Around Huntington: A Groundhog Sighting and Artwork

Businesses, nonprofits and other organizations frequently invite elected officials to stop by, pose for a photo, and provide support.

Here are a few things local officials have been doing this recently.

Splashes of Hope Visit

Suffolk County Legislator Stephanie Bontempi  visited Northport VA Medical Center and the Radiology Department at Northwell Health Huntington Hospital last week to see
newly installed murals, skillfully crafted by the local non-profit organization, Splashes of Hope. Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization creates art that to enirch environments through the display of artwork. Through the 2023 Suffolk County Omnibus Grant, Bontempi was able to award Splashes of Hope funding to support their mission.


That’s One for Niblet

Highway Superintendent Andre Sorrentino finally got his wish, a chance to meet a groundhog who could let us all know whether the winter will be short.

Tradition has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow in early February,  we’ll have a longer winter. But last week, when Niblet turned out at the Sweet Briar Nature Center in Smithtown, it didn’t see a shadow, supposedly ensuring an early spring. And Sorrention got the news he wanted, he said, to help him maintain he roads.

Sorrentino said he’d been wanting to check out the groundhog’s prognostications for ages; he finally got his chance on Thursday. He too, was  early–Groundhog Day was Friday.


Keeping the Lights On

Island Harvest food bank recently celebrated its shift to solar energy, flipping the switch on a new rooftop solar-energy system at the food bank’s 43,560-square-foot campus in Melville. Huntington Supervisor Ed Smyth and Suffolk County Legislator Rebecca Sanin were among those attending.


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