Local News for Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, Lake Grove, and Lake Ronkonkoma
HOLBROOK, NY — Children had an extra-joyous holiday season, thanks to Suffolk County Legislator Anthony Piccirillo (R-Holbrook) of the 8th District and donors throughout the community, including the Sachem High School Honor Society and Stony Brook University Medical Center. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — The weather was nippy and skies cloudy, making the atmosphere perfectly festive for the very first polar bear plunge in Lake Ronkonkoma. Brave swimmers undaunted by the cold took a dip into the lake at noon on New Year’s Day to welcome 2021. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Get ready to celebrate the first day of 2021 with a dip in the chilly winter waters of Lake Ronkonkoma. The first-ever polar bear plunge at the lake will take place Friday, Jan. 1, hosted by the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY — Holidays are about more than just presents and big dinners. Stacker has crafted a quiz on holidays from around the world that bring joy in many forms. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY — As we engage in many types of celebration during this holiday season, I urge you to please remember Kwanzaa. Though not as popular as Christmas or Hanukah, a remembrance of Kwanzaa is as important today as ever before. Perhaps, even more so. Read more from OnSachem News.
As vibrant holiday plants started to adorn the shelves of hardware stores, grocery stores and garden centers, consumers were attracted to the pinks, reds and whites atop deep green foliage, which added festive pops of color to winter homes. The appearance of plants like poinsettias and Christmas cacti usher in the holiday season, and we love to fill our halls and entryways with their holiday cheer. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY — Christmas is upon us and despite the challenges we have struggled through and continue to face, we still have much to celebrate this holiday season. This year, for OnSachem News' second Christmas, we continue our tradition by reprinting a timeless editorial from 1897, in which New York Sun writer Francis Pharcellus Church seeks to assuage the concerns of a young girl whose friends have called into question the existence of Santa Claus. Read more from OnSachem News.
NORTH POLE — Santa Claus is on his journey around the world this Christmas Eve. Children and their families can watch live as Santa and his reindeer fly across continents, countries, cities, and towns — ultimately stopping at the homes of good little girls and boys across Sachem. Read more from OnSachem News.
The North Pole has confirmed that Santa's sleigh will perform a ceremonial fly-by of the International Space Station (ISS) on December 24. The out-of-this world visit will honor the 20th anniversary of continuous life on the ISS, a milestone achieved in November. Read more from OnSachem News.
With Christmas just a few days away, we break down six Christmas-tree facts. The data come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties, which was released this month. Read more from OnSachem News.
NEW YORK — Get a close up look at the Times Square 2021 lights as the new year approaches. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — The Sachem North Leos Club presents the annual Festival of Trees and Lights, and the event has been designed to be socially distant because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY, AND LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — The annual menorah lightings for several local communities will be held virtually this year in a combined online event for Holbrook and Lake Ronkonkoma in the Sachem area plus nearby Bayport / Blue Point and Oakdale. Read more from OnSachem News.
EAST ISLIP, NY — The Town of Islip invites families to enjoy its free Holiday Drive-thru Light Show. The display is on the grounds of Brookwood Hall at 50 Irish Lane in East Islip. Read more from OnSachem News.
LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — The Christmas tree along Ronkonkoma Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma will sparkle with the holiday spirit, even though the annual community event to celebrate the lighting won’t happen this year. OnSachem News has the latest from the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLBROOK, NY — The holiday lights will still shine brightly along Main Street in Holbrook, but the annual community gathering to light the Christmas tree in front of The Irish Times Pub won’t happen this year thanks to COVID-19. OnSachem News has this update from the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce. Read more from OnSachem News.
FARMINGVILLE, NY — The holiday spirt brightly lights up Farmingville as residents volunteered to decorate their community over the long Thanksgiving weekend. OnSachem News has the latest from the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce and how students at Sachem High School East got involved. Read more from OnSachem News.
Stacker analyzed data from Letterboxd, IMDb, and Metacritic to rank the highest-rated Thanksgiving films of all time. To determine which films would qualify, our experts surveyed the history of film, comprehensive film databases, and legitimate editorial compilations of Thanksgiving movies. Read more from OnSachem News.
FARMINGVILLE, NY — Help bring festive cheer to the community for the upcoming holiday season by participating in the second-annual lamppost decorating. Read more from OnSachem News.
HOLTSVILLE, NY — The annual Holiday Light Spectacular at the Holtsville Ecology Site has been canceled this year because of the pandemic, Town of Brookhaven officials announced on Friday. Personalize videos will be available instead of having the indoor walkthrough light show. Read more from OnSachem News.
First grade students at Nokomis Elementary School in Holbrook recently turned an idea into reality just in time for the holidays. Read more from OnSachem News.
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine announced today, Jan. 3, that the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program’s 2019 Holiday Toy Drive and Thanksgiving Food Drive helped a record number of families. Read more from OnSachem News.
New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District) recently hosted his 9th Annual Holiday Toy Drive Luncheon at his district office on Main Street in Holbrook. The toys collected were donated to VIBS, the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk County, which helps victims of domestic violence. Read more from OnSachem News.
ACROSS SACHEM, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Lee Mendelson, the longtime executive producer of numerous specials for the TV animated series "Peanuts," has died, his family said. He died on Christmas Day. Read more from OnSachem News.