The Town of Huntington Friday expanded some closings of town facilities in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Here are the updates:
ANIMAL SHELTER (DOG SHELTER ONLY)
The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, 106 Deposit Road, East Northport, is closed to visitors and volunteers after an employee report symptoms on Thursday. cleaning of the shelter is underway. Staffing is limited to the minimum required to be on duty to maintain the care and feeding of the dogs. Staff will continue to take in new dogs to the facility, greeting drop-offs at the front entrance to the shelter during normal hours of operation; calling the shelter ahead of your visit at (631) 754-8722 is suggested but not required. The shelter is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, March 21.
The Huntington Highway Department office, 30 Rofay Drive, East Northport, is closed to walk-in inquiries until further notice. Please report road issues and submit service requests online or to (631) 499-0444.
PARKS & RECREATION
Town parks are open but all permitted play at Town fields is cancelled through March 31.
The Dix Hills Ice Rink is closed until further notice; all Ice Rink programming is cancelled.
Registration for Project PLAY, originally scheduled for March 21, is postponed until further notice.
The following activities are cancelled due to Suffolk County or School District facility closures:
- Creative Arts Workshops: Silas Wood School (S. Huntington School District) Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Signal Hill School (Half Hollow Hills School District) Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Adult Community Education: Dance Social at John Glenn High School (Elwood School District) Friday nights from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
- Yoga: Harley Avenue School (Elwood School District) Monday nights from 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
- Coindre Hall: Zumba, Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM; Strength to Go, Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:30 AM; Pickleball, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM; Indoor Soccer League, Wednesdays from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM; Volleyball, Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7 PM
- Developmentally Disabled Programs: Maplewood School (S. Huntington School District) Saturday Recreation Program from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; Tuesday Gym Program from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Teen and Young Adult Program Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
All Traffic Violations Bureau conferences scheduled for Traffic Court on Thursday, March 19 have been administratively adjourned until further notice; if your conference was scheduled for March 19, please wait until you are notified of a new date.
- The Youth Board’s regularly scheduled March meeting has been cancelled. They will meet again in April.
- Project EXCEL’s College Trip planned to Hofstra University has been cancelled because the university has cancelled classes.
- Project EXCEL has cancelled its Employment Program until April.
- Half Hollow Hills Library, in collaboration with REACH CYA, Drug and Alcohol Project and the Youth Bureau staff, has canceled their “Save A Life Start A Conversation” event on March 25.
- Youth Bureau programs taking place at various school district facilities have been canceled.
Earlier this week, Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci provided an update on preventive measures being taken at Town of Huntington facilities to prevent the possible exposure and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), including more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of Town facilities, reminding residents they can access many Town services online at HuntingtonNY.gov, by phone (631) 351-3000 and by email, and urged members of the public and Town employees who are sick, showing symptoms of Coronavirus or at-risk to stay home and call their doctor to schedule an appointment. Information on services the Town of Huntington can provide over the phone, online or by email, as well as information and resources for communities, schools, businesses, healthcare professionals and individuals from the Red Cross, the CDC and Northwell Health Huntington Hospital, can be found at: http://www.huntingtonny.gov/COVID19
HUNTINGTON TOWN HALL
Huntington Town Hall remains open but a more thorough screening of visitors was implemented Friday. Visitors who appear symptomatic will be denied entry to Town facilities. Residents are urged to use all available online services offered by the Town to avoid making an unnecessary visit to Town Hall. Residents should contact Departments directly with questions about services, applications or forms that are available online.
Residents may utilize the black mailbox outside the main entrance to Town Hall labeled “Town Hall Mail” to drop off mail for Town Hall, including payment of taxes.
The Town of Huntington Senior Center, located at 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, and Senior Division facilities are closed, including the Adult Day Care facility, the Senior Beach House, located at 239 Little Neck Road, Centerport, and all Senior Clubs. Congregate Meals (frozen meals) will be available during normal hours for pickup at the Senior Center facility (employees will bring the frozen meals outside). There is no change to the Home Delivered Meal Program, Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP), or Residential Repair Services. Employees will be on-hand to answer calls from residents during normal hours at (631) 351-3253.
Michael Grosso, MD, chief medical officer, Huntington Hospital said: “Our infectious disease and emergency management experts strongly support every public health effort to protect our population. Discouraging large gatherings is one of these efforts. Closing the Town of Huntington Adult Day Care Center for the time being is a prudent step. Our elders are an especially vulnerable population who should be encouraged to avoid crowds, while practicing good hand washing and taking the other preventive steps recommended by the CDC and New York State Department of Health.”
HART BUS FIXED ROUTES & PARATRANSIT
HART Bus Fixed Route Service and Paratransit Service remain in operation but residents are urged to avoid riding HART buses if presenting symptoms or if they meet any of the criteria for exposure. Healthy individuals should only use HART for essential travel.
Questions? Call HART at (631) 427-8287 or email [email protected]