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Deer Safety Tips

In the fall and early winter months,deer sightings in the Village are common. There is an increased mobility of the local herd during the mating or rutting season. The rutting season lasts from early October through most of January. Unfortunately Deer Vehicle Collisions (DVCs), are also more common during this season. We have had accidents resulting in vehicular damage and deer mortality. Here are some driver tips for DVC avoidance during the rutting season and beyond; 1. Dusk and dawn are the most likely times of the day for a deer to make its move across the road. Be alert at all times for movement at roadside. 2. Headlights and brights should be on for visibility. 3. Reduce your speed at night and scan the roadsides as you drive. 4. If you see a white-tailed deer, there will be more than one and they will likely run into your path. 5. Deer crossing signs are there for a reason. Be especially cautious when approaching them at night or at dawn. 6. The eyes of a deer are reflective at night. If you see reflective dots of light up ahead be cautious. 7. If you do hit a deer slowly pull to the roadside to assess the situation and turn on your hazard flashers. If the deer is dead or injured, call 911 to contact the Village Police. Call your insurance company if necessary. DVCs are usually covered under the comprehensive portion of the policy. Please drive safely.

Village of Nissequogue

Incorporated in 1926, The Village of Nissequogue, encompassing 3.6 square miles, is a hidden gem on the North Shore of Long Island tucked between the Nissequogue River and the Village of Head of the Harbor bordered to the north by the Long Island Sound. Founded in 1665 by Richard Bull Smith, it is the original settlement of the Town of Smithtown. It is located approximately 50 miles east of New York City. The Village of Nissequogue is a dream environment for naturalists who value privacy; it is an exclusively residential community with the exception of a private golf course, a private world class equestrian center and a private boarding school. Additionally, there are two beaches available to residents, town permit required. Two acre zoning is the minimum lot size and many properties exceed that minimum. With its own Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department, residents enjoy quick response in case of an emergency. With many horse properties scattered throughout the Village, there is a sense of countrified living, yet residents are a mere fifteen minute drive to the Smith Haven Mall. Indeed, it is the best of both worlds having quiet, bucolic living with easy access to the Long Island Railroad, schools, churches, grocery stores or other commercial enterprises.