LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY ( / — The Lake Ronkonkoma community refused to lose their beloved mural.

The eastern shoreline of Lake Ronkonkoma along Lake Shore Road is home to a picturesque mural that tells a visual story about the community’s early years as a popular lakeside getaway destination. The mural is painted on an old concrete wall that remains from a former pavilion, one of several pavilions that were around the lake. Over the years, vandals spray painted graffiti on the walls that remained from the former pavilions.

In 2017, the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group painted murals on the walls, replacing the graffiti with scenes that tell a story about the lake's history.

Then, just a few days ago—sometime between Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 2—one or more vandals stray painted profanities and obscene images on the mural. The graffiti also included unkind words toward the nearby Samoset Middle School, part of the Sachem Central School District.

OnSachem Publisher Jim Green brings you the story about how the community came together this past weekend to save the mural.


Interviews with:

- Evelyn Vollgraff, Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group

- Neil Foley, 5th District Councilman, Town of Brookhaven

- Kevin LaValle, 3rd District Councilman, Town of Brookhaven

- Patti Cottone, Lake Ronkonkoma Mural Artist

- Karen Mahoney, Lake Ronkonkoma Mural Artist

Profanities, Obscene Images and Other Markings Cover the Mural

Before the Vandalism this Week

Before the Vandalism

This photo shows how the wall looked before the vandalism.

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