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April 2019





    
A Great Idea and Service to Our Community
by: Larry Sribnick, Editor

Cafe Castello

This is one of those stories that reminds me of why I love Bellport so much.

NickRecently, Mary Butler approached Nick Gagliardi, the owner of Café Castello on Main Street in the heart of the Village, with an idea. Mary explained that there are Seniors in the Village who because of their age or physical restrictions, can’t drive at night or go out for a great meal at Café Castello. Mary suggested that Nick start a Home Delivery Service at Café Castello. Nick explained that he just doesn’t have the staff for such a service, but he would think about it.

Well, what Nick came up with isn’t a delivery service, but it’s almost as good. On Tuesdays, FOR SENIORS ONLY, Café Castello is offering a FREE home delivery service for local seniors. The hours are from 11am to 2pm for lunch and from 5pm until 9pm for dinner on Tuesdays only. Seniors can order over the phone from the Café’s menu and THERE’S NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR HOME DELIVERY. The price of the meal will be as listed on Café Castello’s menu. Nick hopes that this new service isn’t abused because he’d hate to have to discontinue it. It’s not meant to be a general home delivery service, but is instead a special service meant only for local seniors.

A big THANKS goes to Mary Butler and Nick Gagliardi!

Click here for Café Castello's menu.

Click here for more information about Café Castello.

Give them a call at 631-803-8369 or 631-803-8370.






    
South Country Education Foundation Fall and Winter Grant Winners Announced

SCEF

Founded in 1998, the South Country Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to improving educational opportunities for all students in the South Country Central School District. The mission of the Foundation is to promote and enhance educational initiatives by providing supplemental financial support for projects and programs that are outside the South Country school budget.

Since their founding, they have granted over $1,000,000 to teachers, administrators, students and community groups in our district who have come to them with their innovative and creative ideas. Funding for these grants comes from generous donations to the foundation by community members, alumni and local nonprofits as well as from the proceeds of their annual cocktail party and auction.

Click here for a list of their Fall and Winter grant winners.






    
"Release the Report" Protest Rally at 31 Oak Street

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On April 4, 2019, several local political groups, including “South Country Unites,” exercised their First Amendment rights and held a protest rally in front of Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office located at 31 Oak Street in Patchogue. South Country Unites is a local political group formed about two years ago and which holds their meetings at the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church located in Brookhaven Hamlet. Between 75 and 100 protesters were present displaying their homemade signs sending their message to the Congressman that the “Mueller Report” should be released to Congress and the public.

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You Can Loop the Dock Again!

Loop the Dock

Towards the end of last summer, the summer of 2018, the Village Board decided to close the end of the Village dock in anticipation of work that was planned for the dock over the winter months. Well, that never happened so a few weeks ago, the cement barricades were removed from the dock and you can now, again, “Loop The Dock!” Enjoy it while you can because the work on the dock has been rescheduled for the coming winter months. Chances are, the end of the dock will again be barricaded in the fall.






March 2019





    
The Bellport Fire Dept's 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, the Bellport Fire Department held their 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The weather was sp***g like (I didn’t want to say “spring” as it might jinx things) with a bright sun, blue skies, and temperatures in the mid 50’s. The parade started at the corner of Station Road and 2nd Street and proceeded down Station Road to Main Street where it turned left and went on to the Bellport Fire House.

Following the parade, the Bellport Fire Department invited everyone to join them at the “Bellport Fire House Beer Garden” for Food, Beverages, Music and Games. All and all, it was a great day with fun for everyone. A great way to kick off spring!

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Brookhaven Town Councilman Loguercio Visits VFW Post 8300 and Bellport HS Career Day

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On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Brookhaven Town Councilman, Michael Loguercio, right, had another busy day. He visited VFW Post 8300 in East Patchogue to drop off several old and tattered flags that his office recently received. The Councilman wanted to make sure that the flags would be retired honorably during a special ceremony later in the year. The VFW asks that anyone with a flag that needs to be retired to please visit the VFW Post 8300 at 330 North Dunton Avenue and drop them in the special depository near the entrance of the building. This is just one of the important services the VFW provides each year.

Care Day

Next, Councilman Loguercio visited “Career Day” at the Bellport High School. This is an annual event for students in grades 10-12. The Councilman was able to answer many of the questions the students had about Town Government and his job as Councilman. Councilman Loguercio said, “Thank you to Bellport High School for hosting Career Day. It’s a great opportunity for students to find out more about the many career opportunities that are out there for them and speak firsthand with those who are currently working in different fields. This is an event that I look forward to every year and I cannot wait to attend again next year.“






    
New Online Police Reporting System

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that the Suffolk County Police Department has successfully implemented the capability for residents to fill out online police reports to report minor incidents – the first police department to do so in the region.

Here is a link to file a Police Report online: https://www.suffolkpd.org/OnlineReporting.aspx 

“This is another important innovation and government reform that will enhance public safety,” said Suffolk County Executive Bellone. “Residents will now have the ability to file a report anywhere, at any time, and in doing so allow our officers to quickly respond to other emergencies.”

“As a department, we take every opportunity to leverage technology and utilize our resources most efficiently to serve the members of our community. This online police report program is another example of our department being more accessible to those who need to contact us. With residents being able to file reports in English or Spanish at their own convenience, we now have the ability to allow patrol officers to respond more quickly to emergencies and other situations that require more immediate police attention,” said Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.

The new software, which features both English and Spanish, offers residents the ability to file police reports quickly and independently, enabling officers to respond more quickly to emergencies and other situations that require police response.

The types of crimes that can be filed online include harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies. In order to file a report online, one must have internet access and an email address, and the incident must have occurred within the Suffolk County Police District.

Incidents cannot be related to an emergency, such as those involving a school, threats of physical violence or injuries, include any known suspects, be related to any Domestic Violence or Domestic Incident, and did not occur due to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

If an incident is approved, residents will receive an email back with the report within an hour or two. If any follow-up action is needed, the report will be forwarded to the appropriate investigative command and the complainant will be contacted.

Since the initial launch of the program in October of 2018, the department has received nearly 100 online reports of incidents from residents. The program vendor is CopLogic, and is being funded through asset forfeiture funds.






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Outspoken Attendance at The February Bellport Village Board Meeting

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On Monday, February 25, 2019, the February Bellport Village Board meeting was held in the Village Community Center on Bell Street in Bellport Village. As a result of Bellport.com’s recent Editorial regarding the proposed Driving Range to be built in the northeastern area of the Village Golf Course, there was a larger and more vocal turnout than usual for the meeting. Bellport.com recorded the meeting and here are the portions of the meeting pertaining to the Golf Course for those of you who were unable to attend. You can listen to them by clicking below.

A point of order at the start of the meeting! 00:01:16 minutes long

Open to the public, a heated debate. 00:48:05 minutes long

The Golf Commission’s Chairperson explains the Commissions’ plans. 00:09:25 minutes long






     
Oh My!

Bistro Crash

On February 19th, at about 7 in the evening, a car crashed into the front of The Village Bistro. Bellport’s Fire Department was on the scene within minutes. No further details are available at this time. We’d like to thank Pamela Lerner for this photo.






     
Breach Update

New Inlet

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






     
Why is “Artist Lake” Called Artist Lake?

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Did you ever wonder why “Artist Lake” is called Artist Lake? On February 9th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held the latest in their Local History Lectures, “Alonzo Chappel: The Infamous Artist of Artist Lake.” Suzanne Johnson presented an overview of the life and work of Alonzo Chappel, 1828-1897, an American painter known for his historical scenes and portraiture. Chappel, who was born in New York City, moved to Middle Island in

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The program was free to BBHS Members and their guests and was held in the Brown Building on Bell Street in Bellport Village. The next program in the Local History Lectures will be “Mary L. Booth: An Extraordinary 19th Century Woman” and will be held at 5pm on March 16th again in the Brown Building on Bell Street in the Village.

We’d like to thank Pamela Lerner for the photos she took for us at the program.






     
Happy 20th Anniversary Year, SCEF!

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2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the South Country Education Foundation (SCEF) and they achieved a significant milestone in their 20th year! They broke $1,000,000 in 20 years of grass roots fundraising to support and enhance the education of students in the South Country Central School District! Click here to read more about what the SCEF has been up to.






January 2019





     
New Bellport Chamber of Commerce Officers Inducted

Chamber Officers

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, the Bellport Chamber of Commerce held a meeting at the Bellport Country Club to induct their new officers for 2019. Brookhaven Supervisor, Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Councilman Michael Loguercio Jr. were on hand to swear in the new slate of officers. Our best wishes go out to the Chamber’s new Officers for 2019.

Click Here for a list of all of the new Chamber of Commerce Officers and the Chamber’s meeting schedule for 2019.






     
The Pilot Club Raises Money for Canine Companions

Canine Companions

On January 4, 2019, The Pilot Club of Patchogue presented a check in the amount of $415 to Canine Companions, plus an additional $45 in Gift Cards and Treats for these wonderful animals. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient. Since their founding in 1975, Canine Companions has provided over 5,000 assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

In the photo, L to R: Debra MacKenzie, Senior Development Coordinator for Canine Companions, Maxine (the dog), and Gail Hoag & Jeanne Weingarten, members of the Pilot Club of Patchogue.