“I AM CI” Foundation Holds Gala Honoring Educators and Education Officials

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron recently attended an awards ceremony hosted by the I AM CI Foundation. The awards were given to individuals whose actions in the Central Islip School District have made a direct impact on the lives of local students. The awards cover a variety of fields and touch on different aspects of a student’s life in the Central Islip School District.    

“Providing a positive educational experience for our youth is one of the best ways to ensure that our children lead successful, rewarding lives,” said Councilman Steve Flotteron. “These men and women have made every effort to create opportunities for Central Islip students to succeed.”

The 2016 honorees were:

Debra Cavanagh, teacher and coach

Jennifer Cicero, teacher

MaryAnn Pfeiffer, Director of Youth Enrichment Services

Carolyn Baez, Director of Programs for Youth Enrichment Services

Paul Carlozzo, School Nutrition Program Director

Bill Wisbauer, Director and Regional Manager at Tetra Tech Construction Services


Pictured (left to right): MaryAnn Pfeiffer; Debra Cavanagh; Carolyn Baez; Councilman Steve Flotteron.

Local Officials Celebrate Resident’s 99th Birthday

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron (right) was recently joined by County Legislator Tom Barraga (left) at a birthday celebration for Bay Shore resident Esther Cohen. Ms. Cohen turns 99 this year, but remains active by spending time with friends at the West Islip Seniors Center and at her local gym. Councilman Flotteron wished Ms. Cohen many more years with friends and family, and thanked her son, Jack (center), for looking after this fixture of the Bay Shore community. 

Islip Animal Shelter Celebrates National Pet Day with Free Adoptions

Islip, NY – Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center recently celebrated National Pet Day on Monday, April 11th, by offering free pet adoptions. The shelter’s non-profit volunteer group, Live.Love.Bark, offered to pay any adoption fee as long as the application was filed on April 11th. Throughout the day, over 50 people came through the shelter looking to adopt a pet. Fourteen adoption applications were filed. Four of those applications have been approved already and the rest are currently pending and being reviewed for approval.  

“This promotion gives people the added incentive they may need to come down and adopt a new best friend,” said Islip Town Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt. “The goal is always to get as many dogs, cats, and other little animals into their forever homes. Promotions like these help us get people in the doors and then we’re able to review the applicants and make life-long matches for these animals.”

If you’re interested in adopting an animal, but missed out on this great promo, remember you can still adopt any long-timer (any animal who has been waiting for a forever home at the shelter for 6 months or longer) for free, any day of the week. Live.Love.Bark also pays the adoption fees for any long-timer, dog or cat, and if the pet has been waiting over a year, they also throw in a free bed, bag of food, toys, treats, collar and leash.

To see the animals available for adoption, check out the shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/islipanimals or visit them in person at 210 South Denver Ave., in Bay Shore. Visit the Facebook page to see adoption photos too.

Photo 1: Councilwoman Trish Bergin Wiechbrodt with News 12’s Ken Grimball and now-adopted BooBoo. 

Holbrook Woman Celebrates 90th Birthday Party

Islip, NY – Gloria Marchese, a Town of Islip resident for 23 years and a fixture at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church in Holbrook, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Gloria remains active by supporting local church initiatives and events as well as spending time with her daughter, Rosemarie. Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron was on-hand to celebrate, along with members of her family and her friends from the community.


Pictured (l-r): Councilman Steve Flotteron; Gloria Marchese; Rosemarie Catron.




Program Shows Appreciation for First Responders

Islip, NY – Islip Town Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen recently attended a “Protect the Protectors” event at the headquarters of the Sayville Community Ambulance Company. This initiative, hosted by State Farm Insurance, was established to demonstrate the community’s appreciation for the work of our local first responders. As part of this effort, State Farm donated Canary Home Security Devices that will be installed in the homes of many local police, fire, and EMS personnel.


“Our local police, fire, and EMS departments will always be there for us when we need them most,” said Councilwoman Mullen. “I proud and grateful that State Farm made a concerted effort to join us in recognizing all that our first responders do for the community.”


Councilwoman Mullen was joined by Suffolk County Legislators Bill Lindsay and Monica Martinez, as well as first responders from across Islip Town.