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Parade Cancelled Due to Weather. Event Moved to Bellport Community Center.
Annual Bellport Chamber of Commerce Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Event on Saturday, April 20th

Easter

Due to weather conditions predicted for Saturday, the “Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade” will be moved to the Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell Street, from 11:30am–1:00pm. Enjoy photos with the Easter Bunny and special Easter egg treats for all!






Easter Brunch at The Bellport on Sunday, April 21st

Easter

Join "The Bellport" for the first blush of spring, Easter Sunday, April 21st. They will be featuring a special Prix Fixe menu with an exciting assortment of spring favorites. In addition, The Bellport will also be offering their regular Brunch menu so there's bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Reservations are encouraged. Click here for more information.






Easter Brunch and Dinner at the Bellport Country Club on Easter Sunday, April 21st

Country Club Easter

Join the Bellport Country Club on Easter Sunday, April 21st 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.






       
Free Residential Waste Disposal Week: April 22nd-27th

Recycling Event

The Town of Brookhaven will hold a free Residential Waste Disposal Week from Monday, April 22nd to Saturday, April 27th. Brookhaven Town residents and/or property owners can dispose of household items free of charge at the Landfill Drop-off facility located at 350 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and Saturdays from 7:00am to 12:00noon.

Metal, tires, electronics, household hazardous waste, and yard debris can be disposed of during Free Residential Disposal Week. Items must be placed in the designated areas. Proof of residency is required (driver’s license, utility bill, tax bill, etc.). Cars, SUVs, minivans, pickups, vans, and vans with single axle trailer qualify. Absolutely NO commercial vehicles with commercial plates or commercial lettering will be allowed. All businesses and commercial vehicles will be charged regular tipping fees. This includes commercial vehicles brining material that originates from a Brookhaven residential property. The Town will also hold a Free Residential Waste Disposal Week from Monday, October 7 to Saturday, October 12.

For more information, call 631-451-TOWN (8696) or visit www.BrookhavenNY.gov.






South Country Concerts Performance on Sunday, April 28th

South Country Concerts

South Country Concerts' final performance of their 19th season will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 5:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Bellport.

South Country Concerts was founded by two internationally known Bellport musicians, soprano Deborah Birnbaum and cellist Laurinel Owen, with the mission to provide the highest quality concerts to South Shore residents. Featuring an eclectic mix of classical repertoire in an intimate and informal setting, the series has an outreach to music lovers of all ages.

The acoustically superb Parish Hall of Christ Episcopal Church in Bellport offers a warm and intimate setting for you to experience live classical music close to home. To welcome spring, this performance will include a return to Shostakovich in a new arrangement of his Preludes and Fugues originally for Piano. Schubert’s Quintet with two cellos will also be featured, and is considered by many to be the finest chamber work in the entire repertory.  Click here for more information
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New Letters to the Editor Posted

Letters

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






BBHS Gallery Talk & Reception for Their Latest Exhibition, "The Photography of Frances H. Toms" on Saturday, May 18th

Frances Toms

Join the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society for the grand opening of their latest exhibition, "The Photography of Frances H. Toms" on Saturday, May 18th at 5:00pm. Frances H. Toms (1865-1948), camera in hand, was a familiar figure around the Village of Bellport in the early 1900's. She visited the summer houses, sailing races, and suffrage meetings up and down Bellport Lane and captured them beautifully in her photographs. BBHS has an archive of her iconic postcards and a period scrapbook with original hand-tinted images which they are pleased to show in their new exhibit in the Barn Museum. Click here for more information.






Save the Date for the Grand Opening of the Bellport Bowling Alley Restoration at the Community Center on May 26th

Bowling

Join the Bellport Village Program Fund for the unveiling of the newly restored bowling alley and recreational space of the Community Center on Sunday, May 26th from 4:00pm-6:00pm. Food and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.






New Classified Ad Posted: Handyman Wanted

Classified

A new classified ad has been posted seeking a handyman/person to do several small odds and ends at a local residence. Click here for more information.






Swan Realty Posts Home for Sale in Bellport Village

Swan Realty

Swan Realty has posted a house for sale in Bellport Village. This charming 1910 home in the Village of Bellport is in mint condition! If you or someone you know is in the market for a new home, be sure to check it out! Click here for more information.






New Classified Ad Posted: Ash Bedroom Set For Sale

Bedroom Set

A new classified ad has been posted for an Ash Bedroom Set for sale. Click here for more information.






              
South Country Library Budget and Trustee Vote Results

On Tuesday, April 2nd, a vote was held for the South Country Library budget, and the election of three new Library Trustees. The results are as follows:

Budget: PASSED
Yes: 156
No: 24

Elected Trustees:
Jack Nix: 167
Joann Neal: 154
June A. Johnson: 147






New Classified Ad Posted: FREE Love Seat

Free

A new classified ad has been posted for a FREE Love Seat in Bellport. Click here for more information.






Swan Realty Agent News: New Agents and Top Performing Agents

Swan Realty

Deborah L. Galligan broker/ owner of Swan Realty Corp is excited to welcome a new agent, and to announce their top performing agents for Q1 2019! Click here for more information.






Bellport High School Class of 1969 Reunion this August

Reunion

Attention  BHS Class of 1969 graduates! Your 50th class reunion will be held this summer on August 17th!  Click here for more information.






   
Help Wanted for Bellport-Native Who Lost Everything in Fire

Robin Starbuck

Bellport-native Robin Starbuck will be a guest lecturer at the upcoming Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Authors and Artists presentation on April 6th. Last week, Robin lost all of her personal belongings, including her car, to a horrific fire in her apartment building in Yonkers. The BBHS shared with us a link to a Go Fund Me page that was set up to help her.  Click here for more information.






Bellport.com Awarded Constant Contact's All Star Award... For the 7th Year in a Row!

Constant Contact

For the 7th year in a row, Bellport.com has been selected by Constant Contact to receive their coveted "All Star Award" for 2018. 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.






     
And the Winner of the Pets Photo Contest Is....

Pets Contest

We were heart warmed by how many amazing photos we received for the Pets Photo Contest. We had a record number of votes cast! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo. 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 Amy F. Thomas for submitting the winning photograph! Here's what Amy had to say about her photo:

This is Hunter L. Thomas and his Bearded Dragon, Spike just watching the cold world. We adopted Spike from a home that could no longer keep him. He is 3 years old and our newest pet. He is just the best and loves hanging out with his kids and running around the house, That is, until it is warm outside and we can take him out on his harness which has dragon wings, but for now they watch from the slider.

Amy has won a $25 gift certificate for Café Castello. Café Castello Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Bellport Village is family owned and operated. Their delicious pizza dough is prepared fresh daily and they use only the finest tomatoes and the best herbs and spices when preparing their sauces. All orders are prepared to order and they serve Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Click here to see all of our past photo contest winners.






New Classified Ad Posted: FREE Entertainment Center

Free

A new classified ad has been posted for a FREE Oak Entertainment center. Click here for more information.






Bellport Methodist Preschool is Getting Ready for Summer Camp

Kids

Attention parents of preschoolers! Do you know what you're going to do with your kids this summer? Why not send them to the Bellport Methodist Preschool's summer camp! They have several scheduling options and the camp includes weekly themes and special guests! Click here for more information.






K&C Irrigation's New Products Use Your Smartphone to Control Your Irrigation and Outdoor Lighting

K&C Irrigation

K&C Irrigation welcomes you to the 2019 Spring season with some exciting news of products that are on the market to enhance your home! They have new products to use your smartphone to control not only your irrigation, but your outdoor lighting as well! K&C Irrigation has been installing quite a few systems here in the local area. Subtle lighting to match the historic elegance of Bellport Village! Click here for more information.






           
Brookhaven Youth Bureau Makes Prom Wishes Come True

Prom Dresses

The Town of Brookhaven Youth Bureau wants to provide teens 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 outfitted as a dress shop fitting room filled with prom gowns with a broad range of styles and fashions.

Students 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 11 to June 14, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Evening hours will be on April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21 and June 11 from 5:00pm-7:30pm.

“Last year this program made it possible for almost 500 students to enjoy their prom,” said Supervisor Ed Romaine. “I want to thank the Youth Bureau for their efforts and the residents and local businesses whose contributions to the Prom Gown Program have made it a tremendous success.”

Councilman Michael Loguercio, Town Board Liaison to the Youth Bureau, said, “The prom is such a big event in a young person’s life, and it is wonderful to work with the Youth Bureau to provide this program each and every year. It really does make dreams come true for those that may not be able to attend otherwise.”

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
www.brookhavenny.gov. 






Significant Dates for the Upcoming 2019 Bellport Village Elections

Village Hall

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Village of Bellport will hold an election for Mayor and two Trustee positions. Click here for a list of the important dates leading up to the election.






New Editorial: The New Golf Course Driving Range

Editorial

Did you hear about the new Golf Course Driving Range? No??? Well, as close as I can tell, you weren’t supposed to.  Click here for more information.






New Editorial: Bellport Village Traffic Study

Editorial

On Monday, February 11, 2019, a Village Board work session was held in the conference room in Village Hall on Bellport Lane to discuss the results of the Traffic Study the Village Board had commissioned to study traffic problems in Bellport Village. If you're a full time resident, part time resident or visitor to Bellport Village, I'm sure you're well aware of the speeding and reckless driving that takes place on South Country Road, Station Road and at or near the four corners in town.

I'm attaching a recording of the presentation and the illustrations that were presented, but I'll give you the bottom line now... In my opinion, the meeting was a waste of time and money (the Village Board never said how much money) and didn't tell us anything that all of us don't already know. There's excessive speeding on South Country Road, Station Road, and many of the side streets and there have been many accidents at some of the key corners in town, particularly at the four corners. Duh!  Click here for more information
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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. Registration for March children's programs starts Friday, March 1st at 9:30am. April children's program registration starts Monday, April 1st at 9:30am. Click here for descriptions of the upcoming programs.






New Classified Ad: Home Aide Services in Bellport

Classified Ad

A new classified ad has been posted for home aide services available. Click here for more information.






Hiking on Long Island: "A Walk to the Breach" by Rich Weissmann

Breach

In his continuing series highlighting the many wonderful, but little known, opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors on Long Island, this time, Rich Weissmann takes you for a walk to the breach. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the experience.  Click here for more information.






  
Increased Funding Available for Homeowners to Replace Old Cesspools and Septics

Reclaim our Water

An award of $10.025 million in State funding has allowed the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to increase the amounts of grants to homeowners who choose to replace their existing cesspools or septic systems with new Innovative/Alternative Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced. As part of an expansion of the County’s own Septic Improvement Program (SIP), homeowners who qualify under guidelines of the State Septic System Replacement Fund may be eligible to receive as much as $20,000 in combined County and State funding, according to the County Executive. The additional funding will make it less expensive for homeowners to voluntarily replace aging and failing cesspools with state-of-the-art technologies that significantly improve treatment, extend system life, and enhance safety.

“As the County continues its historic work to improve water quality, New York State has recognized Suffolk as the leading county statewide in the battle to reduce nitrogen pollution by awarding us 70 percent of the first year’s allocation under the State Septic Replacement Program,” said Bellone. “As I have said many times, replacing cesspools and septic systems is critical if we are to improve water quality, but it will never work unless we can make it affordable for homeowners. The County’s own program was an important step in the right direction, but the addition of this state funding will make it even easier for homeowners to replace their existing system with one designed to better protect the environment.”

Under the County’s Septic Improvement Program, homeowners can qualify for grants of up to $10,000 to replace their systems with new technologies which have been pilot tested and approved for use under the County’s Reclaim Our Water initiative. Under the State’s program approved in 2018, state funding can be added to local grants, making homeowners eligible for as much as $20,000 in combined County and State funding. The average cost of a system installed under the County program since it began is just under $22,000.

“The use of County and State grant funding can save homeowners who must replace their existing systems thousands of dollars, making it much more affordable to upgrade to a new IA system,” said Bellone. “Suffolk County is thankful to Governor Cuomo for his leadership in helping to make this state funding available, and for his strong support of our efforts to improve water quality.”

“Through this grant funding from New York State, Suffolk residents will be able to match the investment and commitment our county has already made to improving water quality,” said Majority Leader Kara Hahn, Chairwoman of the Legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee. “We all want to do right by our environment, but that obligation tends to wain the more significant the burden. With this additional funding, homeowners will have even greater incentive to replace antiquated cesspools and septic systems and find further proof that protecting our water won’t come at a unsustainable cost.”

Suffolk County has created an easy-to-use electronic application process for homeowners who qualify to apply. For more information, visit www.reclaimourwater.info
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