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May 2018




     
Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a Cop

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.

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a cop

Pizza with a Cop

Pizza with a cop






     
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

South Country Unites

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.”

South Country Unites

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.

South Country Unites

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.

South Country Unites

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

Pets Photo Contest

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

Cafe Castello

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

Ambulance Co.

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.

Ambulance Groundbreaking

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.”

Ambulance Groundbreaking

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.”

Ambulance Co.

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.

Photos Courtesy of the South Country Ambulance Co.






       
Bellport Youth Excel at Chess

Chess

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.

Upcoming Chess Tournament
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

Otis Housev

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

Easter PArade

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

Manhattan Project

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.

Manhattan Project

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.

Manhattan Project





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

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade





     
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!

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.