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News Nearby: Rally to Save Psych Center, Inspection Site Honored

Also this week, a Smithtown native returned to work after conquering cancer for the second time.


DIX HILLS

Parents, Staff Rally to Save Children’s Psych Center

A group of parents and employees spoke up on Tuesday to protest the proposed closure of the Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center in Dix Hills, a move which would shutter inpatient services at the facility and merge them with programs in Queens and the Bronx.

SMITHTOWN

Smithtown Native Gets Back to Work After Conquering Cancer – Twice

When Smithtown graduate Meredith Jorgensen was first diagnosed with cancer at age 28, in December of 2008, the initial reaction was denial, she recalls.

"It couldn't really be that," she said. "You hear about people having cancer scares. I figured it would be, like, 'Oh, OK. We'll figure it out.' But then it kept getting worse and worse."

COMMACK

Motor Carrier Inspection Site Opens in Commack

A new motor carrier inspection site, dedicated to Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano, who was killed by a drunken driver in 2009, opened Tuesday on Crooked Hill Road in Commack. 

KINGS PARK

Smithtown Widow Thanks Kings Park Fire Dept For Efforts to Save Husband

A Smithtown resident has reached out to share her public thanks to all members of the Kings Park Volunteer Fire Department for their efforts to aide her husband.

Donna Del Vecchio, wrote this letter to Patch, thanking all those who responded to a 911 on July 16 for her husband, Michael, who later died. He was 53. 

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