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Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Editorial.

March 31, 2020

Positive Event

I have a story.....I live in East Patchogue and it was my daughter's 14th birthday yesterday. She was sad because her friends and family couldn't be here to celebrate with us on this joyous occasion. Her dad and I tried our best to decorate the house to surprise her when she woke. She liked it. Two of her friends surprised her by dropping off a present for her outside our front door. She was so happy. Then my sister in law and her family drove by and sang "Happy birthday" to her from their car. She felt special. After eating her dinner and cake of choice, when it was bedtime, her dad and I asked her if she enjoyed her birthday and she said "yes" and smiled. Our hearts were full and I was appreciative for those who went the extra mile for our daughter. So this is our story about creativity at its best for the people you care about during this hard time we are all facing today. I hope I put a smile on all of your faces and you all felt the joy that our family felt that day of our daughters 14th birthday.

I hope you like our story Larry. Thanks.

Holly Negron
East Patchogue, NY



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Editorial.

March 31, 2020

Look for the Helpers

I wanted to mention a beautiful person who is doing her part and reaching out to help those in need. Her name is Debbie Henriksen and she is a Teacher Assistant at Kreamer Street School. She has just delivered 50 homemade medical masks to the Long Island Community Hospital! Not only that, she’s getting ready to make 50 more to fill their needs.

Debbie is an incredible human being, selflessly reaching out to answer the call and providing masks to our medical community!!

Kariann Marziliano
Bellport, NY



Editor's Note: The Village Board Fiddles While The World Burns?

I read this on the Village’s website a few days ago and I thought, “Na, they can’t be serious. They’ll be sure to take it down.” Well, today is Monday, March 30th, it’s still up, and we received the following Letter To The Editor today. If Village Hall is serious about this, “Are you kidding???” If the Village Board just hasn’t gotten around to taking it down, it’s time to.

March 30, 2020

Let Them Golf?

I just learned this morning, that as of April 1st our Golf Club is being opened. How can something as irresponsible as opening the golf course occur while there are hundreds of people dying in our state? Who would allow or encourage an opening, which could further spread the virus further into our community? Our local government should be ashamed of this unwise choice of allowing our residents’ health be jeopardized for the entertainment of a few fools. Wake up!

Russell J. Nardozza
Bellport, NY



March 24, 2020

Thanks to Cirillo’s

When I read about Cirillo’s new service on, I thought it was too good to be true. Their new service is for seniors who are not able to leave the house to do their food shopping.

When I called the store, I was delighted to learn how it operates. You call them with your grocery list and you speak to real person, in my case, it was Marina. She was very polite and knowledgeable about what was in stock or when it would be available. She also said that if they didn’t have something that I had ordered, she would call me back with other options. Finally, when the order was ready for pick up, she would call me, and I should call the store back when I arrived.

In fact, this is exactly what happened. The service was as advertised and very prompt and courteous.

This service will be invaluable to those of us in that “age range” who don’t have someone to do their shopping for them. Most importantly, it keeps us seniors and the whole community healthy and provides peace of mind, too.

Thank you to Cirillo’s for making this wonderful service available. I will be a loyal customer long after this pandemic is over.

Phyllis Hartmann
Bellport, NY



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to a letter received below about our recent Op-Ed.

March 23, 2020

In Response to Bonny Clark

Please inform me as to what facts I have incorrect. Could it be the bid results? My information comes from a FOIL response from the Village. Could it be the completion date? That was in the bid documents supplied by the Village. Could it be the work to be accomplished in the contract? Again, from the supplied bid documents.

Roger Baker
Patchogue, NY



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Op-Ed.

March 16, 2020

Roger Baker Letter

I wish you had fact-checked Roger Baker's letter before you printed it.

Hope you are well.

Bonny Clark
Bellport Village



Editor's Note: This letter is in response to our recent Seen & Heard Article about the BBHS's Black History Month Program.

March 1, 2020

BBHS Black History Month Program

Thanks for the pictures and news on the February 25 issue. It was great to be able to listen to Dr. Grier Key's presentation for those who were not able to attend.

Nancy Marr
East Patchogue