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Local Coronavirus Information - Updated 2/26 at 7:00pm

We continue to update our Coronavirus section on regularly with:
• Daily Local Case Counts (Bellport, North Bellport, Brookhaven Hamlet, East Patchogue and the Town of Brookhaven)
• Daily Suffolk County Data (Case Counts, Antibody Testing, Hospitalization Info and Fatalities)
• Updates from Gov. Cuomo
• Additional links and information related to COVID-19

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COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Leg. Sunderman has provided us with an extensive list of locations and links for public COVID Vaccine distribution sites and testing locations throughout Suffolk and Nassau County. Click here for more information.



Help Wanted

Part-Time Nanny Wanted in Bellport

A family in Bellport is looking for a part-time nanny for three to four afternoons per week. Click here for more information.


Order Online

Online Ordering Now Available at Café Castello

Would you like to place an order at Café Castello with you Smart Phone, iPad, or Desktop Computer? Now, you can! Café Castello has added the convenience of “Online” ordering. Just select your favorites from Café Castello’s menu and choose a pick-up time. It’s that easy! Click here for more information.



Photo Contest

Cafe Castello

Cast Your Vote in the "Show Us Your Pets" Photo Contest!

Voting is now open in's "Pets" Photo Contest. 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. Voting will only be open until midnight on Saturday, February 27th! Click here to cast your vote!

The prize? A good one! The winner with the most votes for their photograph will receive a $50 gift certificate to Café Castello. Café Castello is a family owned and operated restaurant in Bellport Village. They take pride in using only the finest and freshest quality ingredients in preparing each and every item on their menu. 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. Café Castello is open seven days a week for everything from a snack to a full dinner!



Free Virtual Narcan Training on Tuesday, February 23rd

A free virtual Narcan training will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7:00pm-8:00pm via ZOOM. This training will cover how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal Naloxone (Narcan). Click here for more information, including how to register.


Kindergarten Registration

South Country Central School District Kindergarten and Pre-K Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

 The South Country Central School District will begin registering for Pre-K and Kindergarten during the month of March for the 2021-2022 school year.  Click here for more information.


South Country Library

South Country Library March / April Newsletter

The South Country Library continues to offer many services virtually to our community. Family and youth activities, book discussions, adult educational programming and more! Click here for their latest newsletter and to see what the South Country Library has been up to!


Help Wanted

Teachers/Aides/Subs Wanted for Private Elementary School

A private elementary school in Westhampton is looking to hire teachers, aides and subs for immediate employment. Click here for more information.


Special Offer

Special Offer for Children's Dental Month in February from Dr. Graskemper, the Bellport Village Dentist

To better educate the children in our community to the needs of preventive dentistry, Dr. Joseph P Graskemper, The Bellport Village Dentist, is providing a "Kids Helping Kids Special"-- Cleaning, Examination, Fluoride Treatment, and all necessary X-rays for children ages 3 to 12 for less than ½ the regular fees during the month of February. For your child's introduction appointment to a happy healthy smile or even an appointment for yourself to start the year with a bright smile, call The Bellport Village Dentist today! Click here for more information.



News from CEED: Youth Programs and Job Opportunities

CEED (The Center for Environmental Education & Discovery) has several youth programs coming up to get your kids outside and learning about nature! They also have some job opportunities available.

Nature of Science - Grades 1-6
5 Weeks Beginning February 24th

Are you looking for an enriching and healthy way for your child to learn? CEED's third session of their successful Nature of Science program begins February 24th. This program immerses your child into interactive science developed by experienced educators and scientists. Most of the lessons are implemented outdoors in their natural classroom. The theme for this session is Adaptations. How have LI animals and plants adapted to live in the environment we have today? Your child will engage with animals from creepy crawlers to birds of prey, investigate why evergreens don’t lose their leaves in winter and why different birds have different beaks. Click here for more information and to register.


Spring Nature Experience - Grades 1-7
March 29th-April 2nd

Immerse your child(ren) into an authentic hands-on fun week at the farm and in nature. Your child will not only experience nature this week at CEED, but will also learn what it is like to live on a farm. Part of the day will be spent caring for and feeding the animals on a farm, preparing the gardens and planting early spring crops. The other part of the day will be spent exploring CEED's 65 acres of woods, creeks, and marshland for frogs, salamanders, and a whole host of other wildlife with which they share their property. Your child is certainly going to go home tired and dirty everyday. Click here for more information and to register.


Job Opportunities at CEED
CEED is looking for some dynamic, energetic people who have the same passion for nature that CEED has in helping to provide the foundation or launch-pad for our youth. These positions will be full-time during the weeks of March 29th-April 2nd and July 12th-August 13th for CEED's Spring and Summer Nature/ Farm experiences. There may be part-time opportunities at other times. Click here for more information about these job opportunities.


Help Wanted

Help Wanted at THOS. CORNELL GALLERIES, LTD. in Bellport Village

THOS. CORNELL GALLERIES, LTD in Bellport Village is seeking to hire someone with an art history degree or background. Click here for more information.



New Article: The Negative Effects of Not Exercising and Inactivity

An inactive lifestyle leads to a gradual decline in many important markers for cardiovascular health, such as heart disease, hypertension, increased cholesterol, lower HDLs, and decreased efficiency of the muscles absorbing oxygen. These alone should motivate most people to get up off of their chairs, or COUCHES, and get out and be more active! Dr. Gary Welch of Spectrum Physical Therapy has written a very informative article about why it's so important that we all continue to MOVE! Click here for more information.


South Country Library

Upcoming Virtual Programs from the South Country Library

The South Country Library continues to offer many programs virtually to our community. Exercise sessions, book discussions, adult educational programming and more! Click here for more information about some of their upcoming virtual programs.



New Editorial: Letters to the Editor

We recently received a letter from one of our readers criticizing our Letters To The Editor section. The sender felt the LTTE section was slanted towards the “Village” and it was one sided. There was no room for opposing views. In fact our reader said, “People were afraid to express their opinions for fear of being ridiculed or blasted!” Wow, are we guilty as charged?  Click here to read the new Editorial.


Help Wanted

Part-Time Job at Bellport United Methodist Church

The Bellport United Methodist Church is looking for a part-time Church Sexton to take care of various maintenance projects on the Church grounds. Click here for more information.



Supportive Services for Veteran Families

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides assistance to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Suffolk and Nassau counties. Click here for more information about the program.



New Editorial: Letter From the Village Board to Village Slip Holders

Let’s say you rent a hotel room in Phoenix Arizona for the month of February (75 to 80 degrees) as a “get away” from the winter cold in Bellport. When you arrive in Phoenix, the hotel tells you that they are doing work on your room so your vacation will have to be cut short by a week. Their good news is that, without discussing it with you, the hotel has decided to give you back your missing week, but it will be in August (115 degrees in the shade) to compensate you for the lost week in February, Would that be fair? Would you accept it? That’s what seems to be proposed by the Village Board to Village resident slip holders in the Village Marina. Click here to read the new Editorial.


Letters to the Editor

New Letters to the Editor Posted

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



In-Office or At-Home Outpatient Physical Therapy from Spectrum Physical Therapy

Spectrum Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing you the best in outpatient physical therapy even at times like these. You’ll find that they are courteous, professional, and highly trained. Spectrum can provide hands-on manual therapy along with a specific exercise program based on your injury, pain, impairments, or functional limitations. In addition to their long list of usual therapeutic services, they also offer “Outpatient Physical Therapy” provided at your home. Click here for more information.


Town of Brookhaven

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro invites high school seniors residing within Brookhaven Town to apply for one of two $500 Highway Superintendent’s Association scholarships. Applicants should submit a cover letter and high school transcript, with a 400-word maximum essay about why they plan to pursue a career in engineering. Applications should be submitted to by Friday, February 19, 2021.



The South Country Education Foundation Needs Your Support More Than Ever!

The South Country Education Foundation's summer auction and cocktail party was cancelled but there is much that will carry on in local schools. Hybrid education will continue. Schools have opened. SCEF is there to enhance and enrich the classrooms in this school district in old ways and new. And, we know you are too. Music, art, microloans, portable planetariums, audio-books, programs that connect schools to home, extra supplies to help educators connect with students virtually. All of it. And more. Support the SCEF with a tax deductible donation to stand with them and their goal for a stronger, richer, public education in South Country! Click here for more information.


17 Stillwood

Eileen Green Realty Posts Home for Sale in Brookhaven Hamlet

Eileen Green Realty has posted a home for sale in Brookhaven Hamlet. This custom-built, log cabin is tucked away on an acre of land in Brookhaven Hamlet. If you or someone you know is looking for a new home, be sure to check it out! Click here for more information.


Dinner to Go

Dinners "To Go" from the Bellport Country Club

The Bellport Country Club's "Dinners to Go" offer has been extended! This menu offers meal packages and individual items and is available all winter! Why spend time shopping, cooking and cleaning this winter season when you can spend all of that time safely at home with your family? Click here for more information.


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.


Featured Photo of the Week

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Thank You

The Classifieds Work!

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

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