POSCO Honors Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York President Sal Scarlato

Sal Scarlato (left), President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York, accepts an award from Han Eui (Henry) Do (right), during a special ceremony at the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144 in Islandia on October 1.

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.

Pictured (front row, left to right): Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia; Sal Scarlato, President, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York; Han Eui (Henry) Do, President, POSCO; John Sehejong Ha, 1st Vice President, and Aurelio Romeu, Member, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York.
Back row (left to right): Henry Schroeder and Alfred Enannuelo, Members, and William H. Arnaiz, Director, Korean War Veterans Association, Department of New York; Sungho Huh, Consul, POSCO; Alex Mauro, Member and Paul Fitzsimmons, Treasurer, Korean War Veterans, Department of New York.

Village of Islandia Holds September 11th Memorial Ceremony at First Responders Memorial

Commemorates 20 Years Since the Terrorist Attack on America

Mayor Dorman (standing behind podium) addresses those in attendance at the September 11th Memorial Ceremony at the First Responders Memorial on September 10.
Joined by members of the Col. Francis S. Midura Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #12144, Mayor Dorman (standing behind podium) addresses those in attendance at the September 11th Memorial Ceremony at the First Responders Memorial on September 10. The village remembered five local first responders who died during the 9/11 attacks.

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.

Village of Islandia Celebrates Grand Reopening of Senior Center

Allan M. Dorman (right), Mayor, Village of Islandia, speaks to the senior residents during the grand reopening of the Islandia Senior Center on May 29.

On May 29, the Village of Islandia celebrated the grand reopening of The Islandia Senior Center. Visitors were treated to refreshments and had the opportunity to speak to Allan M. Dorman, the village mayor, and Denise Schrage, Village Parks and Recreation Commissioner, and learn about upcoming events at the facility.

In March 2020, the Senior Center was closed down due to the pandemic. It reopened in July 2020, but only operated during limited hours. The Islandia Senior Center will now be fully open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Senior Center gives the village’s older residents the opportunity to socialize with one another, watch movies, play games, and enjoy other activities.

HELP WANTED: A part-time Bus Driver

The Village of Islandia is looking to hire a part-time (10 hours/week) Bus Driver. Candidate is responsible for transporting Village residents to and from doctor’s offices, supermarkets and other points of interest. Must be available mornings and early afternoons and have a clean and valid New York State driver’s license. If you are interested, please email pdorman@newvillageofislandia.com.

Residents Drive up to Meet the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny poses with some of the residents who attended the “Meet the Easter Bunny” event at Islandia Village Hall on March 27.
The Easter Bunny poses with some of the residents who attended the “Meet the Easter Bunny” event at Islandia Village Hall on March 27.

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.


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Islandia Distributes More Free Face Masks to Residents

A village employee distributes face masks to a local resident.
A village employee distributes face masks to a local resident.

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.

Residents Anticipate Visiting the Park as Warmer Weather Arrives

Residents Anticipate Visiting the Park as Warmer Weather Arrives

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 dschrage@newvillageofislandia.com.


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Village Celebrates the Holidays with Its First-Ever Drive-Through Christmas Tree Lighting

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Denise Schrage hands out gifts to local children.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Denise Schrage hands out gifts to local children.

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.

Mayor Dorman (left) poses in front of the Christmas tree with Donna Delvalle, her granddaughters Donnabella Delvalle and Madison Delvalle and their dog Toby during the village’s drive-through Christmas tree lighting.
Mayor Dorman (left) poses in front of the Christmas tree with Donna Delvalle, her granddaughters Donnabella Delvalle and Madison Delvalle and their dog Toby during the village’s drive-through Christmas tree lighting.

Islandia Distributes Free Face Masks to Residents

A village employee distributes face masks to a local resident.
A village employee distributes face masks to a local resident.

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.

Mayor Dorman Honors Veterans at Wreath Laying Ceremony

Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, salutes after laying a wreath in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony on November 7.
Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, salutes after laying a wreath in front of the Veterans Memorial at the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony on November 7.

On November 7, Allan M. Dorman, Mayor, Village of Islandia, took part in a special Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Triangle. The ceremony honored those who served and continued to serve in the armed forces.


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