The Village News: Seen & Heard - 2021


 

January 2021

 


       

South Country Unites Celebrates Inauguration Day

Inauguration

On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, members of South Country Unites, SCU, displayed yard signs in front of their homes to commemorate this very special day. They wanted to thank those committed, honest, hard working citizens, across 50 states and the District of Columbia, who made democracy happen. The members of SCU dedicated their display...

• “To all people who spoke up for justice and integrity

• To candidates for offices big and small, who believed that they can make a difference

• To campaign staffs, who in the time of COVID-19, planned and instituted a new, safer way of campaigning

• To petition carriers, door-knockers, phone and text bankers, letter writers – those who felt strongly that the best candidate must win

• To Boards of Elections in thousands of counties across our country who justly implemented voting laws, set up polling places, distributed ballots, hired and trained workers, and who counted and re-counted millions of votes under pressure

• To poll workers, who believed enough in free and fair elections to work 8 or 12 or 16 hour days with face masks and gloves, risking serious illness, to assure that each eligible citizen voted

• To the poll watchers who volunteered to assure that voters were treated fairly and laws were upheld

• To judges and public officials who sought to assure fair and free elections

• And to the voters, 161 million of us who made a voting plan and implemented it to assure that our voices were heard”

“The Members of SCU, THANK YOU! We honor your commitment and your hard work. May we all continue to work to support our fragile, 233 year old experiment in democracy. May we support President Biden and Vice President Harris as they and we, the people of the United States, address the difficult problems that lie before us.”

Photos courtesy of South Country Unites

Inauguration

Inauguration

Inauguration

 


       

Bellport Garden Club Roadside Cleanup

cleanup

The Bellport Garden Club is always working to make our community better. Dedicated members of the club braved the cold temperatures on a sunny day in January to clean up debris on a portion of County Road 36 (South Country Road) between Donegan Avenue and Strongs Road in East Patchogue. They have been maintaining this one-mile stretch since 2001 by agreement with Suffolk County’s Adopt-a-Highway Program. Under the chairmanship of member Laurie Fosmire, the ladies walk the roadside in pairs with safety vests, tools and bags supplied by Suffolk County Dept. of Public Works. They meet to perform this service once a month from April through November, and at least once from December through March. The Bellport Garden Club serves the South Country community. (Pictured are Chairperson Laurie Fosmire, Evonne Hammond, Bree Nurnberger and Bonnie Gwilt.) Photos courtesy of Michele DePalo.

Cleanup

Cleanup

Cleanup

 


       

Suffolk County Confirmed COVID-19 Cases March 10, 2020 – January 7, 2021

COVID

Click here for more of our coverage of the COVID-19 crisis.

 


       

New Marina Playground

Playground

With the help of a LI Regional Development Grant, Bellport Village, and the BVPF, Bellport Village Program Fund, all of the playground equipment used by the children down at the Village Marina has been replaced. There’s something new for everyone from toddlers to grownups to enjoy. This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished by various groups pooling their time, effort and resources for a common good. A big thanks to everyone involved.

Playground

Playground

Playground

Playground

Playground



       

Bellport High School Graduate, Mateo "Matt" Askaripour, Signs a Book Deal With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Mateo

Mateo Askaripour, also known as Matthew, has his first novel, “Black Buck,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and it’s coming out this month, January 2021. Mateo graduated from Bellport High School in 2008. Mateo’s writing has appeared in Lit Hub, Electric Literature, Entrepreneur, The Rumpus, Catapult, Medium, and in 2018, he was the Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, but “Black Buck” is his first novel.

We’d all like to congratulate Mateo for all of his accomplishments and if you’d like to read a little more about what Mateo has been up to since leaving High School, just follow this link.