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November 2017




     
The Pilot Club of Patchogue’s Annual Cookie Platters for Community Volunteers

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Each year, when Thanksgiving rolls around, in honor of National Care and Kindness week, the members of the Pilot Club of Patchogue get together and make cookie platters for the volunteers in our community who do so much for all of us. The recipients include local Soup Kitchens, Food Pantries, Fire Departments, and Ambulance Companies. It’s a way for a group of really nice people to say Thank You to the members of our community who are often overlooked. Bravo!

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Snowbirding in LA

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Bellport’s own Ester and Gianni Cerri are “Snowbirding” in LA this winter. We can’t blame them considering how quickly it just became so cold here in Bellport. Gianni, who is known for his art and accordion playing around town, sent photos of himself all dressed up for Halloween on the “Left Coast.”

We can’t wait for things to warm up and the return of the Snowbirds to Bellport. If any of you Snowbirds would like to send us a photo of how you’re spending your winter months, to rub it in, while we’re shivering here in Bellport, we’d be glad to consider publishing your photo.






     
Welcome to the “New Bellport”: A Tweeter’s Guide by Richard Weissmann

Rich Weissman

The opinions expressed reflect the observations of a few crusty locals who meet for morning coffee. It should be read with tongue firmly in cheek.

By: Richard Weissmann

Let me begin by saying that the “Old Bellport” was often described as a cozy, friendly, quaint village—reminiscent of New England—but tucked into a little-known section of Long Island’s south shore. It took pride in being known as the “Un-Hampton”. Its residents were restrained in their spending and thrifty in their lifestyles. Most people mowed their own lawns, cleaned their own houses, and raised their own children.

It was a village founded by crusty sea captains who built the weathered clapboard houses surrounded by white picket fences. Many of the old-timers were likely to be retirees from Brookhaven National Labs—easily identified by pocket protectors and corduroy jackets. Even the weekend people tended to be older professionals from the city who hosted parties for grandchildren down by the bay where the kids could get muddy treading clams or poking around with crab nets. Back then, the dock was filled mainly with tubby catboats, and sailboats with antique outboards hanging off their sterns. Also, people actually used their boats.

The downtown had a food market with miniature shopping carts, and aisles the width of a fat man’s waist. Old Mike Wallen polished apples in the produce section, and the cashiers could still make change if you said, “Wait, I have the 27-cents.” It was a meeting place where neighbors could discuss local issues or hear about marriages, grandchildren, successes and failures. Across the street was a variety mart where you could buy a fly-swatter, a pack of picture hooks, or a set of kitchen curtains. There was a fish store on the corner, and Grucci’s barber shop had a spinning barber pole out front.

Parking was always tight, but people were polite and most of them drove rusty station wagons or aging compact cars. The rich people usually had Volvos. There were always plenty of bikes around, mostly Schwinns and Sears Glidemasters. Nobody wore helmets.

Anyway, that’s the way it was for the 30+ years that I lived there. Nothing ever changed much.
But, a few years ago we moved to Florida. I was out of the loop for a while until recently when I re-connected with my old coffee group through Twitter. Judging by the many Tweets I get, the “New Bellport” is a different place.

I offer you just a few examples on the following pages. Oh, and I will only identify the tweeters with their unique Twitter names.

Del Boca Rich- Hey everybody. Greetings from Florida. I bet you are all sitting outside at the cafe this morning?

Cub Pilot- Yeah. But it’s not like the old days. I’m looking across at the “City-Side” of the street now and it is bustling. Don’t recognize anybody anymore.

Horse Carver- It’s nuts over there. Weird coffees and French pastries that cost the price of a dinner at Nick’s.

Dockmaster- Look at the menu out front: “Iced decaf double latte machiatto with no-fat milk foam”. What the hell is that?

Mayor Once- I Counted 4- Range Rovers, 2- Porches, and an Aston Martin making U-turns. Mostly Jersey license plates.

Del Boca Rich - You should report that to Code.

CIA Frank - What about the weekend flower show we now share the sidewalk with? And the guy down the street selling designer shirts?

Geoffrey Beane - There is a sort of festive air sitting under garlands of hydrangeas and breathing in the scent of lilies.

The Consultant - The lilies are nice but Delancy St. has better shirts.

Del Boca Rich - Code should hear about that!

Horse Carver - Did anybody see that doofus in the Bentley parked facing the wrong direction?

Dockmaster - He says he’s from England! He just runs in for an Earl Grey and raspberry scone with a “wee pot” of marmalade.

Cub Pilot - That City-Side Café sells bathing suits. Buy one bottom for $300 and get the top free!

Golfer Don - Never a slack-bellied local in sight over there. Everybody on that side of the street is tall, tanned, trim, and urban.

CIA Frank - Yep. And usually carrying a yoga mat.

The Consultant- Or a Nanny pushing a baby carriage with mag wheels, cup-holders, and hand-stitched upholstery.

Happy Realtor- Bellport is a wonderful place to grow up. We have so many activities and our children are tanned, athletic and smart.

Geoffrey Beane - Yes, but sometimes it’s a stroller with twin shiatzus instead of kids.

Mayor Once - That’s when they’re walking. I see a lot of muscular guys in tight pants and high tops riding Segways. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Biker Bobby - Yeah, they don’t wear helmets, and they shouldn’t ride on the sidewalk.

Del Boca Rich- You should get code on the case right now.

CIA Frank - Hell, half of them don’t even live here. They’re doing on-line rentals with Airbnb. B&B’s on every block.

Geoffrey Beane - They drive Zip-cars or arrive by Uber, stay for the weekend, and crowd the ferry.

Del Boca Rich - Send Code out to give them fines!

Geoffrey Beane - They’re charging $600 a night! Fines are just a minor annoyance.

The Consultant - Some B&B on New Jersey Ave wants to change the name of the street –not chic enough! I heard they want something French, like, “Promenade Magnifique”

Golfer Don - I heard “Place de Plage”.

Del Boca Rich - Jeez! Did anybody ever reopen Wallen’s market?

Cub Pilot - Yeah. But you can’t get pork n’ beans there anymore. You can get $400 French bistro chairs, or beach towels that cost the price of a Persian rug.

Dockmaster - And bars of soap for $24. Damn! How clean do you need to be?

Geoffrey Beane - I had to decide between a jar of pickles or a loaf of bread because I only had $20 on me.

Golfer Don - The place next door has bread for only $8. I think it’s imported.

Cub Pilot - Yeah, from the Bronx.

Del Boca Rich - I was looking at the waterfront on Google Earth. Did they build a Ruby Tuesdays on the bay?

Mayor Once - Nah! That’s a weekend house. Designed by some West Coast architect. About as cozy looking as the Parthenon.

Horse Carver - There’s another one that looks like giant Mah-Jong tiles with windows.

Del Boca Rich- I see the Breach is still there. How is the water quality in the bay?

Dockmaster- It’s pretty good, but now it’s encouraged some new fund raisers. The latest one is for “Save the Sea-Slug Society.”

Geoffrey Beane- That’s ironic. I’m pretty sure they served sautéed sea-slug at the fund raiser for the “Brown Algae Anti-Proliferation League.”

Golfer Don - How about Mother’s Beach? They’re doing another Victoria’s Secret photo shoot today. Probably see it from the 15th hole.

Horse Carver - Hope my clam-boat doesn’t spook them.

CIA Frank - The Google truck must have its camera on a ten-foot pole to look over all the tall hedge rows that are going up everywhere.

The Consultant - Isn’t there a noise ordinance anymore? I’m going nuts with the weed-wackers, chain saws, mowers, blowers, trimmers, and hedge clippers.

Mayor Once - How about the drones? I snagged one with a fluke net from my boat yesterday.

Del Boca Rich - Now, there’s something that Code could do something about!

Cub Pilot - Aahh! I love the smell of privet in the morning. It’s the smell of success!

Del Boca Rich - What’s the waiting time for a boat slip these days?

CIA Frank - Not sure, but my neighbor just put his grandson’s name on –he’s 4-years old.

The Consultant - I gave up on a boat. The bay is too full of jet skis, kayaks and paddle boards. I ride the ferry now. With all the weekend tourists it gives me a chance to practice my French and Italian.

Biker Bobby - Yeah. They do speak a lot of funny languages around here. Quack, quack!

CIA Frank - Most of the people on the ferry are weekend renters posing as “guests”.

Del Boca Rich - That should be easy to fix. Let Code know about it.

Cub Pilot - Won’t have to worry about it much longer. Ho-Hum beach occupancy is now down from 300 max to 50!

Dockmaster- Yep. Not enough beach to lay on anymore. A lot of people go over to fish off the pavilion pier now. A lot of sea bass swimming around the pilings.

Happy Realtor- Well, I think this village is just perfect! I just got a million-dollar listing for a one-bedroom cottage on Upper Bellport Lane yesterday.

The Consultant - You must mean Station Road?

Happy Realtor - Well, uh….whatever. Isn’t it a lovely day?

Cub Pilot - It’s always a lovely day in Belle Hampton.






October 2017




     
Bad Storm Sunday Night

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Village Clerk, John Kocay, sent us these photos taken down at the marina. It seems the Whalehouse Point ferry even broke loose at the bow. Luckily, Jason Crane and Village resident Jeff Slechta were there to secure the ferry early this morning. Way to go guys!

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New Inlet October Update

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Charlie Flagg sent us his most recent report on the new Inlet. He said, "The arrival of the remnant of Hurricane Jose and the subsequent re-adjustment of the breach have caused significant changes over the past month as described in the report." Click here to read his update.






     
Bellport’s Annual Halloween Parade

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On Saturday, October 28th, the annual Halloween Parade was once again held in Bellport Village. All the little Ghosts & Goblins were asked to meet at the Bellport Firehouse and the turnout was the largest we’ve ever seen. The weather was perfect and after the Parade, everyone was asked to Trick or Treat down Main Street where many of the shops were waiting for them with goodies of all kinds.

This is a very special event each year and everyone involved should feel really good about what they created. You gave a wonderful gift to the children in the community.

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Wine & Cheese Social Supporting Josh Slaughter In the Upcoming November 7th Elections

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L to R, Jack Harrington, Kate Browning, Josh Slaughter, Dan Polner

On Saturday, October 21st, Lisa Anderson & Marc Rauch were kind enough to invite Bellport.com to join them at their home on Academy Lane in Bellport Village for a “Meet & Greet” they were holding for Josh Slaughter who is running for County Legislator in the upcoming November 7th elections.

Josh is running for Kate Browning’s seat in Suffolk County’s 3rd Legislative District. Because of term limits, Kate has to vacate her seat and Josh wants to pick up where Kate is forced to leave off. Josh has been Kate’s Chief of Staff for eleven years.

About 75 local residents attended the get together and were able to have an “up close and personal” discussion with not only Josh Slaughter and Kate Browning, but they were also able to exchange ideas and concerns with Dan Polner, who is running for the Brookhaven Town Board in the 4th District, and Jack Harrington, who is running for Brookhaven Town Supervisor in the upcoming November 7th elections.

Although not a Fund Raiser, and Fund Raising was never mentioned, the get together was billed as a chance to get to know the candidates in a relaxed atmosphere which it certainly was. We’re sure the candidates were more than happy to accept any donations those in attendance wanted to make. Thanks Lisa and Marc for your very kind invitation.

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The Lights on Main Street are Dimmer Tonight

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The lights on Bellport's Main Street are a little dimmer tonight. We've lost a very special member of our community. After a long illness, Patricia A Trainor has passed away.

Patricia was the quintessence of a modern woman. Strong, Opinionated, Entrepreneur, High Fashion Model, Restaurateur, top Real Estate Sales Agent, Patricia was all of these and more. We once heard Patricia described as a, “Strong, bubbly Lucille Ball in a turban.” That was Patricia.

Most people probably knew Patricia best as co-owner of The Bellport restaurant in town. After many years of living in Manhattan, England, and Washington, D.C., Patricia, and her husband, Taylor Alonso, decided to settle down in Bellport where they opened The Bellport restaurant, which quickly became the “in” place to gather in Bellport Village. Patricia could always be found “working the room,” meeting and greeting the restaurant’s guests making sure everything was perfect, and it always was.

We’re going to leave you with some of our photographs of Patricia. We think she would have liked that.

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The 2017 Annual Scarecrow Contest

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Several years ago, Joanne Specht came up with the idea of having an Annual Bellport Scarecrow Contest in town. Once constructed, the Scarecrows are hung conspicuously around town and voted on by the community. We can’t thank Joanne enough for this great idea and the way it brings the community together. Here are just some of the many Scarecrows that are hanging around town this year.

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The Boys & Girls Club Fall Festival & BBQ

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October 7th was a special day this year because it was the day the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area held their Annual Fall Festival & BBQ fundraiser. The B&GC asked if the Bellport.com Acoustic Jam members would volunteer to come down and provide live music for the event and of course we were more than glad to. In fact, my good friend Toby Walker, one of the top Blues musicians in the country, took the day off from touring and working on his next album, “From The Ground Up,” to join us.

The Fall Festival was held at the H.O.G. Farm, no, not the oink oink kind of HOG, the Hamlet Organic Garden on Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. There were Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn, Salad, Apple Pie & Ice Cream, Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks and of course, a Roast Pig! There was a Raffle and for the kids, there was Pumpkin Painting, Games, and Crafts. If you weren’t able to make it this year, be sure to join in next year. You’ll have a great time.

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September 2017




     
Celebrating a Very Special Person, Reggie Seltzer

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On Tuesday, September 26th, some of Reggie Seltzer’s friends gathered to honor her and host a special dedication in memory of a wonderful person. Although many of Reggie’s friends spoke, they couldn’t begin to capture the many facets of Reggie’s life.

After everyone had a chance to share their remembrances, a very special sculpture, created by John DiNaro in Reggie’s honor, was dedicated. The sculpture will now hang in the “Quiet Study” area of the South Country Library.

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Porters’ Annual Oktoberfest 2017

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On Sunday, September 24th, Porters on the lane once again held its Annual Oktoberfest Tent Party. This family friendly event always provides a fun afternoon. There was live music, authentic German food and beer, lawn games, drink specials and lots of good times! Kids enjoyed the pumpkin patch, cotton candy, a bounce house, and face painting. Thanks, John for another great event.

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CEED Fall Equinox Celebration

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On Saturday, September 23rd, CEED, the Center for Environmental Education & Discovery, held their first Fall Equinox Celebration in their new home in the Washington Lodge on South Country Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. There was fun and learning for all ages. There were Earth Science demonstrations, music & dance, face painting, children’s activities, live animals, a raffle and silent auction, and crafts vendors. All in all, it was a very pleasant way to spend a beautiful beginning of fall afternoon. For more information about CEED, visit their website www.artnaturegroup.com.

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Hosts Steven Gaines as Part of Their "Authors & Artists" Series

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's popular Authors and Artists Lecture Series recently hosted Steven Gaines, the author of 13 books, including "Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons", The Sky's the Limit: Passion and Property in Manhattan", and "The Love You Make: An Insiders Story of the Beatles" who discussed his latest and most personal book, "One of These Things First: A Memoir." Photos courtesy of Joan Kaelin.

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Ho Hum Beach Photos

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Here are the latest photos of the Pavilion at Ho Hum Beach sent to us by Scott and Christine Barden. These photos were taken on September 19th, as Tropical Storm Jose stayed out at sea.

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2017 Ho Hum Beach Sandcastle Contest

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This year, the 9th annual Ho Hum Beach Sandcastle contest was held on Saturday, September 2nd. It was a sunny, but windy, day with a record 296 people using the Bellport Ferry to travel over to Ho Hum Beach. There were 22 sandcastles submitted in the competition and the judges had a difficult time deciding who winners were!

Usually, three prizes are awarded in each of the three categories; 10 and under, 11-16, and 17 and over (Adult) with help from younger children, but due to the abundance of entries in the 10 and under category, the judges unanimously decided to give five prizes to this age group this year, but at the same time they reduced the adult category prizes from three prizes to one prize.

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In the under 10 category, the winners were:

#1 Luna, Anise and Dean for “Castle With Dungeon and Pool”
#2 Marina, Marina, Sofia and Chiara for “Turtle Shed”
#3 Lila, Anna, Olivia and Rowan for “Ho Hum Tunnel”
#4 Hyla for “Starfish”
#5 Ariel for “Snail”

In addition, the remainder of the under 10 participants should be recognized. We apologize for the sandcastle names we missed:
-Louisa and Ruby for “Mermaid”
-Mirabel and Renzo for “Lost World”
-Penelope for #9
-Sophie, Maisi, and Davi for “Large Round Mound with Shells”
-Hazel for “Sleeping Mermaid”
-Virginia for #12
-Addy and Valesia for #2
-Emma and Amber for #5

In the 11-16 category the winners were:

#1 Sam, Katie and Nicholas for “Bell-Putt”
#2 The Rauches for “Igloo”
#3 Sarah, Violet, Susan and Ann Marie for “Big Mermaid”
In addition, Flossie, Sophia, Max and Drew for “Dolphin”

In the adult category the winners were:

#1 Mike and Brian Specht for “Hippo”
#2 Carl and family for “Firepit”
#3 The Guyfreda family for “Horseshoe Crab”

In addition, the Newman family should be recognized for the “Mermaid Village” and the Vaisa family for Octopus!

Photos Courtesy of the Bellport Village Program Fund

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August 2017




      
The Bellport Rotary Club's Annual Charity Beer, Wine & Food Tasting

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On Thursday, August 24th, the Bellport Rotary Club held a Beer-Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Festival at the Bellport Country Club. You could enjoy beer, wine, food, live music and good people- all for a good cause! This Festival is the Rotary Club's major source of funding for its projects for the year. Proceeds go to benefit Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Polio Plus, Gift of Life 726, Bellport High School Scholarships, local sports teams, Scouts, food baskets, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area, and numerous other projects. It’s an annual event that shouldn’t be missed! Photos courtesy of Titus Kana.

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New Environmentally-Friendly Beaver Dam Road End

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On August 24th, a ribbon cutting officially opened the new, environmentally friendly, Beaver Dam Road end in Brookhaven Hamlet. Constructed by the Town of Brookhaven’s Parks Department, the road end provides an unobstructed view of the Carmans River and includes permeable pavers, rain gardens, benches, all new landscaping and a kayak launch. On hand, from left to right, were Brookhaven Town Parks Commissioner Ed Morris; Councilman Dan Panico; Assemblyman Dean Murray; Environmental Defense Fund Senior Counsel Jim Tripp, Post-Morrow Foundation Vice President Thomas Williams; Diane Martens; Brookhaven Village Association Vice President Ellen Clyne; Councilman Michael Loguercio; Brookhaven Village Association President John Knapp; Supervisor Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Town Stormwater Manager Veronica King. Photo courtesy of the Town of Brookhaven.





      
Family has Resided in the Bellport Community Since 1865

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Sarah Smith was born in 1865 into one of the first black-native American families in Bellport. She married Charles Travalee and they had eight children together. One of the children was Elga Travalee, who married Samuel Wells and had eleven children who all grew up in Bellport; Stanley, Dennis, Dorson, Loretta, Alberta, Shirley, Thomas, Charles, Bernard, Douglas and Joseph.

Shirley Wells Cruz has lived in Bellport for 85 years. She was an active resident and a dedicated nurse working at the Suffolk County Infirmary in Yaphank for over 30 years. Shirley raised two children; Rita and Charles, and she is the matriarch of the entire family including several generations with many grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. The family is still active and very dedicated to the Bellport community.

Legislator Kate Browning, and her Chief of Staff Josh Slaughter, attended the Wells-Cruz family reunion on Saturday, August 26, 2017, and presented a proclamation to the family recognizing their rich history and contributions to the Bellport community. “The Wells-Cruz family is a staple of Bellport having lived in the community for over 150 years,” stated Legislator Browning. “Shirley and her daughter Rita both worked for decades at our County infirmary and nursing home. They care deeply about helping others and being active members of their community. Strong family values are the bedrock of thriving communities, and the Wells-Cruz family personifies this more than any family in the third district. It was an honor to recognize them for all they have done to make Bellport an amazing place to live and raise a family.”





     
An Interior Garden Reception at Pamela Lerner Home & Design

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On Saturday, August 19th, a reception was held at Pamela Lerner Home & Design in Bellport, in conjunction with Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works On Paper, to showcase unique, one-of-a-kind, watercolor paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures of American and British artists featuring Contemporary Botanical Portraiture. The watercolor images were created on both paper and vellum and the exhibit included a Cocktail Reception. A high point of the evening was a visit by internationally renowned artist, Malcolm Morley. Photos taken by Patrice Casanova.

If you missed the opening of the show, you'll be able to enjoy it by visiting Pamela Lerner Home & Design, located at 145 South Country Road in Bellport Village, between now and September 19th.

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Mystery History Bicycle Scavenger Hunt & Ice Cream Social"

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The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society hosted another successful event, a "Mystery History Bicycle Scavenger Hunt and Ice Cream Social" on Saturday, August 12th. Kids and families arrived at the starting “gate” at various times and picked up their clue sheet and map. They had a fun bike ride around the streets of Bellport and learned a little history along the way! When they finished, it was back to the BBHS campus to pick out prizes and enjoy “make your own” ice cream sundaes. A fun time had by all! Photos courtesy of Joan Kaelin.

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The Bellport Village Program Fund's Annual Gala

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The Bellport Village Program Fund held their annual fundraiser on Saturday, August 12th at the bay front home of Roger and Sava Thomas. The night included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a fantastic silent auction! Proceeds from the event will support the BVPF's ongoing projects to improve Bellport Village. Photos provided by the Bellport Village Program Fund.

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Moonstruck in Bellport

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We'd like to thank Craig Alexander for this amazing photo of the moon he took earlier this month in Bellport!






     
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Camp Explore"

Camp Explore

The children at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Bellport Camp Explore" recently enjoyed two days at the BBHS Campus. On August 2nd, they listened to a lecture by Tom Binnington and toured the John Chester Memorial Boathouse, that showcases the fully restored Gil Smith catboat, Jealousy, and the fully rigged scooter, Three-In-One. At the end of the tour, they were able to paint their own sailboat to take home.

On August 8th, they toured the Shaw Blacksmith shop and were treated to a demonstration by Joe Lech. They viewed an old Bellport doctor's cart that was made with many parts handcrafted by a blacksmith. Afterwards, they were able to trace and name some of the old handcrafted tools featured in the shop. Photos courtesy of Joan Kaelin.

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New Inlet August Update

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Charlie Flagg sent us this photo and note from his recent flight over the new Inlet:

"Overflight from July 30th near high tide in the Bay. The photo shows the complex channeling in the breach, the clear water (the brown tide is receding) and many folks enjoying the breach and flood delta."






July 2017




     
The 2017 Bellport Day Festival

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The Bellport Chamber of Commerce put on another fabulous Bellport Day Festival on Saturday, July 29th. We'd like to give a special thanks to Pamela Lerner for providing these photos.

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Community Garden at St. Joseph the Worker Church in East Patchogue

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Did you know about the Community Garden at St. Joseph the Worker Church in East Patchogue? The garden is free to all who sign up at the Church Outreach Office who want to grow food for their families and volunteer their time to maintain the garden. They only ask that gardeners use organic practices and keep their areas free of weeds and tidy. St Joseph the Worker Church is located at 510 Narragansett Road in East Patchogue. For more information, contact The Church Outreach Office at 631-286-6356.





     
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Bellport Lane House Tour"

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Guests enjoyed a unique summer twilight stroll through six gracious historic Bellport Lane homes on a self-guided tour sponsored by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society on Friday, July 21st. After the tour, guests stayed for a wine and cheese reception and a talk about Bellport Lane by Bellport historian Victor Principe, followed by questions. Photos courtesy of Joan Kaelin.

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Rescued Duck at Mothers' Beach

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We'd like to thank Jim Cullen, Jr. for sending us this photo of a duckling he and his family rescued this past week at Mothers' Beach. It had an injured right foot so they brought it to a Nature Rescue Center in Smithtown for care.






      
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July Update

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Charles Flagg sent us his latest update on the breach. He had this to say:

"A breach flight yesterday (Sunday, July 16th) revealed some interesting changes from just a month ago. The photos were taken about an hour after low tide in the ocean and a strong ebb flow was evident through the western channel even from the air. And lots of brown tide waters were being flushed from the bay. Two items of note are that the eastern shore has retreated significantly and that the offshore oriented sand shoal in the middle of the breach has greatly increased in size. Roughly 300 meters of the shoal were above water at the time of the photos. With the erosion of the eastern shoreline the previous channel north of Fire Island to the east, seems to have pushed farther into the breach. Hard to tell for sure but with the partial blockage of the main channel south of Pelican Island, perhaps the whole system is shifting back to the east."

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In addition, Charles Flagg, Claudia Hinrichs, Roger Flood and Robert Wilson sent us their latest report on the changes at the Old Inlet Breach over the last few months. They had this to say:

"Here is the next in the series of reports describing what has happened to the breach and Bay over the past few months. There has been a lot of sand deposited in the breach over the past year and a half leading to thoughts of closure. It unclear whether that is happening as things seem stable in the Bay at this time." Click here for the full report.





      
Sunrise at South Howells Point Road

Sunrise Photo

Thanks, Joe Talmage for this awesome photo of sunrise at the end of South Howells Point Road! If you want to see more photos taken by our residents, check out our Resident Photo Gallery!






      
“Bartolome + Chey,” Fine Art Photography in the Village

Bartolome and Chey

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, there was a wonderful exhibit and sale of Fine Art Photography on Cafe Castello’s patio which, thanks to Jardim, has become the Village’s garden spot. Bartolome + Chey, aka Allison Davis O’Keefe and Larysa Sendich, aims to connect significant documentary photography with interior design. In spite of the digital world we live in, Bartolome + Chey’s limited edition prints are museum quality produced with archival pigment inks on 100% cotton smooth rag paper and were taken using film rather than electrons. Each print in their collection includes a certificate of authenticity and is signed by the artist.

Bartolome and Chey

Bartolome and Chey

O’Keefe and Sendich met while studying photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Separately they have covered conflicts in Ukraine and U.S. presidential elections; together they have traveled the global landscape gathering and shaping their vision of the world. Both photographers now have homes in Bellport. Click here for more information.






June 2017




      
Bat House Seminar Held by the BVPF and CEED

Bats

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, a two hour seminar, sponsored by the Bellport Village Program Fund, BVPF, was conducted by Eric Powers of the Center for Environmental Education & Discovery, CEED. The seminar was about Bats and the building of Bat Houses and was held in the Bellport Village Community Center on Bell Street in the Village. The program was attended by about 75 participants.

The program started off with a presentation of everything you’d want to know about Bats including their benefits and precautions, research tools, and a chance to observe a preserved Bat specimen. Next, the participants were given a chance, free of charge, to build their own Bat Houses to take home. CEED provided the instructions and materials and the participants were only asked to bring an electric drill, if they had one. If they didn’t, there were several available to use.

It should be noted that Suffolk County recently published precautions regarding Bats. It seems “The Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) was notified by the New York State Department of Health that three bats collected on June 12 and June 15 in the Town of Islip have tested positive for the rabies virus. The bats were collected in Sayville, Islip Terrace and Islip.” The county estimates “three to six percent of the local bat population typically test positive for rabies.” Click here for the report.

We asked Eric Powers of CEED to comment on Suffolk County’s findings and their specific recommendation to “not attract wild animals to your home or yard.” Click here to hear what Eric had to say.

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"Ambling Around Brookhaven Hamlet"

Walking Tours

In 2014, a wonderful book, “Ambling Around Brookhaven Hamlet, Self-Guided Tours of Our Historic Hamlet and Its Hospitable Habitat,” was created by some wonderful people, Anita Cohen, Martin, “Marty,” Van Lith, and John Deitz of The Fire Place History Club. The book has been updated, added to, and is now, 2017, in its Second Edition. It should be noted that the project was made possible by a grant obtained by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning for the First Edition of the book.

When we learned of the book, we approached Marty Van Lith and asked if we might reproduce the book, in serial form, on Bellport.com and share it, free of charge, with our readers. Marty gave us an enthusiastic go ahead as that was the whole point, to get information about Brookhaven Hamlet into as many hands as possible.

So dear reader, we'd like to present to you the introduction and first Walking Tour. Over the next few months, we’ll publish each of the five Walking Tours for your summertime enjoyment. Click here for more information.






      
Courtney Kane and James Morrell of Bellport High School Honored at Dellecave Awards

Dellecave

Courtney Kane and James Morrell, Seniors at Bellport High School, were recently honored at the 17th Annual Butch Dellecave Awards held on June 11, 2017 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.

Named in memory of the legendary educator, official, and coach Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, the award is the product of a highly successful 17-year partnership between local school districts in Suffolk County and the award organizers: the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, the Butch Dellecave Foundation, and Newsday.

Athletic Directors from all sixty-six Suffolk County school districts are asked to nominate one male and one female from their high school senior class. Nominees must be students who are not only at the top of their game, but also score high in classroom performance and in their commitment to local community service.

Pictured, Bellport High School nominees James Morrell and Courtney Kane are flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave. Photo Credit: Artist Lake Media.






      
Kreamer Street Elementary Students Visit the BBHS “In Case Of Fire” Exhibit

Last week, Kreamer Street School’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students took a walking field trip to visit the “In Case Of Fire” exhibit at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society on Bell St. in Bellport Village. Members of the Bellport Fire Department, and the BBHS, greeted the students and gave them a hands on, close up, tour of the antique fire equipment including the antique fire truck parked in front of the 1893 Bellport Fire House which was located on Bell Street. “The Old Hooker,” a hand drawn hook and ladder truck, was a hit with the students and very different from the trucks of today.

After touring the old Fire House, the students walked across the street to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society and viewed the “In Case Of Fire” exhibit where they learned about the 125 year history of the Fire Department, historic fires, fire uniforms and equipment, and leaned how fires are extinguished.

If you’d like to visit the exhibit, it will be open from 11am to 4pm, Fridays and Saturdays, and 12noon to 3pm on Sundays until July 30th. The exhibit is free to Members and children and $5 to Non-Members.

Photos courtesy of Joan Kaelin and Patrice Casanova

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The Ken Budny Boardwalk is Open

Post Morrow

On Saturday, June 17, 2017, the Post Morrow Foundation held their “Summer Celebration” to kick off the summer season with wine & cheese and to celebrate the opening of the new “Ken Budny” Boardwalk on the grounds of the Post Morrow Foundation located at 16 Bay Road in Brookhaven. Well over 150 or so people attended this very pleasant, low key, event. There was great company, music, wine, and cheese. What more could you ask for. It was a great way to celebrate Ken Budny’s contribution to the community.

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The Turkeys are Back... and They are Multiplying!

Turkey

If you remember last Fall, Turkeys were being spotted all over Bellport. This weekend, we received this photo and note from Steve Gaynor about his recent turkey sighting:

"I was treated to a nice surprise this morning when I looked out my front door on Shaw Ave. There is another turkey family in residence this year. I counted 9 babies with momma."






      
Small Aircraft Makes an Emergency Landing on the Bellport Golf Course

Plane

On Monday morning, June 12, 2017, a small aircraft had to make an emergency landing near the 12th hole of the Bellport Golf Course when its engine quit over the Great South Bay. Only the pilot was onboard and he wasn’t injured. There was no fire and the Bellport Fire Department was on the scene within ten minutes of the emergency landing.

The aircraft, a 1973 Cessna 172M is owned by YWP Air, Inc. and is based at the Bayport Aerodrome, (23N), in Bayport, NY. It was reported that the aircraft had been refueled at Brookhaven Airport, (HWV), at approximately 6:45am that morning and may have been on its way back to Bayport. Normally, the flight from Brookhaven Airport to the Bayport Aerodrome would take less than 20 minutes.

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The only damage, as a result of the emergency landing, seems to be the aircraft’s right wing tip which was hit by a tree on “rollout” after the pilot made the successful emergency landing. The FAA is already at Brookhaven airport checking the fuel source there. We’d like to thank Aaron Leibowitz for sending us some photos from the scene of the emergency landing.






      
Kids Paint for Kids: Family Fun on a Saturday Morning

Kids Paint

On Saturday morning, June 10, 2017, Osvaldo Jardim of Jardim Del Sol, Nick Gagliardi of Cafe Castello, and Pamela Lerner of Pamela Lerner Home & Design, teamed up to hold a very special event for families with young children in the community. There was Face Painting, Flower Arranging, and Crafts of all types. There was a suggested donation of $20 and all proceeds went to the UNICEF Child Refugee Crisis Fund For Syria. As you can see from the photos, this was a wonderful family oriented event and we hope to see more programs like this over the coming summer months. A job well done!

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Kids Paint for Kids

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A June Wedding...

June Wedding

On Saturday, June 10, 2017, the Bellport Garden Club held “A Small Standard Flower Show” at the St. James Episcopal Church on Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. The theme was “flowers and flower arrangements for a wedding” and as you can see, there are some very talented members in the Bellport Garden Club.

If you’d like more information about the Bellport Garden Club or think you might be interested in joining, click here.

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"The Truth About Gangs"

Gangs

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Rev. Terrence Buckley of Christ Episcopal Church in Bellport, in cooperation with the Suffolk County Police Department, organized a gang focused presentation given by SCPD Police Officer George Lynagh. Attended by about 75 members of the community, the program provided background information on gang history and organization and the status of gang activity in the area. Unlike the similar program which was held by the South Country School System a month or so ago, this program was attended by mostly people who could be grandparents, rather than parents in age.

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Joining Officer Lynagh was Jason Neal, Community Liaison for the Bellport EOC. Mr. Neal added valuable information specific to the South Country area and his experiences in dealing with the youth in our community. We’ve invited Mr. Neal to write an Op-Ed for Bellport.com regarding his comments on “Community” and what it means to be a “Neighbor.” We’re sure you’ll find his thoughts insightful.






      
CEED has the Keys to Their New Home

CEED

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, CEED, the Center for Environmental Education & Discovery became a reality when it received the keys to their new home located at the historic Washington Lodge on South Country Road in Brookhaven Hamlet.

The Town of Brookhaven officially ‘Passed the Keys’ for the historic Washington Lodge property in Brookhaven to the nonprofit Art & Nature Group, Inc. (ANG), the parent organization of CEED, in celebration of the recently executed license agreement between ANG and the Town. As of May 1, 2017 ANG is authorized to operate, manage, run and offer environmental education programs as a nature center at the property, which includes an over 7,300 square foot historic house on 2-acres of grassland and woods situated at 287 South Country Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. An adjacent 7.6 acre parcel of land co-owned by the Town and Suffolk County and a close to 40-acre Suffolk County nature preserve across the street from the Lodge will also be utilized for programming under a separate agreement between ANG, the Town and the County.

ANG, which has already taken on the name, “Center for Environmental Education & Discovery,” (CEED), and has begun stewardship of the property, will raise close to $1 million in funds and in-kind support to renovate the historic structure and transform the property into a community nature center. CEED was co-founded by wilderness skills instructor Rebecca Muellers of Primitive Pursuits, and wildlife biologist Eric Powers of Your Connection to Nature.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilman Michael Loguercio, CEED Board members and other local officials and community leaders joined Muellers and Powers at today’s ceremonial celebration.

The Washington Lodge has been sitting vacant and repeatedly vandalized since its longtime owners, the Marist Brothers, stopped using it as a retreat in 2010 and sold the property to a private-public partnership between the Brookhaven Hamlet-based Post-Morrow Foundation, the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County. In spring 2016, Post-Morrow Foundation gifted its portion of the property to the Town. The Town and County utilized Open Space funding to purchase the property, which stipulates that any future use be for environmental purposes only. ANG’s vision of transforming the property into a nature and environmental education center is an, “Ideal repurposing of an unutilized municipal asset.”

Powers and his team of environmental educators and artists are looking to turn the old model nature center upside down by offering more substantive programs, ranging from beekeeping classes to wilderness survival training and, after the third stage of renovation which will refurbish bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and third floors, using the Lodge as an overnight nature retreat where visitors can spend multiple days delving deeply into a subject matter. CEED would be the first nature retreat center on Long Island, potentially drawing participants not only from throughout Long Island but also from the tri-state area.

Click Here for a list of the activities CEED is proposing.

Click Here for detailed drawings and floor plans of the changes to take place at the Washington Lodge.






      
Councilman Loguercio Joins South Country Community Leadership Network Volunteers for Extreme Yard Clean-up

Clean-Up

Recently, Councilman Michael Loguercio joined volunteers working on the third annual "South Country Community Leadership Network Extreme Yard Clean-up." Each year, the group provides yard clean ups for select residents in the South Country School District. The Councilman secured donations of supplies, including top soil, mulch, gloves and bags for the volunteers who donated their time to help beautify several locations. Pictured left to right are Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, Greater Bellport Coalition president John Rogers, Councilman Loguercio and Ellen Clyne and Reiny Schuhmann.






May 2017




      
Memorial Day Weekend, 2017, Started Off With a Bang!

On Saturday evening, there were three great events in Bellport Village, all starting at about the same time in about the same location. 268 people signed Pamela Lerner’s guest book so well over 300 people must have attended the festivities. Needless to say, there were no parking spots in sight on Main Street.

The main attraction was a very special book signing by Isabella Rossellini at Pamela Lerner Home & Design. The book features photographs, taken by Patrice Casanova, of Isabella’s rare and exotic chickens that she raises on her farm in Brookhaven Hamlet.

Click here for more information about Pamela Lerner Home & Design.

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Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Next, there was the opening of a great new flower, plant, and gardening shop, Jardim Del Sol, that is a collaboration between Cafe Castello and Pamela Lerner Home & Design. It’s located in the beautiful “Lane” between the two businesses and is a venture led by Osvaldo Jardim.

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

Isabella Rossellini Book Signing

The evening was capped by live music and great food on Cafe Castello’s wonderful patio. With Jardim Del Sol in the front and Cafe Castello’s patio in the rear, this space has become a wonderful oasis in the Village.

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The 2017 Old South Haven Presbyterian Church Fair

Old South Haven Fair

The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church held their Annual Fair on May 27th this year. The turnout of vendors and visitors was much larger than it’s been recently with lots of items to look at and consider buying. There were the usual antique and collectible vendors along with the Fair’s famous baked goods table, but this year, there was an added attraction of several antique cars on display. There was a lot of interest in the cars and their owners were more than happy to answer any questions the Fair visitors came up with. Once again, a job very well done!

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair

Old South Haven Fair





      
Entrepreneurship Workshop Held at the BHEP Alliance

Entrepreneurship

On Thursday evening, May 18, 2017, a special Entrepreneurship Workshop was held by Jason Neal, Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk CBI Program Coordinator, at the BHEP (Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue) Alliance located at 1492 Montauk Highway, Bellport, NY 11713.

The program was conducted in a “Round Table” format and featured Hans Tempel, former CEO of Mercedes-Benz in Japan and Australia, who volunteers with SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) to help provide free business training and advice. The entrepreneurial hopefuls who attended received invaluable advice, suggestions, literature, and online references to help them pursue their dream of someday owning their own business.

Click here for a copy of the One Page Business Plan worksheet that was given out at the meeting.

For more information about SCORE, please click here.





      
The Center for Environmental Education & Discovery (CEED) is a Reality

The Brookhaven Town Board, along with the County and Post-Morrow Foundation, has approved an agreement to let CEED operate their Center out of the Washington Lodge property on South Country Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. In return, CEED will improve and care for the property.

Founded by Rebecca Muellers and Eric Powers, CEED will provide an invaluable environmental education resource for our Long Island Community. It will highlight our rich local history, artistic culture and the nature of the Brookhaven Hamlet area.

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, a membership meeting was held in the morning at the Post-Morrow Meeting Room on Bay Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. The purpose of the meeting was to organize and have members sign up for at least one of the five committees that will be initially set up to get the ball rolling. Those five committees are: Programs and Special Events, Marketing, Communications, and Membership, Building and Grounds, Fund Raising, and Strategic Development.

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CEED

CEED

That evening, a very special dinner was held at Cafe Castello in Bellport Village to celebrate the “Handing over of the keys” to the property by the Brookhaven Town Board. Between 40 and 50 CEED members attended and, as you can see from the photos, Cafe Castello’s owner, Nick Gagliardi, outdid himself for the group. The evening started with wine and cheese on Cafe Castello’s outdoor patio and then moved inside for dinner and desert. A wonderful time was had by all.

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If you’d like more information or would like to join CEED, contact Rebecca Muellers at Rebecca7470@gmail.com.





      
Demonstrators Gather at Congressman Zeldin’s Office in Patchogue

Demonstration

On Monday, May 8, 2017, a demonstration was held by supporters of Planned Parenthood in front of Congressman Lee Zeldin’s office at 31 Oak Street in Patchogue, NY. Approximately 100 demonstrators gathered to voice their opposition to Congressman Zeldin’s vote to repeal the ACA, Affordable Care Act, and replace it with the Republican Party’s AHCA, American Health Care Act. Even though Congressman Zeldin was in his home district this week, he did not appear at the demonstration.

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South Country Community Conference, Community Meeting
Meeting

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Gino Cruz, head of the South Country Community Conference, held a Community Meeting, attended by about 50 residents, to discuss issues facing the South Country area. Speakers included elected officials, heads of local organizations, and candidates running for office in the upcoming South Country School Board election. Specifically, in the order they spoke, were:

• Gino Cruz, Head of the SCCC
• Rob Calarco, Suffolk County Legislator
• Greg Miglino, Chief, South Country Ambulance Corp.
• Ed Romaine, Brookhaven Supervisor
• Michael Loguercio Jr., Town Councilman
• Jacquelyn Mango Schwicke, Miramar Civic Association
• Danielle Skelly, South Country School Board Member
• Jack Nix, Candidate for South Country School Board
• John Rogers, Head of The Greater Bellport Coalition
• Jason Neal, the Bellport Boys & Girls Club and Community Liaison for the Bellport EOC

Just some of the many topics discussed included:
• Water quality
• Upgraded septic systems vs. sewer systems
• Gang activities
• Cheap drugs
• Police systems
• School District response
• Narcan pros and cons
• Drugs are everywhere
• Ambulance Company expects over 4,000 calls this year
• New Ambulance Facility probably three years off
• Substandard housing
• We should be building communities, not tearing them down
• Zombie Houses
• Litter on roads
• New Dog Park
• Arts Programs
• Culinary Arts Programs
• BOCES programs are back
• Lots of good things happening in the South Country Schools
• Newsletters, Workshops, Apprenticeship Programs
• Boys & Girls Club Update
• Get involved, attend School Board Meetings

The SCCC meets on the first Wednesday of the month at South Country Ambulance Company facility located at the corner of Montauk Hwy and Dunton Ave. in East Patchogue at 7pm.

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New Round Table Interview: Graheme Williams, The Beekeeper!

Graheme Williams

Bellport's own Graheme Williams is a very interesting person. He was born in New Zealand, educated in New Zealand and Canada, was a scientist at Brookhaven National Labs, volunteers to teach English to immigrants and bring classical music to the South Country area, and is a beekeeper at Isabella Rossellini’s farm in Brookhaven Hamlet. Now, that's interesting! Click here for more information.






April 2017




      
Ho Hum Beach Pavilion Update

Ho Hum Pavillion

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Mayor Fell gave a status report on the condition of the Pavilion at Ho Hum Beach and the Village’s plan going forward for this summer. Bellport.com recorded the Mayor’s presentation and we present it here for your listening. Here also are the photos the Mayor refers to in his presentation and the engineering report, also referred to, for your review.

Click for the Mayor’s presentation.

Click for the images.

Click for the Engineering Report.





      
Earth Day in Brookhaven Hamlet

Earth Day

Earth Day was very special in Brookhaven Hamlet this past weekend. Bellport Village’s own, It’s Only Natural, was there with fresh produce and natural products. The Bellport Garden Club was there giving out all kinds of gardening tips and explaining how important the butterflies are and how we can help them. John DiNaro was there showing everyone how to make their own bamboo wind chimes. The H.O.G. Farm and all kinds of “green” exhibits were on hand giving out information for families to enjoy. The Brookhaven Free Library did a great job of putting the program together and if you missed the program this year, mark your calendar with a reminder for 2018.

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Earth Day

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Carman's River Maritime Center Cocktail Party to Benefit the "Elvira Project"

Elivra

This past Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Carmans River Maritime Center held a fundraiser at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society to help with the restoration of “Elvira,” a 1906 P-Class racing sailboat originally built by Gil Smith of Patchogue. Elvira has been placed on the New York State Historic Register and on the National Register of Historic Places. The plan is for Elvira to sail as a “living Museum” and provide educational opportunities in the areas of environmental education, historic preservation, and the history of sailing on the Great South Bay. As you can see, everyone had a great time.

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Community Forum

Community Forum

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, a Community Forum was held by the South Country School District and the Suffolk County Police Department in the Bellport Middle School auditorium. Members of the community turned out in force to discuss recent gang activities, the tragic events involving two of the district’s students, and its impact on the South Country School District and our community.

The forum lasted for two hours and Government Officials representing the County, Town, School District, and Police Department fielded questions submitted by members of the community in attendance. No conclusions were reached as this is an ongoing problem with no simple solutions.

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Bellport Easter Bonnet, Crazy Hat Parade

Easter Parade

Once again, spring was welcomed to Bellport with the annual “Easter Bonnet, Crazy Hat Parade” sponsored by the Bellport Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Bellport. The parade started with everyone lining up at the Fire House on Main Street and then proceeded down Main Street to the Gazebo on the Village Green where the Easter Bunny was waiting. It’s a wonderful annual event for everyone who participates.

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Easter Parade

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The Easter Bunny Visited the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area
Easter

Thanks to the Bellport Rotary Club, the Easter Bunny visited the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area again this year. The program included a search for over 300 brightly colored eggs, each containing some tasty treats. This is the second year that the Bellport Rotary Club sponsored the event and over 30 children participated. Our thanks go out to Jason Neal for being there and taking some great photos.

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New Inlet April Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on April 9th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

April New Inlet

"Sunday, April 9th was a clear and low wind day and perfect for another aerial photo run to the breach. Attached is the photo mosaic and one of the oblique photos from that flight.

April Inlet Update

The flight took place around 10 am EDT, during a rising tide in the bay and near mid-tide in the ocean. The apparent retreat of the eastern shoreline by some 50 meters relative to the March photo appears to be mostly the result of the differences in tidal stage and the gradually slope of shore there. Overall, the situation looks much as it did in March but there are some subtle changes appearing in the channels through the breach. Most important is the continuing shift in the main channel through the breach. For some time the main channel passed just south of Pelican Island, out along the western shore and then, oddly, discharging into the ocean toward the east. In the last couple of months there appears to be a greater amount of flow along the north shore of eastern Fire Island. In the past, this pathway was blocked by the shoals in the breach. But those shoals look to be eroding while there has been a build-up of a shoal just south of Pelican Island. Those changes seem to be shifting the main channel to the south. While this change occurred in the breach, in the past month the discharge channel through the ebb shoal has shifted to a more southerly orientation, perhaps as a result of the recent nor'easters we have experienced."






      
The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area Receives a Gro1000 Grassroots Grant
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Gro Award

Just in time for Spring! The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area is proud to share the news that they have been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Gro1000 Grassroots Grant! Launched in 2011 by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, GRO1000 is a community outreach initiative dedicated to bringing the benefits of gardens and green spaces to more neighborhoods, schools and communities—particularly to those in need.

This grant ties in well with their high-quality Triple Play program. Triple Play is their comprehensive health and wellness initiative, which strives to improve the overall health of Club members by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. One of the highlights of their program is growing their own food and teaching our youth how to cook healthy meals in their state-of-the-art teaching kitchen!

To learn more about their Triple Play program and how it can benefit your child, please call the Club at 631.286.9090 ext. 322 or email their Director of Youth Programs at sherika@bgcbellport.org






      
He-Bird, She-Bird
by Larry Sribnick
He-Bird

About ten years ago, I started holding Bellport.com Jam Sessions several times each month here in Bellport. Along the way, I’ve had a chance to meet some absolutely wonderful musicians and they got a chance to meet and play with each other. Out of those meetings, several groups or bands formed and went on to play professionally. One of those groups is “He-Bird, She-Bird.”

He-Bird, She-Bird is Todd Evans, Vocal and Guitar, Terri Hall, Vocal and all sorts of things that make noise including the Guitar, and Christine Kellar, Vocal, Guitar, Music and Lyrics. If you asked what kind of music they play, I guess I’d have to say “Americana / Folk / Bluegrass,” but really, these are just three very talented people! If you like musical “harmony,” you’re going to love He-Bird, She-Bird!

For their first album, He-Bird, She-Bird, along with some of their musician friends, have created a self titled CD, “He-Bird, She-Bird.” It includes twelve original songs, written by Christine, that you won’t want to miss.

The new CD won’t be available for a month or so, but to whet your appetite, here are links to some videos, recordings, and the HBSB’s Facebook Page and Website where you’ll be able to buy their CD as soon as it’s available.

Video: Once I Called You Mine

Video: You Are My Sunshine

Sample Songs

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Ho Hum Pavilion Update

The storms the past few days have taken their toll on the beach under the Pavilion at Ho Hum Beach. According the Village Clerk, John Kocay, the Village is keeping a close eye on the situation.

In this photo, you’re standing on Fire Island, facing out to sea. As you can see, the sand is completely washed away under the Pavilion.

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In this photo, you’re standing on the beach facing Fire Island. The Pavilion is above you and again, the sand is completely washed away.

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The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Bellport Celebrates its 184th Anniversary
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The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was the very first church, and is the only Black Church, in Bellport Village. It was founded in 1833 and the theme for their anniversary celebration, held at the Bellport Country Club, was, "184 years of Taking A Leap of Faith." According to The Pastor, Rev. Madge Haughton Thompson, “At Ruth AME Zion Church, everybody is somebody.”

From Images of America, Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet, by Victor Principe

“The Ruth African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on Station Road is the oldest church in Bellport. The building, formerly a modest home, dates from 1827 and was moved twice. It has been in its present location since 1926, when it was enlarged under the supervision of Rev. T. Edwards. Before the Civil War, this church was alleged to be a link in the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping to Canada. The Building and land were deeded to the church by Charles Osborn and revert to the Osborn family if it ever ceases to be used as a church. (Courtesy Robert Duckworth.)

In 1838, Rev. Dea. Charles Carle, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Bellport, the earlier name of the church, worked for Charles Osborn and his son Henry Osborn. Oral tradition has it that a young Charles Carle was owned by one of the Bell brothers, who gave him his freedom that allowed him to work as a freeman and found his church. Slavery did not officially end in New York State until 1833." (Courtesy Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.)

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The Bellport Fire Dept's 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Bellport Fire Dept held their 2nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Bellport Village on Saturday, March 25th. Below are photos from the event!

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New Inlet March Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on March 13th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

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"Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that we've had flyable weather so I took advantage of it and carried out another photo run to the breach. The flight took place between 0915 and 0930 EDT near high tide in the ocean. The resulting photo mosaic and one of the oblique shots are attached.

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The situation looks much as it has for the past couple of months. The eastern shoreline seems to have recovered some of the lost ground evident in last month's photo while the western shore has been fairly stable. One notable feature, although it may be due to the stage of the tide, is that the channel along the shore north of Fire Island to the east, seems to be reasserting itself. If that continues then there may be a readjustment of the exit channel in the ocean which has been heading off to the east for several months."






      
Man Bites Dog? No, Principal Kisses Pig!
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In October, Verne Critz Principal Brian Ginty challenged his students to read 10,000 books. His promise was that if the students achieved this goal he would cut his shoulder length hair and kiss a pig.

He promised the students a “high and tight” haircut and after only 5 months, the students were able to meet the challenge! The students beat Mr. Ginty’s goal by reading well over 10,000 books!

During an assembly on Monday, March 6th, a teacher from each grade level, whose class read the most books, had an opportunity to make one cut of Mr. Ginty’s hair. Afterwards, his barber completed the haircut. Once the haircut was complete, Principal Ginty completed his promise by kissing a pig!

Principal Ginty and the staff at Verne Critz should be very proud of the hard work and dedication the students put into the challenge. As much fun as the end result was, the purpose of the challenge was to get students reading and they really rose to the occasion!

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Congressman Lee Zeldin Holds a Mobile Office
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On March 3, 2017, Congressman Lee Zeldin held a “Mobile Office” at the Hagerman Fire House in East Patchogue. At the Mobile Office, the Congressman and his staff made themselves available, one-on-one, to discuss any issues of concern to his constituents. In the past, these kinds of meetings were pretty tame. Often held in the Bellport Village Community Center, the meetings were usually attended, at best, by 15 to 20 constituents. In today’s political climate, this was no longer the case. Approximately 300 constituents turned out wanting to speak to Congressman Zeldin.

If a constituent did want to speak with Congressman Zeldin or one of his staff members, there was a sign up procedure and then they had to wait their turn to speak with someone. At one point those gathered became impatient wanting to turn the Mobile Office into a “Town Hall” type meeting. Ms. Belinda Alvarez, Congressman Zeldin’s Congressional Aide, explained to the group that the purpose of the gathering was a Mobile Office and not a Town Hall. Although some chanting of “Town Hall” broke out, it only lasted for five or ten seconds and then the crowd quieted down and continued to wait their turns.

Outside the meeting, the Police Department had set aside demonstration areas for people from both ends of the political spectrum. Each group came prepared with signs, banners, and flags and the demonstrators were quiet and well behaved. The combination of the Hagerman Fire Department volunteers and the Suffolk County Police couldn’t have made the event run more smoothly. Considering the size of the turnout, they really did a great job.

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The Pilot Club of Patchogue’s Annual Theater Party

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On Sunday, March 5th, the Pilot Club of Patchogue held their Annual Theater Party at Theater Three in Port Jefferson. A Reception held before the Theater Party featured lots of food, snacks, and deserts and a massive raffle of every kind of Gift Basket you can imagine. It was a “sell out” crowd with over 100 people attending.

The Theater Program, which followed, featured “RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women” which included, none stop, such immortal tunes as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend,” “These Boots Were Made for Walking," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "What's Love Got to Do With It," “Hard Hearted Hannah," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "This One's for the Girls," "I Will Survive," "I Am Woman" and many others.

If you can, don’t miss this great show next year and help support a wonderful organization.

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Patchogue is Indivisible
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On January 4, 2017, Rachel Maddow, on her MSNBC TV show, interviewed Ezra Levin who was a Congressional Aide and who co-authored an online publication called the “Indivisible Guide” which was inspired by the Tea Party. The guide shows, “How to resist the Trump Agenda” and their mission is, “To demystify the heck out of Congress and build a vibrant community of angelic troublemakers.”

The Indivisible movement has become wildly successful in a little over a month with over 5,000 Indivisible Groups forming, spread out over every one of the 435 Congressional Districts around the US. They say Indivisible is, “Open to everyone” and their Principles are said to be, “Inclusion, Tolerance, and Fairness.”

On February 24, 2017, a local group which covers our area, “Patchogue Is Indivisible,” held their first formal meeting and Bellport.com was there to see what it was all about. Over 40 people attended and there was “Standing Room Only.”

The Founder of the group, John A. Smith, asked the new members why they had joined and here’s what they had to say:

• “People are being hurt.”
• “I want to be aware of what other people are doing.”
• “I have three children and I’m scared.”
• “Shock and awe by what’s happened in a month.”
• “Because I have a 12 year old son who after the election said, “What do we do now?””
• “I don’t want to look at the world and say I didn’t do anything about it.”
• “I’m tired of hollering at my TV.”
• “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
• “This election is something you can’t ignore.”
• “Because I’m angry.”
• “It seems like our democracy is being taken apart brick by brick.”
• “The erosion of facts and fake news.”
• “I’m a health care provider and I have patients who will suffer if the ACA is repealed.”
• “My vote being my voice, is no longer enough.”

If you’d like more information about Patchogue Is Indivisible, you can email them at: PatchogueIsIndivisible@gmail.com 






      
Death By Chocolate

The BBHS, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, has always been a very active organization in Bellport- Brookhaven Hamlet. However, in the past few years, under the leadership of first Kate Carmel and now Joan Kaelin, the BBHS has blossomed and is making a very special contribution to our community.

Case in point... While most of us headed for our caves in the winter months, Kate and Joan said, “Let’s put on a show... featuring CHOCOLATE!” and that’s where more than 100 people were this past weekend, at the BBHS’s “Ain’t Love Sweet?” Pre-Valentine’s Day Event.

The evening started off featuring wine, cheese, and lots of other “finger foods” until a murder mystery, along the lines of Mrs. Marple and M. Poirot developed, and in this case, the weapon of choice was chocolate!

The cast of characters, played by BBHS members, were interviewed by a “reporter” trying to get to the bottom of this who done it. Along the way, it was one laugh after another. Let’s just say it was very “punny.”

Spoiler Alert, once we found out the Master Chocolatier at the “Thornbury Chocolate Company” done it, everyone retired to a back room full of every chocolate delicacy you can imagine. The photos here just don’t do it justice! We all became literally, kids in a candy shop!

All of those who attended can’t thank Kate Carmel, Joan Kaelin, and the rest of the BBHS team enough for a wonderful evening. Not only did you get us out of the house, but you put on a great show punctuated by truly outstanding goodies!!!

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Four Girls for Families
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Four Girls for Families is a Long Island charity founded by four young girls dedicated to improving the lives of people on the other side of the world. In 2010, in response to a family trip, two sisters, now 14 and 17, joined with friends in Bellport and Brookhaven Hamlet to raise money for poverty stricken villagers in Cambodia. To date they have raised over $280,000 for the cause and have handed out over 3,000 clean water filters.

Recently, the charity’s work has expanded to include the construction of a 500 student school in Sret Village, funding for over twenty deep water wells, four rainwater catchers, and the building of houses for homeless families in Takem, Cambodia.

With the help of a Global Grant from Rotary International, Four Girls for Families is transforming the entire village of Beung Kok through sustainable farming, including livestock , wells, education and sanitation.

Over the years, their commitment to improving the lives of people who do not have sanitary drinking water has only strengthened and the girls make annual trips to Cambodia to oversee their projects. To raise money for the projects, they sell handmade items as well as unique products bought from artisans in Cambodia. 100% of all purchases and donations go straight towards their charity projects.

The girls’ latest trip will be in February to March of 2017 and will allow the girls to personally see the completed 500 student schoolhouse and to deliver water filters to rural villages outside of Siem Riep. To date, Four Girls for Families has provided clean drinking water to approximately 25,000 people!

For more information about Four Girls for Families projects, please visit them at:  www.fourgirlsforfamilies.org 

Or, contact them at:

fourgirlsforfamilies@gmail.com
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P.O. Box 632
Bellport, New York 11713
(631) 776-7672 (917) 693-5989

Photo above: Four Girls for Families “Pop-Up Store” in August, 2016, at Café Castello, Bellport. (Left to Right) Sam Specht, Nick Gagliardi (owner of Café Castello), Rae Specht, Maddie Joinnides, Amelia Kocay and Eloise Kocay.






      
Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes Deacon Terrence Buckley to Bellport

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Christ Episcopal Church of Bellport has welcomed their new Clergy in Charge, The Reverend, Terrence Buckley. Christ Church has been without a Rector since the retirement of John E. Walker, III in June 2015, and has continued as a house of worship through the help of supply priests and the commitment of their Parishioners.

Deacon Buckley’s story is very interesting as he just retired from the Suffolk Country Police Department. Bellport.com sat down with him for a recorded interview to learn about his travels from Police Officer, to Clergy Intern in three Long Island churches, to Clergy in Charge in Bellport Village that we’d like to share with you.

Click here to listen to our interview.






      
New Inlet February Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on February 4th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

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"Saturday was a nice day and the plane had been repaired so I carried out another breach aerial survey. This is a follow up on the preliminary photo sent out last week to see what impact the nor’easter of January 23rd – 25th had on the breach. The flight was carried out around low tide in the bay and mid-tide in the ocean. As a result, more of the sand islands of the flood delta show up while less of those in the breach and just offshore to the west show up.

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Overall, there was not as much change as one might have expected from the fairly strong nor’easter. The eastern shore of the breach which has pushed west for the past several months, seems to have retreated about 100 meters since the January photo so that the breach is now about 300 m wide at its narrowest. The tide stage might be a factor in this as the January photos were taken near low tide in the ocean. Interestingly, the exit channel from the breach to the ocean remains heading off to the east. I certainly had expected that that would have been affected by the storm. The ebb shoal is not all that visible in these recent photos partially as a result of the tide stage but also because the winds were offshore and so the waves were less. The sand island offshore and just west of the breach which was clearly evident last week was submerged this time. Again, probably the result of the ocean’s tide stage.

One area which was impacted by the storm was the area just west of the breach. This shows up in the comparisons of the area (in the photo below). The over-washes did not reach the bay but one of them did penetrate more than half-way across the island. The photos also show that the western shore of the breach had eroded some on the southeast corner while the sand plume to the north had increased in size."

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Brookhaven Hospital Visits the Bellport Rotary
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A recent Bellport Rotary meeting featured guests from Brookhaven Hospital. Richard Margulis, Director of Brookhaven Hospital, Carolyn Villegas, head of Public Relations, Clyde Parker, Hospital Board Member, and Dr. Joseph Harder visited the meeting. They shared information about the growth and improvements taking place at the hospital and the soon to open Knapp Sweezy Cardiac Center.

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Mark’s First Anniversary

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Mark Ellis joined Pamela Lerner Home & Design a year ago as their Interior Designer. We sat down with Mark to discuss his background, the services he can provide, what it’s like to work with an Interior Designer, and how one can make your life easier when it comes to remodeling projects. Click here to listen to our interview.






      
“Czech it Out” by South Country Concerts

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, South Country Concerts performed, “Czech it Out,” at the Christ Episcopal Church on South Country Road in Bellport Village. The featured performers were Naho Tsutsui Parrini, Violin, Laurinel Owen, Cello, and Richard Pearson Thomas on Piano. The pieces performed were “Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75,” by Antonin Dvorak, “Variations on a Theme of Rossini,” by Bohuslav Martinu, and “Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 15,” by Bedrich Smetana.

Rather than tell you about the concert, Bellport.com was lucky enough to video the entire concert for your enjoyment. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a truly wonderful performance!






      
The South Country Community Conference

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Started some 30 years ago by Tony Gazzola, the South Country Community Conference is a group that meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the South Country Ambulance Company facility located at the corner of Montauk Hwy and Dunton Ave. in East Patchogue. The SCCC is “dedicate to preserving our community” and in this case, the “community” is North Bellport, East Patchogue, and the Hagerman areas. When the SCCC founder, Tony Gazzola, passed away, Gino Cruz, who is also President of the South Country Library Board of Trustees, stepped up to keep the program going.

When Bellport.com visited an SCCC meeting recently, the topics being discussed included:

  • Cleaning up the portion of Montauk Hwy. between Station Road and Dunton Ave.

  • Developing the area where Station Road meets Montauk Hwy.

  • Two proposed housing developments.

  • Bringing a sewer system to the area.

  • Bringing development similar to that in Patchogue Village to the area.

  • Cleaning up and or knocking down abandoned homes in the area.

  • The success of the recent gun buy back program.

  • The renaming of the Martha Ave. Park in North Bellport to honor Tony Gazzola by renaming it Tony Gazzola Park.

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New Inlet Update After the Nor'easter

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Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach after our recent Nor'easter and sent us this update along with this new photo. Click on the photo to enlarge.

"I intended to do an over flight as usual to see if there was any impact on the breach from the recent nor'easter. However the plane was down with starter motor problems so the best I could do was a photo from the glider tow plane which is attached. The black streaks are parts of the propeller caught by the camera.

Judging from what I could see, there was rather less change in the breach than one might expect from a storm with 50kt gusts reported. The photo was taken around 12:40 EST and near mid-tide in the bay and low tide in the ocean. The eastern shore line in the breach looks much as it did two weeks ago and might actually have extended farther west. The sand island that has appeared in the middle of the channel south of the remains of Pelican Island is still there and looks bigger although that might reflect the tide level. Offshore, the sand bar that was evident to the west on January 15th was awash at the time of the photo. And the offshore ebb shoal looks about as before extending well to the west.

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Hundreds Turn Out to Get Congressman Lee Zeldin’s Attention

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On Saturday, January 28, 2017, hundreds of protesters turned out at Sunset Harbor Catering in East Patchogue, in spite of 36 deg. temperatures and a pitch black night with no street lighting, to get Congressman Lee Zeldin’s attention. The event, billed as, “Listen Up, Lee Zeldin!,” was held by a coalition of political organizations in the first congressional district; Project Free Knowledge, Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate, and Time2Care Long Island. They demanded that Congressman Lee Zeldin set a date to meet with their leadership. Rep. Zeldin was at Sunset Harbor Catering, to be honored by the Rotary Club of Shirley and the Mastics as their “Man of the Year.”

The groups claimed, “He has outright refused to answer constituent’s questions on major issues. We need to remind him he works FOR US!” “Mr. Zeldin has an obligation to explain his lack of availability and to begin direct communication with constituents.”

In response to a request made, several weeks ago, by Patchogue Indivisible founder John A. Smith, it was claimed the event was a response to a January 25th conversation with Congressman Zeldin’s Executive Assistant and Legislative Aide Nicole Paciello, who, it was claimed, refused to confirm or deny even the possibility of giving a definite meeting time with leaders of the groups. Project Free Knowledge leader, Anna Sitzmann, said that when confronted with questions about claims that Mr. Zeldin constantly holds public events to engage with constituents and collaborates with grassroots organizations, Ms. Paciello said she could not answer any questions over the phone and that she would prefer all future discourse to take place via email. When Ms. Sitzmann requested to speak with Director of Communications Jennifer Disiena, she said Ms. Paciello stated that no one in the entire office was available to speak on the phone at the moment or in any foreseeable future.

“Project Free Knowledge, Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate, and Time2Care Long Island are local grassroots political organizations working in concert to demand transparency and accountability from elected officials at all levels of our government.“

Here are links to more information about the organizations:

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Resident Photos from Our Recent Nor'easter

We'd like to send a huge Thank You to Jan Shannon and Kimberly Bancke for sending us these photos of the dock after the Nor'easter storm earlier this week.

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The Greater Bellport Coalition

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On Thursday, January 26, 2017, we attended the January meeting of the Greater Bellport Coalition. The GBC “is a coalition of community groups formed in 2006 that is working with Brookhaven Town and Sustainable Long Island on the implementation of a community development plan to guide the growth of the Greater Bellport area.”

Their goals are: “Addressing such issues as downtown revitalization, economic development, housing, unemployment, neighborhood safety, blight, open space preservation, recreational opportunities, walkability and community involvement to create a vibrant, healthier place to live and work where there is also an overall benefit and increase in wellbeing in quality of life for our children, young adults, individuals, families and seniors.”

The Member Groups of the GBC include, “The Boys and Girls Club, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Victory Church of God, HELP Suffolk, Bellport Alliance, Bellport Youth Football, and South Country Community Conference, East Patchogue North Bellport Community, among others.”

If you’d like to join the GBC or just attend a meeting, the meetings are generally held the 4th Thursday of the month from 7pm-9pm at the Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance, 1492 Montauk Hwy, Bellport, NY, 11713.

Some of the topics discussed at the January meeting included a “Brownfield Opportunity Grant” update, an update on the development of Montauk Highway stores and apartments, the County Economic Downtown Revitalization Grant, the Ecke Avenue Project, and the boarded up houses in the community. On this last point, it was pointed out that in the past two years, the number of boarded up houses in the area bordered by Sunrise Hwy and Montauk Hwy to the north and south, Bellport Ave. and Dunton Ave. to the east and west, had dropped from 80 houses to 45 houses. Although still not perfect, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.






      
Babies Love Books and It's Never too Soon to Start Reading

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On January 25, 2017 we stopped in on a "Books for Babies; Meet and Mingle" program held at Café Castello in Bellport Village for children and their parents ages birth to 18 months of age. The program is a national literacy program conducted by the Brookhaven Free Library that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children. If you have young children, be sure to catch the program the next time it’s held. Check with Café Castello for details.






      
New Inlet January Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on January 15th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"We carried out a photo overflight of the breach area Sunday, January 15th, around 2:30PM. At that time, water levels in Bellport Bay were relatively low and several of the sand islands were exposed.

We haven't had any major nor'easters this fall so the changes in the breach area show a continuation of the gradual development that we have seen over the past year. The biggest surprise was that the shoal in the middle of the channel between the remains of Pelican Island and the eastern shore, had surfaced. Other than this development, the flood delta remains much as it has been. The eastern shoreline of the breach has continued the gradual westward growth that started in August so that now the minimum shore to shore width of the breach is about 230 meters, as compared to approximately 500 meters a year ago. The deep part of the channel that flows along the western shore is now about 80 meters wide. The exit channel to the ocean remains heading off to the east and the ebb shoal extends quite far to the west. A year ago the exit channel trailed off to the southwest. And there is a sizeable sand shoal extending off to the south and east from the western shore that marks the offshore edge of the exit channel. It looks like there is a lot of sand there as well as just west of the eastern tip. Whether this sand is going in or out of the breach is unclear but things are clearly changing.
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Wow! The 27th Annual Baycrafters Brown Bag Ball Was a Hit!

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On January 21st, the Baycrafters held their 27th annual “Brown Bag Ball.” Originally started by members of our community to help those less fortunate, every year it gets bigger and better.

The concept is simple. Fill a brown paper bag with canned and dry goods, hand over a $10 bill, and you’re in. Are you ready for this??? The Baycrafters were able to collect over 2,400 lbs. of food for those who really need it!

The Ball is held at the Parish Hall of the Christ Episcopal Church, but donations are shared with the local food pantries including the Christ Episcopal Church, Mary Immaculate Church, and St. Joseph the Worker Church. As the Bellport United Methodist doesn’t have a food pantry right now, their share is split between the other food pantries.

Setups, snacks and music are provided by the Baycrafters, but it’s BYOB. As you can see from the photos, everyone had a great evening for a very important cause. Current members of Baycrafters include: Al Rand, Fran Fosmire, Bob Nalewajk, Rich Dallin, Geoffrey Marschall, Scott Munson, Scott Budny, and Bruce Wallace. Everyone should feel really good about what they accomplished! Click here for more information.

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Dynamic Chair Yoga at the Parish Hall
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Every Monday and Thursday, Nancy Norman, of Village Yoga, teaches a “Dynamic Chair Yoga” class that’s held at the Parish Hall at the Christ Episcopal Church located at 64 South Country Road, in Bellport. This class has been a tremendous success and service to people with limited mobility who know the importance of keeping their bodies moving.

This past Thursday, we decided to stop by and see what it’s all about. You couldn’t imagine a group of more enthusiastic people. In addition to it being great for them physically, they were having a GREAT time! In addition to the adapted yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama), the class includes health and wellness ideas and suggestions. Each week there’s a brief discussion of a specific health issue or medical condition along with yoga postures and breathing techniques that address those issues.

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Shown here, with both hands raised, is the Goddess Pose, or Deviasana as it’s called in Sanskrit. The pose with one hand raised is called the Gate Pose or Parighasana in Sanskrit.

In addition to Nancy Norman teaching, the members of the class are: Joan Barone, Julia Binnington, Judi Bird, Jean Coakley, Joan Kinsella, Joan Koob, Nancy Meade, Jean Pokorny, Ann Quinn, and Mary Sanford. Click here for more information about Village Yoga.






       
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, A Community Festival

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On January 16th, a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Festival was held at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area in cooperation with the “Building Bridges in Brookhaven” organization. About 200 people attended the three hour program which began with the announcing of the winner of the MLK Essay Contest, Sarieah Watkins. Sarieah, who is only ten, was awarded $150 for her efforts. You’ll find her essay below.

For the older folk, there was a panel discussion on Dr. King’s legacy. For the teens, there was a Social Justice Through Poetry Workshop and for the younger children, there was an Arts & Crafts Workshop. At noon, everyone enjoyed a Luncheon Celebration with music followed by a Service Project and Volunteer Fair. The Festival closed at about 2pm with a Closing Ceremony.

 

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MLK Essay Contest Winner, Sarieah Watkins

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From left to right: Jason Neal, Boys & Girls Club Community Liaison, Sarieah Watkins, Essay Winner, Sherika Adams, Boys & Girls Club Director of Youth Programs.

I Have A Dream Speech by Sarieah Watkins

I have a dream that children should not give up on their dreams, and shall never give up on hope.
I have a dream that kids that bully should stop and make a difference.
I have a dream that the world shall become great again.
I have a dream that while I'm still 10 I should learn how to defend my family, and stand up for my rights.
I have a dream that all these wars should stop.
I have a dream that kids around the country should be able to get an education.
I have a dream that my family will love forever.
Also a saying from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Don't let anyone get in the way of your dreams.'' So I want you to leave with that message today.






       
New Bellport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Bellport Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, an Installation Dinner was held for the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, 2017, Board of Directors at the Bellport Country Club. About 75 Chamber members attended the event which featured entertainment by "America's first singing poet," Steve DePass, and music by the band, “Summer Breeze.”

From left to right, the new members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors are:

Terry Tuthill, Director, Ron Trotta, Sergeant-At-Arms, Lynn S. Burnett, Secretary, Paul Quinn, Director, Chris Hane, President, Kate Browning, Suffolk County Legislator, Gabrielle Corsetti, Treasurer, Merri Avino, Vice President, John Hannon, Director, Dave Schultzer, Director, LuAnn Thompson, Vice President, Christa Ruth, Director

Click here for more information about the Bellport Chamber of Commerce.






   
Beaver Dam Creek in the Snow

Ron Kinsella

We'd like to thank Ron Kinsella for sending us this photo he took of Beaver Dam Creek in Brookhaven.






      
Local Musicians Help Support Local Food Banks
Jam

Jam

Jam

Jam

 

For over ten years now, Bellport.com has been hosting local “Jam Sessions” for our local musicians. The Jams are usually held twice a month and as a way of saying “Thanks,” the musicians and audience members are asked to either bring and donate non-perishable food items, or, as an alternative, put a few dollars in the “can.” We estimate that about 300 pounds of food and about $1,000 is donated each year.

The donations aren’t used for any one particular cause because there is so much need in and around our community. Over the years, donations have been made to a wide variety of worthy causes. Just some of the recipients include: The Boys & Girls Club Of The Bellport Area, the Christ Episcopal Church Non-Profit Baby Pantry, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church’s Food Bank, St. Joseph The Worker’s Food Bank, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Long Island Cares, and Necessities for the men and women in our Armed Services.

Currently, there are two Bellport.com “Acoustic Jams” held each month at the South Country Library. One is oriented towards Traditional, Old Timey music and the other is an Acoustic Blues Jam. Here are links to more information about both Jams. If you “play” or just want to stop by and listen, come on down, but don’t forget to either bring some non-perishable food or a few bucks to help support our efforts.

Acoustic Jam

Acoustic Blues Jam






      
Wishing for Spring

Flowers

There is light at the end of this tunnel! Angela Giannotti sent us this photo she took last year on March 9th.






      
Seagulls in the Snow

Seagulls

Thank you, Jane Tierney for sending us this photo of these seagulls trying to stay warm at Bellport Dock during this weekend's snowfall!