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  • Allan Eldridge
    RE/MAX Beyond
    Smithtown has long revered the story of its founder and namesake Richard Smythe and his famous ride on a bull circumventing the area that would become the town’s boundaries. Since 1941, the larger than life statue of “Whisper” the bull has sat majestically on the western gateway to the downtown area. Now a new statue has been unveiled paying homage to the man, himself.

    As part of Smithtown’s 350 year anniversary celebration and due to the generosity of the Damianos family and the work of the Smithtown Historical Society, a bronze sculptor of Richard Smythe was unveiled on September 19th. A large crowd was gathered to hear from the Damianos family, many of the local politicians and Brad Harris, the town historian. Many of the descendants of the Smith Family were also on hand. Mr. Harris provided a lengthy clarification of how Richard Smythe was deeded the rights to the land including a description of a legal document known as “The Nicolls Patent of 1665". While his story was more factual and realistic, I much prefer the tale of Richard Smythe and his famous bull ride!
  • Susan Scoppettone
    RE/MAX Beyond
    I recently attended a presentation at the Nesconset Library regarding the Smithtown Master Plan. I want to thank the Smithtown League of Women Voters for sponsoring this presentation and also the guest speaker for the evening; Assistant Planning Director, David Flynn.

    Mr. Flynn highlighted the factors that go into the development of a town's Master Plan and how Smithtown's Master Plan in particular is focusing on Smithtown's future growth. A draft was recently submitted to the town board by the planning board. The plan not only includes Smithtown's Main Street, but also, Kings Park (namely the state park land once used for the state hospital), St. James, and Nesconset.

    Questions came up about possible uses for the land in Kings Park and many were interested in the prospect of a facility equivalent to the lab in Colds Spring Harbor. Other issues of interest were the growth of Smithtown's Main Street (Rte. 25/25A) and if the possibility of sewers would come into play. Mr. Flynn also emphasized the importance of public feedback when it comes to determining the direction of a Master Plan for a town. The Planning Board encourages people to attend meetings and help to decide the outcome.

    If you want more information about future meetings go to: [email protected] or call (631) 360-7540

    Only you can speak out for the future of Smithtown.
  • Andrew (Drew) Rafuse
    RE/MAX Beyond
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    Smithtown, NY
    The matriarch of our family is simply called "Nan". She is an off the boat Irish "lass" who after a brief stop at Ellis Island took a ferry to Manhattan. She married a rakishly handsome Italian G.I. who grew up on a farm in southern New Jersey.

    She is the proud mother of eight children, 25 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.
    So when her 80th Birthday comes around, it would not be considered a small event. As a matter of fact, the planning for this event closely resembled the scope, size, secrecy and intrigue of a good size military maneuver. As in any well planned invasion, a crucial key element is the location for the event.

    We live in Smithtown, one of the major hubs that form a dotted line across the north shore of Long Island. It is known to have some of the finest restaurants and catering facilities that Long Island has to offer. So the decision, where to host "the event" is not one to be taken lightly. After months and miles of investigation, the family choice was The Elks Lodge of Smithtown. In a desire for an informal, yet elegant atmosphere with old world charm befitting this monumental event, and with an eye toward cost, this seemed to satisfy our needs the best.

    Somehow there was a brief pause in the almost continuous snow storms of the winter of 2015. We were blessed with a cold but sunshiny day and a star filled night sky. Family members arrived from near and far in planes, trains, cars and buses not to miss this special event. They were not disappointed. The Elks Lodge was all we could have hoped for: high ceilings, inviting marble wood burning fireplaces, detailed mahogany wood paneling and an overwhelming atmosphere of good cheer greeted us as we entered the doors. We supplied our own music system and, of course, Irish music prevailed. The food which was supplied by the in-house catering firm was prepared off premises and brought to us in large chaffing dishes. It was delicious and plentiful with a large choice of selections.

    Nan was overwhelmed and we were delighted that we were able to give her such a delightful memory of her 80th birthday. We could not have done it as well without the selection of The Elks Lodge of Smithtown. For your next significant event you would be remiss if you did not consider it as a possible location.
  • Jan Hermanowski
    RE/MAX Beyond
    Smithtown will be celebrating their 350th anniversary in 2015. For those who didn't know, this is known as the "Sesquarcentennial Anniversary". There will be events taking place during all of next year to commemorate the issuance of a land patent back in 1665 including the Bull Smythe Relay on March 1st. This will be an Olympic-torch style relay following in the spirit of Richard Smythe's legendary bull ride. Should be a great event!
  • Louise Tudisco
    RE/MAX Beyond
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    Smithtown, NY
    Driving through Smithtown on this beautiful day and being 15 minutes from the beaches is such a luxury. To just go for an hour and soak up the sun. A great way to live.
  • Susan Scoppettone
    RE/MAX Beyond
    The Smithtown Train Station was built in 1872 by the Smithtown and Port Jefferson Railroad and rebuilt in 1937. A mural was painted by Robert Carioscia in 1989 along the track side of the station called "Nissequogue Passages.”

    The Smithtown Train Station is a little unique compared to most stations in that the eastbound or Port Jefferson platform is on the north side of the tracks and the westbound or New York City platform is on the south side. Generally LIRR stations with two tracks are reversed.

    It is a 90 minute ride from Smithtown to Penn Station in NYC and you can spend that time watching towns pass by along the way, catch up on your reading, or just taking a nap so you can arrive refreshed. Whatever your choice, enjoy the ride.
  • Susan Scoppettone
    RE/MAX Beyond
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    Smithtown, NY
    Smithtown was established in 1663 when Richard Smythe was conveyed land, known today as Smithtown, from Lyon Gardiner (of Gardiner's Island lineage). The story goes that Richard Smythe rode a bull (Whisper) during the longest day of the year for a 35 mile trek to acquire all the land he encompassed. History says otherwise, but it is a fun story to retell. In the meantime you can go to http://www.smithtownhistorical.org/hist_facts.html to read the full account yourself.

    Smithtown includes the incorporated villages of Village of the Branch, Nissequogue Village, and Head of the Harbor.
  • Marie Wohlrab
    RE/MAX Best
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    Smithtown, NY
    This town is so diverse and rich with culture and history. Everything from $300,000 to $3,000,000 plus homes. Live in the village and walk to shops and restaurants or live by the water and enjoy all that the waterside community has to offer. Maybe that’s not your thing? Horses you say... yes we have many, many homes zoned for horses. Want to live by a golf course? Want a townhouse with an elevator? Want senior living? You name it and Smithown has it. This town is rich in history dating back to the years of John "Bull" Smith. The original Smith estate still stands today and is still in use as a family home. Many, many years ago when Smithtown was a much smaller town, you could not be on the street past 10 p.m. The local cab driver would see you out and pick you up and bring you home. There was one butcher shop, one bakery, one automotive shop, one high school, etc... and everyone knew each other. Well the town has gotten much bigger over the years and yet somehow still manages to maintain that small town feeling. You can walk down Main Street and stop in anywhere and someone will smile and say hello.
  • Jan Hermanowski
    RE/MAX Beyond
    Smithtown boasts some of the best dining on Long Island! A short ride up and down Main Street will give you more restaurant choices than you expect. Whether you like Italian, Mexican, Seafood, Continental Cuisine, Pub Style, American, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean or just a great slice of Pizza, Smithtown delivers (sometimes even literally)! If you want a high end Steak House, there is Pace's and Insignia, both on RT-347. If you walk east along Main Street from Edgewood Avenue, you have La Famiglia, H2O Seafood & Sushi, Casa Rustica and Croxley Ale House, all within 300 yards of each other. Continuing east, you have Churrasqueira Luso (Brazilian), LaPanchita (Mexican), Thai House, Faraday's (American Continental), Tomo Sushi, Napper Tandy's, The Chop Shop, Butera's (Italian/American), Aji 53 (Japanese Fusion), Maninno's Italian Restaurant, American Roadside Burger, Shiki (Japanese), The Old Street Pub and Buona Sera Ristorante. When you add in Starbucks, Red Mango, Smithtown Bagel, Yogurtini, The Baja Grill, Kings Chef (Chinese) and Dunkin Donuts, you have just about all bases covered!
  • Jan Hermanowski
    RE/MAX Beyond
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    Smithtown, NY
    Smithtown residents can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities which include terrific parks and playgrounds, the Sweet Briar Nature Center, cycling through the gentle hills throughout the town, kayaking on the Nissequogue River and terrific north shore beaches, just to name a few. One of the best perks of being a Smithtown resident is the Smithtown Landing Golf and Country Club. Landing boasts an 18 hole, par 72 course that is challenging, fun to play and offers beautiful views of the Nissequogue River. There is also a Par 3 course which is great for practicing your short game and also offers kids of all ages an opportunity to learn the game. There are summer golf camps that give both children and adults a chance to learn the game. Aside from golf, all Smithtown residents can enjoy the beautiful pool complex complete with swimming and diving under the watchful eye of lifeguards and a snack bar when you get hungry, thirsty, or just want some ice cream. If the kids need a break from the water they can enjoy the playground which is part of the complex.
  • Donald Stirnweis
    RE/MAX Beyond
    Enjoy free live music on the lawn of the Smithtown Library on Main Street. The music begins at 8:00 p.m. on most Thursday nights during July and August. The 2014 Dennis Cannataro Family Summer Concert Series is made possible by a grant from Suffolk County secured by former Legislator Lynne C. Nowick.
  • Jan Hermanowski
    RE/MAX Beyond
    As I drive through the different parts of Smithtown every day, I can't help but notice the wonderful scenery and beautiful views that abound everywhere. At the little bridge on Landing Avenue for example, one can see a different story every day. It might be kayakers navigating the river at high tide or ducks, geese and seagulls sunning themselves at the park. If you are lucky, you might even catch a few swans swimming with the tide. While England has Stonehenge and NYC has Manhattanhenge, Smithtown has Nissequoguehenge. There are a couple of times a year when the sun rises and sets perpendicular to the little bridge and over this section of the river. Truly a spectacular view!
  • Susan Scoppettone
    RE/MAX Beyond
    I wouldn't call myself an outdoor enthusiast. I don't rock climb, mountain bike or bungee jump. But now that summer is upon us, you can find my husband and me walking along one of the many trails in Smithtown, at Sweet Briar Nature Center or at Caleb State Park. If you wish to bring your furry friends, Blydenburgh Park has a great dog park for interactive play. Another favorite pastime of ours is kayaking along the beautiful Nissequogue River. And if you don't own a canoe or kayak, Bob's Canoe Rentals leaves daily from Paul T. Given County Park in Smithtown, just east of "Whisper", the Smithtown Bull.
  • Jan Hermanowski
    RE/MAX Beyond
    Smithtown has two great beaches - Long Beach and Short Beach - which can be enjoyed by Town of Smithtown residents. On a clear day, you can enjoy beautiful views of Long Island Sound and Connecticut just on the other side. In addition, Sunken Meadow State Park is just a short drive or bike ride from the Main Street area. Sunken Meadow offers a 3/4 mile long boardwalk that is very popular for walking, jogging, watching the beach volleyball tournaments, or just sitting on the benches and people watching. One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy the spectacular sunsets that can be seen year round.

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