West Islip Robotics Team & WI First New York State Master Teacher, Mary Kroll Honored at May 16th General Meeting

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The entire community was invited to meet several distinquished guests at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce second quarterly General Meeting, honoring the award winning WI Robotics Team 871 and  Robot Armstrong. Also in attendence was  Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher honored for her achievements. For photos Second Quarter WICC General Meeting Album

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Pictured above, standing with WICC President, Rich Carpenter and WI Principal, Dr. Anthony Bridgeman is Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher, being recognized for her many accomplishments.

As reported on the West Islip High School website, "Mary Kroll was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Gov. Cuomo’s office. The Master Teachers program recognizes outstanding teachers for their dedication to providing the most innovative science, technology, engineering and math education to their students, as well as displaying commitment to professional growth and enthusiasm for sharing their professional skills with colleagues. Kroll was accepted after a rigorous application and interview process that required her to demonstrate knowledge of STEM content, pedagogy, and students, their families and their communities. “This is my 20th year teaching here,” said Kroll, who began her career as a science teacher at West Islip High School. “I am humbled every day by the incredible students I get to work with in the research program.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Joseph’s College, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She currently mentors students in the Barcode Long Island program through Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is a synchrotron beam line user at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and serves as an executive committee member of the Long Island Science Congress. “This honor will afford me greater opportunities to continue my own education through professional development in STEM topics,” Kroll said. “I hope to be able to use the knowledge I gain and the relationships I develop with other Master Teachers in order to unlock even greater opportunities for my students. I also plan to share what I learn with my colleagues in order to reach the greater student body at West Islip’s schools. As part of the Master Teacher program, I look forward to joining the Research Teacher Professional Learning Team and hope I can contribute to improving the quality of research that our students are able to conduct.”

The Chamber also proudly honored the West Islip Robotics Team 871 and Robot "Armstrong" for their award winning accomplishments in science and technology. Chamber members were impressed by the skillful demonstrations being carried out by Robot "Armstrong" who made several impressive maneuvers, directed by team leaders. We are thankful to the many people who attended our meeting, especially, Lesley Keane, Business Mentor of Team 871, who worked with us on the logistics of the evening and for her support and dedication to the team.

27 Members from the co-ed Robotics Team were in attendence and honored: Angelina Amatulli-Griffith, Jamie Carlson, Scott Demarest, Team Captain, Owen DiStefano, Systems Engineer, Erin Doyle, Business Captain, Machlin Fellman, Mechanical Captain, Collin Ferraro, CAD Captain, Nicholas Gee, Alex Holder, JT Keane, Justin Keane, Electrical Co-Captain & Driver, Vanessa Kramer, Electrical Co-Captain, Damien Lagrega, Brian Leonard, David Mahany, Software Captain,Joe Perrone, Thomas Pfaffe, Ben Piecora, Laurence Schaefer, Driver (Arm Controller), Jesse Smith, Andy Baranec, Head Coach/Mentor, Dan Formichelli, Assistant Coach, Bill Mahany, Volunteer Mentor, Lesley Keane, Volunteer Mentor, Jim Stephenson, Volunteer Mentor, Chris Foley, Volunteer Mentor, John Holder, Volunteer Mentor.

West Islip Robotics Team 871 encourages young women to join Robotics as the team has so much to offer in many fields. Students on the team learn about how an engineering business works, electrical, mechanical, design, programming and much more. It is an experience that will be with them for a lifetime. Click here to see photos of an earlier recruiting initiative,  Robotics Ladies Night.

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Caption: Supervisor Angie Carpenter met with the West Islip Robotechs Team 871 and award winning Robot Armstrong at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, May 16th General Meeting, at West Islip American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1738.

Many of the team members were outgoing seniors off to college, Noted below are the graduates, their sub-team and the college they chose to pursue a course of study.  It is a very impressive list and we wish these students great success in their education and future:

Justin Keane - Electrical - Farmingdale State College
Owen DiStefano - Systems Engineer - University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Dual Electrical & Computer Engineering
Scott Demarest - Team Captain - Florida Institue of Technology - Aerospace Engineering
David Mahany - Software - Worcester Polytechnich Institute - Computer Science & Interactive Media/Game Design
Vanessa Kramer - Electrical - SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Nanoscale Engineering
Larry Schaefer - Software - Stony Brook University - Computer Science
Jett Langhorne - CAD
Thomas Pfaffe - Software
Jake Maresca - Mechanical

For information about the Team and sponsorship, go to the Robotics website.

Beverages were provided by Captree Deli, West Islip Wines & Liquors and The Dessert Fairy

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Champions Abound at WICC General Meeting, March 19, 2019

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H. S. Varsity Football Team and National Geography Bee Champ Recognized

West Islip, NY - On March 19th, the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) held its first quarterly 2019 General Meeting at the American Legion Hall Post #1738. All community members were welcomed!

A full-house of special guests and members were greeted by incoming president Richard Carpenter and the new board of directors. Members took advantage of a promotional opportunity to exhibit their business flyers at the front desk. Updates on Town of Islip initiatives were delivered by state and local representatives, Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter, Legislator Steven J. Flotteron, Councilman John C. Cochrane, Jr., Councilman James P. O’Connor, New York State Senator Phil Boyle (represented by Chris Connor) and New York State Assemblyman Mike LiPetri (represented by Mike Falk).

Officials reported on numerous topics, including: economic development of Long Island MacArthur Airport; a big push to end the opioid crisis; developments at Casamento Park where playground equipment is slated; an increase in road paving scheduled for the Spring; updates of the former Dzus Fastener Co. and $20 million environmental plan to clean up the site; status on the old CVS’s open building permit (future Southdown Marketplace) due to expire end of April 2019; and lastly, how direct calls to the Town of Islip will resolve issues faster than posting them to social media.

The highpoint of the meeting was when WICC recognized the outstanding record of West Islip High School’s Varsity Football Team, 2018 League Champs, Big 4 Champs and County Finalists. As team members, coaches and parents looked on, one by one players were called up to receive personalized plaques of Meritorious Distinction on behalf of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, extending congratulations to each scholar/athlete for his outstanding achievement as part of the 2018 West Islip Lions Varsity Football Team, proud of the effort and determination shown to teammates, coaches and community. Yvonne and Jack Albanese, the proud parents of Maximus, beamed as they focused on their son’s achievement and added, “The team is made up of a great group of kids and coaches!”

Excitement filled the air as team and members ”huddled” around refreshments and the hearty Hometown Heroes, served by Board members, to the “heroes”!

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 Caption: WICC President, Richard Carpenter, with W.I.H.S. Varsity Football Team and Coaches

Kevin Halloran, a fourth-grader at West Islip's Paul J. Bellew Elementary School, was also recognized for winning the school's National Geography Bee. As champion, Halloran will advance to the next level by taking a qualifying test to determine state competitors. If he qualifies, he will earn a seat at the New York State competition in Albany. The final competition will be held in May in Washington, DC, where students compete for college scholarships.

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Caption: WICC President, Rich Carpenter, with Kevin Halloran, West Islip Paul J. Bellew Elementary School National Geography Bee champion 

Link to photos of March 19, 2019 WICC - General Meeting, download favorites for free, Champions Abound Photo Album


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West Islip Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast 2019

There was a great turnout at the swearing in of our new 2019 Slate of Officers, on February 12, 2019, at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast,officiated by Supervisor Angie Carpenter and hosted by Our Lady Of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center (OLC). The gathering was well attended by business and community organizations alike and residents and government officials. Everyone gathered to network and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by OLC before the ceremonies began.

In 2019, the Chamber is planning many great events. We'll keep you posted on FB, Instagram and our website where you can reference our calendar of events, membership and news. Join the Chamber, sign up to for email. We are "Your Voice in the Community", so let us provide greater exposure for your business and keep you connected in the community.

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Shown, L to R, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, who officiated the ceremony; Charles SpencerBelinda H. Rubino, Justin Jaycon, Gregg Marano, Lisa Guariglia, incoming President Rich Carpenter, Ann KreisbergRobert WasilkoDiane Rossi-Fontana and Brad Wilson.  


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Taste of West Islip October 24, 2018

The inaugural Taste of West Islip took place on October 24, 2018, at the West Islip Fire Department, and drew in more than 400 attendees! It was quite a success. 

Approximately 40 establishments participated. We would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and deliciously prepared foods and beverages. Guests were delighted with the vast array of entrees and the abundance of samples served. Here is a link to the photo album, we hope you enjoy https://photos.app.goo.gl/iTfwmua14cUzjZUP8 .

Congratulations to our 50/50 Raffle Winner Chris Gonzalez.

If it weren't for the Participating Establishments, our Host, the West Islip Fire Department, the Sponsors and our wonderful Community attendees, we wouldn't be able to announce we have scheduled the 2nd Annual Taste of West Islip to be held on October 23rd, 2019!

Thank you for this opportunity.

Best regards,

Charles H. Spencer

Richard Carpenter
Event Chairperson

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Participating Establishments

Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta

Bella Cucina



Café Europa

Captree Gourmet Deli


Cold Stone Creamery

Crispino’s Pizzeria

Dunkin’ Donuts

Farrell’s of Brooklyn


Gemelli Gourmet Market North

Henley’s Village Tavern

Higbie Bagel

Hometown Heroes


Lions Den

Long River

Oak Neck Deli

Oak Neck Pizzeria

Our Little Italy

Primi Italian Restaurant

Sea Levels

Stop & Shop


Summerwind Deli

The Dessert Fairy

Tres Palms

Uncle Chucks Sport Bar & Grill

Villa Monaco

West Islip Wines & Liquors

Major Sponsors

Atlantic Automall

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

Participating Sponsors

AFC Urgent Care

Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor

ACT Marketing Group

Bright Bay Electric

Claude R. Boyd Spencer Funeral Homes

Dynasty Limousine

Jones Hollow Contracting & Redevelopment

Higbie Collision

SweetSpot Marketing

Village Bridal Boutique

Village Salon & Spa

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43rd West Islip Country Fair

The annual Country Fair took place on the Library grounds on a brisk and sunny autumn day, Sunday, September 23, 2018.

Among the 300+ craft vendors, hundreds of visitors and tasty food trucks, was the West Islip Chamber of Commerce exhibit table, where President Charlie Spencer and several board members, Brad Wilson, Joe Brucia, and Adele Spencer were on hand to greet the many visitors.

Rich Carpenter made a handheld corrugated frame for “selfies” and the people loved it! This was a fun way to meet passersby.  

We are pleased to announce that Sean Flanigan won our WICC raffle prize, a Cruiser bicycle, Ticket #9294143. Sean is an avid cycler, we hope they get many miles out of this bike! Congratulations to Sean and his son! 

Thanks to The Vicious Cycle, viciouscycleny.com, for their generous support and donation of the cruiser bike, which was made in West Islip and designed in tribute to our beloved Fire Island Town of Fair Harbor. The raffle drew in many people and gave us an opportunity to tell them about the Chamber and the benefits of joining.



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