(Smithtown, NY)… “A lot of work and commitment goes in to attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and this past year presented more challenges due to COVID-19. However, these six scouts persevered and accomplished their goal of rising to the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. “I am very proud of these young men and hope that they will be an inspiration to the younger scouts and continue to serve their community,” added Trotta.
The following scouts received the rank of Eagle Scout on June 5:
Michael Chacon took fourth grade students to the Eatons Neck Coast Guard Station and taught them about marine wildlife. He had trained a group of volunteers who helped him in teaching the children how to fish. In addition to learning about marine life, each student received a new fishing rod and tackle box. Michael plans to study Marine Science in college.
Anthony Citera completed his project at the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown. He built three planters for the Center’s Sensory Garden to enable the impaired to learn about each sense in a new environment.
Luke Maciejewski renovated an outdoor reading area at the Burr Intermediate School by refurbishing the brick patio and building eight new benches.
David Mastroianni designed and constructed a tool shed for the ELIJA Farm, a non-profit CSA farm in Huntington Station. The addition of this shed will make it more convenient for the farmers to tend the gardens.
Michael Van Loon built six planting beds to grow produce at Farmingdale University for LI Harvest, a non-profit food bank serving Long Islanders. This project doubled the size of the existing garden beds.
Ryan Condell built a 12-foot long bridge spanning a creek on the LI Greenbelt Trail north of the Smithtown Landing Country Club. The bridge is structurally sound with railings, and has a half -inch gap between the boards to allow the water to run off and not freeze on the bridge.
Pictured at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor are from left to right: NYS Senator Mario Mattera, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Eagle Scouts Anthony Citera, Michael Van Loon, Ryan Condell, David Mastroianni, Luke Maciejewski, Michael Chacon, and NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick.