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Bellport's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Scheduled for this Saturday, March 24th

St. Patrick's Day PArade

The Bellport Fire Dept invites everyone to their third annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 24th at 11:00am in Bellport Village. The parade this year will honor Grand Marshall, Gerard James Veitch. After the parade, everyone is invited to gather at the Bellport Fire House Beer Garden from Noon-4:00pm for food, beverages, music, games and more! Click here for more information.

Swan Realty to Hold Open House in Bellport this Sunday, March 25th

On Sunday, March 25th from 11:00am-2:00pm, Swan Realty will hold an Open House in Bellport. Originally built for Peek & Sons Piano Makers in 1900, this former factory was remodeled in the 1930's as a Colonial home with the good bones of a solid Concert Grand! If you or someone you know is looking for a new home, be sure to check it out! Click here for more information.

Easter Brunch and Dinner at the Bellport Country Club on Sunday, April 1st


Join the Bellport Country Club on Easter Sunday, April 1st for their Gourmet Easter Brunch Buffet or their Lavish Dinner Buffet! Take a photo with the Easter Bunny and enjoy the fine cuisine for which the Bellport Country Club has become known. Space is limited, to make your reservations today! Click here for more information.

Bellport's Annual Easter Bonnet & Crazy Hat Parade on Saturday March 31st

Easter PArade

The Bellport Chamber of Commerce will welcome spring with their Annual Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade on Saturday, March 31st at noon. Residents can get creative and wear their most colorful, kookiest, wackiest hats, and their fun spirits, as they all hop down Main Street in Bellport Village!  Click here for more information. Awarded Constant Contact’s All Star Award... For the 6th Year in a Row!

Constant Contact All STar

For the 6th year in a row, has been selected by Constant Contact to receive their coveted "All Star Award" for 2017. Every spring, Constant Contact selects their All Star Award recipients for the prior year. With over 5 million customers, Constant Contact has been a leader in email marketing since 1995 and is one of the leading communications companies designed to help small businesses and non-profits communicate with the world. Click here for more information.

Spruce Up Your Home and Car this Spring with the Help of Local Businesses

Spruce up for Spring

Ahhhhh, Spring.... The cold makes way for warmer temperatures and we all thaw out a bit. Spring is also the time of year when we start to think about our lawns and landscaping, as well as the outsides of our homes, not to mention a little "Spring Cleaning" on the inside. Don't forget about a little TLC for your car as well! Are your home and car ready for Spring? If not, there are plenty of terrific, local businesses ready to help you get ready for the season. Give them a call. You'll be glad you did! Click here for more information.

New Letters to the Editor Posted

Letter to the Editor

New Letters to the Editor have been posted.  Click here for more information.

Medicare Cap Repealed

Medicare Cap Repealed

We have Dr. Gary Welch, owner of Spectrum Physical Therapy, to thank for the following information.

After two decades of discussion and negotiations, the Medicare Cap on therapy was permanently repealed as part of the budget deal Congress and the President recently signed into law. The 2-year funding deal includes a full repeal of the Cap on Medicare outpatient physical therapy, occupational, and speech-language pathology services.

For 21 years the Therapy Cap threatened to undermine the health and quality of life of millions of Medicare beneficiaries. Physical therapy practitioners were faced with the possibility of denying services to those who needed them. “Millions of vulnerable patients who need occupational, physical and speech-language therapy will now be protected from an arbitrary limit on how much Medicare will pay for needed therapy,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer.

The repeal came just as some beneficiaries were beginning to hit the $2,010 Therapy Cap for the year. Because of the Cap, more than a million beneficiaries would have been at risk of losing access to essential outpatient Medicare Part B therapy services.

Be sure to pass this on to family members and friends who are in need of Medicare services!

Please click here for more information about Spectrum Physical Therapy

New Mets Spring Training Column: Hot Stove LIVE!

Host STove Live

Duffy’s Sports Grill in St. Lucie West is a fairly typical sports bar. It’s got a group of regulars, it’s noisy, there are countless TV sets, and the food is quite good. This restaurant, that has a loyal clientele, experiences six weeks that are particularly wild and noisy.

When the Mets start Open Workouts in the middle of February through the Spring Training season in March, this is the “bar of choice” for Mets fans. Its location, which is just down the street from First Data Field, makes it the perfect place for fans to gather before and after the games. As crazy as Duffy’s gets for those six weeks, there is one night a year
that surpasses all the others... It’s the Hot Stove Live broadcast!  Click here for more information.

Craftspeople and Vendors Wanted for the Pilot Club of Patchogue's Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on May 5th

Pilot Club

Craftspeople and Vendors are needed for the Pilot Club of Patchogue's indoor Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on May 5th at the United Methodist Church of Patchogue. Spaces are still available and reasonably priced for this weekend before Mother's Day event in the heart of Patchogue Village. All vendors must contribute a basket, merchandise or gift certificate for the Raffle Table. Contact Eileen at 631-681-9583 or email at  or  for an application or information. The deadline to register is March 15, 2018. This fundraiser will help support the Pilot Club of Patchogue and its' community service projects.

Modesto Installation's Spring Special: FREE Cordless Feature for Most Blinds and Shades!

Modesto Installation

The cords usually associated with blinds and shades can be dangerous and pose a hazard to children. This spring, through May 31st, Modesto Installations is featuring the "cordless" feature on most blinds and shades FREE of charge! And as usual, installation is FREE for all of their products. Spring is the perfect time for your home improvement projects!

Locally owned and operated, Modesto Installations concentrates on the Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet and East Patchogue areas of Long Island, but they cover all of Nassau and Suffolk Counties too. They offer competitive prices for quality products, including Plantation Shutters, and provide a lifetime warranty on window treatments. They do commercial and business windows too! Click here for more information.

Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Announces 2018 Free and Discounted Adoptions Specials


The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate all year long with special, free and discounted adoption promotional events. All adoptions during the special events will include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. The normal adoption fees are $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat.

The 2018 special adoption events are:
March 16-18 Irish I Had A Home… Free adoptions for dogs and cats
April 1-8 Adoption Egg-stravaganza… Free adoptions during Easter week
May 1-31 Cinco de Gato… Free cat adoptions during the entire month
June 1-30 Dog Days of Summer… Free dog and cat adoptions all month long
July 14 Celebrate Furry Freedom Event… Free adoptions attractions, food, music
August 1- 31 Summer Loving… Discounted $65 dog and cat adoption fees all month long
Sept. 1-30 Back To School… Free adoptions for “School Age” dogs and cats (4 ears and up)
Oct. 1-31 Adopterfest… Free adoptions the month of October and our adoption event
Nov. 1-30 Adopt a Senior Pet Month… Free adoptions for cats and dogs 6 years or older
Nov. 23 Black Friday Event… Discounted $65 adoptions for black dogs and cats
Dec. 1-31 Home for the Holidays… Discounted $65 adoptions all month long

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website.

Brookhaven Youth Bureau Provides Opportunities to Make Prom Wishes Come True

Prom Dresses

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau wants to provide young ladies with an opportunity to attend their prom in style, regardless of financial constraints. The Prom Boutique, located on the second floor in Brookhaven Town Hall, is decorated as a dress shop fitting room filled with prom gowns ranging in styles and fashions.

Young ladies are outfitted with a gown and other accessories that are theirs to keep. There is no charge for this service and all clients are kept strictly confidential. The program will run from March 19th - June 15th, Monday through Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm. Evening hours will be on April 12th, May 3rd and June 14th from 5:00pm-7:30pm.

For further information regarding the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau’s Prom Gown Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 631-451-8026 or visit

Bellport Village Public Notices Posted, 3/6/18

Legal Notice

Bellport Village Hall has released new Public Notices. Click here to read the new Public Notices.

New Editorial: The Next Chapter, The February 26th Bellport Village Board Meeting


The next chapter in the continuing saga of house rentals in Bellport Village, that’s been going on for over three years, unfolded at the February 26, 2018 Village Board meeting held in the Village Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in Bellport Village. Before I get to the house rental part of the meeting, labeled, “Neighborhood Preservation,” let’s go over some of the other significant news items from the meeting.  Click here for more information.

Join the BBHS for "The Manhattan Project: From Los Alamos to Brookhaven National Lab" on Saturday, March 31st

Manhattan Project

Please join the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society for "The Manhattan Project: From Los Alamos to Brookhaven National Lab," a conversation with Tom Williams and friends, moderated by David Tereshchuk, on Saturday, March 31st at 4:00pm. This event will be held at The Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society's Brown Building. Click here for more information.

South Country Education Foundation Fall and Winter Grant Winners Announced

South Country Education Foundatoin

Founded in 1998, the South Country Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to improving educational opportunities for all students in the South Country Central School District. The mission of the Foundation is to promote and enhance educational initiatives by providing supplemental financial support for projects and programs that are outside the South Country school budget.

Since their founding, they have granted over $600,000 to teachers, administrators, students and community groups in our district who have come to them with their innovative and creative ideas. Funding for these grants comes from generous donations to the foundation by community members, alumni and local nonprofits as well as from the proceeds of our annual cocktail party and auction.

Click here for a list of their Fall and Winter grant winners.

New Op-Ed: "Proposed Neighborhood Preservation Code" by Mary Butler


Mary Butler is the head of the committee the Mayor and Trustees created to research the actions taken by other towns and villages in dealing with rentals in their communities. She has written a new Op-Ed regarding the proposed "Neighborhood Preservation" Code addition to the Village of Bellport Code. Click here for more information.

Swan Realty Posts Home for Sale in East Patchogue

Home for Sale in East Patchogue

Swan Realty has posted a home for sale in East Patchogue. Located in South Country Shores, this one-of-a-kind, two-story home is filled with grace and majesty! If you or someone you know is looking for a new home, be sure to check it out! Click here for more information.

Call for Storytellers for the East End Spring Story Slam


The historic Vail Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, NY will be presenting the first East End Spring Story Slam on Saturday, April 14th. They are seeking performers with original stories in any genre (spoken word, music, song, dance, multimedia) to participate in this one-of-a-kind event. Stories should capture a personal experience in the life of the storyteller—i.e. an event in which the storyteller was directly involved, as opposed to an event that happened to someone else, and in which the storyteller had no personal involvement. Click here for more information.

March and April Events at the South Country Library

South Country Library

The South Country Library has released its list of events for March and April. Registration for adult programs is immediate and ongoing unless otherwise noted. In-person or online registration for March children's programs starts Thursday, March 1st at 9:30am. April children's program registration starts Monday April 2nd at 9:30am. Click here for descriptions of the upcoming programs.

Upcoming CEED Events: Spring Equinox Celebration and Benefit Luncheon


CEED (Center for Environmental Education & Discovery) has several events happening this March. On Sunday, March 18th they will hold their Spring Equinox Celebration featuring live music, arts and crafts, animals, learning and fun! On Saturday, March 24th a Benefit Luncheon will be held to raise money for repairs for the Washington Lodge. Click here for more information.

Clydesdale Industries- Locally Owned Home Improvement


Carlton Stewart, of Clydesdale Industries, LLC, is here to help you with your home improvement projects. Their skilled crew is committed to servicing our local community of Bellport, Brookhaven, East Patchogue and the surrounding neighborhoods. They do: general carpentry, tile, windows, doors, trim work, additions, drywall, spackle, painting, decks, gates, fences, kitchens, bathrooms, additions, handy-man services, preparing homes for the season, etc. Click here for more information.

South Country School District Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration for the 2018/2019 School Year

The South Country Central School District is conducting Pre-K and Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year from March 1st-29th. Call (631) 730-1617 or visit the District Website for registration information.

Social Work Intern Available to Residents at the South Country Library

South Country Library

A Stony Brook University Master of Social Work student is available at the South Country Library to assist with social service referrals and paperwork twice a week. Their intern can assist with: referrals to mental health and substance abuse resources, locating emergency services and housing, completing forms from the Department of Social Services (DSS), locating free legal services and advocacy, and locating employment programs and filing applications. Appointments and walk-ins welcome.  Click here for more information.

The Town of Brookhaven Women's Services Division Presents, "Career EDGE" Beginning on March 21st

Career EDGE

The Town of Brookhaven Women’s Services Division presents the first session of "Career EDGE." Career EDGE is a seminar series for women seeking employment or a better job. By possessing a cutting-edge resume and cover letter, participating in mock interviews and working with a mentor, you will be prepared to confidently present your best self to potential employers. This is a brown-bag seminar series. This is a 6 week series beginning on March 21st. Pre-registration begins on February 20th.  Click here for more information.

In-Home Concierge Services from Spectrum Physical Therapy


Spectrum Physical Therapy is now offering a “concierge” service to address your ailment or pain, one-on-one, in the privacy of your own home.

Dr. Gary Welch, owner of Spectrum Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist Practitioner of The Year and Stony Brook Alumnus of the year is offering this service to members of the Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet, and East Patchogue communities. Dr. Welch is one of only two physical therapists in New York State who is both a certified functional manual therapist and a certified orthopedic manual therapist. Click here for more information.

Apply Today for the SCCLN's 4th Annual "Extreme Yard Spring Clean Up" Event

Yard Cleanup

Break out the gardening gloves! The South Country Community Leadership Network (SCCLN) will be organizing the 4th Annual FREE Spring Front Yard Clean Up this May for a select number of homes deserving of a little TLC in the South Country Community. Winners will work alongside our crew to help beautify their property, which includes assistance with the removal of leaves and debris, lawn cutting, hedge trimming and plantings. To be considered for the clean up, please complete this form. All applications are due by March 30, 2018. Click here for more information.

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