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December 2008

The December 19th Acoustic Jam Was The Best Yet!

Acoustic JamAs you can see from the item below, the weather on Friday, December 19th, was terrible in town. Instead of the usual 12 to 15 musicians arriving to play, only 9 were able to make it to the Community Center. Does that mean that the night wasn't successful? Heck no! In fact, it was the best Acoustic Jam we've had. Instead of the usual audience of 20 or so people, 30 braved the weather to share the evening with us. In particular, Toby Walker, an absolutely amazing musician, was on hand to join in. The next Acoustic Jam will be on January 9th so mark it on your calendar! We'll be sure to remind you.

For those of you who couldn't make it to either play or listen on the 19th, below you'll find recordings of 27 tunes we played that evening. The recordings came out so well that we just had to share them with you.

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For All You Snowbirds!

snow08On December 19th, we had the first snow of Winter, 2008. If we could just have it snow, last for a day, and then the temperature go back to 74 degrees, it would be great! We know all you Snowbirds are gloating, but please have a wonderful, happy and safe Holiday Season. All the best from Please click this link to see more photos


The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Annual Holiday Brunch

BBHS Holiday PartyThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 14th. It was a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors in a historic setting. Everyone enjoyed the roaring fire and great food and drink. Click here to view photos from the event.

Former Bellport High School Student Films Joan Baez Documentary

Joan Baez DocumentaryThe Puleston Farm located in Brookhaven, New York was recently transformed into a Hollywood movie studio when former Bellport High School graduate Lionel Rosenblatt filmed a PBS documentary on Joan Baez and the Cambodian refugees. Baez, born on Staten Island has recorded over 30 albums in her 50 year singing career starting in 1959. Her songs carried messages regarding civil rights, folk tales, Vietnam War, human rights, gay and lesbian rights, environmental causes, the War in Iraq, death penalty and politics.

Mr. Nelson C. Briggs, Principal, Mrs. Suzette Fandale, Art Chairperson, Mr. Brandon Payne, Art Teacher and Bellport High School students Molly Sheppard, Zachary Towlen and Patrick Daly had the opportunity to observe Mary Wharton, Executive Producer and Director for the PBS documentary. The documentary will include an interview with Lionel Rosenblatt. The Bellport High School students had the opportunity to observe methods and techniques of video production in a real world setting.

(Back row from left to right): Zachary Towlen, Molly Sheppard, Mr. Brandon Payne, teacher and Patrick Daly

(Front row from left to right): Mary Wharton, Executive Producer, Lionel Rosenblatt, and Mrs. Jennifer Puleston

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2008 Holiday Tree Lighting

2008 Holiday FestivalOnce again, the Village Holiday Tree Lighting was a huge success. The evening started with a procession through town to the Community Center where hot cider, cocoa, marshmallows and cookies were waiting for everyone, courtesy of The Bellport restaurant and Porters restaurant. Santa arrived by fire truck, thanks to the Bellport Fire Department, and he was followed by a group of professional figure skaters and the official tree lighting. A wonderful time was had by all! Click here to see more photos.


Bellport Village Holiday Decorating Activity Was A Success

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Bellport Village started to ring in the Holiday Season on Saturday, November 29th by holding the first ever Holiday Decorating Get Together at the Community Center on Bell Street. About 30 children and 20 parents and helpers joined in to create Holiday decorations of all kinds. Snowmen, candy canes, and snowflakes could all be found. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Bellport Garden Club Is Sprucing Up The Village!

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While wandering around Main St., we noticed that the Bellport Garden Club members were giving the shops on Main St. a Fall sprucing up. They did a great job and we really appreciate all the time and effort they put in to make the Village a nicer place to visit.

South Bay Art Association's 22nd Annual Student Art Show and Opening Reception

Annual Student Art ShowNovember 21st-23rd was the SBAA's annual Student Art Show and Reception at the Bellport Village Community Center. As always, the artwork was wonderful, and the students who participated should be very proud of their work. The winners of the Brookhaven National Laboratory Award were invited to exhibit at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Art Show November 24th-26th. Click here to see some of the entries.

Wow! 12 Players and Singers had an Acoustic Open Mic and Jam at the Community Center. They will do it again on December 5th!!!

Acoustic Jam It was a cold and rainy night, but 12 local musicians showed up at Bellport's first Acoustic Folk, Blues, and Old Timey Music get together at the Community Center.

An audience of about 15 people listened to 3 hours of non-stop music and they all said they had a great time.

The evening started at 7pm with an Open Mic for those musicians who wanted to perform a song or two, either by themselves or with a few of their friends. The Open Mic was followed by a 2 hour jam where everyone sat in a circle and took turns either suggesting a song or taking the lead for part of a song.

The biggest surprise of the evening was the acoustics in the Community Center. Although a PA system was set up, it wasn't used as it simply wasn't necessary. It turns out that the Community Center is a GREAT place to listen to live, acoustic music.

If you weren't able to make it to either play or listen, there will be another Open Mic and Jam on December 5th and 19th. For more details and a copy of the acoustic music schedule through April, Please Follow This Link.

October 2008

Once Again, It Was Halloween At The Bellport Restaurant

Halloween at the BellportThis has become a very special annual affair. The evening starts early and finishes very late. The Bellport serves a special menu along with their regular fare so there's always a wonderful assortment from which to choose.

As always, there's plenty of live music on hand. The evening started with Bellport's own Skip Bement and finished off with a very raucous group of players featuring Taylor and others from The Bellport's weekly jams on Thursday evenings. Please click here to visit The Bellport's website.

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First Annual Scarecrow Contest Winners!

Scarecrow ContestThe votes are in!

Click here for the winners of the 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest!

Jeanne Hollmann Celebrates A Very Special Birthday

Jeanne Hollmann It’s no secret that Jeanne Hollmann is a very special person. Everyone in Bellport knows and loves Jeanne. Well, Jeanne just turned 75 and she celebrated her birthday with her family at Disney World in Florida "where dreams come true" and everything is truly "magical." Her four children, all graduates of Bellport High School, are in the photo, and all of her grandchildren, from all over the country, are in the photo too. They met in Florida to celebrate for four days. Jeanne and Fred Hollmann, Karen, Susan, Tim, Terry Schuman.

A Very Special Event Was Held On October 26th To Benefit The Guide Dog Foundation For The Blind, Inc., And America's VetDogs-The Veteran's K-9 Corps

Guide Dog BenefitOn October 26th, a benefit was held at "PORTERS on the lane" for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., and America's VetDogs - The Veteran's K-9 Corps. It was an evening of Cocktails, Gastronomical Delights, and Entertainment for these wonderful causes. Naturally, the guide dogs in attendance were the stars of the evening, but Bellport’s own Isabella Rossellini was on hand to help out. Isabella is very supportive of this program as we all should be.


Bellport High School Homecoming Parade

2008 Homecoming ParadeAlthough the weather was threatening at times, not a drop of rain fell and the sun even poked out at times. The Homecoming Parade ran south on Station Road and then turned east onto Main Street at the four corners. As usual, there was a great turnout in town to celebrate Homecoming. To top if all off, the final score at the Homecoming football game was Bellport 21, Centereach 0. It doesn’t get much better! Click here to see photos from the Homecoming Parade.

Bellport Fire Dept Fire Safety Open House

Fire Safety Open HouseThe Bellport Fire Dept held their annual Fire Safety Open House on Saturday, October 11th at the Bellport Fire House. Children experienced a simulation of a smoke situation where they entered and crawled through a "smoke house" to learn how to escape. The rescue squad was on hand to use the "Jaws of Life" and "save" a victim from a car accident. There were also demos of stove and dryer fires and much more, including antique equipment and poster contest results. Click here to see more photos from the Open House.

The South Country Ambulance Company Receives New Equipment

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At times, the South Country Ambulance Company has to operate in very tight quarters, such as at sporting events, parades, or in heavily wooded areas. This kind of environment can severely limit the movement of large vehicles without posing a danger to the public.

The solution, purchased using grant money obtained by our State elected officials, Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington and State Senator Caesar Trunzo, is an all terrain vehicle (4X2 Gator) which can be used for search and rescue in our parklands (Southaven Park, Werthiem Federal Wildlife Refuge & undeveloped areas in the South Yaphank area of our district) as well as our beach front.

From left to right: Lt. Ed Smith, Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington, State Senator Caesar Trunzo, Chief of Department Gregory Miglino Jr., Chief of Operation Luis Salinas.
South Country Ambulance Company Chief, Gregory Miglino, Jr. (right), explains the advantages of the new ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) to Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (left) and State Senator Caesar Trunzo (center).

Bellport's New Cell Tower Is Here!

The legislation Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington (D/I/WF-Medford) authored, permitting the village of Bellport to lease certain land for the construction of a cell tower, was signed into law by Governor Paterson (Ch. 171 of 2008). She was joined by Senator Caesar Trunzo, who authored the measure in the Senate, Bellport Mayor David Pate, former Bellport Mayor Frank Trotta and the South Country Ambulance Company Chief, Gregory C. Miglino, Jr. Eddington explained the tower will improve cellular communications for residents and improve public safety. Click here for more information.

New Mayor of Bellport a Lifelong Ambassador for the Lab

David PateBrookhaven National Laboratory has just published a nice story about our new Mayor, David Pate. If you follow this link, you can read all about David's role at the Lab.

September 2008

A New Mural For The Village Bistro

Village BistroOur good friend, John DiNaro, is at it again. John is responsible for the wonderful murals you see at the HSBC Bank, the Stewart Auto Center, The Sugar Loaf Cafe, and now at the new Village Bistro at the four corners in Bellport Village. John exclusively uses Benjamin Moore exterior latex paint which he buys at Village Paint in Bellport.

The Village Bistro is under new ownership and is open seven days a week. Besides breakfast and lunch, the Village Bistro is now serving a special dinner menu on Mondays John DiNarothru Saturdays from 3pm to 9pm. Stop in, enjoy a great meal, and enjoy John's new mural.

The Village Bistro is located at 124 South Country Road in the Village and their phone number is 631-286-0444. Tell them sent you!

You can follow this link to see more of John's work at the Horse and Eagle Gallery.

Amy Bedell Does Great In The Nation's Triathlon!

Amy BedellThe Nation's Triathlon was an all-around success. Most importantly, approximately 700 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/Team in Training participants from around the country collectively raised over $3 million to help fund research to cure blood cancers. Amy Bedell surpassed her fundraising goals by raising over $5,500!

Amy BedellThe actual race was great, too, though with a heat index of over 100 degrees it was very hot and humid! Amy finished in 3 hours and 30 seconds, ranking 36th out of 138 in her age group and 205 out of 953 women overall (1036 out of 2395 total participants). The swim was better this time (Amy did not get kicked in the nose or goggles), and the water in the Potomac River didn't appear as polluted as you might think (!!). She definitely did best on the bike, averaging 19.5 mph, but it was the run that was the hardest under the conditions. Many participants were treated for heat stroke/heat exhaustion and dehydration after making it through the finish line (including Amy), but they all had a great time nonetheless.

Amy wants to thank everyone for so graciously donating to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and for supporting her as she trained for this event. Your generosity and support made it easy to find motivation...

Reggie Seltzer Hosts a "Meet & Greet" for Assemblywoman Eddington

Reggie SeltzerOn September 10th, Reggie Seltzer (right) held a "Meet and Greet" get together at her home in Bellport for Assemblywoman Patricia Eddington. More than 25 Village residents attended to listen to Assemblywoman Eddington's views on issues which impact everyone in the Bellport area.

Just some of the issues discussed were:

  • Passing a tax cap based on income, providing immediate relief and taking into account ALL the taxes we pay on property

  • Increasing Enhanced STAR rebates for eligible seniors by 40 percent and preserving the Middle Class STAR rebate check program
  • Eddington
  • Assemblywoman Eddington's bill which secured State permission to erect the new cell tower in Bellport
  • Legislation to eliminate the state sales tax on gasoline
  • Securing state aid for local schools to help hold the line on property taxes
  • New laws that increase accountability in our schools, ensuring money goes into the classroom
  • The amount of “High Tax Aid” local schools receive from the state
  • Laws to keep sex predators away from children, like civil confinement and e-STOP, which prevents predators from accessing social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace
  • Legislation to prevent sex predators from clustering in neighborhoods
  • Ensuring that every child in New York has access to health care coverage, and help
    make prescription drugs more affordable

Flowers At The South Country Library

FlowersThis year, the South Country Library installed a new, more attractive traffic island at the entrance to their parking lot. It was designed and constructed by local businesses. The island has a garden full of colorful, perennial flowering bushes and plants. At the request of the library, two small sections were left empty so library staff could add flowering plants as the seasons change. Thanks to all this creative work, the library was very happy to be awarded a Street Garden sign by the Bellport Garden Club for their efforts to help keep Bellport beautiful!

August 2008

Amy Bedell Update

Amy BedellAmy Bedell is well on her way to participating in The Nation’s Triathlon to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of her dad, Fletch Bedell. We first told you about Amy's fundraising efforts in July.

Here is the update that we just received from Amy:

"I just wanted to give you all an update and let you know that I finished my first triathlon yesterday -- the Runner's Edge Tobay Sprint Triathlon in Oyster Bay. It was kind of a warm-up for my "A" race -- the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C., to which you all generously donated.

So far, my "team" alone has raised almost $100,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. My team is made up of only the Long Island Chapter's Nation's Triathlon participants and there are approximately 60 chapters across the country. All chapters will be competing on Sept. 14th, along with all regular/non-charity entries, for a total of approximately 3500 competitors.

I am very happy with how I did. There were over 1100 participants and I finished 19th in my age group (35-39). The swim leg was rough (among other things, someone kicked my goggles off!), but overall, it was GREAT. I was glad to finally race and not just train all the time!"

For more information about Amy's efforts, or to donate yourself, click here.

Village Blood Drive Was A Success

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Village of Bellport held a blood drive at the Community Center. In total, they collected 34 units of blood. 13 people came to give blood, but were unable to give, because of various reasons such as high or low blood pressure, iron deficiency, etc. Thus, the total registration came to 47. They hope to do another "Blood Drive" next summer.

July 2008

The Doors Of Bellport

The Doors of BellportRecently, Bellport High School students in Suzette Fandale’s Photography II and III classes were given the assignment to photograph the doors in Bellport Village based on architectural style and detail. The 28 students photographed the doors, worked on them in Photoshop, and created the final poster, shown to the left, using layout and design techniques discussed in a workshop given by Fandale and Brandon Payne, an art teacher at the high school. The students spent roughly three weeks working on the assignment. The cameras that were used were Canon S3 IS.

The students whose work was chosen for the poster are:
Christine Jaeger, Jade Doherty, Kamilah Blackett, Kerin Lawlor, Joanna Kulesza, Michelle Deehan, Amy Pfeifle, Emily Hagermann, Mike Porto, Sam Isla, Rebecca Lomuto and Megan Lane.

Christine Jaeger (graduate 08, going onto Pratt) did the final layout and design for the poster. The original poster, 24x36, was donated to the South Country Education Foundation and auctioned off at their Cocktail Party and Benefit. It was purchased by Pamela Lerner.

The project was funded by the South Country Education Foundation in their Fall 2007 grants. The $2500+ grant covered the materials and equipment needed, including three new digital cameras for the high school. For the full list of grants from last fall (and other grant cycles as well) including "The Doors of Bellport," click here.

The current poster, 18x24, is available at Pamela Lerner Antiques for $20. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Art Program at Bellport High School. Click on the image for a larger version.

Video Of The 2008 Clipper Classic Race

Clipper Classic2008 marked the 25th annual "Clipper Classic" 5K Run and 1500 Fun Walk through the Village of Bellport. The race started at the Gateway Theatre, looped through the Village, and finished at the Marina. With over 400 runners and dozens of walkers, this race was a huge event that was not to be missed! The race was held by the South Country Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports local education through scholarships and grants. Proceeds from the Clipper Classic race went to the Bellport Clipper Classic Scholarship Fund. Click here to see video from the 2008 Clipper Classic.

2008 Street Garden Recognition Program

Street GardensThe Bellport Street Garden Recognition Program was a huge success this year with many more participants than last year. The deadline for entering was June 30, 2008, but they look forward to more entries next year. There were 99 participants this year and the program is contributing greatly to the beauty of our lovely little village! All that you need to do to enter next year is apply and have a garden close to the street that is maintained and cared for during the gardening season. There is no competition; it is simply a recognition of gardening efforts! Look for next years' application on in the next few months. Click here to see photos of the gardens showcased in the Street Garden Program.

A Casino Coming To Bellport?

Several people have emailed us regarding an article just published that discusses the possibility of a Casino being built in Bellport near Sunrise Highway. We know nothing more than what is in the article, but we will be sure to keep you informed should we hear of any updates. Click here to read the article.

Artists On The Lane Was A Huge Success!

Artists On The LaneArtists On The Lane is one of the largest outdoor art shows on Long Island and draws artists from all over the country. The show is devoted to fine art, displayed along the sidewalks of Bellport Lane, all the way down to the Bay. The weather was overcast on July 4th, but the rain held off and everyone had a wonderful time. Please click here to see and read all about it.

Artists On The LaneIn addition, The Garden Club's annual 4th of July Food Sale at Artists On The Lane was a resounding success and a great deal of money was raised for the beautification of the Village! Click here to see more photos of the Food Sale provided by the Garden Club.

June 2008

Boys & Girls Club Of Bellport's 5th Annual "Beach Ball" Fundraiser

Beach BallThe Beach Ball - the 5th Annual Summer Benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area was held recently at the Bellport home of Rona and Ian McKechnie. Over 400 guests enjoyed the sounds of the Boys & Girls Club Steel Drum Band while dining on an assortment of Balinese foods during a beautiful evening designed as a “South Seas Getaway” by the bay. They were entertained by watching the world champion Boys & Girls Club Double Dutch team and later danced the night away with DJ Max Salpetrier. Attendees participated in both a silent and live auction of antiques, designer items, fine art, jewelry, in addition to bidding on the Boys & Girls Club’s New Vista Programs. Over 90 percent of the $165,000 raised will support Club activities including the New Vista Programs which bring an array of cultural and educational opportunities to the youth of the Boys & Girls Club that they may not typically experience. Click here for more information about the event and the Boys & Girls Club.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, IT’S THE GOODYEAR BLIMP!

Goodyear BlimpWednesday morning, June 11th, the Goodyear Blimp was touring the Great South Bay and it passed right by the marina. We get plenty of aircraft passing Bellport, particularly those two little yellow Cubs, but the twin engines on the Goodyear Blimp sound very different. There was no missing the fact that something unusual was heading towards and passing Bellport on its way out East. Click to see a larger version of the photo.

Sailing, Sailing Over The Deep Blue Sea....

FerryThe Verne W. Critz First Graders took their annual ferry ride to visit Ho Hum Beach for the day. They had an absolutely beautiful day for the trip and we’re sure they will remember it for a long time to come. It’s great to see the children taking advantage of the things that make Bellport unique.

May 2008

Annual Bellport Village Memorial Day Parade

Memorial DayThe annual Bellport Village Memorial Day Parade was held on Monday, May 26th. The weather could not have been nicer and everyone had a great time at the parade! Click here to see photos from this year's parade.

Bellport Garden Club's Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale

Plant SaleGarden Club Members held a plant sale on May 26th at the Annual Memorial Day Parade in downtown Bellport. Plants for sale consisted of perennials dug lovingly from members’ gardens and also some annuals. There were some other small gardening related items for sale as well. This sale offered a great chance to get a jump start on spring planting and support the Garden Club at the same time! Click here to see photos from the event.

51st Annual SBAA Member's Exhibit

SBAAThe 51st Annual Member's Exhibit was held over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th-26th at the Bellport Community Center. This year's exhibit was dedicated to their Past President, Jody Love. Click here to see photos from the Exhibit and a list of the award winners.

Character Counts For Students At Brookhaven Elementary School

Character CountsCHARACTER COUNTS! At Brookhaven Elementary School as the students learn a big lesson in caring and citizenship this month. Brookhaven Elementary is one of three elementary schools in South Country School District, where over the last few weeks, the students from pre-kindergarten through third grade held a change drive to show the character traits of caring and citizenship for the district wide character education initiative.

The school had set a goal to collectively raise $500, to donate to the Child Life Unit at Stony Brook Hospital. The money would provide children staying there with various entertainment and recreation activities to help their stay at the hospital be a little brighter. Students collected and donated spare change over the duration of a month to meet this goal. One student, Caitlynn Bogertmann, a third grader in Mrs. Blackford’s third grade class, raised over $100.00 for this worthy cause all on her own. Together the children exceeded everyone’s expectations when the collection surpassed their original goal and totaled at $845.88! It was exciting and inspiring to all of the children when hearing the news of the total amount collected!

On Thursday, May 1st, Paulette Walker, a representative from Stony Brook Hospital, came to the school to accept the check from students who represented from each classroom. She thanked the children of Brookhaven for their generosity. Everyone involved in this effort has proven the effect of caring and citizenship put into action can really make a difference. Great job everyone! Click on the photo above to enlarge.

April 2008

Avino's Italian Table Is Coming To Bellport

AvinosAvino's Italian Table is coming to Bellport! Jim Avino, is in the process of transforming the "Old Inlet" restaurant, which was built in 1856, into an "upscale," but affordable Italian restaurant. He wants to, "Maintain the charm while adding a Tuscan flavor" to the new restaurant.

As Jim put it, "Avino's will be a place that you can either get a bite or visit for dinner." The menu will be extensive and they will have a 50 to 60 bottle wine list. They plan on being open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and there will be a brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. Avino's will also be doing Parties and Catering. We can tell that Jim has a lot of plans for Avino's Italian Table, both from a menu and physical point of view so stay tuned! Although they are in the midst of construction right now, click here to see what they are up to!

Porter's On The Lane To Open Soon!

Porters on the laneAre you ready to eat your way through the Summer of '08? Porter's On The Lane will soon join The Bellport and Meritage as one of the premier restaurants in Bellport Village. Located on the site of the former Chowder House, Porter's On The Lane is being totally renovated and brought up to date. John and Jen, the owners of Carla Marla's, just across the street, have invested $500,000 in the renovations alone to make Porter's a very special place. As John put it, "Not even a light switch has been reused!"

Porter's On The Lane will feature steaks and seafood and will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. There will also be a Sunday Brunch and well known Sean Blakeslee has signed on to be the Chef. The atmosphere will be decidedly nautical in flavor and the front porch, always a special place to dine, has also been completely redone. We'll be sure to let you know when Porter's On The Lane is ready to open. For a "sneak peak," click here for a look at the renovations that are well underway!

This Is Getting Silly!

CrashCome on guys, this is Bellport! You're supposed to come here to slow down and lighten up!

After last month's crash at the four corners (see below), we had hoped that things would be quiet for a while, WRONG! We're told that the Jeep, heading east on South Country Road, tried to make the left to go up Station Road and lost control. The Ford seems to have gotten the worst of it. Thank goodness no one was hurt, but the Donna Waters dress shop has got to be getting tired of this. Thanks to Rich Rieb for the photos. Click to enlarge.


March 2008

Bellport High School Dance Team Receives Accolades

ClipperettesThe Bellport High School Dance Team was named the Scholastic 2008 Long Island Champion of Champions in the Lyrical Division placing 1st place in the rankings for all of Long Island – March 9th, 2008. They placed 2nd in Jazz and 2nd in Hip Hop as well. This competitive and talented dance team continues to strive for excellence in dance and the community as well as the high school are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Bellport Village Easter Egg Hunt

VideoFun was had by everyone who attended this year's annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Village Marina! The Easter Bunny was even on hand for photos! took video of this festive event. Click here to see the video.

Bellport Village's 100th Anniversary Committee's First Meeting

100th AnniversaryBellport's Mayor, Frank Trotta, held the first meeting of the Bellport Village 100th Anniversary Committee on Tuesday, March 12th. About half of the members were able to make this first meeting and it looks like it's going to be a very exciting year! Various activities are planned from May to December including parades, music, sailing, games, food, artwork, and way too many activities to mention here. Naturally, will keep you posted as each of the events comes closer. Click the photo for a larger version in which you can see their shining faces!

Oh My... And You Thought You Were Having A Bad Day!!!

CrashOn Tuesday, March 12th, a car went out of control at the four corners in the Village and tried to take out the Donna Waters clothing shop. Luckily, no one was hurt on the street, the sidewalk, in the car, or in the Donna Waters shop. We have to thank our Mayor, Frank Trotta, for the photograph he took on the scene. If you'd like to see a larger version of the photo, just click on the image to the left.

Bellport High School's Dennis Scruggs Becomes NY State Champion

Bellport's Dennis Scruggs, the # 2 600m runner in the US, is now the NYS Champion in that event. Scruggs and the other members of the school's 4 x 400m relay team traveled to Ithaca, NY last weekend to compete in the NYS Indoor Track Championship held at Cornell University. Scruggs represented Section XI (Suffolk County) in the 600m event and the relay team, Jonathan Rosero, Jaquan Holland, Matt Smith, and Dennis Scruggs, represented Section XI in the 4 x 400m relay event.

Despite the fact that he has run the second fastest time in the US in this winter's indoor track season, Scruggs was seeded in the second heat because his fastest time was posted in December and NYS Championship rules required the use of a time after January 1, 2008 for seeding purposes. Nevertheless, Scruggs' finishing time of 1:21.83 on Saturday was better than any of the times run by athletes assigned to the first heat. Dennis Scruggs is the first Bellport runner to win a NYS title in Indoor Track.

After his successful win in the 600m and his attendant rise to the top podium for the award ceremony, he joined teammates for the 4 x 400m relay, a hotly contested event featuring the state's top teams with Bellport seeded 4th in that event. Bellport placed 3rd in that event, successfully earning another medal for Section XI.

The relay team will next appear at the National Scholastic Indoor Track Meet at the Armory on Friday, March 14, 2008. This meet attracts top qualifying high school athletes from across the country. Bellport is now one of those teams.

Bellport High School Competes In The Millrose Games

The Bellport High School 4 x 400m relay team took the bronze medal in that event in the Suburban boys division in the February 1, 2008 Millrose Games. Competing against standout relay teams from Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester counties in New York and two teams from counties in New Jersey, Bellport finished in 3rd place, beating rival team from Hempstead which is ranked 6th in the U.S.

Running for Bellport were seniors, Jonathan Rosero, Matt Smith and Dennis Scruggs, and sophomore phenom, Jacquan Holland. Scruggs is currently ranked 2nd in the U.S. in both the 400m and 600m sprints, while Holland is ranked 2nd in NY in the 55m dash and 1st in Suffolk County.

Scruggs also set two new Suffolk County records this season in both the 400m and 600m sprint events. The Bellport 4 x 400m relay team set the new Suffolk County record in that event, as well.

The Millrose Games is regarded as the most historic and prestigious indoor invitational track meet in the world. It provides a highly visible venue for Olympic hopefuls and high school and college athletes. The crowd at Madison Square Garden was thrilled by the success of Suffolk County athletes, including the Bellport and Hempstead relay teams and the winner of the Millrose Mile, Kyle Merber, of Half Hollow Hills West. Fans also experienced seeing US medal winner, Bernard Lagat, win the famed Wannamaker Mile for the 6th time, and 2 time U.S. Olympic silver medalist, Adam Nelson, win the shot put event with a throw of 72 feet, 5 inches, the longest throw in the world this season.

After their outstanding performance at the Millrose Games on Friday night, the Bellport relay team must return to competition the next night at the Small Schools Championship for the Suffolk County title.

More Wins and Record Breaking...

Bellport High School boys took first place in the 4 x 400m relay event at the Millrose Trials at the Armory on January 9, 2008, winning in a time of 3:25.82 over Amityville at 3:25.95. Bellport qualified to compete in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden on February 1, 2008. Bellport and Amityville both broke the existing Suffolk County record of 3:26.07, with Bellport setting the new Suffolk County record and beating the old school record by over 7 seconds. Bellport is now ranked #7 in the US in this event and Amityville, #8.

BHS Winter Track Team Continues To Set New Records

On Saturday, January 4, 2008, Dennis Scruggs won the second heat of the 400m event at the Hispanic Games held at the Armory in New York City, posting a time of 48.56 seconds. The time was the best in the event, beating all runners in the first heat which was the seeded section. In the process, Scruggs set a new Suffolk County record in the 400m dash.

Only three weeks before, Scruggs came from the second heat to win the 600m event at the Bishop Loughlin Games held at the Armory. His time of 1:20.23 posted on, set a new Suffolk County record and is currently the fastest time for the 600m in the United States this season.

Dennis Scruggs also anchors the school's 4 x 400m relay team which includes Jonathan Rosero, Jaquan Holland and Matt Smith. Holland, a Sophomore, has the fastest time in Suffolk County this season in the 55m dash, having run the event in 6.65 seconds. He also has the fastest time in the 300m dash, followed by Rosero with the 4th fastest time in that event this season. At the Brown Invitational held at Brown University on December 29, 2007, the team set a new Bellport High School record which they broke, again, on January 4, 2008 at the Armory. The most recent record time of 3:26.19 was only 12/100s of a second from a new Suffolk County record in that event.

Bellport High School Boys Cross Country Earns Awards and Recognition

The Bellport High School Boys Cross Country Team finished its season at the Division Championship race on October 23, 2007 with a 4th place finish in the unseeded division, earning the team a 6th place finish overall in the County A Division. Led by Senior co-captains, Matt Smith and Andrew Seidman, the team showed improvement throughout the season. Other seniors competing this year included Zachary O'Brien, Doug Kramer, Ryan Johnston, John Martinez, Matt McCann and John Morgan.

On November 2, 2007, the team competed in the County Championship, NYS Qualifier, for a chance to send team members to the New York State Championship to be held in Norwood, New York on November 10, 2007. Matt Smith, running the 3.1 course at Sunken Meadow State Park in a time of 17:28, qualified to represent Suffolk County in the A Division at the New York State Cross Country Championship Smith was one of 660 runners from New York State to compete in the State Championship. Smith was also named All County, Second Team, and honored as a member of the All County Academic Team. To qualify for the latter honor, a runner must be in the top 10% of his class and in the top 50 runners in Suffolk County.

At its Awards Evening on December 19, 2007, Coach Les Williams announced that the team earned recognition as a NYS Scholar Athlete Team. This recognition is bestowed upon teams whose members achieve an average of 90 or better. He and assistant coach, Dan Jennings, expressed enthusiasm about the quality of the distance running program at Bellport High School and reported that they look forward to working with returning team members next fall. Jose Malave, currently a Junior, shows promise as a leader of the team, and Derek Palafox, an 8th grader, is expected to return as one of the top 5 runners on the team. Other returning members will include Kyle Gubbins, Bobby Kraker, Ben Kurrass, Chris Lisinski, Khristian Palafox, Jack Ramirez, Daniel Sears, Roark Xanthos, and Dalton Zeh.

January 2008

Bellport High School Students To Compete In Long Island Challenge

LI ChallengeBellport High School students have been chosen to compete in the Long Island Challenge sponsored by Cablevision, News 12 Networks and Power to Learn. The Long Island Challenge is an academic TV quiz show for high schools featuring the best and brightest local students. The Challenge tests high school students' knowledge of history, arts and literature, science and math. The show is made up of three rounds: Multiple Choice, The Lightning Round and Free Response. There are also randomly placed bonus questions for teams to earn extra points. Each fall, high schools from around the area hope to be chosen as one of 32 schools in each region that will participate. Schools advance in the tournament through a series of elimination rounds. After 31 weeks of competition, one school in each region is crowned champion, winning $2,500 dollars for their school. The final winning teams from each region go on to The Challenge Championship where they square off one another in a tri-state showdown. The school crowned The Challenge Champion will receive $10,000 in prize money. Each student participating in the final Challenge Championship game will receive $500.

You can watch Bellport High School compete against West Islip on February 9th at 6:30pm and 9:30pm on Channel 12. Representing Bellport are: Matthew Askaripour, Katherine O’Connor, Matthew Smith, Julie Harrow and alternate, TJ Veitch. Richard Boes and Paul Feltman are the advisors for the Bellport team.

Bellport High School To Compete At The Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Bowl 2008

Several Bellport High School students are preparing for their upcoming competition in the 2008 Science Bowl, which is set for Saturday, February 2nd, 2008, at Brookhaven Lab in Upton, NY. The Science Bowl Competition is a contest featuring 20 High Schools from Long Island and New York City where students go head-to-head, answering questions in multiple formats within all disciplines of science. Those topics are: Astronomy, Earth Science, General Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science. There are five students who compose the Bellport High School team coached by Mr. Corbett, Earth Science Teacher at Bellport High School: Katherine O'Connor, Amanda Rivera, Deanna Lally, Julie Harrow, and Matt Smith.

Numerous South Country Students Selected For SCMEA All-County Music Festival

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) selected 49 musicians in the South Country School district to be members of the 2008 All-County Music Festival. Bellport has representatives in all three performing organizations, including the All-County Band, Chorus, and Orchestra.Selections of All-County students were made from NYSSMA Solo Festival evaluation sheets scores and nominations submitted by district music teachers. The SCMEA All-County Music Festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished music students in grades 5-10. Click here to see the list of all students representing South Country.