A Note from the Mayor

Dear Neighbors,

As we navigate through these troubled times, I feel the need to say thank you to so many people. First and foremost, we are all grateful for the selfless actions and work ethic of our first responders and medical professionals.

Doctors, Nurses, EMTs, Ambulance Drivers, Police, Firefighters, Fire Marshals, and Code Officers, are those that have been on the front lines protecting us from the beginning of what has now become our daily reality.

Federal, State and local officials dealing with these events that are unprecedented during our tenure in public service are networking continually to create a critical balance of public safety and some form of normalcy. While we may not always agree, the communications continue for the best possible results and the safety of all.

We can’t overlook the contributions of all the residents of our local communities that have been doing what is necessary to slow the spread of this hideous virus. Together we have made incredible progress.

Recent events have brought additional complexities to an already difficult time. I want to thank everyone for the way we are dealing with these events locally and encourage all those involved to please follow CDC guidelines while exercising their rights to free speech and peaceful protest.

I am proud of the way most of our local communities have responded to the recent events leading up to where we are now.  We have greatly reduced COVID-19 related cases by following the guidelines provided to us. We have been an example to our children and grandchildren on the right ways to express our views.

It is amazing what we can accomplish by working together for the good of all.  Long Islanders are for the most part good people willing to help their neighbors in troubled times, just because it’s the right thing to do.

It always troubles me when people say how friendly and nice people are when you leave New York. Long Islanders and most New Yorkers are some of the finest people you will find anywhere.

Thank you again to all those people that keep doing the right things that benefit us all.

Robert J. Scottaline

Mayor

Incorporated Village of Lake Grove

Summer Recreation Program Cancelled

Due to concerns surrounding the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, the Village Board has decided to cancel the summer recreation program for this year.

Although this decision was not an easy one to make, it was made in the best interest of all.  We are committed to taking all precautions that are necessary to prevent the spread of this virus.

We all look forward to brighter days ahead. Stay safe, be well and may God bless us all.

Grocery Stores in Suffolk County that Offer Delivery

The following is a list of grocery stores across Suffolk County that offer delivery options.

  1. Stop & Shop operates 26 locations in Suffolk County. Each can be contacted for

delivery using their Peapod service on the Stop & Shop website and inputing your zip

code. There is a $9.95 fee.

  • Medford
  • Holbrook
  • Farmingville
  • Smithtown
  • Islandia
  • Sayville
  • Coram
  • Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Rocky Point
  • South Setauket
  • Shirley
  • East Islip
  • Setauket-East Setauket
  • Riverhead
  • Farmingdale
  • Huntington
  • East Northport
  • Deer Park
  • West Islip
  • West Babylon
  • Miller Place
  • Hampton Bays
  • Northport
  • Amityville
  • Southampton
  • East Hampton

 

  1. Aldi operates 6 stores in Suffolk County. They provide delivery via their website by

inputting your zip code. There is a $2.00 fee.

  • Selden
  • Patchogue
  • Lake Grove
  • Lindenhurst
  • Bay Shore
  • Riverhead

 

  1. Shoprite operates 10 stores in Suffolk County. Similar to Stop & Shop and Aldi, you

can have groceries delivered by inputting your zip code on their website. There is a

$10.00 fee.

  • Patchogue
  • Selden
  • Lake Ronkonkoma
  • Hauppauge
  • Commack
  • Riverhead
  • Port Jefferson
  • Bay Shore
  • Deer Park
  • West Babylon

 

  1. Whole Foods operates 2 locations in Suffolk County. They deliver using Amazon Prime

which costs $119 a year.

  • Lake Grove
  • Commack

 

  1. LIDI, Best Market, and Target require a Shipt account to deliver. There is a $49.00 fee to

join.

 

  1. C-Town operates 4 stores in the County. Delivery fee is based on the distance and

driving time from the store to your home. Delivery fees typically range from $4 to $12 and

may vary depending on the time of day. There is currently a free delivery promo code on

their website.

  • Farmingville
  • Central Islip
  • Huntington
  • Amityville

A Letter from Lake Grove Village Mayor Robert Scottaline

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As we deal with this pandemic that none of us could have imagined, it is important to remember that we all have an important role in mitigating the duration and severity of what we are going through.

Social distancing is imperative in reducing the amount of those afflicted with COVID-19. It is as important for children as it is for the rest of us. We have closed all Village parks as a precaution after observing people congregating at these locations.  I encourage children to stay active while still observing social distancing. While this may be a difficult concept for the children, it shouldn’t be for parents and grandparents.

What we are witnessing is unprecedented. We must adapt and look out for one another. People are looking for answers and wondering just how bad this will get.  While we can’t accurately answer that, we can help to control the outcome. Media coverage and our leadership have provided us with very good advice; most of which is just common sense. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly and keep a distance of at least six feet from those we may be in contact with.

Each person that contracts the virus can infect dozens of others before actually knowing they are a carrier. That could mean a relative with a compromised immune system or our loved ones in their later stages of life.  To them the virus can be very serious and life threatening.

Please help by doing your part and following the guidelines that we all should be aware of at this point.

Also, please remember our local businesses that faithfully serve us through better times. Take-out food is still available at most if not all of our local eateries. We want to help them stay solvent so they will still be there after we beat this nemesis that we are fighting.  Authorities are telling us that we should discard the packaging and wash our hands before eating, but the food should pose no danger.

We will get through this if we work together. To those that have been seriously affected, we as neighbors will stand with you through this difficult time. Lean on us. You will be surprised at just how strong we can be together and we will come out of this even stronger.

God Bless us all.

Robert (Bob) Scottaline, Mayor

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Covid-19

Overview

Infectious disease experts say most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

Most cases are likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing. Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. There are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family.

 Symptoms

Coronavirus (COVID-19) may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing, and
  • Pneumonia

CDC believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Prevention

Everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat. Use hand sanitizer when washing hands are not an option.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing.
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. Avoid surfaces that are often touched, such as door knobs and handrails.
  • Avoid attending public places and events.

For people who are sick:

  • Stay home.
  • If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
  • Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
  • Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Avoid sharing personal items. Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
  • The first Coronavirus testing site in Suffolk County has opened in South P Lot at Stony Brook University. To receive Coronavirus updates from Suffolk County, text COVIDSUFFOLK to the number 67283. Appointments are necessary and you will only be granted one if you meet the symptoms of COVID-19. To make an appointment, call 1-888-364-2065. No doctor referral is needed.

 

 Stay Informed

  • Stay connected on your state and local health department’s social media pages and websites for timely and accurate COVID-19 information.
  • Be aware of false information circulating on the internet. Accurate and up-to-date information is available from the State Health Department at health.ny.gov/coronavirusor its hotline at 1-888-364-3065, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and social media platforms at www.cdc.gov/COVID19
  • If you live alone and become sick, you may need to ask for help. If you have a chronic disease and live alone, ask your friends, family, and health care providers to check on you.

Suffolk County residents can now dial 3-1-1 for non-emergency inquiries or government service requests. The Suffolk 311 Call Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.

New York State has launched a new email system to provide daily updates about COVID19. https://now.ny.gov/page/s/coronavirus-updates

A Message from Mayor Robert Scottaline

Whereas Village Mayors do not have the authority to cancel local elections in their districts, we have urged the Governor to postpone elections to a later date. At 6:36PM on the 16th we received an email allowing us to do just that until the 28th of April.

Please be advised that the Village election originally scheduled for the 18th of this month for two Trustees is in fact delayed until the 28th of April by the Governor of the State of New York. He alone has that authority.

We believe now and have believed for many days that the decision is the prudent and cautious thing to do.

I want to thank the Governor for hearing us and responding appropriately.

Robert Scottaline

Mayor

Working in Harmony with Retail Centers

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season.

While 2019 was another successful year for the Village of Lake Grove, I am very confident that 2020 will bring even more reasons for us to be proud of our community.

We are working closely with all of our retail outlets and developers to bring into the Village only those retailers that we feel will enhance our area. Meetings with Smith Haven Mall management have been very productive. The executives view this mall as one of their high-end centers and agree that we need to provide retailers that offer the best shopping experience for our diverse community.

We have been communicating with other retail centers to work in harmony to bring in quality stores that will not only provide a positive shopping experience, but also be a good reflection of our Village to those that come to Lake Grove to shop. While we do not have a true downtown area, it is important that we provide a quality perspective of our Village not only in the quality of the retailers, but also in the architecture and signage that they provide.

I, along with the Village Board and staff, continue to monitor existing retailers and developers for compliance with our local laws. We take our codes very seriously. Those that put out illegal signage and eye-catching devices that create a blight within the Village find themselves in our Village court paying fines for their transgressions and noncompliance.

I am extremely proud of how we are progressing as a Village but admit that I am only one of numerous people making it happen. We operate as a team and work together to provide the highest standard of living for our families and yours.

Please feel free to contact us with any comments and suggestions, as we are all part of the team. Many helpful suggestions have come from those attending meetings, calling Village Hall, commenting on our web page, or just through casual conversations during chance meetings.

Once again; I wish you all a very safe and wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Robert (Bob) Scottaline

Mayor