Councilwoman Kepert Applauds Advancement of Complete Street Legislation with Bike Lanes on Wilson Avenue, Homestead Drive, and Granny Road

August 24, 2013

Farmingville, NY – In September of 2010, the Councilwoman sponsored Complete Streets legislation to safety accommodate all road users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This legislation required that all streets in the Town of Brookhaven that are paved be evaluated for additions, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, and crosswalks, which improve the safety of our roadways. As a result of this legislation and Ms. Kepert’s continuing advocacy for safe streets, new bike lanes were added to Wilson Avenue, Homestead Drive, and Granny Road in Gordon Heights. The Councilwoman had previously secured funding for sidewalks, and now all three roadways are truly complete streets.
“I am very happy that this progressive legislation has resulted in safer roadways throughout the Town of Brookhaven,” stated Councilwoman Kepert. “A Bike lane creates a safe, dedicated space for bicyclists and expands recreational opportunities for the entire community and makes our roadways safer for all users”.

Councilwomen Kepert Joins Direct Descendent of the Smith Family at the Longwood Estate in Middle Island

Ridge, NY – On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, Councilwoman Connie Kepert joined Eleanor Smith at the Longwood Estate in Ridge. Eleanor is the direct descendent of the pre-eminent Smith family which resided on the Longwood Estate property from the 1600s until 1968. Eleanor herself was the last generation of the Smith family to live in the historic building on the property, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During her visit, Eleanor was able to unveil the new historic maker placed at one of the entrances to the estate containing information on the historical significance of this property.

“It was an absolute pleasure to join Eleanor Smith at the Longwood Estate,” said Councilwoman Kepert. “the Town of Brookhaven has a rich historic past, and this event was a wonderful way to celebrate, and highlight our Town’s history.


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Councilwoman Kepert Celebrates Bellport Day with the Community

July 30, 2013

Councilwoman Connie Kepert visits with President of the Bellport Chamber of Commerce LuAnn Thompson, inside of her local store, Bellport Arts and Framing Farmingville, NY – On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Councilwoman Connie Kepert visited Bellport to partake in the annual Bellport Day festivities. Bellport Day, an event held every summer, is a chance for the neighborhood to come together to celebrate their community and for local vendors to show off their wares. The event also included live performances, bands, a clothesline art show, sidewalk sales, pony rides, a petting zoo, specials at local restaurants and shops, and the Bellport Fire Department Buzzard’s Hook and Ladder Co. Craft Fair.

“Bellport Day is a wonderful event that I attend every year. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate this vibrant community and check out the local merchants,” said Councilwoman Kepert.

Councilwoman Kepert Kicks Off the 5k Race for Sarcoidosis Research Fun Run

   Councilwoman Kepert, Frank Rivera, and Kimmia Forouzesh, Philanthropic Communication Coordinator at the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research  

Centereach, NY- On Saturday, August 24, 2013, Councilwoman Connie Kepert cut the ribbon at the starting line of the 5k Sarcoidosis Research Fun Run at McCarthy’s Pub in Centereach. The event was organized by Frank Rivera, a staunch advocate for research to find a cure for this disease. The Councilwoman had previously honored Frank at the May Town Board Meeting.

“This event was a great success, thanks in large part to the work of Frank Rivera,” stated Councilwoman Kepert. “A great many runners, as well as, walkers came out on a beautiful morning to support this great cause. Sarcoidosis is a debilitating inflammatory disease that can affect many organs of the body which has no known cause or cure. Events like this are extremely important because they both raise awareness, and help to raise the funds needed to advance life saving research. Thank you to Kimmia Forouzesh, Philanthropic Communications Coordinator at the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, for flying out from Chicago to join in the fight for a cure.”

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