For the first time ever, the Village of Islandia held a drive-through Christmas tree lighting on the grounds of Village Hall on December 5. Families had the opportunity to take pictures of themselves in front of the tree and with Mrs. Claus, and children dropped off their letters to Santa in the mailbox. They later drove around Village Hall and were met by village employees and local Boy Scouts, who gave out gifts to the good boys and girls of Islandia.
As part of its commitment to the community and to protect the health and safety of its residents, the Village of Islandia distributed 420 free face masks to its residents on November 23. Mayor Dorman joined village employees and volunteers in handing out the masks as residents drove behind Village Hall to pick them up.
The First Responders Recreational Ball Field was the site of the Village Fall Classic, a three-game tournament featuring local girls’ softball teams, which took place on November 6. This season, the ball field was home to the newly formed Long Island Crush Village of Islandia fast-pitch travel softball team.
Village of Islandia hosted a socially distanced Pumpkin Fest on October 24. More than 50 families drove around the Village Hall parking lot and remained in their vehicles as village employees, volunteers and members of Boy Scout Troop #252 gave out trick-or-treat bags, face masks and pumpkins.
Next Event is Scheduled for June 17
As part of its commitment to the community and to protect the health and safety of its residents, the Village of Islandia has been distributing free face masks to the residents at Village Hall. So far, the Village has given out 1,280 face masks over three separate days — May 20, May 27 and June 10 — with 300 cars in attendance. The next event will take place on June 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On November 9, the Village of Islandia held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. Mayor Allan M. Dorman, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, was joined by local elected officials, war veterans and representatives from the Lakeland and Central Islip Fire Departments to honor those who served and continue to serve in the armed forces.
The ceremony was preceded by a performance from the Central Islip High School marching band. During the ceremony, Mayor Dorman asked those in attendance to remember those local residents who served in the military and have since passed on. He also recognized all the local veterans’ groups that were in attendance. An invocation was delivered by Tom Brauner, Chaplain, Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144.
More than 500 residents came down to First Responders Recreation Ball Field to celebrate Halloween at The Village of Islandia’s Pumpkin Fest on October 26. Throughout the event, children decorated their pumpkins, took part in a Halloween costume parade and contest and joined their families on hayrides. Islandia’s own “Joe the Singing Bus Driver” performed Halloween songs for the children. Families were treated to refreshments and got to take home goodie bags and their very own pumpkins.
On September 11, the Village of Islandia held a special ceremony at the First Responders Memorial in honor of the memory of five local first responders who were killed during the September 11, 2001 attacks: Raymond M. Meisenheimer, Peter Brennan, John P. Napolitano. Glen K. Pettit and William J. Mahoney, Jr.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman was joined by village safety officers, local first responders and members of the Col Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 and the Korean War Veterans Association, Central Long Island Chapter, in remembering those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
The First Responders Memorial was unveiled on June 2, 2018. It features five plaques, one for each of the five local residents who lost their lives that day. Mayor Dorman said this ceremony will continue to be held at the Memorial to remember those who perished that day.