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Islip Town Celebrates the Holiday Season

Islip, NY – The Town of Islip will host a variety of holiday events this season, and the Islip Town Board invites residents to bring friends and family to join as we celebrate the holidays and the end of another wonderful year in Islip. Upcoming events, sponsored by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, are below; all are encouraged to visit the Town’s website at www.TownofIslip-ny.gov, for more detailed information.


December 11th – Kick-Off Reception of Brookwood Hall Restoration – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – Brookwood Hall
The Islip Arts Council will be hosting the Kick-Off Reception of the Brookwood Hall Restoration on December 11th from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. There will be music, food and desserts, wine and beer tastings and much more. All of this will take place inside of the Brookwood Hall mansion. This event is $50.00 per person and all proceeds go to the Brookwood Hall restoration project. There will be raffle baskets, 50/50 tickets, and many of the decorations will be for sale. For more information, please call the Islip Arts Council at (631) 224-5420.

December 16th – Menorah Lighting – 12:00 p.m. – Long Island MacArthur Airport
A Menorah lighting will be held at the Long Island MacArthur Airport’s main atrium located at 100 Arrival Avenue in Ronkonkoma. All are welcome to join. For more information, please call (631) 467-3300.

December 17th – Menorah Lighting – 5:00 p.m. – Islip Town Hall
The Town of Islip will hold its annual Menorah Lighting at 5:00 pm in front of Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street in Islip. All are welcome to join. For more information, please call (631) 224-5430

For additional activities and events, visit the Town Calendar on our website and be sure to sign up for our weekly e-Alert here.

Islip Youth Bureau’s Holiday Toys for Tots Mission Kicks Off

Islip, N.Y. – Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane, Jr., has announced that his office will be one of three collection sites for the Town’s Toys for Tots donations, being coordinated by the Town of Islip Youth Bureau. Unwrapped toys are being accepted at the following locations, through December 8th:
Councilman John Cochrane, Jr.’s Office, 655 Main Street, Islip
The Islip Youth Bureau Office, Room 312, 401 Main Street, Islip
Disabled Services Office, Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip

“The holidays are a time of not only receiving and celebrating, but for giving and being charitable,” said Councilman Cochrane.

Monetary donations can be made on-line by visiting http://www.toysfortots.org. For more information about additional Islip youth services, contact the Islip Youth Bureau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (631) 224-5320.

Islip Officials, Local Businessmen Celebrate New Leadership at Cookie Manufacturer

Islip, N.Y. – Islip Town officials recently joined the team at Cookies United to celebrate a new arrangement that will keep over 100 jobs in the Town. United Baking Co. recently stepped in to help the Silver Lake Cookie Co., which has been in business for almost 50 years. Calling the new venture Cookies United, this partnership will allow the business to not only retain jobs, but to add jobs in the future. The Town of Islip IDA was instrumental in securing the tax exemptions needed to support this arrangement.

“Silver Lake Cookie Co. has been in this Town for decades, and with their new partners and the formation of Cookies United we look forward to future job growth and sales,” said Councilman John Cochrane, Jr. “The backbone of our economy is small businesses, and the Islip IDA is here to help in any way we can.”

United Baking has committed to investing $8 million into their Islip operations. In addition to the retention of the 100 full-time positions, between 40-50 seasonal employees will be hired during the busiest times of the year. Extensive renovations of the warehouse will also begin shortly, creating short-term construction and contracting jobs.

The Town of Islip IDA was able to secure over $1.5 million in property tax savings for Cookies United.

Pictured (left to right): John Walser, Islip IDA; John Cochrane, Jr., Councilman; Michael Petrucelli, CFO; Lou Avignone, CEO; Olga Murray, Town Clerk; William Mannix, Islip IDA; and Alexis Weik, Recieverof Taxes. Behind the group of officials are the cooks and bakers of Cookies United.


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