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Councilman Steve Flotteron Joins Bellew Elementary School Students to Unveil “Little Free Library” at West Islip Park

Islip, New York - May 15, 2015 - Less than a year since its completion, a playground built at West Islip Town Beach and Marina is getting cleaned up for the spring and it’s also getting a new addition —a Little Free Library — thanks to some school children, Islip Town Councilman Steven Flotteron announced at a press conference held at the park yesterday.

Prior to the press conference, community volunteers spent the day planting flowers and sprucing up the playground, which was built as a memorial to Madeleine Hsu, 6, one of the young children killed in the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

Following the clean-up, Councilman Flotteron unveiled a Little Free Library at the playground’s entrance that was constructed of cedar by local high school students in their woodshop class. Little Free Libraries are spots where books are put out for anyone who wants to read them with no costs, no sign-outs and no strings attached.

Six-year-olds from the Paul J. Bellew Elementary School, who raised funds for the playground plantings, donated the library’s first books.


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Town of Islip hosts annual 9-11 memorial service.

The Islip Town Board remembered the 12th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, during a special ceremony held at the 9-1-1 monument located at Town Hall’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, where they were joined by colleagues from all levels of government, area fire departments, local clergyman, civic leaders and residents to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives during the 9-1-1 terrorist attacks.


To view photos from this event, visit the 9-11 Memorial Photo Gallery.

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