Sept 9-10, 2017 - Longwood Estates Fair, Corner of Smith Road and Longwood Road, Ridge, NY 11961
Longwood Estate History: Listed on the National Register of historic places, the Longwood Estate clearly is a Town of Brookhaven treasure.
This land was the domain of the pre-eminent Smith family until 1968. In 1974, with development nipping at its flanks, the property was acquired by the town.
Geographically, the estate consisted of farmland, pasture, woods, river fronts, ponds, and the long swamp itself, headwaters of the Peconic River. Tenant farmers worked the land and timber was the most valuable commodity.
The estate was in a remote area with approx 7,000 acres running from the Connecticut River (now known as Carman's River) east of Manorville, and south along South Country Road. The property was handed down through the generations and in 1817 William Syndey Smith became the proprietor.
William Smith married Eleanor Jones from Cold Spring Harbor and raised 10 children on the estate with the now enlarged home to accommodate them. Longwood estate became a profitable business in livestock, and wood cutting where a wood mill in Yaphank was instrumental in the development of the Long Island Railroad. William served as Brookhaven Supervisor from 1829 till 1834, was Suffolk County Treasurer, and a New York State Legislator.
William passed away in 1879 at the age of 83 and Eleanor in 1884 at 79 years old. Their grandchildren took to the caretaking and preservation of the estate.
William Sidney Tangier and Helen Tangier Smith willed the estate to Elbert Clayton Smith and it was Bert who donated 51 acres to the Longwood School District and the Greenbelt land to Suffolk County.
Upon his death in 1968, his widow sold the estate to Levitt real estate developers. The contents of the home were auctioned off.
Then in 1973, developer Wilbur Breslin and Herbert Carmel purchased the property for commercial and industrial development. Brookhaven Town officials and area residents strongly opposed the plan and in 1974, Breslin and Carmel donated the manor house and 35 acres of land to the Town of Brookhaven.
During its two hundred year history, the house knew fallow periods-and a notable 60 year Golden Age of love, family, and bustling activity. The estate now is the host to various activities for the residents to enjoy.
August 17-20, 2017 - 2017 Annual Holbrook Carnival! – Holbrook Chamber of Commerce
August 6, 2017 - Long Island Group held a TLC Course at LIG HQ.
The TLC Basic Course is the first out of three levels of courses for all Senior Members involved in Cadet Programs. Some learning objectives for this course is to articulate the Cadet Programs vision, to include referencing the key traits of cadet life, the program elements and the outcomes each produces, and an explanation of the promotion process. Another learning objective is to be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of cadet programs officers serving at the squadron level, with special regard to leadership dynamics, as the adult’s role changes when the cadet staff’s readiness changes. Other objectives include being able to describe operating principles for squadron-level cadet programs, including Cadet Great Start, weekly meetings and activities, and using the Quality Cadet Unit Award as a self-assessment and managerial tool. There is also an Intermediate Course and Advanced Course (which is anticipated to be released in the Spring).
July 8, 2017 - Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron NY-117 had the honor of presenting the colors and with the support of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron NY-153 at the bridge dedication to Specialist Matthew W. Baylis.
OAKDALE—The bridge that carries travelers on Oakdale-Bohemia Road over Sunrise Highway was given a new identity last Saturday, July 8 when a sign was unveiled naming it the “Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Bridge.” NYS Senator Phil Boyle presided over a ceremony that was attended by elected officials, local residents and family and friends of the fallen hero, who was killed in action in Iraq on May 31, 2007.
At the ceremony, Sen. Boyle thanked all of the elected officials that helped him to see that the bridge would be named in honor of this American hero. “Fittingly, as people drive under this bridge, for many years to come, they will always be reminded of the service and sacrifice Matthew gave to our great nation,” said Boyle.
June 11, 2017 - Bayport Aerodrome Pancake Breakdfast at Bayport Airport.
June 6, 2017 - Leroy R. Grumman Promotion Night.
May 27, 2017 - Memorial Day Air Show with the Thunder Birds at MacArthur Airport, Islip, New York Long Island Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.
May 27, 2017
-The Col Francis S. Gabreski Squadron and the Leroy R. Grumman Squadron
had the honor of placing wreaths to our falling Veterans. Long Island
Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.
May 21, 2017
- Bayport Vintage Cars & Airplanes celebration with Long Island
Group. Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary at Bayport,
March 18, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the VA Nursing Home at Northport, New York.
Febraury 26, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron Visit Floyd Bennett Field Airport, Brooklyn, New York.
Floyd Bennett Field, now a National Park, was New York City's first municipal airport. Opened in 1933, it became Naval Air Station - New York during WWII. It was the point of departure for many famous flights, including those of Wiley Post, "Wrong Way" Corrigan, and most notably, the destination of John Glen's record setting transcontinental Project Bullet in 1957. It is no longer in general use for aviation, although it continues to function as the home base for the NYPD's helicopter unit.
The Tuskegee Airmen was an all-black fighter unit in WWII. Formed after much discrimination, they flew a number of aircraft, but are most famous for their exploits in P-51 mustangs. Although somewhat exaggerated, they had the reputation of having never lost a bomber they were escorting.
The H. A, R. P. is a community of volunteers dedicated to restoring aircraft that once used the airfield. Among the many planes being worked on are a PBY-5 Catalina, a Grumman G-21 Goose flying boat, a Douglas C-47 (the military version of the DC-3), a Lockheed P2V Neptune anti-submarine patrol plane, and a Sikorsky HH-3 air-sea rescue helicopter.
Febraury 18, 2017 - the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the Hofstra Basketball game at the college.
December 20, 2016 - The Color Guard team of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron of the Long Island Group, New York Wing was giving the honor of presenting colors for the opening ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery.
On the third Saturday in the month of December the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron’s Color Guard participated in Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributed holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. This program was founded by company president Morrill Worcester whereby he wanted to honor Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal was to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.
The Civil Air Patrol, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, local citizens, veterans and families placed the wreaths on the graves of men and women that once served our country. The squadrons of Long Island Group were brought together to participate in this event to honor the veterans that served our country.December 11th 2016 - The Leroy R. Grumman Squadron’s Color Guard was privileged to be a part of the Snowball Express with American Airlines at JFK Airport in New York, an organization dedicated to bring holiday