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July 2018




     
The South Country String Band Plays Cafe Castello
by Larry Sribnick

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The South Country String Band, of which I am a member, played to a packed house two recent Saturdays at Cafe Castello in Bellport Village. As you can see, audience participation, of all ages, was definitely part of our eclectic performances. If you missed us, we’ll be returning to Cafe Castello on August 4th and 11th from 6pm to 8:30pm and on August 3rd, we’ll be playing beginning at 4pm at Thomas Cornell Galleries, LTD. on Main Street in the Village for their Friday evening auction preview. The auction itself will be held on Sunday, August 5th.

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DEC Seeks Public Comments by August 2nd on Expanded General Permit for Bulkhead Removal and Replacement Projects

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized a draft General Permit that establishes new guidelines for bulkhead replacement and repair projects throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The proposed new draft General Permit provides expedited permit procedures for bulkhead projects throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, excluding coastal erosion hazard areas, high energy wave areas, areas within 10 feet of vegetated tidal wetlands and submerged aquatic vegetation, and marsh island communities within the bays of Nassau and Suffolk counties. Click here for more information.





     
Elvira Sails Again

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Enjoy this photo, taken by Phillip Alling, of Elvira as she takes to the water once again. This was Elvira’s first sail after her launch in Patchogue after a 13 year restoration project by the Carmans River Maritime Center in Brookhaven Hamlet. She’s now moored in Bellport Bay at the foot of Brown’s Lane in Bellport Village.





     
There’s a New Addition to the Peter’s Family

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The new Peter’s Kitchen, in Ronkonkoma, has joined Peter’s On The Green, here in Bellport, and Peter’s Luncheonette in Patchogue as an enjoyable place to have a great meal. These three family owned and operated restaurants feature great food and service. If you’ve eaten at one of the three locations, you’ll feel right at home at the other two. Chances are, you’ll even see some of the same friendly faces you already know.

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Peter’s Kitchen is located at 966 Portion Rd, in Ronkonkoma. To get there from Bellport, it’s about a 20 minute ride. Take Sunrise Highway west, to Nicolls Rd north, to Portion Rd west. Peter’s Kitchen is about a ¼ mile west of Nicolls on the left.

We’ve enjoyed Peter’s Luncheonette and Peter’s On The Green for many years and after having dinner at Peter’s Kitchen this week, we’re glad to report it’s the same.

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Lots of Support for The South Country Education Foundation Annual Auction & Cocktail Party

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On Saturday, July 14, 2018, the South Country Education Foundation, SCEF, will hold their Annual Auction to help support their many worthwhile educational programs in the South Country area. Pamela Lerner, owner of Pamela Lerner Home & Design, is a strong supporter of the SCEF and this year she’s outdone herself. She has donated a $1,000 Shopping Spree that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at this year’s SCEF Auction.

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As if this weren’t enough, David Ebner has donated several of his wonderful pieces. If you’re not familiar with David’s work, you’ll find more information below. These are very special pieces and will again go to the highest bidder at the SCEF Auction.

Pamela and David are just two of the many special people who donated items for the Auction to once again make it a huge success.

Click here for more information about Pamela Lerner Home & Design

Click here for more information about this year’s SCEF Auction

 

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David Ebner played a pivotal role in the development of studio furniture during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Ebner, who studied under Wendell Castle at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, is known for his elegant, pared down works that blur the line between furniture and sculpture. Through his groundbreaking efforts, Ebner has helped redefine studio craft furniture as functional art. After graduating from the School for American Craftsmen, Ebner studied at the London School of Furniture Design. He established his own studio in Long Island, New York, in 1973, where he continues to work. Ebner's furniture is represented in a number of major institutions, including the National Collection of Fine Art, Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the American Craft Museum in New York, the High Museum in Atlanta, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

 

 






June 2018




     
My Friend, Pastor Tom Philipp
by Larry Sribnick

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Where do I begin?

On Sunday, June 17th, there was a Memorial Service held for Pastor Tom Philipp who passed away the morning of June 13, 2018. Tom was the finest person I have ever known, not because we agreed on so much and our “Moral Compasses” were so similar, but because of who he was, how much he had accomplished, and how he always saw the best in people.

My world is a physical world, an engineering world. Parts fit or they don’t. Tom’s world was a world of people. He saw the best in people and when he saw the “less than best,” he worked his hardest to make things right. I can’t imagine how anyone could have ever had a bad word to say about Tom.

I’m not a member of Tom’s church, The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church located at the corner of South Country and Beaver Dam Roads in Brookhaven Hamlet. Instead, for almost ten years, Tom was a regular at the gathering over coffee every Tuesday morning at my home in Bellport Village. Tom would always bring green grapes for everyone to share and then he’d eat the donuts that some of the other 10 to 20, out of a universe of 30 to 40, coffee drinkers would bring.

Tom enjoyed these gatherings because of how diverse the group is. We have right wing, left wing, employed, unemployed, retired, former CIA, former NSA, attorneys, teachers, union negotiators, artists, musicians, politicians, you name ‘em, we’ve got ‘em.

Tom was in his element with this group. We would refer to ourselves as Tom’s second congregation. We were always aware of Tom’s character and presence, even at times when he told jokes I can’t repeat here.

We’re all going to miss Tom, but none of us will ever forget him. He had an impact on us and changed our lives, always for the better. The Memorial Service on Sunday was perfect. Tom’s friends swapping stories of who Tom had been to them and the impact he had made on their lives.

If you’d like to listen to my interview of Tom on his 80th birthday, just Click Here.

Visitation will be Friday evening, June 22nd, from 7PM-9PM at the Walker Funeral Home, 2039 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY. The Funeral will be at Old South Haven Church on Saturday, June 23rd at 11AM.

 

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BBHS Artists and Authors Series, A Conversation with Isabella & Ingrid Rossellini

Isabella and IngridOn Saturday, June 16, 2018, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held the latest in its Artists and Authors Series. This installment featured Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini and was billed as a conversation about each of their new books.

These programs are usually held in the BBHS’s Brown Building on Bell Street in the Village, but because of an anticipated large turnout for the program, it was moved to the Village Community Center. This move proved to be the right decision as every seat in the house was taken and then some. It really was a great turnout for a very interesting program.

The two sisters, Isabella and Ingrid Rossellini are twins, but their two books couldn’t be more different. Isabella Rossellini’s new book, “My Chickens and I,” is about her love for raising chickens at her farm in Bellport. Ingrid Rossellini’s new book, “Know Thyself Western Identity from Classical Greece to the Renaissance,” is about the ways civilization has shaped us and society. Their presentations, featuring many rare photos, were followed by questions, discussion, and a Wine and Cheese Reception held back at The Brown Building, a few doors away.

The next presentation in this series will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 6pm in the Brown Building located at 12 Bell Street. The program will be, “Designing Bellport, a behind the scenes look at 7th Avenue.

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Keep Families Together Rally Held at Lee Zeldin’s Office in Patchogue
by Larry Sribnick

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On Thursday, June 14, 2018, a “Keep Families Together” rally was held at Representative Lee Zeldin’s office (1st District of New York), located at 31 Oak Street in Patchogue. About 200 demonstrators showed up to raise awareness of the government’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. southern border. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called the administration’s actions “barbaric,” as Speaker Paul Ryan said the situation called for a legislative fix.” Pelosi went on to say, “The barbaric and unacceptable policy of ripping children from the arms of their parents at the border...barbaric. That’s not American. It’s not faith-based.”

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Bellport Garden Club Awards Scholarship to Anna Fishman

Anna FishmanThe members of the Bellport Garden Club are pleased and proud to have presented $1000 award to an extremely deserving young woman, Anna Fishman who will most certainly do wonderful things as a caretaker of our environment as she begins her college career.

Anna grew up in Port Washington, New York and moved to Brookhaven Hamlet, starting Bellport High School in 10th grade. She loves Bellport and has all positive things to say about the high school, particularly because of the diversity of the students, teachers and the experiences she has had in the last two years with both. She entered Center of Excellence, a club focused on bettering the community and became active right away helping to start a garden in the atrium which would supply food to be used in the High School.

She reached out to Sean Pilger, owner and manager of the HOG, Brookhaven Hamlet Organic Farm and began to do volunteer work there in her eleventh grade year. Some of her chores included seeding as well as harvesting and cultivating various crops. Anna feels she has learned quite a bit from Christina Cosentina, whom she met as a farmer on the HOG and who now works at Acobonac Farm on the east end. She recently had a three-month internship at the organic garden center, Sacred Gardens, in Center Moriches which is off Sunrise Highway on Wading River Road. This was her favorite farming experience as there were many unique opportunities to take care of specialty plants and learn about her agricultural passions such as orcharding and CSA management. A special opportunity was provided when she began to take care of the chickens and rabbits.

Anna FishmanIn twelfth grade when she was allotted a plot of land by the school she planted red Crimson Clover as a cover crop which she overwintered. This garden was funded with a grant from the Long Island Native Plant Initiative. This season Anna has planted native blueberries, rhubarb, tomatoes and a trio known as the three sisters which consists of beans, squash and corn. She hopes to continue planting throughout the season to establish a larger amount of harvestable vegetables.

Anna comes from a rich background in environmental interests. Her dad has a degree in Biochemistry and both her mom and her grandmother are avid gardeners whom she feels she learned quite a bit from. In addition her extended family have environmental interests as well. She has an uncle who is a wildlife biologist and another who is a tree specialist. She also has an Aunt who is working as a landscape architect.

Anna FishmanHer personal goals include a desire to own a small farm of her own, with a focus on vegetable and fruit crops. She’s also interested in the development of rooftop farming in inner cities. She hopes to work with schools to establish vegetable gardens with a functioning CSA model for students. This summer Anna will be taking the following courses: Uprooting Racism in the Food System at Soul Fire Food Farm, and Ecological Orcharding at Sterling College.

Anna plans to attend Sterling College in Vermont this fall where she will major in Sustainable Agriculture and hopes to minor in food ethics. She hopes to focus her studies on international indigenous farming and the integration of traditional techniques to urban farming. The college’s mission is heavily influenced by the idea of environmental stewardship and activism. It is a college where the students do much of the work in running the school itself doing everything from running the janitorial staff to managing the farms . Some of its goals are developing ethical hybrid seeds, educating the general public on food systems and decapitalizing the food industry.

Anna is also active in a musical duo where she sings with a guitar player. One wonders where she finds the time!

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Patricia's Hats on Display at the BBHS

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Anyone who has been to "The Bellport" remembers Patricia Trainor with her welcoming way and her wonderful hats. From the handwritten menu at The Bellport restaurant with its drawing of a blue straw boater, to the paintings of her wearing a cloche on the walls, they were the signature of a woman who loved hats.

Originally from the Washington DC area, Patricia and her husband Taylor moved to New York City after travels in India, Paris and London in search of adventures and good food.

Patricia was a woman of style, and worked with Sarah and Gary Wolkowitz of Hot Sox, and Eleanor Lambert, the doyenne of fashion public relations. When they had children and wanted to move out to the country, they found their way to Bellport and settled in to the community, making their dream to have a restaurant of their own come true. The fashion community followed them to the restaurant filling the tables on Friday nights when they arrived for the weekend. After a long drive on the LIE, they were welcomed with a hug and two kisses by Patricia and led to their favorite table for a glass of wine. The place was always filled with friends and laughter, Patricia overseeing the scene in one of her many hats.

Her husband Taylor has donated a collection of her hats in her memory for the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society to sell ($100) each as part of their fundraising summer exhibition, "Designing Bellport: 100+ Years of Fashionable Bellporters." Please visit the show and try on a hat... and maybe take one home! If those hats could talk, oh, the stories they would tell!

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society’s 2018 Gala

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Once again, on Saturday, June 2nd, The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their annual “Gala,” As usual, it was a very special event with great people, good food, music, and a wonderful Silent Auction of items donated for the event. Although the forecast was for possible rain, the weather couldn’t have been better for the event. The Historical Society’s Gala is always a great way to kick off the summer season in Bellport.

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Kate Browning Campaigns for Congress in Bellport Village

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On Saturday, June 2, 2018, about 50 Kate Browning supporters attended a rally/fundraiser held by Marc Rauch and Lisa Anderson at their home in Bellport Village. Kate Browning is running for Congress in the 1st NY Congressional District, the seat now held by Lee Zeldin. For 12 years, Kate Browning was a Suffolk County Legislator representing this area, the 3rd District, but term limits forced her to give up her seat. Kate Browning will be running in the Democratic Primary to be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

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May 2018




     
Café Castello is Kid Friendly
by Larry Sribnick

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Wednesday, May 30th was a beautiful day so we took a stroll down Main Street. As we approached Café Castello, we were greeted by the sound of young children having a wonderful time. So, we investigated.

It seems the Methodist Pre-School in town had gone on a field trip to Café Castello for lunch. The children were able to make their own, individual size, pizzas and they were about to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

It seems like Nick Gagliardi, the owner of Café Castello, is always coming up with new ways of doing something nice for the children in the Village. Sometimes it’s a free cookie or it might be making a private room available for a Birthday Party. Nick is a real softie for kids. While we were there, we noticed a very large “Thank You” note one of the kindergarten classes in town had sent to Nick. It seems they too had been given a chance to make their own individual pizzas and wanted to thank Nick and tell him how much they appreciated his help. Way to go Nick!






     
Bellport Village Memorial Day Parade

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The Annual Bellport Village Memorial Day Parade was held on Monday, May 28th. The parade traveled from the Village Green in front of the Community Center and then traveled up Bellport Lane/Station Road to the Village Cemetery.

There were too many groups represented to name them all, but you’ll see them in the photos we took. The Bellport Fire Department, Brookhaven Fire Department, Hagerman Fire Department, South Country Ambulance Company, local baseball and softball teams, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were all there including the South Country Peace Group and naturally, Bobby Sterling bringing up the rear. Fred Hall even brought a small Port Jeff Ferry, the PT Barnum, to the parade! VFW Post 8300 should be proud of the job they once again did in organizing the parade.

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Bellport Garden Club's Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale

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On Monday, May 28th, the Bellport Garden Club held their annual Memorial Day Plant Sale in conjunction with the Village’s Memorial Day Parade. A steady stream of lookers and buyers visited the Garden Club’s display on the Green in front of CVS on Main Street in the Village. There were perennials, annuals and herbs to pick from as well as gardening items and books of all types. All of the plants on sale had been grown by members of the Garden Club with all of the funds collected going to the Bellport Garden Club’s “Beautification Fund.”

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Pizza with a Cop

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On Monday, May 14th, the South Country Library sponsored the first “Pizza With A Cop” get-together for teens in the South Country School District. This free program gave local teens a chance to sit down and get to know local police officers from the 5th Police Precinct in a relaxed atmosphere. The teens could ask questions and share their thoughts. They could discuss issues that mattered to them and share what was on their minds while at the same time, enjoy a slice or two. The three officers from the 5th Precinct were joined by our local 3rd District Suffolk County Legislator, Rudy Sunderman, who also enjoyed a slice too.

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New Inlet Update

Inlet Breach Update

Charlie Flagg sent us his latest report from his recent flight over the new inlet. Click here for more information.






April 2018




     
South Country Unites, A Meet the Candidates Get-Together
by Larry Sribnick

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On Saturday, April 28, 2018, the recently formed political group, South Country Unites, held a “Meet The Candidates” style meeting in the Carriage House behind the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church located at 329 South Country Road, at the corner of Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. South County Unites is an indivisible-type group that describes itself as, “Residents of the South Country area joined together to stand up, speak out and actively participate in the democratic process.”

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This particular meeting was for three of the five Democratic Party Candidates running for Congress in the First Congressional District, Perry Gershon, Kate Browning, and David Pechefsky. On Saturday, May 12th, South Country Unites will hold a second, identical, meeting for the two remaining candidates, Elaine DiMasi and Vivian Viloria-Fisher. This second meeting will start promptly at 10am in the same location. The meeting is open to everyone, but you’re asked to bring your own chair if possible because of the size of the expected crowd. The Democratic Primary itself will be held on June 26, 2018.

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Rather than delivering long, canned, speeches, each candidate was given three minutes to introduce themselves to the approximately 100 people in attendance. Following their introduction, each candidate was then given approximately 15 minutes for a Question & Answer session made up of unannounced questions by South Country Unites which was followed by questions from the audience for an additional half hour or so.

The questions asked were far ranging. The subject areas included the Environment, the Opioids crises, the National Infrastructure, Taxes, the National Debt, Jobs on Long Island, Congress, Staffing and a host of other topics including “right to carry” gun laws. None of the questions were easy.

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Although I’m sure many people worked very hard to prepare and conduct this program, Anne Hayes should get a special mention for the way she conducted herself and the meeting. Many times I’ve seen meetings like this go off the rails and the person leading the meeting lose control of the group and the questioning. Anne did a great job and I’m sure everyone appreciates her effort.





       
Amy F. Thomas, Our “Pets” Photo Contest Winner

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We recently announced that Amy F. Thomas (left) had won our “Pets” photo contest. The prize for winning the contest was a beautiful gift basket presented by Pamela Lerner (right) of Pamela Lerner Home & Design. The basket included: The Bellport Candle, The Bellport Room Spray and Bellport Napkins. The value of the prize package was $60.

There were many great photos entered in the contest, but Amy’s photo of her children and dog walked away with the votes. If you didn’t have a chance to submit a photo, don’t worry, we’ll be having another photo contest soon. In the meantime, click here to take a look at Amy’s winning photo, as well as past winners of our photo contests.






       
Bicycling in Bellport

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You probably know that Bellport Village is a “Mecca” for serious bicycle riders, but you’re probably not aware that bicycle riders aren’t always welcomed by some of the shops and businesses in town. Recently, Café Castello was awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation,” by the Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association for its help. Specifically, Nick Gagliardi, the owner of Café Castello, was given the award, “For allowing our member to utilize your location of business as a rest stop. Your kindness and generosity to the cycling community is greatly appreciated.” Frankly, this doesn’t surprise us. Nick has always been there for everyone when they needed some help of something special. Good for you Nick!






       
The South Country Ambulance Company’s Ground Breaking

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On Sunday April 8th, 2018 Officers and Members of the South Country Ambulance Company were joined by dozens of community members, elected officials and dignitaries for the groundbreaking of their new headquarters near the corners of Station Road and Beaver Dam Road in Bellport. Over five years ago the department, working closely with governing bodies and members of the community, developed a plan to erect a new life saving facility. This facility’s purpose will be to provide for improved EMS response and training, while safely housing the Ambulance Company’s volunteers.

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Ambulance Company Chairman of the Board of Directors, Louis Valentino, said, “We are grateful for the overwhelming support of our community and hope this building stands for the next 100 years as a beacon for the preservation of human life.”

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Chief of the Department Gregory C. Miglino Jr. echoed those words and added, “The health of our community and the health of our volunteers go hand and hand. This new facility will help us to achieve both, as we move further into the 21st century.”

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Those pictured include: Congressman Lee Zeldin, Assemblyman Dean Murray, Suffolk County Legislator Rudy Sunderman, Supervisor Edward Romaine, Town Councilman Michael Loguercio, Town of Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes Lou Marcoccia, Bellport Village Trustee Steve Mackin, Former Bellport Village Mayor Frank C. Trotta, Chief Kieran Murphy Chief Bellport FD, Long Island Medical Center (formerly Brookhaven Memorial Hospital) President and CEO Richard T. Margulis and Commander Post 8300 VFW James Vaughan.

South Country Ambulance Board Member’s: Chairman Louis Valentino, Michelle Fagan, Rob LePre, Lisa Rene and Treasurer Jamie Johnson.

South Country Ambulance Chiefs Office: Chief of the Department Gregory C. Miglino Jr., Chief of Operations Luis Salinas, Chief of Administration Amy F. Thomas, Asst. Chief of Operations Anthony Cerullo and Secretary Dawn Monahan.

South Country Building Committee Members: Captain of Special Operations Neil Thomas, Lieutenant of Special Operations Rob Le Pre and Special Assistant to the Chief of Department George VanSchaick.

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Bellport Youth Excel at Chess

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On March 25th, three youth members of the Bellport Chess Club traveled to Manhattan for the Epiphany Spring Chess Tournament. Zongxia Li, a senior at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School, earned the 2nd place trophy in his division. Kevin Gonzalez, a fifth grade student at Frank P. Long School in Bellport, earned the 3rd place trophy in his division. Chelsea Gonzalez, a third grade student at Kreamer Street Elementary School, placed in the top ten in her division. The Bellport Chess Club is a program of the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area, and meets 12-2 pm on Saturdays.

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In celebration of the Bellport Chess Club's fifth anniversary, they are hosting a chess tournament on Saturday, April 28th at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area. For information and registration, contact the tournament organizer, Jason A. Neal at jasontheleader@gmail.com






"Sure Miss Bellport" Letter From Jo Ann McGrath

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In our "Sure Miss Bellport" column, we invite you to take a trip down memory lane with ex-Bellport residents as they remember growing up in the Village. Our most recent letter comes from Jo Ann McGrath. Click here to read her letter.






March 2018




2018 Bellport Easter Bonnet, Crazy Hat Parade

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On Saturday, March 31st, The Bellport Chamber of Commerce once again hosted the Annual Easter Bonnet & Crazy Hat Parade. The weather for this joyful celebration of spring couldn’t have been better; lots and lots of sun and temperatures in the high 50’s. Boys and girls of all ages were invited to create their own colorful hats and bonnets and join in the fun. The parade started at the Bellport Fire Department on Main Street and traveled down to the four corners where it made a left and proceeded to the Village Gazebo, across the street from the Bellport Village Community Center. A great time was had by all! Click here to see more photos of the Parade.





          
"The Manhattan Project and Brookhaven Lab" - A Conversation with Tom Williams and Friends, Moderated by David Tereshchuk

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If you were charged with coming up with a name for a project that might develop a “Gadget,” the Atomic Bomb, that could end WWII, what would you call the project? It’s a Top Secret project so you don’t want anything that would attract attention. Something simple and nondescript... The “Bicycle Project?” No, that’s too simple and nondescript. Its shear simplicity would attract attention. How about “The Manhattan Project?” Manhattan is the last place you’d think of as being associated with a Gadget like the Atomic Bomb.

Well, it turns out that Manhattan made a lot of sense. It seems that there were engineering centers for scientific and engineering research all over the United States at the time and one of them was located just below midtown Manhattan, hence, The Manhattan Project!

This program, offered by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, featured “My Dad and the Manhattan Project.” A wonderful presentation by Thomas B. Williams about his Dad, Clarke Williams’, role working on the Manhattan Project and the creation and development of Brookhaven National Lab. Tom’s Dad, Clark, was the first scientist hired and sent to Brookhaven Lab after work on the Manhattan Project was completed.

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Tom was followed by Thomas Ludlam’s presentation on Brookhaven National Lab Today. The Lab has 2,600 employees and is visited by 4,000 “users,” scientists and engineers, from all over the world, each year. The Lab has an annual budget of $582 million and although the Lab is normally closed to the public, each summer the Lab does open its doors to the public on six designated Sundays.

The next presentation was by Raymond Diaz who discussed BNL’s work in the field of Nuclear Safeguards and Non-Proliferation. The objective of this work is to prevent the development and spread of nuclear weapons around the world.

Over all, it was a fascinating program that we couldn’t imagine happening outside of a University environment. If you haven’t taken advantage of these wonderful programs offered by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, you’re really missing out on something very special. Bellport.com will be sure to let you know about new, upcoming, programs.

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The Bellport Fire Department’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Considering how bad the weather has been lately, the Bellport Fire Department couldn’t have had a nicer day to hold their 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 24th. The parade started at 11am, traveled down Station Road to the Four Corners, and then turned left to the Fire House.

This year, the parade Honored Grand Marshall Gerard James Veitch who traveled down the parade route in a bright red fire engine. Families, friends, and neighbors were all welcome to attend and following the parade, the Bellport Fire House Beer Garden was open from 12pm to 4pm. There was food, beverages, music, and games. All and all, it was a great day for a great, annual, event in the Village.

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March For Our Lives Rally at Rep. Lee Zeldin's Patchogue Office
by Larry Sribnick

March for our lives rally

On Friday, March 23rd, the following short message appeared in my inbox, “High noon at 31 Oak Street Patchogue. Bring drums! Signs! Bang!” Needless to say, I was intrigued. I followed the link that was also included, and found myself on the “March For Our Lives” Facebook page where I found the following information...

”On March 24 the constituents of NRA supporter Rep. Lee Zeldin will join the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the world to march for the lives of children everywhere. School shootings are not a mental health issue, they're not a security issue, they are a GUN issue. All assault rifles should be banned and common sense gun laws enacted by Congress. And if our current representative can't get behind that, we will vote him out. #NeverAgain”

Chances are you saw at least some of the “wall to wall” coverage of the “March For Our Lives” demonstrations which were literally held all over the world, and particularly here in the US, on Saturday. A bus to Washington DC, for students and community members, left from The Boys and Girls Club parking lot at 4 AM so members of our community could join the event.

We’d like to thank Elizabeth Markow-Brown for sending us some photos from the Patchogue Rally.

March for our lives rally

March for our lives rally

March for our lives rally





     
Pets Photo Contest Winner Announced!/span>

Pets Photo Contest

Our "Pets Photo Contest" yet again proved that the pets in the South Country area are the cutest around! There were so many amazing photos! 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.

Pamela Lerner

We'd like to congratulate Amy F. Thomas for submitting the winning photograph! Amy has won this beautiful gift basket from Pamela Lerner Home & Design. The basket includes: The Bellport Candle, The Bellport Room Spray and Bellport Napkins (total prize package value, $60). This unisex fragrance is loved by all and is an Pamela Lerner Home & Design exclusive!

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





     
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 for more information about Spectrum Physical Therapy.






     
Theater Party Fundraiser for the Pilot Club of Patchogue

Pilot Club

On Sunday, March 4th, The Pilot Club of Patchogue held a Theater Party Fundraiser at Theater Three in Port Jefferson. A Hot Luncheon and Basket Raffle was held followed by a performance of the musical, "Nunsense." Nunsense is an outrageous musical comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken putting on a fundraiser. This fundraiser helps support the Pilot Club of Patchogue's community service projects.

Pilot Club

Pilot Club






     
New South Country Radio Performance: "The Life of Riley- Simon the Waiter"

South Country Radio

If you’re wise enough to remember The Life of Riley – a smile is now transforming your face and you can’t wait to press play on this screen! Playcrafters Theatre Company and Bellport.com are proud to present our 3rd installment of South Country Radio – a classic comedy that transcends its 71 years and is still relevant today. Click here for more information.






     
New Inlet Update

New Inlet Update

Charlie Flagg sent us his latest report from his recent flight over the new inlet. Click here for more information.






     
Flooding at the Dock After the Recent Storm

Flooded Dock

Thanks, Robert R. Clock for sending us your photo of the dock after our recent storm.






February 2018




     
Camp Upton: A Talk and Book Signing by Suzanne Johnson

Camp Upton

Camp UptonOn Saturday, February 24th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held a Talk and Book Signing for Suzanne Johnson, Co-Author of Camp Upton, a new book about the history of Camp Upton right here on Long Island where Brookhaven Lab now stands.

Work began on Camp Upton in September of 1917 and it opened in December of 1917. The Camp is named for General Emory Upton of Civil War fame.

In preparation for WWI, Camp Upton housed 40,000 soldiers and you could hear 26 different languages being spoken at the camp. The site was chosen because of its proximity to NY City and rail lines. Originally called “Camp Long Island,” the name was soon changed to Camp Upton.

In preparation for WWI, training was conducted in hand-to-hand combat as well as tanks and dealing with barbed wire and gas attacks. The “trenches,” which were dug in order to train for trench warfare, can still be found on the grounds of Brookhaven Lab. At one time, 15,000 mules and horses, used for pulling artillery pieces, were housed on the site.

Famed song writer Irving Berlin, was drafted in 1918 and was sent to Camp Upton. It is said that in order to entertain the troops and gain a promotion, Irving Berlin wrote the play Yip Yip Yaphank which featured the song, Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning.

After the war, the troops returned to Camp Upton to be “demobilized” and then sent home. The Camp was reactivated for WWII, but on a smaller scale. The camp was used as an “internment” camp for approximately 250 German, Italian, and Japanese aliens during WWII as well as for 500 prisoners of war. In 1947, the camp became Brookhaven National Lab which sits on this historic site today.

The presentation was very well attended and as always, BBHS President, Joan Kaelin, provided an outstanding array of refreshments. The next special event will be a presentation, “The Manhattan Project From Los Alamos to Brookhaven National Lab” on Saturday, March 31st. These programs are Free for BBHS members and Guests are only $15 each, including refreshments.

Camp Upton

Camp Upton






January 2018




     
Scootering in Bellport

Scootering

Thanks, Roger Baker for sending us your photo and note about ice boating in Bellport (or lack thereof!)

Well boys & girls,

Yes it was 9 years ago when we last went scootering on Bellport Bay. Arianna Baker, Rachel Pokorny and members of the ODU sailing team made the trip up for some hard water sailing. We were almost there this year, till the Thursday blizzard did us in. Still a couple of weeks to go, so there is hope. As you know Bellport is the self-proclaimed "Home of the Scooter" and will welcome the opportunity for us to return to the ice at the end of the dock or along the Village shores!

Moholo,
Rog
Roger Baker

 





     
Snow Photos

Snow

Snow

Snow

We'd like to thank Jennifer Vorbach for sending us her photos from the recent snowfall!






     
The Om-en Gratitude Party at Café Castello

Om-en

Here’s a really nice story. The band, Om-en, often plays in and around Bellport. They wanted to celebrate the end of their year so they threw a “Gratitude” party for their fans, friends, and the rest of the Bellport community at Café Castello on Main Street in Bellport Village. The party was held on December 30th and featured free food and live music for everyone who attended.

Om-en is a talented group of spiritually connected souls sharing the positive message and energy of their original songs. They say 100% of any monies they are paid for their performances is donated by the band for the prevention of teenage suicide, a wonderful cause.

The band’s unusual name, Om-en, is derived from the sound and spiritual symbol “Om” and its members include John Sparling lead songwriter, rhythm guitarist and lead and backup vocals, lead vocalist, 18 year old, Shannon Gibbons, Peter Dillon on bass, Brian Sagerstrand, percussionist, and Kim Townsend and Adam Roe are the band’s lead guitarists.

Although a couple of inches of snow fell on December 30th in the Village, it didn’t dampen the fun or enthusiasm everyone in the band and in the audience. Naturally, as is always the case, the food served at the Gratitude Party by Café Castello was outstanding.

Om-enOmen






     
Ice at HOG Farm

Ice

We'd like to thank Jane Tierney for sending us this neat photo of ice at the HOG Farm in Brookhaven.