Three Neighborhood Road businesses with more than 165 years of combined service to the community were honored last week for their longevity by local civic organizations and town, county and state leaders.

Onofrio’s Italian Restaurant, in business for 70 years, was recognized, along with Mastic Beach neighbors Dick’s Bait & Tackle and John’s Pizzeria.

“These businesses have invested a lifetime into our community and have become true icons in Mastic Beach,” Suffolk County Legis. Rudy Sunderman said. “We are so very appreciative that they have stood with us in both the good times and the bad, and I look forward to many more years with them in the community.”

At the Jan. 28 event, the three businesses were presented certificates thanking each for committing to Mastic Beach for 50 years or more.

“It was refreshing to see community civics come together in yet another example of how supporting our common goal to make our community better makes us stronger,” said Frank Fugarino, president of the Pattersquash Creek Civic Association (PCCA). “PCCA Members agree: Congratulations to these businesses that stayed through thick and thin.”

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine noted that small, local businesses with longterm staying power are the backbone of every downtown.

“These three businesses deserve accolades for their resilience, despite the ups and downs of the economy over the past 50 years,” he said.

“Each have been successful anchors on Neighborhood Road for a very long time, and I commend their commitment to serving their customers and the Mastic Beach community,” Romaine added.

Also attending the presentations were members of the Mastic Beach Property Owners Association, New York state Sen. Alexis Weik and a representative of New York state Assemblyman Joe DeStefano.

Below are photos of the certificate presentations.

Dick’s Bait & Tackle, 286 Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach

Onofrio’s Italian Restaurant, 421 Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach

John’s Pizza, 351 Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach