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Coronavirus & Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — As students at Sachem High School North prepare to return to in-person classes on Wednesday after COVID-19 cases forced distance learning for two weeks, Suffolk County officials fined a catering venue for holding a “super-spreader” Sweet 16 party that led to a COVID-19 outbreak and Sachem North’s closure. Read more

Coronavirus & Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — 6:30 P.M. SUNDAY UPDATE: Sachem High School North, which had been closed on Thursday and Friday because of COVID-19 cases among students, announced Sunday evening the closure will be extended for Monday and Tuesday. The decision comes as the number of COVID-19 cases continued to climb in the school. Read more

Coronavirus & Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Sachem School officials announced that a decision will be made on Sunday about whether to reopen Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma on Monday, as the number of reported COVID-19 cases among students at both HS North and East increased since Friday. Meanwhile, OnSachem has learned the type of social event that led to the spike in cases among several schools. Read more

Coronavirus and Sachem Schools

FARMINGVILLE, NY AND HOLTSVILLE, NY — A staff member in Sachem Schools has tested positive for COVID-19 and traveled between three school buildings recently, the district announced Friday. The affected staffer briefly went inside Lynwood, Sagamore and Waverly schools. This is the second COVID-19 positive case in Sachem since schools reopened on Sept. 9. Read more

Deadly fire early Monday morning

HOLTSVILLE, NY — Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are investigating a house fire that killed a Holtsville man early Monday morning. Police identified the victim as Connor Frawley, 32. Volunteers from the Farmingville, Holbrook, Holtsville, and Ronkonkoma fire departments all responded. Read more

Top local news

HOLTSVILLE, NY — Catch up on the news. Here are the most-read stories of the week: Student tests positive for COVID-19 in Sachem Schools; Selden man killed in Holbrook crash; Police bust East Patchogue Man for an alleged string of burglaries at Rt. 112 car dealerships; Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve to reopen Sept. 28; and more. Read more

Coronavirus and Town of Brookhaven

FARMINGVILLE, NY — Attention Sachem parents! With the COVID-19 pandemic posing new challenges as students return to school, the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau will lead a new program called "Straight Outta Quaran-Teen” for students from 12 to 16 years old. Registration is underway. Read more

HOLBROOK, NY — Catch up on the news. Here are the most-read stories of the week: Selden man killed in Holbrook crash; Suffolk Legislator Tom Muratore of Ronkonkoma dies; Remembering Salvatore Nicosia of Holbrook, beloved by Sachem and Pat-Med; Arrest for home break-in and baseball bat attack in Holbrook; ‘Boot & Tow’ program won’t leave drivers without wheels; and more. Read more


HOLBROOK, NY — The COVID-19 infection rate has been below 1 percent across New York State for the past month, or 31 days, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. Meanwhile, local elected officials and business leaders are demanding control back from the governor to accelerate the economic reopening.  Read more

Sachem Schools and Pat-Med Schools

HOLBROOK, NY AND LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Salvatore Nicosia of Holbrook was a giant in Sachem, known for his love of the community, devotion to the area’s students, and work to involve young people in civic engagement. He died on Sept. 2 at the age of 92, several months shy of his 93rd birthday in December. Read more

FARMINGVILLE, NY AND HOLTSVILLE, NY — Mosquito samples within Sachem — in Holtsville and Farmingville — and neighboring North Patchogue are among the greatest number of West Nile virus cases reported to date this season. The samples were among 16 positive tests for the virus from across Suffolk County during the past week, health officials announced Friday afternoon. Read more


HOLBROOK, NY — If you put on a few quarantine pounds or lost some muscular definition since March, you can hit the gym again beginning Monday, Aug. 24, under new strict safety requirements. OnSachem developed a list of local gyms reopening as they resume serving clients over five months after New York State forced the facilities to close as COVID-19 spread wildly. Read more

Coronavirus and Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Today, the Sachem Central School District said it already held the state-required number of community meetings about the COVID-19 pandemic "Re-Entry Plans" for September. However, the district announced today it will add one more meeting for a date yet to be scheduled. Read more

Tropical Storm Isaias

(The Center Square) – Four electricity providers and a cable, internet and telephone carrier in New York received letters Wednesday from the state Department of Public Service notifying them they committed apparent violations in their response to Tropical Storm Isaias, which hit parts of the state earlier this month. Read more

Coronavirus and Sachem Schools

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Will there be additional community meetings in the Sachem Central School District regarding its COVID-19 pandemic reopening plans for September? OnSachem reached out to Sachem Schools about the district's intentions to hold the additional sessions, at least two more of which are required according to the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive.  Read more


LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Get ready to hit the gym again as soon as Monday, Aug. 24. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday the county will support the reopening of gyms and fitness centers over the next two weeks. Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced gyms and fitness centers can reopen starting Monday, Aug. 24—as long as the county executives approved so for their jurisdictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more