delighted to attend the dedication of a historic landmark on the former site of the Allen AME Church founded in 1908. The ceremony enlightened me as to the history of the site and I know that the marker will now enlighten anyone who passes by," stated Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia.


 


2011 Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce Tournament


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/9/2011
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilwoman Jackson (left,center), Councilwoman Berland (right,center) kick off event with team captains, Babylon bocce player, Councilman Cuthbertson with Team Pepino from Huntington
 
Huntington, NY, August 7, 2011 - Despite morning rain and foreboding skies, eighteen teams converged on Elwood Park on Sunday, August 7th for the Annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. The rain held off for the rest of the day as teams from Huntington and Babylon battled for over seven hours to see who would emerge as champion. Bocce is an old world sport that combines bowling, marbles and the precision of golf. The sport takes skill as a player tosses a two pound ball down a 76 foot long dirt court. Whether aiming for the pallini (a small white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to bump the opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is more difficult than it looks. The tournament between the two towns began in 2002, hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone, and has grown in popularity with each passing year. This year, Huntington was well represented with a two to one team advantage, with twelve teams from Huntington competing against six Babylon teams. Each team was comprised of four players. Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, founder of the annual bocce tournament stated, "I want to thank everyone who participated in the 2011 Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. The success of this tournament is due to the players' love of the sport and the friendly, yet competitive spirit they bring to the matches. I am proud to report that the Town of Huntington brought home trophies for first, second and third place. Both players and spectators alike had a terrific time and are already looking forward to next year!" Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone said, "I'd like to congratulate all who participated in the 2011 Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. I thank Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for hosting the tournament again this year and we in the Town of Babylon look forward to next year's competition." The format of the tournament was an eighteen team double elimination. In the end, the top three teams were Huntington teams, continuing Huntington's winning streak in this tournament. In first place was the American Bocce Club (Peter Rabito, Gino Donatelli, Anthony Trapani and Jeff O'Heir.) Second place went to Team Berligieri and third to Team Carino/Rongo.


 


Lights...Camera...Action--- FLIPPED showing at Crab Meadow Beach Drive-In on July 20


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/20/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
It's that time again! Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's second outdoor performance, hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. The summer of 2011 continues with the showing of "FLIPPED' (Rated PG) at the Crab Meadow Beach Drive-In on Wednesday, July 20 in Northport. Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things: the sanctity of trees (especially her beloved sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens and that someday she will win the affection of her childhood crush Bryce Loski. Ever since she saw Bryce's baby blues back in second grade, Juli has been smitten. Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same. Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little weird--after all, what kind of girl raises chickens and sits in trees for fun? Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Find out if their unlikely friendship has what it takes to blossom into something more on July 20. Please click here to view or print out the Summer 2011 Movie schedule. All movies begin at darkness (approximately 8:30pm). In the event of inclement weather, FLIPPED will be held indoors at the John Glenn Middle School Auditorium, Elwood Road at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Cuthbertson's Movies On The Lawn Back For Season Eight!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/24/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
This year is the eighth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. "With every passing year, the crowd of movie-goers multiplies so it's wise to arrive at each venue a little early. Even before the movie starts, there's fun to be had at the playgrounds or playing with the other children in attendance." The schedule starts with a lawn performance at HUNTINGTON'S HECKSCHER PARK on Monday, June 27th. DESPICABLE ME (Rated PG). This animated feature is about a mad villain named Gru (Steve Carrel) and his plot to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls and finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. On Wednesday, July 20th there will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring FLIPPED (Rated PG). Juli Baker devoutly believes in three things: the sanctity of trees (especially her beloved sycamore), the wholesomeness of the eggs she collects from her backyard flock of chickens, and that someday she will win the affection of her childhood crush Bryce Loski. Ever since she saw Bryce's baby blues back in second grade, Juli has been smitten. Unfortunately, Bryce has never felt the same. Frankly, he thinks Juli Baker is a little weird--after all, what kind of girl raises chickens and sits in trees for fun? Then, in eighth grade, everything changes. Find out if their unlikely friendship has what it takes to blossom into something more on July 20. Back to the lawn on Monday, August 1ST at Dix Hills Park. This natural amphitheater setting (by the pool parking lot) will feature MEGAMIND (Rated PG). After super-villain Megamind (Will Ferrell) conquers his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man, he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Titan, who instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. On Wednesday, August 24th, it's back to the drive-in at Crab Meadow Beach to see YOU AGAIN (Rated PG). Featuring a star-studded cast about a high-powered PR professional Marni (Kristen Bell) who heads home for her older brother's wedding and discovers that he's marrying her high school arch nemesis, who's conveniently forgotten their problematic past. Then the bride's jet-setting aunt (Sigourney Weaver) bursts in and Marni's not-so-jet-setting mom (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes face to face with her own high school rival. The claws come out and old wounds are opened in this crazy comedy that proves that not all rivalries are forever. Please click here to view or print out the Summer 2011 Movie schedule. All movies begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, including the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Lights...Camera...Action! Despicable Me Kicks off Movies On The Lawn Monday, June 27


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/24/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
It's that time again! Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this year's first outdoor cinematic performance, hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. The summer of 2011 kicks off with a ‘lawn performance' at beautiful Heckscher Park on June 27th, (by tennis courts) featuring DESPICABLE ME (Rated PG). This animated feature is about a mad villain named Gru and his plot to steal the moon. (Yes, the moon!) Gru delights in all things wicked, until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls and finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Starring Steve Carrell, Jason Segal, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Amanda Cosgrove. Please click here to view or print the Summer 2011 Movie schedule. All movies begin at darkness (approximately 8:30pm). In the event of inclement weather, DESPICABLE ME will be held indoors at the John Glenn Middle School Auditorium, Elwood Road at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


4th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial all ages skateboard contest


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/9/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington and the Friends of Long Island Skateboarding are proud to present the 4th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial Skate Contest at the Veterans Skate Park in East Northport, Long Island on June 11, 2011 (rain date June 12th). In June 2007, Lenny Lamb was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident with his father. Lenny's classmates originally took up a collection and approached Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at the Town of Huntington about doing a special event in honor of Lenny and revolving around what Lenny loved to do most, skateboarding. This year, the 4th Annual Lenny Lamb Memorial All Ages Skate Contest will be truly spectacular because it is taking place at the newly constructed 15,000 square foot, state of the art, concrete skateboard park located in Veterans Park in East Northport, Long Island. This concrete skate park features a world class street course, flow bowl and vert bowl. This year's event will also highlight the promotion of skateboard shops on Long Island. Various Long Island skateboard shops will be promoting and selling their skateboard apparel in the parking lot during the festivities. This year's event will include: * Best trick, street course, flow bowl and vert bowl jam for beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters * Long Island Skateboard vendors premiering new skateboard products * Live skateboard demos * Raffle of skateboards and skateboarding apparel * Music and refreshments Where: Veterans Skate Park on Bellerose Avenue in East Northport, Long Island. One mile east of the Northport Train station When: Saturday, June 11th, 2011 (rain date June 12th). Open practice and registration starts at 10:00am. $5.00 contest entry fee. Who: Open to skateboarders of all ages and abilities Why: To celebrate the memory of Lenny Lamb and skateboarding on Long Island. All Proceeds from the event go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. *For more information on being a part of this event as a vendor or participant, please contact Joe Mannix at jmannix754@aol.com and Steve Zacharevitz at skzach55@optonline.net.


 


Cuthbertson and Berland Support Local Science Competition


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/4/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, accompanied by his daughter Elizabeth and Councilwoman Susan Berland, joined by two of her sons Grant and Schuyler and husband Sandy are pictured at the first annual Greenlawn Science Bed Race sponsored by Science-A-Peel, Inc., a local non-for-profit organization designed to promote science education through activities. Over 15 teams competed along Broadway in Greenlawn on Sunday, May 1st. Cheered on by hundreds of local students, residents and merchants, each team gave it their all in the name of science. "This event truly helps to promote science in such a unique and fun way and I am sure this event will be even bigger and better next year," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " I would like to thank Lisa O'Keefe, Science-A-Peel and all who volunteered, competed and came out this morning to help make the first annual Greenlawn Science Bed Race such a success," added Cuthbertson. "It was a pleasure to participate in the Greenlawn Science Bed Race," commented Councilwoman Berland. "I commend Science-A-Peel for encouraging science education in such an innovative way and I am sorry that my bed disintegrated at the start of my race. I look forward to participating in the future with a new and improved model able to get me across the finish line. I would like to thank all of the organizers who made this event possible."


 


It’s Cherry Blossom Time on the Village Green


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/4/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (right) is pictured with Don McKay at the Village Green living memorial
 
Nearly forty years ago members of Women in Support of our Men in Vietnam dedicated a living memorial on the Village Green to pay tribute to forty Huntington men killed in combat. At that time, forty Kwanzan Cherry Trees were planted and became one of the nation's first memorials established to honor those lost in Vietnam. In October 2010 when Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington hosted the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall here in Huntington, additional Kwanzan Cherry Trees were added to honor those soldiers later killed or declared missing in action and to replace those trees that succumbed to disease and/or damage. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Don McKay, Director of Parks and Recreation recently went to the Village Green to see the forty-nine trees in full bloom. "The Village Green memorial is a living tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country in Vietnam," Councilman Cuthbertson said. "These beautiful trees will ensure that the memorial never fades or loses its intended purpose of nearly four decades ago—to honor those lost in battle."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson, Astoria Federal Savings and Huntington Arts Council Honor Local Art Students


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/2/2011
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson and Bsuhra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings with student art award winners at the Heckscher Museum.
 
April 29, 2011, Huntington, NY – Student artists, along with their art teachers and parents, joined Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson, Bushra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings, the staff of the Heckscher Museum and representatives of the Huntington Arts Council to recognize the winners of the 2011 Tulip Festival School Art Contest organized by the Huntington Arts Council. The Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings are co-sponsors of the 11th Annual Town of Huntington Tulip Festival School Art Contest. The theme was "Huntington in Bloom" and for the contest, students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 11th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. As a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program, the contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. Three winners from each grade level received a $50 US savings bond courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and they had their work displayed at Huntington's 11th Annual Tulip Festival on May 1, 2011. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the "Best of Grade," courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings. For more information, call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Earth Day 2011


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/21/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Petrone, Cuthbertson and Town Host Green Community Event 

Pictured left to right:Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Congressman Steve Israel are pictured with Sail Van Norstrand of Energy By Choice at this year’s Earth Day celebration.
 
On Saturday, April 16, the Town celebrated Earth Day with its 5th Annual Family Earth Day Expo at Town Hall sponsored by Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. This year's unfavorable weather might have kept some residents in, but the recyclers came out by the carload. The Town hauled away almost 30-yards of electronic items for E-Cycling, sponsored by Covanta and to help combat identity theft while contributing to Huntington's recycling efforts, residents had treasure troves of personal documents turned into confetti compliments of Shred-it. There was also a container for boaters to dispose of their used plastic shrink wrap and the first 150 families who brought ten used plastic grocery bags received a free reusable grocery bag compliments of Wild by Nature. In the Touch-A-Truck exhibit, children and their families enjoyed climbing on and experiencing some of the many vehicles that were on display, such as a Huntington Manor Fire Truck, a squad car from the Second Precinct's C.O.P.E. Unit and one of the Town's Compressed Natural Gas Powered (CNG) Garbage Trucks to name but a few. The Green Showcase provided an opportunity for residents to learn about organic gardening, composting, solar energy, and how to make their homes greener and more energy efficient from the experts in the field. To learn more about the Town's Recycling Program, please call the Department of Environmental Waste Management's hotline at 631-351-3186.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Youth Court Members Plant Garden for National Youth Service Day


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/19/2011
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 
April 15, 2011, Huntington, NY – In honor of "National Youth Service Day," Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and members of the Huntington Youth Court dedicated their time and energy to clean out a tired, old garden and plant a new one in front of the Huntington Senior Center Adult Day Care and Calling All Kids Day Care in Huntington (behind the Cinema Arts Centre.) This event was made possible by the generosity of local businesses, including Home Depot, Lowes, Town Drug (in East Northport) and Shrub World. Photo (from left to right) - Gorgie Porter, James Sebesta, Shannon George, Fran Mackay (Youth Court Secretary), Kimberly Flaherty, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Emily Gerardi, Nicole Mattern, Maria Danisi (Youth Court Program Director), and Connor McCune. Not pictured: Miguel Guevara Kristen Schaefer Alison Schaefer Maddie Garvey


 


2011 Family Earth Day Expo-Rain or Shine!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/13/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

This event is Rain or Shine, but inclimate weather will cancel one of the attractions---Touch-A-Truck. 

 
2011 Family Earth Day Expo-Rain or Shine! Sponsored by Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington When: Saturday, April 16 Time: 9:00am to 1:00pm Where: Town Hall – rear parking lot Address: 100 Main Street, Huntington The 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration will include: E-Cycling, sponsored by Covanta: Have any broken or outdated electronic items to dispose of? –Computers, televisions, printers, fax machines, cell phones, microwaves, video games, ect… Drop them off at the Earth Day event and have them "E-Cycled." (rain or shine- held outdoors) Paper Shredding, sponsored by Shred-it: Bring in banker boxes full of your personal documents and have them turned into confetti! ***5-box limit per resident (rain or shine-held outdoors) Green Showcase: Receive information on how you and your family can go green from the experts in the field. There will be demos on solar energy, composting, residential/commercial energy efficiency products for your home/business and how to make biodegradable flower pots for the kids among others. (if rain, this event will be brought indoors) Boating Shrink Wrap Recycling: Unwrap your boat and Spring into the boating season while helping the environment by disposing your used boat wrap at the Earth Day event's Boating container! (rain or shine--held outdoors) Touch-A-Truck ***rain cancels this event*** This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicles and a garbage truck among others. For more information, please call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Office at: 631-351-3171

 


Cuthbertson Honors Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society On Behalf of Their 50-Year Milestone


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/6/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured honoring Stella Miller, President of the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society at her organization's 50th Anniversary Dinner in Cold Spring Harbor on March 30th. Over 100 members were in attendance to help celebrate their 50-year milestone and Councilman Cuthbertson honored the Huntington Audubon Society in recognition of their environmental contributions to the community and commitment in the preservation of wildlife.


 


Town of Huntington Celebrates Earth Day 2011


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/5/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2011 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 16th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. "By now, everybody knows that their unwanted electronic items shouldn't just be thrown into the trash, but many people don't' know exactly how to get rid of them," Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said. "Our annual Plug In to E-Cycling Day helps people clean out their attics and closets while helping to preserve the environment." Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town's comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Joining us again this year will be Shred-It. They are the oldest providers of on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION in the world. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. The GREEN SHOWCASE will offer multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, green cleaning, composting, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids along with raffles and give-aways. The first 150 families that bring ten used plastic grocery bags for recycling will be given a free reusable grocery bag compliments of Wild by Nature. "Children and parents alike will definitely have the opportunity for a lot of ‘hands-on' fun at this event," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "In recognition of Earth Day, it is equally important to be able to show families across Huntington how easy it is to protect kids from harmful chemicals and pesticides, how to make homes and cars more energy efficient and how to save money in the process." Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicles and a garbage truck among others. ATTENTION BOATERS: You can dispose of your shrink-wrap either onsite at Earth Day 2011 or anytime through Memorial Day weekend at the Town's Recycling Center located at 641 New York Avenue. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information on the 2011 Family Earth Day Expo call 351-3171. To learn more about disposing boat shrink-wrap or the Town's Recycling Program, please call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.

 


Cuthbertson Rallying Support Via Online Petition For Representation On LIPA's Board


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/16/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
I recently called upon Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a Town of Huntington resident to a vacancy on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees. Currently, only four out of 14 members on LIPA's board are from Suffolk County. The Town is currently engaged in a monumental tax certiorari lawsuit with National Grid, which is challenging the assessed value of the Northport Power Plant. In filing the lawsuit, LIPA contends that the Northport power plant is grossly over-assessed and seeks the Courts assistance in reducing its assessment – therefore drastically cutting its tax bill. If LIPA prevails in court, the financial impacts for Huntington residents would be catastrophic. Those hardest hit would be homeowners living within the North-East Northport School District. It's most unfortunate that the LIPA Board of Trustees have reneged on a longstanding promise not to challenge the assessment of the Northport Power Plant. We need to have our voices heard because the existing trustees are not listening. You may also recall LIPA's recent $231 million miscalculation for which ratepayers will be repaid in nickels and dimes over the course of the next three years. I am calling on all of the residents in the Town of Huntington to log onto the Town's website and sign my LIPA-Trustee online petition to help send a message up to Albany that this Town will not sit quietly until we have a seat secured at the board's table. Until then we will have to contend with LIPA's unrelenting taxation without representation. Residents can access the homepage at: http://town.huntington.ny.us/towncontactform.cfm to view and sign the petition. MARK CUTHBERTSON Councilman

 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Town of Huntington and Centerport Fire Department Host 9th Annual NY State Boating Safety Course


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/15/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
For the 9th consecutive year, the Town of Huntington is partnering with the Centerport Fire Department offering the New York State Boaters Safety Course. The course is given free of charge. "Recreational boating is a source of great pleasure for many but each boating season can bring needless accidents," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This is one of the best courses a boater can take in learning how to prevent accidents, injuries, drowning and property damage." The course is available for those 10 years and older and it is designed as a comprehensive course teaching fundamentals of safe boating operation including accidents and emergencies, boat operation, equipment, fueling, navigation, etc. The course will be held at the Centerport Fire Department, 9 Park Circle, Centerport on March 21, 23 and 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Attendees must be present at all three sessions to receive their boating certificate. For more information or to register, please contact the Huntington Harbor Master's office at 351-3255.Residents are also encouraged to visit the NY State Parks website: www.nysparks.com or to call toll free: 1-888-274-6121 to request information.

 


Cuthbertson Calls on Governor For Huntington Representation on LIPA’s Board of Trustees


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/15/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – Citing a need to end a case of taxation without representation, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson today called on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a Town of Huntington resident to a vacancy on the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) Board of Trustees. "As Huntington gears up to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by this public utility, it is imperative that our voices and concerns are heard and understood by the Board of Trustees," Councilman Cuthbertson said. "The Governor has the sole authority to fill two current vacancies and I respectfully call on him to give Huntington a seat at the LIPA trustee table – a table that is woefully lacking proper representation for Suffolk County residents." This past October, LIPA filed a petition, known as a tax certiorari, challenging the assessed value of the Northport Power Plant. In filing the lawsuit, LIPA contends that the Northport power plant is grossly over-assessed and seeks the Courts assistance in reducing its assessment – therefore drastically cutting its tax bill. "If LIPA prevails in court, the financial impacts for Huntington residents would be catastrophic," said Councilman Cuthbertson. "Those hardest hit would be homeowners living within the North-East Northport School District. It's most unfortunate that the LIPA Board of Trustees have reneged on a longstanding promise not to challenge the assessment of the Northport Power Plant. We need to have our voices heard because the existing trustees are not listening." Another reason for greater oversight is the recent disclosure by LIPA that it overcharged ratepayers $231 million due to a faulty formula. Earlier this month, LIPA said a formula used to cover the costs of power that seeps out of the electric grid was outdated and caused ratepayers to be severely overcharged. "LIPA spends more than $2 million annually on outside accounts and auditors and it's simply unacceptable that a $231 million mistake was not detected," Councilman Cuthbertson said. "All of this money needs to be returned to the ratepayers who were overcharged." LIPA, a non-profit municipal electric provider, is overseen by a 14 member Board of Trustees who are appointed by the New York State Governor, Speaker of the New York State Assembly and the Senate Majority Leader. None of these trustees reside in the Town of Huntington. According to LIPA's website, only four trustees live in Suffolk County. The majority live in Nassau County. "The average Huntington homeowner pays in excess of a $1,000 annually to LIPA," Councilman Cuthbertson said. "It's only fair that we have proper representation on this public authority."

 


Cuthbertson Praises Local Haiti Relief Effort


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/1/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson would like to encourage local residents and businesses to help support a local humanitarian project being spearheaded by Peter Engelmann and the Northport Rotary Club that will bring much needed aid to an impoverished region in Haiti on February 12, 2011. Leaders from local churches, rotary clubs, chambers of commerce and student-driven groups have banded their resources together to help enable an impactful force on a town that was devastated during the January, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. " I strongly endorse and commend the Northport Rotary Club's humanitarian effort, that will help to provide food, shelter and medical care to the people of Haiti," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " My best wishes for a safe journey to all who are embarking on this endeavor. You serve as role models for others, both young and old to follow," added Cuthbertson. For ways to get involved or to receive additional information, please contact Peter Engelmann of the Northport Rotary Club at 631-754-2222.

 


Cuthbertson Honors Five Towns College


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/31/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with Five Towns College President Dr. Stanley Cohen, Professors Robert DiGiacomo and Karoline Budna along with Brianda Ramirez-Alonso, Hector Guerrero, Anthony DiMaso and Danny Hernandez of the College's Film Video Program. Cuthbertson presented a plaque to the Five Towns staff and students who produced the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall's video documentary during the September/October visit to Peter Nelson Park.


 


Cuthbertson Announces Video Premiere of Dignity Memorial's Vietnam Wall Documentary At 5 Towns College 01/25/11


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/25/2011
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Please join us on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7:30pm at the Dix Hill Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, located at 305 North Service Road in Dix Hills for the premiere showing of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall's recent visit at Peter Nelson Park. Hundreds of volunteers and contributors stepped forward and contributed to the success of this event, all of which are listed among the closing credits of the prolifically produced video. Five Towns College did a wonderful job documenting the Dignity Memorial Wall's visit to Huntington last fall. A small reception will follow the thirty-minute cinematic production. For those who will be unable to attend, we will be working to have the video aired on the two Huntington Government Public Access Television Channels (Cablevision Channel 18 and Verizon Channel 38) shortly afterwards. "This premiere is an open invitation to everyone," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " Please join us as we reflect and remember the over 58,000 American lives on the Wall and all who came to Peter Nelson Park to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom," added Cuthbertson. For questions about this special premiere, please contact Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: Mcuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us .


 


Cuthbertson Honors Bulldogs


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/21/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members are pictured (on left) with the Bulldogs 9-year olds and coaches Paul Schaefer, Jeff Cox, Brian McCready. 12-year olds on the right with coaches Mike McNulty, Bill DeBlasio and Mark Maldon.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently honored two victorious Suffolk County PAL Football teams at the December 14th Town Board meeting. The Bulldogs' 9 and 12 year olds both ended their 2010 seasons with victories in the championship game and were recognized for their commitment, teamwork and leadership. The 9 year olds finished the year by beating undefeated teams from East Islip in the playoffs and Massapequa in the championship game. The thrilling 13-12 win over Massapequa in the finals ended with a goal line stop of the potential tying extra point with 35 seconds to play. The 9-year-old Bulldogs scored a total of 176 points for the year and only allowed 69 points against them, including three shutouts. The 12 year olds finished the season racking up 211 points and allowed only 95 points this year including three shutouts of their own. Their last game of the season was nothing short of miraculous as they overcame a 20-6 deficit with only two minutes left to play. The 12 year old Bulldogs learned a true life's lesson about finishing strong and never, ever quitting by charging back and scoring two touchdowns and kicking 2 perfect extra points in a span of three plays from scrimmage to beat undefeated Patchogue-Medford by a score of 22-20. " You truly have to give it your all right until the very end because you just never know what's going to happen, which is a valuable life lesson," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Congratulations to the 9 year old and 12 Year Bulldogs division players, coaches and parents for their championship seasons," added Cuthbertson.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Guiseppe’s On Behalf of Their Recent Milestone


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/18/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members are pictured with honorees, Tony and Terry Biscardi.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Town Board Members recently honored Guiseppe's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant on behalf of their 25th Anniversary. Guiseppe's Pizza of Huntington Station has been serving the community since 1985 and is home to the renown ‘Sesame Seed Crust Pizza,' taking top honors by ‘The Best of Long Island Restaurants Magazine ‘ for their Sicilian Pizza. Husband and wife owners, Tony and Terry Biscardi accepted the honors on behalf of their restaurant's quarter-century milestone.


 


Huntington Station Illegal Business Operation Stings Continue


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/17/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
An initiative spearheaded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson between the Town of Huntington and Suffolk County Police Department's Second Precinct, served search warrants to four businesses during a recent food shop sting in Huntington Station and all were found to be operating illegally. This directive has been ramped up since the Councilman's May 25th Code Enforcement Summit, which highlighted several key areas that would be improved upon and increased, such as search warrants for suspected code offenders. The recent sting issued summonses for various violations under chapter 198-120A of the Town Code, for failing to have a Certificate of Occupancy for a bar operation by the Town's Code Enforcement Department as well as several additional violations sited by the Town's Fire Marshalls Office. Both the business operator and its property owner each received a summons of violation and fined accordingly. Previous warrants have resulted in summonses and fines at other locations and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson lauded the efforts made by the Town and Suffolk County Police as the new summonses were submitted. "The successful partnership between the Town and local law enforcement will help to insure that both a food shop operator and its property owner will be held accountable should they conduct their business illegally in the Town of Huntington," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " Code offenders, such as the ones who were recently sited, can also have a negative impact on the quality of life in the neighboring areas and I would like to encourage residents to utilize the Town's the 24-hour hotline; 423-STOP, to help report illegal activity for enforcement follow up," added Cuthbertson.

 


Cuthbertson and Town Board Members Honor Dignity Memorial Sponsors


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/11/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On September 28th, the Town of Huntington was privileged to begin the process in hosting the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. Over 100 motorcycle riders arrived early that Tuesday morning at CitiField where they met up with the Dignity Memorial representatives to escort the truck containing the Wall here to Peter Nelson Park in Huntington Station. Upon arrival, the Dignity Memorial Team turned the Wall over to the Town of Huntington for display through October 3rd. This three-quarter size traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC contains the names of over 58,000 men and women who lost their lives or were declared missing in action during the Vietnam War. "It was a touching week from start to finish," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson during the presentation, "from the motorcycle escort, to the heartfelt stories from those who served or from family members to the closing ceremony where Good Night Saigon played while the Vietnam Veterans present held each other." The Town Board recognized several of the monetary sponsors at the November 4th Board Meeting who helped make this two year dream become a reality for the Town of Huntington. Honored were Gold Star Sponsor BAE Systems and Silver Star Sponsors: Elwood Taxpayer Association, Huntington Fire Department, Captain Phyllis Louise Barlow, Oheka Castle and Rubies Costume.


 


Oakwood Primary Center Second Graders Perform for Veterans Day


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/9/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This past October 1st not only brought opening day for visitors at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall at Peter Nelson Park, it also brought heavy rain. The Oakwood Primary Center Second Graders were all rehearsed and ready to be the opening performers for visitors at the Wall. Unfortunately, the inclement weather prevented them from performing. Music Director Luella Pinelli contacted Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's office explaining how upset the students were in missing this opportunity to sing for our veterans and visitors. They had practiced since the first day of school in anticipation of this event and they were not going to let the rain stop the show. In honor of Veterans Day, Councilman Cuthbertson invited the students to come and sing for all in attendance at the Town's Senior Center. The students gave two performances – one for those at the adult day care and one for the seniors and staff in the lunchroom and game rooms. Songs included I Pledge Allegiance, America the Beautiful, Yankee Doodle Dandy – among others. After their set was over, the second graders proudly handed out cards to the veterans. Students in kindergarten through second worked vigorously in art class producing beautiful greeting cards for the senior veterans and those present were very honored to be the recipients. The remainder of the cards will be distributed during the week at other Veterans Day Events planned at the Senior Center. The young singers certainly scored an A+ today at the Center. That was evident by the smiles, those singing along and the round of applause given by all in the audience.


 


Town of Huntington Announces New Registration System


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/4/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone announces the use of RecTrac, a new registration system, for the Parks and Recreation Department. RecTrac will save the residents money because they will no longer be charged a service fee when they register for a program online. Residents will also be able to add their name to a waiting list and use program credits online. Residents who have a current Recreation ID card must complete a Household Member form prior to using the new registration system. This form can be found on the Town of Huntington's website http://town.huntington.ny.us. in the online library under Parks and Recreation. The form can be mailed or dropped off to the Parks and Recreation Department in Town Hall or at the Dix Hills Ice Rink. If the Household Member form isn't completed prior to using the registration system residents will pay the non-card holder fee, which is higher. Residents who don't have a Recreation ID Card can still complete a Household Member form or they can do this on their own when the system is activated in January. Information on RecTrac can also be found in the Town's Winter/Spring 2011 Brochure, which will be inserted in the Town crier in mid-January. For more information contact the Park and Recreation Department at 351-3089 or 351-3093.

 


Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington on Sunday, October 31, 11:30 a.m. on Main Street (25A)


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/26/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 






 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Huntington Kiwanis Club


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/12/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with his fellow Town Board Members, along with honoree Barry Turk.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently honored Barry Turk, President of the Kiwanis Club of Huntington to kick off their Field on Honor event. November 1st, 2010 through November 30th is the Kiwanis Club of Huntington's Field of Honor Month. This event will recognize and show honor to past and present Veterans who have dedicated and sacrificed their lives for ours in the name of freedom. The goal of the month-long program is to have 1,000 residents pledge a monetary contribution for an American Flag to be placed on the front lawn of Huntington Town Hall. For more information on the Field of Honor Month or to sponsor a flag, please call the Kiwanis Club of Huntington at 631-559-9171.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Commack South Little League Champions


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/6/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with his fellow Board Members along with the victorious coaches and players of the 2010 Commack South Little League Championship Team.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently honored and congratulated the Commack South Little League-Ten Year Old Boys Team on behalf of their successful season that earned them top honors in the 2010 New York State Little League Championship. Councilman Cuthbertson lauded the team's accomplishments and also noted that not only were they the 2010 State Champions, they were also the first Little League Team in Suffolk County to capture the Mid-Atlantic Championship title, when they defeated Delaware by a score of 1-0 in eight innings.


 


Dignity Memorial Wall Arrives


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/29/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Residents anxiously awaited the arrival of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall and the motorcycle escort at Peter Nelson Park. Ceremonial flags were draped across Oakwood Road awaiting the lead police car drive through. Despite the threatening weather, over 100 motorcycles escorted the truck containing the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Memorial and entered the park. "The Town of Huntington has been working on getting this event here for over two years," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson "and today we welcome the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall." Thanks were extended to the Motorcycle Escort Committee, the staff of Dignity Memorial, the Empire State Carpenters Apprenticeship & Journeyman Training Center, who constructed the base yesterday, and to the many volunteers who helped with the beginning set up. "There is still a lot more work to do to have this ready for guests to come and visit and there's many more volunteers anxiously awaiting to do just that," stated Cuthbertson. The memorial is dedicated to Vietnam veterans and honors all service men and women of the U.S. military forces. Dignity Memorial created the memorial as a service to those who might never travel to the nation's capital to experience "The Wall" firsthand. The 240-foot long, eightfoot high, faux-granite replica contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. This weekend will bring forth many programs to honor not just the 49 men who perished during this time period from the Town of Huntington, but to all 58,000 plus names listed on the Wall. To view the program, visit the Town of Huntington website and click on the link under featured resources "Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall". Special thank you to Gold Star Sponsor BAE Systems and to Silver Star Sponsors: Rubies Costume, Oheka Castle, Huntington Fire Department, Captain Phyllis Louise Barlow and Elwood Taxpayers. There are so many organizations and people to thank both for monetary donations but those of in-kind products, services, food and beverages. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is at Peter Nelson Park (aka Oakwood Park), Oakwood Road, Huntington. Visiting hours begin Friday, October 1 at 9:00 am and continue through Sunday, October 3 at 4:00 pm (24 hours a day).


 


Cuthbertson Obtains New Plantings for Village Green Memorial


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/18/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – During the Vietnam War, a group of Huntington women made a commitment to ensure that those local residents serving overseas were not forgotten and honored for their courage and duty. In a final act before disbanding 38 years ago, members of Women In Support of our Men in Vietnam dedicated a living memorial on the Village Green to pay tribute to forty Huntington men killed in combat. The planting of 40 Kwanzan Cherry trees was at the time one of the nation's first memorials established to honor those lost in Vietnam. In conjunction with the upcoming visit of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson today announced that the Village Green memorial will soon have additional trees planted to honor those Huntington soldiers later killed or declared missing in action. A few original trees that succumbed to disease or damage will also be replaced this fall. "The Village Green memorial is a living tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country in Vietnam," Councilman Cuthbertson said. "These new plantings will ensure that the memorial never fades nor loses its intended purpose nearly four decades ago – to honor those lost in battle." The new plantings will coincide with the upcoming visit of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to Peter Nelson Park in Huntington the weekend of October 1 – 3rd. This replica memorial is dedicated to all Americans who served in Vietnam and honors all veterans of the United States military forces. The upcoming exhibit, spearheaded by Councilman Cuthbertson and sponsored by local veterans' organizations and businesses, is a 240-foot replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or who are missing in Vietnam have been inscribed on the replica's black mirror-like surface. Since 1990, the replica has been displayed in more than 200 cities and been visited by millions of Americans. The public may visit the exhibit beginning Friday afternoon, October 1. Viewing will be available 24 hours a day through Sunday afternoon, October 3. Volunteer and sponsorship information may be obtained by calling (631) 351-3171.


 


HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE Tonight


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/26/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Today is August 25th and the final movie of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Season Seven of the Movies on the Lawn Program. Tonight's movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, will be shown at Crab Meadow Beach as scheduled. Bring chairs in case visibility from your car is poor and have sweatshirts in case the weather gets cool. Gates will open around 6:30. Movie will start between 8:00-8:30. Special thanks to LaCasa Café who will be passing out bagged snacks at the beach entrance. See you at the movies.

 


Cuthbertson Sends Two Movie-Goers Home with a Pot of Maroni's Meatballs


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/4/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson picked two lucky winners from the hundreds of raffle entries held within the Maroni's Meatball Pot! Kevin Connolly of Northport and Ken Sahashi of Huntington, both in attendance at the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie recently shown at Dix Hills Park, will now have the chance to experience firsthand why Maroni's Meatballs are so famous. Thank you to all that entered the raffle and a special thank you to Maroni Cuisine, Home of the Original Hot Pots (of meatballs), Woodbine Avenue, Northport for their generous donation. The final movie in season seven of Cuthbertson's Movies on the Lawn Program will be held on Wednesday, August 25th at Crabmeadow Beach featuring HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. For all Potter fans, it's Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Harry finds a book marked mysteriously, "This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince," which helps him excel at Potions class and teaches him a few dark and dangerous ones along the way. The movie will begin at 8:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs in event drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available with bus service to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112. Shown in photo are (left to right) Ken Sahashi, Kevin Connolly and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.


 


Bocce 2010 Tournament Results


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/3/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
It was a beautiful Sunday at Elwood Park as 20 teams faced off in the annual Huntington vs. Babylon Bocce tournament. Huntington was well represented with nearly a three to one team advantage as the sport of Bocce is increasing in popularity more and more each year. It is a testament to the success of this event which was created by Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Both he and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson made an appearance to cheer on the 80 players as well as the many friends and guests coming to the event to watch. The double elimination tournament had some well-fought matches and after the dust had settled, it was the Town of Huntington which owned the day! The top 4 teams were all Huntington based extending their town victory over the last several years. While team American Bocce Club #1 cruised to 5 consecutive victories and placing them in the Finals, the semi-finals match pitted team Raguzin against American Bocce Club #2. Both of these teams had great players and Team Raguzin pulled out to a 6-0 lead. American Bocce Club #2 battled back and each team would trade points until the score was tied 10-10. In the last frame, American Bocce Club #2 placed two balls nearest to the Pallino and Team Raguzin was unable to take any points. American Bocce Club #2 pulled out the 12-10 victory placing them in the Finals against some well-known opponents - team American Bocce Cub #1. These bocce club friends were well known to each other as they started what would be the last match of the day. ABC#1 took a 3-0 lead but ABC#2 eventually pulled even tying the score 3-3 but unfortunatly for them, ABC#1 was well rested and was able to score the next 9 consecutive points winning 1st place by the score 12-3. Pictured are first and second place teams, players with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and all participants gathered for a photo with Councilwoman Glenda Jackson.


 


TONIGHT Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/2/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Today, Monday, August 2nd brings us the third movie of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Season Seven Movies on the Lawn Program featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Come on down to Dix Hills Park and see the movie that claims to be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. This is the last opportunity to fill out a raffle for a chance to win a pot full of Maroni's of Northport Famous Meatballs. Two lucky winners will be drawn before the movie starts. Winner need not be present to win. The movie starts at darkness, between 8:30-9:00 pm.

 


Cloudy with a Chance of [Maroni's] Meatballs


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/26/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Monday, August 2nd brings us the third movie of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Season Seven Movies on the Lawn Program featuring Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Come on down to Dix Hills Park and see the movie that claims to be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. This is the last opportunity to fill out a raffle for a chance to win a pot full of Maroni's of Northport Famous Meatballs. Two lucky winners will be drawn before the movie starts. Winner need not be present to win. The movie starts at darkness, between 8:30-9:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.

 


Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall to Visit Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/20/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Shown in photo are Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Congressman Steve Israel and Charles Spencer of Dignity Memorial holding photo of Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. Also in photo are members of Dignity Memorial, Northport VAMC
 
Huntington Station, NY – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, together with Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Rep. Steve Israel and Town Board members, announced that the Dignity Memorial Wall – the traveling Vietnam War Memorial – will stop at the Town's Peter Nelson Park (aka Oakwood Park) in late September for a week of commemorative events. The Wall, a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. -- has been touring the nation since 1990. This 240-foot long, eight-foot high, faux-granite replica contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. To see the memorial, to touch it and experience its magnitude offers unforgettable moments of reflection and healing to thousands of visitors. "Honoring our veterans, thanking them for their sacrifices and for protecting and preserving our freedoms is something that each American should be extremely mindful of," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "During the first weekend of October, residents in the Town of Huntington and surrounding communities will be able to do just that by paying their respects to the men and woman in the military who sacrificed their lives for ours in the name of freedom," added Cuthbertson. "For more than a quarter century, this memorial has been touching the hearts of Americans and reminding us never to forget those who paid the ultimate price on behalf of our country," Supervisor Petrone said. "Huntington, with its longstanding commitment to support veterans and their needs, is proud to be hosting the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall at one of our Town parks." "I am grateful to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington for this effort in bringing this memorial to Huntington," said Rep. Steve Israel. "Someone famously said that dying for freedom isn't the worst thing that can happen, but being forgotten is. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall will ensure that those who died are remembered." The exhibit is scheduled to arrive at Peter Nelson Park on Tuesday, September 28 with a motorycycle brigade escort. The Wall will be open to the public from Friday, October 1st through Sunday, October 3rd –24 hours a day. "We are proud to partner with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington in bringing the Dignity Memorial ® Vietnam Wall to the people of Huntington," stated Charles Spencer of the Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall. "It is our way to help people pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam, honor all of our Veterans and teach schoolchildren all about the history of the Vietnam War." The Town announced the Wall's arrival at a news conference on July 19 hosted by Councilman Cuthbertson. The Town is seeking volunteers to assist with tasks including setup, hospitality, security and dismantling. The Town is also seeking sponsors who can help defray some of the costs of bringing the Wall to Huntington. Interested persons should contact Stephen Jimenez at 631-351-3171.


 


Where the Wild Things Are - TONIGHT at Crabmeadow Beach


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/15/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Drive in movie at Crabmeadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport tonight, July 15th. Pack lawn chairs in the event visibility is difficult or the lot fills up. Overflow parking will be available. Gates to beach open around 6 pm. Movie will begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). Don't forget to fill out raffle for a pot full of Maroni's of Northport Famous Meatballs. Drop your raffle off at the Citizens Services Tent TONIGHT located next to the movie screen. Two lucky winners will be drawn before August 2nd movie playing at Dix Hills Park, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, begins. You do not need to be present on August 2nd to win. Call 351-3112 with any questions.

 


Where the Wild Things Are - Movies on the Lawn Program


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/12/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are proud to host this Thursday, July 15th, a drive in movie at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Rated PG). This is a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in. The film tells the story of Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought. Don't forget to fill out a raffle for your chance to win a pot full of Maroni's of Northport famous meatballs. Members of the movie crew will be passing them out at the drive in or you can pick one up at the Citizens Services Table next to the movie screen. To view Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's movie into this week, click here. Gates to Crabmeadow Beach will open around 6:00 pm. The movie will start at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm) Please pack lawn chairs in the event the movie lot fills up quickly. Overflow parking will be available offsite with bus service to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.

 


Cuthbertson Hosts Beach Clean Up


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/29/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Doreen Flanagan, Angelo Fiorino, Rich Scalia and Gavin Schwen and scouts of Pack 312 from East Northport at Centerport Beach.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently hosted a beach clean up with a group of local Webelos Scouts from Pack #312 of East Northport on Friday, June 25. Members of Pack 312 descended on Centerport Beach to look for and remove any material that could pose a threat to our precious marine ecosystem. This clean up effort will earn these scouts a "Cub Scout World Conservation Award," which is designed to teach and reinforce today's youth with the important environmental message of protecting and preserving our environment. "Our bays, coastlines and waterways play a vital role in our way of life," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I would like to commend and thank the members of Pack 312 for their efforts in helping to protect our precious marine environment," added Cuthbertson.


 


Monster vs. Aliens - Monday, 6/28/10 Movie


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/28/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Tonight's performance of Monster vs. Aliens will be shown at Huntington's Heckscher Park. Movie will start promptly at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm).


 


Lights...Camera...Action! - Monsters Vs Aliens


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/23/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
It's that time again! Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's first outdoor cinematic performance at beautiful Heckscher Park featuring- Monsters Vs Aliens (Rated PG) on Monday, June 28-hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. Please click here for Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Summer 2010 movie lineup All movies begin at darkness (approximately 8:30pm). In the event of inclement weather, Monster's Vs Aliens will be held indoors at the John Glenn Middle School Auditorium, Elwood Road at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Town Board Honor Trails Logo Contest Winner


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/18/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Cuthbertson and Town Board present a proclamation to Adam Feldman (left, front) for creating the winning trails logo. Also in the photo is Frank Musto, Technology Lead Teacher at Commack High School
 
June 15, 2010, Huntington, NY - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Greenway Trails Citizens Advisory Committee, a volunteer group appointed by the Huntington Town Board to promote, develop and preserve the Town trail system, are pleased to announce the winner of the Huntington Greenway Trails Logo Contest. Adam Feldman, a resident of East Northport and a junior at Commack High School, was chosen by the committee for his design and concept for the logo which will adorn and mark trails within the Huntington Parks system. He was presented with a proclamation in recognition of his achievement at the June 15th town board meeting. The winning logo design is a sneaker footprint with a bicyclist, horseshoe, handicapped symbol and hiker embedded within the tread pattern. The logo will be featured on signage marking trails and on the publications that encourage their use. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "Adam's winning design exemplifies our Town's varied trails and the many ways we can use them. We have everything from hiking, walking and biking trails to handicapped accessible trails and horseback riding trails. Adam's vision incorporates these elements creating a positive impression of outdoor activity and respect for our natural environment. I am proud and excited to use the 'footprint' logo to mark our trails, as well as to remind us of the impact each of us have on the environment." Bruce Howe, Chairman of the Huntington Greenway Trails Citizen Advisory Committee and a member of CLIMB (Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists) stated, "After reviewing dozens of submissions, the committee unanimously chose Adam's logo. His logo not only embraces the concept of multi-use trails, it is unique and will allow everyone to easily identify a Huntington Greenway Trail." For more information about Huntington's trails, please visit the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us and click on "2009 Trails Guide" under Featured Resources or call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Danny Schrafel For His Perfect Game


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/17/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with his fellow Board Members along with honoree Danny Schrafel.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored Danny Schrafel, of the Long Islander Newspaper –on behalf of his Perfect 300 game, which was achieved during a sanctioned league match on lanes 33 and 34 at Garden City Lanes on Thursday May 27. This has also earned Danny with an official ‘300 Ring' sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress. "I would like to congratulate Danny Schrafel on behalf his 300 game," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Unlike the pitcher who was recently denied of his perfection, Danny's game will remain—perfect," added Cuthbertson.


 


Lenny Lamb 3 Memorial at Greenlawn Skatepark


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/12/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On Saturday, June 5th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington hosted the Lenny Lamb 3 Memorial at the Greenlawn Skatepark. Over 100 skaters showed up this year," stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "The Committee did a great job in organizing multi-level competitions and I'm sure judging was no easy task. The demonstrations by Xtreme Surf and Sports and Hazel Skateboards were extremely impressive as well." The Committee, Steve Zacharevitz, Joe Mannix, Tony Zawadzki and Kerrie Smith put together a competition this year which included Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced for Best Trick and Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced for Mini Ramp. Dozens of sponsors donated boards, wheels, tshirts, etc. and proceeds from the raffle of these great prizes went to the Make A Wish Foundation in Lenny Lamb's name. "Next year this event will take place at our new skatepark over at Vets Park. Everyone is very excited to see this park completed as it will be a one of its kind skatepark on Long Island – right here in the Town of Huntington," said Cuthbertson. Competition winners included: Best Trick Beginner: Ryan W Einstein, Jake Gulemi, Ben Shorn; Intermediate: Nick Malen, Justin Ricciuti, JP McArdle; Advanced: Matt Cartledge, Manchild, Eddie Henriquez; Launch Ramp Beginner: Ben Schorn, JP McArdle, Vinnie Amandola; Intermediate: Justin Riccuiti, Nick Helrigel, Ryan Weinstein; Advanced: Eddie Henriquez, Jonathan Whitcomb, Shane McGrane; Mini Ramp Beginner: Christian Kraus; Intermediate Sean Plundeke, Rich Theisen, JP McArdle; Advanced: Matt Cartledge, Eddie Henriquez, Mike Szollosi. Shown are several photos taken throughout the day of the skaters.


 


Movies on the Lawn: Back for Season Seven


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/1/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This year is the seventh season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. "With every passing year, the crowd of movie-goers multiplies so it's wise to arrive at each venue a little early. Even before the movie starts, there's fun to be had at the playgrounds or playing with the other children in attendance." The schedule starts with a lawn performance at HUNTINGTON'S HECKSCHER PARK on Monday, June 28th. MONSTER vs ALIENS. Monsters don't exist, right? If they did, they'd be locked up in some secret government location so the general population wouldn't know of their existence. But what if monsters do exist... and they aren't evil, or even particularly scary? What if they're funny... and smart... and what if they might just be the key to man's survival? And what if they are in Heckscher Park on June 28th? On Thursday, July 15th there will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Rated PG). This is a classic story about childhood and the places we go to figure out the world we live in. The film tells the story of Max, a rambunctious and sensitive boy who feels misunderstood at home and escapes to where the Wild Things are. Max lands on an island where he meets mysterious and strange creatures whose emotions are as wild and unpredictable as their actions. The Wild Things desperately long for a leader to guide them, just as Max longs for a kingdom to rule. When Max is crowned king, he promises to create a place where everyone will be happy. Max soon finds, though, that ruling his kingdom is not so easy and his relationships there prove to be more complicated than he originally thought. Back to the lawn on Monday, August 2nd at Dix Hills Park. This natural amphitheater setting (by the pool parking lot) will feature CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (Rated PG). This movie claims to be the most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. On Wednesday, August 25th, it's back to the drive-in at Crab Meadow Beach to see the classic HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. For all Potter fans, it's Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Harry finds a book marked mysteriously, "This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince," which helps him excel at Potions class and teaches him a few dark and dangerous ones along the way. All movies begin at darkness (between 8:30-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, including the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Lenny Lamb 3 Memorial at Greenlawn Skatepark


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/29/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Lenny Lamb 3 Memorial at Greenlawn Skatepark WHO: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington, Faculty, Staff, Friends, Students at Oldfield Middle School, Xtreme Surf, the Skakepark Committee, Greenlawn Fire Department, along with area merchants WHAT: In June, 2007, Lenny Lamb, a seventh grader at Oldfield Middle School, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident with his father. Lenny's classmates took up a collection and approached the Town about doing a special event in honor of Lenny evolving around what Lenny loved best, skateboarding at the Greenlawn Skatepark. This is now the third annual event held on behalf of Lenny Lamb. WHEN: Saturday, June 5, 2010 (rain date June 6th) Open Practice and Registration Begins at 10:00 am Beginners Start at 11:30 am $5.00 Contest Entry Fee – All proceeds to benefit MAKE-A-WISH Pre-Register at Xtreme Surf and Sports, East Northport Prizes Awarded to Top Three in Each Division: Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced – BEST TRICK Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced – MINI RAMP Skaters must wear required safety equipment. Entries after contest has started will not be accepted. WHERE: Greenlawn Skatepark, Broadway, Greenlawn WHY: An annual "Lenny Lamb Day" Memorial has been scheduled which will include open skating (safety equipment and waiver forms required), raffles, giveaways and demonstrations by Xtreme Surf and Sports. Raffle items include donations from: CDShowCoUSA, Triple 8, Hazel Skateboards, ZooYork, Tensor, Globe, Emerica, Vigilante Skates, Eastern Skateboard Supply, Reef, among many others. Proceeds from raffles will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation in Lenny's name.

 


Cuthbertson To Hold Code Enforcement Summit


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/21/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Huntington-NY, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has scheduled a community Code Enforcement Summit to be held on Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00pm at the TRI Community and Youth Agency located at 809 New York Avenue (Big H Mall, behind Famous Footwear/DMV) in Huntington Station. This community meeting will review and discuss new and updated Code Enforcement Initiatives including illegal housing/apartments and quality of life concerns such as litter, debris, abandoned vehicles and graffiti. "We are pleased to provide a direct dialogue with our constituents concerning code enforcement policies and procedures," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This will also help to establish a better means of identifying other quality of life concerns that can be addressed and improved upon," added Cuthbertson. For more information, please call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Office: 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: MCuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us


 


Youth Court Celebrates its 10th Anniversary


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/17/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (left), is pictured with Roxanne Sands of the Youth Bureau, Maria Danisi Youth Court Program coordinator and honorees Gerard McCreight and David Scott and Kathleen Clark of the Youth Bureau.
 
The Youth Court Program is now celebrating its ten-year milestone and recently held a celebratory ‘Honoree Fundraiser Dinner' at the Harbor Club in Huntington in honor of the program's founder, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson along with Gerard McCreight and David Scott who were instrumental in helping to bring Councilman Cuthbertson's vision to fruition. " I am honored to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of this program with my fellow honorees tonight because it is through their hard work and tireless efforts that this program continues to attract new inductees into this unique criminal justice arena," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I would also like to personally thank and commend the Youth Court's past and present coordinators, Ms. Corrine Lesko and Ms. Maria Danisi for their outstanding dedication and contributions to this innovative program," added Cuthbertson. The Youth Court Program is aimed at holding first time youth offenders between the ages of 7 and 15 accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Honors Dr. Harvey Gardner


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/17/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with his fellow Board Members, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwomen Susan Berland and Glenda Jackson and Councilman Mark Mayoka along with Harvey and Marija Gardner
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently honored Dr. Harvey Gardner on behalf of his 44 years of dedicated service to the community. As both a practicing doctor in the field of audiology and as an active advocate for environmental initiatives, Dr. Gardner has dedicated himself to his community since first moving to Huntington in 1966 with his wife Marija. It was that year when he established the Huntington Hearing and Speech Center that specializes is speech therapy and hearing aids which has helped thousands of residents throughout his longstanding career. Dr. Gardner was the past president of the Cold Spring Heights Civic Association, a strong proponent of the LIRR Noise Ordinance that was instituted under Councilman Cuthbertson's ‘Quiet Zones' legislation and in 2007 he was the first one to sign up for the Town's Keep Huntington Green program that provides free parking incentives to residents who purchase Hybrid or alternative fueled vehicles. "Dr. Harvey Gardner has been an asset to this community for over 40 years and I would like to personally wish the Gardner family for many more years of health and happiness in Arizona," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.


 


Entertainment Schedule for 10th Annual Tulip Festival - Sunday, May 2, 2010


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/30/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Bob Savage won 2nd Place in the 2009 Photo Contest with photo
 
Huntington, NY – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are pleased to present the Tenth Annual Tulip Festival, which will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The Tulip Festival, now in its tenth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with 12:00-12:45 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: Broadhollow Theatre presents "Here Comes Mr. Bunny" – An original children's musical celebrating Spring. Follow along as Billy & Betty try to convince their dad, the Mayor of Happyville, that you're never too old to believe in a six-foot, magical, singing and dancing bunny. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings* 1:15-2:00 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: Mike Soloway & Company presents "Moving with Mike" – Lively songs in a fun-pack medley of movement, dance and activity encourage children to get their wiggles out. Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by Cablevision 2:00-2:15 Festival Ceremony: The Huntington Town Board recognizes Festival Sponsors from the Chapin Rainbow Stage. 2:15-2:30 Historic Children's Parade: Mike Soloway & Company leads our re-enactment of the annual children's parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area. (Parents: Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.) 3:00-3:45 Chapin Rainbow Stage Performance: Al E. Gator Show – The Puppet Company's "Al E. Gator" will present various musical acts performed by marionettes, including gnomes that do acrobatics on a see-saw, "Rocket" the roller skater, a puppet choir and lots more. See you later…Al E. Gator! Presented by the Huntington Arts Council.* Sponsored by National Grid. 4:00 Festival Closes (Museum exhibits on view until 5:00 p.m.) For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


FAMILY EARTH DAY EVENT


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/22/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2010 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town's comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Bring in your old mercury thermostat and Covanta will reward you with a $5.00 gift card to a local home center. Joining us again this year will be Shred-It. They are the oldest providers of on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION in the world. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. This year's GREEN SHOWCASE is co-sponsored by GreenLogic Energy, TD Bank, Energy by Choice, Ltd. and LIPA. There will be multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, green cleaning, composting, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids along with raffles and give-aways. The first 150 families that bring ten used plastic grocery bags for recycling will be given a free reusable grocery bag compliments of Wild by Nature. There will also be a bin available for boaters where they can dispose of and recycle their shrink wrap. Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicle, dump truck among others. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information, please call 351-3171.

 


Cuthbertson Forms a Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/21/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
In February, a group of concerned citizens representing various organizations, met with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson to discuss Fuchs Pond and the Crab Meadow Watershed. Those in attendance discussed the condition of the pond, the habitat, the history of the property, repair of the pond's weir, what impacts that repair could have on the watershed and comments such as sustaining a potential trout/fish and wildlife habitat. The outcome of that meeting was to form a Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee. The Crab Meadow Watershed includes a 680-acre public land assemblage in Town and County ownership that is comprised of the Jerome Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve, Fuchs Pond Preserve, Henry Ingraham Nature Preserve, Makamah Nature Preserve, Geisslers Beach and Crab Meadow Beach and Golf Course. These properties are tributary to the Long Island Sound and are vulnerable to land use and water quality impacts and resulting habitat degradation. "One main mission of this advisory committee is to identify the Crab Meadow area with its extensive protected open space as a Long Island Sound Habitat Initiative Priority Site and a Long Island Sound Stewardship Anchor Site," states Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Analyzing habitat enhancements and management initiatives will give us a good look at the scope of the overall system in creating the data necessary to protect this sensitive land." Included will be an analysis to create a baseline to identify all flows and tidal, fresh and stormwater inputs to the system; characterize the quality of waters, habitat gradients and impacts thereto; determine efficiency of artificial impoundments, weir structures and conduits; identify an implementation program toward enhancement of water quality, consistency of flows, habitat restoration, encouragement of appropriate outdoor recreational and educational uses; define short and long term management implementation strategies along with stewardship projects and maintenance practices. "Members from various organizations will bring different aspects of expertise," stated Cuthbertson. "We have members from Trout Unlimited, Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Conservation Board, Open Space Committee and Town Departments. We are looking to fill in with a representative from the local civic associations in the Crab Meadow area," Cuthbertson added. The chair of the Crab Meadow Watershed Advisory Committee will be the Director of the Department of Maritime Services. It is anticipated that this committee ensure community input on local concerns, benefit from experience of partnering organizations, insure compatibility with adjoining uses, help secure grant funding and provide direction for project management. In addition, they will identify, educate and engage further stakeholders in the planning process, which may result in subcommittees that can focus on specific topics. This new committee will soon meet and begin working towards a draft Crab Meadow Watershed Stewardship Plan. They will be plenty of opportunities for input from the local community.

 


'Ready to Hire'


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/20/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
An Employment Program Run by the Huntington Youth Bureau - Project Excel. One of the departments of the Town of Huntington that you may not be familiar is the Huntington Youth Bureau. Their mission is to promote the growth, development and well being of the youth within the Town. This is accomplished through the development and implementation of programs and services that are responsive to their needs, their family's needs and the needs of the community. The Town of Huntington Youth Bureau contracts with local community-based agencies, the Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute and the schools to provide a host of programs and services. One of the services provided, by the Youth Bureau's Project Excel, deals with helping youth find part time employment. They have recently revamped their employment objective and they look forward in helping the community find educated and well-trained students who have completed the Project Excel Employment Workshop. The Youth Advancement Counselors at Project Excel reach out to local employers who are looking to hire youth. The "Ready to Hire" program advertises that they have youth aged 14 to 21 who are eagerly seeking employment. They are ready to perform a variety of tasks such as cashiers, stock, clerical, etc. They have been screened and a students ability is matched with the employment request. Also available is an ‘odd-job program' which consists of yard work, babysitting, painting, errands, property clean up, mother's helper, grass cutting, raking and gardening. All compensation for odd jobs are negotiated between the homeowner and the youth. Referrals have completed the Employability Skills Workshop and have had their references checked by Project Excel. For additional information on the program or to request employment assistance, contact Katy Willdigg at 631-271-5499.

 


Boaters--Time to Unwrap and Recycle!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/9/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans came together on the first Earth Day to show their concern for the environment and to increase public awareness about preserving and protecting the planet. Over the past 40 years, many ingenious and inventive programs and policies have been initiated to do just that -- help preserve and protect our planet. Now we are asking our boating community to help. It seems the days of covering boats with the traditional blue tarps for the winter months has been replaced with the neat and clean look of shrink wrapping. However, once the shrink wrap is removed in the spring, many may feel that there's no further use for it and it gets tossed away. The average amount of shrink wrap for a boat is approximately 14 pounds and unfortunately this will find its way to our Resource Recovery Facility. Think about the amount of boats being unwrapped and how much material we can recycle rather than waste. "The Town of Huntington's Earth Day Event is April 24th this year," states Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, "and we will have a special bin on site for boaters to dispose of their shrink wrap. For those who can't make it on April 24th, the material can be dropped off at our Recycling Center at 641 New York Avenue through Memorial Day weekend." The Town is urging its boating residents to dispose of this material in a manner that will enable it to be recycled. "The Department of Waste Management is working with a local company to recycle this material," stated Cuthbertson. "This will help keep tons of this material out of our Resource Recovery Facility." For additional information on disposing shrink wrap or the Town's Recycling Program, please call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.

 


Cuthbertson Brings Recycling Presentation to Jack Abrams Intermediate School


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/7/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson speaking to students at the Jack Abrams Intermediate School about the importance of recycling
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his staff recently visited the Jack Abrams Intermediate School in Huntington Station to speak to the students about the environmental importance of recycling. This is the second school Councilman Cuthbertson has visited this spring to encourage students and their families to reduce, reuse and recycle everyday household waste. Schools interested in having a presentation scheduled are encouraged to contact the Councilman's office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to MCuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us


 


FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO THIS WEEKEND


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/1/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Shown is a sampling of last year's Green Showcase of raffles, demonstrations and giveaways.
 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2010 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town's comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Bring in your old mercury thermostat and Covanta will reward you with a $5.00 gift card to a local home center. Joining us again this year will be Shred-It. They are the oldest providers of on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION in the world. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. This year's GREEN SHOWCASE is co-sponsored by GreenLogic Energy, TD Bank, Energy by Choice, Ltd. and LIPA. There will be multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, green cleaning, composting, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids along with raffles and give-aways. The first 150 families that bring ten used plastic grocery bags for recycling will be given a free reusable grocery bag compliments of Wild by Nature. Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicle, dump truck among others. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information, please call 351-3171.


 


The Town of Huntington Welcomes The First National Bank to Cold Spring Harbor


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/30/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
The Town of Huntington recently welcomed The First National Bank of Long Island in Cold Spring Harbor on Friday, March 26. Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Mark Mayoka helped branch members and local residents to celebrate this momentous occasion with a ceremonious ribbon-cutting event to mark their official grand opening located 147 Main Street.


 


Town Board Honors Dr. Ray Mascolo


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/30/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilmen Mark Mayoka and Mark Cuthbertson, honoree Dr. Ray Mascolo, his wife Evelyn and Councilwoman Susan Berland at the Taste of Long Island in East Northport.
 
East Northport-NY, Council Members Mark Cuthbertson, Susan Berland, Glenda Jackson and Mark Mayoka, joined members of the East Northport Chamber of Commerce, East Northport Rotary Club, Visiting Nurse Services, Long Island Homeless Veterans and local residents in honoring a local community leader at the Chamber's 7th Annual Taste of Long Island event held at the Larkfield Manor. Dr. Ray Mascolo was recognized for his selfless dedication and hard work benefitting our nation's bravest as well as the Suffolk County Police Surgeons Benevolent Association and other community organizations near and dear to his heart.


 


Town of Huntington Joins Fight Against The MTA Payroll Tax


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/29/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson speaking out against the MTA Employer Payroll Tax at Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko’s press conference at the Ronkonkoma Train Station on Monday, March 29.
 
Ronkonkoma, NY- Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently joined Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko and supervisors from the towns of Brookhaven, Southampton, Smithtown, Islip, Riverhead and Babylon to announce their intent to file a legal claim against New York State and the MTA to challenge the validity of the MTA Employer Payroll Tax. "This tax is an unfair burden to the people of the Town of Huntington, a blow to our local economy and the last thing the government needs to be doing at this time," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who spoke on behalf of himself and Supervisor Frank P. Petrone at the news conference announcing the suit. Under the new MTA Employer Payroll Tax an additional $34.00 is levied on each $1000 of payroll for entities operating within the 12-county area of the MTA. The tax applies to all individuals making $10,000 a year or more. Business entities of every type and size have been affected including not-for-profits, governments, schools, universities and libraries. It is estimated that, collectively, the employers in Suffolk County will contribute more than $100 million annually to the MTA via the new tax.


 


The Town of Huntington Celebrates Earth Day 2010


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/18/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington will be celebrating Earth Day 2010 by once again hosting the FAMILY EARTH DAY EXPO. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Town Hall Parking Lot at 100 Main Street, Huntington. Covanta is again our sponsor for the PLUG-IN TO E-CYCLING EVENT. This is the latest addition to the Town's comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents and businesses the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. Bring in your old mercury thermostat and Covanta will reward you with a $5.00 gift card to a local home center. Joining us again this year will be Shred-It. They are the oldest providers of on-site document destruction and IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION in the world. Bring your old unwanted outdated documents for on-site disposal. This year's GREEN SHOWCASE is co-sponsored by GreenLogic Energy, TD Bank, Energy by Choice, Ltd. and LIPA. There will be multiple demonstrations including residential solar energy, green cleaning, composting, organic gardening and fun activities for the kids along with raffles and give-aways. The first 150 families that bring ten used plastic grocery bags for recycling will be given a free reusable grocery bag compliments of Wild by Nature. Back by popular demand is the TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT. This is always a unique and fun opportunity for kids of all ages to climb on, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Included will be a fire truck, rescue vehicle, dump truck among others. Join us at this fun-filled event and learn simple ways in which to protect our precious environment. For additional information, please call 351-3171.


 


Responsible Dog Owner Class Cancelled


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/16/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
The Responsible Dog Owner Class scheduled for this evening, March 16, has been cancelled. For information on the class scheduled for April 13th, please call 351-3112. Pre-registration is required.

 


Cuthbertson and Berland Honor First Responders For Their Haiti Relief Effort


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/15/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and fellow Board Members are pictured with members from the Hunt Community First Aid Squad, Hunt Manor Fire Department and Hunt Fire Department on behaf of their '2010 Fill The Boot' event.
 
On January 12, 2010 Haiti was stuck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which lasted for 35 seconds. This was the most powerful quake to hit this region in over a century and caused an insurmountable amount of devastation and loss of life. The Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Huntington Manor Fire Department and Huntington Fire Department took to the streets with their boots in hand, on Sunday January 28 in an effort to raise money and support. These three departments banded together and for a three-hour period walked alongside stopped motorists at various traffic intersections throughout the Town braving the cold temps and the elements to raise money through their ‘Fill The Boot' campaign. Hundreds of motorists reached into their pockets and filled the boots of our Town's bravest, which resulted in an astounding $35,000 benefitting the Haiti relief efforts through the Doctors Without Borders not for profit organization. "This was a catastrophe that faced not only people of Haiti, but for their family members, relatives and friends who call Huntington home," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "These first responders were truly the first ones to respond and we are fortunate to have such dedicated emergency service volunteers in our community," added Cuthbertson. "I want to thank the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, Huntington Manor Fire Department and the Huntington Fire Department for their efforts on behalf of the people of Haiti. As they do on a daily basis, these volunteers rose to the occasion and gave their time, energy, effort & money to help those in need. I am so proud of these volunteers and thank them for their continued dedicated service," said Councilwoman Susan A. Berland.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Announces Huntington Greenway Trails Logo Contest


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/5/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

A trail in Butterfly Park (a.k.a. Farmington Lane Park) in Melville
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington Trails Committee are proud to announce a trails logo contest open to all high school students within Huntington township. The contest calls for students to design a logo to exemplify our Town's trails -- the varied types of trails and the many ways that residents utilize them. There are hiking, walking and biking trails, handicapped accessible trails and horseback riding trails. There are short paved trails, extensive dirt paths through wooded areas, and trails adjoining wetlands and along beaches. The selected logo will be featured on signage marking all of these trails and on the publications that encourage their use. The logo design should contain easily recognized elements (such as tree, bike or walking symbols,) incorporate images that characterize Huntington's trails and parks, have sharp contrast for printing in either black and white or color, be clearly visible if reduced for use on letterhead or a patch, convey a positive impression of outdoor activity and respect for our natural environment (*Please note: ATVs and other motorized vehicles are not allowed on Town trails and should not be included.) Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "With the publication of the 1st edition of the Town of Huntington Trails Guide and the Huntington Greenway Trails Logo Contest, we are striving to promote public awareness of the many wonderful trails and resources within our parks and preserves. This contest will help us with our mission, and I look forward to the unveiling of the final logo design on June 5th." All entries are due by May 1, 2010. The winning entry will be announced on Saturday, June 5th, National Trails Day, at a special town-wide event. Please review the first edition of the Town Trails Guide on the Town of Huntington website (see http://town.huntington.ny.us/permit_pics/937.pdf) for a sampling of what our local trails offer. The logo should be sized at a maximum 8 ½ x 11 size and submitted in hard copy to: Huntington Trails Committee c/o Town of Huntington Department of Planning and Environment, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743. Entries may also be delivered in person to Room 212 (Planning and Environment) in Town Hall or e-mailed to: planning@town.huntington.ny.us. The entries will be judged by the Huntington Greenway Trails Committee, a volunteer group appointed by the Huntington Town Board to promote, develop and preserve the Town trail system. For more information, please call the Department of Planning at 351-3395. ####


 


Responsible Dog Owner Classes Schedule for 2010


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/1/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Town of Huntington and the Invisible Fence Company are pleased to once again offer FREE classes in responsible dog ownership (dog education and training) and covers important training techniques for residents who have recently welcomed a new puppy or dog into their lives. The next class scheduled for 2010 will be held on Tuesday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m. in room 304 at Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington. The two-hour class covers a broad spectrum of dog ownership topics and will demonstrate how each leads to being a well-rounded responsible dog owner. A trainer and veterinarian will also be present at the classes to answer questions. Some areas to be covered will include: basic dog behavior; training advice and techniques; puppy stages/adolescent stages/senior stages; NYS laws pertaining to licensing, required shots, leash laws and Town of Huntington dog laws; dog bite prevention; children and dogs/dogs and strangers; dogs in public and at parks; dog park etiquette; health and nutrition. This class is for people ONLY, however owners are encouraged to bring children over the age of ten so children will learn responsible dog ownership for their pet as well. "The classes were very successful last year," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, "and we are very thankful once again to the Invisible Fence Company for their generosity and sponsorship of this program." Pre-registration is required. Please call Lynn Ruvolo at 631-351-3112 or email Nancy at Nancy@LongIslandPetProfessionals.com to reserve a spot for the upcoming March 16th class.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Kay Miller


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/22/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (left) is pictured with Dr. Eugene Antenucci of Huntington Bay Dental and Kathy Genovese of the Guide Dog Foundation along with Kay Miller proudly displaying the newly named pup Max.
 
Kay Miller is a Town resident, a patient of Huntington Bay Dental and a warmhearted Guide Dog advocate. After learning of Huntington Bay Dental's creative and innovative program that provides $100.00 from every patient's teeth whitening service going towards the sponsorship of a Guide Dog puppy, Ms. Miller's generosity has gone beyond just whitening her teeth. With each visit to the dentist, she consistently contributes towards this cause. In appreciation, Kay Miller was given the honor of naming a Guide Dog puppy at Huntington Bay Dental's "Puppy Naming" event to commemorate her generosity, where she aptly crowned the six-week old puppy "Max." "I would like to personally thank and commend Dr. Eugene Antenucci, Dr. Adamo Notarantonio, Huntington Bay Dental and Kay Miller for their support of the Guide Dog Foundation's America's VetDogs program," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "It is comforting to know that Max will one day be providing companionship and assistance to one of our nation's bravest," added Cuthbertson. For more information on Huntington Bay Dental's Guide Dog sponsorship program please contact Dr. Eugene Antenucci at 631-425-0300.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Arlene Munson


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/17/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members are pictured with honoree Arlene Munson.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored former Northport-East Northport School Board president Arlene Munson on behalf of her 16 years of dedicated service to her community. Ms. Munson was elected to the Northport-East Northport School Board in 1994 and held both President and Vice President positions throughout her longstanding service. As an exemplary educational leader in the community and an advocate for promoting excellence in education, Ms. Munson has left her indelible mark on the community in a positive way and made the Northport-East Northport School District a wonderful place to receive an education. "Arlene Munson's legacy will continue in the enhanced lives of the people she has helped in the community," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I would like to personally wish her a long and healthy future and my sincere congratulations and gratitude for a job well done," added Cuthbertson.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Town Board Honor Intel Semifinalists


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/16/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Cuthbertson and Town Board Present Proclamations to Intel Semifinalists
 
Huntington, NY - At the February 9, 2010 Town Board meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board presented proclamations to four Intel semi-finalists from Huntington township: Everett Coraor from Huntington High School, Alexis Tchaconas from Commack High School, Carly Emmer from HHH East and Levent Alpoge from HHH West. These four students are part of a group of three hundred students from across the country to be named as semi-finalists in the competition. Each of them were chosen from a field of 1,736 entrants nationwide and 1,027 from New York State, winning $1,000 and an equal amount for their high schools. Levent Alpoge from HHH West was recently named as a finalist in the Intel Science Competition; one of forty students chosen from across the country to compete for the $100,000.00 prize. Launched in 1942, the Intel Science Talent Search is America's oldest, most highly regarded, pre-college science competition. The Intel Science Competition not only awards monetary prizes to some of the nation's brightest high school students, but provides invaluable research skills as well.


 


Cuthbertson Announces Rail Parking Relief for Toyota Owners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/10/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
In an effort to assist Toyota owners during this huge recall, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced today a plan for those who possess a Town parking permit on their vehicles and park at the local train stations. Toyota owners will be hearing from their local dealers shortly regarding the recall of varied makes and models and this program will alleviate ticketing a loaner or substitute car driven to the train stations while their regular station vehicle (Toyota) is in for repair. Cars will be recalled by the thousands for brakes, floor mat entrapment or sticking accelerator pedals and dealerships are claiming they will be open 24/7 in an attempt to get cars fixed and back to their owners as quickly as possible. "Toyota owners are having enough to deal with right now," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson "and the last thing they need is getting ticketed while parked at one of Huntington's train stations. I think the first priority for the owners of these vehicles is to get their cars repaired and deemed safe to drive." Anyone who will be driving a substitute vehicle which does not contain the required commuter parking permit for the Town train stations as a result of this Toyota recall should contact the Department of Public Safety at 351-3234. Have available when calling the license plate number of the substitute vehicle along with your commuter permit number from your Toyota being serviced. This information will be provided on a daily basis to the security officers who patrol the various parking lots. In the event that a driver inadvertently receives a parking ticket as a result of the recall, they should notify the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible. Any ticket determined to have been issued as a result of the recall will be dismissed upon proof of a valid commuter permit on the original vehicle. "The last thing a commuter wants to see at the end of the day getting off the train is a parking ticket. It is my hope that this program is one less thing to worry about for those who have to use a loaner car or another family car which does not contain the required parking permit," said Cuthbertson.


 


Responsible Dog Owner Classes Scheduled for 2010


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/2/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Town of Huntington and the Invisible Fence Company are pleased to once again offer FREE classes in responsible dog ownership (dog education and training) and covers important training techniques for residents who have recently welcomed a new puppy or dog into their lives. The next class scheduled for 2010 will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in room 304 at Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington. The two-hour class covers a broad spectrum of dog ownership topics and will demonstrate how each leads to being a well-rounded responsible dog owner. A trainer and veterinarian will also be present at the classes to answer questions. Some areas to be covered will include: basic dog behavior; training advice and techniques; puppy stages/adolescent stages/senior stages; NYS laws pertaining to licensing, required shots, leash laws and Town of Huntington dog laws; dog bite prevention; children and dogs/dogs and strangers; dogs in public and at parks; dog park etiquette; health and nutrition. This class is for people ONLY, however owners are encouraged to bring children over the age of ten so children will learn responsible dog ownership for their pet as well. "The classes were very successful last year," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, "and we are very thankful once again to the Invisible Fence Company for their generosity and sponsorship of this program." Pre-registration is required. Please call Lynn Ruvolo at 631-351-3112 or email Nancy at Nancy@LongIslandPetProfessionals.com to reserve a spot for the upcoming February 23rd class.

 


Coming Soon: NYS Boaters Safety Course


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/1/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
For the fifth consecutive year, the Town of Huntington is partnering with the Centerport Fire Department offering the NYS Boaters Safety Course. The course is given free of charge however there is a $10.00 NYS fee for participants over the age of 18. "Recreational boating is a source of great pleasure for many but each boating season can bring needless accidents," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This is one of the best courses a boater can take in learning how to prevent accidents, injuries, drowning and property damage." The course is available for those 14 years and older and it is designed as a comprehensive course teaching fundamentals of safe boating operation including accidents and emergencies, boat operation, equipment, fueling, navigation, etc. The course will be held at the Centerport Fire Department, 9 Park Circle, Centerport on March 22, 24 and 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Attendees must be present at all three sessions to receive their boating certificate. For more information or to register, please contact the Huntington Harbor Master's office at 351-3255.

 


Cuthbertson Welcomes New Addition to Heron Park


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/19/2010
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Pictured: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Gloria Wertheimer standing in the shadow of the newly installed 22-foot tall iron heron at Heron Park in Centerport.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Gloria Wertheimer, President of the Centerport Harbor Civic Association, watched as the new 22 foot cast iron and green patina finished heron was raised and secured into its new resting place in Heron Park, Centerport. The $30,000 Heron sculpture was crafted by artisan and former Centerport resident Roberto Julio Bessin and was purchased by the Centerport Harbor Civic Association with the assistance of grant funding. "This sculpture is a true work of art and serves as a wonderful addition to an already picturesque park," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This sculpture very definitively put the "Heron" in Heron Park," added Cuthbertson.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Huntington Town Board Present Certificate to 2009 Tulip Festival Photo Award Winner


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/14/2010
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Town Board members present award to 2009 Tulip Festival Photo Contest winner Mike DiRenzo.
 
January 12, 2010 - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board honored the winners of the Ninth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at the January 12th Town Board meeting, presenting a certificate and a $350 award check to First Place winner Mike DiRenzo of Coram, NY for his photo titled, "Bubble Boy." Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Bob Savage of Port Jefferson Station, NY for "Heckscher Park - Huntington" and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Mary Ruppert of Huntington, NY for "Beauty in the Sky." The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board. The Huntington Tulip Festival is a FREE, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips, booths with activities for children and live entertainment. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. Astoria Federal Savings is the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The 2010 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be un-mounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2010. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form."


 


A New Beginning for the Fuchs Pond Preserve Property


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/13/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Decorated in a marine motif, the Fuchs House is just about ready to welcome our young environmentalists.
 
This is the year of the new beginning over at the Fuchs Pond Property in Northport. The property had been in need of refurbishment and a little tender loving care and all 2009 pilot programs proved successful. "The first major change at the site was the renovation of an existing apartment. This has become the home of a NYS DEC Police Officer which has been a tremendous asset in alleviating vandalism at this location," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. The area has also been cleaned up extensively including removing a run down out-structure. Kindergarten through fifth grade students of the Norwood Avenue Elementary School are looking to use the property for nature walks this coming spring. This will be a wonderful opportunity to witness to the new growth of many fine species of flora and fauna indigenous to that area as it begins to bloom. "Last year the main house underwent numerous improvements," stated Cuthbertson. "Together with a major clean-up and painting, new plumbing and electrical work brought the house up to code. New doors were installed and handicapped bathrooms were added on the first floor." After those renovations, the Town entered into an agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension to run an environmental educational pilot program between June 1st through August 31st. This proved to be very successful. On January 12, 2010, the Town of Huntington passed a resolution executing an agreement with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County for a period of four years to assist the Town in providing seasonal environmental educational services at the Fuchs Pond Preserve House. Last year the classrooms and patio were utilized by staff for arts and crafts and to provide hands-on activities while teaching campers about Long Island's vital coastal habitats. They were able to handle and observe live marine animals and freshwater pond life while learning about marine science and environmental ecology. The large fields on the property provided a place for outdoor games and wildlife observation (deer, red tail hawks, cardinals, etc.) This year we hope the programs will become even bigger. "This was the dream for this property when the Town purchased it back in 2002 and now, thanks to the hard work of many, this dream has turned into reality. The Town of Huntington is very proud to have this environmental and outdoor learning facility here in Northport," said Cuthbertson. For information on this year's program schedule, contact Kristen Colavito, Cornell Cooperative Extension Camp Director at 631-239-1800, ext. 28.


 


Responsible Dog Owner Classes on Town's 2010 Calendar


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/4/2010
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Town of Huntington and the Invisible Fence Company are pleased to once again offer FREE classes in responsible dog ownership (dog education and training) and covers important training techniques for residents who have recently welcomed a new puppy or dog into their lives. The first class scheduled for 2010 will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m. in room 304 at Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington. The two-hour class covers a broad spectrum of dog ownership topics and will demonstrate how each leads to being a well-rounded responsible dog owner. A trainer and veterinarian will also be present at the classes to answer questions. Some areas to be covered will include: basic dog behavior; training advice and techniques; puppy stages/adolescent stages/senior stages; NYS laws pertaining to licensing, required shots, leash laws and Town of Huntington dog laws; dog bite prevention; children and dogs/dogs and strangers; dogs in public and at parks; dog park etiquette; health and nutrition. This class is for people ONLY, however owners are encouraged to bring children over the age of ten so children will learn responsible dog ownership for their pet as well. "The classes were very successful last year," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, "and we are very thankful once again to the Invisible Fence Company for their generosity and sponsorship of this program." Pre-registration is required. Please call Lynn Ruvolo at 631-351-3112 or email Nancy at Nancy@LongIslandPetProfessionals.com to reserve a spot for the upcoming January 19th class.

 


Cuthbertson Recognizes Six High School Students For Making A Difference


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/16/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson with fellow Board Members,Supervisor Petrone,Councilwoman Berland,Councilman Besen and Councilwoman Jackson along with honorees, Brielle Levenberg, Jimmy Deoquino,Robert Gilmor,Jennifer Kielawa,Maria Pezzino & Hailey Kammerling
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently honored six local high school students for making a difference in the community. These students founded a successful not-for profit organization called Caregivers For Life, whose mission is to honor and support family caregivers through seminars and support groups to raise awareness of the unsung heroes of care giving who unselfishly provide care to family members or friends in need. Caregivers For Life Co-Directors Maria Pezzino and Jennifer Kielawa, both students from Walt Whitman High School, founded the organization after hearing of a local family who had been coping with the challenges of juvenile arthritis and decided the time was right to do something to recognize and reward those often overlooked family members who provide around the clock love, compassion and care. Shortly thereafter they solicited help from a fellow classmate/friend, Haley Kammerling and three other friends; Jimmy Deoquino and Robert Gilmor from John Glenn High School and Brielle Levenberg from Harborfields High School. "These students, who are from three different school districts, demonstrate the kind of impact one can have when there is a common goal," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This unlikely partnership has helped to raise the awareness of family caregivers and provides an avenue for help to those who are in need; while setting the example for others to follow," added Cuthbertson.


 


Cuthbertson Marks 10th Anniversary with 41 New Youth Court Inductees


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/2/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson administering ‘The Oath of Office’ to the 2010 Youth Council Inductees
 
Huntington NY — On Tuesday December 1st, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, inducted 41 new student members and welcomed back 30 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Town Hall. Now celebrating its tenth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has over 150 members from every high school in the Town and has inducted 416 Youth Court members to date. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program's coordinator, Maria Danisi, works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. "It is vital to instill the legal ramifications to first time youth offenders in such a unique criminal justice arena," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " I would like to personally thank and commend Maria Georgiou, Maria Danisi and their staff on behalf of the Youth Court's Tenth Anniversary and look forward to the continued success of this wonderful program," added Cuthbertson. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty. For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547 or via e-mail to: youthcourt@optonline.net .


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Attends Vice Presidential Dinner in D.C.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/1/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is pictured with Vice President Joseph Biden at November 4 formal dinner in D.C. .
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, local Greek-Americans and distinguished guests traveled to Washington D.C. on November 4 to attend a formal dinner, hosted by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his wife, at the Vice Presidential Residence. The dinner was to honor His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew who was visiting Washington D.C. .


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Huntington Bay Dental


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/10/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson along with Dr. Larissa Figari of Huntington Bay Dental.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members recently honored Huntington Bay Dental for their First Annual Candy Buy-Back Program, in which children up to the age 18 were allowed to trade in their Halloween sweets for $1 per pound from November 2nd through November 7th. Recognizing that the large quantities of candy consumed at Halloween can result in dental decay, childhood obesity and an plethora of other serious medical conditions such as diabetes, the dentists at Huntington Bay Dental implemented this proactive program to help combat these problems. "I would like to personally thank and commend Dr. Eugene Antenucci and Dr. Adamo Notarantonio and the staff at Huntington Bay Dental for their unique and innovative Candy Buy Back program," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " This event provided not only a viable way of promoting childhood wellness, but also sets the example of giving back and doing something positive for the community," added Cuthbertson. Huntington Bay Dental collected nearly 1,000 pounds of candy, which benefitted Operation Gratitude (supporting our troops overseas) and Long Island Cares, Inc.-Harry Chapin Food Bank.


 


Town of Huntington Sponsors the 6th Annual Halloween Parade


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/31/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Besen, Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson lead the 6th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade
 
Huntington, NY – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Stuart P. Besen and the Town of Huntington sponsored the 6th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on Saturday, October 31st. The weather cooperated and hundreds came out to participate in the festivities. The parade started in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street, moved east on Gerard and south on Wall Street, and ended where Wall Street intersects with Main Street (25A.) In addition, the Huntington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with village merchants, sponsored its "Safe Trick-or-Treat" program. Merchants throughout the town passed out candy from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 


Cuthbertson Hosts Scouts at Town Hall


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/16/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently hosted a meeting in Town Hall with a group of local scouts, which satisfied one of their activity badge requirements. 

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (back row-center) was the recent host to a group of local Webelos Scouts from Pack #312 (sitting in as the Town Board), where they learned about the responsibilities of Town Government along with open discussions about the rights, duties and obligations of citizenship. The Councilman also encouraged the scouts to lead by example and spoke of ways they could demonstrate good citizenship in their community. This presentation fulfilled the scouts "Citizen Activity Badge" requirement which is one of twenty different activity badges that can be earned to prepare Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout Merit Badge.


 


Town of Huntington and Waldbaum's Host Dedication Ceremony of Huntington Village Mural


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/13/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(left - right) Bob Batafarano and Cindy Bearns of Waldbaum's, teen art apprentices, artist Garin Baker, Chris Ricco, Project Excel, Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilman Besen, Councilwoman Berland and Councilwoman Jackson
 
Huntington, NY, October 8, 2009 - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and Waldbaum's, on behalf of A&P, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Huntington Village community mural, "Sailing in Huntington Harbor." The dedication ceremony was held at the mural site located in the municipal parking lot at the 200 block of New York Avenue in Huntington Village. The Huntington Town Board, representatives from Waldbaum's, teen art apprentices from Project Excel and their families, artist Garin Baker, Public Art Advisory Committee members and others who helped make this project possible attended the event. Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Councilman Stuart P. Besen and Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson recognized each of the students for their efforts, distributing certificates to each teen art apprentice for a job well done. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who spearheaded the Huntington Village mural project stated, "Thanks to Waldbaum's and all of our sponsors, and the hard work and dedication of the teen art apprentices, a 4500 square foot bare wall became a showpiece and a source of pride, reminding us why Huntington is such a great place to live, work and raise a family." The teen apprentices worked on the project from its inception through its final phase, learning not only about art and mural painting but also about their community and about working together as a team. The content of the mural is Huntington Harbor at sunset, complete with sailboats and the lighthouse. For more information, please call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Town of Huntington Host Re-dedication Ceremony of "Town Hall Mobile" and Pay Tribute to Artist Mark Kuhn


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/6/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Members of Leadership Huntington, Councilwoman Jackson, Councilman Besen and Councilman Cuthbertson at the re-dedication ceremony with the "Town Hall Mobile" in the background.
 
October 1, 2009, Huntington, NY - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson paid tribute to local artist Mark Kuhn, who passed away last spring from ALS, with a re-dedication ceremony of the Town Hall Mobile, which was created by Kuhn a decade ago. On hand at the ceremony was Donna Simonetti, Mark Kuhn's wife and their daughter Paige, friends of the artist, members of Leadership Huntington, of which Mark was a member, members of the Public Art Advisory Committee and others from the arts community. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "It is fitting that we honor Mark and his "Town Hall Mobile" on its 10 year anniversary and in October which is "Arts and Humanities Month." Mark Kuhn contributed to the Huntington community in so many ways, leaving his legacy with his own art, as well as the artwork of others that he helped to make possible." The "Town Hall Mobile" has been greeting visitors in the front lobby of Huntington Town Hall since 1999. Kuhn created the "Town Hall Mobile" as a work of art featuring both abstract and representational images that are symbolic of suburban community and celebrate the many different facets of life in Huntington. Kuhn's "Town Hall Mobile" was the Town of Huntington's first Public Art Initiative project that launched this new program. Kuhn went on to serve as one of the founding members of the Town's Public Art Advisory Committee in guiding the planning, creation, and installation of public art projects by other artists. He readily shared his knowledge and love of art with others as an instructor at the Art League of Long Island.


 


Town's Youth Court Receives Grant


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/24/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Gregory C. Guercio, Chair of the New York Bar Foundation is pictured presenting the grant to Maria Danisi, Youth Court Coordinator, along with Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen and inducted members of the Youth Court program.
 
On Thursday, September 17, 2009 the New York Bar Foundation presented a $2,000 grant to the Town of Huntington's Youth Court Program to show their continued support for this local youth orientated alternative to the standard criminal justice system. Gregory Guercio, Chair of the New York Bar Foundation's Tenth District, presented the grant to Maria Danisi, the Youth Court Program coordinator and Town Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen. Now celebrating its ninth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has over 100 members from every high school in the Town and has inducted 375 Youth Court members to date. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding first time youth offenders between the ages of 7 and 15 accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. Youth Court participants will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. "It is vital to instill the legal ramifications to first time youth offenders in such a unique criminal justice arena," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. " I would like to personally thank and commend the New York Bar Foundation for their continued support, which will help to pay future dividends to both local youth offenders and community," added Cuthbertson. "The Youth Court program could not be such a success without the overwhelming community support received since its inception," stated Councilman Stuart Besen. "This program continues to grow steadily and we are fortunate for the New York Bar Foundation's continued generosity and support," added Besen.


 


Councilwoman Glenda Jackson Honored by Two Long-Standing Community Organizations


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/24/2009
Author: Diane Teets

 
On August 22nd the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and the Huntington Kiwanis honored Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson at their annual fundraiser barbeque on behalf of her continued support of both organizations. The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association was organized in 1949 to purchase Whitman's birthplace and safeguard it for future generations. In 1957, the Birthplace Association gave New York State title to the property. The Association preserves the house where the poet was born and lived in the early years of his life, and makes the poet's life and work accessible to all through school and public programs, exhibits and publications. The Kiwanis Club of Huntington is a thriving organization who responds to the needs of Huntington and addresses worldwide issues by "Serving the Children of the World". The Kiwanis Club of Huntington has served our Town since 1951. The club is responsible for a Children's Shopping Tour, which provides a holiday shopping day for deserving children and provides summer camp experiences for many underprivileged youth at Kamp Kiwanis. "The Town of Huntington is the home of so many caring and giving organizations. Being recognized this year by two very dedicated institutions, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and the Kiwanis Club of Huntington, is truly an honor," stated Councilwoman Jackson. Shown in the photos (left) Councilwoman Glenda Jackson with colleagues, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who stopped by to congratulate Councilwoman Jackson and extend their best wishes on the success of the fundraising event. Photo on right is Councilwoman Jackson with Birthplace Executive Director Cynthia Schor and Kiwanis President Barry Turk.


 


Huntington Village Mural Completed!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/24/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Student art apprentices pose with Chris Ricco, Project Excel, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and artist Garin Baker
 
Huntington, NY - With twenty-nine 5x28 foot polytab cloth panels finally painted, the student art apprentices from Project Excel, who have been working three days a week since last spring, are finally able to see their hard work pieced together like a puzzle. The completed mural resides on the rear wall of the Waldbaums Supermarket, which can be seen at the back of the municipal parking lot property on the west side of the 200 block of New York Avenue. The Huntington Village mural covers a 4500 square foot wall and was installed last week by professional mural artist Garin Baker, who was selected by the Town's Public Art Advisory Committee to serve as the lead artist for this community mural project and as mentor to the team of teen apprentice artists from the community. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who spearheaded the Huntington Village mural project stated, "I am very impressed by the students' commitment to this project. From start to finish they have worked diligently and learned a great deal along the way, while providing Huntington with a lasting tribute to our beautiful harbor through this piece of public art for all to enjoy. They should truly be proud of themselves for a job well done." Councilman Mark Cuthbertson proposed that teen artists from the community, supervised by the Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL, design and create a mural celebrating the community on this very visible and publicly accessible site. The Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL received more than 300 apprentice applications and selected two-dozen teens to assist with the project's design and execution. The content of the mural is Huntington Harbor at sunset, complete with sailboats and the lighthouse. The professional artist taught the students a wide range of skills from traditional drawing to color mixing. Along the way, they also learned about teamwork and leadership.


 


Bocce Tournament 2009


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/17/2009
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This year's bocce tournament brought over 25 four man teams to Elwood Park on August 2nd. Unfortunately the weather was not on the side of the players and the tournament was brought to a close by late afternoon when the rains made it too difficult to play. However, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson had the opportunity to spend time with some of the players before the games began.


 


Cuthbertson To Be Honored By Lions Club


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/13/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
As part of celebration of the 75th Anniversary, the Huntington Lions Club will be honoring Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at their Annual Charity Golf Outing on August 31, 2009. Councilman Cuthbertson is being honored specifically for his many years of service to the Huntington community and for setting an example as a public servant. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have brought people together to collectively give something back to their community. Today with more than 46,000 clubs in 192 countries, totaling 1.3 million members, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our global community. The 51st Annual Golf Outing will be held at Cold Spring Country Club and all proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations such as The Guide Dog Foundation, Cleary School for the Deaf, Visitng Nurse Services, Newborns In Need, Dolan Health Care Center, St. Hughes Outreach Program and Pedersen-Krag.


 


Lights...Camera...Action....E.T.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/12/2009
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Pack up the family in that classic car and head off to Crab Meadow Beach to see a genuine classic movie. This year's voter's choice was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Elliot and his little alien friend won hands down! Steven Spielberg's heartwarming science fiction masterpiece has been warmly accepted by audiences for over twenty years. It is a magical fantasy movie myth that contains discovery, rescue and escape … a young, fatherless suburban boy and a lost, benevolent and homesick visitor from another planet who was mistakenly left stranded and orphaned on Earth … three million light years from his home. For those who have never witnessed this film will find excitement and delight as they watch how he finds his way home. This timeless and popular movie is being shown as part of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Movies on the Lawn Program. It is the 2009 season grand finale drive in at Crab Meadow Beach on August 20th. If you own a classic vehicle, you can be part of our car show before the movie starts. As parking at the drive in movies is VERY limited, those wishing to park and show their classic vehicle in this reserved parking section that evening are asked to call 631-351-3112 to make sure that ample spaces will be available. You can leave a message with your name and year/type of car coming that evening. Gates to the beach will open approximately 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at darkness (approximately 8:45 p.m.) Please bring folding/lawn chairs in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available at the Crab Meadow Golf Course and bus service will be provided back and forth to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown indoors at Elwood Middle School and begin at 7:30. For information, please call 351-3112 or visit the Town of Huntington website at: http://town.huntington.ny.us


 


Movie on the Lawn Tonight: Paul Blart: Mall Cop - Heckscher Park


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/3/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Paul Blart: Mall Cop will be shown tonight at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park (by the tennis courts). Pack your family, blankets, chairs and picnic supper and enjoy the movie. Tonight's feature will begin at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm).


 


Cuthbertson Recognizes 1st LEED Silver Home on Long Island


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/9/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Michael and Wendy Busby of Huntington Bay as Councilman Cuthbertson presents them with a proclamation for dedication to constructing the first LEED Silver home on Long Island.
 
At the Tuesday Town Board meeting, Councilman Mark A. Cuthbertson presented a special proclamation to Michael Busby and Wendy Busby who after an unforeseeable tragedy, lost their home to an electric fire and subsequently made the decision to rebuild an entirely new LEED certified home in its place. As a result, their home has been established as the first residential structure on Long Island to meet the Silver standard of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Program. The LEED program is a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions in residential, commercial and industrial new and existing construction. The Busby family worked with a local contractor to maintain a "green" focus, while still trying to preserve the traditional-style home that they have always loved. The result is a gorgeous home in Huntington Bay that is a beacon for green building design and smart planning. The Busby Family is living proof that when life tosses you lemons, you can make lemonade. "We congratulate Michael and Wendy Busby for having the foresight and dedication to follow the LEED green building standard and hope that they will be a model for Long Island as we move toward a sustainable future," added Councilman Cuthbertson. "I look forward to working with them as the Town establishes and expands programs to assist Huntington homeowners with sustainable building alternatives."


 


Cuthbertson Celebrates 44th Huntington Summer Arts Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/30/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park, welcoming the crowd.
 
Huntington, NY - On Saturday night, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson gave welcoming remarks to a crowd of 2,500 at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival opening act- The Prodigals. The Festival, celebrating its 44th season, expects to draw thousands of families and fans from across Long Island this summer to witness an exciting mix of funk, jazz, Celtic and folk music. All Summer Arts Festival concerts are free and open to the public and boast a thrilling 2009 season, offering everything from folk and jazz music to Broadway Theater and dance to entertain every member of the family. "There could not be a better place to bring your family, throw down a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner and a great show," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "This is what Huntington's diverse performing arts community is all about."


 


IGOR will be Shown at Dix Hills Park...


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/29/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
IGOR will be shown tonight at Huntington's beautiful Dix Hills Park (in the field to the left of the Dix Hills Pool). Pack your family, blankets, chairs and picnic supper and enjoy the movie. Tonight's feature will begin at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm).


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Dance Team From John Glenn


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/10/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members,Supervisor Frank Petrone,Councilwoman Susan Berland,Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson,with Ms Eileen Kelly-Gorman, John Glenn Dance Team Advisor and the 2009 Knightline Dance Team.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members recently recognized the 2009 John Glenn High School Knightline Kickline Dance Team for their victory at this year's Dance Division at the Long Island Kickline Association's Championship Competition. Rather than aim to simply compete with the other dance teams, the John Glenn Dance Team aimed for the top and ruled the competition. The Knightline Team placed first in the Dance Division and third in the Pom Division. The team has shown that with teamwork, determination and perseverance, anything is attainable. The team stood un-intimidated and succeeded in not only making their mark, but also going above and beyond to bring a trophy home.


 


Adoption Day A Success At Huntington Animal Shelter


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/4/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Goliath, Councilman Stuart Besen, Jenna, a representative of the Invisible Fence Company, Timothy, and Nancy Hassel of the Dog Federation of New York.
 
Owning a pet is an awesome responsibility and the pet professionals at Invisible Fence® Brand understand this. That is why the Invisible Fence Company and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson hosted the Town of Huntington Pet Adoption Day this past Saturday at the Town Animal Shelter. In these tough economic times, our shelters are overwhelmed with returned dogs and cats because people cannot afford to keep them. At the shelter currently, there are over fifty dogs and one hundred cats, many of which were relinquished by their owners who could no longer afford to take care of them. Given these circumstances, Invisible Fence Brand decided to work with the Town of Huntington to encourage adoptions by reimbursing all adoption fees at the Animal Shelter up to $150. This is the second time the Invisible Fence Company has worked with the Town on "pet projects," the first being the Responsible Dog Owner Classes which take place every month in Town Hall. "We are thrilled to be able to team up with the Town of Huntington once again, this time providing financial support to pet lovers that want to adopt a dog or cat from the town's shelter," says Tracy Scarfi, Marketing Manager for Invisible Fence® Brand. "The Town of Huntington has been great to work with and we hope we can make this a regular event." "The Canine Fence Company and Invisible Fence Brand have been invaluable partners for the Town of Huntington, specifically in relation to our dog owners," remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Their dedication to our animal lovers and their beloved pets has been overwhelming. We hope that events and programs like these will promote increased adoptions through out Long Island." Adopters had to adhere and pass all standard adoption requirements from the town's animal shelter and pay the required pet adoption fees on May 30th. After 60 days, the Invisible Fence® Brand will check in with all of the adopters to confirm that the newest family member is safe, happy and at home. For all adoptions that are still in place, Invisible Fence® Brand will reimburse the $102 adoption fee for dogs and $95 adoption fee for cats.


 


Movies on the Lawn: Back for Season Six


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/2/2009
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This year is the sixth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. "With every passing year, the crowd of movie-goers multiplies so it's wise to arrive at each venue a little early. Even before the movie starts, there's fun to be had at the playgrounds or playing with the other children in attendance." The schedule starts with a lawn performance at Dix Hills Park on June 29th. This natural amphitheater setting (by the pool parking lot) will feature the IGOR (Rated PG). A hilarious twist on the classic monster movie, "Igor" tells the story of one Igor who's sick of being a lowly lab assistant with a Yes Master's degree and dreams of becoming a scientist. On July 23rd there will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring MADAGASCAR ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (Rated PG). The endearing New York City zoo animals of the original hit movie return for another zany round of adventures abroad. Leaving the island of the title by way of a ramshackle penguin-designed aircraft, the quartet of Alex the Lion (voiced by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), along with unlikely friends such as King Julien the Lemur (Sacha Baron Cohen), crash-land on the African savannah, setting in motion a whole new series of exploits, involving Alex's long-lost parents (Bernie Mac and Sherri Shepherd) and a stranded group of tenacious NYC human tourists. Back to the lawn on August 3rd at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. PAUL BLART MALL COP (Rated PG) will be filling the screen set up by the tennis courts. Funnyman Kevin James takes the role of a single dad in this largely physical comedy, which the actor also co-wrote. Paul Blart (James) is a hard worker, but has never landed his dream job of being New Jersey state trooper due to his excess weight. Determined to support his mother and his daughter, Blart takes the slightly less glamorous post as the security guard at his local shopping mall. He never complains, approaching the job with impressive diligence and pride, but doesn't get much respect for it. On Thursday, August 20th, SEE A CLASSIC DRIVE IN MOVIE IN YOUR CLASSIC CAR at Crabmeadow Beach. It's a voter's choice classic, so get your vote to: mcuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us no later than August 1st. Choices are: Raiders of the Lost Arc or The Bad News Bears or The Karate Kid or E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. All movies begin at darkness. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson to Appear on "Meet the Leaders"


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/29/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Host Pat Halpin and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson discuss issues on "Meet the Leaders"
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was a featured guest on a recent episode of "Meet the Leaders" for Cablevision's Local Programming. "Meet the Leaders" is a program that is designed to inform and update the community and bring issues that concern Long Island to viewers. Councilman Cuthbertson discussed a variety of topics in the half-hour episode with host Pat Halpin, ranging from Huntington's finances to projects and programs in the Town of Huntington. The first topic on the agenda was the Town of Huntington's finances and how the Town received the highest bond rating of AAA from Standard and Poor's. They also discussed the relocation of Canon's world headquarters to Melville and the benefits of bringing this major corporation to Huntington. They covered the Town of Huntington's Mural Project, in which two-dozen student apprentices from Project EXCEL are collaborating with a professional artist to paint a 4500 square foot mural - the largest public art project in Huntington. They also discussed the F.I.R.E. Association (Firefighters/EMS Incentive and Recruitment Enhancement) and the constant need to recruit and retain volunteers, as well as Bike to Work Week and the Town of Huntington's Bike Share Program, Boating Safety Classes and the new skate park at the Veterans Park complex. MEET THE LEADERS-SUFFOLK EDITION- AIRDATES FOR RIVERHEAD SYSTEM Ch. 18 Airdates: Monday, 6-1 @ 11:00am & 11:00pm Friday, 6-5 @ 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm Tuesday, 6-9 @ 11:00am, 8:30pm, 11:00pm Saturday 6-13@ 8:00pm & 11:00pm Wednesday, 6-17 @ 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm Sunday, 6-21 @ 11:00am & 11:00pm Thursday, 6-25 @ 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm Monday, 6-29 @ 11:00am & 11:00pm AIRDATES FOR HAUPPAUGE SYSTEM Islip Ch. 18 Airdates: Monday, 6-1 @ 1pm & 11:30pm Friday, 6-5 @ 11:30am, 11:30pm Tuesday, 6-9 @ 11:30pm Saturday 6-13@ 11:30am, 11 pm Wednesday, 6-17 @ 11:30am, 11:30pm Sunday, 6-21 @ 10am & 11:00pm Thursday, 6-25 @ 11:30pm Monday, 6-29 @ 1pm & 11:30pm Brookhaven/Hauppauge Ch. 118 Airdates: Monday, 6-1 @ 11am & 1pm Friday, 6-5 @ 11:30am Tuesday, 6-9 @ 10am, 2pm, 10:30pm Saturday 6-13@ 11:30am, 2pm, 11 pm Wednesday, 6-17 @ 11:30am, 2pm Sunday, 6-21 @ 10am Thursday, 6-25 @ 2pm, 10pm Monday, 6-29 @ 11am & 1pm AIRDATES FOR WOODBURY SYSTEM Ch. 18 Airdates Monday, 6-1 @10am, 8:30pm Friday, 6-5 @ 8:30 pm Tuesday, 6-9 @ 8:30 pm Saturday, 6-13 @ 4 pm, 6:30 pm Wednesday, 6-17 @ 10 am, 8:30 pm, 9:30 pm Sunday, 6-21 @ 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm Thursday, 6-25 @ 10am, 8:30 pm Monday, 6-29 @ 10am, 8:30 pm


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Visits with Student Artists Working on the Huntington Village Mural Project


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/26/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(from left to right) artist Garin Baker, Chris Ricco from Project EXCEL, student art apprentices from Project Excel and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at the site where the mural is being painted.
 
Huntington, NY – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently visited the site where student art apprentices from Project EXCEL are working with a professional mural artist to complete a 4500 square foot mural in Huntington Village. The students have been working on strips of polytab cloth, which upon completion, will be attached to the building. The students have been steadily collaborating three times a week since early April on this massive project to be affixed to bare rear wall of the Waldbaums Supermarket at 60 Wall Street. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "I am so impressed by the caliber of work and the diligence of the students who are committed to working on the Huntington Village mural. This project is as much about the learning process for the students as it is about the finished product. It provides a unique opportunity for young people to actively participate in a process that not only enhances their community, but demonstrates what it means to see a project through from inception to completion." In order to serve residents shopping in the Huntington Village Business District, in 2006 the Town of Huntington created a new municipal parking lot on property on the west side of the 200 block of New York Avenue. As a result of clearing the property for this development, the large bare rear wall of the Waldbaums Supermarket at was newly revealed as a prominent feature overlooking the adjacent parking lot. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson proposed that teen artists from the community, supervised by the Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL, design and create a mural celebrating the community on this very visible and publicly accessible site. The Town's Public Art Advisory Committee offered to collaborate with Project EXCEL by selecting and engaging an experienced professional mural artist to serve as the lead artist for this community mural project and as mentor to the team of teen apprentice artists from the community. The Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL received more than 300 apprentice applications and selected two-dozen teens to assist with the project's design and execution. The content of the mural is Huntington Harbor at sunset, complete with sailboats and the lighthouse. The professional artist is teaching the students a wide range of skills from traditional drawing to color mixing. Along the way, they are also learning about teamwork and leadership. For more information on the Huntington Village mural, please call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Local Art Students Honored by Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/5/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(left to right) Councilwoman Berland, Caitlin Apostoli from the HAC, art teacher Carolyn Ratay, student Kayla Straub, Councilwoman Jackson, Councilman Cuthbertson, Bushra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings and Councilman Besen
 
Friday, May 1, 2009, Huntington, NY – At a reception in the renovated Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington, student artists, along with their art teachers and parents, joined members of the Huntington Town Board, representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the staff of the Heckscher Museum and representatives of the Huntington Arts Council to recognize the winners of the 2009 Tulip Festival School Art Contest organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, founder of the Huntington Tulip Festival, commended the community partners, participating agencies and the festival committee for their efforts to make the 9th annual Tulip Festival a success, and Bushra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings introduced the art contest winners and presented their awards. The Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings co-sponsored the 9th Annual Town of Huntington Tulip Festival School Art Contest. The theme was "Huntington in Bloom" and for the contest, students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 9th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. As a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program, the contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. Two (2) winners from each grade level received a $50 US savings bond courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and had their work displayed at Huntington's 9th Annual Tulip Festival. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the best of the grade and the money for the teacher's school's art supply budget was courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings. The 2009 Tulip Festival Art Contest Winners are: 3rd Grade – Caroline Spaulding – Dickinson Avenue Elementary Samantha Paris – Lloyd Harbor School Natalie Van Wickler – Norwood Avenue Elementary 4th Grade - Meagan O'Donnell Maplewood Intermediate Laura Altieri Maplewood Intermediate Michael Maniscalco Maplewood Intermediate 5th Grade - Rebecca Gorst Dickinson Ave. Elementary Kayla Arestivo Dickinson Ave. Elementary Megan Gallagher Maplewood Intermediate 6th Grade - Ariella Danziger Long Island School for the Gifted James DiMichele St. Patrick School 7th Grade - Caitlin Reynolds Trinity Regional School Kayla Straub St. Patrick School Rose Davis Long Island School for the Gifted 8th Grade - Cameron Haas Cold Spring Harbor JHS Devin Mammone Cold Spring Harbor JHS Meher Walia Long Island School for the Gifted For more information, contact the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877. ####


 


Entertainment Schedule for the 9th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival - Sunday, May 3, 2009


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/1/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Suzanne Abruzzo won 2nd place in the 2008 Tulip Festival Photo Contest for photo titled,
 
Huntington, NY – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are pleased to present the Ninth Annual Tulip Festival, which will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The Tulip Festival, now in its ninth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with Janice Buckner Song & Puppetry Concert (12:00 – 12:45) – Popping Up Puppets! – They're perky! They're precocious! They're passionate! They're playful! Put it all together, Janice Buckner and her puppets are positively phenomenal and will delight you and yours with a joyful mix of song, storytelling, sign: audience participation guaranteed. Janice is considered one of the top children's performing artists in the country. She is a noted songwriter, radio host and the producer of 10 award-winning CDs. Bari Koral Family Rock Band (1:15 – 2:00) This high-energy show has kid-friendly lyrics (cars, waves, airplanes, farms), but the sound is pure parent pleasure: real rock. The New York Post said, "Thanks to a catchy Beatles-influenced pop sound, parents won't even care that Bari Koral Family Rock Band is singing about farms and cows. Little ones will happily sing along with the proclaimed 'Sheryl Crow for kids'." Historic Children's Parade (2:15-2:30) Bari Koral Family Rock Band leads our re-enactment of the annual children's parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area. (Parents: Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.) BraveConsulting's "From Stage to Screen" presents "Snow White Goes West!" (3:00 – 4:00) – It's Snow White with a Stetson! Set during the California Gold Rush, this kid-friendly, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the timeless classic pits the hapless heroine against an ill-tempered saloon hall owner named Queenie and her assistant Sneaky Sam. In true fairy tale fashion, all ends well, thanks to handsome Marshall Joe Prince and the Seven prospecting Dwarf Brothers. Songs include "Gold in California," "Comin Home," "An Apple A Day" and "Snow White." For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


Cuthbertson and Besen Celebrate Arbor Day


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/1/2009
Author: Stephen P. Jimenez

 
Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen recently celebrated Arbor Day by partnering with students and faculty members of three Huntington schools in the Town of Huntington for a tree-planting event to recognize the environmental message this day signifies. Students and faculty from the St. Patrick's School, Harborfields High School and East Northport Middle School came together on Friday, April 24 with tiny shovels and big hearts as they planted 100 saplings that were donated to the Town of Huntington through the Hain Celestial Group in Melville. "I would like to personally thank Mary Celeste Anthes and Angela Ehlich of the Hain Celestial Group, and Edward Higgins of the Arbor Day Foundation for making our Arbor Day event possible," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "I would also like to thank Jo-Ann Bellistri of the St. Patrick's School, David Bennardo, Principal of Harborfields High School and Jo Ann Kroon, Principal of East Northport Middle School for making Arbor Day such a success," added Cuthbertson. "The students that participated have genuinely celebrated Arbor Day as it should be, by encouraging tree planting, care of our trees and care of our precious environment," stated Councilman Stuart Besen.


 


The Town of Huntington Family Earth Day Expo


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/29/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Petrone, Cuthbertson and Besen celebrate green community event Huntington, NY - Saturday, April 25, 2009 residents, environmentalists, gardeners, businesses and Town Board members convened for the common purpose of celebrating our planet at the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo. At the event, residents dropped off two giant truckloads of e-waste at the E-Cycling event sponsored by Councilman Stuart Besen, Supervisor Frank Petrone and Covanta. Children of all ages had the chance to climb on top of fire and police vehicles at the Touch-A Truck portion. Shred-It, a new addition this year, allowed residents to shred boxes of unwanted or unused personal documents such as financial and medical records. At, the Green Showcase sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Green Logic and TD Bank, residents were given the opportunity to learn about organic gardening, solar power, biodiesel and plastic bag recycling. One lucky family went home with a brand new 45watt solar shed system courtesy of Green Logic, which was raffled at the event. NOTE! Residents can still bring their clean used plastic bags to the Huntington Recycling Center or Councilman Cuthbertson's office for a free reusable grocery bag car of Wild By Nature. Limit one per person. In the photo: Left: Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Besen show off their baby Blue Spruce trees at the Earth Day Event. Right: Councilman Cuthbertson with Dylan Thompson of Dylan's Footprint, his mother Gloria and local developers Mark Gunther and Peter Smith of Paul Davis Restoration who are organizing the community to build Dylan a handicapped accessible, green "Passive House."


 


Cuthbertson Announces Opening on Renewable Energy Task Force


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/22/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington, NY - The Town of Huntington Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF) was created last year by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson as part of an ongoing effort to promote a sustainable and environmentally responsible future for the Town. Since its creation, the RETF has been working on project recommendations, funding opportunities and the creation of a Master Plan for the committee and the Town. This past January, the Town Board proposed a bond initiative that created $1 million in funding over the next decade to be used specifically for renewable energy projects. As part of this unique funding, sponsored by Councilman Cuthbertson, the main efforts of the Task Force will include promoting energy efficiency and conservation throughout Huntington, reviewing Town policies and regulations to promote development of renewable and alternative energy and developing strategies to attract green business to the Town. Based on its findings, the Task Force advises the Town Board on ways to implement renewable energy alternatives including solar and bio-fuels, reports on potential state and federal grants, develops a public education and outreach campaign and recommends program incentives for use of renewable energy and energy conservation. The Town of Huntington is currently asking that any interested community member with a demonstrated interest in renewable energy submit a resume and statement of interest to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at: mcuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us Questions may be directed to smrazek@town.huntington.ny.us or (631) 351-3270


 


Cuthbertson Celebrates Opening Day of Hispanic Soccer League


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/10/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson with Hispanic Soccer League President Wagner Bruno and Team Guatamala.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently attended the opening day ceremonies for the Huntington Hispanic Soccer League at the newly renovated Manor Field. There are currently fourteen soccer teams in the league consisting of hundreds of Huntington residents who play throughout the summer season. Councilman Cuthbertson wished the members and League President Wagner Bruno of the Hispanic Soccer League a great sporting season.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Firefighters and Police For Heroic Rescue


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/3/2009

(L to R) SCPD Lt. T. Brady, Dep. Inspr. Brady, Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilman Besen, Councilwoman Berland, 2nd Precinct Police Officers Gerard Maxim, Steven DiScala and K-9 Officer Tramontana, DH Firefighter Brian Gleason, DH Chief Robert Adcock
 
Dix Hills Firefighters and Suffolk County Police Officers pull woman from burning car Huntington, NY- April 1, 2009 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented proclamations to firefighters Brian Gleason and Rich Granahan and Suffolk County Police Officers Steven DiScala, Gerard Maxim and Charles Tramontana at the Dix Hills Fire Department. Councilman Cuthbertson, and colleagues Councilwoman Susan Berland and Councilman Stuart Besen, recognized the gentlemen in honor of their recent heroic rescue of a driver who was trapped inside her burning car after she veered off Half Hollow Road and struck a tree. On February 26, 2009, all five men risked personal injury as they worked to remove the driver, whose legs had been pinned inside the vehicle. As the car was engulfed in flames, they raced to put out the fire, pull her from the vehicle and rush her to safety. "Everyday, firefighters and police officers risk their lives to save the lives of Americans," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "On behalf of the Town of Huntington, I commend Officers Maxim, DiScala and Tramontana, Assistant Chief Granahan and Volunteer Firefighter Brian Gleason for their selfless acts. We can never thank them enough for all that they sacrifice in the line of duty."


 


All Rise: Councilman Cuthbertson Swears In 2009 Youth Court Inductees


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/27/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson addressing the 2009 Youth Council Inductees with fellow Board Member Councilman Stuart Besen looking on.
 
Huntington NY — On Tuesday March 24, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, together with Councilman Stuart Besen, inducted 27 new student members and welcomed back 45 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Town Hall. Now celebrating its ninth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has over 100 members from every high school in the Town and has inducted 375 Youth Court members to date. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program's coordinator, Maria Danisi, works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty. For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547 or via e-mail to: youthcourt@optonline.net.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Huntington Town Board Recognize Cold Spring Harbor Girls' Fencing Team for a Winning Season


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/13/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Cuthbertson and Town Board members present proclamations and certificates to Coach Dennis Kolakowski (center) and CSH Girls' Fencing Team
 
Huntington, NY - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board presented proclamations and certificates to Coach Dennis Kolakowki and the Cold Spring Harbor Girls' Fencing Team for a winning season. The CSH Girls' Fencing Team finished the season with a 14-2 record, winning the League Championship for the second year in a row. The team also came in second by only one point at the County Tournament and set a school record this season for All County Awards. Members of the team were awarded All Long Island and First Team All County in Women's Sabre and Women's Foil, All County Honorable Mentions in Women's Foil and Epee and had several individual county medalists. The Huntington Town Board was proud to honor the Cold Spring Harbor Girls' Fencing Team who demonstrated excellence and dominance in this sport in the 2008-2009 season.


 


Legendary Piano Company Opens On A High Note


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/6/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Steinway & Sons Representatives: Dan Miceli, Senior Director of Retail Sales, Ron Losby, President and Gordon McNelly, Manager along with Michael DeLuise, Melville Chamber of Commerce President and Town Councilwomen Susan Berland and Glenda Jackson.
 
The Town of Huntington recently welcomed legendary piano company Steinway & Sons to the area at their ribbon cutting ceremony in Melville. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwomen Susan Berland and Glenda Jackson celebrated this event with Steinway & Sons representatives, members of the Melville Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and community. This new location marks one of only five Steinway & Sons showrooms in the country.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Recognizes an Up and Coming Star


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/26/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Town Board Members recently recognized Jenna Rose Swerdlow, a fifth grade student from Dix Hills for her gifted talent and for all of her contributions to the performing arts community. Jenna Rose Swerdlow, now 10 years old, has starred in multitude of local plays, such as Oliver!, Ragtime, The King and I, Once Upon a Mattress and the Wizard of Oz. Jenna Rose was featured in Newsday as part of "Close Ups!" which highlights Long Islanders with big performances and was among the winners of the KidzBop talent contest where the top prize was a solo singing performance at a New York Knicks game. This also helped Jenna to land an early February role in '30-Rock,' where she starred along side Oscar Award winning actors Alec Baldwinn and Tina Fey. During Councilman Cuthbertson's proclamation presentation, Jenna Rose was also presented with a ‘Golden Ticket,' by Donna Drake of the Huntington Arts Council, which Jenna earned in a previous "Got Talent?" audition.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Greg Acker


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/13/2009
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson with Judge Steve Hackeling, Harborfields Principal Dr. David Bennardo and Greg Acker.
 
Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members along with Suffolk County Court Judge Steve Hackeling and Principle Dr. David Bennardo were honored to present Harborfields High School student Greg Acker with his official appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. All three wrote letters of recommendations on Greg's behalf, which led to his nomination by Congressman Steve Israel. Greg also thanked King's Point Lacrosse Coaches Tom Gill, Doug Dwyer and Professor Brian Leonard for their guidance.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Huntington Town Board Present Certificates to 2008 Tulip Festival Photo Award Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/16/2009
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Town Board members present certificates to 2008 Tulip Festival Photo Contest winners Suzanne Abruzzo, the second place winner (left) and Bess Fuchs, the third place winner (right).
 
January 13, 2009 - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board honored the winners of the Eighth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at the January 13, 2009 Town Board meeting, presenting a certificate and a $350 award check to the First Place winner to Julie Hibbert, of Huntington, NY for her photo titled, "I Love My Town of Huntington." Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Suzanne Abruzzo of Bayside, NY for "Tulip Supreme" and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Bess Fuchs of Huntington, NY for "Everybody's Welcome." Honorable mentions went to Eileen Haritonides of Huntington Station, NY for "The Sweet Beauty of Life" and to Dr. Ralph K. Della Ratta from Huntington, NY for " Color of the Rainbow." The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board and representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The Huntington Tulip Festival is a FREE, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips, booths with activities for children and live entertainment. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The 2009 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be un-mounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2009. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form." View award winning photos


 


Cuthbertson Graduates From Prestigious Leadership Program


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/15/2009
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson (center) accepts award upon graduation from Executive Director, Paul Tonna (left) and Molloy College President Drew Bogner (right).
 
On January 9, 2009, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson graduated as part of the Second class of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College, a program for established Long Island leaders. Formally, "Energeia Partnership: The Academy for Regional Stewardship on Long Island," the comprehensive program was established in 2006, by Executive Director, Paul Tonna and Molloy College President Drew Bogner, Ph.D. Now directed by Nancy Englehardt, the goal of the program is to foster a dynamic learning environment for leaders on Long Island who are committed to "action on behalf of justice, dignity and purpose and environmental awareness and protection." Mrs. Englehardt formerly ran the Leadership Huntington program from which Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilman Stuart A. Besen and Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson also graduated. Energeia is in essence, a leadership conservatory dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region. The participants of the program, including Councilman Cuthbertson, come from a variety of backgrounds and occupations to gather for the purpose of using their skill sets and positions of power to explore and address many of Long Island's fundamental problems. Other graduates and class members include CEO's, foundation and not-for-profit directors, police officers, union heads and law firm partners.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Heroic Cops


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/12/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Town Board honors Officer Mark Collins and Officer Timothy Tonkin for thier rescue.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored Suffolk County Police Officers Mark Collins and Timothy Tonkin for their heroic rescue of a physically disabled seventy-year-old man from his home, which was ablaze. Both officers climbed through the bedroom window of the burning Huntington Station home, pulled the gentleman from the bed and worked with other officers to pass him through the same window to safety. This was the second time in as many weeks, that Officer Tonklin had rescued someone in peril. Just two weeks earlier he dove into cold waters of Cold Spring Harbor to rescue a man who's car was submerged underwater.


 


Fall is for Planting!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/21/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(from left to right) Liz Greco, Park Avenue branch, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Bushra Dano, NY Avenue branch during the planting of 20,000+ bulbs at Heckscher Park
 
Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was joined by Astoria Federal Savings Huntington Branch Managers Bushra Dano (New York Avenue branch) and Elizabette Greco (Park Avenue Branch) to help plant some of the 24,000 tulip bulbs that are being planted in Heckscher Park this fall for the upcoming May 2009 Tulip Festival. The bulb planting is only the beginning of the overall preparation for the Town of Huntington's Ninth Annual Tulip Festival. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, live entertainment and a children's parade. The 2009 Festival will take place on Sunday, May 3rd from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. For more information about the 2009 Tulip Festival, please call 631-351-3099.


 


Town of Huntington Sponsored 5th Annual Halloween Parade in Huntington Village


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/3/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilwoman Susan Berland (as Zorro) and her son Grant, Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (as Frankenstein) welcomed the participants of the 5th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade
 
Huntington, NY – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington sponsored the 5th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village on Friday, October 31st. Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) dressed in costumes and walked in the parade. The parade started in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street, moved east on Gerard and south on Wall Street, and ended where Wall Street intersects with Main Street (25A.) In addition, the Huntington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with village merchants, sponsored its "Safe Trick-or-Treat" program. Merchants throughout the town passed out candy from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


 


Cuthbertson and Besen Kick-Off Marine Law Enforcement Training


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/9/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Stuart P. Besen (left center) and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (right center) launch the class of 2008 Marine Law Enforcement Training in Halesite.
 
Huntington, NY – In a continued effort to promote the safety of boaters in the Town of Huntington, Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen launched the annual New York State Marine Law Enforcement Training Course this afternoon. This year's course will train 20 officers from the Huntington Harbormasters, Asharoken and Northport Police Departments, Islip Harbor Police and the Hempstead Bay Constables. In total, the Town of Huntington has partnered with the New York State Department of Parks and Recreations seven times on patrol vessel operator courses. This includes an Impaired Boaters Recognition program to assist officers in determining if a boater has had too much to drink and the Vessel Noise Enforcement Class, which keeps our harbors quiet. Subjects continue to range from vessel theft, accident response, speed and reckless operation, search and seizure and water survival. The program is run by Senior Marine Services Representative, Larry Migliozzi, who offers these courses through the State annually.


 


Last Drive In of the Season


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/21/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson standing alongside a classic Thunderbird and Chevy.
 
On Thursday, August 21, the fourth and final performance of the Movies on the Lawn 2008 series was a drive in at Crabmeadow Beach. The movie shown was Hair Spray starring John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walkin and a host of others. A classic car show was held before the movie started.


 


Town Board Approves Design for Community Mural Project


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/19/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

A rendering of the community mural which will face New York Avenue
 
At its August 5, 2008 meeting, the Huntington Town Board approved a design proposal for a Community Mural Project being planned for Huntington Village. The approved design, Wind Surfers in Huntington Bay, was one of two proposals developed by a design team composed of 25 teen apprentices from the community led by professional mural artist Garin Baker. The approved design features two windsurfers moving briskly across the waters of Huntington Bay from right to left toward the viewer. The Huntington Lighthouse surrounded by several sailboats can be seen in the background. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, sponsor of the resolution approving the design, noted how this project originated. "When the Town cleared property in the 200 block of New York Avenue for a new parking lot it exposed a large blank wall behind the Waldbaums Supermarket overlooking the lot. I thought it would be a great location for a mural created by our Project EXCEL teen artists." The Town's Public Art Advisory Committee had also noticed the opportunities created by the newly exposed wall and offered to help select a professional mural artist to guide the teen artists in the design and execution of the project. Mr. Baker, an experienced mural artist based in New Windsor, NY, was selected by the Town Board in February 2008 based on the recommendations of an appointed Artist Selection Panel that reviewed submissions by 22 different mural artists in response to a request for qualifications issued by the Town last fall. During the past several months the artist has been working with a group of 25 talented teen apprentices who were selected by the Project EXCEL staff of the Huntington Youth Bureau from a pool of more than 300 community applicants. "Thanks to the committee who worked many hours on this project, this wall will be given a new life and vibrancy," stated Councilman Stuart Besen. "The artists should be very proud that their work can be viewed on a daily basis without even entering an art gallery." Support for this project has already been pledged from the Neighborhood Enhancement program of the Town of Huntington's Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund, the Town of Huntington's Public Art Initiative, A&P on behalf of its Waldbaums subsidiary, and the Huntington Village Business Improvement District. However, approximately $14,000 in additional funds are still needed to meet the $50,000 budget and complete the project. In-kind donations of brushes, paint rollers and trays, buckets, drop cloths, and other painting supplies are also welcome. In addition, use of an articulating boom lift for approximately one-week is also needed. Councilman Cuthbertson remarked, "We're very excited about the design that Mr. Baker and the teen apprentices have developed. It will be a marvelous creative addition to the community. Now we just need some additional support to allow these talented teens to finish the project." For further information on the Huntington Community Mural Project, or to donate cash or in-kind support, contact Councilman Cuthbertson's Office at 351-2877.


 


Pets to Breathe Easier in the Town of Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/11/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Counter clockwise from right to left: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (right), Councilman Stuart P. Besen, 1st Asst Chief Mark Sciallo of Huntington Manor FD, Lauren Prylucki of the Canine Fence Co. and firefighter Jack Italiano of Huntington Manor FD.
 
Canine Fence Company donates oxygen masks to Huntington fire districts Huntington, NY - Pet owners in the Town of Huntington can breathe a little easier - and so can their pets. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced today that thanks to a donation by the Canine Fence Company and Invisible Fence® Brand, eleven fire districts in the Town now have specially-designed oxygen masks for use on dogs and cats. These pet friendly masks, originally for use in veterinary offices, will allow for the resuscitation of pets that have suffered massive smoke inhalation in fires. In recent weeks, several tragedies have occurred in Huntington where dogs perished in house fires on account of breathing in smoke. It is estimated that more than 40,000 pets die in fires every year, most succumbing to this type of smoke inhalation. The majority of emergency responders in the United States are unequipped to deal with these crises. When animals are rescued from burning houses and they aren't too badly injured from the fire, they often die from the smoke they inhale because there's no good way to provide oxygen to a cat or dog. Oxygen masks for people don't fit well over snouts and mouth-to snout resuscitation is not always an effective method. The generous donation of these specially designed and potentially lifesaving animal oxygen mask sets will enable Huntington first responders to efficiently administer oxygen to a suffering animal. "We want our firefighters to have the best tools available to them to save the lives of all family members, including pets," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "On behalf of the Town of Huntington, I want like to thank Canine Fence for their generosity. These kits will help us save many more of our four-legged friends." Almost every firefighter has experienced a situation where a distressed pet owner has wanted or tried to run back into a burning home in search of their beloved pets. "We hope that by donating oxygen mask kits that we will contribute to saving more pets and hopefully protect pet owners that may risk their own life to save a pet in a fire," said Tracy Scarfi, Marketing Manager, The Canine Fence Company. The group plans to donate additional kits to the fire departments throughout New England, New Jersey and Southern NY. The Town of Huntington is the second town in New York State to receive these masks. Councilman Cuthbertson continued, "Nearly forty percent of Town of Huntington residents are pet owners, which is a testament to how important animals are in our lives. This donation will go a long way towards protecting the lives of our animals and giving owners piece of mind." For more information about Canine Fence's Invisible Fence® Brand animal recovery mask donation program or to request a kit for your fire department, please contact Tracy Scarfi, Donation Coordinator, at 800-818-3647 x131 or tscarfi@caninefence.com


 


Movie-Goers Meet Frankenstein


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/6/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On Monday, August 4th, the third performance of the Movies on the Lawn Program featured the sixty year old classic, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Well, to everyone's surprise, kids of all ages waiting patiently for darkness to set in, had their chance to meet the big green guy! Frankie was first ushered in by a General Services maintenance van and was soon surrounded by kids and cameras. As he lurked through the crowd, he passed out candy, hand decorated in colorful monster motif. When darkness set, the movie started and people of all ages, whether viewing it for the first time or the twentieth, laughed their way through the famous one liners that only Abbott and Costello could deliver. The fourth and final movie of the season will be a drive in at Crabmeadow Beach featuring Hair Spray. This movie, although not a sixty year old classic, is somewhat of a classic in its own right as it features John Travolta as a woman. Dust off that classic vehicle, or come in the family truckster on Thursday, August 21st. Gates to the beach will open around 6:30 pm and the movie should start around 8:30. Pack lawn chairs in case the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available with bus service to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be show indoors at Elwood Middle School, Elwood Road and start at 7:30 pm. For additional information, call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 351-3112.


 


Movies on the Lawn Tonight at Heckscher Park


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/4/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein will be shown tonight at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Pack your family, blankets, chairs and picnic supper and get to the park before the movie starts to meet our special guest, Frankenstein. The movie will begin at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm).


 


SURF'S UP TONIGHT AT CRABMEADOW BEACH


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/17/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Tonight's showing (July 17, 2008) of Surf's Up will be at Crabmeadow Beach as scheduled. Gates to the beach will open approximately 6:00 to 6:30 pm and the movie will start at darkness, between 8:30 to 9:00 pm. Please bring folding chairs in case the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available at Crabmeadow Golf Course with complimentary bus service to and from the beach. Bagged snacks will be handed out courtesy of LaCasa Cafe. For additional information, call 351-3112.

 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson a Featured Guest on Cablevision's "Meet the Leaders"


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/1/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Host Pat Halpin (left) and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (right) on "Meet the Leaders"
 
June 27, 2008 - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was a featured guest on a recent episode of "Meet the Leaders" for Cablevision's Local Programming. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson discussed a variety of topics in the half-hour episode with host Pat Halpin, ranging from economic development to upcoming events in the town of Huntington. They discussed the relocation of Canon's world headquarters to Melville and the benefits of bringing this major corporation to Huntington. They covered the Town of Huntington's apprenticeship program, the 2008 Tulip Festival in Heckscher Park and the popular Movies on the Lawn summer series. They also discussed the Town of Huntington's plastic bag recycling program and free responsible dog ownership classes which are open to all Huntington residents and will be held monthly. AIRDATES FOR HAUPPAUGE SYSTEM Ch. 118 Airdates: Wednesday 7-2@ 11:30a Sunday, 7-6 5:30pm Monday, 7-14 @ 11:30a, 1p Friday, 7-18 @ 11:30a Tuesday, 7-22 @ 10p Saturday, 7-26 @ 11a, 2p, 11p Wednesday 7-30@ 11:30a Ch. 18 Airdates: Wednesday, 7-2@ 11:30a Sunday, 7-6@ 11pm Monday, 7-14 @ 11:30a, 1p Friday, 7-18 @ 11:30a Saturday, 7-26@0 11:30a, 1p, and 11p Wednesday, 7-30@ 11:30a AIRDATES FOR WOODBURY SYSTEM Ch. 18 Airdates: Wednesday, 7-2 @ 8:30pm Sunday, 7-6 @ 8:30pm Thursday, 7-10 @ 8:30pm Monday, 7-14 @ 8:30pm Tuesday, 7-22 @ 8:30pm Saturday, 7-26@ 6:30pm Wednesday, 7-30 @ 8:30pm


 


Movies on the Lawn: Back Again and Better Than Ever


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/18/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This year is the fifth season of the Movies on the Lawn program hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington and once again this year, the line up will have something for everyone to enjoy. The inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen will be the screen for all outdoor performances. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 30th. This natural amphitheater setting (by the pool parking lot) will feature the BEE MOVIE (Rated PG). This computer animated movie stars Jerry Seinfeld as the voice of Barry B. Benson, a young bee eager to explore the world outside of his hive. See what happens as he discovers how people live. On July 17th there will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring SURF'S UP (Rated PG). This laid back, visually stunning animated movie brings a fresh twist to some familiar conventions. Its witty format is fun and inventive and the soundtrack, which includes a number of past pop hits, adds a real nice touch. In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 4th at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. "This is our classic movie night and we are asking people to VOTE FOR THE CLASSIC MOVIE they would like to see that night," said Cuthbertson. The choices are (all original versions): West Side Story, Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein; Casablanca; Yankee Doodle Dandy; North by Northwest. Vote by emailing mcuthbertson@town.huntington.ny.us with your choice before July 12th. At the grand finale, John Travolta is just one of the stars featured in comedy hit HAIR SPRAY (Rated PG). Get out your classic car and join us at our old-fashioned drive in movie at Crabmeadow Beach on Thursday, August 21st. This movie also has a great sound track that you'll want to sing and dance to and once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at ELWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112. Bring to the movies a minimum of ten plastic shopping bags to recycle and receive a Wild By Nature shopping tote bag FREE! (While supplies last.)


 


Lenny Lamb Day at the Greenlawn Skatepark


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/11/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Saturday, June 7th was a day with mixed emotions at the Greenlawn Skatepark. Over 250 students from Oldfield Middle School were at the park wearing black t-shirts in the ninety plus degree weather socializing, skating and remembering their friend and classmate, Lenny Lamb. In June, 2007, Lenny Lamb, along with his father, tragically died in a motorcycle accident. Students at Oldfield immediately bonded together and took up a collection wanting to do something for Lenny but they weren't sure just what. They approached their teacher, Kerrie Smith. The students decided they wanted to honor Lenny at one of the places he loved best, the Greenlawn Skatepark. Ms. Smith turned to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson for advice. "The students had raised over $900 thus far and thought maybe buy a ramp or repair a piece of equipment," stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "However, the park wasn't really in need of any immediate repair at that time so we decided to dedicate a day in Lenny's honor." A few Town staff members got together with Ms. Smith and two members of the original Skatepark Committee, Steve Zacharevitz and Joe Mannix, to work out the details. Every eighth grader in Oldfield Middle School was given a black t-shirt stating Lenny Lamb's Memorial Skate. Sponsors stepped up to the plate such as Zoo York, Xtreme Surf and Sport, Funhouse Skateboards, Autobahn Wheel Company and Hazel Skateboards. Demonstrations were performed. Over one hundred cases of drinks were donated from Function Drinks and Nestle Pure Life Water. Raffle items were donated from local merchants. "It was an amazing day," said Cuthbertson. "The kids had a great time skating, watching the demos and reminiscing about their friend. Some of them recited poems they had written about their classmate Lenny. It was very touching." Everyone agreed that this was a great tribute to Lenny. "Lenny was an avid skateboarder," said his aunt, Sylvia Vollaro, "and he was so excited when this park opened up back in 2004. Everyday when I spoke with him, he was either off to or returning home from the skatepark with skateboard in hand." Pictured is Kerrie Smith (far right) presenting a marble plaque with Lenny's name and seventh grade yearbook photo to Council Members Mark Cuthbertson, Stuart Besen and Glenda Jackson. This plaque will be permanently adhered to one of the ramps at the Greenlawn Skatepark. Also shown are demo skaters. To view more photos of the event, click here . Photos by Stephen Jimenez


 


Cuthbertson and Petrone Announce Responsible Dog Owner Classes With Money From Seized Pups


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/5/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank P. Petrone with one of the seized Yorkies currently at the Animal Shelter
 
Huntington, NY- Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank P. Petrone joined Nancy Hassel of the Dog Federation of New York to announce that the money from the future adoption of the puppies seized from a home in Huntington last month will go towards FREE Responsible Dog Owner classes for residents of the Town of Huntington. On May 5, 2008 the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) seized 56 puppies and dogs from a home in East Northport, which are now in the custody of the Town of Huntington. When removed from the property these animals were in an exhausted state of malnutrition and filth and required immediate medical attention. Through a partnership with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Town of Huntington is in the process of spaying, neutering and eventually adopting out the pups in the coming weeks. "There is a silver lining to this story," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "Not only will we see to it that all of these dogs find loving families to live out the remainder of their days- their legacy will be the teaching of our Town's dog lovers how to be responsible guardians of their greatest assets, man's best friend." In an effort to spin a sad situation into a positive, Councilman Cuthbertson and Supervisor Petrone announced that the money raised from the adoption of the dogs will go towards the implementation of Responsible Dog Owner Classes. The overall mission of the classes will be to teach new and veteran dog owners alike what it means to be responsible. Additionally, the classes will aim to lower the rate of return (dogs brought back to the shelter for various reason); will help educate the public on how to properly handle and care for dogs; bond new owners with their dogs, and ultimately help the community continue to be dog friendly and safe. Because of the funds accrued from these rescued puppies, the classes will be offered at no charge to town residents and to any person who has adopted a dog or puppy from town shelter. Supervisor Frank Petrone continued, "Responsible pet ownership should be a requirement for everyone who adopts a pet. Unfortunately, that doesn't always occur. It is our hope that by putting in places these classes people will understand that owning a dog is more than feeding and walking him or her. Our intent is to educate new owners as well as anyone who has questions, about how to properly care for their dogs. Hopefully it will ensure that more dogs stay in the homes once they are adopted." Classes will be offered once a month for two hours, on Tuesdays. The first class will be on June 17th at 6:00PM. Classes will cover a broad spectrum of dog ownership topics and will demonstrate how each leads to being a well-rounded responsible dog owner. Some of the areas covered will include: Basic dog behavior Training advice and techniques Puppy stages/adolescent stages/senior stages NYS laws pertaining to licensing, shots required by law, leash laws, etc. as well as Town of Huntington dog laws. Dog big prevention Children and dogs/dogs and strangers Dogs in public and at parks Dog park etiquette Health and Nutrition Owners are encouraged not to bring their dogs with them, as this is not just a training class, although training will be discussed. Dog owners are also encouraged to bring their children over the age of 10 so that children may grow to understand their family pets as well. For more information or to RSVP, please call Susannah Mrazek at 631.351.3270.


 


All Hands On Deck For Boating Safety


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/2/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Cuthbertson and Jackson distribute 5,000 Emergency Pick Up Point Charts Huntington, NY - In recognition of National Boating Safety Week (May 19-23) and anticipation of a busy boating season, Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson announced their annual safe boating initiative, creating 5,000 easy-to-read Emergency Pick Up Point Charts for Town of Huntington residents. In the last three months there have been several boating accidents in the Town of Huntington, including the most recent where a local fisherman rescued members of the St. Anthony's boys rowing team. "With over 4,000 boaters in the Town of Huntington, it is imperative that our boaters remain aware of the services available to them should an emergency arise," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "A sobering statistic by the US Coast Guard states that New York State has the 5th highest accidents rate in America. It is important for our Captains and skippers alike to be fully educated on how to perform in a crisis situation. Our hope is to aid the boating community at those times." The 5,000 Emergency Pick-Up Point charts, partially sponsored by the Britannia Yachting Center, provide the critical information needed in case of emergency including the latitude and longitude of the 8 pick up points in Huntington waterways, corresponding emergency numbers and a tide chart on the reverse side. The tide chart is a vital navigation tool for the boating community. This annual publication will save time, ensure that the proper emergency squad is notified and could ultimately save a life. "During this upcoming holiday celebration, where there is often alcohol involved, people should be prepared for a possible dangerous situation," added Councilwoman Jackson. "I strongly encourage boaters and yachters to carry these Emergency Pick-Up Point Charts on board with them at all times in order to enjoy a safe and happy boating season." The Emergency Pick Up Point Charts were distributed to all yacht and boating clubs, Town slips, the Harbormaster's office and local marinas. If you would like a copy, please call (631) 351-3270. Quantities are limited.


 


Cuthbertson Honored By Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/2/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson with Safiya Campbell, Project Coordinator for the Tobacco Action Coalition
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was recently honored by the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island for passing the first Town Board resolution on Long Island that called upon retailers to reduce overall tobacco advertising in their place of business. The day before "World No Tobacco Day," Councilman Cuthbertson was recognized for his landmark resolution and for mailing nearly 1,000 letters to all vendors within the Town of Huntington who sell tobacco products. The letter asked vendors to sign a pledge to eliminate tobacco advertising from areas likely to be seen by children, including wall space below five feet, near candy displays and on counter tops. Studies show that youth are three times more sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more influenced to smoke by tobacco advertising than by peer pressure. Knowing this, the tobacco industry spends over $15 billion annually marketing to our youth. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island, please visit www.breathefreely.com


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Kicks Off Bike to Work Week 2008


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/19/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Cuthbertson, with his briefcase over his shoulder, leads a pack of six bike to work commuters on May 14, for a brief stop at Town Hall, where the Councilman thanked everyone for their support before riding off on their separate ways.
 
On Wednesday, May 14, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson kick started the Bike to Work Week event by peddling to Town Hall alongside registered bike-commuters from local and state businesses. " Today's kick off clearly demonstrates how viable commuting to work by bicycle can be," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This eliminated seven vehicles from this morning's rush which also benefited the environment by reducing vehicle emissions," added Cuthbertson. The group's Bike To Work commute began at Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's residence and finished at Town Hall where they were greeted by some of the Town employees who came out to show their support.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Hockey Star Gillies For Donation To Huntington Hospital


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/16/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Pres. of Huntington Hospital, Kevin Lawlor, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Clark Gillies, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson and Councilman Stuart P. Besen
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board recently acknowledged former Islander hockey sensation and Hall of Famer Clark Gillies for his generous donation towards the completion of the pediatric emergency wing of Huntington Hospital. Mr. Gillies is a former professional ice hockey player and Hall of Famer, who was a left winger for the New York Islanders for 12 years, during which time the team won four Stanley Cups. Mr. Gillies and the Gillies Foundation have given a million dollars towards this endeavor, and the most recent gift of $225,000 will allow Huntington Hospital to provide safe, comfortable emergency support services to children from the ages of 1-12. Huntington Hospital President Kevin Lawlor worked with Gillies to endure that the new inpatient facility catered to children by providing toys, video games and child size medical equipment. The facility will also have a separate entrance so that children may feel more at ease. "As a parent I know first hand that emergency rooms can be a frightening place for a child," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "That is why Mr. Gillies and the Gillies Foundation's donation is so important to the children of our community and to our Town. On behalf of our youngest citizens, we thank him for helping to make Huntington an even better place to live."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Announces the Town of Huntington’s Bike To Work Week 2008


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/13/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Town Board Members, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson along with Tony Barone and Pat Kalvar of the Huntington Bicycle Club.
 
At the May 6th Town Board Meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented Huntington Bicycle Club's president, Tony Barone with a proclamation to announce the Town of Huntington's Bike to Work Week 2008. This event, which celebrates the League of American Cyclists 52nd year, will begin on Monday, May 12 and will end on Friday, May 16. Town residents can register for this event online by visiting the Town's Website: http://town.huntington.ny.us where they can print out the mail-in forms, receive bicycle route assistance and select if they would like to paired up with a "Bike Buddy" of another rider from their area. For further information, please contact Stephen Jimenez in the Town's Council Office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: sjimenez@town.huntington.ny.us. The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and helmet and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute!


 


Spring Has Sprung at the 8th Annual Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/7/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Children work on a mural provided by Splashes of Hope, a non-profit organization of mural artists who paint comforting scenes for patients in hospitals at the 8th Annual Tulip Festival.
 
May 4, 2008, Huntington, NY - The Town of Huntington's Eighth Annual Tulip Festival took place this past Sunday in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The dreary morning gave way to a sunny spring day, and families came out to enjoy the tulips, activity booths, an art exhibition and live entertainment on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who founded the Tulip Festival eight years ago stated, "The Huntington Tulip Festival is a community driven event that continues to grow every year. This year we had great weather, thousands of beautiful tulips and with the fantastic free entertainment and numerous activities for children, it was a fun day for the hundreds of families that attended the event." For more information about the event, please contact John Coraor, Director of Cultural Affairs at 351-3099.


 


WEAR IT! Campaign Launched By Town and Coast Guard


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/7/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Stuart P. Besen, Cpt. Anthony Wuestman of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson and Marine Officer Richard Rothamel.
 
Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilmen Mark Cuthbertson and Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson recently recognized the launch of a new campaign to encourage the use of life jackets with Coast Guard Auxiliary officers Richard Rothamel and Anthony Wuestman. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 22 out of Eaton's Neck was recently awarded a boating safety grant from the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water. for the purposes of a massive boater awareness campaign. The "Wear It!" signs, purchased by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, features a bright orange personal flotation device or PFD, that should be worn at all times while on a boat. The simple, non-confrontational message is expected to remind boaters of their responsibility to wear PFD's while increasing overall awareness. The signs are part of a North Shore effort to promote Boating Safety Week and will be prominently displayed by the Town of Huntington at heavily used boat launches on pilings and railings. Boating Safety Week will take place from May 17th-23rd and will incorporate numerous opportunities to promote a safe and enjoyable season on Huntington waters, including the distribution of Emergency Pick Up Point Charts.


 


Town of Huntington Recognizes Student Artists at 8th Annual Tulip Festival Sponsors' Reception


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/5/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Veronica Strauch, Huntington Station Branch Manager, Astoria Federal Savings, Councilman Stuart Besen, Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland join art teachers, parents and student artists at the Sponsors' Reception
 
May 2, 2008, Huntington, NY – At a reception in the newly renovated Hecksher Museum of Art in Huntington, student artists, along with their art teachers and parents, joined members of the Huntington Town Board, representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the staff of the Heckscher Museum and representatives of the Huntington Arts Council to recognize the winners of the Tulip Festival School Art Contest organized by the Huntington Arts Council. Councilman Stuart P. Besen commended the community partners, participating agencies and the festival committee for their efforts to make the 8th annual Tulip Festival a success, and Veronica Strauch of Astoria Federal Savings introduced the art contest winners and presented their awards. The Town of Huntington and Astoria Federal Savings co-sponsored the 8th Annual "Spring into Huntington" Art Contest, which is a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program. The contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. For the contest, students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 8th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. Two (2) winners from each grade level received a $50 US savings bond courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and had their work displayed at Huntington's 8th Annual Tulip Festival. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the best of the grade and the money for the teacher's school's art supply budget was courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings. The 2008 Tulip Festival Art Contest Winners are: 3rd Grade - Emily Dickson – Maplewood Intermediate Natalie Marchesiello – St. Patrick School 4th Grade - Jarrod Bartlett – St. Patrick School Timothy Sherlock – Lloyd Harbor Elementary 5th Grade - Josanna Faltings – Norwood Elementary Gabrielle Labuskes – Norwood Elementary Harrison Shouler – Norwood Elementary 6th Grade - Elizabeth Scanlon – St. Patrick School 7th Grade - Matt Baran – Oldfield Middle School Robert Zaffiris – St. Patrick School 8th Grade - Keith Vita – Stimson Middle School Sara Sakowitz – Cold Spring Harbor Middle School Matthew Whitcomb – St. Patrick School


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Announces Bike To Work Week 2008


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/30/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Photo Caption: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (Center-In The Red Jersey) kicked off last year’s Bike to Work event by pedaling into Town Hall from his home along side Gene Connors of Connors Army, local residents and Town/State employees.
 
Across the country, May is recognized as "Bike Month" by the League of American Cyclists. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has, once again, put the wheels into motion on this year's Bike to Work Week event. The Bike To Work Week event will begins Monday, May 12th and will end on Friday, May 16th. This is the League of American Cyclists 52nd year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month. Huntington is a wonderful Town, but how often do we get the chance to get outside, exercise and experience it all while pedaling a bike? "As a cyclist, I hope more residents will discover the joy and the excitement that I have found while biking around the town" stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "Not to mention the gas prices we are paying at the pump. I couldn't think of a healthier, more economical and environmentally savvy way to reduce our fueling costs," added the Councilman. The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute! Town residents can register for this event online by visiting the Town's Website: http://town.huntington.ny.us where they can print out the mail-in forms, receive bicycle route assistance and select if they would like to be paired up with a "Bike Buddy" or another rider from their area. For further information, please contact Stephen Jimenez in the Town's Council Office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: sjimenez@town.huntington.ny.us.


 


Cuhtbertson Joins Career Day At Washington Drive


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/29/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson speaks to First Graders at the Washington Drive Primary School
 
Huntington, NY Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently visited the Washington Drive Primary School for the Annual Career Day where he spoke to two hundred first-graders about his job as a Councilman for the Town of Huntington. Councilman Cuthbertson spoke about the many facets of the Town including highways, parks, beaches and special projects. He highlighted the Movies On the Lawn series, which this year includes A Bee Movie and Surf's Up and discussed is a recent plastic bag recycling campaign launched by the Town.


 


Councilman Helps Cut Ribbon On Heckscher


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/23/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
April 23, 2008, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson attended the ribbon cutting of the newly renovated Heckscher Museum, which recently underwent $1.5 Million in interior refurbishments and upgrades. Calling it "one of the jewels" of Long Island, Councilman Cuthbertson highlighted the integral role that the museum has played in the Town of Huntington throughout its existence. Dozens of close friends of the museum attended the ribbon cutting, including benefactors, engineers, art enthusiasts and elected officials. The Town of Huntington committed $150,000 toward the restoration, which incorporated updating the ceiling, making the space more open and inviting and adding fluorescent light and natural light to brighten the museum. Created in 1920 through a grant by August Heckscher, The Heckscher Museum was opened along with the surrounding park for the benefit of Town of Huntington residents. The Heckscher Museum now holds over 2100 pieces of art by American and European artists. The museum boasts many remarkable historical pieces in it's collection, such as "Eclipse of the Sun" by George Grosz, which some believe may be one of the most important political works of the 20th Century. For more information on the Heckscher Museum, please visit the website at, http://www.heckscher.org


 


Entertainment Schedule for the 8th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival - Sunday, May 4, 2008


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/22/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Melissa Mannon, of Bedford, MA won 1st place in the 2007 Tulip Festival Photo Contest for her photo titled, “Photo Fun.”
 
Huntington, NY – The Town of Huntington's Eighth Annual Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The Tulip Festival, now in its eighth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with Chip Bryant – Listening with Your Eyes (12:00 – 12:45 p.m.) – A vaudevillian in the tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Chip presents an original, fast-paced, one-man comedy show that engages crowds of all ages. Sounds of Afrika – Interactive Performance (1:15 – 2:15 p.m.) – Founded by Kojo Bey, Abishai Ben Reuben, and Deborahou Calhoun in 1995, this African drum and dance troupe performs nationally and internationally, promoting African and African-American culture in schools and communities worldwide. Historic Children's Parade (2:30 – 2:45 p.m.) – Sounds of Afrika leads our re-enactment of the annual parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area. (Parents: Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.) The stage performances end with Richard Stillman – A World Mosaic of Music and Dance (3:15 – 4:00 p.m.) – Experience musical cultures from Africa, Spain, South America, Russia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Ireland and more with a large selection of native instruments, plus jigs, tarantella, Chinese ribbon, and flamenco dances. Come dance the afternoon away with Richard! See Councilman Cuthbertson's Public Service Announcement for the Tulip Festival here! For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


Huntington Family Earth Day Expo A Success


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/18/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Clockwise from Left to Right: E-Cycling with Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Susan Berland, Touch-A-Truck, The Green Showcase with Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Besen, and the Green Showcase.
 
Saturday, April 12th, residents, environmentalists, gardeners, businesses and Town Board members convened for the common purpose of celebrating our planet at the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo. At the event, residents dropped off two giant truckloads of e-waste at the E-Cycling event sponsored by Councilman Stuart Besen, Supervisor Frank Petrone and Covanta. Children of all ages had the chance to climb on top of fire and police vehicles at the Touch-A Truck portion. And, at the Green Showcase sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Solar Center and Commerce Bank, residents were given the opportunity to learn about organic gardening, solar power, biodiesel and plastic bag recycling. NOTE! Residents can still bring their clean used plastic bags to the Huntington Recycling Center or Councilman Cuthbertson's office for a free reusable grocery bag car of Wild By Nature.


 


It's In The Bag!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/10/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson with environmentalists, boaters, members of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Northport High School Recycling Club members and Wild By Nature representatives.
 
Cuthbertson announces Huntington is first on Long Island to recycle plastic bags Huntington, NY - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced today that the Town of Huntington will be the first municipality on Long Island to offer its residents the opportunity to recycle used plastic grocery bags. As of April 8, 2008, Huntington will collect all "plastic film" at the recycling center at 641 New York Ave in Huntington Village and in all public buildings. This move comes in the wake of similar actions taken by towns, cities and counties across America to combat the increasing amount of plastic bags entering the national waste stream. The most recent of these were Nassau and Suffolk Counties who recently passed legislation mandating that businesses over 5,000sq ft. become responsible for the recycling of the plastic bags that they distribute. Councilman Cuthbertson was joined by Pat DaMatteo of Omni Recycling of Babylon Inc., Michele Tonner of King Kullen/Wild By Nature, Executive Director of Friends of the Bay Robin Kriesberg, Greater Huntington Yacht and Boating Clubs Commodore Jon Ten Haagen, Northport High School Recycling Club Chair Dan Dykowski, multiple environmental groups and representatives of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "The average American family uses 1,460 Plastic bags each year. Which means, in our Town alone we are generating 292 million bags annually. We are at a pivotal moment in our community when residents must embrace the personal responsibility of making Huntington a more environmentally friendly place to live. If we partner to overcome this challenge, we will have a resounding impact on our Town and set an example for the rest of the state." Under the Town of Huntington plastic bag-recycling plan, residents will be able to drop off their clean used plastic grocery bags at the New York Avenue Recycling Center and all Town public buildings such as Town Hall and the John Flannagan Senior Center. In a further effort to promote their recycling, Councilman Cuthbertson declared Saturday, April 12th to be the Official Town of Huntington Plastic Bag Recycling Day and invited all of the Huntington school districts to participate in the campaign on that day. In bulk, these bags present more than a just a nuisance; statistics show that they have become a viable environmental problem in our communities. According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. The result of these bags ending up in our waste stream is staggering. According to a study done in 2005, over a billion seabirds and mammals die annually from ingesting plastics. Moreover, the bags are made using petroleum and natural gas, which not only take hundreds of years to biodegrade but account for the use of 12 billion barrels of oil. "These bags are literally choking our oceans," stated Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of the Citizens Campaign For the Environment. "They are clogging our storm drains, polluting our harbors and harming our shorebirds." As an added incentive, Councilman Cuthbertson partnered with Wild By Nature and King Kullen to donate 500 reusable grocery bags to families in the Town. Starting April 12, 2008 at the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo, every family that brings 20 used clean plastic bags for recycling will get a free reusable bag. "It is important to work with all facets of the community in order to make this happen and the responsibility of citizens everywhere to participate in this program. Together, schools, businesses, environmentalists, families and the Town can make a real difference in our environment. So, pull out the collection of plastic bags under your kitchen sink and bring them to the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo!" In the future, the Town of Huntington hopes to encourage local libraries and small businesses to participate as collection locations. Currently, large stores such as King Kullen, Stop ‘N Shop, Waldbaums and Wild By Nature all collect bags for recycling.


 


The Town of Huntington Family Earth Day Expo


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/4/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Left: Councilman Cuthbertson with Wild By Nature Huntington Store manager Tony Marquette and patrons to promote reusable grocery bags. Right: Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Stuart Besen promote the Town's annual E-Cycling Program.
 
Huntington, NY- In celebration of Earth Day, 2008, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Stuart P. Besen, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Covanta, Commerce Bank and The Solar Center will be hosting several events on Saturday, April 12th in the Town Hall parking lot between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Huntington Family Earth Day Expo will include "Plug-in to E-Cycling Day," the Green Showcase and the Touch-A-Truck event. The Huntington Family Earth Day Expo will start with the annual "Plug-in to E-Cycling Day," co-sponsored by Covanta Energy Corporation. This is the latest addition to the Town's comprehensive and expansive recycling program, giving residents the opportunity to dispose of obsolete e-waste items such as cell phones, pagers, radios, stereos, computers, laptops, fax machines and televisions. These potentially hazardous de-commissioned creatures that might be cluttering up your home can be easily disposed of on April 12th and may be given the opportunity to be reused through the process of e-cycling! "Today many of our electronics are becoming similar to disposable toys," said Supervisor Frank P. Petrone. "Technology is moving so fast and before you know it, our cell phone or electronic game can become outdated tomorrow. We must keep in mind our landfill capacity when discarding noxious materials such as these." According to published reports, electronic waste still only represents 1% of the overall waste stream, but its potential impact on the environment is high. Some electronic appliances like laptops and televisions contain a myriad of different harmful elements such as lead, mercury, beryllium and cadmium. "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that more than 3.2 million tons of electronic waste is laid to rest in landfills each year. In the Town of Huntington alone we collect just under 90 tons of e-waste, which is why it is so detrimental to both the waste stream and the environment that these potentially hazardous materials get filtered out and brought to facilities for the special handling that is needed," commented Councilman Stuart Besen. The Huntington Family Earth Day Expo will also include a family focused Green Showcase thanks to the sponsorship of Commerce Bank and the Solar Center. This first time event will feature multiple hands-on demonstrations on residential solar energy, "green" cleaning, composting, organic gardening and how to make your own biofuel. A special children's portion on organic gardening will teach children of all ages how to make a small pot out of recycled newspaper, plant an organic vegetable seed or flower and then let them take it home to watch it grow. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson will also pass a resolution at the April Town Board meeting that declares April 12th to be Huntington's Plastic Bag Recycling Day. Councilman Cuthbertson will soon announce that the Town of Huntington will be the first Town on Long Island to offer their residents the opportunity to recycle plastic bags. In order to encourage residents to do so, Cuthbertson has partnered with Wild By Nature to provide the first 500 families who bring a minimum of ten plastic grocery bags for recycling to the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo, with a free reusable grocery bag compliments of the Huntington Village Wild By Nature store. "Children and parents alike will definitely have the opportunity for a lot of ‘hands-on' fun at this event," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "In recognition of Earth Day, it is equally important to be able to show families across Huntington how easy it is to protect kids from harmful chemicals and pesticides, how to make homes and cars more energy efficient and how to save money in the process." The last part of the Huntington Family Earth Day Expo will include the annual "Touch A Truck" event in the adjacent parking lot. This is a unique opportunity for kids and adults alike to climb, touch and learn about the functionality and safety aspects of the different trucks displayed. Some trucks participating will be a fire truck, rescue vehicle, dump truck, street cleaner, electric lawn mower, biofuel motorcycle and, of course, a garbage truck. Covanta Energy is assisting with just that. On April 12th, for a four-hour time slot, residents can bring their e-waste to Town Hall Parking Lot and rest assured that our local landfill will be relieved for the weekend. Covanta will haul the dumpster away to a participating e-waste facility. For more information about the Town of Huntington Family Earth Day Expo on Saturday, April 12, 100 Main Street, Huntington, please call either Steve Jimenez at 351-3171 or Susannah Mrazek at 351-3270.


 


Cuthbertson & Jackson Honor Outstanding Community Volunteer


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/28/2008
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
At the recent wine and food tasting event, A Taste of Long Island, presented by the East Northport Chamber of Commerce, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk and Rotary Club of East Northport, James Leonick, a very active community volunteer, was honored. Pictured are Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson presenting a Town of Huntington proclamation to Jim in recognition of his tireless and outstanding community service. Jim, his wife Lisa and three sons reside in East Northport. Jim presently sits on the East Northport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, he is President of the East Northport Rotary and is also very active with the Boy Scouts having served as den leader, assistant Cubmaster and Cubmaster of Pack 238, merit badge counselor for Troop 52 and Membership Chairperson for the Matinecock District of the Suffolk County Boy Scout Council, B.S.A. Both Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson recognized Jim for his continuous efforts in serving the Chamber, Rotary and Scouts and in addition they praised him on how he balances his life by volunteering with his family and encouraging his children to serve their community as well.


 


Innovative Apprenticeship Incentive To Help Local Building And Trades Industry


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/21/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Town Board Colleagues, Jimmy Castellane of Nassau/Suffolk Building and Trades Council, Developer Mark Hamer and various local union and labor representatives.
 
Cuthbertson and Petrone add new chapter to Town Code MELVILLE - Commercial and residential builders who voluntarily implement an approved Apprenticeship Program to promote a highly skilled and quality workforce will be entitled to new incentives, including expedited permitting, the Town of Huntington announced today. This innovative legislation, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, is an expansion of an existing partnership between the Town and the building trades industry to help workers get the necessary training and education. In 2005, the Town of Huntington mandated that all commercial buildings over 100,000sq ft. be developed using an approved Apprenticeship Program. This effort was universally endorsed by labor unions as benefiting the workforce, public safety and the economy. It eventually led to other towns on Long Island adopting similar measures. "In today's unsteady economy, it is imperative that we do what we can to assist workers in the building trade industry," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This legislation encourages builders and developers to implement apprenticeship programs that are proven to better educate and train our local workforce." The flagship legislation, expected to be approved at Tuesday's Huntington Town Board meeting, is the first of its kind on Long Island and will establish a policy to expedite the permit review process for developers who voluntarily adopt an approved apprenticeship program. The incentive will apply to all residential and commercial construction under 100,000sq ft. "With enactment of this legislation, Huntington is once again at the forefront of a positive initiative that is designed to enhance the government-business relationship.," remarked Supervisor Petrone. "It is our ultimate goal to work with the community to create training that will provide economic opportunities for our young workers and encourage the building industry to work with us to achieve this goal." One recent project employing the commercial apprenticeship program is Harvest Real Estate Services, managers of a 125,000sq ft building in Melville that has successfully attracted Catholic Health Services (CHS), the 2nd largest private employer on LI and the 4th largest overall. CHS employees hundreds of workers and will be moving their administrative offices to the new location at 245 Old Country Road. "CHS is very excited about putting down roots in Melville; I would like to thank Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington for their continued support," stated Mr. Joseph Loiacono, VP of Program Development for CHS. "Melville is an attractive area with a lot to offer our employees. Old Country Road is a beautiful setting; quiet, yet centrally located and easily accessible. We're happy to call it home". Mark Hamer, President of Harvest Real Estate who is developing the CHS property added, "We are pleased to work with the Town of Huntington and Catholic Health Services of Long Island to ensure a quality tenant build-out at 245 Old Country Road, Melville, New York. The Town of Huntington, and specifically, Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson have coordinated the approval process to expedite building permits. Their efforts and the town's efficiency promote business in Melville and the Town of Huntington. In today's competitive marketplace, developers want to work in towns that promote business development and growth." According to the US Department of Labor, apprenticeship programs provide structured on the job training supplemented with classroom instruction that, upon completion supply the individual building and trades employee with marketable credentials recognized nationwide. Over 275,000 workers entered into apprenticeship programs last year in the United States, which is up 25% from 2006. As participation increased, so did the quality of the programs as a recognition of their intrinsic and economic value among labor and industrial unions. Mr. James Castellane, President of the Nassau/Suffolk Building and Trades Council added, "Naturally the building community applauds a piece of legislation like this which creates a level playing field for contactors and workers alike. Every time that a municipality adds incentives, it promotes a positive message and works out well for everyone involved. I congratulate the Town of Huntington on making a real effort on behalf of contractors, developers and the Building and Trades Council." Apprenticeship graduates become skilled, motivated trade workers who possess critical technological skill sets. According to labor statistics, this benefits employers by reducing turnover and enhancing the public safety of the workforce by ensuring that fully trained craftsmen and women will be working on these development projects. Furthermore, embracing of apprenticeship programs will help guarantee that highly skilled workers from Long Island will take the place of our aging workforce. With the identified threat of labor shortages, particularly for skilled occupations, there is a need to promote apprenticeship as a viable and effective training model to address these threats. In the future, this new chapter in the Town Code can be used to create long-term strategies that encourage builders to implement apprenticeship programs, on the condition that they can prove that their project is in response to a recognized planning, environmental, economic or social goal. Eventually, the Town of Huntington hopes that this incentive will attract Long Island developers to projects that involve workforce housing, senior communities and green buildings. In an effort to maintain compliance to this code, the Town of Huntington chapter will reflect stiff penalties for developers who try to exploit the permitting benefits of the voluntary program without apprenticeship programming. Violators will face heavy financial fines and suspension of building permits.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Recognizes Two-Harborfield Students For Supporting The Locks of Love Foundation


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/20/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Pictured: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members- Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson along with nine-year old Hannah Staib and seven-year old Gianna Bifulco.
 
Huntington, NY- At the March 18 Town Board Meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members presented proclamations to seven-year old Gianna Bifulco and nine-year old Hannah Staib, for their contributions to the Locks of Love Foundation. Both Gianna and Hannah cut off over 10 inches of hair and donated it to the Locks of Love Foundation. Locks Of Love provides free hairpieces for financially disadvantages children below the age of 18 who have developed long-term medical hair loss and chemotherapy cancer treatments. This was their first time donating to Locks of Love and they hope to encourage other kids their age to do the same.


 


Two Bicycles Donated for New "Bike Share" Program at Town of Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/19/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Town Board present a proclamation to Jim Kelly of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and the JVKellyGroup, Inc. for donation of two bicycles
 
Huntington, NY, March 18, 2008 – Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board accepted the donation of two bicycles at last night's town board meeting from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and JVKellyGroup, Inc. for its new "Bike Share" program to be instituted this spring. The Bike Share program will provide two "commuter friendly" bicycles, each equipped with fenders, chain guards and rear luggage racks. Employees who wish to participate in the program must take a bicycle safety course, sign waiver forms, agree to wear a helmet at all times and lock the bicycle with each use. The bicycles are meant to be used during employees' lunch hour for the purpose of encouraging exercise, reducing traffic in Huntington Village one car at a time and raising awareness about nonpolluting transportation. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who came up with the idea for a small scale bicycle sharing program at Huntington Town Hall after reading about successful bicycle sharing programs in major US and European cities stated, "It is my hope that Town of Huntington employees will take advantage of this bicycle sharing program. With the skyrocketing price of gas, employees can leave their cars behind and get some exercise while using an alternative, eco-friendly mode of transportation." Councilman Cuthbertson added, "This program will be underway during the month of May which is ‘National Bike Month' so hopefully, it will promote bicycling as a viable transportation option." Jim Kelly, who facilitated the donation of the bicycles from the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and JVKellyGroup, Inc. stated, "I feel this is a win-win program. Not only will it help take some cars off of the road at a busy time of the day, but it will provide employees with a more health conscious manner of bringing business into the village." For more information, please call Kristen Gaumont in the Department of Citizen Services at 631-351-2877.


 


Cuthbertson Sponsors Annual Boating Safety Class


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/21/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington, NY - In a continued effort to promote the safety of boaters in the Town of Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced today that he is sponsoring the annual Boating Safety Course this year on February 25th, 27th and 29th from 6:00-9:00PM at the Centerport Fire Department. This year's class already has 65 attendees signed up. The class will provide detailed information on how captains and skippers alike can have a more safe and enjoyable season on the water and will cover the basics in safety and meets state requirements for a license to operate personal watercrafts such as jet skis. Completion of the 3-day course also means a discount for adults on their marine insurance and children can get their license. "This demonstrates our active interest in safety on behalf of our boating community," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "Every year nearly 5,000 people experience a boating emergency in America and I am committed to seeing all of our yachters and watercraft enthusiasts in Huntington enjoy the season without accident or injury." Centerport Fire Department has graciously agreed to host the classes and is located at 9 Park Circle, Centerport, NY just north of the intersection of 25A and Broadway-Greenlawn Road. If you are interested in participating, please contact theTown of Huntington Harbormaster, Rick Rollins at 631.351.3255

 


Councilmen Urge Feds and State on E-Waste


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/13/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Stuart P. Besen recently passed a resolution urging Congressman Steve Israel, Governor Eliot Spitzer and Huntington representatives to support the recycling by manufacturers of electronic waste or "e-waste." This waste includes, computers, cell phones, radios, laptops, fax machines and televisions. The resolution specifically cited the New York State Assembly "electronic equipment recycling and reuse act" (A8444) as sponsored by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney and the New York City Council has proposed a corresponding bill (104-A) sponsored by Councilman Bill DeBlasio, that holds manufacturers of electronics accountable for the recycling of their products. The Councilmen urged the state and federal government to not only acknowledge the problem but support legislation that would prevent the increase of e-waste into the waste streams of local municipalities. The Environmental Protection Agency documents that the United States annually contributes 2.6 million tons of e-waste and that there are roughly hundreds of millions of pieces of electronic waste currently stored in homes and businesses. The Town of Huntington collects a staggering ninety tons of e-waste per year. E-waste is also known to contain a variety of toxic substances including, but not limited to, lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium and beryllium which accounts for 70% of heavy metals in landfills. Councilman Stuart Besen will be hosting an "E-Cycling" event on April 12, 2008 that will give the opportunity to our residents to recycle their electronic waste. For more questions, please contact the Councilman's office at (631) 351-3112.


 


Artist Selected to Create Mural with Teen Apprentices in Prominent Huntington Village Location


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/13/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

The east facing exterior wall of the Waldbaum's Supermarket where the mural is to be painted
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board unanimously approved a resolution at the February 5, 2008 town board meeting authorizing the Supervisor to execute an agreement with an artist for the design and installation of a community mural to be painted on the east facing exterior wall of the Waldbaum's Supermarket at 60 Wall Street (facing the new municipal parking lot on NY Avenue) in Huntington Village. The artist, Garin Baker of New Windsor, NY will lead a team of teen apprentice artists in the design and creation of the community mural. The teen apprentices will be selected by the staff of the Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL from a pool of more than 300 student applicants who have expressed interest in the project. The students will work on the project from its inception through its final phase, learning not only about art and mural painting but also about their community and about working together as a team to see a large project through to its completion. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who came up with the idea of creating a mural on the approximately 4500 square foot wall stated, "Right now, the wall is a huge blank canvas with great potential to become a showpiece for Huntington. By bringing in a professional artist to work with teen artists from the community, it is our hope that once completed, this mural will serve as a source of pride and will remind us why Huntington is such a great place to live, work and raise a family." The Town of Huntington Public Art Advisory Committee, in collaboration with the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau's Project EXCEL, invited submissions of qualifications from artists with experience in the creation of community murals. The artist was selected by a panel comprised of members of the Public Art Advisory Committee, members of the artistic community, a representative of Waldbaum's, a representative from the Town of Huntington, a representative from the Huntington Business Improvement District and a representative of Project EXCEL. The panel reviewed and evaluated all submissions based on criteria such as the quality of prior work as illustrated by submission materials, appropriateness of prior work to this community mural project and to expression of the spirit of the community, experience in design and creation of public murals, and experience in supervision of others in a community public art project, preferably involving teens in a mural project. Artist Garin Baker fit all the criteria and had recently completed a community mural in upstate NY of similar size and scope. To see examples of Mr. Baker's work, go to www.carriageart.com . For more information, please call Kristen Gaumont in the Department of Citizen Services at 631-351-2877.


 


Kidney Donor Honored by Councilman Cuthbertson


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/12/2008
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Friend and organ donor Rick Bellando (right) with Matt Fulgieri (left) and Town Board.
 
On February 5, 2008, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented a proclamation to Rick Bellando in recognition of the selfless donation of one of his kidneys to friend and former client, Matt Fulgieri. Some people may not believe in fate, but if there is such a thing, this story falls squarely in that category. Rick Bellando has been an employee of Oheka Castle for 24 years and in 2003 planned Matt Fulgieri's beautiful wedding at the castle. Matt and Rick became fast friends during the planning process and just a couple of short years later would come learn that Matt was suffering from Polycystic Kidney Disease. This same disease had taken the life of Matt's grandmother, mother and brother. In November of last year, Rick made the decision to donate one of his kidneys to Matt, in order to save his life. Councilman Cuthbertson presented a proclamation to Rick Bellando, with Matt Fulgieri by his side, in recognition of his actions. With family and friends in the audience, they both received an remarkable standing ovation. Currently over 87,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list and nearly 6,000 people die in the U.S. each year -- about 17 every day -- while waiting for a donated kidney, liver, heart, lung, or other organ. Moreover, only about 50% of family members who are asked to donate a loved one's organs agree to do so. While addressing Mr. Bellando and Mr. Fulgieri, Councilman Cuthbertson remarked, "No one thinks that a person met in passing could be their best friend and eventually be the one to save their life. This is a remarkable story of one of those cases. It is a true instance of fate."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Recognizes The Northport High School Honor Society For Their Successful 2008 “A Midwinter’s Night Dream” ALS-Charity Fundraiser.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/6/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members along with Don Strasser and some of the incredible students of the Northport High School Honor Society.
 
Huntington, NY- At the Tuesday, February 5th Town Board meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Board Members presented a proclamation to Don Strasser, a teacher from Northport High School and 26 students of the Northport High School Honor Society for playing a crucial role in an important humanitarian effort. These amazing individuals were responsible for raising $250,000 at their January 10, 2008 charity fundraiser of A Midwinter Night's Dream at OHEKA Castle, to benefit the Amyotrophic Later Sclerosis (ALS) Foundation. This was their fourth annual event and to date they have raised a total of $722,000 in their pursuit of the cure for ALS, which is also commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.


 


Town Council Members Cuthbertson, Besen and Jackson Recent Celebrity Readers at Southdown Primary School


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/6/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Town Council Members, Mark Cuthbertson, Glenda Jackson and Stuart Besen reading from their favorite children’s book to the smiling students of Southdown Primary School in Huntington.
 
Huntington, NY- Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson were recent "Celebrity" readers at Southdown Elementary School's Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program. The program, which is an initiative of the Southdown Elementary School PTA, emphasizes the importance of literacy in the school.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Hosts Local Scouts At Town Hall


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/1/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

 
Pictured: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and a group of fourth grade scouts from Pack 312 of East Northport (sitting in as the Town Board) where they learned about the responsibilities of Town Government along with open discussions about the rights, duties and obligations of citizenship. This presentation fulfilled the scouts "Citizenship Badge" requirement which is one of the merit badges needed in their quest to become an Eagle Scout.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Recognizes Two Extraordinary Leaders For Their Commitment To Find The Cure.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/9/2008
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Pictured: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Town Board Members along with Gianna Costa and Ron Cohen, representing The NephCure Foundation.
 
Huntington, NY- Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and his fellow Town Board Members presented proclamations to Gianna Costa, a junior at Walt Whitman High School and Ron Cohen of The NephCure Foundation for their combined fundraising efforts in finding the cures of two incurable kidney diseases. The NephCure Foundation, which was established in 1999, is the only organization solely committed in finding the cures for both Nephrotic Syndrome and Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). At NephCure's annual "Countdown To a Cure" event, Gianna was able to help the foundation secure over $500,000 in donations and was awarded NephCure's first-ever "Spirit" award for her ongoing battle with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 13.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board Present Certficates to Tulip Festival Photo Award Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/9/2008
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Town Board members present certificates to 2007 tulip festival photo contest winners (from left to right) Jun Yong Choi, Mary Thompson, Bushra Dano, Astoria Federal Savings, Marlene Rubins and Jules Weisler
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board honored the winners of the Seventh Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at the January 8, 2008 Town Board meeting, presenting a certificate and a $350 award check to the First Place winner Melissa Mannon, of Bedford, MA for her photo titled, "Photo Fun." Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Jun Yong Choi of Stony Brook, NY for "Happiest Girl" and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Mary H. Thompson of Flushing, NY for "Three Pink Tulips." Honorable mentions went to Marlene Rubins of Flushing, NY for "Dancing Petals" and to Jules Weisler from Plainview, NY for "Huntington Beauty." The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board and representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The Huntington Tulip Festival is a free, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips, booths with activities for children and live entertainment. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The 2008 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be un-mounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2008. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form." View award winning photos First Place - Melissa Mannon Second Place - Jun Yong Choi Third Place - Mary H. Thompson Honorable Mention - Marlene Rubins Honorable Mention - Jules Weisler


 


Volunteers Needed For Renewable Energy Task Force


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/6/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Last month Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced the creation of the Town of Huntington's Renewable Energy Task Force. It's formation is part of an ongoing effort to promote a sustainable and environmentally responsible future for the Town of Huntington which has recently included the addition of multiple hybrid vehicles, the creation of a bi-municipal Eco-Tech Corridor and the implementation of Energy Star requirements in residential building code. The main efforts of the Task Force will include promoting energy efficiency and conservation throughout the Town of Huntington, reviewing Town policies and regulations to promote development of renewable and alternative energy and developing strategies to attract green business to the Town. Based on its findings, the Task Force will then advise the Town Board on ways to implement renewable energy alternatives including solar and bio-fuels, report on potential state and federal grants, develop a public education and outreach campaign and recommend program incentives for use of renewable energy and energy conservation. Specifically, the legislation passed at the November 7th Town Board meeting makes sets the following goals for the Task Force: · Increasing energy efficiency and the implementation of cleaner, renewable sources of energy; · Working cooperatively with other municipalities and participate in meetings to share information about clean energy technologies and financial incentives that are available to municipalities; · Meeting with Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), the New York Power Authority and other agencies and authorities to keep abreast of the various options for assessing, using and financing energy efficiency initiatives and clean energy alternatives; · Reviewing cleaner alternatives for fuels and vehicles and grant funding opportunities and incorporate them into the Town's vehicle fleet wherever feasible; · Evaluating Town facilities and funding sources for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and, if feasible, select one or more facilities for a demonstration project; · Developing and distribute a set of guidelines for energy efficient workplace practices for employees at all Town facilities; · Reviewing educational, legislative and other types of incentives for encouraging the implementation of green building practices for all new construction and major renovations throughout the Town; and The members of the Task Force will include representatives from the Town of Huntington Planning and Environmental Department, Engineering Department and Town Attorney's Office. Additionally, the Supervisor and individual Town Councilmembers will each appoint one member to the Task Force. These five members will hold three-year terms. The Town of Huntington is currently asking that any interested community member with a demonstrated interest in renewable energy submit a resume and statement of interest to the Town Board at: Council Office Town of Huntington Re: Renewable Energy Task Force 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Questions may be directed to smrazek@town.huntington.ny.us or (631) 351-3270

 


Councilman Cuthbertson Ready for 2008 Tulip Festival in Heckscher Park


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/16/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Bushra Dano, Branch Manager of Astoria Federal Savings help plant bulbs in anticipation of the 2008 Tulip Festival in Heckscher Park in Huntington
 
Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was joined by Bushra Dano, Branch Manager of Astoria Federal Savings in Huntington, to help plant some of the 20,000 tulip bulbs that are being planted in Heckscher Park this fall for the upcoming May 2008 Tulip Festival. The bulb planting is only the beginning of the overall preparation for the Town of Huntington's Eighth Annual Tulip Festival. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. The 2008 Festival will take place on Sunday, May 4th from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant all of the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. For more information about the 2008 Tulip Festival, please call 631-351-3099.


 


Cuthbertson Honors Korean-American Humanitarian


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/8/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson (second from the left) and Town Board present Steven Kim with an award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
 
At the last Town Board meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson honored a very special man named Steven Kim who spent four years in a Chinese prison for helping North Korean refugees find a better life. Mr. Kim was awarded a special proclamation by the Town of Huntington for his courageous efforts in the name of humanitarian aid. He was joined in the audience by many family and friends and received a standing ovation from everyone in attendance. "One of the greatest rights our forefathers bestowed upon us in America is the right to worship as we choose; the right to religious freedom," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "I am proud to recognize the extraordinary efforts of one man who fought for the rights of others less fortunate than himself." An American citizen, born in Korea, Mr. Kim began a furniture business that imported goods from China. He spent a lot of his time traveling back and forth to China for his business and because of this decided to start a Christian Church just over the border of North Korea. This church attracted many North Korean refugees looking to escape poverty, famine and religious persecution. When North Koreans try to escape their country for a better life, what they find on the other side in China or Russia is not always pleasant, nor are they well received. Even though they are recognized as refugees by the United Nations, North Koreans who have fled do not receive international protection and assistance. Once in a foreign country, refugees risk their lives to remain unnoticed. China frowns on North Korean refugees and if caught in the act of "defecting" they are often sold into slavery or prostitution for as little as $250. If the refugees are captured before reaching the border, they are forced to repatriate and are often subjected to gulags, torture and execution by the North Korean government. Before Mr. Kim was arrested, he helped aid nearly 100 refugees escaping the North Korean regime. Continued Councilman Cuthbertson, "We should never underestimate the gifts we are given in this nation under the great document, the United States Constitution. While thousands struggle overseas in the face of cruel regimes, we can never forget that a single humanitarian can inspire a message of hope across the world. I am optimistic that this recognition will highlight the struggles of North Korean refugees and I encourage more citizens to become involved."


 


Town of Huntington Sponsors 4th Annual Children's Halloween Parade


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/30/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

The 2006 Children's Halloween Parade
 
Huntington, NY – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are proud to sponsor the 4th Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village. Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) are invited to dress in costume and walk in the parade. The parade starts at approximately 4:15 p.m. in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street, moves east on Gerard and south on Wall Street, and ends where Wall Street intersects with Main Street (25A.) In addition, the Huntington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with village merchants, will sponsor its "Safe Trick-or-Treat" program. Merchants throughout the town will pass out candy from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the parade, stated, "The Town of Huntington is proud once again to sponsor the Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade. The parade, in conjunction with the merchants' ‘safe trick or treat' program, brings the community together in a positive, fun and safe manner. It has become an event that children and their parents look forward to each year." Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said, "The Children's Halloween Costume Parade, combined with the generous distribution of candy by our local merchants, proves once again why Huntington is such a great place for families to live. So put on your costume and get ready to march and trick-or-treat in Huntington on Halloween." "I commend the Huntington Business Improvement District and the Town of Huntington for coordinating this event," commented Councilwoman Berland. "It provides a safe and fun environment for parents and children to trick-or-treat together and at the same time highlights local businesses." Councilman Stuart P. Besen said, "The Town of Huntington really goes all out for the children and families during the Halloween Parade. This safe and fun family event could not be such a wonderful success without the support of the merchants who keep our little ‘trick or treaters' smiling with all of the goodies to go." Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson, who passes out reflective Halloween bags each year with safety tips for trick-or-treaters added, "This is such a wonderful event for ghosts and goblins of all ages. It is vitally important however that parents talk to their children about safety measures during the holiday. I hope that everyone will enjoy a safe and happy Halloween night." For more information about the parade, call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


Like Father, Like Daughter- 8-Year Old Recognized For Her Cycling Efforts To Help Find The Cure


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/18/2007
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Pictured: Councilman Cuthbertson (holding the proclamation) along with his fellow Board Members and 8-year old Sarah Connor who like her dad, are striving to find the cure for cancer with the help of their trusty bicycles.
 
Huntington, NY- Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and fellow Board Members recently presented a proclamation to 8-year old Sarah Connor who just like her dad, has turned to the pedals of her own bicycle to help the American Cancer Society find the cure. You have probably heard of the saying "Like Father, Like Daughter" which is exactly why Gene Connor couldn't be more proud of his 8-year old daughter Sarah. This past June, Sarah joined the ranks of her dad's Connor's Army campaign, which was started when three of Sarah's aunts were diagnosed with cancer in a two-year period and thus the Connor's Army was called into action. Sarah has pledged to ride her bicycle 50 miles and to raise $500 by year's end. This might seem a small feat when compared to her dad's 12-month cycling goal of 2000 miles and $10,000 donation commitment (which started on January First of this year). But Sarah's determination to raise as much money as she can for cancer research is equally as impressive. Over the summer Sarah was selling lemonade to contribute to the cause, but shortly thereafter her dad removed the training wheels from her bicycle and the rest is history. So far Sarah has pedaled her bicycle 22 miles and when Councilman Cuthbertson inquired how much money she has currently raised, her mom "Amy" answered $322.00 to which the Councilman replied that she could add an additional hundred dollars to the total on his behalf. Both Sarah and her dad are proof that you are never too young or old to be able to make a significant difference in the world.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Volunteer for Companions in Courage


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/28/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (second from left) and fellow Town Board members honor Kent Gillin
 
September 25, 2007, Huntington, NY - Kent Gillin, an inspirational 17 year old from Cold Spring Harbor, was honored at Tuesday night's town board meeting with a proclamation from Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Huntington Town Board. Kent rode his bicycle from Vancouver to San Francisco this past August to raise money for Companions in Courage; a not-for profit which gives courage, friendship, compassion and support to those children and families who are overcoming illness and life threatening obstacles. As a young child, Kent was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, but after years of physical therapy, the diagnosis had reversed, and ever since, he has excelled at baseball, hockey and cycling. Kent, along with his father, trained for a month and a half nearly 55 miles every few days in preparation for the 1,045 mile bike ride. Kent and his father raised over $30,000 on their ride for Companions in Courage. The funds raised by Kent will help Companions in Courage build interactive playrooms in children's hospitals throughout North America.


 


American Graffiti


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/30/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Tonight's Movies on the Lawn presentation, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, will be a Drive In at Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Road, Northport. Gates to the beach will open approximately 6:00 pm and the movie will begin at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm). Please pack lawn chairs in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available at Crab Meadow Golf Course and bus service will be provided back and forth to the beach.


 


Cuthbertson Supports Reduction In Helicopter Noise


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/30/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
At the August 28th Town Board meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsored a resolution declaring the Town of Huntington's support for the 2007 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill or Senate Bill 1867 sponsored by Senator Charles Schumer. Over the years, with increases in technology and new innovations in transportation, it is easier than ever to "summer" in the Hamptons, but still hold a full time job in the city. One way of doing this is commuting by helicopter. In recent times, the traffic of these choppers has increased significantly and the noise they create has simultaneously reduced the quality of life of those who live on Long Island. What Senator Schumer's amendment to the FAA bill would do is commission a comprehensive study of helicopter traffic over Long Island which will hopefully yield the potential for alternate flight paths. The flight paths could incorporate flying over water and railroad tracks and thus stay out of the backyards of residents. "Over 2,400 helicopter flights have been recorded in the last 6 months at one of the two airports in the Hamptons," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "The inherent noise that comes with the increase in traffic from these commercial helicopters is infiltrating the peaceful quality of life we enjoy on Long Island. It is incumbent upon the industry and local communities to work together to mitigate this problem."

 


Where Were You In ‘62?


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/28/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Getting out of the ’53 Chevy and Classic T’Bird, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson (with roller skates of the era slung over her shoulder) are picking up their popcorn order at ‘Mel’s Drive In’. Well, sort of.
 
To help you remember, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, along with his Town Board colleagues, cordially invite you to a special showing of the classic movie, American Graffiti, on August 30th. This presentation is being added to this summer's Movies on the Lawn Program and should joggle many a movie-goer's memory on their whereabouts during that era! "Since we began the Movies on the Lawn Program four years ago, we've been asked to present a movie like this one," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "We thought we had that request covered this year when we included GREASE on the movie line-up but unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side for a drive in the night it was scheduled and we had to bring the movie indoors. Part of the fun of that movie selection was an outdoor showing – especially at the beach." After many emails and phone calls following the rain-out of Grease, it became even more evident how many people were looking forward to a movie classic of the 1960's. So arrangements were made to book the beach and rent the movie. This Academy Award nominated classic, Rated PG, was voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time. It features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. In American Graffiti, you'll rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back in the early 60's while hearing an incredible soundtrack of some of the most memorable rock and roll hits. Plan on cruisin' in a classic vehicle to our Drive In Movie at Crab Meadow Beach on August 30th? "In following the theme of the movie, and at the suggestion of so many car enthusiasts, we're planning on having a classic car display before the movie starts," said Cuthbertson. "It won't be a drag race but I'm sure it will surely bring back some memories to many viewers." As parking at the drive in movies is VERY limited, those wishing to park and show their classic vehicle in this reserved parking section that evening MUST call 631-351-3112 (before August 30th) to make sure that ample spaces will be available. You can leave a message with your name and year/type of car coming that evening. The movie will be shown outdoors rain OR shine. Gates to the beach will open approximately 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at darkness (approximately 8:45 p.m.) Please bring folding/lawn chairs in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available at the Crab Meadow Golf Course and bus service will be provided back and forth to the beach. For information, please call 351-3112.


 


The Bocce 2007 Blast Exploded with Athletes!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/27/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On Sunday, August 26th, the American Bocce Club, Special Olympics New York Long Island Region and the Town of Huntington hosted the kickoff Special Olympics Training Program at Mill Dam Park. Forty participants showed up to learn and test their skills in the sport of bocce. The day started with comments from American Bocce Club President, Peter Rabito, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilwoman Glenda Jackson and Program Director of Special Olympics Tim Flynn. Special thanks go to American Bocce Club members John Samaritano, Anthony Trapani, Lonnie Sherman, John Walsh, Vincent LoIacono, Lawrence Cimino, Terri Tomasino and Joe Gerraputa for their coaching and administrative skills. The photographer for the day was Jeff O'Heir and thanks also to Merritt Deli of Farmingdale who donated multiple ‘bocce ball shaped' heros for lunch. Shortly after training began, participants were divided into four person teams. Because of court limitations, courts were also drawn up for play on the grass area. This made play a bit more difficult and challenging. However, it did not take long before those participants who appeared to be a bit hesitant or shy, started to toss the ball with a smile on their face and began to show a bit of competitiveness. Training sessions will follow for the next six weeks at Mill Dam Park from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. New participants are invited to join. Please call Peter Rabito at 631-807-4030 or Tim Flynn at 631-254-1465 ext. 15 to register, inquire about donation opportunities or for additional information on the program. Pictured: (Photo on left) Tim Flynn, Director of Bocce Program for Special Olympics presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Town of Huntington, Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilwoman Glenda Jackson and Peter Rabito, President American Bocce Club. (Photo on right) Shown are some of the participants having some fun while learning the sport of bocce and train for the Special Olympic Games.


 


Happy Feet


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/23/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Tonight's Movies on the Lawn presentation, HAPPY FEET, will be a Drive In at Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Road, Northport. Gates to the beach will open approximately 6:00 pm and the movie will begin at darkness (approximately 8:30 pm). Please pack lawn chairs in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking will be available at Crab Meadow Golf Course and bus service will be provided back and forth to the beach. Information on next week's Movies on the Lawn feature, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, will be handed out this evening at the beach. For additional information, call 351-3112.


 


Cuthbertson Sponsors Peak Oil Seminar


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/21/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
In an effort to educate the public about the potential for the end of worldwide oil production, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson invited Lecturer Isidore Doroski to give an informative presentation entitled "Peak Oil and the Coming Major Energy Disaster." Mr. Doroski gave an hour-long power point presentation on the history of oil discovery and production, the theory of Peak Oil and how to prepare for the eventual onset of oil's decline. Mr. Doroski is Chairman of the Riverhead Town Energy Advisory Committee and has been employed by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services for more than 27 years. He currently heads the inspection program of wastewater treatment plants in Suffolk County and as part of his job has inspected various facilities for pollution control regulations, ranging from nuclear reactors to chemical companies to the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Facility. Mr. Doroski is passionate about educating people about Peak Oil and creating interest in the issue. The Peak Oil Theory or "Hubbert Theory," refers to the critical point at which global oil reservoirs can no longer produce increasing amounts of oil. According to the theory, once the maximum production point is reached, commonly the halfway mark, the rate of crude oil production declines rapidly. With a number of the world's largest oil fields already in decline and the average rate of discovery waning, this could be disastrous for a world economy for which the cornerstone is crude oil. "There is a belief out there that the end of oil as we know it could be 10-20 years away. The general consensus is that it would take twice that long just to wean the world off of our dependence," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "When we use 80 billion barrels of oil a year globally, to take that away would mean a fundamental change in the way the world operates. This is yet another reason for all of us to take a good, hard look at renewable sources of energy." In 1956, geophysicist M. King Hubbert theorized that oil production ebbs and flows in the form of a bell curve, meaning that once the peak of the curve is hit, there is nowhere to go but down. His mathematical model predicted the end of American oil production would take place around 1970. Though he was then vilified for this belief, as history shows, he was right and oil rationing was mandated as the United States determined how they would deal with the crisis. Later, Dr. Hubbert calculated that world oil production would hit a peak in 2000. While most believe that this has not yet happened, many fear that it is imminent. The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a review of 21 separate Peak Oil studies and revealed that oil production is on a gradual decline while oil use is on an exponential incline. It further found that most studies estimate that oil production will peak sometime between now and 2040. The overall recommendation from the GAO was as follows, "To better prepare for a peak in oil production, GAO recommends that the Secretary of Energy work with other agencies to establish a strategy to coordinate and prioritize federal agency efforts to reduce uncertainty about the likely timing of a peak and to advise Congress on how best to mitigate consequences." However, the study later admitted that the multiple agencies responsible for the mitigation of the Peak Oil problem and its consequences "were generally not focused explicitly" on the issue. Cuthbertson continued, "While Peak Oil may sound like a doomsday theory, it is important to realize that this model is a way to prepare for what could potentially happen 20 years down the road. Just as global warming was once a controversial issue to some people, we have now realized that it is an inevitability and we are working towards long-term cooling solutions. I suspect that when more evidence is presented, Peak Oil will be the same way." Every year Councilman Cuthbertson and his colleagues sponsor various environmental forums in an effort to educate residents of Huntington on how to become more involved. The forums range from global warming and solar power to organic gardening and local beautification projects. Check the Town of Huntington website for more information at http://town.huntington.ny.us.


 


Special Olympics "Bocce Blast 2007 !"


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/20/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
The Town of Huntington is proud to announce that they will be working hand in hand with Special Olympics New York Long Island Region and the American Bocce Club in hosting the first annual kickoff Special Olympics Bocce Training Program. "We're really excited about this event," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Since we began our Annual Bocce Tournament several years ago, the interest and participation in the tournament has grown and this training program will be the catalyst in assisting even more people in learning, participating and enjoying this sport." Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. It consists of eight large object balls (boccia) and one small target ball (pallino). A match may consist of up to eight players – one to four per team. Each team controls four object balls. Players take turns rolling (lagging) the ball toward the pallino with the objective of getting closer to the pallino than the opposing team's closest ball. Teams are awarded one point for each ball which is closer then their opponents nearest ball. On August 26th, 10:00 a.m. at Mill Dam Park, American Bocce Club President Peter Rabito will team up with members of the Special Olympics New York Long Island Region to begin the Huntington based Bocce Training Program. "We will be working with athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship," remarked Rabito. "This training program is designed to teach the sport of bocce and prepare the athletes for Regional, State and World Special Olympic Games". According to the Special Olympics census, there are over 9,500 athletes already participating in this sport around the world. Now, here in Huntington and thanks to Peter Rabito of the American Bocce Club, athletes will be provided training for competition in this sport in a caring, safe and dignified environment. For information on this program, please contact Peter Rabito at 631-807-4030 or Tim Flynn, Director of Program for Special Olympics New York LI Region, at 631-254-1465 ext. 15.

 


Bocce Bets Are Back On For Cuthbertson & Bellone!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/9/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
August 5th is the date for the annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. Teams from both Towns will be wearing their colors in another grueling bocce match. Registration is limited. Teams are asked to get their forms in as soon as possible. Form is available to download or by calling 351-3112. "Last year's tournament was a little (ok, a lot) wet with rain but still a success and all who attended had a great time. We've been getting calls since the Spring inquiring about this year's date," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (Town of Huntington). Supervisor Steve Bellone (Town of Babylon) remarked, "this year, we're hoping Babylon takes home the first place trophy!" The festivities once again will be at Elwood Park, Cuba Hill Road, East Northport and all pre-registered teams are signing in at 11:30 am. Tournament play will start at 12:00 noon. Both Towns are delighted that Sbarro's, nationally headquartered in Huntington, is once again donating a delicious lunch for players and spectators. All systems are ‘a go' for another successful, fun event!


 


Oh Those Summer Nights!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/22/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

No, this is NOT Councilman Mark Cuthbertson! GREASE will be showing on July 19th at Crab Meadow Beach.
 
This year is the fourth season of the Movies on the Lawn program, initiated by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and sponsored by the Town of Huntington. Once again this year, four blockbuster hits have been added to the summer calendar. The inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen will be the screen of choice for all outdoor performances – including those ‘on the lawn'. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 27th. Park in the pool parking lot. This natural amphitheater setting will feature Curious George (Rated G). Take a step back in time for an old-fashioned drive in on July 19th at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring the classic GREASE (Rated PG). "We're going to have some fun with this performance," said Cuthbertson. "Wear that black leather jacket with the T-Bird emblem on the back, put the comb in your back pocket and wear a white t-shirt and ladies … dig out that pink sport baseball jacket! We're going to have a stage set up by the screen and while we're waiting for it to get dark enough to start the movie, we'll be singing and dancing to the GREASE soundtrack and throw out a little GREASE trivia." In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 6th. Flushed Away (Rated PG) will headline at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Ending the series on August 23rd will be another drive-in performance at Crab Meadow Beach and will feature the award winning Happy Feet (Rated G). Once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at John Glenn High School Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Town Board Recognize Top Achievers of WordMasters Challenge


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/8/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

The Thomas J. Lahey Students who scored in the top of the WordMasters Challenge and the Huntington Town Board
 
The Harborfields school district was well represented in this year's Wordmasters Challenge, a national language arts competition entered by more than 225,000 students annually. Three separate meets are held at intervals during the school year, and this year, Thomas J. Lahey Elementary students performed extraordinarily well. Students spent months preparing by investigating words using online resources, creating vocabulary books and sketching pictures related to their study of words. The students competed in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge, with three students earning perfect scores this year.


 


Canon USA and Town Partner For Future Site of American Headquarters


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/5/2007

From Left to right, Councilman Stuart Besen, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, President and CEO of Canon USA Joe Adachi, Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, all avid supporters of Canon's move to Melville.
 
Huntington, N.Y., – Canon U.S.A., Inc., today announced that the company has finalized an agreement to purchase the 52 acres of land in Melville, New York, known as the "pumpkin farm" to build a new, state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and remain on Long Island. The purchase of the land was made from the Holiday Organization, a Long Island-based commercial and residential real estate developer, and the Tilles Companies. "We are pleased to welcome Canon U.S.A. to the Town of Huntington. Our beautiful and diverse municipality has everything to offer Canon, and this outstanding global corporation's presence in Huntington will in turn provide unquantifiable economic benefits to our area and its residents," stated Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone. "Canon's move to Huntington, along with our individual and collective efforts to make this happen, will remain a success story for years to come. For now, we look forward to a long and productive partnership." "The financial windfall that Canon provides to our local economy is infinite," remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, one of the key brokers of the partnership between the Town of Huntington and the corporate giant. "According to a recent cost-benefit analysis, the sheer impact of its presence means the injection of $459 million into our Town and the creation of 6,678 jobs in fields that range from construction and manufacturing to administration and health care. This is a win-win situation for everyone involved and in every sense, our alliance with Canon is a tribute to productive cooperation between local government and the private sector. " The site for the new Canon U.S.A. headquarters is located just off of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 49. The site is bordered by the Long Island Expressway service road on the North and Walt Whitman Road on the East. Canon currently employees more than 1,000 on Long Island and occupies nearly 400,000 square feet of office space in Lake Success. It is expected that the new location will allow Canon to substantially expand its office space, depending on the final approved design and plan. Canon U.S.A. began in 1955 with five employees as the New York branch of an up-and-coming camera company. Today, the company is a global imaging brand leader that every American looks to for consumer and business innovations and technologies. Canon has been a fixture in the Long Island community since 1971 when the company moved its headquarters to Lake Success, N.Y., from Woodside, Queens. When Canon moved to Long Island in the 1970s, the Company employed approximately 80 people. Canon U.S.A. Corporate Headquarters is responsible for more than 10,000 employees in 35 facilities across North, Central and South Americas. In addition to having its Corporate Headquarters on Long Island, Canon has been active in the community supporting a number of local activities. For example, Canon has been a sponsor of The American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Walk for Breast Cancer," held every fall at Jones Beach. Canon has also been a sponsor of the Eisenhower Park Summertime Concert Series for more than 17 years, and a sponsor of the Boomer Esiason Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and its New York-area high school all-star classic since 1996. Also, one of the leading and most visible environmental initiatives in the U.S. is the Canon Clean Earth Crew. Through this program, Canon employees volunteer their time for conservation efforts at local parks, beaches and nature preserves.


 


All Hands On Deck For Boating Safety Week


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/24/2007

Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson highlight National Boating Safety Week with Councilwoman Berland, Coast Guard Aux Division Cmdr Tony Wuestman, GHCYBC Commodore Jon TenHaagen, Coast Guard Petty Officers and Harbormaster Rick Rollins
 
Cuthbertson and Jackson recognize recent local boating emergencies, distribute 10,000 emergency maps. Huntington, NY - In recognition of National Boating Safety Week and in anticipation of the chaotic Memorial Day weekend, Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson held a press conference to launch their own safe boating initiative, creating 10,000 easy-to-read Emergency Pick Up Point Charts for Town of Huntington residents. In the last three months there have been four boating accidents in the Town of Huntington. One of those boating accidents ended in a fatality. Joining Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Jackson, were Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Director of Maritime Services Harry Acker, Commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Club Jon Ten Haagen and Coast Guard Petty Officers Nick Kurian and Yancy Matthews who aided in the rescue of 4 boys that nearly drowned in Northport last week. "In anticipation of a busy Memorial Day weekend, it is imperative that boaters remain aware of the services available to them should an emergency arise," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "A sobering statistic by the US Coast Guard states that New York State has the 5th highest accidents rate in America. It is important for our Captains and skippers alike to be fully educated on how to perform in a crisis situation. Our hope is to aid the boating community at those times." The 10,000 Emergency Pick-Up Point charts provide the critical information needed in case of emergency including the latitude and longitude of the 8 pick up points in Huntington waterways, corresponding emergency numbers and a tide chart on the reverse side. The tide chart is a vital navigation tool for the boating community. This annual publication will save time, ensure that the proper emergency squad is notified and could ultimately save a life. "During this upcoming holiday celebration, where there is often alcohol involved, people should be prepared for a possible dangerous situation," added Councilwoman Jackson. "I strongly encourage boaters and yachters to carry these Emergency Pick-Up Point Charts on board with them at all times in order to enjoy a safe and happy boating season." Councilwoman Berland continued, "Given that the Town of Huntington and the US Coast Guard offer Boating Safety Courses throughout the year, I encourage all boaters to register for a class, for the first time or as a refresher. There is no better way to enjoy the boating season and all the amenities of our beautiful harbors than by being an educated and safe boater." The Emergency Pick Up Point Charts were distributed to all yacht and boating clubs, Town slips, the Harbormaster's office and local marinas. If you would like a copy, please call (631) 351-3270.


 


Build It and They Will Come


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/21/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Local league officials, Huntington Manor Fire Department volunteer firefighters, Councilman Stuart Besen, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Glenda Jackson and Aileen Kelly, Manager of Ben and Jerrys in Huntington Village.
 
Town cuts ribbon on new amenities at Peter A. Nelson Park Town of Huntington officials celebrated the official ribbon cutting of new amenities Peter A. Nelson Park in Huntington Station this past Saturday. Sharing in the excitement were Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Stuart P. Besen, Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson, local league officials, players, coaches, surrounding residents, members of the Huntington Manor Fire Department and Ben and Jerry's of Huntington Village who donated free ice cream for the event. Last year the Town allocated close to $500,000 through the EOSPA committee (Environmental Open Space Preservation), the Neighborhood Parks Fund and the capital budget, towards the overhaul of the facilities that are used by several local adult and child softball, baseball and soccer leagues. The Town expanded and repaved the parking area for the four existing fields, built a new playground, added new bathroom facilities and a comfort station for the St. Hughes/St. Elizabeth's Baseball Little League. The Town renamed Oakwood Park to Peter A. Nelson Park in 2002, after a Huntington Manor Assistant Chief who tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Kicks Off Bike To Work Week!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/15/2007
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson kicks-off Bike To Work Week with Gene Connor of Connor’s Army Along With Several Other Bike to Work Commuters! 

Pictured:Councilman Mark Cuthbertson-Center-Red Jersey, & L-R: Robert Litzke of the Town’s Environmental Dept, David Glass & Lenny Wexler of NY State DOT, Steve Jimenez Council Office, Gene Connor-and Richard Stanco of the Town’s Waste Water Facility
 
The Town of Huntington will be putting a new "SPIN" on the month of May. Across the country, May is recognized as "Bike Month" and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson have teamed up with the Huntington Bicycle Club and Adams Cycle to get the wheels turning on this years "Bike to Work Week" event. Huntington is a wonderful town, but how often do we get the chance to get outside, exercise and experience it all while pedaling a bike? "As a cyclist, I hope more residents will discover the joy and the excitement that I have found while biking around the town" stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "Not to mention the gas prices we're paying at the pump. I couldn't think of a healthier, more economical and environmentally savvy way to reduce our fueling costs", added the councilman. This is the League of American Cyclists 51st year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month. "Bicycling is one of the healthiest exercises there is," states Councilwoman Glenda Jackson. "Not only will our residents be doing something healthy for themselves, it will also benefit the environment by eliminating vehicle emissions". The Bike To Work Week event will begin on Monday, May 14 and will end on Friday, May 18, with a kick-off bicycle inspection/safety day on Sunday April 29th from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the parking lot at Huntington Town Hall. The Huntington Bicycle Club and Adams Cycle of East Northport are sponsoring the kick-off event. Residents and their families can bring their bicycles to the kick-off event where they can have their bikes inspected and receive some very important bicycling safety tips from the experts in the field. The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute! Town residents can register for this event online by visiting the Town's Website: http://town.huntington.ny.us where they can print out the mail-in forms , receive bicycle route assistance and select if they would like to paired up with a "Bike Buddy" of another rider from their area. For further information, please contact Stephen Jimenez in the Town's Council Office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: sjimenez@town.huntington.ny.us.


 


Huntington Gets the Wheels Turning with Bicycle Safety Day


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/8/2007
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Pictured: From Left to Right- From the Huntington Bicycle Club-Bob McLaughlin, Ross Moore, Howard Nussdorf and Jay Bender, Town Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, Chuck Adams of Adams Cyclery and Gene Connor.
 
This year is the fourth season of the Movies on the Lawn program, initiated by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and sponsored by the Town of Huntington. Once again this year, four blockbuster hits have been added to the summer calendar. The inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen will be the screen of choice for all outdoor performances – including those ‘on the lawn'. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 27th. Park in the pool parking lot. This natural amphitheater setting will feature Curious George (Rated G). Take a step back in time for an old-fashioned drive in on July 19th at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring the classic GREASE (Rated PG). "We're going to have some fun with this performance," said Cuthbertson. "Wear that black leather jacket with the T-Bird emblem on the back, put the comb in your back pocket and wear a white t-shirt and ladies … dig out that pink sport baseball jacket! We're going to have a stage set up by the screen and while we're waiting for it to get dark enough to start the movie, we'll be singing and dancing to the GREASE soundtrack and throw out a little GREASE trivia." In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 6th. Flushed Away (Rated PG) will headline at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Ending the series on August 23rd will be another drive-in performance at Crab Meadow Beach and will feature the award winning Happy Feet (Rated G). Once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at John Glenn High School Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Jackson and Astoria Federal Savings Present Awards to Student Art Contest Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/8/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(top row) Geronima Maura-Rayo, Huntington Arts Council, Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Jackson, Beth Scott, Astoria Federal Savings (bottom row) student artists
 
May 4, 2007 - The Town of Huntington, and Astoria Federal Savings held its 7th Annual "Spring into Huntington" Art Contest, which is a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program. The contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. For the contest, students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 7th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. Two (2) winners from each grade level received a $50 US savings bond courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and had their work displayed at Huntington's 7th Annual Tulip Festival. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the best of the grade and the money for the teacher's school's art supply budget was courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings.


 


Putting A New “SPIN” on The Month of May!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/7/2007
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson Get The Wheels Turning on The Town’s 2007- Bike To Work Week Initiative! 

Pictured: Town Councilman, Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Glenda Jackson, Huntington Bicycle Club President, Tony Barone and Club Secretary Karen Gellert.
 
The Town of Huntington will be putting a new "SPIN" on the month of May. Across the country, May is recognized as "Bike Month" and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson have teamed up with the Huntington Bicycle Club and Adams Cycle to get the wheels turning on this years "Bike to Work Week" event. Huntington is a wonderful town, but how often do we get the chance to get outside, exercise and experience it all while pedaling a bike? "As a cyclist, I hope more residents will discover the joy and the excitement that I have found while biking around the town" stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "Not to mention the gas prices we're paying at the pump. I couldn't think of a healthier, more economical and environmentally savvy way to reduce our fueling costs", added the councilman. This is the League of American Cyclists 51st year promoting this nationally recognized event and the Town of Huntington is happy to join its fellow American cyclists during this momentous month. "Bicycling is one of the healthiest exercises there is," states Councilwoman Glenda Jackson. "Not only will our residents be doing something healthy for themselves, it will also benefit the environment by eliminating vehicle emissions". The Bike To Work Week event will begin on Monday, May 14 and will end on Friday, May 18, with a kick-off bicycle inspection/safety day on Sunday April 29th from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the parking lot at Huntington Town Hall. The Huntington Bicycle Club and Adams Cycle of East Northport are sponsoring the kick-off event. Residents and their families can bring their bicycles to the kick-off event where they can have their bikes inspected and receive some very important bicycling safety tips from the experts in the field. The road to a healthier lifestyle could be the one right outside your front door. So leave the car at home, grab that bike and who knows, you just might find a healthier regimen for that workday commute! Town residents can register for this event online by visiting the Town's Website: http://town.huntington.ny.us where they can print out the mail-in forms , receive bicycle route assistance and select if they would like to paired up with a "Bike Buddy" of another rider from their area. For further information, please contact Stephen Jimenez in the Town's Council Office at 631-351-3171 or via e-mail to: sjimenez@town.huntington.ny.us.


 


Entertainment Schedule for the 7th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival - Sunday, May 6, 2007


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/4/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

The 7th Annual Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2007
 
Huntington, NY – The Town of Huntington's Seventh Annual Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park in Huntington. The Tulip Festival, now in its seventh year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with Constant Wonder (12:00 – 12:45 p.m.) – Join this award-winning duo and their band for a fun, interactive, educational show featuring some great new songs! Constant Wonder's fun-filled "Music with a Message" inspires children to sing, dance, act and explore the wonder of spring and its many creatures. Robbi K (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) – Keep the Beat – This multi-lingual world music concert features folk songs from around the globe with pulsating energy and interactivity. Chant with Robbi K & Friends in Yoruba, hum Zulu folk songs like Mbube, dance to the Latin clave rhythm, and sing in reggae style celebrating l'chaim, and things we have in common with each other. Historic Children's Parade (2:45 – 3:00 p.m.) – Robbi K leads our re-enactment of the annual parade that followed the 1920 dedication of Heckscher Park. Parade will leave from and return to the Stage audience area. (Parents: Please accompany your child in the parade. The Town cannot assume responsibility for your child.) The stage performances end with Brady Rymer (3:15 – 4:00 p.m.) – Rock and Roll for Kids – Brady Rymer playfully merges diverse styles, commingling the sweetness of soul-pop with driving beats, bucolic back porch refrains, and even a lyrical nod to the Rolling Stones. Along the way, he succeeds in teaching the power of the imaginiation as well as the importance of friends, family and community. For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


Cuthbertson Pushes for Ethanol In Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/26/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
As the country continues to face constant increases in gas prices, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsored a resolution at last night's Town Board meeting that urges the State of New York to provide more alternative fuel sources to Long Island residents in the form of E85 or ethanol. Currently, according to the U. S. Department of Energy Alternate Fuel Station Locator, there are no public E85 compatible service stations within a 25-mile radius of the Town of Huntington. E85 is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, which makes it a renewable energy source produced with home grown American agricultural products. This will lessen carbon dioxide emissions, reduce smog and ozone depleting byproducts and decrease our dependence on foreign oil, while providing more efficient engine performance and conservation of national resources. The resolution called upon Governor Eliot Spitzer and the New York State Legislature to enact programs and incentives for alternative fuel use in the state. It further encouraged existing gas stations on Long Island to convert additional pumps to meet E85 compatible standards. "It is my hope that Albany will listen to our Town's plea for more alternative resource options for our cars and light trucks," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "New York is consistently on the forefront of progressive energy policy and this time should be no different. I look forward to working with our State Representatives in every way possible to make this a reality."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson is Host To Merit Ambitious Scouts


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/26/2007
Author: Stephen Jimenez

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently hosted a meeting in Town Hall with a group of local scouts, which satisfied one of their Eagle Badge requirements  

Pictured: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the happy scouts and scout leaders of Pack 66.
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was the recent host to a group of local scouts, where they learned about the responsibilities of Town Government along with open discussions about the rights, duties and obligations of citizenship. The Councilman also encouraged the scouts to lead by example and spoke of ways they could demonstrate good citizenship in their community. This presentation fulfilled the scouts "Citizen Badge" requirement which is one of the merit badges needed in their quest to become an Eagle Scout!


 


Cuthbertson Gives the Dogs A Bone


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/7/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman honors Centerport man and dogs for valiant rescue 

Councilman Cuthbertson presents Neil Maycock and Gus with a special proclamation and two rawhide bones
 
Huntington, NY- Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently honored local hero Neil Maycock and his two dogs at Town Hall for rescuing a Centerport resident that had fallen through thin ice. On February 28, 2007, Mr. Maycock, dove into frigid waters followed by his two Golden Retrievers Alfie and Gus to rescue Michael Johnson. During the process Mr. Johnson held on to both Mr. Maycock and Alfie, and swam safely to shore. As fate would have it, when Neil Maycock was just three years old, a passing stranger in Great Britain saved him after he was swept out to sea by a rogue wave. The stranger and his Labrador Retriever dove in after him and saved Neil's life. Now thirty-seven years later, Neil Maycock had the chance to return the favor as he and his two Golden Retriever's without hesitating jumped into the frigid ice covered water to save the life of Michael Johnson. After the ordeal Mr. Johnson was taken to the emergency room for severe hypothermia. Alfie, Gus and Neil recovered quickly. Councilman Cuthbertson honored Mr. Maycock with a proclamation lauding his actions and presented both Gus and Alfie with large rawhide bones donated by the Community Pet Shop in Huntington Village. "It is valiant quick thinking moments like these that prevent tragedies," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson at the Town Board meeting. "We are grateful to Mr. Maycock for his selfless act. We also thank Mr. Maycock's companions Alfie and Gus for assisting in the rescue. It is plain to see in this case why dogs are a man's best friend."


 


Petrone and Cuthbertson Honored By Long Island Business News


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/28/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

From left to right, Honorees Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Jim Morgo Board Chairman of Suffolk County IDA and sponsor Howard Landsberg of Weiser LLP
 
Long Island Business News (LIBN) honored Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson as two of this year's top real estate deal makers for their work in the real estate community. They were both presented with the LIBN Real Estate Award for the Best Public/Private Partnership at the regional business newspaper's 2007 Real Estate Awards that were held this week. According to LIBN, their Real Estate Awards recognize the Island's top professionals in the commercial and residential business communities. Honorees are selected by a panel of industry experts and the Editors of Long Island Business News. Candidates were chosen for their professional accomplishments and "significant contributions… to the region's economy and the communities in which [they] do business." Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertsons' awards for Best Public/Private Partnership, were in recognition of their work in securing Canon USA's commitment to move their North American Headquarters to Melville. Over the past year, both officials have worked to guarantee the relocation of Canon USA to the Town of Huntington. This multi-billion dollar deal will be a huge benefit to the Town by attracting the kind of long-term employment that is so vital to the economy of Huntington. Partnering together, Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson were instrumental in brokering the deal to bring Canon to the 52-acre former site of the Pumpkin Farm by providing a comprehensive incentive package, including substantial tax incentives and code variances. Canon says they plan to build a 700,000-square-foot headquarters building and create hundred of high-paying jobs.


 


New York State Loves Reading Together


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/14/2007
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This year is the fourth season of the Movies on the Lawn program, initiated by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and sponsored by the Town of Huntington. Once again this year, four blockbuster hits have been added to the summer calendar. The inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen will be the screen of choice for all outdoor performances – including those ‘on the lawn'. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 27th. Park in the pool parking lot. This natural amphitheater setting will feature Curious George (Rated G). Take a step back in time for an old-fashioned drive in on July 19th at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring the classic GREASE (Rated PG). "We're going to have some fun with this performance," said Cuthbertson. "Wear that black leather jacket with the T-Bird emblem on the back, put the comb in your back pocket and wear a white t-shirt and ladies … dig out that pink sport baseball jacket! We're going to have a stage set up by the screen and while we're waiting for it to get dark enough to start the movie, we'll be singing and dancing to the GREASE soundtrack and throw out a little GREASE trivia." In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 6th. Flushed Away (Rated PG) will headline at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Ending the series on August 23rd will be another drive-in performance at Crab Meadow Beach and will feature the award winning Happy Feet (Rated G). Once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at John Glenn High School Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Town Council Joins Parents and Teachers for Celebrity Read In


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/22/2007
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilmembers read to students of Washington Drive Elementary in Centerport
 
In an effort to encourage and emphasize the importance of literacy, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson joined parents, staff and community leaders today at the annual "Celebrity Read-In" held at the Washington Drive Primary School in Centerport. This event followed up the successful Fall Read-In, which brought in over 300 people to read to the students.  The "Celebrity Read-In" theme was "Once Upon a Book," and teachers, school administrators and parents dressed up like fairy tale characters.  Filling the hallways, gym, classrooms and library of the school, small groups of students eagerly listened as teachers, parents and "celebrities" read to them from their favorite books.  The day was rewarding not only for the students involved, but also for the adults who were able to impart their enthusiasm for reading.


 


Tulip Festival Photo Contest Winners Receive Awards from Huntington Town Board


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/17/2007
Author: Kristen Gaumont

The Huntington Town Board and Bushra Dano present awards to (from left to right) Cynthia Grimm, Carolyn Edricks and Debbie Babino
 
The Huntington Town Board honored the winners of the Sixth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest, presenting a certificate and a $350 award check to the First Place winner, Cynthia Grimm of Huntington Station. Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Debbie Babino of Hicksville and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Carolyn Edricks of Port Jefferson. Each winning photograph reflected the spirit of the 2006 Huntington Tulip Festival – a free, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board and representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The 2007 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be un-mounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2007. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form."


 


Northport Coach Honored As He Retires


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/22/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson with Northport High School Coach Robert Macaluso and Principal Irene McLaughlin
 
On December 21, 2006 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented Northport High School Coach and teacher Robert Macaluso with a proclamation in recognition of his retirement after 30 years of coaching including the boys football, volleyball and lacrosse teams. From 1977-1984 Mr. Macaluso coached the Tigers football squad to a Division I Conference Championship and then went on to coach the Tigers Boys Lacrosse Team in over 200 wins in 10 years, including one state championship in 2001. Mr. Macaluso also co-founded the Youth Lacrosse Boys PAL League, now the Northport Lacrosse Club. The league is credited with preparing talented players to enter the competitive Northport lacrosse program. He is now retiring to spend more time with his growing family.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Plants Bulbs for 2007 Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/19/2006
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Bushra Dano, Branch Manager of Astoria Federal Savings on New York Avenue in Huntington, help plant bulbs at Heckscher Park in anticipation of the 2007 Tulip Festival.
 
May 4, 2007 - The Town of Huntington, and Astoria Federal Savings held its 7th Annual "Spring into Huntington" Art Contest, which is a component of Astoria Federal Savings' "Education First" program. The contest was open to students in grades 3 through 8 in schools within Huntington township. For the contest, students were asked to express their views on spring in Huntington and the 7th Annual Tulip Festival using artistic interpretation. Two (2) winners from each grade level received a $50 US savings bond courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings and had their work displayed at Huntington's 7th Annual Tulip Festival. Art teachers' schools received $50 for each student whose art was chosen as the best of the grade and the money for the teacher's school's art supply budget was courtesy of Astoria Federal Savings.


 


Record Reading Witnessed By Cuthbertson and Jackson


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/14/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson with Commandant Ober, Board of Education Pres. MaryJo Masciello and Principal Charles Heppeler with Burr Intermediate School students.
 
Huntington, NY - On December 13, 2006 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson were invited to act as Independent Witnesses in order to break a world reading record. Over 547,000 people across the world participated in what could be the largest simultaneous reading in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The actual title of the achievement would be the "most people reading aloud in multiple locations." Councilman Cuthbertson joined the Burr Intermediate School in Commack for the event with Commandant William Ober as the school's entire student body of 1,034 children participated in the reading. Across town, Councilwoman Jackson and Tom Monks, President of the Huntington Kiwanis Club were the witnesses at the Woodhull Intermediate School, when all 600 students read the same passage in unison. All participants read from E.B. White's famous children's novel "Charlotte's Web." According to the Walden Media, the group that organized the event, the record to break was 155,528. As of yesterday 547,826 people in all 50 states and in 28 countries shared in the experience.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Inducts Newest Huntington Youth Court Members


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/6/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson swears in twenty new members for the 2006-2007 Town of Huntington Youth Court
 
Huntington NY — On December 5, 2006, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson inducted 20 new student members and welcomed back 65 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Town Hall. Now celebrating its seventh year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court has just fewer than 100 members from every high school in the Town. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The programs dedicated coordinator, Maria Danisi works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of around 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty. "It is exciting to stand here and see how much this program has grown and matured in the last six years," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "Through positive peer interaction the Youth Court has made a remarkable difference in our community. I look forward to their continued success for many years to come." For more information or if you are interested in joining the program, please contact Maria Danisi at (631) 271-5547.


 


Town Sponsors 3rd Annual Halloween Parade


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/31/2006
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Participants in the 3rd Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade proceed down Gerard Street
 
October 31, 2006, Huntington, NY – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade in Huntington Village today. Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) are invited to dress in costume and walk in the parade. The parade starts at approximately 4:15 p.m. in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street, moves east on Gerard and south on Wall Street, and ends where Wall Street intersects with Main Street (25A.) Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson will distribute reflective Halloween goody bags containing a list of holiday safety tips for parents and children. In addition, the Huntington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with village merchants, will sponsor its "Safe Trick-or-Treat" program. Merchants throughout the town will pass out candy from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the parade, stated, "The Town of Huntington is proud once again to sponsor the Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade. The parade, in conjunction with the merchants' ‘safe trick or treat' program, brings the community together in a positive, fun and safe manner." Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said, "The Children's Halloween Costume Parade, combined with the generous distribution of candy by our local merchants for their 6th consecutive year, proves once again why Huntington is such a great place for families to live. So put on your costume, get ready to march and trick-or-treat in Huntington on Halloween." "I commend the Huntington Business Improvement District for coordinating with the Town of Huntington in bringing about the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade," commented Councilwoman Susan A. Berland. "The event provides a safe environment for trick-or-treaters and successfully brings local businesses together with residents, putting the Halloween needs of our youngest residents first." Councilman Stuart P. Besen said, "The Town's Halloween Parade is a great way to provide a safe "trick or treat" environment for our children, which also makes the trick or treating experience a little less scary for the parents." Councilwoman Glenda A. Jackson, who will pass out reflective Halloween bags with safety tips for trick-or-treaters added, "This is such a wonderful event for ghosts and goblins of all ages. It is vitally important however that parents talk to their children about safety measures during the holiday. I hope that everyone will enjoy a safe and happy Halloween night." For more information about the parade, call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877. ####


 


When it rains it pours .... on Bocce this Year!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/1/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Twenty-six four-person bocce teams were quite disappointed this past August 27th when the rain wouldn't let up and ultimately caused the cancellation of the annual Town of Huntington vs Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. A make up date was scheduled for October 1st. Unfortunately, it rained once again but many teams showed up anyway refusing to let the weather hinder their love for the sport or miss the opportunity to display their bocce skills once again. Bocce, an old world sport that has similarities of bowling, shooting marbles and the precision of golf, proved to many this year that it's not just luck but skill, in tossing a five inch ball that weighs more than two pounds down a narrow 76 foot long dirt court. Whether you're aiming for the pallino (a smaller white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to get your opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is not as easy as it looks - especially in the rain while holding on to an umbrella during play. The first place winners (once again this year) were Camillo Bosco, Antonio Bosco, Ettore Bosco and Nino Carusone and second place: Peter Vidulich, Rob Bok, Berne Skoda, Jeremy Raguzin. Both teams come from the Town of Huntington. January 19, 2007 – In an effort to encourage and emphasize the importance of literacy, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson joined parents, staff and community leaders today at the annual Celebrity Read-In" held at the Washington Drive Primary School in Centerport. This event followed up the successful Fall Read-In, which brought in over 300 people to read to the students. The "Celebrity Read-In" theme was "Once Upon a Book," and teachers, school administrators and parents dressed up like fairy tale characters. Filling the hallways, gym, classrooms and library of the school, small groups of students eagerly listened as teachers, parents and "celebrities" read to them from their favorite books. The day was rewarding not only for the students involved, but also for the adults who were able to impart their enthusiasm for reading.

 


The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/24/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Tonight's presentation of The Curse of Were-Rabbit will be a drive in at Crab Meadow Beach and begin at darkness (8:00-8:15 pm). Gates to the beach will open around 6:30 pm. Popcorn will be distributed courtesy of LaCasa Cafe. Please pack lawn chairs in case the drive in area fills early. We will have overflow parking at the golf course with bus service back to the beach. When the movie is over, the busses will bring you back to your vehicle. See you at the movies !


 


Charlie & The Chocolate Factory


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/7/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Due to the severe weather warning, tonight's Movie on the Lawn feature, "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory", will be moved into the auditorium at John Glenn High School on Elwood Road. The movie will begin at 7:30 pm. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but we look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the school for another fun family night! If you have any questions, please call 351-3112.


 


July 20th -- Time For A Drive-In Movie!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/20/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Thursday night is drive in night at Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Road, Northport. Pack your dinner, family and lawn chairs for tonight's feature presentation, "Yours, Mine and Ours." Gates to the beach will open around 6:30. Popcorn will be distributed courtesy of LaCasa Café. Please pack lawn chairs. When the drive in lot fills to capacity, cars will be instructed to drive to Crab Meadow Golf Course, where HART busses will pick you up and bring you and yours back to the beach. There will be plenty of spots for viewing the movie. The movie will begin at darkness, approximately 8:30 pm. While waiting for the movie to start, have dinner, play on the playground or just enjoy the beautiful views of the Long Island Sound. When the movie is over, those parked in the overflow area will be bussed back to their cars. See you at the movies! THE MOVIE WILL BE SHOWN AT CRAB MEADOW BEACH THIS EVENING


 


It's Almost Show Time!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/26/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Due to the overwhelming success and positive feedback the last two years from Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Movies on the Lawn Program, the Town of Huntington is proud to put four blockbuster hits on this year's summer calendar. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "With every movie shown, we hear such wonderful comments and praise and it's obvious that this program will be embraced by the Town for years to come." Once again this summer, the inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen will be the screen of choice for all outdoor performances – even those ‘on the lawn'. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 28th. Park in the pool parking lot. This natural amphitheater setting will feature Madagascar. Then it's back to the 1950's for an old-fashioned drive in on July 20th at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring Yours, Mine & Ours. In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 7th. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory will headline at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Ending the series on August 24th will be another drive-in performance at Crab Meadow Beach and will feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at John Glenn High School Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Town Board Celebrates Lacrosse Champions


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/26/2006
Author: Adeel Ahmed

Town Board presents proclamations and certificates to Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor High School Boys Lacrosse Champions
 
Huntington, NY- On June 20, 2006, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson presented proclamations to the Huntington High School and Cold Spring Harbor High School Lacrosse teams for their outstanding achievements in their division. The Huntington Blue Devils finished with a flawless 22-0 record increasing their winning streak to an astonishing 43 games. The Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks ended their season with a 19-2 record clinching the state title in a nail biting final game. Both teams went on to win Class County's New York State Championships. Both Huntington coach Paul McDermott and Cold Spring Harbor coach Dennis Bonn were named Coaches of the Year in their counties. McDermott's overall record advanced to 203-85 and Bonn's record improved to 139-55. Midfielder Scott Kocis, who earned the title of Long Island Player of the Year, was also named All-American lacrosse player for the second time, led Huntington to its undefeated season. The Blue Devils also relied on the talent of All Americans Rhamel and Shamel Bratton. Cold Spring Harbor was led by Junior Adam Ghitelman who earned the title of Nassau County Player of the Year as he saved 75.2 percent of the shots he faced. He was also named an All-American lacrosse player. The teams joined each other in celebration as they rode atop a fire engine for a parade down New York Avenue on Tuesday. The parade began at Huntington Library and ended at Town Hall, where the teams were presented with proclamations and certificates of recognition. Councilman Cuthbertson, a fellow Blue Devil, attended the State Championship at Stony Brook and remarked, "The Huntington Boys lacrosse team dominated the field that day. I was consistently impressed with their passion for the game and their sportsmanship on the field. Councilwoman Jackson presented the proclamation to Cold Spring Harbor commented, "The Seahawks pride and enthusiasm allowed for a thrilling and triumphant season. Congratulations to the team on their State Championship, I wish you continued success."


 


Bocce Bets Are Back On For Cuthbertson & Bellone!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/16/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
August 27th is the date for the fourth annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament. Teams from both Towns will be wearing their colors in another grueling bocce match. Registration is limited. Teams are asked to get their forms in as soon as possible. The form can be downloaded from our site by using this link: 2006 Bocce Registration Form . "Last year's tournament was such an overwhelming success and all who attended had a great time. We've been getting calls since the Spring inquiring about this year's date," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (Town of Huntington). Supervisor Steve Bellone (Town of Babylon) remarked, "this year, we're hoping Babylon takes home the first place trophy!" The festivities once again will be at Elwood Park, Cuba Hill Road, East Northport and all pre-registered teams are signing in at 11:30 am. Tournament play will start at 12:00 noon. Both Towns are delighted that Sbarro's, nationally headquartered in Huntington, is once again donating a delicious lunch for players and spectators. All systems are ‘a go' for another successful, fun event!


 


Town Board Expresses Concern About National Grid


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/14/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Cuthbertson and Jackson Sponsor Sense Resolution 

 
Huntington NY — On June 6, 2006 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Glenda Jackson joined a growing number of Suffolk County lawmakers by sponsoring a resolution citing the concerns of the Town of Huntington regarding the potential acquisition of Keyspan by London based energy company, National Grid. The resolution comes after weeks of speculation about National Grid's intentions and the responsibilities to Long Island communities should it purchase Keyspan. The Town Board sense resolution mirrors a similar bill in the Suffolk County Legislature that reiterates the opinion of the Town Board that the acquisition of Keyspan be conditioned upon the agreement to re-power/upgrade the Northport facility. This comes in light of recent studies showing that the oil and natural gas powered plant is one of the dirtiest in the northeast. The resolution also addresses the potentially devastating impact property taxes could have should National Grid decide to have the Northport facility's taxes reassessed. The Town Board would hope that the pending purchase agreement language includes a passage solidifying National Grid's assurance that they will not challenge the accessed value of the Northport power plant. "Along with my colleagues, I am committed to making Huntington a safe, clean and environmentally friendly place to live," remarked the Councilman. "I have several concerns about National Grid's acquisition of Keyspan, not the least of which is the impact on our environment, our workforce and ultimately our quality of life." "This is a tremendous opportunity to better our way of life in Huntington," continued Councilwoman Jackson. "As National Grid assumes control of Keyspan, I urge them to respect the residents of the Town of Huntington and uphold Keyspan's ambitious environmental, labor and customer service standards."

 


Cuthbertson Confronts Coulter


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/8/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson speaks out against Coulter's hateful remarks.
 
Huntington, NY – On June 7, 2006, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson attended the signing of Ann Coulter's newest book, "Godless: The Church of Liberalism," at the Book Revue in Huntington in order to present her with a letter. In the letter, the Councilman outlined his outrage at recent attacks made by Coulter on the widows of September 11th and to demand an apology. In her book, Ms. Coulter states "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," and goes on to label the women as "witches." Councilman Cuthbertson presented Ms. Coulter with the letter which she promptly ripped in half. Due to the noise of the crowd at that point, he was unable to ask her for an apology for her statements. Later he remarked, "Like Ms. Coulter, I have never been afraid to express my opinion about matters that are important to me. Her comments are an injustice to the innocent victims of September 11th, several of whom were my friends. I am appalled at her lack of humility and the outright bravado of her actions." The letter read: Dear Ms. Coulter: While the right to free speech remains clear in every democracy, your latest comments deriding the widows of 9/11 are a disgrace to the thousands who perished on that day. The lack of humanity that you have shown is indicative of your overall disrespect for a nation that has lost so much. To label those still in mourning from the events of September 11th as "witches," and to suggest that they have profited from the tragic deaths of their loved ones, is a nauseating misrepresentation of their struggle to keep the memory of what happened that day alive. We, the residents of the Town of Huntington, are built of families that grieve the loss of our neighbors. While I have a difficult time believing that there is any place in the country that might appreciate the poison you are producing, I simply ask that you retract your statements and move on. Very truly yours, Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Town Board Recognize Tulip Festival Sponsors at Reception at Heckscher Museum


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/9/2006
Author: Kristen Gaumont

foreground: student artists, background: Geronima Maura-Rayo, Huntington Arts Council; Bushra Dano, Astoria Federal; Councilman Besen, Councilwoman Jackson, Councilman Cuthbertson
 
Huntington, NY, May 5, 2006 - Huntington Town Board Members and the Tulip Festival Committee recognized and applauded sponsors of the 6 th Annual Tulip Festival at a reception at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington. Certificates were handed out thanking chief sponsor Astoria Federal Savings, major sponsors Cablevision and Oheka Castle, sponsor Reckson Associates Realty Corp., festival contributor LIPA, and garden sponsor Ahern's Landscape Design Center. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, who founded the festival in 2001 stated, "It is the 'behind the scenes' sponsors who help to make the tulip festival a success year after year, and for that, we are truly grateful. Without their backing, it would be difficult to pull off this event, which has grown with each passing year." Also at the reception were winners of the 6th Annual "Spring in Huntington" Middle School Art Contest, which is held in conjunction with the Town of Huntington's Tulip Festival and is a component of Astoria Federal Savings "Education First" Program. Elwood Middle School, St. Patrick School, Long Island School for the Gifted, and Oldfield Middle School had students with the winning pieces and each artist will receive a U.S. Savings Bond. Long Island School for the Gifted and St. Patrick School each will receive a grant for "Best Overall Body of Work." The Walt Whitman High School Chamber String Ensemble provided the music for the reception, as it kicked off the First Friday High School Concert Series at the Heckscher Museum. ####


 


Want to Learn How to Skateboard? You Can Now!!!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/4/2006
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
The Town of Huntington is happy to announce that this summer Skateboard Lessons will be offered at the Greenlawn Skatepark. BEGINNING SKATEBOARDING classes for children in grades one and up will offer a unique and fun approach to the sport of skateboarding. Participants will start off with balance and stance while working on proper safety techniques, park etiquette and beginning tricks. Full protective gear consisting of an ANSI or SNELL approved helmet, kneepads and elbow pads are required. For those that know the basics and/or have completed the Beginning Skateboarding Lessons, INTERMEDIATE SKATEBOARDING LESSONS will focus primarily on the skater interested in learning advanced methods and tricks. Enrollees must be capable of "dropping in" and rolling throughout all parts of the park as well as having an understanding of park etiquette. If participants have these skills, they don't have to take the Beginning Skateboarding Lessons to participate. Full protective gear consisting of an ANSI or SNELL approved helmet, kneepads and elbow pads are required. Lessons will be given by long time skater Joe Mannix. Children in grades one and up are eligible. Lessons will take place at the Greenlawn Skatepark, corner of Cuba Hill Road and Broadway in Greenlawn and they will held on Tuesdays, June 27th through August 8th (six classes). Beginner classes will be held 5:00-6:00 pm or 6:05-7:05 pm; Intermediate classes 7:10-8:10 pm. The fee for the classes is $55 with a Recreation I.D. Card or Skateboard Annual Pass or $65 without the card or pass. Enrollment is limited. Registration begins May 9th at the Parks and Recreation Department, Room 103, Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main Street. Department hours are Monday – Wednesday 9 am-7:30 pm and Thursdays and Fridays 9 am – 4 pm. For additional information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 351-3089.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson on "Meet the Leaders" with Pat Halpin


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/6/2006
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuhtbertson with Pat Halpin on "Meet the Leaders"
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was a featured guest on a recent episode of "Meet the Leaders" with Pat Halpin for Cablevision's Local Programming. Dubbed by Pat Halpin as "the youngest, but longest serving councilman from the Town of Huntington", Councilman Cuthbertson covered a variety of topics in the half-hour episode. He discussed the appointment of Glenda A. Jackson to the town board, the revitalization of Huntington Station, open space preservation, partnerships with school districts to buy speed machines, and the town's fiscal health, among other topics. The "Meet the Leaders" episode will air on the following dates: Woodbury System Channel 18 (for Huntington viewers) Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30pm Saturday, March 18 at 6:30pm Monday, March 20 at 8:30pm Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30pm Hauppauge Channel 18/Brookhaven Channel 118 Sunday, March 5 at 10:00am Monday, March 6 at 1:00pm Friday, March 10 at 11:30am Sunday, March 12 at 11:00pm Tuesday, March 14 at 10:00pm Saturday, March 18 at 11:00am &2:00pm Monday, March 20 at 11:30am Tuesday, March 21 at 10:30pm Wednesday, March 22 at 11:30am Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30pm Friday, March 31 at 11:30am Riverhead System Channel 18 Sunday, March 5 at 11:00am, 8:00pm &11:00pm Friday, March10 at 11:00am, 8:00pm & 11:00pm Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00am, 8:30pm & 11:00pm Saturday, March 18 at 8:00pm & 11:00pm Monday, March 20 at 11:00am, 8:00pm & 11:00pm Wednesday, March 22 at 11:00am, 8:00pm & 11:00pm Friday, March 31 at 11:00am, 8:00pm & 11:00pm


 


Cuthbertson and Town Board Unveil Black History Tribute


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/8/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Town of Huntington dedicates bus to Rosa Parks 

Councilman Cuthbertson (center), Supervisor Frank Petrone and the Huntington Town Board with Reverend Michael Washington of the Bethel AME Church and NAACP members.
 
Huntington NY — As part of the continuing celebration of Black History this month, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank Petrone launched a signature HART bus draped in black and adorned with the photograph and wise words of Ms. Rosa Parks. It was her unforgettable refusal to give up her seat one hot day on a crowded Montgomery, Alabama municipal bus, that sparked the modern day civil rights movement in America. Councilman Cuthbertson and Supervisor Petrone were joined by Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Stuart Besen, members of the Huntington chapter of the NAACP and representatives from the religious community. The celebration included an observance of Black History by Councilman Cuthbertson, a moment of silence honoring the legacy of Ms. Parks and a reading by Reverend Michael Washington of Bethel AME Church. The ceremony was closed with a very special blessing of the bus by Reverend Washington. "Black History Month is a time to remember those who have made an indelible mark on the face of this nation," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "It is also a time to be proud of the strong African-American legacy we have in this Town. Who better to honor than the iconic Rosa Parks, the ‘mother of the Civil Rights movement." "It is imperative that we never forget the courage of Rosa Parks and her commitment to racial justice and equality," said Supervisor Frank Petrone. "This tribute not only honors her legacy, but raises awareness of the importance of diversity and respect for one another." Councilwoman Susan Berland continued, "As we remember America's rich African-American heritage, it is an honor to recognize Rosa Parks. A woman who took such a tremendous stance against segregation and inequality. We applaud her courage and determination and recognize her for the difference she made for our society." Councilman Stuart Besen, ""Rosa Parks embodies the American Dream. She proved, that to make these dreams come true, all one needs is quiet strength, perseverance and a desire for change. As we celebrate Black History here today it is important to remember how individuals like Rosa have helped to make this country great." The HART bus was adorned with the historic photograph of Ms. Parks the day she received the Medal of Honor, and reads "I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people." It will run for the entirety of February.


 


Town Board Honors 2005 Tulip Festival Photo Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/7/2006
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Photo from left to right – Bushra Dano, Branch Manager at Astoria Federal Savings in Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank Petrone, 1st Place winner Vickie Boccard, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Councilman Stuart P. Besen
 
February 7, 2006 – The Huntington Town Board honored the winners of the Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest, presenting a certificate and a $350 award check to the First Place winner, Vickie Boccard of Huntington. Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to John Tajima of Ottawa, Canada and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Debbie Babino of Hicksville. Each winning photograph reflected the spirit of the 2005 Huntington Tulip Festival – a free, family-oriented festival featuring thousands of tulips. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board and representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The 2006 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be unmounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photographer will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2006. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form."


 


Town Council Celebrates Opening of F. H. Riley's


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/30/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilwoman Susan Berland, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Stuart Besen join owners in officially opening F.H Rileys in Huntington
 
Huntington , NY- Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Berland and Councilman Besen joined owner Brett Hughes and his wife for the celebration of the opening of their new restaurant F.H. Rileys's in Huntington. Mr. Hughes has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality field and is now the executive chef and proprietor of his own restaurant in Huntington Village. According to Mr. Hughes, the name of the bistro came from two very important people in his life - F.H. is Frederick Hughes, the family patriarch and a distinguished resident of Centerport for over 40 and Riley, Hughes' young niece.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Berland and Councilman Besen Join Parents and Teachers at


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/23/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson reads to his son Hunter, 8 while Councilman Stuart Besen and Councilwoman Susan Berland read to 2nd grade students at the Washington Drive Primary School “Celebrity Read In.”
 
January 20, 2006 – In an effort to encourage and emphasize the importance of literacy, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Councilman Stuart Besen joined parents, staff and community leaders today at the annual "Celebrity Read-In" held at the Washington Drive Primary School in Centerport. This event followed up the successful Fall Read-In, which brought in over 300 people to read to the students. The "Celebrity Read-In" theme was "Once Upon a Book," and teachers, school administrators and parents dressed up like fairy tale characters. Filling the hallways, gym, classrooms and library of the school, small groups of students eagerly listened as teachers, parents and "celebrities" read to them from their favorite books. The day was rewarding not only for the students involved, but also for the adults who were able to impart their enthusiasm for reading.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Honors Huntington High School Sports Champions


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/12/2006
Author: Susannah Mrazek

The John Glenn Lady Spiders Varsity Volleyball Team receive their Certificates of Recognition for winning the New York State Championship this fall.
 
On January 10th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson honored all public high school fall sports championship teams in the Town of Huntington. Joined by friends and family, the teams were recognized for their incredible achievements ranging from Division Champions to All-State Champions. Councilman Cuthbertson presented all teams with Proclamations acknowledging their achievements and all players with Certificates of Recognition. The teams are in alphabetical order as follows: Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks Boys Varsity Soccer - Nassau County and All Long Island Class IV Champions Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks Girls Varsity Volleyball - Nassau County Class B Champions - New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Team Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks Varsity Football - Nassau County and All Long Island Class IV Champions Commack Cougars Boys Varsity Cross Country - Suffolk County League II Champions John Glenn Lady Spiders Varsity Volleyball - Suffolk County Champions - Al Long-Island Champions – 5th straight year - New York State Champions – 3rd straight year Half Hollow Hills East Thunderbirds Girls Varsity Tennis - Suffolk County Division One, League I Champions Huntington High School Blue Devils Varsity Football - Suffolk County Champions (2 out of 3 years) - All Long Island Class III Champions Walt Whitman Wildcats Girls Varsity Tennis - Suffolk County Division One, League II Champions Walt Whitman Wildcats Boys Varsity Cross Country - Suffolk County League III Champions


 


Huntington Calls For Moratorium On All Golf Courses


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/13/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson sponsor resolution to halt development of golf courses  

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (center) with Supervisor Frank Petrone (left) and Councilman-Elect Stuart Besen (right)
 
Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson today introduced legislation calling for the enactment of a temporary moratorium on the development of all privately-owned golf courses in the Town of Huntington. At a press conference outside the gates of the Cold Spring County Club in Cold Spring Harbor, Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson said the purpose of the moratorium is to allow for the preparation of a comprehensive study of how to best plan and manage in the event these properties become subject to residential development. Joining the Town leaders at Tuesday's event were representatives of the Cold Spring Hills Civic Association, Cold Spring Heights Civic Association and the Ft. Salonga Civic Association. "With the continued loss of open space, the eight remaining privately-owned golf courses are prime targets for developers," Supervisor Petrone said. "The intent of this temporary moratorium is simple - to allow the preparation of a comprehensive analysis and study on how these properties may be protected and potential adverse impacts addressed should the owners pursue development." Said Councilman Cuthbertson: "We simply cannot wait until more development plans come through our door to build on golf courses. We must begin taking the steps toward a comprehensive preservation plan today." There are currently eight privately owned golf courses in Huntington totaling nearly 900 acres of open space - predominantly all zoned residential. The majority of these properties are located in environmentally sensitive areas, including wetlands, waterfront, steep slopes and special groundwater protection areas. The eight courses are: Huntington Country Club, Huntington Crescent Club, Indian Hills Country Club, Cold Spring Country Club, Dix Hills Golf Course, Greens at Half Hollow, Hamlet Golf and Country Club, and the Hollow Hills Golf Course. Recent news reports state that at least two of these courses – Cold Spring and Indian Hills in Ft. Salonga – may be targeted for partial or whole residential development. The enactment of the moratorium will allow the Town to effectively analyze all private golf course subdivision plans and to consider consistent requirements and alternative land use and environmental scenarios. The Town Board will be reviewing any negative effects development of these golf courses might have on the surrounding communities. The overall goal is to preserve the unique features and characteristics of Huntington.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Cracks Down On Handicapped Parking Abusers


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/12/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington NY — In an attempt to curb the abuse of handicapped parking privileges in the Town of Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, called for a crackdown on drivers who park illegally in handicapped zones. It is especially now during the holiday season, as parking becomes more difficult, that renewed enforcement is necessary. The Town of Huntington has the most effective HEP on Long Island, and has issued over 1500 violations as of November 1st of this year and collected more than $139,000 in fines. A HEP violation costs $230 and increases $100 for every month it is not paid. Aside from this, the HEP program in association with illegal parking in fire zones has collected over $20,000 in fines all of which goes to volunteer firehouses in Huntington. Councilman Cuthbertson, the Senior Citizens liaison for the Town remarked, "It is unfortunate that many holiday shoppers still seem to think that handicapped spots are legitimate places to park for what they feel is just a short time. In reality is that those parking places must be kept available for our disabled residents." The volunteers for the Handicapped Enforcement Program (HEP) will be out in force during the next two weeks as they continue their enhanced enforcement for the holidays. To volunteer or to inquire about the program, please call Town Hall at (631) 351-3232.

 


Councilman Cuthbertson Inducts Newest HuntingtonYouth Court Members


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/7/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Youth Court convenes for a sixth year in a row. 

Councilman Cuthbertson, joined by Councilman-Elect Stuart Besen swears in Huntington Youth Court Class of 2006
 
Huntington NY — On December 6, 2005, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson inducted 39 new student members and welcomed back 75 returning members of the Huntington Youth Court in a ceremony held at Town Hall. Now celebrating its sixth year of operation, the Huntington Youth Court boasts well over 100 members from every high school in the Town. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal process. The program works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. Members rotate in groups of around 20 and perform as defending and prosecuting attorney, judge, bailiff and jury. An average Youth Court participant will hear cases on low-level misdemeanors such as shoplifting or vandalism. The Offender has already pleaded guilty to the crime and has agreed to be judged by a jury of his/her peers. The jury may impose a sentence that includes community service, a written or verbal apology to the victim, written essays pertaining to the crime, counseling sessions, a jail tour, mandatory participation in a peer discussion group and mandatory jury duty. "It is exciting to stand here and see how much this program has grown and matured in the last six years," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "Through positive peer interaction the Youth Court has made a remarkable difference in our community. I look forward to their continued success for many years to come."


 


Town of Huntington Closes Deal, Opens Doors for Coltrane House


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/7/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announce the acquisition of Jazz legend’s home in Dix Hills 

 
Huntington NY — On December 7, 2005, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced that the Town of Huntington had come to an agreement on the purchase of the John Coltrane house after almost two years of negotiations. Under the contract, the Town of Huntington agreed to purchase the property for $975,000 through its Environmental Open Space and Park Fund (EOSPA) and the 3.4-acre estate is to be managed as parkland with the exception of the home itself. The Coltrane house will be maintained by the non-profit organization the Friends of the John Coltrane House (FOJCH), run by President Steve Fulgoni a local historian and longtime advocate for its preservation. As part of the agreement, the Town will be responsible for all grounds management and FOJCH will be solely in charge of all renovations and rehabilitation of the house. John Coltrane resided in Huntington from 1964-1967, the last three years of his life. His most famous and significant work, A Love Supreme, arguably one of the most influential works in all of music history, was written in this house. "I am privileged to be here today honoring a brilliant man who changed the way we listen to music," said Councilwoman Berland. "We have worked diligently with the community to make sure that this historic landmark is preserved indefinitely. The next step is to refurbish the house to its original splendor so that we may never forget Coltrane's life and work." She finished by saying, "I applaud the efforts of Steve Fulgoni who brought together John Coltrane fans from all over the world." "There is no greater way to recognize the indelible achievements of this celebrated artist than to preserve the home in which he lived," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "We are fortunate to preserve this legacy and others like it for future generations." In the coming months many fundraisers will be held by Friends of the John Coltrane House. If you wish to contribute to the revitalization, please visit their website at www.dixhills.com

 


Town Donates 75 Turkeys To Needy Families


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/21/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson (right) with Thanksgiving Basket organizers Jamie Reimish (left) and Brett Raynor (center).
 
Every November local churches, businesses and community organizations get together to help needy families have a meaningful and joyous Thanksgiving by spending weeks arranging "Thanksgiving meal baskets." For over 40 years, the community has come together and donated their time, effort, and money to making sure hundreds of families in Huntington enjoy the holiday without the worry of having an empty table. This year alone they are helping close to 700 families by having raised over $8,000 for the cause. The baskets are brimming with fruits and vegetables, flour, sugar, juice, canned goods, and the 75 turkeys donated by the Town of Huntington. There are dozens of volunteers from St. Johns, St. Elizabeth, Old First Church, Kiwanis, YMCA, and the Family Service League. "It is remarkable to see the holiday spirit so alive here in the Town of Huntington," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "A tremendous amount of caring and community support went into this project and I am glad that the Town could be a part of it." This event takes place annually and is in constant need of volunteers for everything from arranging the baskets to delivering them. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Brett Raynor with the Old First Church at (631) 427-2101.


 


Town of Huntington Honors Rosa Parks


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/2/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank Petrone and the Town Board, joined by members of the NAACP and local ministers remember a courageous Civil Rights figure. 

Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson joined by Town Board Members, NAACP President Dolores Thompson and prominent religious leaders.
 
Huntington NY — On November 1st, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, joined by Supervisor Frank Petrone, members of the Huntington Town Board, the NAACP and local pastors, honored the life and legacy of Rosa Parks. Councilman Cuthbertson mounted a black and purple funeral bunting on the front of a HART bus this morning as well as placing a black ribbon on every bus's front seat to pay tribute to her brave actions. The front seats will be reserved in her memory for the length of the day on all busses in operation in the Town of Huntington. On December 1st, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, almost exactly 50 years ago today, during a time of segregation and prejudice, an exhausted Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. She was then arrested and charged with disobeying a city ordinance and violating segregation laws. She was fined $14 for both offenses. This solemn and dangerous act of defiance sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and nationwide inspiration, which forced the American population to reexamine their ideals and ultimately end legal segregation. "Rosa Parks was the beginning of the Civil Rights movement and with this one courageous act she lead the charge in an incredible struggle for equality and diversity," said Councilman Cuthbertson. "I am honored to be here today to remember such a brave and wonderful woman, she is an inspiration to most and a hero to all." Supervisor Frank Petrone added, "It was the quiet strength that Rosa Parks showed that allowed this country to be where it is today. We owe her our gratitude and our respect. More than that we owe it to ourselves to share her story and others like it to always remind us that a single act can change a nation." Councilwoman Marlene Budd added, "We are here today to honor the legacy of a woman who took it upon herself to act on behalf of her fellow citizens. She was as brave as she was smart, and as poignant as she was quiet. She proved that it only takes a single moment to change the course of history." "When we talk to our daughters in terms of role models, there are few greater women to look up to than Rosa Parks," said Councilwoman Berland. "The sacrifice she made and the actions she took are the perfect example for our sons and daughters." "Rosa Parks did what she felt in her heart was right. Her courage at that very moment changed the course of history forever. She is an example of the power of fairness, dignity and respect to move mountains. Rosa knew that was how to bring out the best in everyone. I hope that we all learn from her legacy," said Councilman Mark A. Capodanno. Stuart Besen, a community leader spoke on behalf on Congressman Steve Israel when he remarked, "Rosa Parks was a trailblazer. Now, when we stand up for something we believe in, we recognize the courage of those who came before us. We are grateful and appreciative of her work and we will always remember."


 


Town of Huntington to Sponsor Children's Halloween Parade


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/25/2005
Author: Kristen Gaumont

2004 Children's Halloween Parade on Main Street
 
Huntington, NY – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington are proud to sponsor their 2nd Annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade starting at Gerard Street in Huntington Village on Monday, October 31st at 4:15 p.m. Children of all ages (and their parents or guardians) are welcome to dress in costume and walk in the parade. Anyone who wishes to participate should plan to meet in front of the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street at 4:00 p.m. The parade route moves East down Gerard Street and South down Wall Street, ending where Wall Street hits Main Street (25A.) The Huntington Business Improvement District (BID), in cooperation with village merchants will be sponsoring its "Safe Trick-or-Treat" program. Merchants throughout the town will pass out candy from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the parade, stated, "With the success of last year's parade, the Town of Huntington is proud to sponsor it once again. The parade is an exciting and fun event for our children and their families, and at the same time promotes a safe venue for trick-or-treating." Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said, "The annual Children's Halloween Costume Parade, combined with the generous distribution of candy by our local merchants for their 5th consecutive year, proves once again why Huntington is such a great place for families to live. So put on your costume, grab your goody bag, and get ready to march and trick-or-treat in Huntington on Halloween." Councilwoman Marlene Budd stated, "It is so important to have a safe environment for children and their families as they celebrate Halloween. I think it is wonderful that the Town of Huntington, in conjunction with the Huntington BID, is able to offer this children's costume parade and safe trick-or-treat program." Said Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, "The Children's Halloween Costume Parade and safe trick-or-treat program bring the community together in a positive, fun and safe manner. I hope that families come out and take advantage of this event and have a great time!" Councilman Mark Capodanno said, "Huntington is dressed in all its fall finery. Come and join my family and I as we share in the festivities this year. Our generous merchants have opened their doors for us to trick-or-treat. So let's have some fun! I can't wait to see you there!" For more information about the parade, call the Department of Citizen Services at 351-2877.


 


New Meditation Room Unveiled at Senior Center


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/27/2005
Author: Kristen Gaumont

photo (from left to right) Sharon Carrio, Director of Career Services at Katharine Gibbs School, Sharon Lia Selover, student intern from Katharine Gibbs, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone
 
Huntington, NY, September 27, 2005 – Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson joined student interns and representatives from Katharine Gibbs School and members of the Senior Center community to officially announce and unveil a new state-of-the-art meditation room in the Senior Center at 423 Park Avenue. The Huntington Senior Center partnered with the Katharine Gibbs Design Department to create a beautiful and peaceful "Meditation Room." Two students, Eshonnese Jenkins and Sharon Lia Selover, donated their time and talent to transform a drab small office area into the perfect stress free environment. Soft music, trickling water, exotic aromas, and the rainforest décor are all part of the ambiance. The students also painted a tropical mural and decorated the room with silk flowers and mood lighting. The Department of General Services reworked the electric and lighting and set up a music system complete with headphones adjacent to two comfortable recliners. On Thursday, October 20th, a volunteer is scheduled to teach meditation. For more information about the meditation room at the Senior Center, please contact Sue Harty, 351-4004, Director of Senior Citizen Division.


 


Megan’s Law Forum Hosted By Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/15/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Community leaders and childcare experts invited to seminar on recognizing child abuse and protecting children in the Town of Huntington 

Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson greet community leaders
 
Huntington NY— On September 14th, 2005 Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson in tandem with the group Parents for Megan's Law, hosted various community leaders and childcare providers for a seminar entitled The Apple of My Eye. On account of the increasing need for the safety and protection of our children, the forum was organized to teach educational leaders in Huntington how to better protect children from sexual abuse and abduction, how to recognize abuse and child sexual assault and how to understand the local school board and the law enforcement community's responsibility to report sex offenders. Parents for Megan's Law was founded in 2001 and remains a national community and victim's rights organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of childhood sexual abuse through the provision of education, advocacy, counseling, policy and legislative support services. "This class will help us all to better understand the nature of crimes we are dealing with and how to prevent child abuse in the future," said Supervisor Petrone. "We will continue to work in this regard to provide a safe environment for our children and the community." The class has had overwhelming success across the nation and continues to educate parents on the dangers of sex offenders in local communities. It is critical that we provide this opportunity here in Huntington to all those who work with and for children. "As a father of three, I am committed to protecting our children in the Town of Huntington," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "It is vital that we educate members of our childcare community so that they can accurately recognize signals of child abuse, prevent abduction and know all resources available to them."


 


Hey! Was that Shrek I Just Saw?


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/29/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Shrek (a.k.a. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson) stops for a photo with fans at the recent drive in movie at Crabmeadow Beach.
 
Yes it was – both in person and on the big screen. On Thursday, August 25th, the final movie in the Movies on the Lawn Program, hosted by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington, featured Shrek 2. It was a beautiful night for a drive in. (Well, at least over a thousand people thought so.) Crabmeadow Beach was filled to capacity and so was the overflow parking area. Before the movie began, a special guest visitor, Shrek, strolled through the beach parking lot searching for Fiona and his swamp on his way to the stage for a special trivia game. Dozens and dozens of kids had a lot of laughs answering Shrek trivia questions and they were rewarded with lots of lollipops. After the game, Shrek took off again through the parking lot where kids ran up to give him a hug or pose for a photo with him. Well, low and behold, when Shrek disappeared, in came Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "Was that Shrek I just saw? I think he found Fiona and headed back to his swamp," he announced to all in attendance. Cuthbertson also thanked everyone for coming and promised that due to the overwhelming success of the movie program last summer and this summer, it will be one that the Town will be pleased to continue in coming years.


 


Three Huntington Teams Take Home Bocce Trophies


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/29/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson with Town of Huntington first place winners: Tony Bosco, Nino Carusone, Camillo Bosco and Ettore Bosco
 
Sunday, August 28th was the 4th Annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament, hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone. Bocce players from both Towns spent the day at Elwood Park socializing, analyzing their game strategy and enjoyed a delicious luncheon courtesy of Sbarro's. The rain held off, the weather warm and the courts hot! Twenty-seven four-person teams showed up along with friends and families to participate in this ever popular growing event. For some, it was like a reunion -- meeting up with players and spectators from previous tournaments, but when team numbers were called on the courts for their turn in competition, all bets were on! Bocce, an old world sport that has similarities of bowling, shooting marbles and the precision of golf, proved to many this year that it's not just luck but skill, in tossing a five inch ball that weighs more than two pounds down a narrow 76 foot long dirt court. Whether you're aiming for the pallino (a smaller white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to get your opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is not as easy as it looks! Councilman Cuthbertson commented, "This tournament grows larger year after year and the friendly, yet competitive matches are great to watch. Adding to the competitive edge this year, were newcomers Michael Diesu, Jr. and Michael Rex, two young teens that gave up their day at the skatepark to paticipate – and finished proudly in third place! The Town of Huntington brought home trophies for first, second AND third place!" Over 200 people in attendance had a great time and so many people mentioned how they are looking forward to a rematch next year! Special thanks once again to Sbarro's for contributing to this event's success.


 


SHREK 2 Coming to Crabmeadow Beach


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/23/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Join Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at Crabmeadow Beach on August 25th for the final performance in the Movies on the Lawn Series featuring Shrek 2. "We'll be once again transforming Crabmeadow Beach into a drive in theatre and adding some additional surprises for this movie," said Councilman Cuthbertson. "We're calling all kids (and adults) to play a Shrek Trivia Game while we're waiting for the movie to start. We'll see that night who really knows their Shrek trivia." Get ready to pack up the car for a great evening at the movies. We suggest you bring lawn chairs as well in the event the drive in lot fills early. There's plenty of overflow parking available at the golf course and we'll have on hand two HART buses to get you and your family to the beach. The trivia game will be held around 7:30 pm by the stage set up near the drive in screen. Announcements pertaining to the game will be distributed to those in attendance. The movie will start at darkness, around 8:15 pm. Popcorn will be distributed courtesy of LaCasa Café. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be held indoors at John Glenn High School, Elwood Road. For up to date information, call 351-3112 or visit the website at: www.town.huntington.ny.us

 


Town of Huntington Sets Date for 4th Spay/Neuter Clinic


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/22/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
National Spay Day, a nationwide program in its second decade, promotes the spaying/neutering of companion animals. During the last 18 months, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark A. Capodanno hosted three low cost spay/neuter clinics in the Town of Huntington. The clinics were held in conjunction with the Suffolk County S.P.C.A. Because of the success of the three programs, another date for this year has been set. On September 24, 2005, the S.C.S.P.C.A. Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) will be in the TOWN OF HUNTINGTON ANIMAL SHELTER parking lot (Deposit Road, East Northport) conducting spaying and neutering procedures. The surgery will be performed by a licensed veterinarian at a reduced rate. As this will be limited to a total of thirty animals, appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 754-8722. Proof of residency, NYS Dog License and Inoculation Certificates must be presented and dogs cannot exceed 50 pounds. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "It is our hope that through programs such as these, we can raise the public's awareness of the severe companion animal overpopulation problem. In essence this is a program to save animal's lives because thousands are killed each year nationwide simply because there are not enough homes." "Having an animal spayed or neutered is an essential component of good pet health care. It is a means by which one can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat," said Councilman Mark Capodanno. For additional information or to make an appointment, call 754-8722.


 


Ssponge Bob Tonight!!!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/8/2005

 
Tonight's performance of Sponge Bob will be held outdoors, as planned, in Huntington's Heckscher Park. Bring your family, lawn chairs, blankets and picnic supper (hopefully you won't need the umbrella) and get comfortable on the lawn facing the tennis courts where the huge blow up screen will feature SPONGE BOB! The movie will start at darkness (approximately 8:45 pm). This is the third movie in the Movies on the Lawn Program sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. The last movie will be a Drive In at Crabmeadow Beach on August 25th featuring Shrek 2. For additional information, call 351-3112.

 


Finding Neverland Found Success at Crabmeadow Beach


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/26/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Parked vehicles at Crabmeadow Beach awaiting Finding Neverland to begin.
 
Thursday, July 21st brought a steady stream of cars and movie-goers to Crabmeadow Beach. It was a perfect night for a drive in. The weather was warm and a nice breeze from the Long Island Sound made everyone comfortable as they munched on popcorn and waited for Finding Neverland to begin. This movie was the second in this year's Movies on the Lawn Program sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington. "Last year everyone really welcomed this program, especially the drive-in performances," stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "We knew after our first attempt at a drive-in, which featured Jaws in June 2004, that this type of venue would have to be part of each year's movie schedule. Jaws brought in over 1,000 people and Finding Neverland matched it!" Putting together a program such as this is certainly a collaborative effort. Town of Huntington personnel start early in the morning getting the parking lot cleaned and ready. Later in the day, another crew, including an electrician, help with the screen and sound system set up. When the gates open, popcorn was distributed courtesy of LaCasa Café and then lifeguards and beach personnel transform into valet parking attendants. "The biggest challenge they face is the amount of SUV's and large vehicles entering," said Cuthbertson. "The crew only had two drive-in practice rounds last summer, but I must say, they were directing traffic the other night like seasoned pros!" Once the 200 drive-in parking spots were filled, movie-goers were directed to the overflow parking lot where they were greeted by HART buses which transported them to the beach. It was evident that no matter where people sat, either in their cars, blankets, lawn chairs or bleachers, everyone had a good time. Upcoming August 8th is a lawn performance at Huntington's Heckscher Park featuring Sponge Bob. August 25th will be another drive-in at Crabmeadow Beach showing Shrek 2 (with popcorn courtesy LaCasa Café). Outdoor movies begin at darkness (8:30-9:00 pm). In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held the same evening indoors at John Glenn High School, Elwood Road. For additional information, call 351-3112 or visit the website at: http://town.huntington.ny.us.


 


Perfect Drive-In Movie Weather!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/18/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

The MOVIES ON THE LAWN PROGRAM, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington continues! 

 
The MOVIES ON THE LAWN PROGRAM, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington continues! Pack up the family, blankets and picnic supper and head to Crabmeadow Beach this Thursday night, July 21st, for an old fashioned drive-in movie featuring FINDING NEVERLAND. Popcorn will be distributed compliments of LaCasa Café. Drive-in parking area will open at 7:00 p.m. The movie will begin at darkness (between 8:45-9:00 pm). It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs in the event drive in parking area fills early. There will be plenty of overflow parking with bus service to the beach. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown the same evening indoors at John Glenn High School, Elwood Road. August 8th there will be a lawn performance at Huntington's Heckscher Park presenting Sponge Bob. On August 25th, it's back to Crabmeadow Beach for another drive-in featuring Shrek 2. For additional information, call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's office at 351-3112.


 


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Showing Tonight


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/29/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Movie showing moved to John Glenn HS due to rain. 

 
The alternate location for this evenings' screening of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban " is John Glenn HS. The movie will begin at 7:30 PM. John Glenn High School is located on Elwood Road approximately 1.5 miles north of Jericho Turnpike. We regret any inconvenience, but the change is necessary due to the inclement weather.

 


Councilman Cuthbertson Presents Proclamation to Huntington Boys Lacrosse Team


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/22/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Huntington Blue Devils honored as State Lacrosse Champions 

Huntington Lacrosse Coach and Boys Lacrosse Team
 
Huntington, NY - On June 21st, 2005, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson congratulated the Huntington High School Boys Lacrosse team for their recent achievement of Class B State Lacrosse Champions. The Councilman praised the players for their determination and recounted his 6 year-old son Hunter's avid support of the Blue Devils as they completed their flawless 21-0 season. The Blue Devils, led by the high school band, marched from Huntington High School to Town Hall amid their classmates, teachers and friends. Once arriving at Town Hall, Councilman Cuthbertson presented the team and coaches with the proclamation honoring them for their rousing 14-3 victory against Jamesville-Dewitt of Syracuse at the State Championship earlier this month. "It gives me great pride to be able to present this proclamation to the Huntington Blue Devils Lacrosseteam," remarked the Councilman. "They played fiercely and passionately and proved without a doubt that they are the best there is in the state."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Announces Steep Slope Ordinance to Protect Huntington Environment


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/21/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Local environmental groups support initiative 

Councilman Cuthbertson illustrates Steep Slope Ordinance near Park Ave construction site
 
Huntington, NY – Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson today announced new legislation designed to protect the environment, especially the wooded hills, of Huntington. Joined by leaders of local environmental groups, Cuthbertson said his law is intended to preserve sensitive steep slopes in Huntington and to regulate building on lots that would otherwise be devastated by construction. Standing at the site of two new homes that were built into the hillside on Park Avenue in Huntington, Cuthbertson said that building on plots like that are not now regulated in Town Code. Under the new law, the town will have the ability to regulate construction when houses like those are built on sloped property. "Virtually all of the vacant land in Huntington is environmentally sensitive. It is either steeply sloped or it is in close proximity to wetlands," Cuthbertson said. "Our goal is to preserve these lands and to protect the character of Huntington before it is too late." Under the new ordinance, the Town will regulate subdivision of or construction on any land that contains a hill or slope greater than 10%, including those smaller plots that require only building permits. "It generally follows that these hillside lands are wooded with native species, because they have not been disturbed in the recent past," Cuthbertson said, "And that usually means that more trees and understory are removed causing a host of environmental problems including erosion, flooding, destruction of natural habitat for wildlife and the loss of the rural ambiance that makes Huntington the special place that it is." Commonly known as a "Steep Slope Ordinance", the legislation builds on and expands the law currently on the books. The current law only applies to land that is being subdivided, and only to those that are less than1 acre in size. "I am very proud of Councilman Cuthbertson for proposing this legislation," remarked Marie Pendzich, Chair of the Sierra Club Long Island Chapter. "I hope it passes."


 


Irish Step Dancing Champion Honored


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/21/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson presents her with proclamation 

 
Huntington, NY- On Tuesday, June 21st, 2005, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson honored Gabriella Wood the 13 year-old International Irish Step Dancing Champion. The presentation of the proclamation was followed by a brief performance by Ms. Wood who brought the entire crowd and the Town Board to their feet for a standing ovation. Competing against 140 contestants in Ennis, Ireland, Ms. Wood was chosen as the best performer and World Champion. In fact, only 6 females of any age from North America have ever won the World Title in Irish Step Dancing in the 35 years it has been held. Gabriella has been a student of the Petri School of Irish Dance in East Northport since she was only 7 years old and has danced in numerous competitions around the world. "It was a really spectacular performance," commended Cuthbertson. "She is truly a champion. I wish her the best of luck in the future and look forward to her winning again next year."


 


Movies on the Lawn Program Back Again This Summer


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/15/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Last year Jaws at the drive-in. The screen shown will be used for all outdoor performances this summer.
 
Due to the overwhelming success and positive feedback last year from Councilman Mark Cuthbertson's Movies on the Lawn Program, the Town of Huntington is proud to put four blockbuster hits on this year's summer calendar. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "I could tell after our first performance last year, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, that this program would be embraced by the Town for years to come." This summer, the huge inflatable blow up ‘drive-in' screen, will be the screen of choice for all outdoor performances this year – even those ‘on the lawn'. Equipped with twelve surround sound speakers, this set up will accommodate many, many moviegoers for maximum viewing and listening enjoyment. "This is great family entertainment. Pack up your picnic supper, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this summer's movie line-up," said Cuthbertson. It is suggested that you pack lawn chairs, even for the drive-in performances, in the event the drive in lot fills early. Overflow parking is available and bus service brings people and their belongings to the beach. The schedule starts with a ‘lawn performance' at Dix Hills Park on June 29th. Park in the pool parking lot. This natural amphitheater setting will feature Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Then it's back to the 1950's for an old-fashioned drive in on July 21st at Crab Meadow Beach, featuring Finding Neverland. In addition to the surround sound speakers, those parked in the drive in section will have the opportunity to tune into a special channel for sound broadcast through their car radios. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. Back to the lawn on August 8th. Sponge Bob will headline at Huntington's beautiful Heckscher Park. Ending the series on August 25th will be another drive-in performance at Crab Meadow Beach and will feature Shrek 2. Once again, popcorn will be provided courtesy of LaCasa Café. All movies begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held indoors at John Glenn High School Auditorium, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. Check the website for up to date information on performances: http://town.huntington.ny.us or call Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at 631-351-3112.


 


Town Unites to Support Reservists


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/14/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson and United Way partner to raise money for families of Long Island military reservists 

 
Huntington, NY – Starting last week, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson in partnership with the United Way of Long Island launched the Military Reservist Family Fund fundraising campaign in the Town of Huntington. The drive, which began last week, provides targeted support to families of Long Island military reservists and has been instrumental in preserving their quality of life. For over 50 years, United Way of Long Island, through the commitment and generosity of business, labor, non-profit, government, media and community partners has focused on what matters most -- the lives we can change and the future we shape - for our community, our neighborhoods and our families. This year the United Way and the Town of Huntington decided on a campaign that assists the Military Reservist Family Fund affecting over 750 families on Long Island alone. Many of the reservists who are currently deployed from Long Island are members of the Army's Fighting 69th Brigade, which has armories in Huntington, Farmingdale, Freeport and Bay Shore. As these brave soldiers are getting called to war, their families are forced to deal with the sudden loss of a father or mother, a second income or even a carpool driver. It is these little details that make life at home that much more difficult. "During a time of war, often the most easily forgotten are the families of our troops overseas," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "It is the mission of the Town of Huntington in alliance with the United Way, to make a definitive impact on the lives of the children and spouses of our troops, who are struggling during this time."

 


Councilman Cuthbertson Presents Proclamation to Kidney Donor and Marathon Runner


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/26/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Huntington Town Board Honors Richard Harms
 
Huntington, NY - On May 25th, 2005 Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented a proclamation to Richard Harms of Huntington in recognition of the selfless donation of a kidney to his sister in November. Only one month after the surgery, Mr. Harms resumed running and exercising and recently completed a 13.1-mile marathon with his wife on May 1st. Currently over 87,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list and nearly 6,000 people die in the U.S. each year -- about 17 every day -- while waiting for a donated kidney, liver, heart, lung, or other organ. Moreover, only about 50 percent of families who are asked to donate a loved one's organs agree to do so. While addressing Mr. Harms and Mr. Harm's sister, Councilman Cuthbertson remarked, "Richard Harms' selfless and brave actions should be honored, remembered and repeated so that those who can donate organs in the hopes of saving a life continue to do so."


 


Veterans Wreath Ceremony


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/20/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the Huntington Town Board and the Huntington Veterans Advisory Board cordially invites area residents to the annual Veterans Wreath Ceremony. The Ceremony will take place Sunday, May 29, 2005, 2:00 p.m. at Huntington Veterans Plaza (located in front of Town Hall) 100 Main Street, Huntington. During the ceremony, wreaths will be placed by the World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Women's Veterans Monuments in honor of those who died serving our Country. Keynote speaker this year will be Christopher Xanthos, a veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call: 351-3012.

 


Happy Birthday to Paumanack Village!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/22/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson celebrate the 25th anniversary of Huntington's first affordable housing community for seniors.  

Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson present a proclamation to Mr. Gus Justesen, a 25 year friend and employee of Paumanack Village, who is retiring.
 
Huntington, NY – Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson joined residents at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Paumanack Village on Wednesday April 20th. At the event, Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson presented a proclamation to Paumanack Village in honor of 25 years of excellence and also to Mr. Gus Justesen the retiring manager, for his dedication to the community. Development began on Paumanack Village One in 1979 in order to meet the urgent need for affordable senior housing in the Town of Huntington. Paumanack was the first subsidized senior housing complex to be built in Huntington and continues to be the template for senior communities across Long Island. It has been so successful that there is currently a 7-year waiting list. Councilman Cuthbertson praised Mr. Justesen for his longtime support and commitment to the community, "Paumanack Village has been the flagship for communities on Long Island for a quarter of a decade and we are excited to celebrate its unbelievable success thanks to Gus Justesen's service." Supervisor Petrone, a longtime advocate of seniors and their positive role in our communities, has initiated many senior programs, including the development of senior housing, to retain this vital population in Huntington. "Mr. Justesen has created a legacy at Paumanack Village to be emulated now and in the future. In doing so, he has made the lives of many better and brighter, and for that, we are all grateful," the Supervisor concluded.


 


Town of Huntington Sets Dates for 3rd & 4th Spay/Neuter Clinics


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/21/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Capodanno, resident with his pet and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson outside the M.A.S.H. van.
 
National Spay Day, a nationwide program in its second decade, promotes the spaying/neutering of companion animals. Last year, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark A. Capodanno hosted two low cost spay/neuter clinics in the Town of Huntington. The clinics were held in conjunction with the Suffolk County S.P.C.A. Because of the success of the two programs, two dates for this year have been set. On June 11, 2005, the S.C.S.P.C.A. Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) will be in the Huntington Town Hall parking lot conducting spaying and neutering procedures. The surgery will be performed by a licensed veterinarian at a reduced rate. As this will be limited to a total of thirty animals, appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 754-8722. Proof of residency, NYS Dog License and Inoculation Certificates must be presented and dogs cannot exceed 50 pounds. A second clinic is set for September 24, 2005. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "It is our hope that through programs such as these, we can raise the public's awareness of the severe companion animal overpopulation problem. In essence this is a program to save animal's lives because thousands are killed each year nationwide simply because there are not enough homes." "Having an animal spayed or neutered is an essential component of good pet health care. It is a means by which one can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat," said Councilman Mark Capodanno. For additional information or to make an appointment, call 754-8722.


 


Greenlawn Skatepark Reopens


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/8/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
It's time to spin your wheels! The Town of Huntington is happy to announce that the Skatepark, located on Broadway/Greenlawn Road, is now open. This state-of-the-art facility incorporates a combination of over two dozen half pipes, quarter pipes, fun boxes, ramps, various spines, rails and other obstacles. It's truly a unique facility suitable for both beginning and advanced rollerbladers, skateboarders and BMX bikers. It is open to both residents and non-residents. Skaters and bikers must wear appropriate safety equipment: ANSI or SNELL approved helmet, knee pads and elbow pads; in-line skaters must also wear wrist guards. Information regarding registration fees and waiver forms can be obtained by calling 757-0696 or 351-3094. For the upcoming time schedule, visit the website at: http://town.huntington.ny.us/toh/department_details.cfm?ID=57


 


Entertainment Schedule for the Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival – Sunday, May 1, 2005


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/31/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington, NY – After this winter's endless barrage of snow and freezing temperatures, the Town of Huntington's Tulip Festival on Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 11AM to 4PM in Heckscher Park, Huntington will be a welcome reminder that spring has arrived. The Tulip Festival, now in its fifth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, adult lectures, an art exhibit, and live performances at the Chapin Rainbow Stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "The Huntington Tulip Festival not only showcases thousands of tulips and the beauty of Heckscher Park, but educates with its informative booths and lectures and entertains with its live performances. There is something here for the whole family to enjoy." The Festivals series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with a performance by Janice Buckner (12:00-12:45p.m.) This award winning, performing artist/songwriter brings stories to life through voice, acoustic and electric guitars, puppetry, Sign Language for the Deaf, and extensive audience participation. Bonga Kids (1:30–2:30 p.m.) Haitian percussion virtuoso "Bonga" Gaton Jean-Baptiste uses traditional percussion instruments, dances, and songs from Haiti to help children discover their own musical abilities. The Stage performances end with Constant Wonder (3:00-4:00p.m.) Enjoy original songs and theater games in a fun, highly interactive experience by performers Connie Gillies Cocciolone and Alice Weiser that invites children to explore and respect the world's wonders of science and nature. The Process of Music and Art Festival (2:00p.m-4:00p.m.) will feature more intimate high school performances and visual art demonstrations inside the Heckscher Museum of Art. The Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival is part of the countywide 2005 ArtsWare Spring Arts Festival. ArtsWare is a new Spring Arts Festival launched by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development/Workforce Housing, Office of Film and Cultural Affairs to highlight the community-building capacity of the arts by focusing attention on the events happening in Suffolk County's Main Street districts historic districts, and landmark buildings. Events will be publicized in specially designed publications and on a dedicated website. The festival will run from April through June 2005. There will also be mini lectures on Floral Photography (12:45p.m.) and Tulips and Other Bulbs for Long Island (1:15p.m.-1:45p.m.) under the tent between the museum and Heckscher Pond. For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099

 


Volunteers Needed for the Fifth Annual Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/29/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington, NY -Volunteers are needed to assist with The Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival. The Festival will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington (Route 25A and Prime Avenue.) The free, family-oriented, floral celebration is held annually within the natural beauty of historic Heckscher Park, enhanced by more than 20,000 tulips planted in beds throughout the Park. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant all of the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs and lectures for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. To help make this wonderful family day a success, volunteers are needed to distribute festival programs to visitors. Any person or community group is welcome to volunteer by calling (631) 351-3099 or by downloading a volunteer application from the Town of Huntington's website at http://town.huntington.ny.us. Click on "Cultural Affairs" in the "Online Library."

 


St. Baldrick's Shavees Honored


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/23/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
At the March 22nd Town Board Meeting, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, along with fellow Board members, presented Certificates of Recognition to one third grade and nine fifth grade boys from Ocean Avenue School, Northport. This group of young men, also known as the Shiney Scalps, were a part of the record breaking 601 shavees who participated in this year's St. Baldrick's Day Event. The mission of the St. Baldrick's Foundation is straightforward. They continue to strive to raise awareness and funds to conquer kids cancer by shaving heads on St. Baldrick's Day. Sound simple? The head-shaving part is. Obtaining sponsorship isn't always that simple a task. It must have been though for these ten boys. Collectively, they raised over $10,000 for their March 12th ‘haircuts'. Also pictured (far left) is the Town of Huntington's youngest team member, Michael Gaughran, who raised over $550. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Receiver of Taxes Ester Bivona were very pleased to ‘head up' a Town Hall Team this year and have Michael join in. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "The outpour of our youth this year, over 200 kids Townwide, is overwhelming. It's wonderful to see how concerned they are about their peers and how each and every one gave of themselves in working towards the day when every child with cancer can be guaranteed a cure." Although pledges are still coming in, Long Island events this year will most likely exceed the $380,000 mark. This money is sent to CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation for disbursement to the Children's Oncology Group for their continuing research. Donations are still being accepted and can be mailed to: St. Baldrick's Foundation, c/o J. McKenna, P.O. Box 334, Northport, NY 11768.


 


Vets Park Viewing Session Rescheduled to March 29th


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/9/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Last year a community planning session was held for the Veterans Parks Complex that lies between Bellerose Avenue and Middleville Road in East Northport and Northport. It contains Knolls Park, Meadowlark Park, Veterans Nature Study Area and Veterans Park and covers a total of nearly 200 acres. At that planning session the Town and its consultants on the project, Fay Spofford and Thorndike, received extensive input for consideration. That input has been evaluated and synthesized and an overall design concept has been developed. A follow-up community viewing session has been scheduled for the proposed park improvements to the Veterans Parks Complex, and will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Bellerose Avenue Elementary School cafeteria/all purpose room. This is not a hearing, but a gallery-style opportunity to view plans and discuss them with Town staff and consultants. There will be no scheduled presentation. Public participation is welcomed at any time during this three-hour period. The session will focus on proposed improvements to the Bellerose Avenue streetscape, Veterans Park, the 20-acres in Knolls Park that must be developed in accordance with the agreement with Suffolk County that enabled recreation funding to help secure acquisition of the site, as well as the trails network to be established. The next step in the process will require the consultants to prepare the engineering drawings necessary to begin to bid the project in stages in order to move toward plan implementation.

 


Save Time: Register for Camp Online!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/4/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Cuthbertson, Supervisor Petrone launch internet registration for Huntington summer camps. 

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson trys out the new online registration process for day camps in the Town of Huntington with Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilwoman Susan Berland and Parks and Recreations Director Emerson Boozer
 
Huntington, NY – In a technology based society where people are spending the majority of time in front of a computer, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank Petrone just made the lives of parents in Huntington a little easier. For the past couple of years, Councilman Cuthbertson has been focused on ways to expedite the registration process for summer camp while increasing the overall convenience for parents and their children. Beginning on February 24th, parents were no longer forced to wait in long lines, they didn't have to drive to Town Hall and they didn't even have to leave the house. Parents were able to register their children on the town website 24/7. They were also able to browse schedules of full-time camps and complete health forms online, making the process worry and hassle free. Joined by Councilwoman Susan Berland and Parks and Recreations Director Emerson Boozer, Councilman Cuthbertson demonstrated the online registration process and highlighted the new and exciting technology on the Town website. "This is a significant innovation in the Huntington camp registration procedure. Now, with a few clicks of the mouse, parents will be able to sign up, fill out forms, and pay for the camp of their choice," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. "It will make a definitive difference in the way this process works and I believe it will make parents very happy." Supervisor Petrone praised the Town's computer and information technology unit for getting the Online Camp Registration program up and running. "The whole purpose of technology is to make our lives easier," said Supervisor Petrone, calling the registration process "a great labor saver for parents." He promised that Huntington would continue upgrading services available on its Internet website. Councilwoman Berland looked to the future of the Town's online capabilities, "As a Councilwoman who juggles work and four children, email registration for camp goes a long way to help working mothers in Huntington," remarked Councilwoman Berland. "I intend to see more of our Parks and Recreations programs made available online for registration and reservations." Starting February 16th, instructions were made available on the town website regarding the registration process. All online registration periods will begin one week prior to the in-person registration dates at the Parks and Recreations office in Town Hall. Being that this is a new program, only half of the total number of spots will be filled online. Those not able to complete the enrollment process online will have the opportunity to do so in person. Upon successful completion of the full time camp registration, there will be another period for the half-day Playground/Preschool program in the spring.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Congressman Steve Israel Talk Federal Budget Cuts in Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/3/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Israel, Cuthbertson Joined by Town of Huntington Department Heads, Town Residents and Community Leaders 

Councilman Cuthbertson and Congressman Israel joined by Veterans and Joe DeVincent, Director of Community Development sign a coalition letter to President Bush
 
Huntington NY— Congressman Steve Israel and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson were joined by Bob Moore, Chief of Suffolk County Police Department; Joe DeVincent, Director of Community Development; Jodi Anastasia, Director of Maritime Services, VFW Post Commander Tom Ronayne, and other community leaders and town residents in discussing the impact of the administration's Budgets cuts on the Town of Huntington. "At a time when affordable housing is an oxymoron, gang violence is a reality, and we are in a time of war, this budget cuts the lifeline to our community development agency, eliminates the Byrne Law Enforcement Grant, and cuts funding for our veterans," added Cuthbertson. "It just doesn't make sense." "The administration's budget takes no account of the needs and priorities of Long Island's residents, and is a multi-pronged assault on our quality of life," said Israel. "It not only is a slap in the face to those who are fighting to protect our neighborhoods, it is an insult to those who have fought for our country." On behalf of the Town of Huntington, a coalition letter signed by Congressman Israel and Councilman Cuthbertson will be sent to President Bush illustrating the devastating impacts that the proposed budget cuts would have on the Town. Before the letter is sent to the President, Councilman Cuthbertson will be continuing to build the coalition and hopes to hear from other groups who are interested in joining the effort.


 


Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Set to Bloom on May 1, 2005


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/3/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

 
Huntington, NY –The Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington (Route 25A and Prime Avenue.) The free, family-oriented, floral celebration is held annually within the natural beauty of historic Heckscher Park, enhanced by more than 20,000 tulips planted in beds throughout the Park. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant all of the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs and lectures for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "The Annual Tulip Festival not only highlights the natural beauty of Heckscher Park and signals the arrival of spring, but focuses on Huntington as the cultural center of Long Island." Some of the activities leading up to and planned for the Fifth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival include: 1. Tulip and Perennial Garden Beds: Working with area garden clubs, nurseries, and landscapers, the Town of Huntington planted approximately 23,000 tulips along with various perennials in selected beds in Heckscher Park. 2. Middle School Art Contest: Building up to the festival will be an art contest for area middle school students with the theme "Huntington in Bloom," organized by the Huntington Arts Council and sponsored by Chief Festival Sponsor Astoria Federal Savings. Award winning work will be displayed at the festival. 3. Family Performances: Throughout the duration of the festival, the Chapin Rainbow Stage will host a series of family-oriented performances organized by the Huntington Arts Council. 4. Photography Contest: Entries by amateur and professional photographers will be juried to select the images most evocative of the beauty and family orientation of the Festival. Entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2005. Prize winning images may be used in Festival publicity. 5. Children's Activity Booths: A diverse selection of activity booths with creative, hands on projects for children of all ages will be active in Heckscher Park throughout the Festival. 6. Lectures and Demonstrations: For grown-ups, lectures and demonstrations on floral and gardening topics, as well as floral photography will be presented during the Festival. 7. Historic Children's Parade: Children and parents will be invited to march in an historic re-enactment of the 1920's Children's Parade that celebrated the dedication of Heckscher Park. 8. Refreshments: Community organizations such as the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce and the Suffolk County Police Explorers will provide refreshment booths whose sales will benefit the work of these organizations in the community. Chief Federal Sponsor: Astoria Federal Savings* Tulip/Perennial Garden Sponsors: Ahern's Landscape Design Center; Paul's Nursery; Scarsella's Nursery; Goldberg and Rodler Garden Center; Huntington Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce; Suffolk YJCC; Three Harbors Garden Club Participating Community Agencies: (* Indicates active representation on Festival Committee) Art From the Heart Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Partnership Child Care Council of Suffolk County, Inc Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Crestwood Country Day School Heckscher Museum of Art * Huntington Arts Council * Huntington Audubon Society Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Huntington Area Public Libraries Outreach Youth Services (HAPIO) Huntington Public Library Huntington School of Fine Arts The Learning Center Little Angels Nursery School and Family Daycare Little Friends School Long Island Children's Museum Lori Ross, Artist Love of Learning Montessori School The Nature Conservancy Northport-East Northport Public Library Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Education and Care Center Second Precinct Suffolk County Police Explorers Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum Temple Beth El of Huntington Volunteers for Wildlife* Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce For more information: Contact John Coraor, Director of Cultural Affairs at (631) 351-3099

 


Veterans Parks Complex Meeting Cancelled


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/28/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Today's community viewing session on the Veterans Park Complex, scheduled to be held at Bellerose School, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. This session will be rescheduled and residents will be notified via mail. If you have any questions, or would like to be notified of the upcoming date via phone, call 351-3112.

 


Town/County Team Up to Save Boathouse


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/15/2005
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Legislator Jon Cooper, Sagamore Rowing Club Member Al Johnson, Councilman Mark A. Capodanno and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson walking back after a brief inspection of the boathouse.
 
Councilman Mark Capodanno, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Suffolk County Legislator Jon Cooper held a press conference February 14th to unveil plans for a joint County/Town partnership to restore and renovate the historic Coindre Hall Boathouse. Joining these officials were Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland and representatives of the Sagamore Rowing Association that provides rowing programs for the Town, local school districts and individual citizens. Coindre Hall and its adjoining boathouse were constructed prior to World War I. The landmark property was acquired by Suffolk County more than thirty years ago and the boathouse has been leased for use by the rowing community since 1980. Over the years, damage from salt water, vandalism, fire and age have taken its toll on the boathouse, greatly limiting the structure's use. Councilman Capodanno said, "I'm glad we're getting together with the County to try to restore the boathouse to its former beauty and function. I'd love to be able to preserve a facility of this type and continue the quality rowing classes we offer to our citizens – ranging from high schoolers to senior citizens." "This partnership is a step in the right direction towards the renovation of this ninety-three year old landmark. The property is a jewel to be treasured and we all hope that the end result will enable us to meet the growing interest in the sport of rowing in the Town of Huntington", stated Councilman Cuthbertson. "For several years, the Town of Huntington has been working towards a viable solution to meet the Town's needs, and address the problem of the continued deterioration of the County boathouse," commented Supervisor Petrone. "Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilman Capodanno have been a driving force." "County funds have been expended over the years to restore and preserve the main house. It is time to focus attention on the boathouse," said Legislator Jon Cooper. "Preserving it is important to the integrity of the entire historic property." Cooper added that it is time to flush out the details. He said engineering studies were now underway regarding the renovation and restoration. He added that stabilization of this structure will be the first priority and then a plan and funding for interior and exterior renovation. "This is an excellent opportunity for the County and Town to join hands to revitalize a portion of the Huntington waterfront listed on the National Register of Historic Places." Both Cuthbertson and Capodanno concurred with Cooper that this project should be given a high priority. The two councilmen said that they have been working long and hard to find the much needed space all the high school rowing clubs and residents who want to participate in these highly acclaimed programs.


 


Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Berland Join Parents and Teachers At the "Celebrity Read In."


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/24/2005
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Supervisor Petrone, Councilman Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Berland Read To Children At the Washington Drive Primary School
 
In an effort to encourage and emphasize the importance of literacy, Supervisor Frank Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland joined parents and community leaders at the annual "Celebrity Read-In" held at the Washington Drive Primary School in Centerport. This year, many teachers and parents dressed up as characters from their play "The Wizard of Books," a twist of the childhood favorite, The Wizard of Oz. Filling the hallways, gym, classrooms and library of the school, small groups of students eagerly listened as teachers, parents and "celebrities" read to them from their favorite books. The day was rewarding not only for the students involved, but also for the adults who were able to impart their enthusiasm for reading.


 


Town Board Honors 2004 Tulip Festival Photo Contest Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/12/2005
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Mark A. Capodanno, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland present certificates and award checks to the winners of the Photo Contest
 
January 11, 2005 – The Huntington Town Board honored the four winners of the Fourth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at last night's Town Board meeting. First Place and the $350 prize was awarded to Dr. Ralph K. Della Ratta of Huntington, Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Anne Marie Denese of Deer Park, and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to both Debi Murawski and Robin Bloom-Kudysch of East Northport. Each winning photograph reflected the spirit of the 2004 Huntington Tulip Festival – a free, family-oriented festival featuring more than 20,000 tulips. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2005 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board and representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival. The 2005 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be unmounted, 8" X 10" photographic color prints. A maximum of two entries per photograph will be accepted. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2005. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form."


 


Town of Huntington, Fire and EMS Squads Kick Off Recruitment Campaign


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/16/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Volunteer firefighters and ems workers pose with the Huntington Town Board (from left to right - Councilman Mark A. Capodanno, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland)
 
December 16, 2004 – Huntington, NY - At a time when recruitment is low and homeland security is at an all time high, the Town of Huntington is taking a proactive measure to ensure the safety of its residents. Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, members of the Huntington Town Board and local fire and emergency medical service providers officially kicked-off the town's first volunteer firefighter and EMS recruitment program at a press conference held on December 16, 2004. The advertising and public relations outreach program called F.I.R.E. (Firefighters/EMS Incentive and Recruitment Enhancement) is the first of its kind launched by a town on Long Island. The campaign, using "Dare to be a Lifesaver" as its slogan, includes a Web site (huntingtonlifesavers.org), a town-wide direct mailing, advertisements in all local papers, an insert in Newsday and outdoor billboards throughout the town. After the New Year, the campaign will be broadened to include advertising in movie theaters and bus shelters. Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone noted, "Recruitment of volunteers is always a concern. That is why we are taking a proactive step to ensure volunteers are always on hand to battle fires and respond to emergencies. While our current firefighters and emergency medical technicians do an excellent job, we want to make sure the 12 fire departments and two ambulance squads in the Town of Huntington always have the necessary staff. We are hoping Town of Huntington residents will follow the lead of these courageous men and women and take the time to make a difference by volunteering and possibly save someone's life." Councilman Mark Cuthbertson commented, "Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians are a vital component of our community. In the spirit of the holiday season, it is fitting that the Town of Huntington and local fire departments and EMS squads are striving to bolster volunteerism through this promotional campaign. Residents may not have the time to volunteer right now, but it may be something that they've always thought of doing. They may even make it their New Year's resolution." Councilwoman Susan A. Berland added, "Our local fire and EMS squads desperately need volunteers. We are reaching out to the community during this holiday season by sending out brochures, placing advertisements in the local media, creating a website (www.huntingtonlifesavers.org) and putting up posters and signs to let residents know that these organizations need your help. Anyone who volunteers provides an invaluable service to our community by donating their time and talent to this extremely important cause." Councilman Mark A. Capodanno remarked "In Huntington, we rely on our volunteers every day for both fire protection and emergency medical care. As a town councilman, one of my top priorities is to ensure that Huntington has the expertise and manpower needed to keep our community safe. I am very proud of our volunteers and I realize it takes a special person to offer their time to others. We are asking for the community now, at holiday time, to think of others as our local volunteers do every day and join a firehouse or ambulance squad." It is simple to become a volunteer at one of the town's local fire departments or first aid and ambulance squads. Here are the requirements: volunteers must be 18 years of age or older; in good physical health; a team player and the type of individual who welcomes a challenge. Most volunteers will note their motivation to serve is to give back to their community and the friendship and camaraderie between volunteers. However, there are some material rewards like a 10% exemption on town real property taxes (minimum of five years certified service), life insurance and a supplemental pension plan. The F.I.R.E. program is funded by fine money collected from motorists ticketed for illegally using handicap parking. For more information, residents are encouraged to call the volunteer hotline at 631-351-3138 or visit the recruitment Web site at www.huntingtonlifesavers.org


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Hosts Sensitivity Training


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/18/2004
Author: Susannah Mrazek

HART Bus Drivers Brush Up On Americans With Disabilities Act 

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson discusses disabilities training with HART bus driver Ray Spatafora
 
Huntington, NY – As part of an ongoing effort to keep HART bus drivers trained and well-equipped for handicapped riders, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson of the Town of Huntington orchestrated a 45-minute sensitivity training at the Bus Depot in Huntington Station today. With an ever-growing need to assist handicapped riders and senior citizens, the training included such topics as; how to recognize disabilities, assisting customers with physical and mental handicaps, and handling difficult situations with customers. Speakers included co-chairs of the Citizens Advisory Board, Al Bennett and Marianne Ianaconne, as well as Debbie Costa of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, and Tamar Sherman. "It is vitally important to have all of our HART bus drivers versed in how to be prepared for the service of handicapped people of all levels," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "There should never be a time when someone with a disability feels that we have not been completely cooperative and equipped for their respective needs."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson Canvasses Commuters


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/1/2004
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman talks to Huntington Commuters regarding parking lot conditions and the proposed MTA fare hike. 

 
Huntington, NY – For the past 8 years, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson has worked diligently with the Town to enhance the parking lots and other services and amenities at railroad stations in Huntington. And this year is no different. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently sent out a mailing to all commuters residing in the town of Huntington asking for their opinions and feedback. Starting last week Cuthbertson was at local train stations talking to commuters about parking problems and the proposed fair increase by the MTA. The last chance to meet with Councilman Cuthbertson will be at the Cold Spring Harbor train station on November 4th where he will be talking to commuters, collecting signatures on the petition to stop the MTA fare hike, and accepting completed commuter surveys. He will be presenting the completed petitions at the MTA hearing on November 9th, at 4:00 PM. "I am really looking forward to talking to commuters, to discover what things we are doing right in Huntington and what needs improvement," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "More than that, I am very interested to learn people's reaction to the proposed MTA fare hike." The following is a schedule of the days, times, and locations Councilman Cuthbertson has been and will be talking to commuters: Tuesday, October 19th, 6AM–Cold Spring Harbor Station (RAIN DATE - NOV. 4th) Thursday, October 21th, 6AM – Huntington Station Tuesday, October 26th, 6AM – Greenlawn Station Thursday, October 28th, 6AM– East Northport Station The survey can also be located here: SURVEY

 


Commuters Have A Place To Store Their "Wheels"


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/28/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson at the bicycle lockers located at the East Northport Train Station.
 
As a result of the Long Island Non-Motorized Transportation Study, new state of the art bike storage has recently been installed at the Huntington, East Northport, Greenlawn and Cold Spring Harbor Train Stations. This study analyzed potential future non-motorized (pedestrian and bicycle) corridors and routes and how their implementation could be encouraged. These new lockers are for those commuters presently bicycling to the train station or for those that wish to. They are a perfect safe haven to protect bicycles (and riding equipment) from theft and bad weather. The lockers have been installed by the State of New York Department of Transportation in an effort to encourage people to use an environmentally friendly mode of transportation and ease traffic congestion. The NYS DOT feels that biking could, in most cases, be faster than driving to the train station and in renting one of these lockers, no time is wasted looking for a parking space. "There are other benefits of cycling to the station," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "As we all know, biking is a great cardiovascular workout which does wonders for blood circulation and muscle tone. Exercising this way towards your daily commute could save a trip to the gym and save fuel costs." For information on these bicycle lockers and/or anyone interested in leasing one, contact the Long Island Transportation Management (the contractor for the NYS DOT) at 1-877-4COMMUTE.


 


Towns Join Forces To Fight MTA Fare Hike


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/27/2004
Author: Susannah Mrazek

The Towns of Huntington and North Hempstead team up to battle the MTA on the second LIRR fare increase in two years. 

Councilman Cuthbertson and Supervisor Kaiman Blast the MTA On Burdensome Fare Hikes
 
Huntington, NY - Town of Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman came together today to protest the proposed 20% Long Island Railroad fair increase by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. "We are going to make it absolutely clear to the MTA that irresponsible increases in fares are not what Long Island needs or wants and that there is significant community opposition to their plan," remarked Councilman Cuthbertson. For the past two weeks, Councilman Cuthbertson has been out at local train stations in Huntington talking to commuters and signing petitions to stop the MTA increase. 'It is appalling to me,' remarked Councilman Cuthbertson, 'that only one year after the last fare increase- with no tangible additions to the consistency of service or appearance- the residents of Long Island will have to endure another hike. It is poorly planned and blatantly unfair.' 'The MTA can no longer balance their irresponsible budgets on the backs of commuters,' added Supervisor Kaiman. 'By raising fares yet again, they are going to alienate more and more commuters thus reducing revenue and, at the same time, undermine the affordability of mass transit.' On November 9th at 4:00 PM the MTA will hold a public hearing at the Huntington Hilton on the budget crisis. They will also discuss the intended fair increase which they hope will lessen the burden of their financial difficulties. Councilman Cuthbertson, who criticized the MTA for holding the hearing when commuters would not be able to attend, will be there to present the petitions he collected against the fair hike.


 


Councilman & Astoria Federal Branch Manager Plant Bulbs for 2005 Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/26/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Bushra Dano, Branch Manager of Astoria Federal Savings on New York Avenue in Huntington help plant bulbs in Heckscher Park
 
October 26, 2004 – Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was joined today by Bushra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings to help plant some of the over 20,000 tulip bulbs that are to be placed in Heckscher Park this fall for the upcoming May 2005 Tulip Festival. The bulb planting is only the beginning of the overall preparation for the Town of Huntington's Fifth Annual Tulip Festival. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs and lectures for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. The 2005 Festival will take place on Sunday, May 1st from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant all of the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. For more information about the 2005 Tulip Festival, please call 631-351-3099


 


Town of Huntington to Set Third Spay/Neuter Day


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/25/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Pictured are Councilman Mark Capodanno and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson outside the MASH Van with a Town of Huntington resident and his dog.
 
On October 23, 2004, thirty pets were spayed/neutered in the S.C.S.P.C.A. Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) parked in the Town Hall parking lot. As a shoot-off of the annual National Spay Day held in February, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark Capodanno made arrangements to hold this second low cost program in an effort to encourage pet owners to have their pets spayed/neutered. "The response was overwhelming. The MASH Van can accommodate up to thirty animals and we received calls for well over fifty. This means that not only is the community totally receptive to this program but we will be scheduling another spay/neuter day when the weather gets warmer in April 2005," stated Mark Cuthbertson. Councilman Capodanno said, "It was our hope through programs such as these that we can raise public awareness of the severe animal overpopulation problem and the importance of annual rabies vaccinations. Having your pet examined annually, spayed/neutered and keeping inoculations up to date can eliminate or reduce a vast array of health problems that can be difficult or expensive to treat." Information on the next low cost Spay/Neuter Day can be obtained by calling 754-8722.


 


Project Parking SPACES (Sufficient Parking Allows Continued Economic Success)


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/6/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Town Hires Engineering Firm to Conduct Parking Study in Village and Announces Acquisition of Property to Meet Demand for Parking 

Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Showcase New Parking Plan in Huntington
 
Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson were joined today by Huntington Village business leaders from the B.I.D., the Chamber of Commerce and representatives of Eschbacher Engineering, PC in front of the former site of the Solid Rock Ministry building to formally announce the Town's acquisition of this prime property on New York Avenue, as well as the acquisition of the old Rose and Thistle on New Street. The New Street acquisition presents a unique opportunity for the town to enlarge its existing adjacent New Street lot, a highly used parking area by shoppers and restaurant goers. Meanwhile, the New York Avenue site represents another opportunity to meet parking needs just north of the Village. Supervisor Frank Petrone also announced that Eschbacher Engineering, PC of Melville is presently conducting an engineering review and study of the configuration and capacity of all existing lots in Huntington Village in order to maximize the number of stalls at each location. Under particularly close study are the upper Elm Street and Elks Club parking lots, which remain underutilized. The Town of Huntington intends to encourage optimum use of those underutilized lots, while at the same time look at alternative reconfigurations of more frequently used lots to add additional stalls whenever and wherever possible . Supervisor Frank Petrone stated, "We are ensuring that the study is conducted expeditiously to assure parking relief in Huntington Village as soon as possible. The study, combined with these acquisitions, is the most cost effective and least disruptive way to address short term parking goals. New public parking spaces will be added in order to meet the growing demand from local merchants, residents and visitors to Huntington and to ensure continued economic growth in the area." Councilman Cuthbertson said, "Huntington Village is a vibrant, thriving community and it's no surprise that people flock from all over visit here. The capacity of parking lots built over 25 years ago does not accommodate the amount of visitors to our town. Therefore, I feel this study and these acquisitions will help to alleviate some of the parking challenges we face in downtown Huntington."


 


Town of Huntington Sets Date for 2nd Spay/Neuter Clinic


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/21/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
On April 25, 2004, in recognition of "National Spay Day", a program in its tenth year promoting the spaying/neutering of companion animals, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark A. Capodanno hosted with the Suffolk County S.P.C.A. a Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program. Because of this first program's success, another date has been set. On October 23, 2004 the S.C.S.P.C.A. Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) will be in the Huntington Town Hall parking lot conducting spaying and neutering procedures. The surgery will be performed by a licensed veterinarian at a reduced rate. As this will be limited to a total of thirty animals, appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 754-8722. Proof of residency, NYS Dog License and Inoculation Certificates must be presented and dogs cannot exceed 50 pounds. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "It is our hope that through programs such as these, we can raise the public's awareness of the severe companion animal overpopulation problem. In essence this is a program to save animal's lives because thousands are killed each year nationwide simply because there are not enough homes." "Having an animal spayed or neutered is an essential component of good pet health care. It is a means by which one can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat," said Councilman Mark Capodanno. For additional information or to make an appointment, call 754-8722.

 


Mark Cuthbertson on Meet the Leaders with Pat Halpin


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/15/2004
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson featured on Cablevision's public affairs show, "Meet the Leaders". 

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson with Pat Halpin
 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was recently the featured guest on the show Meet the Leaders, hosted by Pat Halpin, Cablevision's public affairs talk show. During the 30-minute program, he discussed many Huntington Town issues of interest. Catch the next airing on one of these dates... WOODBURY SYSTEM -Channel 76 Wednesday September 15 8:30pm Saturday September 18 6:30pm Tuesday September 21 8:30pm Monday September 27 8:30pm Thursday September 30 8:30pm HAUPPAUGE/BROOKHAVEN SYSTEM -Channel 18 Tuesday September 14 10:30pm Wednesday September 15 1:00pm Saturday(H) September 18 2:30pm Saturday(B) September 18 11am & 11pm Tuesday September 21 10:00pm Friday September 24 1:00pm Monday September 27 1:00pm RIVERHEAD SYSTEM -Channel 18 Saturday September 18 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm Tuesday September 21 11:00am, 11:00pm Friday September 24 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm Monday September 27 11:00am, 9:00pm, 11:00pm Thursday September 30 11:00am, 8:00pm, 11:00pm


 


Slow Down - You're in a School Zone!!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 9/10/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Joseph Dragone, Deputy Superintendent of the Harborfield School District and members of the community held a press conference today in front of Washington Drive Primary School in order to introduce and demonstrate the new Speed Machine Program. Last April, Councilman Cuthbertson held a meeting with school officials representing the eight districts in the Town of Huntington to explain the program and offer each school district the opportunity to participate. The Town of Huntington has purchased eight Galaxy Series RS-20 Speed Machines. Each school district will have the opportunity to enter into an agreement with the Town of Huntington for the use of one machine to be used at the school location of their choice. The school district will be responsible for the daily placement, storage and maintenance of the machine assigned to them. At the end of the school year, the machine will be returned to the Town for any maintenance, if needed, and summer storage. Councilman Cuthbertson came up with the idea for this program while driving through Brookhaven Township, where he saw speed machines set up on the roads near elementary and secondary schools. After a little investigating and researching the success rate in calming the traffic in school zones and crosswalks, he brought this initiative to the Town of Huntington. Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "Speeding cars is of great concern to many residents throughout the Town of Huntington. We continually search for methods to discourage speeding in all parts of town, especially near our schools. A machine such as this can be a good solution for speeding in school zones and cross walks and it is hopeful that these machines will help educate drivers to become aware of their speed, slow down, exercise caution and discourage speeding near our schools." The machine, with its impressive 12" high full matrix LED characters, accurate radar display (from 5 to 99 miles per hour), assembly, minimal maintenance and mobility can easily be moved and shared between schools within their district. "This machine tracks vehicles coming toward the display. The school districts will have the opportunity to purchase a second machine, which would be beneficial for two way traffic," stated Cuthbertson. This traffic device is portable, easily installed and can be shared among schools. It can be brought out in the morning, locked in place and requires no addition manpower until the end of the school day when it is brought back in the facility for safekeeping and recharging. Also, a machine such as this eliminates the need for costly individual utility installations. The Town of Huntington is inviting all districts to participate in this program. Upon signing the agreement, one machine will be distributed for the district's sole use for the duration of the school year. It will be the district's choice as to when and where they wish to use the machine to monitor speeds. A ninth machine has been ordered and will be held by the Town for temporary use by civic organizations or neighborhood watch programs. Details of this program will be available shortly. Specifications and operating instructions for the Galaxy Series RS-20 Speed Machine are available at the Town of Huntington. Please contact Lynn Ruvolo at 351 – 3112 for more information.


 


Three Huntington Teams Take Home Trophies


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/30/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Let the games begin! Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (center) tosses the first ball to open the competition.
 
Sunday, August 29th was the 3rd Annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament, hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone. Bocce players from both Towns spent the day at Elwood Park socializing, analyzing their game strategy, enjoyed a delicious luncheon courtesy of Sbarro's and cooling refreshments donated by Waldbaums Store #236, Wall Street, Huntington. The weather was warm but the courts were hot! Twenty-five four-person teams showed up along with friends and families to participate in this ever popular growing event. For some, it was like a reunion -- meeting up with players and spectators from previous tournaments, but when team numbers were called on the courts for their turn in competition, all bets were on! Bocce, an old world sport that has similarities of bowling, shooting marbles and the precision of golf, proved to many this year that it's not just luck but skill, in tossing a five inch ball that weighs more than two pounds down a narrow 76 foot long dirt court. Whether you're aiming for the pallino (a smaller white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to get your opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is not as easy as it looks! Councilman Cuthbertson commented, "This tournament grows larger year after year and the friendly, yet competitive matches are great to watch. This year, the Town of Huntington brought home trophies for first, second AND third place!" Over 200 people in attendance had a great time and so many people mentioned how they are looking forward to a rematch next year! Special thanks once again to Sbarro's and Waldbaums for contributing to this event's success.


 


Clean Your Windshields! There's Another Drive In Coming To Crabmeadow Beach!


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 8/3/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced today that because of the success of the recent showing of Jaws at Crabmeadow Beach, the Movies on the Lawn Program will add another drive-in performance to its schedule. On Thursday, August 19th, pack the family in your DeLorean Time Machine (or car if you don't have one of those) for a showing of the classic BACK TO THE FUTURE. The parking lot at the beach will open at 6:30 pm. and once again popcorn will be handed out compliments of LaCasa Café. Plan on packing some beach chairs, etc. in case the lot fills early (again) and you'll be directed to park in the overflow area at the Golf Course. The movie will begin at darkness. The Movies on the Lawn Program is proudly sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, The Town of Huntington and Fleet Bank. The remaining schedule of performances is as follows: August 12th, Lawn Performance at Caledonia Park featuring Scooby Doo August 19th, Drive In Performance at Crabmeadow Beach featuring Back to the Future August 23rd, Lawn Performance at Heckscher Park featuring Spy Kids 3-D (3-D glasses distributed to first 500 people attending and movie snacks courtesy of Waldbaum's, Wall Street Store #236, Huntington) All movies will begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be shown at Elwood John Glenn HS, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. For additional information, call 351-3112.

 


Movies on the Lawn Program Schedule


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/19/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington and Fleet Bank are proud to present The Movies on the Lawn Program. Following is the upcoming movie schedule: Thursday, July 22nd, Drive In at Crabmeadow Beach featuring the classic JAWS. The movie will begin at darkness* (approximately 8:45-9:00 pm); however, we are expecting a huge crowd, so plan on being there by 7 pm. Popcorn will be distributed to cars entering the beach, courtesy of LaCasa Cafe. Just in case, pack some beach chairs in the car in the event the drive in area fills quickly (limited to 175 automobiles). We will be setting up an overflow parking area at Crabmeadow Golf Course and will be bussing movie viewers to the beach. On Thursday, August 12th there will be a lawn performance at Caledonia Park (corner of Caledonia and Wolf Hill Roads) featuring Scooby Doo. The movie will begin at darkness* (approximately 8:30 pm). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Monday, August 23rd, the last performance will be held on the lawn of Heckscher Park in Huntington. Spy Kids 3-D will be presented and 3-D glasses will be distributed to the first 500 movie-goers. Movie snacks will be distributed courtesy of Waldbaums Store #236 (Wall Street, Huntington) and the anticipated showing time* will be approximately 8:15-8:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather on any of the above outdoor performances, the movie will be shown the same evening at Elwood John Glenn H.S., Elwood Road and begin promptly at 7:30 pm. For additional information, call 351-3112.

 


Boaters Beware! Cuthbertson to Highlight Emergency Radio Stations over Cell Phones


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/15/2004
Author: Susannah Mrazek

Invited guest speaker to talk about his emergency and the importance of the calling and distress frequency  

Flanked by the Coast Guard and members of the maritime community, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson speaks on boater safety and the necessity to use Channel 16 on the VHF FM radio in case of emergency.
 
Huntington, NY – In anticipation of the summer boating season, and in an ongoing effort to increase boater safety in Huntington, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson announced new signs will be posted near boat launches to highlight the effectiveness of using VHF radio stations over cell phones during emergencies. Guest speaker Michael Rawden, who experienced his own boating emergency in Huntington Bay this past May, will discuss his experience and the importance of VHF FM radios. "Every year there are roughly 30 boating accidents in Huntington waters," remarked Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "It is clear that the rate of response could be much improved if boaters used Channel 16 on their VHF radios. This channel is monitored constantly by local and national marine law enforcement agencies, which makes the response time quicker and more effective." "While engaged in a boating accident, people often reach for their cell phones to call 911. Unfortunately, cell phones are not the most reliable way to get in touch with emergency responders on the water. However, channel 16 on VHF radios is entirely dedicated to marine safety and rescue. During the busy summer boating season, people should be prepared for an emergency situation."


 


The Rain Didn't Stop WILLY WONKA


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/14/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Pictured are Councilman Mark Cuthbertson with the five lucky Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory golden ticket winners at the premiere performance of Cuthbertson’s Movies on the Lawn Program.
 
Last night's first performance of Councilman Cuthbertson's Movies on the Lawn Program was just "scrumdidilyumptious" to the over 250 parents and children in attendance. The show, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, went on despite the rain and all in attendance did stay dry. Originally scheduled for a Heckscher Park debut, Willy Wonka performed for his audience at Elwood John Glenn High School, which is the alternate inclement weather venue for all movies in this series. Councilman Cuthbertson greeted those coming in and headed them in the direction of his special ‘chocolate factory' for the evening. Bon Bons Chocolatier handed out chocolate bars to all entering the theatre and in keeping with the theme of the movie, five chocolate bars contained golden tickets. At the conclusion of the movie, Councilman Cuthbertson called upon the golden ticket winners and presented prizes courtesy of Bon Bons Chocolatier, Adams Cyclery, Newton Shows, Rosa's Pizza, Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins. It was evident during last night's performance that everyone in attendance had a great time, and everyone felt like a winner enjoying chocolate from Bon Bons while watching a classic family film. The Movies on the Lawn Program, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, The Town of Huntington and Fleet Bank will continue the series with a drive in, scheduled for Thursday, July 22nd at Crabmeadow Beach. Of course what better classic to show at a beach setting than the ever popular Jaws. On Thursday, August 12th, bring your chairs and blankets to Caledonia Park for a lawn performance featuring Scooby-Doo and on Monday, August 23rd, it's back to Heckscher Park for another lawn performance featuring Spy Kids 3-D (3-D glasses will be supplied). "I am so happy to have presented this program this year. From the comments received thus far, it sounds as though this will be a program embraced by the Town of Huntington for years to come," stated Cuthbertson. Outdoor performances begin at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, movies will be shown at John Glenn High School, Elwood Road and begin at 7:30 pm. For additional information, call 351-3112.


 


Councilman Cuthbertson is Calling All Kids! Select Summer Film Showing.


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 7/1/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Town sponsors "Movies on the Lawn" series. 

 
Thank you to all who have previously voted for the "Viewers' Choice" movie selection. Voting has ended as of July 6th and we will announce the winning film shortly. This summer, the Town of Huntington and sponsor Fleet Bank, will host for the first time a "Movies on the Lawn" series. Four venues are scheduled: three on the lawn and one drive-in. The movies, dates and locations are as follows: Monday, July 12th, Opening Movie Kick Off at Heckscher Park (Lawn) Presenting: WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Thursday, July 22nd, Crab Meadow Beach (Drive-In) Presenting: JAWS (Drive-in limited to viewing area of 150 cars. Please bring folding chairs in the event lot fills early.) Thursday, August 12th, Caledonia Park (Lawn) Viewers' Choice: Use the link above to select which film you want to see. Monday, August 23rd, Heckscher Park (Lawn) Presenting: SPY KIDS 3-D "We're not going to advertise all the details just yet," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "We're in the process of planning each venue to make it something really special and fun for the whole family." To help in this process, Councilman Cuthbertson is now "Calling All Kids" to help choose the movie for the third performance on August 12th. Here are the choices: Scooby-Doo 2 Sinbad – The Legend of the Seven Seas E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial Shrek Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets Click on the link to cast your vote. That's all there is too it! Voting will end July 9th at 5:00 p.m. "We've picked an assortment of movies which encompasses many ages for both boys and girls and it will be fun to see how the votes come in," stated Cuthbertson. Movies will start at darkness. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held at Elwood John Glenn High School and begin at 7:30 p.m. For additional information on this program, please contact: 351-3112.


 


Town Board Names the General Services Pulaski Rd. Facility the


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/16/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(left to right) Councilman Mark Capodanno, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Sean Cavanagh, Tom Cavanagh, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, and Councilwoman Susan Berland unveil the new sign for the Raymond T. Cavanagh Facility
 
June 15, 2004 - The Huntington Town Board, as well as friends and family of the late Raymond T. Cavanagh gathered yesterday afternoon at what was formerly known as the General Services Pulaski Road Facility in Huntington for a dedication ceremony to officially name the building the "Raymond T. Cavanagh" facility. Raymond T. Cavanagh served the people of the Town of Huntington as Deputy Highway Superintendent from January, 1960 to January, 1968 and as Superintendent of Public Works from January, 1968 to December, 1976. The facility is used as a base station for parks and building maintenance employees and trades people.


 


Town of Huntington To Host Free Rabies Clinic


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/9/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

 
This past April, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark Capodanno, together with the Town of Huntington and the Suffolk County S.P.C.A., hosted a Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program. The second phase of their "Healthy Pet Program" deals with the vaccination of family pets. On June 19th the MASH Van will be back at Huntington Town Hall parking lot between 9 am to 3 pm with a Free Rabies Clinic. Cats and dogs are required by NYS Law to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Appointments are not necessary however an $8.00 donation towards the Rabies Clinic would be appreciated. Councilman Capodanno said, "It was our hope through programs such as these that we can raise public awareness of the severe animal overpopulation problem and the importance of annual rabies vaccinations. Participating in both these programs can eliminate or reduce a vast array of health problems that can be difficult or expensive to treat." "The response was overwhelming at our recent Low Cost Spaying Neutering Program. The MASH Van accommodated the spaying and neutering of twenty-two animals on April 25th. We received calls for well over sixty. This means that not only is the community totally receptive to this program but we will be scheduling another spay/neuter day in the near future," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Information on both ‘Healthy Pet' Programs can be obtained by calling 754-8722.

 


Councilman, Students Spruce Up Manor Farm in Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/25/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and students take a break in front of the "summer kitchen" at Manor Farm
 
May 25, 2004 – Twenty 11th grade students from Friends Academy in Locust Valley, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Laurie Farber of the non-profit organization Starflower Experiences, Inc. rolled up their sleeves in an effort to help refurbish the historic Manor Farm in Huntington today. The students ripped dilapidated boards and shingles off of the side and roof of the summer kitchen; a small shed-like building situated beside the main dwelling which was used in the past to cook during the summer. The students raked and disposed of broken glass around the border of the house, where windows were broken by vandals. They also transplanted hostas and various plants to the grape arbor and a garden behind the house, and helped to install "No ATV" signs on the perimeter of Berkley Jackson County Park. This is the second year in a row that students from the school have volunteered at Manor Farm, and Starflower Experiences hopes it will become an annual event. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "These students most definitely embrace the spirit of volunteerism. They are donating their energy and time today to refurbish property in our community, and their hard work is greatly appreciated." Manor Farm serves as a passive park and trailhead station to access trails within the adjoining town-owned Manor Road Park and Suffolk County owned Berkeley-Jackson Park. The farm was the first open space parcel acquired by the Town in its 1998 Open Space Bond Act. The roof has recently been restored, and all of the rotten boards and windows on the house will soon be replaced. Through a partnership with Starflower Experiences, Inc., the property will eventually be transformed into a "green," state of the art environmentally sound education center for children and adults. ####


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Joins Students in Clean Up and Hike on Fuchs Pond Preserve


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/30/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (right) and Joy Squires, Chairman of the Conservation Board and Open Space Committee, (left) address fifth grade students at Norwood Elementary School in Northport.
 
April 30, 2004 – Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Joy Squires, Chairman of the Conservation Board and the Open Space Committee, Margo Myles, Coordinator of Open Space Conservation, and Jody Anastasia, Director of Maritime Services at the Town of Huntington joined approximately 90 fifth grade students, teachers and parents from Norwood Elementary School in Northport as they set out on a nature hike in the Fuchs Pond Preserve. The students gathered their gloves and garbage bags to clean the site, and afterwards were treated to a full site tour and hike through the woods, and along the pond, stream, and wetlands on the property's trails and a component of the Jerome Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "It is fitting that the students' focus is on the environment, since today is Arbor Day and Earth Day was celebrated last week. The nature hike and outing is an educational and fun experience for the students. It also demonstrates the Town of Huntington's goal to ensure the public has the best opportunity to enjoy the properties that it has acquired using public open space funding." The 20.7-acre Fuchs Pond Preserve has been a Town preservation goal for over 30 years. It lies within the West Watershed of Crab Meadow, an identified priority of the New York State Open Space Plan. Acquisition of this site with Suffolk County enables the creation of a nature center that will be surrounded by 680 acres of protected open space, encompassing nearly every type of habitat which exists in the Town of Huntington. The freshwater system at the Fuchs Pond Preserve drains into and is immediately contiguous to the Town's Jerome Ambro Memorial Wetlands Preserve, tributary to the Long Island Sound. The Town and County closed on the property on August 14, 2003. The Town expended $1,000,000 from the Environmental Open Space and Park (EOSPA) Fund. The County added $2,874,000 to complete the purchase. If the land was not protected, it might have supported a 13-lot subdivision. The acquisition can be directly attributed to the efforts of the Huntington Town Board, EOSPA Committee and County Legislature, and the Fuchs' love of the land and desire to see it protected. Public parklands now comprise 680 acres or 80% of the approximately 850 acres that define the Crab Meadow Watershed Area. Available records show that almost $9.5 million has been invested in purchase of lands within the system with public funding over a 45 year period. The direct intent of the Town Board in pursuing acquisition of this site was to assure preservation of its sensitive resources and to insure responsible public use of the entire assemblage. Proposals for future site use were solicited and reviewed and the Town Board has authorized entering into a license agreement with a tenant organization, Cornell Cooperative Extension, to provide specialized environmental education programs on-site. While the trails are available for individual exploration, the rehabilitation of the facility continues and further program use will await installation of an educational organization on the site. ###


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson Promotes Tulip Festival with Chauncey Howell from News 12


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/29/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

top row - Councilman Cuthbertson and Eileen Azzinaro; bottom row - Sandy Prior, Chauncey Howell and Ann Wesp
 
April 29, 2004 - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and members of the Centerport Garden Club "played in the tulips" with Chauncey Howell from News 12 Long Island in Heckscher Park prior to the 4th Annual Tulip Festival. Amongst sunny skies and bright, abundant tulips, Chauncey played his eukele and asked the group varied questions about gardening and tulips. The segment is due to air on Wednesday, May 5th.


 


Town of Huntington Spay/Neuter Day To Set Second Date


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/27/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Pictured are Councilman Mark Capodanno and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson outside the MASH Van with a Town of Huntington resident and his dog.
 
On April 25, 2004, twenty-two pets were spayed/neutered in the S.C.S.P.C.A. Mobile Animal Spay/Neuter Hospital (MASH) parked in the Town Hall parking lot. As a shoot-off of the annual National Spay Day held in February, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilman Mark Capodanno made arrangements to hold this low cost program in an effort to encourage pet owners to have their pets spayed/neutered. "The response was overwhelming. The MASH Van can accommodate up to twenty-two animals and we received calls for well over sixty. This means that not only is the community totally receptive to this program but we will be scheduling another spay/neuter day hopefully in May," stated Mark Cuthbertson. On June 19th the MASH Van will be back at Huntington Town Hall parking lot between 9 am to 3 pm with a Free Rabies Clinic. Cats and dogs are required by NYS Law to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age. Appointments are not necessary however an $8.00 donation towards the Rabies Clinic would be appreciated. Councilman Capodanno said, "It was our hope through programs such as these that we can raise public awareness of the severe animal overpopulation problem and the importance of annual rabies vaccinations. Participating in both these programs can eliminate or reduce a vast array of health problems that can be difficult or expensive to treat." Information on both ‘Healthy Pet' Programs can be obtained by calling 754-8722.


 


Ribbon Cutting at North Shore Holiday House


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/26/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

North Shore Holiday House Treasurer Liz Lynch, Co-Presidents Carol Vesce and Sally Scialabba being presented a check by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson.
 
Four acres of beautiful property is the home of the North Shore Holiday House. This accredited private non-profit facility is an overnight camp for young girls in need between the ages of 7-11. Each summer, four two-week sessions enlightens, teaches and helps develop over 200 campers by participating in games, music, arts and crafts, drama, sports, special field trips, etc. In 1914, Holiday House first opened its doors. Nearly ninety years and over 17,000 participants put a toll on the structures and through numerous fundraising efforts, demolition and reconstruction began back in 2001. The new 10,000 square foot main building now consists of a kitchen and dining hall, lobby and multi-purpose large area room, director's and administrator's offices, craft room, nurse's office, sick room and director's apartment. "They did a beautiful job on the renovation," said Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. "This facility is so unique and so meaningful affording the opportunity of a two week camp getaway to underprivileged young girls and it's the only one of its kind here on Long Island. When I sponsored the resolution authorizing the inclusion of $20,000 to the $25,000 being held towards the renovations, now, two years later witnessing the finished product makes me feel very proud and honored to be included in their ribbon cutting ceremony." North Shore Holiday House is located on 74 Huntington Road in Huntington. For information about the facility or programs, please call 631-427-7630.


 


Skatepark to Open Soon in Greenlawn


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/8/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Pictured are Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Joy Squires, Chairwoman of the EOSPA Committee in one of many visits to the site to review its progress.
 
Up until now, kids in the Town of Huntington had virtually every kind of facility available to enjoy their favorite sport – except one -- a skatepark. Well that dream is soon to become a reality. Some time ago when hundreds of kids stepped forward requesting a park of this type, the Town Board appointed a Skatepark Citizens Advisory Committee to address the needs, desires, criteria and location for such a park. Many, many hours were spent on this and finally a destination for the future Town of Huntington Skatepark was found. Greenlawn Park will soon incorporate a combination of over two dozen half pipes, quarter pipes, fun boxes, ramps, various spines, rails and other obstacles. "It's really exciting seeing this all finally take shape," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson on a recent visit to the site. "The Committee worked very hard and very long hours to make this a truly unique facility. We were very fortunate that one of the members of the Committee had design experience, which saved the Town a substantial amount of money in the layout of this park," Cuthbertson said. The Environmental Open Space and Park Fund (EOSPA) allotted $100,000 towards this project. Additional funding may need to be sought for resurfacing the blacktop area for a smoother safer ride. "This resurfacing cannot take place until we get cooperation from the weather," stated Cuthbertson, as one week long of fifty degree temperatures is needed to ensure proper sealing coverage and adhesion. The Committee will meet again to review the rules, regulations and any other criteria before the Park's Grand Opening. Additional information will be announced shortly.


 


Entertainment Schedule Announced for 4th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/7/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Sounds of Afrika lead the children's parade through Heckscher Park
 
Huntington, NY – After this winter's endless barrage of snow and freezing temperatures, the Town of Huntington's Tulip Festival on Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park, Huntington will be a welcome reminder that spring has arrived. The Tulip Festival, now in its fourth year, was founded by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and organized by the Town of Huntington, with Chief Festival Sponsorship support from Astoria Federal Savings. The free festival will have children's activity booths, adult lectures, an art exhibit and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage, presented courtesy of the Huntington Arts Council. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated, "The Huntington Tulip Festival not only showcases thousands of tulips and the beauty of Heckscher Park, but educates with its informative booths and lectures and entertains with its live performances. There is something here for the whole family to enjoy." The Festival's series of performances opens on the Chapin Rainbow Stage with a performance by Chip Bryant – Vaudeville for Kids (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) Chip brings to life the world of playful conflict and wonder in his original, fast-paced one-man physical comedy show. Vaudevillian in the oldest tradition in the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Chip creates an audience-interactive experience that engages crowds of all ages. Sounds of Afrika – Interactive Performance and Parade (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) Since 1995, Sounds of Afrika has performed throughout the tri-state area, and facilitated after school programs in over 100 schools. All of the members have diverse backgrounds in the arts and extensive study of West Afrikan dance and drumming techniques. Back by popular demand, they share the message of unity with their audiences, always stressing the importance of respecting every culture. The stage performances end with Jeff Sorg – Music for the Family (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Children's singer-songwriter Jeff Sorg has delighted thousands of children throughout the New York metropolitan area with his recordings and popular sing-along concerts in local libraries and parks; music stores; and festivals, including Huntington's Summer Arts Festival and the L.I. Fall Festival. There will also be mini lectures on Floral Photography and Tulips and Other Bulbs for Long Island (under the tent between the Museum & Heckscher Pond). For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


New Website Launched Seeking Public Input


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/5/2004
Author: Lynn E. Ruvolo

Study researching bicycle and pedestrian attitudes and trends on L.I. 

 
Town of Huntington officials and Department Heads have recently met with representatives from the New York State Department of Transportation and contracted consultants, the RBA Group, to discuss and review a Long Island Non-Motorized Transportation Study. This study encompasses future non-motorized (pedestrian and bicycle) corridors and routes. Over the recent years, a national trend has emerged for encouraging improved systems of non-motorized transportation. Some of the most successful programs developed plans and policies that support improved mobility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, encouraging people to leave their cars at home and either bike or walk to school, work or shopping. RBA explained that possibly 100 projects of this type could be recommended in New York State. All submitted proposals will be screened for route refinement and prioritization. Fifteen projects will be selected based upon criteria to be developed, including: maintenance responsibility, connectivity, funding, benefit cost, operational and safety. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson stated "We can only benefit by providing local input and hope that Huntington will be selected as an area that will benefit from initial design of a route associated with this study. It's anticipated that federal money could be available if we can get included in the plan." Town of Huntington residents are invited to help determine the results of the Long Island Non-Motorized Transportation Study. "It would be extremely beneficial for the study to learn about your walking and biking habits," stated Cuthbertson. "We're encouraging all residents to participate in a Bicycling and Walking Survey before April 30th." Additional information on the Long Island Non-Motorized Transportation Study and the Bicycling and Walking Survey can be obtained by visiting their website: www.WalkBikeLI.com.

 


Phase One of Restoration Project Completed at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building in Huntington


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/31/2004
Author:/strong> Kristen Gaumont

 
Huntington, NY - Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland, Huntington Historical Society members, and members of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce stand in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building on Main Street in Huntington, which has just completed Phase I of its restoration project - the replacement of a new slate roof. Once the restoration is completed, the building will serve as a Huntington community Visitor's Center, for businesses and nonprofits, in partnership with the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the Historical Society will open an exhibition hall to showcase objects and archival materials from its collections. Photo (from left to right) – George Strong, Huntington Historical Society Trustee and Secretary; Joel Snodgrass, Huntington Historical Society Trustee and 1st Vice President; Barbara Wells Fitzgerald, Huntington Historical Society Executive Director; Robert Hughes, Town of Huntington Historian; Councilwoman Susan Berland; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Dennis Sneden, Huntington Regional Chamber CEO and President; Fran Cohen, Huntington Chamber of Commerce; Barry Steagall, Huntington Chamber of Commerce, and Kim Hint; Huntington Chamber of Commerce.


 


Youth Services Day - April 16, 2004


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/19/2004
Author: Lynn Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Corinne Lesko, Director of the Huntington Youth Court, collect books to be donated in conjunction with Youth Services Day
 
As part of the National Youth Court Campaign, the Huntington Youth Court is sponsoring a book drive for Youth Services Day, April 16, 2004. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal and court process. The program works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. At the onset of this program, Councilman Cuthbertson stated "there is nothing quite so powerful as teenagers learning from one another. Through positive peer interaction, participants are gaining a valuable educational experience for both youthful offenders and Youth Court volunteers." Now, it its third year, the program has proven to be very successful. "The participating students are bringing back their newly attained legal knowledge to their peers," says Councilman Cuthbertson. Youth throughout the country are encouraged to participate in a volunteer project in their community. Youth Court volunteers, advisory board members and community members are donating gently used and new books to the Huntington Youth Court. In turn, they will be distributed to four locations in the Township: The Town of Huntington Senior Center, The Boys & Girls Club in Huntington Station, Madonna Heights adolescent residence program in Dix Hills and Kiddie Care Daycare in Commack. Anyone wishing to donate new or used books (pre-school to adult) in good condition may bring them to the Huntington Youth Bureau, Third Floor, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington before April 1st.


 


Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington Sponsor Safe Boating Course


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/19/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

 
In an effort to promote safe boating, Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson (pictured right) and Frank Messina of the Greater Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs (pictured left) spoke to boaters during a free, two-day boating safety course held at the Huntington Fire Department. The boating safety refresher course covered major boating safety and boat handling techniques, with special attention given to local area knowledge. Upon completion of the course, boaters could apply and pay a fee to receive a license. Effective January 1, 2004, New York State Law requires ALL personal watercraft operators to be licensed.


 


Volunteers Needed for 4th Annual Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/8/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Tulips in all of their glory at the 2003 Huntington Tulip Festival
 
Huntington, NY – Volunteers are needed to assist with the Fourth Annual Huntington Tulip Festival. The Festival will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington (Route 25A and Prime Avenue.) This free, family-oriented, floral celebration is held annually within the natural beauty of historic Heckscher Park, enhanced by more than 35,000 tulips planted in beds throughout the park. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. In addition to the abundant bright tulips, which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs and lectures for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. To help make this wonderful family day a success, volunteers are needed to distribute festival programs to visitors. Any person or community group is welcome to volunteer by calling (631) 351-3099 or by downloading a volunteer application form from the Town of Huntington's website. Click on "Cultural Affairs" in the "Online Library." Astoria Federal Savings will award a bouquet of tulips to the first person who mails in the correct response to the following trivia question: "When will the first tulip bloom in Heckscher Park?" Please write your answer, along with your name and daytime telephone number and send by mail only, postmarked by March 31st 2004 to: The Town of Huntington/Council Office, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743, Attn: Tulip Festival Contest #2 The winner of the 1st Tulip Festival Trivia Contest was Linda Rivardo, from Huntington Station. She was the first person to correctly answer the question, "How many hours did it take two people to plant 5000 bulbs in Heckscher Park?" The answer was 4 hours.


 


Town Board Congratulates Oldfield Middle School Student


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/13/2004
Author: Lynn Ruvolo

The Town Board presents a proclamation to Nicole Crowley O'Keefe (pictured with her family)
 
On Tuesday, February 10th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson presented Nicole Crowley O'Keefe, an eleven year old Middle School student, with a proclamation for having her first book published. When Nicole was nine years old, her parents were going through a divorce and Nicole was experiencing confusion and mixed feelings. She began writing down some of her feelings, which culminated in her recently published book, "My Mommy and Daddy and I Are Getting A Divorce". Councilman Cuthbertson stated, "Nicole presents her feelings in such a poignant manner, both written and illustratively. This book is an extremely helpful tool to any youngster between the ages of three to ten whose parents may be going through a divorce. It's also a learning tool for the adults whereby they can witness first hand what a child is feeling during this confusing time and how they should communicate with them." Nicole is not only a published author. At her young age, she studied Italian so she could audition for the Regina Opera House in Brooklyn. She was given the part and when Councilman Cuthbertson presented her with a bouquet of flowers in honor of her upcoming performance, he expressed his congratulations on her becoming possibly the youngest girl to participate in the Regina Opera Company. This young lady's talents don't end here. Nicole was recently awarded a patent for her jar opening invention. Councilman Cuthbertson said, "I'm privileged to have a signed copy of ‘My Mommy and Daddy and I Are Getting A Divorce' and I look forward to seeing her next publication which may be published next year."


 


Councilman Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Berland Participate in Celebrity Read-In at Washington Drive Primary School


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/23/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan Berland read to children at the Celebrity Read-In
 
Friday, January 23, 2004 - In an effort to promote and reinforce the importance of literacy, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Councilwoman Susan A. Berland joined dozens of parents and community leaders at the annual "Celebrity Read-In" held at the Washington Drive Primary School in Centerport. This year, the theme revolved around books written by Dr. Seuss, although books by other authors were welcomed. Filling the hallways, gym, classrooms and library of the school, small groups of students eagerly listened as adults read to them. The day was rewarding not only for the students involved, but also for the adults who were able to pass on their enthusiasm for reading.


 


Town Board Honors 2003 Tulip Festival Photo Contest Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/14/2004
Author: Kristen Gaumont

top row: Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman Mark A. Capodanno, Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, Councilwoman Susan A. Berland; bottom row: Bushra Dano, Astoria Federal Savings, winners Dorothy Mevorah and Mary Thompson
 
January 13, 2004 – The Huntington Town Board honored the three winners of the Third Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at last night's Town Board meeting. First Place and the $350 prize was awarded to Mary H. Thompson of Flushing, Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Richard Dolce of Manhattan, and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Dorothy Mevorah of Great Neck. Each winning photograph reflected the spirit of the 2003 Huntington Tulip Festival – a free, family-oriented festival featuring 35,000 tulips in bloom. The photographers formally received recognition from the Huntington Town Board, representatives of Astoria Federal Savings, the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival, and an applauding crowd. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the tulip festival, stated, "The photography contest serves to preserve the tulips in all their splendor from last year's festival, and is a reminder during these winter months that spring is just around the corner. This year's festival will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2004 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park, and promises to be even bigger and better than ever." The 2004 tulip festival photo contest is open to any photographer, amateur or professional. All entries must be unmounted, 8 X 10 photographic prints in either color or black and white. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked or received by July 31, 2004. Additional information and entry forms can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099 or by going to the Town of Huntington's website at www.town.huntington.ny.us. Click "online library" and then go to "cultural affairs" and then "tulip festival photo contest entry form ."


 


Councilman & Astoria Federal Savings Branch Manager Plant Last Bulb for 2004 Tulip Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/12/2003
Author: Kristen Gaumont

photo (left to right) Bushra Dano, Branch Manager of Astoria Federal Savings on New York Avenue in Huntington and Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson plant last bulb in Heckscher Park.
 
December 12, 2003 – Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was joined today by Bushra Dano of Astoria Federal Savings to help plant the last of the 20,000 tulip bulbs that were placed in Heckscher Park over the past two months for the upcoming May 2004 Tulip Festival. The bulb planting is only the beginning of the overall preparation for the Town of Huntington's Fourth Annual Tulip Festival. In addition to the abundant bright tulips which serve as the festival's main attraction, there will be activity booths for children, programs and lectures for adults, live entertainment and a children's parade. The 2004 Festival will take place on Sunday, May 2nd from 11 AM to 4 PM at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the founder of the festival, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the festival, have teamed up with local nurseries to plant all of the bulbs, and are looking forward to an even bigger community-driven event this year. For more information about the 2004 Tulip Festival, please call 631-351-3099.


 


Mark Cuthbertson's Annual Bocce Tournament


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 10/7/2003
Author: Lynn Ruvolo

Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone speak to a crowd of bocce enthusiasts before the tournament begins.
 
On A Roll Again with Huntington and Babylon Sunday, October 5th was the 2nd Annual Town of Huntington vs. Town of Babylon Bocce Tournament, hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone. Bocce players from both Towns spent the day at Elwood Park socializing, analyzing their game strategy and enjoying a delicious luncheon courtesy of Sbarro's. There was a chill in the area but the courts were hot! Sixteen four-person teams showed up for the event along with friends and families to participate in this ever popular growing event. For some, it was like a reunion -- meeting up with players and spectators from previous tournaments, but when team numbers were called on the courts for their turn in competition, all bets were on! Bocce, an old world sport that has similarities of bowling, shooting marbles and the precision of golf, proved to many this year that it's not just luck but skill, in tossing a five inch ball that weighs more than two pounds down a narrow 76 foot long dirt court. Whether you're aiming for the pallino (a smaller white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to get your opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is not as easy as it looks! Councilman Cuthbertson commented, "three year's ago when we hosted our first Town of Huntington Bocce Event and then last year adding the Town of Babylon to the competition, little did we know how contagiously popular this sport is!" Over 175 people in attendance had a great time and so many people mentioned how they are looking forward to a rematch next year! Special thanks once again to Sbarro's for contributing to this event's success.


 


In footsteps of his father, Cuthbertson speaks to graduating class


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/20/2003
Author: Paul Harrison

DIX HILLS, NY – On June 19th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson had the opportunity to do something that his father had done many times before him. 

Councilman Cuthbertson speaks to the graduating class of 2003
 
DIX HILLS, NY – On June 19th, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson had the opportunity to do something that his father had done many times before him. Cuthbertson's father was a beloved principal in the BOCES school system and during his tenure had spoken at many school graduations. With that in mind, the administration at James E. Allen Junior/Senior High School in Dix Hills knew that the current Councilman would be a fitting keynote for this year's graduating class. Western Suffolk BOCES' James E. Allen Junior/Senior High School serves students who present a range of disabilities and require intensive support to become successfully placed upon graduation in supportive employment, workshop placement or a day treatment program. The school brings together program psychologists and social workers who work in concert with classroom staff to maximize each child's potential. With that task upon them, year after year the school produces students who go on to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Through his keynote address, Councilman Cuthbertson spoke to those in attendance about his father's dedication and passion for the BOCES school system and encouraged the graduating students to continue to do what has made them all so successful: reaching for their goals.


 


Town Board Honors John Glenn High School Students


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 6/19/2003
Author: Lynn Ruvolo

 
At the June 17th Town Board, Mr. Rob Gilmor, a Social Worker at John Glenn, arrived at Town Hall to receive a proclamation for his work and dedication for Habitat for Humanity. Along with him, came about 65 students, all of which received Certificates of Recognition for their fundraising and "wall raising" efforts. But the crowd didn't end there. Superintendent of Schools, Michael Maina and Assistant Principal Carol Cornelius came to show support. Back in 1997, Rob Gilmor started up a Habitat for Humanity Chapter at the school. From the beginning, he drew interested students into the program. With each passing year, the amount of students has grown. Under Rob's guidance and enthusiasm, the students work all year round for the interest group – to raise awareness, raise money and ultimately, raise the walls! This year, the students raised $28,000. This group at the dais and presentations kept growing! Mr. Larry Holler from Habitat from Humanity came in to accept the $28,000 check, and the students, thankful for Councilman Cuthbertson's support, presented the Town Board members with Habitat for Humanity hats. Councilman Cuthbertson said to the students, "it was through your hard work and ambition that has given the opportunity for a young family to live, work and play here in the Town of Huntington." Councilman Cuthbertson then welcomed new residents, The Morra Family, and presented them with: "BREAD – that your new house may never know hunger; SALT – that life may always have flavor; WINE—that joy and prosperity may reign forever." Councilman Cuthbertson was overheard saying: "reading about this project was certainly exciting; however, the fact that so many caring students participated in assisting a young family obtain an affordable home is simply overwhelming!"


 


Cuthbertson declares first No Pesticides Week


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 5/20/2003
Author: Paul Harrison

In a show of solidarity with the efforts of local breast cancer action coalitions and environmental groups who support educating the community on safe alternatives to pesticides, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently declared the week of May 11-17 "No Pesticides Week" in the Town of Huntington. 

Councilman Cuthbertson (center) is joined by Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone and representatives of various breast cancer, environmental and corporate groups to declare town's first No Pesticides Week
 
HECKSCHER PARK, NY – In a show of solidarity with the efforts of local breast cancer action coalitions and environmental groups who support educating the community on safe alternatives to pesticides, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently declared the week of May 11-17 "No Pesticides Week" in the Town of Huntington. The culmination of this week took place on Friday, May 16th as Cuthbertson was joined by the following supporters to publicly announce his initiative: -Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone, -Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition Founder & President Karen Miller, -representatives of UPS, -West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for Long Island, Inc. President Virginia Regnante -Brentwood/Bayshore Breast Cancer Coalition President & Founder Elsa Ford -Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition President Debbie Besiel -Neighborhood Network member Beth Mannitt "With the potential risks of harmful pesticides and chemicals that are used on lawns and found in certain household products, outreach and education have become more of a concern and need in local communities," Councilman Cuthbertson said to an applauding crowd. "Here in Huntington, this declaration and week will go a long way in promoting greater public awareness of the benefits of reduced pesticide use." A few counties across the state have declared "Pesticide-Free Weeks," but Huntington is the first town in New York State to join this ever-growing effort. Cuthbertson's announcement on Friday focused on two components of this "Week:" The unveiling of the "Eco-Weeder," a revolutionary weed control device that does not use pesticides. It was demonstrated for the first time here on Long Island. Huntington purchased this piece of equipment recently and is in the process of exploring its capabilities on town parks, beaches and other community and family spots. The unveiling of the long-awaited "I Am Fed Naturally" lawn care program brochure. In such, proclamations were presented to local breast cancer, environmental, and corporate groups who have contributed to the planned mass distribution of the brochure. This nationally-recognized program, which focuses on educating the community on safe alternatives to lawn pestcides, is a staple in the "No Pesticides Week" efforts in education. Councilman Cuthbertson, a longtime advocate and founder of many environmental projects in Huntington, plans to use "No Pesticides Week" as a springboard to continue educating the community on safe alternatives to pesticides and the potential risks that come with them.


 


Huntington Takes Legal Action Against Corporation Responsible for Acid Spill


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/16/2003
Author: Jeanine Dillon

At the April 8th meeting of the Town Board, Huntington Officials approved a resolution to take immediate legal action against those responsible for last week’s hydrochloric acid 

 
At the April 8th meeting of the Town Board, Huntington Officials approved a resolution to take immediate legal action against those responsible for last week's hydrochloric acid spill on portions of Pulaski Road, Broadway and Cuba Hill Road in Greenlawn. Resolution #280-2003, sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Supervisor Frank Petrone, authorizes the town attorney to take any and all appropriate and necessary civil action against those responsible for the incident. This authorization for the commencement of civil action will move to recover damages incurred by the Town from all parties involved, including vehicle owners, vehicle operators, and employees of the corporation and the corporation. If the town determines that there was harm to the environment and/or loss of resources and services, the damages sought will be used to restore the area to pre spill conditions, to repair roadways, to pay for supplies used and to recover overtime costs for Town emergency personnel. "Companies that transport hazardous materials within the Town of Huntington must make very effort to uphold safety precautionary measures," stated Councilman Mark Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson, a Greenlawn resident, thanked our emergency service providers for their outstanding efforts. "Our Emergency Providers prevented this spill from becoming a catastrophe." Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who rushed to the scene to receive a full briefing on the incident, said the lawsuit is needed to protect the Town's interests. "This was a very serious spill that could have caused extensive harm," the Supervisor said. "The company responsible for this must and will be held accountable." "As town representatives, we are not only responsible for the quality of life and public safety of our residents, we are entrusted to protect the quality of our air, land and water," Budd said. "All companies that intentionally or unintentionally create a environmental risk must take responsibility for their actions." "The credit goes to the emergency responders who ensured the protection of the residents in the area," said Councilwoman Susan Berland. "As bad as this spill was, the worse case scenario was unthinkable."

 


Cuthbertson Announces Lineup of Entertainment for Festival


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 4/1/2003
Author: Paul Harrison/ Dan Forte

After this year’s bitter winter chill, it will be a breath of fresh air to see tulips in full glory at the Town of Huntington’s 3rd Annual Tulip Festival on Sunday, May 4, 2003 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park, Huntington 

A sampling of the energy and diversity that Huntington's Annual Tulip Festival brings to our area
 
Huntington, NY – After this year's bitter winter chill, it will be a breath of fresh air to see tulips in full glory at the Town of Huntington's 3rd Annual Tulip Festival on Sunday, May 4, 2003 from 11AM – 4PM in Heckscher Park, Huntington. The Festival's founder, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, is once again proud to sponsor this gem of Huntington and its wonderful family entertainment in conjunction with the Festival's chief sponsor – Astoria Federal Savings – and the Huntington Arts Council, Inc. The Festival's series of performances opens with musician/actor Richard Stillman, who was featured on the premiere episode of the PBS television series "Shining Time Station," and received critical acclaim for his performance in "Lady Be Good" at the Kennedy Center and the Goodspeed Opera House. He has appeared on Broadway and various theatrical productions, including opening for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Mali master drummer Madou Dembele will also grace the stage with his exhilarating African drum and dance ensemble "Super Yankadi." Their performance is high energy, electrifying and super charged, as they perform the traditional West African rhythms of the Ancient Empire of Mali and the Ivory Coast. Their breathtaking performance is followed by the historic Children's Parade lead by this dynamic African ensemble. The stage performances end with singer-songwriter team Lou Gallo and Brady Rymer providing their renowned "Music for Kids." Gallo has been singing and songwriting since the age of 17, when he received the American Songwriters Award for "Best New Songwriter." He is an original member of the "Imagination Workshop Band," a performance group that grew out of The Children's Museum of the Arts in NYC. With the multitude of FREE family-driven entertainment planned, the Tulip Festival is sure to leave all who attend speechless. For more information regarding the Tulip Festival, please feel free to contact (631) 351-3099.


 


Cuthbertson: Calling All Volunteers


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 3/10/2003
Author: Paul Harrison

Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is calling on residents young and old to take part in one of the largest community events to ever hit our Town: the THIRD ANNUAL HUNTINGTON TULIP FESITIVAL. 

Councilman Cuthbertson and the Huntington Tulip Festival have brought countless smiles to faces across Huntington. Volunteers played a large role in making past festivals a success and this year will be no different.
 
Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson is calling on residents young and old to take part in one of the largest community events to ever hit our Town: the THIRD ANNUAL HUNTINGTON TULIP FESITIVAL. Set for May 4th from 11am to 4pm at Heckscher Park in Huntington, the Festival will combine over 30,000 colorful tulips and a great amount of Huntington spirit to bring the entire community together. From musicians and entertainers to families and community groups alike, the Festival brings out the best in everyone. To make this wonderful family day a success however, Councilman Cuthbertson, founder of the Festival, is looking for volunteers to help out during the day. Crafts assistants, set-up crews, clean-up crews, and information assistants are just a few of the many volunteer positions available at this breathtaking event. Any person or community group is welcome to volunteer and can pick up a sign-up form here at Huntington Town Hall or call (631) 351-3099 for more information.


 


Cuthbertson to Appear on Meet The Leaders


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 2/21/2003
Author: Jeanine Dillon

 
Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was recently invited to appear on Cablevision's Meet the Leaders television program. Cuthbertson discussed issues he has championed over the past six years as a town councilman, including the technological modernization of town hall, his HAILSTORM initiatives, Huntington Station Revitalization and his open space legislation that provided the funding for purchases like Hilaire Woods and Northport Knolls Park. The television show will air on Channel on Channel 70 on Monday, February 24, 2003 at 8: 30 p.m.


 


Town Board Honors Tulip Festival Photo Contest Winners


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 1/24/2003
Author: Paul Harrison

The Town Board joins Astoria Federal Savings Branch Manager Connie Burawa and two winners of last year's Tulip Festival Photo Contest (third winner not available)
 
Huntington, NY – The Huntington Town Board recently honored the three winners of last year's Second Annual Huntington Tulip Festival Photo Contest at the January Town Board meeting. First Place and the $350 prize was awarded to Vicki Dolce of New York, Second Place and the $200 prize was awarded to Dr. Ralph K. Della Ratta of Huntington, and Third Place and the $100 prize was awarded to Thomas Henion of Huntington. Photo contest participants, including the eventual winners, strove to capture the color and beauty of the more than 30,000 tulips that had bloomed in Heckscher Park at last year's Tulip Festival. Each winning photographer demonstrated those qualities brilliantly through their photographs and formally received recognition from the Town Board, representatives of Astoria Federal Savings – the Chief Sponsor of the Huntington Tulip Festival – and an applauding crowd at this month's meeting. The founder of the Festival, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, would like to inform all regular visitors and those with interest that the Huntington Tulip Festival and photo contest will take place once again this year on May 4, 2003 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Huntington's Heckscher Park. Additional information on participation in this year's photo contest or on the Third Annual Huntington Tulip Festival can be obtained by calling (631) 351-3099.


 


The Tulip Festival is Coming! Councilman and Bank Manager plant last of tulip bulbs


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/5/2002
Author: Paul Harrison

3rd Annual Huntington Festival officially set for May 4, 2003 as Councilman and Bank Manager plant last of the over 20,000 bulbs placed in Heckscher Park  

Pictured above: Lisa Ann Barone, South Huntington Branch Manager, Astoria Federal Savings and Mark Cuthbertson, Huntington Councilman and Tulip Festival Founder
 
Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY -- Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was recently joined by Lisa Ann Barone of the South Huntington Branch of Astoria Federal Savings to help plant the last of the 20,000 tulip bulbs that have been put in at Heckscher Park this past month. The great undertaking that went along with planting all of those bulbs is a small part of the overall preparation for the Town of Huntington's Third Annual Tulip Festival. The Festival is scheduled for May 4, 2003 and will take place from 11am until 4pm at Heckscher Park in Huntington. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, the Festival's founder, and Astoria Federal Savings, the chief sponsor of the Festival, have teamed up with ten different local nurseries and groups this year to plant the thousands of bulbs and are looking forward to a great and even bigger community-driven event this year. If anyone would like any further information about the Festival, please call (631) 351-3099.


 


30 High School Students Graduate From Huntington Youth Court Training


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 12/4/2002
Author: Jeanine Dillon/Lisa Broughton

On Tuesday, December 3, 2002, the Huntington Youth Court inducted 30 new student members at a Town Hall ceremony. 

Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson administers Youth Court Oath to students
 
Huntington, NY On Tuesday, December 3, 2002, the Huntington Youth Court inducted 30 new student members at a Town Hall ceremony. Huntington Youth Court is now in it's third year of operation and participating high schools include Huntington, Northport, Walt Whitman, Harborfields, and Half Hollow Hills East High Schools. Councilman Mark Cuthbertson was on hand to administer the Youth Court Oath to the new members. The Youth Court Program, initiated by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, is aimed at holding youth accountable for misconduct and preventing teen violence, while at the same time providing an educational experience about the legal and court process. The program works with high school volunteers who serve in a simulated courtroom proceeding to determine sentencing for first-time, non-violent offenders. "There is nothing quite so powerful as teenagers learning from one another," Cuthbertson said. "Through positive peer interaction we hope to provide valuable educational experience for both youthful offenders and Youth Court volunteers. I am hopeful that all of the young people involved will get a lot out of the time they spend of this project and that they will go back to their schools and speak to others about it." Offenders have been arrested or charged with the offense and admit guilt to the crime. They, along with a parent, meet with the Youth Court Director, Corinne A. Lesko to go over the rules and regulations of the program. Two student volunteers are then assigned to be the offender's defense attorneys, and them along with the rest of the trial team members hear the evidence and the student jury hands down a sentence. Sentences include community service, counseling, written or verbal apologies, essays, jail tours, peer group meetings, and a mandatory Youth Court jury duty. The students completed 20 hours of training on various topics ranging from courtroom etiquette, ethics & confidentiality, sentencing issues, and how to form opening and closing statements. The training program concluded with the students participating in Mock Trials, as well as having to take a youth court "bar" exam. Cuthbertson thanked all the community members who volunteered their time to provide information and guidance to the new Youth Court members. Representatives from the Red Cross, the Riverhead Jail "Yes" program, the Police Department, and the Department of Probation, to name a few, were on hand to teach the new members about their organizations and how they are involved with the Youth Court. The new members will join the Youth Court members from last year and begin sitting in on "real" cases in January 2003.


 


Town Board Joins Veterans to Commemorate Veterans Day with Wreath Ceremony


Office of Councilman Mark Cuthbertson

Article Date: 11/12/2002
Author: Kristen Gaumont

(from l-r):Congressman Steve Israel, Councilwoman Marlene L. Budd, Councilman Mark A. Capodanno, Chaplain Paul Swerdlow, Councilman Mark Cuthbertson
 
Members of the Huntington Town Board and Congressman Steve Israel commemorated Veterans Day with a wreath laying ceremony at Huntington Veterans Plaza at Town Hall on Sunday, November 10th. The Honorable Louis J. Ohlig, County Court Judge, a veteran and member of Post 694 in Northport, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. The wreath laying ceremony to commemorate veterans is an annual event and is open to the public. During this year's ceremony, each post from the Town of Huntington took part in the service at the World War I, World War II, and Korean War Memorials, as well as at the proposed site of the Vietnam Memorial. The ceremony included the presentation of colors, various patriotic songs, recognition of memorials and the presentatio