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.
On August 8, the Village of Islandia hosted the 1st Annual Baseball Clinic at First Responders Memorial Ball Field for children ages 6 to 15. Children had the opportunity to learn about hitting, base running, pitching, fielding and catching from former members of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets. Mr. Met also came down to provide encouragement to the children. After the clinic, children and attendees took pictures and received autographs from the players.
Food and drinks were sold at the concession stands. Jake’s 58 and Delaware North donated the sales proceeds to benefit the USO.
The clinic was sponsored by Jake’s 58. Delaware North, which operates video lottery terminals, donated $1.5 million toward the construction of the ball field, which was completed in 2018.
Seven hundred Islandia Village residents braved the hot weather to attend the village’s 14th annual BBQ, which took place at First Responders Recreational Field.
Village employees and local Boy Scouts served residents hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, French fries, as well as ice cream and cold drinks to cool people off on the hot summer day.
A DJ provided music for the event, which also included board games, carnival games, a water slide, a petting zoo, and other outdoor activities. Residents had the opportunity to win one of two children’s bicycles and participate in a blueberry pie eating contest hosted by Allan M. Dorman, Mayor. The winner got to take home a blueberry pie.
On May 25, Mayor Allan M. Dorman, Village of Islandia, joined local war veterans and elected officials in its annual Memorial Day ceremony, in which those in attendance remembered all who died while in service to this country.
Tom Brauner, Chaplain, Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, delivered the invocation. Afterwards, Mayor Dorman, a former U.S. Marine and a Vietnam War veteran, acknowledged the veterans’ groups in attendance and asked to remember village residents who served and have since passed away. The ceremony concluded with local elected officials joining veterans and village officials in placing ceremonial wreaths on the memorial.
During the ceremony, members of VFW Post #12144 presented Mayor Dorman with a plaque in appreciation of what he has done for its members, including the establishment of a new VFW hall across the street from the Veteran’s Memorial.
On April 27, the Village of Islandia joined Give It Your All Sports in Ronkonkoma in hosting the Islandia Baseball Camp, a baseball and softball clinic that was held on the grounds of First Responders Recreational Ball Field. Participating children received a baseball cap and T-shirt and had the opportunity to learn about the game’s fundamentals from professional trainers.
More than 800 families took advantage of the warm weather as clouds gave way to sun at the Village of Islandia’s 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, which took place on April 13 on the grounds of the First Responders Recreational Ball Field.
Children ran out onto the field and collected as many of the 16,000 eggs as they could. Each egg contained a piece of candy, and some of them included a ticket that children could redeem for a special prize.
In addition, children and their parents enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa and listened to songs performed by “Joe the Singing Bus Driver.” They also had a chance to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar for the chance to win a prize.
On March 23, the Village of Islandia welcomed senior residents to the grand opening of the Islandia Senior Center, located at Islandia Village Commons. Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, gave a tour of the facility.
The center gives Islandia’s seniors the opportunity to socialize, watch movies, play board games and enjoy each other’s company.
The new facility is located at the former site of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, which since has been relocated to 1218 Old Nichols Road in Islandia.
The Islandia Senior Center will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On December 1, Village of Islandia residents came out to celebrate the holidays at the village’s thirteenth annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. “Joe the Singing Bus Driver” performed under the big tent as he played guitar and sang holiday songs, while residents sang along and enjoyed hot cocoa, coffee and cookies. After the tree was lit, Santa Claus came down to give out toys to the good little boys and girls of Islandia. The children also received candy canes, courtesy of Mrs. Claus.
In its December 20-27 issue, the Smithtown Messenger reported on the Village of Islandia’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1. Read Article