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LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — As families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the COVID-19 virus continues to infect more people, creating concern that indoor holiday gatherings could accelerate virus spread. Meanwhile, the Sachem Central School District announced two school buildings experienced “multiple cases” since Monday. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY, AND ALBANY, NY — New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith (5th District), a Republican from Holbrook, released the following statement on Monday, Nov. 23, regarding COVID-19 lockdowns in New York State. The statement comes as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced two new "Yellow Precautionary Zones" in Suffolk County as the positive test rate for COVID-19 increases. Read more

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — Portions of Suffolk County outside the Sachem area are now "Yellow Precautionary Zones" as the positive test rate for COVID-19 increases, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Meanwhile, New York State Assemblyman Doug Smith, a Republican from Holbrook, opposes the enforcement of potential lockdowns in his 5th Assembly District. Read more

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HOLBROOK, NY — There won’t be late-night bar-hopping after 10, early morning gym workouts before 5, or indoor or outdoor gatherings with over 10 people at private homes, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. Meanwhile, State Assemblyman Doug Smith of Holbrook had harsh criticism of the governor’s decision. Read more

Sachem Vote 2020

ACROSS SACHEM, NY — Election Day 2020 results are coming in across Suffolk County, and the tallies to date show a Republican sweep for every race in the Sachem area. Based on these initial results, every Republican up for reelection or a vacant seat is in the lead among Suffolk voters. Meanwhile, an incumbent Democratic New York State Senator is falling short. Read more

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

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

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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

Suffolk County beaches to avoid after storm

RONKONKOMA, NY — Following the torrential rainfall and runoff on Thursday, 64 beaches now have an advisory against bathing. Closest to the Sachem area, the 64 beaches include Ronkonkoma Beach in Ronkonkoma, Bayport Beach in Bayport, Corey Beach in Blue Point, Sayville Marina Park Beach in Sayville, and West Oaks Recreation Club Beach in West Sayville. Read more

Coronavirus

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

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LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY — Sunday of Labor Day weekend has always drawn large crowds and festivities along Hawkins Avenue in Lake Ronkonkoma for an annual street fair. This year, however, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means the fair — which would have been held on Sunday, Sept. 6 — won't happen as the annual end-of-summer community gathering. 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

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