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March 2020





     
The Bellport Country Club Serves 1,400 Free Meals!

Country Club

The Bellport Country Club wanted to do something to help families in our community who needed meals during this incredibly challenging time. They decided to provide meals-to-go for our neighbors in need at no cost! No questions asked!

Well, Wednesday, March 25th was the first day of this program and the Bellport Country Club gave out 1,200 free meals! Because of the response from the community, they plan on giving out another 200 free meals on Thursday, March 26th. The Country Club is going to try to repeat this program once a week if possible.

It’s wonderful that at these stressful times, we’re seeing the best in people brought out. A huge Thank You to the Bellport Country Club!

 






February 2020





     
Local Artist Renames Four Streets, For One Day, In Honor Of Black History Month

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Local artist, Mikael Levin, came up with a unique way to draw attention to the history of slavery in Bellport’s past. I’ll let Mikael explain...

“For today, February 29th, this last day of Black History month, I am renaming four streets that bear the names of prominent early Bellport families. The new names are of those people they owned as slaves. Browns Lane will become Jude Lane. Brewster Lane will become Peter Lane. Tuthill Lane will become Sebra Lane. Osborn Lane will become Thomas Lane and Reuben Lane. I am performing this one-day renaming action to honor those women, men, and children who were enslaved right here in Bellport, even if all this happened a long time ago.

Whom our streets are named after speaks to who we are. In my work as an artist I often seek to place everyday scenes in a larger cultural and historical context. This action is designed to raise critical consciousness of how the legacy of slavery here and across Long Island is one of the factors impacting our divided community to this day.

Under a 1788 New York State law regarding the freeing of enslaved people, slave masters listed the names of those that they were going to set free. Miriam Brown listed Jude; Mills Brewster listed Peter; Nathaniel Tuthill declared that the child Sebra would be set free when of age; and Henry P. Osborn listed Thomas and Reuben. These families probably had other enslaved people as well, not listed here.

This action is not about whether the Browns, Brewsters, Osborns and Tuthills lived specifically on these streets, and this action is not only about these four families. There were additional slave owning families in the area.

Below are photos of the street signs Mikael renamed.

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Reuben Lane

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Honors Black History Month

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On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, the BBHS, held another program in their Local History series. This time, in honor of Black History Month, the program featured Dr. Georgette Grier-Key speaking on the history of Bellport’s Ruth African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church on Station Road right here in Bellport Village. Back in April of 2017, Bellport.com covered the 184th Anniversary of the church’s founding in Bellport. Here’s a link to our coverage at that time.

Dr. Grier-Key’s program started off with a brief history of the seven major Black denominations and Black Churches on the east end of Long Island. It then turned to the history of the Ruth African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church here in Bellport. The church was founded by Charles Carle in 1838. Rev. Madge H. Thompson leads the church today and a descendant of Charles Carle still attends the church today.

If you weren’t able to attend the BBHS program on Saturday, Click Here to listen to Dr. Grier Key’s presentation regarding the Ruth African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church.

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The DSAI 2nd Annual Cultural Empowerment Event

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On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the DSAI, Doing Something About It, held their 2nd Annual Cultural Empowerment Event at the Boys & Girls Club located at 471 Atlantic Ave., in Bellport.

First, we have to apologize. Because of the late start of the DSAI Event, and an overlap in scheduling between the DSAI Event and the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society’s Local History program on the Ruth African Methodist Episcopalian Zion Church, we just couldn’t be in two places at the same time and had to leave the DSAI Event early so we could cover the BBHS event too. As a result, we couldn’t cover the DSAI Event the way we would have liked to. We’ll make up for it in the future. We promise!

Doing Something About It, DSAI, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. When they say they are Doing Something About It, they mean they are taking action to solve problems, not just talking about those problems. DSAI’s dedicated vision is raising low income neighborhoods from their low socioeconomic status (SES), and creating self-sufficient, supportive, and unified communities by being proactive to strengthen these communities.

DSAI believes in sharing effort with communities wanting to do better, having respect and love for one another, and building generational wealth for future generations. DSAI wants to foster a better environment, help bring an interest and a desire to learn, and encourage our youth to aspire to have a better education so that they can fill positions of power to fight against injustices within these communities. They believe it is truly about building a prosperous environment to live in peacefully, spiritually, and with good physical and mental health so as to achieve these goals for all. They are, Doing Something About It!

The Cultural Empowerment program began with a few words from DSAI CEO/President Baron A. Permenter who was followed by motivational guest speakers, Council woman Valerie M. Cartright, Councilman Michael Loguercio and Senator Monica Martinez. The program even included a Hypnotist/Comedian, poetry, music, dance, and speakers from Compass Unity.

Before we had to leave, we were able to snap a few photos of the vendors and DSAI volunteers who helped make the program possible. We’re already looking forward to next year.

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Breach Update

Inlet

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






     
An Open Mic at Café Castello

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On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, eight local musicians decided to attend Café Castello’s first ever Open Mic hosted by Hank Stone. If you’re familiar with the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series, you already know what an “Open Mic” is, but if you’re not, an Open Mic is an opportunity for performers of all types, singers, musicians, comedians, poets, to stand up in front of a live audience and show what they’ve got. For about 15 minutes, they have the spotlight and microphone all to themselves so that they can practice and hone their performing skills.

The level of musicianship Tuesday night was first rate and the food could not be beat. The Italian food at Café Castello is always wonderful, but this time Nick Gagliardi, owner of Café Castello, even added a special Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 with half price wine, beer, and a selection of special appetizers.

If you weren’t able to attend, or would like to, Café Castello’s Open Mic will be held the first Tuesday of every month from now on, starting at 6pm. The next Open Mic will be Tuesday, March 3, 2020 so come on down and enjoy an evening of great entertainment and food. Click here for more information.

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January 2020





     
Would You Like to See What’s Behind the Curtain?

BBYC

You probably know that work has begun down at the marina. You probably also know that the work area has been surrounded by curtains to either block the public’s view, or more likely, to help avoid someone driving into the wire fencing around the site out of habit.

Well, the great folks at the Bellport Yacht Club have repositioned the video camera atop their club house so that you can monitor progress on the marina, 24/7! What a great idea!!!

Click here for a link to the Bellport Yacht Club’s website where you can watch it all.