Town Hosts Menorah Lighting at Town Hall

December 14th, 2017 – The Town of Islip hosted the annual Menorah Lighting ceremony on the grounds of Town Hall, 655 Main Street. Rabbi Dr. Steven Moss of B'Nai Israel Reform Temple of Oakdale officiated the ceremony, which included prayer and the singing of the Dreidel Song. The Menorah lighting celebrated the start of the Hanukkah holiday, commemorating the "miracle of light," in which oil thought sufficient enough only to last for a single day, burned instead for eight days and eight nights. 

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Islip Town Donates Hundreds of Toys to Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program

December 14th, 2017 – Representatives from the Salvation Army arrived today at Town Hall, to collect the hundreds of toys that were so generously donated to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program by Town employees, UPSEU representatives and private donors. Bicycles, scooters, toys, a dollhouse, and much, much more, were wrapped and ready for distribution to the 80 "angels" adopted for the holidays this year. "Our employees, and union representatives have shown such tremendous generosity. Each year, they go above and beyond for the Angel Tree program and it's truly heartwarming to witness this incredible spirit of giving," said Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.

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Over 500 Coats Donated to Youth Bureau Coat Drive

December 14th, 2017 – Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter joined with Acting Director, Tim Mare of the Town's Youth Bureau, to organize coats that have been donated to the ongoing Town of Islip Youth Bureau Coat Drive. The drive received 532 coats, which will be delivered Monday to Pronto Community Outreach Center in Brentwood. Families in need have been identified though Pronto, and will receive the coats before Christmas. The Town of Islip Youth Bureau is accepting donations until Thursday, December 14 at 401 Main Street, Islip.

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Season’s First Snowfall Blankets "Civil War Christmas”


December 11th, 2017 – It was a winter wonderland Saturday for the annual Civil War Christmas, as the first snowfall of the season dusted the grounds at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Oakdale. Islip Town Historian George Munkenbeck joined with the Oakdale Historical Society, Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Co. K, 67th NY Infantry, Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, and the Islip Arts Council, to re-enact old-time Christmas activities and provide guided tours of the church and churchyard. Families in attendance met with costumed participants and were treated to the sights and sounds of the 19th century.

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Hundreds Turn Out for Islip Chamber Holiday Parade

December 6th, 2017 The Islip Chamber of Commerce hosted the Annual Holiday Illumination Parade and Tree Lighting Saturday, which stepped off at Ocean Ave and Main Street in Islip and culminated with a tree lighting at Town Hall. Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter was joined by Master of Ceremonies Tom Cilmi of the Suffolk County Legislature, along with members of the Islip Town Board, including incoming Town Board member James O'Connor. Hundreds of residents looked on, as Grand Marshal Anthony Quintal of Brightwaters Farms led the parade of community groups, merchants, boy scout troops, girl scout troops, EMS, the Islip Historical Society and more, as they marched alongside elaborately decorated holiday floats.

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American Airlines Honors Piedmont For Outstanding Customer Service At Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)

December 4th, 2017 – Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines, honored its team members in Ronkonkoma, New York this week for outstanding customer service. Piedmont’s team at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) won the coveted American Airlines Customer Cup, an award given each quarter to a handful of stations across the country that offer exceptional passenger experience. Piedmont at ISP beat 54 similar sized airports in service categories including departure dependability, baggage dependability, customer feedback and overall customer experience.

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Residents Land Employment Through Job Search “Boot Camp”

December 4th, 2017 – Results from the 2017 Islip Job Search Boot Camp are in, and to date, 13 individuals have secured employment, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter announced today. The Town of Islip’s free Job Search Boot Camp, now in its fourth year, is conducted in partnership with Executive Consultants of New York, and offers participants the skills and the tools necessary for finding and landing a job in today’s challenging business climate.

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Toys for Tots Holiday Drive Gets Major Contribution


November 30th, 2017 – Baseline Health of Garden City partnered with the Town of Islip Youth Bureau's Toys for Tots /Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, by donating 100 toys to the Toy Drive, and adopting four Salvation Army Angels this week. The contribution was the first major donation of the 2017 holiday season.

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Bay Shore, Sayville Welcome the Holiday Season

November 28th, 2017 – The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2017 holiday season with its 11th annual Miracle on Main Street, an all-day celebration that began with a morning parade. The festivities occurred in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, and featured kid-friendly activities for children within the “Winter Wonderland” theme, which included gingerbread house competitions, ice sculptures, a carousel, live performances, a gingerbread bounce, Santa meet and greet, and everyone’s favorite, the tree-lighting ceremony. The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore kicked-off their holiday season on Small Business Saturday, with a Winter Festival featuring music, treats, visits from Santa and Frosty, along with the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah located on Main Street in Bay Shore.

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Historic Marker Dedicated in Honor of Islip Activist

Novemeber 27th, 2017 – The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet dedicated a new, historic marker, commemorating the 100th year Anniversary of the Suffragist Movement, and Islip's own Louisine Havemeyer's role in that historic period in history.

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Town Honors Islip Resident Advocating for Down Syndrome Awareness

November 22nd, 2017 – Islip resident Janissa Lloyd was honored by Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and members of the Islip Town Board, at November’s Town Board meeting. Janissa is an advocate and activist for The National Down Syndrome Society, and recently visited Capitol Hill together with more than 200 other advocates, to raise awareness of Down syndrome quality of life issues. Janissa and fellow activists met with congressmen and senators, including Congressman Peter King, seeking their support of the Congressional Task Force on Down syndrome and the Able to Work Act. The National Down Syndrome Society recently unveiled its national “Law Syndrome” Campaign, which includes Janissa on billboards at bus stops and airports throughout Washington, DC. “Law Syndrome” addresses the challenges people with Down syndrome confront when they want to follow their career dreams, get married and live independent, productive lives.

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