Happy Wednesday, Smithtown! Diane Witek here with everything you need to know around Smithtown today.

First, today’s weather:

Mostly sunny and mild. High: 56, low: 42.

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Here are the top stories today in Smithtown:

  1. Paws of War, a Nesconset nonprofit, is asking for your help to bring home to the U.S.Musket, the first recognized Behavioral Health Service Canine on the Middle Eastern active base. The program Musket was in unexpectedly shut down. There was nowhere for him to go but back to the pound, and his life hung in the balance, according to Paws of War. Musket is now in Canada waiting for your help to bring him to the USA. If you would like to donate to help reunite Musket with his U.S. soldier, you may do so here. (Smithtown Patch)

  2. Set your calendars! The Great South Bay Music Festival returns to Shorefront Park in Patchogue from July 7 to 10 with more than 55 bands — including half from Long Island — set to perform across three stages. There will be food and beer for those 21 and older. General admission tickets $49.99-$55.99) are on sale along with two- and four-day passes. Tickets go up April 1, so buy them now: greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com. (Newsday)

  3. Stores have been closing and becoming hot spots for developers to turn the property into rental communities. So when Bed Bath & Beyond renewed its Bohemia lease, Long Islanders cheered! The home merchandise retailer will continue to operate the 42,000-square-foot store in the Sayville Plaza. (Subscription: Long Island Business News)

  4. Executive Steve Bellone announced that roughly 3,000 free at-home coronavirus test kits will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. The giveaway is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 in the lobby of the H. Lee Dennison Building, at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge. (Patch)

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Today in Smithtown:

  • Town of Smithtown Blood Drive – Town of Smithtown Community Calendar. (9 a.m.)

  • Nursery Rhyme Time (Smithtown Library-Smithtown Building). (10 a.m.)

  • New Movie Matinee (Smithtown Library-Nesconset Building). (1 p.m.)

  • Chess and Checkers Buddies Volunteers (Smithtown Library-Nesconset Building). (5 p.m.)

  • Chess and Checkers Buddies (Smithtown Library-Nesconset Building). (5:15 p.m.)

  • Make Your Own Irish Soda Bread (Smithtown Library). (7 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, The Landing: “Hi, Folks, I know there have been some similar posts, but nothing recent. We have to move several heavy pieces of furniture out of a room to have the floor refinished. Then we need the furniture put back the following week.” (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Smithtown Pines: “Looking for help for elderly but alert 95 year old female. Lite house keeping, laundry and overall assist.” (Nextdoor)

  • Nextdoor Neighbor, Smithtown Pines: “Went to Aldi today. Never again. Can’t believe this is the grocery store they are putting in Mayfair.” (Nextdoor)

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Now you’re in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Wednesday! See you tomorrow morning for another update.

Diane Witek

About me: Impassioned Writer, Website Designer, Social Media Marketer and newly proclaimed Baker. Lover of nature and animals of all kinds.

This article originally appeared on the Smithtown Patch

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