More than 500 Islandia residents came down to the First Responders Recreational Ball Field on October 22 for the Village of Islandia’s Fall Fest. The event featured a DJ, games, food, hayrides, a costume contest, an apple pie eating contest, and pumpkin picking. Members of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 handed out American flags and poppies to those in attendance. Islandia Fire Marshals gave out smoke alarms, presented a K-9 demonstration and showed children how to properly put out a fire. There was also a raffle for a chance to win a 65-inch flatscreen TV.
On May 28, local elected officials, war veterans, residents and members of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 and the Central Islip Fire Department joined Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, for a special Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. The ceremony honored those who sacrificed their lives for this country.
On October 1, representatives from POSCO, a South Korean steel manufacturer, recognized Sal Scarlato, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York, at a special ceremony at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia. Mr. Scarlato was one of 100 Korean War veterans in the United States who were recognized by the company this year for their contributions to the South Korea’s economy and infrastructure.
Mr. Scarlato was presented with his portrait encased in a personalized stainless steel photo frame. The frame symbolizes POSCO’s “sincere gratitude and respect for Korean War veterans that will never rust,” the company said. Over the years, the company has developed deep ties with the local Korean War Veterans Association.
Founded in 1968, POSCO (Pohang Iron & Steel Co, Ltd) is the world’s leading steel-making company with steelworks in Pohang and Gwangyang, South Korea. The company also operates in 52 countries and employs over 29,000 people worldwide.
Commemorates 20 Years Since the Terrorist Attack on America
On September 10, 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. This event commemorated the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
Mayor Allan M. Dorman was joined by village elected officials, employees and residents and members of the Col Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in remembering those who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks.
The mayor scheduled the ceremony for the 10th to give the residents the opportunity to attend other September 11th memorial ceremonies throughout Long Island the following day.
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 March 27, in celebrating a safe Easter, the Village of Islandia hosted a socially distanced “Meet the Easter Bunny” event. Residents drove around the Village Hall parking lot and had the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, while village employees and volunteers gave out Easter baskets and face masks. Children wearing masks also got the chance to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.
As part of its commitment to the community and to protect the health and safety of its residents, the Village of Islandia distributed free face masks to several hundred residents between January and March. Mayor Dorman joined village employees and volunteers in handing out the masks to residents. To date, the village has distributed more than 10,000 masks.
With the weather getting warmer, the First Responders Recreational Ball Field is expected to see more village residents using the park. The park features a variety of amenities, including a state-of-the-art ball field, a children’s playground, a fitness path and a gazebo.
The ball field has bleachers which can hold several hundred spectators, concession stands and restrooms. Since it first opened in 2018, the ball field has hosted baseball and softball clinics, as well as youth and adult baseball and softball contests. Residents can use the field for themselves when it is not in use (proof of village residency is required).
The village recently purchased a pitching machine to help ballplayers improve their hitting skills and intends to install a batting cage and bullpens in time for this coming season.
A children’s playground is located inside the park where children can climb, swing and slide. Residents can take advantage of the walking path featuring ten separate exercise stations.
The park also features a common area with a gazebo that has been the site of village events, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Village Bar-B-Que and Pumpkin Fest and the first-ever Movie Night. The village anticipates bringing back these events this year.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Residents can also access the park for non-profit and commercial uses. For more information, contact the village’s parks and recreation commissioner, Denise Schrage, at 631-348-1133 or at email@example.com.
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.