The Town of Huntington has renamed Dix Hills Park in honor of the late Antonia “Toni” P. Rettaliata-Tepe. the first woman to serve as town supervisor, and her husband, Dix Hills Fire Department Commissioner and Ex-Chief Philip H. Tepe.
Rettaliata-Tepe served in the State Assembly before becoming supervisor and later served as chair of the Huntington Republicans.
Among those participating in the dedication of the park were: Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Councilman Ed Smyth, Councilwoman Joan Cergol, Town Clerk Andrew P. Raia, former Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia, Director of Human Services Carmen Kasper, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs Carol Rocco,Tiffany (Tepe) LeGrow (daughter) & husband Luke LeGrow, Philip Tepe (son) & wife Danielle Tepe, Brett Tepe, Chief (son), Dix Hills Fire Department, Shane, Blakely, Philip Henry (grandchildren), Elizabeth and Frank Finkelstein, (Phil Tepe’s sister & brother-in-law), Jessica VanBladel (Toni Rettaliata-Tepe‘s niece), Robert Paul, representative from Assemblyman Keith Brown’s office, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly and Suffolk County Legislator Susan Berland.
Recycling Center Renamed
Chea, who died in 2020, had been the supervisor of the center since 2009, and had worked for the town for 26 years.
Officials, friends and family gathered Monday to unveil the sign for the Ernesto Modesto Chea Recycling Center, at 641 New York Ave., Huntington.
“I believe it is a fitting tribute to rename the Huntington Recycling Center in dedication to former Recycling Operations Supervisor Ernie Chea as a tribute to his dedication and service to the people of Huntington. “, Councilman Eugene Cook, who sponsored the resolution to rename the center, said. “Ernie was a man who embodied the American Dream, an immigrant that fled Cuba as a child with his family, he was quick to help anyone in need. Ernie went out of his way, to take the time to talk with every visitor at the recycling center, ran tours to educate Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts on the importance of recycling, help and support his coworkers, all the while being a wonderful family man and neighbor. Ernie will be sorely missed, not only by his wife Stacey, children Hayley and Dalton, family and friends, but all that met him, as he always made you feel like a lifelong friend.”
Greenlawn Summer Nights
The Greenlawn Civic Association and Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson are sponsoring Greenlawn Summer Nights, featuring music, sidewalk sales, outdoor dining, and activities for kids. The event is scheduled for 6;30-9:30 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays, July 21, 28 and Aug.4. See flyer for more details.