13th Annual Division of Women’s Services Conference to be held October 5th 79

The Town of Brookhaven’s Division of Women’s Services will hold the 13th annual Women’s Conference and Expo on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Brookhaven Town Hall. This year’s conference, entitled “We Can Do Anything,” will feature guest speakers, vendor booths and workshops that promote wellness and personal growth in the lives of women in the community. Advance registration is required. Sign-in and breakfast starts at 8:00 am. Registration deadline is September 30. Brookhaven Town Hall is located at One Independence Hill in Farmingville.

The Division of Women’s Services is looking for sponsors and vendors interested in promoting their business by participating in this event. They are seeking a diverse group to showcase local organizations in their efforts to promote wellness and personal growth. Vendors may sell and promote items and services. Sponsors, vendors and attendees can visit www.brookhavenny.gov to register and make an online fee payment. The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. Conference guests will be able to attend all the workshops listed below.

The Keynote Speaker will be Judy Torres (pictured above), professional singer, whose first hit record, “No Reason to Cry,” brought her a taste of fame, fortune, and sold-out performances at world-class venues, but few knew of the struggles with bullying, failed relationships, illness, and depression that also followed her throughout her life. Listen to her story with an open heart- as Judy invites you to remember that no matter how tough life gets, there’s no reason to cry!

Non-Traditional Jobs Panel

Captain Ann Sanborn is a mariner who has sailed around the world. She is an Associate Professor and former Assistant Dean for Support Programs at the United States Merchant Marine Academy as well as a lawyer; Tiffany Oumano-Williams started her career as a Laborer and a Mechanic and was promoted to foreman in just one year. She is currently working with Local 8 United Union of Roofers Water Proofers and Allied Workers in NYC; Jennifer Bigelow is the Department Supervisor for Appliances, Cabinets and Millwork at Lowes. She has been with the Company for 16 years; Jaclyn Rodriguez is the owner and auto mechanic at Awsomotive Car Care in Mount Sinai; Brian Keating is the Director of training for United Service Workers Local 355 Joint Apprenticeship Training Program. He is a National Center for Construction Education and Research Craft Instructor, Master Trainer, Management Master Trainer, Safety Master Trainer and an authorized OSHA Trainer.

Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities Available

Register to be a vendor online or contact Sharon Boyd for more information about sponsor levels at 631-451-6146. Resident and Vendor Registration required by September 25, 2019

For more information about the Women’s Conference and Expo, please visit Brookhavenny.gov/753/Womens-Conference-and-Expo, e-mail womenservices@brookhavenny.gov or call the Town of Brookhaven Division of Women’s Services at 631-451-6146.


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2019 Hurricane Survival Guide – Be Prepared! 130

Hurricane season is here, and Supervisor Ed Romaine reminds residents that the 2019 Hurricane Survival Guide is now available on the Town’s website at www.BrookhavenNY.gov.

The guide is designed to help residents prepare for a hurricane and other severe weather incidents. It covers preparations and procedures for virtually every hurricane scenario and includes hurricane surge maps which are useful in understanding how different areas might be impacted by hurricanes of varying intensities.  There are also important phone numbers, lists, tips, a Family Disaster Supplies Kit check list, and tear sheets for use at home and at work.

“Brookhaven Town has many miles of coastline, which makes us vulnerable to hurricanes and other severe weather conditions,” said Supervisor Romaine. “Residents need to be informed and prepared to keep their family and property safe. I encourage everyone to take the time to read the guide and take action now.”



East Patchogue Street Dedicated in Honor of 9/11 First Responder Mark “Ski” Gajewski 172

On Saturday, August 17th, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Michael Loguercio officially dedicated a portion of Martha Avenue in East Patchogue as “Mark W. Gajewski Way.”  Mr. Gajewski, a professional welder, was a first responder on 9/11 who selflessly spent 9 months cleaning up at “Ground Zero.” He lost his battle with 9/11-related lung cancer on December 11th, 2017.  Mr.Gajewski, also known as “Ski,” was heralded as a man who spent a lifetime helping others in need.  In 2005, he drove his truck to New Orleans to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Pictured left to right are Assemblyman Joe DeStaphano; Debra Gajewski (wife); Supervisor Ed Romaine; Crystal Gajewski (daughter); Councilman Michael Loguercio; Sean Gajewski (son) and County Legislator Rudy Sunderman.

Supervisor Romaine said, “It’s important that we honor those who exemplify the true spirit of community. Mark Gajewski was an ordinary man who performed extraordinary acts and sacrificed his own life to help others. His family should take pride in knowing how much we all appreciate his courage to do the right thing.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “I was proud to stand among Mark’s family and friends to celebrate his life. We will never forget his courage and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful for the opportunity to honor his memory and share this day with so many great people.”


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