Fire Marshal’s Office Urges Safety During Extreme Cold

Islip, N.Y. – The Town of Islip’s Fire Marshal’s Office is asking residents to follow certain safety procedures related to the extreme cold temperatures that are affecting our area. Nightly temperatures have hovered in the single-digits, and the wind-chill has caused the outside air to feel like it’s well below zero degrees-Fahrenheit. Residents should be aware of several tips that will help their families safely endure the cold weather:

- Cold weather can cause a house’s pipes to freeze, creating a dangerous and costly situation for a family. To thaw a frozen pipe, residents can use a hair dryer (blowing the air across the pipe), wet rags that have been soaked in hot (but not boiling) water, or a heating pad that can be wrapped around the pipe. NEVER use a direct flame to thaw frozen pipes. If none of the above methods are effective, contact a licensed local plumber.

- Many homes use space heaters and fireplaces to warm their living areas during severe cold weather. Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Any flammable material should also be kept at least 3-feet away from the heat sources. Supervise children whenever a wood or oil stove or other space heater is being used. Use a sturdy metal screen to prevent contact burns, which are more common than flame burns. Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratory). NEVER use your oven or stove for heating.

- Perhaps most importantly, residents must ensure that vents for heating equipment are cleared of ice and snow to prevent the build-up of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the dwelling. All homes should have CO alarms on every level of a home.

“We’re living through historic cold temperatures for our area, so it is important to maintain a level of safety as we try to cope with the weather,” said Councilman John Cochrane, Jr.

“Ignoring safety procedures can make a bad situation worse. During periods of extreme temperature we must exercise safe and sound judgment as we care for our families,” said Councilman Anthony Senft.

Islip Town to Hold Annual Women’s History Celebration

Islip, N.Y. – Islip Town will hold its annual Women’s History Month Award Ceremony on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m., in the main Town Board room at Islip Town Hall, 655 Main Street, where Islip Town Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter and fellow Town Board members will honor several women from throughout our community whose achievements have left a lasting impact on our Town. The honorees were chosen from several fields, including education, visual arts, and community service.

“It’s important to recognize the accomplishments of everyone who commits their lives to making a positive impact on our community,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “During Women’s History Month, we take the opportunity to pay special tribute to the women in our lives who have inspired us to keep working to make Islip a better place for everyone who lives, works and visits here.”

“Women’s History Month is a time when we can pause to remember all of the special women in our lives: our mothers, sisters, and anyone who has made a lasting impression,” noted Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt.

Town of Islip fills nearly 10,000 potholes since January 1st










Bay Shore, NY – Town of Islip Highway Crews have been out in full force since January 1st, to address potholes in various locations throughout the Town. Islip Town Council Members, John Cochrane Jr., and Steve Flotteron met with highway crews during the operations to assess damage to the Town’s infrastructure. 

“This winter has taken a serious toll on our roadways,” noted Councilman Cochrane. “Our highway crews are currently assessing pothole damage all over the Town, and as the weather permits, will make necessary repairs so that our residents and motorists enjoy safe passage.”


Space Available for Town of Islip Spring/Summer Programs

Islip, NY - The Town of Islip’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs has announced that space is still available in a variety of fun and entertaining spring and summer programs and excursions for both adults and children. Below is a list of available programs. Please note that pre-registration is required and that programs are available to Islip Town residents and non-residents (higher rates apply for nonresidents).

• Now through June 10th – Toddler Time FREE Movie Series

o This free movies series is meant to give toddlers and their caretakers the opportunity to enjoy a classic children’s movie at the 401 Main Street Auditorium. Bring your own snacks and drinks to enjoy. There will be one movie per month. All movies take place on a selected Wednesday, and start at 10:15 a.m. Doors open a half hour before show time. For specific dates and movie titles, contact (631) 224-5411.


• Mondays, March 2 – April 27th AND May 4-June 29th - American Sign Language (ASL)

o This interesting and exclusive program is where kids will have the opportunity to study signs, facial expressions and body language. You must be between 5 and 12 years of age. The classes are held on Mondays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., at the Greenbelt Recreation Center in Holtsville. This program is $35.00 per session for residents with a recreation card and $43.75 for non-residents. Each session has eight classes.


• March 12 –April 30th – Mommy and Me ASL

o This interactive Mommy and Me class teaches you how to interact with your child using hand signs. This program is geared toward parents with children ages four months to two years. Classes are held on Thursdays at 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., at the Cape Cod Learning Center in East Islip. This program is $50.00 per session for residents with a recreation and $62.50 for non-residents. Each session has eight classes


Islip Town Participates in Annual Teens for Jeans Event

Town Works In Conjunction with Area School Districts to Collect Thousands of Jeans for Homeless Shelters

Islip, N.Y. – The Islip Youth Bureau recently completed another successful Teens for Jeans charity clothing drive. High Schoolers and middle schoolers from across Islip Town were able to collect and donate 2,200 pairs of jeans that will be donated to homeless shelters throughout the United States and Canada.

“It’s inspiring to see the sense of service that these young men and women have toward their communities,” said Receiver of Taxes Alexis Weik, who attended the Teens for Jeans Recognition Day on Friday, February 13. “These students donated their time and effort to help thousands of people in need, and will play a direct role in improving the lives of others.”


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