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Coronavirus

Local Coronavirus Information - Updated 12/4 at 7:00pm

In an effort to consolidate our information, we've created a section on Bellport.com just for Coronavirus updates that are important to our community. We will continue to update this page with any news we receive.  Click here to visit the page.



 

Gifts

New Items Added! Find the Perfect Gifts this Holiday Season Locally... On Main Street!

Looking for the perfect holiday gifts? Why not do your shopping "On Main Street!" You’ll find special events, offers, and services from our local merchants who are located on and around Bellport Village's Main Street as well as specific gift ideas that might come in handy. Now more than ever it's so important to "shop local" and support our local businesses! You can do a lot of your holiday shopping right here in town without having to drive to "the mall" or having to pay for shipping and then waiting for delivery. We will continue to add new items, so be sure to stop back often all month long! Click here for more information.



 

Vote Results

And the Winner of the 2020 "Downtown Bellport Village" Photo Contest Is...

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo in the "Downtown Bellport Village" Photo Contest. They were all great! If you didn't have a chance to submit a photo for this contest, don't worry. We'll have a brand new themed contest coming soon and we hope that you'll participate! So please hold your new photo submissions until then. We'd like to congratulate Maryanne Dumas for submitting the winning photograph! Click here to see a larger version of Maryanne's photo and all of our past photo contest winners.

 



 

FREE

FREE Kitchen Cabinets

A new classified ad has been posted for FREE kitchen cabinets available in the Bellport area.   Click here for more information.

 



 

Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll in Downtown Bellport Village on December 12th and 19th

Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you haven’t, there’s a great, fun, way to finish off your shopping right here in Bellport Village! On December 12th and 19th, the Bellport Chamber of Commerce is holding their Annual Holiday Stroll in Bellport Village. Find gifts for everyone on your list and support your local businesses! Click here for more information.



 

Letters to the Editor

New Letters to the Editor Posted

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

 



       

Christmas Fair

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6th - Outdoor Christmas Market at Christ Church

Postponed due to rain. New date: Sunday, December 6th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Christ Church is offering their fair-goers a new approach for their Annual Christmas Fair... an Outdoor Christmas Market. Gifts, music, food, baskets, wreaths and more! Masks are required. Click here for more information.

They are also holding a raffle for a handcrafted Christmas quilt, designed for Christ Church by artisan, Jane Shapiro. The quilt is currently on display at TOLA in Bellport Village. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase in advance at TOLA, or through the Church at 631-286-0299. The winning ticket will be drawn on December 5th at 4:30pm at the fair, followed by their tree lighting service at 5:00pm. Click here for more information about the quilt raffle.



       

Wreath

First Annual Bellport Village Wreath Decorating Contest

The BVPF, Bellport Village Program Fund, has a great new idea for the Holidays, The Village of Bellport First Annual Wreath Decorating Contest. The Village will supply the pre-lit wreaths and bows and 27 lucky contestants will do the decorating. The finished wreaths will be displayed on the lampposts throughout the Village during the month of December.

Contestants must follow these rules. They must...

• Use shatterproof ornaments and decorations
• Use twist ties or zip ties to affix decorations
• They must not use glue or any other permanent adhesive to affix decorations

There are 27 wreaths available to decorate and you must pre-register in order to enter the contest. Registration is limited to the first 27 people who register by calling Bellport Village Hall at 631-286-0327 or email receptionist@bellportvillageny.gov. You must pre-register in order to be able to pick up a wreath.

The 27 lucky entrants will be able to pick up their wreaths beginning on Saturday, November 21 between noon and 2 pm at the Village Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in the Village. Decorated wreaths must be delivered back to Village Hall by Tuesday, December 1st. The Village Public Works Department will install the wreath on the lampposts. Prizes for Contest winners will be awarded on December 19, 2020. Winners will be notified by email and/or phone.



       

Food Pantry

"Give or Take" Food Pantry at the South Country Library

The South Country Library now has a "Give or Take" food pantry set up in the library's lobby. If you wish to donate, please leave non-perishable, un-expired items in the collection bin. Residents in need of food may help themselves to the pantry shelf any time. The food pantry will be open 9:30am to 9:00pm on weekdays, and 9:30am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Click here for more information.



 

Vote Results

And the Winner of the 2020 "Downtown Bellport Village" Photo Contest Is...

Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo in the "Downtown Bellport Village" Photo Contest. They were all great! If you didn't have a chance to submit a photo for this contest, don't worry. We'll have a brand new themed contest coming soon and we hope that you'll participate! So please hold your new photo submissions until then. We'd like to congratulate Maryanne Dumas for submitting the winning photograph! Click here to see a larger version of Maryanne's photo and all of our past photo contest winners.

 



       

SCPD

Suffolk County Police Reform & Reinvention Task Force Public Input Listening Sessions

The Suffolk County Police Reform & Reinvention Task Force will be holding several public input listening sessions over the next few weeks. They are interested in the public's insights, concerns and suggestions regarding police reform and reinvention. Register in advance for any of the upcoming public listening sessions.

Click here for more information.

Click here to register.



 

Swan Realty

Swan Realty Welcomes a New Sales Agent

Deborah L. Galligan broker/ owner of Swan Realty Corp would like to welcome Alexus Blenman, LSA to the Swan Realty team! Click here for more information.

 



 

tutoring

New Classified Ad: Spanish Tutor Wanted

A new classified ad has been posted looking for a Spanish tutor. Click here for more information.



 

SCEF

Support the South Country Education Foundation with a Tax-Deductible Donation

The SCEF works tirelessly to make ordinary school days, extraordinary days. Be a part of their amazing, rewarding journey by making a tax-deductible donation to their organization! To learn more about the SCEF and the incredible projects that they have been able to fund, check out this video.



 

Acupuncture

Merckling Family Chiropractic is Now Offering Acupuncture Services

Merckling Family Chiropractic is pleased to announce that they are now offering Acupuncture services in their downtown Bellport Village office! Acupuncture can help with everything from physical problems with your muscles, joints and nerves, to emotional problems with stress and sleep patterns. It has been proven to alleviate some of the pains associated with arthritis, helping people with arthritis regain mobility and improve their overall physical health. Acupuncture is also used frequently to aid the pain and nausea that is associated with cancer and cancer treatments.  Click here for more information.



       

South Country Concerts

Updates from South Country Concerts

Usually, at this time of year you would be receiving an announcement from South Country Concerts, the SCC, describing a three-concert series they would be offering over the coming 2020-2021 season. Unfortunately, this year, they are unable to present a fall concert because of the restrictions imposed on social gatherings due to COVID-19.

South Country Concerts is uncertain as to when they will be able to offer a new schedule of concerts, but they are absolutely committed to the continuation of being able to provide high quality, live, music to our community. Be assured that despite a few basic organizational operating costs, SCC is financially stable thanks to YOU, their donors and subscribers. The SCC will be back as soon as possible, performing for the South Country community!

In recent news, over this past summer, the SCC was able to come up with an innovative response to the times in which we now live. With gratitude to their donors and ticket holders, Laurinel Owen performed boutique-style concerts outdoors at her home. Each of seven performances featured Bach’s Partita #3, BWV 1006 and Benjamin Britten’s Suite for Cello, Op. 72. They were pleased by the turnout of so many of their dedicated supporters. One of the performances from this series was recorded and it can be viewed by clicking this link, Almost Live. The SCC invites you to settle back and enjoy an interlude of outstanding music at your leisure and they hope to see you soon.



       

Seniors

Help for Brookhaven Seniors Impacted by COVID-19

Safe at Home for Seniors is a new United Way of Long Island managed COVID-19 health and safety outreach program in partnership with a network of agencies. Community Navigators are in place to help seniors remain in the comfort and safety of their own home, where they are best protected while maintaining social relationships. They can help with everyday tasks such as groceries and prescriptions, coordinating appointments and staying in touch with loved ones. Click here for more information.



       

SCEF

South Country Education Foundation 2020-2021 Grant Cycle Is Open

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 $1,000,000 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.

The SCEF will offer only one grant cycle this year as they did in 2019. Grant applications are now available on their website. Click here for more information.

 



 

Editorial

New Editorial: COVID Alert NY

For several months I’ve been hearing about a computer program that will alert you if you’ve been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and I just received a copy of the program.

COVID Alert NY is a testing and tracing program that can significantly help stop the spread of COVID-19. Developed by NY State, “COVID Alert NY” is a free smartphone app that uses Bluetooth technology, not location data, to quickly alert you if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If the program alerts you, you can then quickly protect yourself and others by self-quarantining and then contact your doctor so that you can be tested.  Click here to read the new Editorial.



 

tutoring

New Classified Ad: Tutoring for Elementary Through High School Students

A new classified ad has been posted offering tutoring for elementary through high school students. Click here for more information.



 

Hiking Column

Walks, Saunters and Hikes on Long Island

Are you ready to get outside and enjoy the Fall weather? Then check out Rich Weissmann's "Hiking on Long Island" column on Bellport.com! Many areas on Long Island offer a wide array of opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you are a couch potato, or a kid; a seasoned athlete or a senior citizen, there is a place to enjoy a walk, a saunter, or a fairly serious hike within a short drive of Bellport. Click here for more information.



         

Real Estate Agency

Town of Brookhaven and Long Island Housing Partnership Announces 2020 Down Payment Assistance Program for First-Time Home Buyers

On Monday, August 31st, Supervisor Ed Romaine, members of the Town Council, the Department of Housing and Human Services and the Long Island Housing Partnership announced the 2020 Town of Brookhaven’s Down Payment Assistance Program for First-Time Homebuyers. This program provides eligible first-time homebuyers with up to $20,000 in down payment/closing costs toward the purchase of an eligible, new or existing single-family home, provided that the applicant meets all program requirements to secure a mortgage. Homeowners are required to reside in the home as their principle residence for a minimum of 10 years or the United States (US) Department of Housing and Urban Development will require a full repayment of the HOME Investment Partnership Program down payment assistance provided. Funding for this program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The application is now available online at www.BrookhavenNY.gov/DownPayment.

For more information, call the Long Island Housing Partnership at 631-435-4710 and ask about the Brookhaven Town HOME Down Payment Assistance Program.



 

BVPF

Support the Bellport Village Program Fund

The Village of Bellport, more than ever before, needs the support of the Bellport Village Program Fund and its donors to execute vital projects within the Community. The BVPF was not able to host their annual fundraising party, so they are fundraising online. With the loss of the support generated from this event, and with the Village grants frozen by various governmental agencies, the Bellport Village Program Fund does not have the financial resources to continue to uphold our mission to back Community projects. To ensure they are building towards a bright future, when we can come together again as a Community in a non-socially distanced manner to enjoy the many resources that the Fund has continually supported, the Board of the Bellport Village Program Fund is excited to launch an inaugural annual appeal, #BVPF4BellportClick here for more information.



 

Ash Treese

Bellport Garden Club Seeks Donations for Bellport Village Tree Fund

Not only do the people of the world have a virus without a cure, but many of the trees in our lovely Village are also suffering. The Bellport Garden Club has just been informed that every Ash Tree in the Village (the Village has about 30) is infected with emerald ash borer and will have to be removed. Your donations to the Tree Fund can help keep Bellport shady and green! Click here for more information.



       

Counseling

Brookhaven Youth Bureau Provides COVID-19 Related Counseling Services

The Covid-19 Pandemic poses new challenges to all students as they return to school this fall. With the many new plans in place, fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and lead to strong emotion. Youth are often unable to identify and express their feelings and the change is seen in their behavior.

The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau’s Sanctuary Program offers professional counseling, crisis intervention, case management, information and referrals to youth 12-24 years of age who may be having difficulty with stress management, relationships with friends or family, school avoidance and more. Support services are also available to at risk, runaway and homeless youth. Currently, services are being offered through video communications via Zoom or telehealth.

Some steps parents and guardians can take in talking to their children about going back to school are:

● Talk to your child/teen about COVID-19. Ask what they know as a starting discussion point.
● Validate your child’s feelings. These can be scary times for everyone.
● Limit exposure to news and social media.
● Talk to a friend or a loved one.
● Maintain a feelings journal.
● Set healthy habits; good sleep schedule, regular exercise and nutrition.
● Avoid too much caffeine.
● Be patient toward others. Although we are all experiencing the pandemic, each person’s situation is different.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act. It may also relate to how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices during an emergency.

Virtual groups to help students and parents are being planned to further support families as they acclimate to the uncertainty that lies ahead. Please refer to brookhavenny.gov for upcoming information or visit the Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau’s Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving counseling through the Brookhaven Youth Bureau, please call 631-451-8011.



 

Redesign

Bellport.com has a New Look! Here’s Why...

Today, almost 66% of you are visiting Bellport.com with a mobile device, a cell phone or iPad, and our old design made it difficult for you to navigate the site. We wanted to make sure your experience here is a positive one, so it was time for Bellport.com to evolve with the times.  Click here for more information.

 



 

Featured Photo of the Week

Sign Up for Our Weekly Email Blasts and Your Photo Could be Our "Featured Photo of the Week!"

Every week, The Village News features a photo submitted by one of our readers. If you have a photo you'd like us to consider featuring, email it to us. Be sure to sign up for our weekly email blasts to see if your photo has been chosen!

 



 

Thank You

The Bellport.com Classifieds Work!

Placing an ad in the Bellport.com Classifieds works! Take a look at two letters we received from readers who had posted Classified Ads:

"Thank you for posting a photo of a beagle and our request for a sitter. We received many calls and found a lovely couple in Bellport Village to care for our beagle Molly. Many thanks and you can now remove the posting under pet sitting." - Mary and Tom

"Once again, with the help of bellport.com we have been successful in our efforts. This time we placed an ad for help in caring for our garden. Once again bellport.com made it a successful move. So please discontinue our ad. What would we ever do without you?" Best regards, Elaine


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