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December 2010

The Blizzard Of 2010!

Officially, the late December snow storm was ruled a blizzard, not so much for the amount of snow we got, but instead for the winds that came with the storm. Gusts of just under 70 mph were recorded and the resulting snow drifts were the real problem. In some places, you could see the blades of grass peeking out from under almost no snow. In other places, there were 5’ and 6’ drifts!

Once again, Bellport Village’s Highway Department was there to help when the Village really needed them. We all owe Mike and his crew a big Thank You! The snow started in late afternoon and the Highway Department was plowing the roads and sidewalks in the Village all night long.

Here are some photos for all you Snowbirds. We’d like to thank Katherine Lent and Stephen Musolino for sending us some photos that we’ve added to ours below for your enjoyment. It’s still early in the snow season so let’s all hope that the rest of the winter will be a quiet one.


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BHS Students Bring Holiday Cheer To Bellhaven Nursing Home

BellhavenOn Wednesday December 15th, seventeen Bellport High School students and two teachers went on a walking field trip in 20 degree weather to spread holiday cheer to some of our local elderly community members. Some members of the Future Teachers of America Club, the Interact Club, and the Italian Club, along with two Club advisors, Mrs. Plain and Mrs. Hines, walked from the Bellport High School to the Bellhaven Nursing home to sing holiday carols for the residents and day care participants of the facility. It was truly a heartwarming experience for all involved. The club members felt that it is important to give back to the community and show respect and appreciation to the elder members of their community. Two of the students that participated in the event have relatives that reside at the Bellhaven Nursing Home and were able to visit with their family members during the trip.


The Bellport Fire Department Can Be Counted On For A Lot More Than Putting Out Fires!

Bellport Fire DeptOnce again, with the help of the Bellport Fire Department, Santa visited children in our area giving out candy canes as he rode from street to street. This is just one of the many services performed by the Bellport Fire Department each year.

Most people don't realize that programs like this aren't paid for by the taxes paid to the Fire Department each year. Those taxes go strictly to the costs involved fighting fires. Instead, programs like Santa's Candy Cane Run are paid for by donations made to the Fire Department and the Fund Raisers the Fire Department runs from time to time. Great work Bellport Fire Department guys and gals!!!


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Santa And The Bellport Fire Department Visit Mr. Smith

Bellport Fire DeptWhile giving out candy canes and visiting the children in our community, Santa and members of the Bellport Fire Department took time out to visit with Robert Smith at Bellehaven. It seems Mr. Smith is a real Fire Department fan. He was given a plaque by Chief Dane Hartmann and Second Chief Jason Crane. The plaque will now hang in Mr. Smith’s room at Bellehaven. This is truly what this season is all about, bringing joy to someone else.


BHS Students Partner With Madison Square Garden Varsity

Bellport High SchoolSeveral students from Bellport High School have the unique opportunity to work with Madison Square Garden Varsity (MSG) using video equipment to document special events in the South Country School District. The videos are then edited by the students in the new Apple Computer-Mac Lab. Students will be covering district wide events throughout the school year which can be viewed on Pictured are from left to right: Jack Nix, Alexis Lucena, Benjamin Meadows, Darrell Johnson, Mr. Payne, Art teacher, Zachary Towlen, Yova Bundra, Mr. Varley, Art teacher and Claire Minicozzi


BHS Senior Awarded The National Council For Women and Information Technology Award For The Tri-State Area

Rebecca Murphy a senior at Bellport High School has been awarded the National Council for Women and Information Technology Award for the Tri-State Area. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high school level for their computing related achievements and interests. Selected from an exceptionally strong pool from the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas Rebecca is being recognized for her computing and IT (information technology) aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Rebecca will be honored at an award ceremony in May at the Eventi Hotel in Manhattan.


Bellport- Brookhaven Historical Society's Annual Holiday Party

Historical SocietyThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their annual Holiday Brunch this past weekend. It was a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors in a historic setting. The food and company couldn’t have been better. Click here watch a video slideshow of the event.


“Breakfast With Santa” At The Bellport Country Club Restaurant

Breakfast_With_SantaWow, what a wonderful event!!! “Breakfast With Santa,” at the Bellport Country Club Restaurant, couldn’t have been a better way to kick off the Holiday Season.

The children met Santa Claus and enjoyed live Christmas Caroling. If their families brought a gift for them, Santa was glad to make the presentation to the child. As is always the case with the Country Club Restaurant, everyone enjoyed a Gourmet Breakfast Buffet with all of their favorites: Scrambled Eggs, Red Bliss Potato Hash Browns, Pork Sausage Links, Baked Virginia Ham, Golden Pancakes, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Fresh Fruit, an Assortment of Juices and Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea. Start thinking about making a reservation for next year NOW!

Click here for a video slideshow of “Breakfast With Santa.”

Click here for more information about the Bellport Country Club Retaurant.


The 2nd Annual Destination Bellport Dog Show Was Once Again, A Huge Success

For the second time, the weather couldn’t have been better for the 2nd Annual Destination Bellport Dog Show. About 35 of our four legged friends showed up to strut their stuff and have their photos taken with Santa. Pamela Lerner, of Pamela Lerner Antiques and Destination Bellport, organized the event as a fundraiser for the Brookhaven Animal Shelter. The shelter continues to dedicate itself to helping the homeless pets in our township. This fund provides needed medical attention (veterinary, surgical and medications) to the sick and injured animals in their care until they are adopted.

We’ve produced a great video slideshow of the event so click here to see it all.


Bellport Varsity Football Wins LI Class II Title

ClippersOn November 27th, the Bellport Clippers took on Garden City in the Class II Long Island Championship game. Bellport won 26-21. Way to go Clippers!

On Saturday December 4th there was a parade in Bellport Village to honor the 2010 Long Island Suffolk County Division II Champion Bellport Football Team. The parade recognized the outstanding season had by the Bellport Football program and the community they represent. The parade also honored Head Coach Joseph L. Cipp Jr., who this season became the “winningest” football coach in Suffolk County history when he finished the season with 211 total career wins. Click on the photo above to view a larger version. Click here for more photos from the parade.


Bellport Rotary Club's Beer Tasting and Buffet Supper

Bellport RotaryA good time was had by all who attended the Rotary Club of Bellport’s beer tasting and buffet supper hosting prospective new members. Pete Roe, a longstanding member of Rotary, gave a very comprehensive review of the club's community activities, fund raising for scholarships and other charitable projects including scholarships to assist Bellport High School graduates. Mr. Roe also gave prospective members an insight into the international aspects of our Rotary Clubs including the fact that Rotary International is generally credited with eliminating polio throughout the world. Click here for more information.


Christ Episcopal Church Christmas Fair

Christmas FairThe Christ Church Christmas Fair opened Friday evening, December 3rd with a Preview Party and Sale. There was music and shopping for that unique, handmade, Christmas gift or a theme basket for someone special. On Saturday, December 4th, the fair continued in the relaxed feel of a country market. Lunch at the Fair is always a treat. Click here for more information.


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November 2010

Legislator Browning Urges Seniors And Veterans To Use The Free Senior Citizens Law Clinic Services

Kate BrowningLegislator Browning contacted to let us know about the free legal services which are provided to eligible veterans and seniors in Suffolk County through the Touro Law Center, Senior Citizens Law Clinic. During these tough economic times many citizens are in need of legal advice and this is a great program that many seniors and veterans are unaware of.

The clinic offers a number of programs to assist seniors and veterans with a Mortgage Foreclosure Program, Family Law Assistance, assistance with benefits programs and health care issues, such as proxies, living wills and powers of attorney. Attorneys in the program also visit homebound and frail individuals to provide services to those unable to travel.

“Our seniors are struggling to make ends meet in this tough economy and we have so many veterans who have returned from overseas only to find the economy still struggling to provide the means they need to get by,” stated Legislator Browning. “The pro-bono services at Touro Law Center could be vital in helping them stay in their homes at no cost to the individual.”

For more information about the “Senior Citizens Law Program,” all you have to do is contact Denise Doty at (631) 761-7472 or Legislator Browning’s office at (631) 852-1300.


Photos Of The Bellport Girls Track & Field Club's 1st Annual 5K Road Race

Girls 5KThe Bellport Girls Track & Field Club held its first annual 5K Road Race on Sunday, November 28th. The race began at the Bellport Gateway Theater and looped through Bellport Village, before finishing at the Bellport marina. The race benefited three worthwhile causes— financial assistance for individuals and families afflicted with leukemia; assistance for wounded veterans; and scholarships to benefit the young people of the community. Click here for to see photos from the race.


The Bellport- Brookhaven Historical Society's 2010 Robert H. Pelletreau Distinguished Service Award in Historic Preservation

Pelletreau AwardThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society has presented the 2010 Robert H. Pelletreau Distinguished Service Award in Historic Preservation to the Congregation of the Middle Island United Church of Christ in recognition of their dedicated and heroic efforts to preserve and restore the historically significant church formerly known as the Middle Island Presbyterian Church. The award was instituted in 2001 and is made possible by the many contributors and donors who wish to honor the memory of Robert H. Pelletreau, Historical Society President for twenty-two years and dedicated preservationist. It is presented in alternate years to the person or organization that has significantly contributed to historic preservation in Suffolk County. Pictured above, left to right: Dr. Carol Bleser, Victor Principe, Dr. Jan Harting-McChesney, and Pastor Stephen Shick. Click here for more information.


BHS Sailors Compete And Win

SailorsOn October 30th, Bellport High School sailors placed 1st out of numerous teams from all over NY such as Rye H.S., Chaminade, Stonybrook, St. Anthony's and more. Over 40 sailors competed from High Schools all over the state. They sailed 420's on the Long Island Sound. Liza O'Connor and Olivia Gassner had overall results with five first place finishes and one second place finish. Aidan Lundstrom and Megan Scheaffer had overall results with two fourth, one fifth place, one eighth and two sixth places. Pictured are: Olivia Gassner, Aidan Lundstrom, Liza O'Connor and Megan Schaeffer. Photo and information provided by Olivia Gassner.


Christine's Fresh Marinara Sauce Tasting At Wallen's Market

Wallen's MarketA very special event took place at Wallen’s Market recently. There was a special tasting of Wallen’s newest product line, Christine’s Fresh Marinara Sauce. Everyone enjoyed the sauce and visitors even received a Free Gift with the purchase of full or half quarts of sauce. On hand to help serve the customers was Kaylee. We’re not sure, but we suspect her grandpa had something to do with her getting the job.


The Bellport Rotary Club's Halloween Food Drive

The Rotary Club of Bellport, true to its objective of “Service above self,” conducted a food collection drive in Bellport Village on this past Halloween weekend. Results were somewhat better than the previous year in that they collected close to three vans full of food for the local church-run food pantries.

They, collectively as a service club, are deeply grateful to all those who took the time over a busy Halloween weekend to participate. In this particularly difficult economic period, it is felt by many that food drives; our local village effort and the large Island and national drives rise to a higher priority in our charitable and volunteer work.

Bellport Rotary will conduct its food drive again next year, probably not on the Halloween holiday; so, when you receive the notice in the mail please think of those less fortunate and participate to the extent possible. The Club will collect and deliver all of it to our local church food pantries.


October 2010

Halloween On Main Street

HalloweenThere were lots of ghouls and guys out skulking, lurking and genially flitting about Bellport Village for Halloween. We visited “The Bellport” restaurant and “PORTERS on the lane” where everyone was having ghoulishly good times! Click the speaker below to join in the fun.


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The Mary Samuels’ Studio Has Opened Its “Arts & Crafts Open House” For The Holidays

Mary SamuelsMary Samuels has opened her “Arts & Crafts Open House” for the holiday season. As you can see, there was something for everyone in the way of handmade gifts by local artists. The Studio will remain open, weekends, from now through the holiday season.

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Brookhaven Library's Annual Family Scarecrow Contest

Brookhaven LibraryThis yearly event is not to be missed! It's a fun afternoon filled with music, scarecrow building and a “Best Soup” competition at the Brookhaven Free Library. The infamous Banjo Rascals entertained while families busied themselves constructing their scarecrows. Those wishing to build scarecrows brought their own scarecrow head and the clothes necessary to build their scarecrow. The library provided a cross frame, newspaper and straw for stuffing. Click the speaker below to watch a video of the event.


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Bellport Village’s Annual Children’s Scarecrow Workshop and Contest

Scarecrow ContestFor the third year in a row, the annual Scarecrow Workshop and Contest was a success! Thanks to Joanne Specht and many tireless volunteers, everything went as smooth as could be. The weather was once again perfect and there were plenty of materials available to make each scarecrow truly a “one of a kind.” Watch the video below for scenes from the workshop and the finished scarecrows on display.

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The 1st Annual Sale & Fair "Antiques & High Tea In The Lane" Was A Huge Success

On October 9th, Destination Bellport presented the 1st Annual "Antiques & High Tea In The Lane." The Sale & Fair included antiques, gifts, linens, gourmet specialties, estate jewelry, and much more. The "Traditional English High Tea" was served in the garden and was accompanied by Internationally renowned Cellist, Laurinel Owen. Click the speaker below for highlights of the afternoon and to listen to Laurinel Owen.


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Bellport Homecoming 2010

HomecomingUnlike last year, the weather couldn’t have been better this year. We had 70 degrees and clear blue skies. The Homecoming Parade kicked off at 11am and traveled down Station Road to the Four Corners and then East on Main Street. Everyone came out to support their Clippers! Unfortunately, Bellport suffered a loss of 12-9 against North Babylon in the game later that day. We'll win next year, for sure! Click here to see photos of this year's Homecoming Parade.

The Gift Of Life

Bellport RotaryOne of the many programs that the thousands of Rotary International Clubs in over 160 countries supports is one in which lives are directly and absolutely saved; that is the Gift of Life wherein children from infancy through age 21 living in developing nations where cardiac treatment is unavailable are brought to the United States, along with a parent and given life-saving cardiac surgery. Surgeons donate their services, Rotary pays the hospital and medical expenses and Rotary members house the parents at no charge.

The Rotary Clubs of Suffolk have saved the lives of over 350 children with congenital heart defects since the inception of the program in 1987. To the left is a picture of a grateful family from Nicaragua whose son now has a chance to make a life.

If you would like to be a part of Rotary International, specifically the Bellport Club, please call Dr. George Marschall, their current President, at 286-3891.


Ed Bleser Receives A Certificate Of Appreciation From Bellport Village

Ed BleserAt a recent Village Board Meeting, Trustee Alison Neumann (R) presented Carol Bleser (L) with a Certificate of Appreciation for all the work her husband, Edward Bleser, had done for Historic Preservation in the Village of Bellport. Ed is missed by all of us, but Carol carries on working for Historic Preservation in the Village. We’re sure all of you join us in thanking Ed and Carol for all of their hard work on behalf of the residents of Bellport Village.

The Seniors’ Program Reunion

SeniorsAs many of you probably know, Jeanne Hollmann ran Bellport Village’s Seniors Program for many years. Jeanne is one of the nicest people you could ever meet and when the program ended and Jeanne left her job at Village Hall, she didn’t get a chance to say a proper “Goodbye” to all of the friends she had made in the Seniors’ community.

A few months ago, Jeanne and former Mayor Frank Trotta, who created and supported the Seniors’ Program in the Village, decided they wanted to hold a reunion for all the Seniors who had participated in the many different Seniors’ activities that Jeanne and Frank had run in the Village. This “Reunion” would be paid for by Jeanne and Frank out of their own pockets and would not be supported by the Village of Bellport in any way.

Well, the reunion was recently held at the Christ Episcopal Church and it was a huge success. There were refreshments, entertainment, and gifts for everyone. One of the highlights was a presentation by current Village Trustees Alison Neumann, Dorothy Terwilliger, and Jimmy Vaughan telling the group about their plans for rebuilding the Village’s Seniors’ Program. We applaud them in their efforts!

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Eleven Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2010 All-County Music Festival

Eleven Bellport High School musicians were chosen to participate in the 2010 High School All-County Music Festival. The Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) sponsor this event jointly.

Bellport has representatives in all four performing groups, the All-County Band, Mixed Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Over 14 hours of rehearsals will culminate in a concert performance at Half Hollow Hills High School East on Friday, November 19th.

Selections were made based upon each student’s NYSSMA Solo Festival rating and nominations submitted by school music teachers last June. This festival recognizes Suffolk’s most accomplished high school music students in grades 11 and 12. Representing Bellport are:

All-County Band:  
Elise Budd Clarinet
Kelsey Dulmovits Trumpet
Sam Hoff Trumpet
Chris Lisinski Trumpet
Kyle McAleese Euphonium
Jordan Zavesky Bass Clarinet
All-County Mixed Chorus:  
Taylor Drenzyk Tenor
Jennifer Laroux Soprano
All-County Women’s Chorus:  
Caitlin Francis Alto
Kristen Vignona Alto
All-County Symphony Orchestra:  
Rachel Celentano Bassoon

Three Bellport High School Musicians Selected For 2010 All-State Performing Ensembles

The selection committees for the 2010 New York State Music Conference selected three Bellport High School musicians to perform at this year’s All-State NYSSMA Winter Music Conference. The festival and Conference, will take place in Rochester, NY, beginning Thursday, December 2nd, through Sunday, December 5th. Two days of concert performances will be held at the renowned Eastman Theater of the Eastman School of Music. Bellport High School All-State musicians include:

Kelsey Dulmovits Trumpet Symphonic Band
Kyle McAleese Tenor Mixed Chorus (alt.)
Kristin Vignona Alto Mixed Chorus

Each student was notified of their acceptance to the All-State Music Conference by mail in late August. They are one of 900 other student musicians selected to perform in one of the eight prestigious All-State performing ensembles. This represents a remarkable achievement, as there were approximately 4,500 students that auditioned statewide for a position in the All-State Music Festival. Performing ensembles include the All-State Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, Womens Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Instrumental and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. South Country had approximately 25 high school students audition for All-State last spring.

The music department is very proud to have Kelsey, Kyle and Kristin represent Bellport High School and the South Country Central School District at this highly celebrated event!

Playcrafters Celebrates 50 Years

PlaycraftersPlaycrafters recently held a celebration for their 50th anniversary.

September 2010

Porters' Oktoberfest VIDEO!


If you couldn't make it to Porters' 200th Anniversary Oktoberfest Celebration this past Saturday, no problem, we went for you.

The weather couldn't have been better and there was a lot of food, music, face painting for the kids and Authentic German Oktoberfest beers, including a ceremonial tapping of a keg of Paul Ahner beer. We hope Oktoberfest At Porters becomes an annual event.

VIDEO Click here for the video


Famed East End Painter Directs His Focus to Bellport Village and Bay

Valta UsLanes & Latitudes, Recent Paintings by
Valta Us
September 4 – 30, 2010
Pamela Lerner Antiques
145 South Country Road
Bellport, NY

“Lanes & Latitudes” a poised show of the paintings of East End Landscapist Valta Us opened with a festive end of summer gathering at Pamela Lerner Antiques.

Valta Us has been a recipient of many of America’s most distinguished arts grants – the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant; the MacDowell Colony Residence Grant; and The Artists Foundation Grant.

Mr. Us, a Sag Harbor resident, is well known for sweeping atmospheric vistas of Eastern Long Island scenes: a Sagaponic field under a stormy sky and an East End inlet under an expansive heaven that are so evocative and recognizable one can feel the temperature, smell the salt air, know what time of day the sky darkened like that.

Now, Mr. Us has turned his eye to the beauties of Bellport Village and Bellport Bay. The show includes views of Bellport Lane, the sailing school, boats on Bellport Bay, and the walk to Ho-Hum Beach. Beautifully paced and mounted, the exhibition of large and small format oil paintings is large enough to do justice to the subject without being overwhelming.

Be sure to take in the show at Pamela Lerner Antiques before it closes on September 30, 2010. Click here for more information.

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Beaverdam Creek Wetlands Preserved, Browning Helps Post Morrow Foundation’s Plan Become A Reality

Kate BrowningBrookhaven Hamlet is one of the last remaining towns in central Suffolk County where beautiful landscapes have not been paved over for big box stores and high density housing developments. Flowing directly through the center of Brookhaven hamlet, residents enjoy the recreational and environmental benefits of a healthy Beaver Dam Creek. Today, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) praised the support of her colleagues in passing seven resolutions to acquire and preserve over 57 acres of land within the vital Beaverdam Creek watershed.

“I appreciate that my colleagues in the legislature understand the importance of preserving this important watershed,” stated Browning. “Protecting our groundwater and surface waters is needed to ensure that future generations can live a healthy life while still enjoying the scenic beauty of Brookhaven Hamlet.”

In an ongoing effort to maintain and protect the quality of surface and/or groundwater in Browning’s third legislative district, the legislator has been successful in approving almost 100 acres for possible preservation in Brookhaven Hamlet alone. The passage of introductory resolutions 1808-1814 solidified the preservation of 57 acres between Sunrise Highway and Montauk Highway. These important wetlands will be forever open space.

Additionally, in response to a comprehensive plan envisioned by the Post Morrow Foundation, a non-profit organization that formed to address environment concerns in the area of Brookhaven, Browning sponsored two resolutions in 2008 and 2010 to preserve a 9 acre parcel and the adjacent 27 acre parcel in the direct vicinity of the now approved 57 acres. Together these acquisitions will protect the Beaverdam Creek watershed, but will also provide a wonderful public benefit to the residents in the area by creating over 35 acres of nature trails.

“The Brookhaven hamlet community has been advocating for Beaver Dam Creek watershed protection for nearly 20 years, this being one of the main priorities in the 1995 Hamlet study conducted with the help of Long Island Regional Planner Dr. Lee Koppleman,” stated Marty Van Lith, Post Morrow Foundation. “The preservation of these 57 acres will greatly enhance the protection of both Beaver Dam Creek and the South Shore Estuary into which it flows, and we thank Kate Browning for working to bring this to fruition.”

2010 Street Garden Recognition Program

Street GardensThe Bellport Garden Club once again invited all residents of the South Country School District to create and maintain a street garden or enter an existing street garden in their Annual Street Garden Recognition Program. A street garden is a large or small garden of living plants close to the curb primarily for the pleasure of neighbors or passers by. The Garden Club awarded plaques to gardeners who applied and maintained a viewable garden.

Photos below are courtesy of the Bellport Garden Club.

Click here to see photos of the gardens showcased in the 2010 Street Garden Program.

Click here for more about the Bellport Garden Club.

August 2010

Sandcastle Contest At Ho Hum Beach

SandcastleOn Sunday, August 28th, a sandcastle building contest was held at Ho Hum Beach. Several terrific sandcastles were created and everyone had a great time! The winning creations were:

1st place- "Sea Turtle," by the Qualtrale Family, The Holker Family, and the Gassner Family

2nd place- "Sand Maze" by the Cerrone Family

3rd place- "Sand Castle" by Rebecca, Lizzie, Pauline and Juno

Below are more photos taken at the event, provided by Joanne Specht.


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BBHS Tree Dedication

TreeOn Sunday, August 29th, The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held a ceremony to dedicate the Society's historic “Candelabra Spruce Tree” in the memory of Alyda and Frank Calamita, generous donors to the Society. Mr. and Mrs. Calamita's son, Nicolas Jansen, his wife Nancy, and their son Johann were all present at the event.


Carol Blesser opened the proceedings dedicating the "Candelabrum Spruce" as a permanent memorial to Frank & Alyda Calamita. Ms. Blesser also did a heartfelt recitation of Joyce Kilmer's "The Tree." She noted that there are now two benches with brass plaques engraved with the names Alyda & Frank Calamita and a table under the tree of all to enjoy. Mary Samuels, a wonderful local artist, created a painting of the Candelabra Spruce for the occasion.

We would like to thank Joyce Stanley and Pamela Lerner for providing us with information and photos covering the event.

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The Students 4 Art “Meet The Artists Studio Visits” Program Featuring Local Artists: Michael Ince, David Ebner, John Cino, and Mary Samuels

Meet The Artists

Earlier this year, Students 4 Art, which is a committee of the South Country Education Foundation, held a four session program featuring the work of four local artists, Michael Ince, David Ebner, John Cino, and Mary Samuels. The participants had an opportunity to spend an afternoon "up close and personal" with each of the four artists in their studios.

VideoClick here to watch a video of the program



Watch The Centennial Parade

Centennial Parade If you didn't have a chance to make it to the Centennial Parade, was there for you. The weather couldn't have been better and everyone had a wonderful time. Click the speaker below to watch the parade.



Students 4 Art Summer Art Program

After a successful launch in 2009, The South Country Education Foundation was excited to announce the return of this summer art program, The Experience of Art, which was open to all students residing in the South Country School District.

The program featured artists who worked with the students in exploring different art mediums and techniques each day.

Below, you'll find photos of some of the indoor and outdoor activities from the program.



Thank You Joe Gagliano

If you remember, back in March we had that very strange storm that blew all the water out of our end of the Great South Bay. We posted photos of the dock area back in March, but we just received additional photos taken by Joe Gagliano in the area around Howells Point. Remember, that area should be under 4' to 6' of water!










July 2010

Legislator Browning Hosts Long Island Cares Mobile Outreach Unit

LI CaresIn an effort to call attention to the increase in the number of Long Islanders experiencing hunger or food insecurity, Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning hosted the Long Island Cares Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise vehicle at Miracle Plaza in Bellport. The event was a huge success as families in the greater Bellport area received an estimated 500 pounds of food.

Long Island Cares, Inc. – The Harry Chapin Food Bank launched its new Mobile Outreach Resource Enterprise program in March 2010 to reach out to individuals and families that might be having a difficult time putting nutritious food on their tables, and to provide information and referral services to people in need of assistance with such issues as paying energy bills, maintaining their homes and who also might be eligible for government entitlement programs. The specially equipped vehicle also contains a mobile pantry to distribute emergency food.


Bellport Day Festival

Bellport Day FestivalThe annual Bellport Day Festival, sponsored by the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, was held on Saturday, July 24th in downtown Bellport Village. Local merchants held sidewalk sales and some even had booths within the festival area. Local restaurants provided ample outdoor dining. While dining, patrons could enjoy live music performed by various musical artists throughout the day. Click here for more information and photos from this year's Bellport Day Festival


Bellport Fire Dept Hook & Ladder Co. Craft Fair

Craft FairThe Bellport Fire Dept. Buzzard Hook and Ladder Co. held their annual craft fair on Saturday, July 24th. Many vendors were on hand with a wide assortment of crafts such as jewelry, children's toys, giftware, hand-painted birdhouses, furniture, crochet and knit items, dolls, country items, etc. Click here to see more photos from the Craft Fair.


The 26th Annual Bellport Clipper Classic

Clipper ClassicAlmost every summer, Bellport holds the "Clipper Classic" 5K Run and 1500 Fun Walk through the Village. The race starts at the Gateway Theatre, loops through the Village, and finishes at the Marina. With over 800 runners and dozens of walkers, this race is a huge event that is not to be missed!

As usual, was there and you can watch our coverage of the event by clicking on the speaker below.





The South Country Education Foundation 12th Annual Cocktail Party & Auction Benefit

SCEF AuctionThe South Country Education Foundation's 12th Annual Auction and Cocktail Party was held on July 10th. Each year, the event provides scholarship and grant monies for the students of the South Country School District. This year's event was no exception.

Click the speaker below to watch our coverage of this year's event.






Artists On The Lane 2010

Artists On The LaneThe hit of the July 4th weekend is always the SBAA's "Artists On The Lane." 2010 was no exception. The weather was great and the art was wonderful. Click here for a small sampling of what the day had to offer





The 53rd Annual SBAA Members Exhibit

Annual Student Art ShowThe 53rd Annual Members Exhibit was held at the Phoenix Fine Arts Gallery in Bellport Village towards the end of May and over the Memorial Day Weekend. SBAA member and past President, Laurie Fosmire took some photos that we'd like to share with you. Click here to see some of the exhibit



June 2010

The Rotary Club of Bellport's Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Meeting

BR1The weather was threatening but the Rotary Club of Bellport, undaunted, provided a pizza party for the campers at Camp Pa-qua-tuck complete with sodas, and ice cream on Tuesday evening, June 29th.


Bellport's New Trustees Are Sworn In

New TrusteesBellport Village's two new Trustees, Alison Neumann and Dorothy Terwilliger, were sworn in at the June 28th Village Board Meeting. They both won the June 15th Village Elections by a wide margin.


Bellport High School Students Create A "Flower Of Hope"

flower of hopeThe devastation on January 13, 2010 near Port au Prince, Haiti touched a substantial amount of lives. People from all around the world contributed financial aid, support and time to those who survived the disastrous earthquake. Ms. Conk’s sculpture class at Bellport High School created a “Flower of Hope”. This “Flower of Hope” is dedicated not only to the people who lost their lives but also to those who are and have been in turmoil due to this catastrophic disaster. Ms. Conk’s sculpture class built this memorial out of recyclable metal to show that when something seems unfeasible it can still become something beautiful; as a symbol of hope to Haiti survivors who believe their lives have been broken beyond repair.

This beautiful sculpture is now displayed in the Bellport High School Atrium for all to reflect on as students and staff moves around the building.

“The Flower of Hope” was constructed under the direction of Ms. Lisa Conk, Bellport High School Art teacher and the following students:

Keisha Allen, Tim Badillo, Kia Brothers, Nicole Cavaliere, Rebecca DeVaney, Deanna Garbarino, Sebastian Gonzales-Santiago, Nakeisha Jackson, Sean Kempf, Faye Lawlor, Jaquille Marcelle, Whitney Mc Burnie, Robert McKay, Kyle Milken, Amir Mukhtarzada, Lindsay Petrocelli, Jessica Repetti, Lisa Scatuccio, Robert Schwicke, Renee Sanzatimore, Angel Tharpe, Taylor Edwards, Ximena Plaza-conce and Amanda Popielarski.


BHS Student Wins Peacemaking Essay Contest

Peacemaking Essay ContestTaylor Drenzyk, a junior at Bellport High School, is the winner of the 2010 Peacemaking Essay Contest, conducted by Old South Haven Presbyterian Church. He was presented with a $200.00 Savings Bond at the Sunday Morning Worship Service at the Church, June 13, 2010, and read his essay for the congregation.

The winner was chosen by a committee of three persons from the church and a teacher from Bellport High School, who read the essays submitted. Nancy Best, a member of the Session, the governing board of the Church, said this is a new project for the Church and is conducted to encourage students to think about “peace and those things that make for peace.” Each of the students who submitted essays received a certificate from the Church thanking them for their participation. Taylor’s family was present Sunday morning and joined the congregation at a picnic held on the church lawn following the Service.

Taylor and his family are residents of East Patchogue and attend Grace Lutheran Church in Mastic Beach. Last July, Taylor went on a youth Mission Trip, sponsored by his church, in Eastern Shores, Virginia, “for an action-packed week of service to the community. In 2006, while still in the middle school, he won first place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest. He is also a member of the high school newspaper staff. He is an SC runner, a triple jumper, and is interested in music, especially singing. Upon graduation, he hopes to attend Concordia College in Westchester.

The Pastor of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church is The Rev. Thomas J. Philipp.

May 2010

Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society's Antiques Show & Sale

Antiques ShowThe Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Antiques Show & Sale was a huge success and the weather couldn’t have been better. There were vendors offering antique furniture, Americana and primitives, mid-century modern furniture and furnishings, paintings and prints, decoys, jewelry, silver, rugs, dolls and toys, and collectibles.

VideoClick on the speaker to the left to see a slideshow of photos from the Show. 


The "Bellport Pavilion" At The Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society's Antiques Show & Sale

Three local art and antiques companies came together to support the first Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Antique Show & Sale held on Sunday, May 30th. Pamela Lerner Antiques, Mary Samuels Art Studio and Townhouse Antiques occupied the "Bellport Pavilion." Below you’ll find photos of some of what they had to offer.

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The Bellport Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale

Garden ClubThe Bellport Garden Club's 4th annual Memorial Day Plant Sale was great! There were garden gifts, wonderful annuals, perennials, sun-shade, trees, bulbs and (this year) pineapple plants- plants for all ages! The plants were all from members' gardens. They also had fabulous garden implements and gifts: gloves, trowels, buckets and books. You’ll find photos of the event below.

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2010 Memorial Day Parade

Memorial DayThe Annual Memorial Day Parade began near the Village Hall and traveled up Bellport Lane to the Four Corners, and then continued up Station Road to the cemetery. It was a very special event and the weather couldn’t have been better.

VideoClick on the speaker to the left to see a slideshow of photos from this year's parade. 


Meet The Top Three 2010 BHS Graduates

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Katherine O’Connor, daughter of Leslie and Paul O’Connor of Bellport has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2010 at Bellport High School. As a National Merit Finalist Katherine has a GPA of 4.51 and SAT score of 2310. Katherine’s grade point average is highest GPA since the letter grade system was implemented in the South Country School District. Katherine has received the National Merit Battelle Scholarship and the Brookhaven Science Associates Scholarship. Katherine has excelled in the most challenging Advanced Placement classes offered at Bellport High School. After taking 12 AP courses and receiving a 4.0 from Stony Brook University in their Intro to Linear Algebra course Katherine is currently enrolled in AP Biology, AP Government, AP English Composition and Language and AP Statistics at Bellport High School. She has been Editor of the school newspaper for the last two years, Captain of the Science Bowl Team, and Captain of the Academic Team competing on the television show The Challenge. Katherine participated and received a perfect score on the Math Team, was a member in good standing in the Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Honor Society.

For the last four years Katherine has displayed her musical talents by playing the flute in the Wind Ensemble and the Flute Choir. She also participated in the Pit Orchestra at the annual musical performance at Bellport High School having also participated in the All-Country Music Festival Orchestra. Serving her community has been rewarding for Katherine as she has been an altar server at Mary Immaculate Church for nine years and plays the flute in the Church Choir as well as other community and school district functions. During the summer, Katherine will continue working part time for an on-line math course correcting students’ problem sets. The Valedictorian of the Class of 2010 at Bellport High School will be attending MIT in the fall majoring in Mathematics.


SalutorianSalutatorian- Grace Healy
Grace Healy has been named this years Salutatorian at Bellport High School with a 4.35 GPA and SAT score of 2090. Grace is the daughter of Leslie and Terence Healy of Bellport. Grace has challenged herself academically by enrolling in Advanced Placement Literature, French, Calculus, Physics and Government. Grace has demonstrated her leadership skills as the President of Students for Environmental Quality, President of the French Club, Vice President of the Athletes Helping Others and a member in good standing in the Outdoor Club, The Clipper, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, French Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Grace is an accomplishment Cello player. Out of the classroom and off the stage, Grace was the Captain of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team being named All-League and All-County, Captain of the Varsity Girls Winter Track Team, and Captain of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team being named All-League and All-County Honorable Mention. Grace is the recipient of the Suffolk Zone Award for Physical Education. She has volunteered at the Special Olympics, Autism Surf Camp and Great Brookhaven Clean-up and tutoring of students. Grace’s summer plans include working at Quantuck Beach Club as an ocean lifeguard, The Bellport Restaurant as a bus person and attending Brown University Lacrosse Camp. As the Salutatorian for the Class of 2010 at Bellport High School Grace will be playing lacrosse at Brown University.


EssayistEssayist- Ian Lundstrom
Ian Lundstrom, son of Clare and Scott Lundstrom of East Patchogue is Bellport High School’s Essayist with a 4.18 GPA and SAT score of 1700. Ian has taken several Advanced Placement classes including Chemistry. He is a member in good standing with the National Senior Honor Society and the Science, Tri M Music and French Honor Societies. He is also a member of the Students for Environmental Quality Club. Ian, an avid violinist performs with the Bellport High School Chamber Orchestra and is principle with the Concert Orchestra. He has participated in the 2010 Long Island String Festival, NYSSMA since 2006 and performed with the Daedalus Quartet. Ian has volunteered his musical services for the Bellport Garden Club, South Country School District Health Fair, and the South Bay Strings Program. He participated in the Open Space Stewardship Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Summer plans include teaching sailing to the youth in our community through the Bellport Bay Sailing Foundation. The Essayist for the Bellport High School Class of 2010 will be attending Stony Brook University majoring in Engineering.


Boat Sinks

Boad SinksIt's a good thing that the water isn't any deeper at the "stick" dock. The boat is lying on its side on the bottom.

We're told that the boat wasn't tied up properly so as the tide came in, it poured into the boat. We hope no serious damage was done.

Author, Therone Shellman Speaks

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On Wednesday, May 12th, Author, Therone Shellman spoke about his newest book, "Survivor: I changed the rules, part 1" at the South Country Library. His autobiography is about surviving impossibilities and in the end, dictating and defining your own reality.

Therone ShellmanTherone Shellman is a product of a broken home. Throughout his youth, Mr. Shellman moved in a world of crime and violence which landed him in prison. He persevered and not only survived, but transformed himself. With those present, Mr. Shellman discussed his journey from a tough beginning to his current life as a successful author and a positive voice for today's youth.

Bellport High School’s Creative Spirit Shines

Poetry ContestThree Bellport High School Students, Valerie Bodden, Renee Senzatimore, and Bianca Lastra were recently acknowledged for their skillfully crafted and heartfelt poetry. Valerie and Renee were presented with an award during a ceremony hosted by The National League of American Pen Woman on Saturday May 8, 2010 at the Farmingdale Public Library.

The National League of American Pen Woman sponsors an annual “All Cities Branch” poetry contest. This year, participants from twenty four school districts throughout Long Island submitted entries. Four students received equal merit awards, while an additional ten students received honorable mention.

Valerie Bodden, a freshman at Bellport High School, was one of four top award winners for her poem “Mathematical.” Renee Senzatimore, a junior, received honorable mention for her poem “Love is Right” as did Bianca Lastra for her poem, “A Wire a Dream and a Hand." Rene and Valerie are also members of Inkwell, a writer’s club formed by Bellport High School teacher Don Uhrie in the beginning of the 2009 / 2010 school year.

Pictured from left to right are Renee Senzatimore, Don Uhrie, and Valerie Bodden.

Bellport Youth Race In Texas

SailorsBraving winds at speeds up to 25 knots, three local sailors raced against the top 185 optimist sailors in the country. J.C. Hermus, age 10, Sarah Hermus, 14, and Liza O'Connor, age 15, qualified to attend the regatta by their strong finishes at the New England Optimist Championships held last summer in Newport RI.

Sailors flew in from all parts of the country to face each other in the waters of Galveston Bay in the annual Optimist Team Trials, a four-day event consisting of 13 races. The top finishers represent the U.S. at Optimist Championships across the globe.

All three sailors are Bellport Village residents and learned to sail at the Bellport Bay Sailing Foundation, where they continue lessons each summer.

Ranking at 10th girl in the country, Liza O'Connor has qualified to attend either North American Optimist Championships in Kingston, Canada or the British Optimist Nationals in Weymouth England, site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Event.

Congratulations to our young sailors!

Mother's Day Breakfast At The Bellport Fire Dept

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The Occumbomock Engine company held a very special breakfast for Mom on Mother’s Day. There was a lot to eat and a lot of people to say hello to now that we’re all coming out of our winter caves and starting to enjoy the Spring in Bellport. A raffle was also held for a basket of cheer and two $100 gas gift certificates for Monti’s Gas Station. It really was a wonderful way to start off the day. Thank you Bellport Fire Department!


April 2010

Inaugural Triathlon Announced at Smith Point Park: Showcasing The Beauty And Amenities Of The Tri-Hamlet, While Making A Positive Impact Against Poor Health On Long Island

The inaugural Smith Point Triathlon will be held on August 8th, 2010 at Smith Point County Park. It is a sprint-distance triathlon and the race will be raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Long Island, the Wounded Warriors of Long Island, as well as numerous local charities.

Starting at the immaculate Smith Point County Park, the race starts with a 500-meter Narrow’s Bay swim. The swimmers will be exiting the water at the newly constructed Suffolk County fishing pier. The swim will be followed by a flat 12-mile bike ride over the Smith Point Bridge to the entrance of the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and back. The race concludes with a scenic 3.1-mile run over the bridge ending at the start. With ample parking, a race-day-expo, and the allure of a post-race ocean beach day, this race is a must-do for athletes of all abilities on Long Island.

“By focusing on health and fitness through the safe and fair conduct of races, we want to place a strong emphasis on ‘Empowering Yourself’ through the completion of a triathlon. We not only raise money and awareness through our Long Island Triathlon Tour races, but we foster the opportunity for the average Long Islander to make incremental health goals, which creates a stronger Long Island,” stated Steve Tarpinian of Event Power.

The triathlon will be produced by Event Power, Long Island’s Premiere Triathlon Event Company, and by Getco Company creators of Get Healthy Long Island. The organization of the race was spearheaded through Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley).

“Legislator Browning has been tremendous in getting together all the different groups in one room so we can make this race a reality. The various governmental agencies and civic groups of the area have been warm and accommodating,” stated Shawn Getchell, President of Getco Company “we are so proud to be working with such professionals as we put together this race.”

The Smith Point Triathlon’s organizers have extended invitations to local officials in an attempt to “Get Healthy Long Island”. By having our officials lead by example we will be able to significantly reduce the top five chronic diseases that affect Long Islanders; heart disease; diabetes; cancer; lung disease and cirrhosis.

Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko has signed up for the race and is training to compete in the triathlon. “The Town of Brookhaven supports this event and is proud to be a sponsor. This event complements our 'Brookhaven is Fit' program, which focuses on fitness and wellness," said Supervisor Lesko, "I am looking forward to participating in the race."

Suffolk County Legislators Kate Browning and Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) will be volunteering. “The race will showcase the beauty and amenities of the Tri-Hamlet community and Smith Point County Park,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “The citizens of this outstanding community have always known this area to be a diamond-in-the-rough, and this race will help highlight beautiful neighborhoods and waterfront views. I am proud of being a part of bringing this event to our area.”

“In our ability to work together, we are focusing on generating funds for research and local community outreach through race sponsorship. We want all Long Islanders to become active participants in reinvigorating the Island’s physical and economic potency,” said Maureen Getchell, Getco Company.

Online race registration is now open at If you are interested in participating, or inquiring about sponsorship opportunities, please visit the above website for more information.


Easter Egg Hunt

EasterOn Saturday, April 3rd, Bellport's annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at the marina. The weather was gorgeous and everyone had a great time hunting for eggs. Special thanks to Irv Gordon for taking the photo featured here.

March 2010

Bishop Announces Energy Grant For Bellport Village

Congressman Tim Bishop announced that the Village of Bellport has been awarded $70,703 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding will allow the Village to install an 8.51kW (kilowatt) solar electric system on the roof of two Village buildings.

The solar panels are estimated to save Bellport over $1,750 a year in energy costs, and will help reduce energy consumption. The Recovery Act, which Congressman Bishop supported, was intended to create jobs and improve the country’s economic stability. Economists estimate that the Recovery Act is responsible for the jobs of about 2 million Americans who would otherwise be unemployed.

NYSERDA received more than 300 proposals which were evaluated on a competitive basis. Primary selection criteria included technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Each awardee must still successfully enter into contract and meet all ARRA requirements prior to funding being released.

A Seal At Old Inlet?

SealIt's not every day that you see a seal on the beach around here! We received the following photo and note from Lori Horsley: "On Thursday (3/18) my brother-in-law, a friend and I were out for a late afternoon walk starting from Smithpoint and we made it almost to Old Inlet. As we headed back we came across the little seal sunning himself. At first we thought he might have been hurt but then we realized that he was just enjoying the beautiful day like we were!"


South Country School District Art Festival

Art FestivalOn Saturday, March 20th the Art Department from the South Country School District held an Art Festival at the Bellport Middle School. The 9th annual festival was open to the entire community. Under the direction of Art Chair Suzette Fandale the gymnasium was transformed into “hands on” experiences with a myriad of art projects available for students. Creativity and originality were expressed by students participating in sand art, cartoon character drawing, papermaking, face painting, tie dye t-shirts to name a few. Students were greeted and worked alongside over 30 student volunteers and art teachers in the South Country School District. Two beautiful glass mosaic windows were created at the festival under the direction of art teacher Lisa Conk and will be donated to the South Country Education Foundation’s Annual Cocktail Auction.

Pictured from left to right: Brittany Miller and Faye Lawlor help out at the papermarking station at this year’s Art Festival.


The Harlem Wizards Visit Kreamer Street Elementary School

Harlem WizardsThe gymnasium of Kreamer Street Elementary School was recently transformed into a basketball court for professional basketball players from the Harlem Wizards. Principal Sean Clark challenged his students to read 50,000 minutes during the month of March as part of the Parents as Reading Partners Program. After reaching their goal the PTA from Kreamer Street School arranged for this reward assembly. The Wizards “Scoop” and “Skycam” selected students Carson Nagle and Andrew Grundstrom to show their talents and entertain the students. At the conclusion of the assembly Carson and Andrew were given official Harlem Wizard basketballs.

Pictured from left to right: Wizard Scoop, Wizard Skycam, Andrew Grundstrom and Carson Nagle

Dip Into The Inkwell And Explore Your Creative Side

InkwellThe South Country School District recognized the Inkwell Writer’s Club advisor Don Uhrie and club member Hilda De Los Santos at its bi-monthly meeting Wednesday March 10th.

In a celebration at Bellport High School for Black History Month, Inkwell provided the literary component by reading poetry from such prominent authors as Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes. Another, less prominent, but aspiring young writer, Hilda Del Los Santos, brought her creative flair to the celebration by reading her own original poem entitled “Two People.” Her heartfelt and powerful words were well received by all. Other club members also attended and participated in the celebration.

Shortly thereafter, the district requested that Hilda share her poem at the Board of Education meeting on March 10th. Both Hilda, and the Inkwell club advisor, Don Uhrie, were recognized for their outstanding participation in the Inkwell Club.

Inkwell was formed early in the 2009 / 2010 school year. The club was initiated by its current advisor Don Uhrie, who teaches English at the Bellport High School. Inkwell was formed in order to provide an environment to nurture the creative side of Bellport High School’s many talented and spirited students. The goal was to create a forum that provided our students with a safe and nurturing environment conducive towards self expression of the written word. By nurturing the writer within our young people, Bellport High School’s Inkwell Club has provided another vehicle to aid in the academic as well as personal growth of its students.

Pictured: Mr. Uhrie, Inkwell Club Advisor and student writer Hilda De Los Santos.

Blow’n In The Wind... Or, Should We Say, “Where Has All The Water Gone?

If you were in town over the weekend, you know how bad the wind and rain were Saturday night. We’ve lived in Bellport for 39 years now and we’ve never seen the water blown out of the bay the way it was on Saturday. If all of the water was blown out of the marina, leaving only mud, Freeport, at the other end of the bay, must have been underwater!

Once again, our intrepid photographer, me, was out there taking photos for all of you out of towners. I hope you enjoy the photos.







We also received the following note and photos from Hank Maust...

"You no doubt have (or soon will have) received a zillion of these (photos) but I thought you might find these of interest. In all my 66 years here, I never remember seeing the tide so low."




Congressman Tim Bishop Holds Another "Living Room Conversation"

Tim BishopOn Friday evening, March 12th, Congressman Tim Bishop held another of his “Living Room Conversations” at the home of Diane Pettit in Bellport. About 50 members of the community attended and rather than being a “fundraiser,” the evening was a chance for members of the community to share with Representative Bishop what they were thinking and feeling. It also gave the Congressman a chance to share the latest information regarding the work of his office in Washington on our behalf.

The topics discussed were far ranging from health care, to the economy, to the state of politics in the US today. It was a truly enlightening experience and gave those present a much better understanding of the challenges facing our representatives while at the same time giving those present a chance to share, first hand, their concerns with the Congressman. On behalf of all those present, we’d like to thank Congressman Bishop for taking the time to meet with us.

BHS Track Athlete Named Fastest Runner

Jaquan Holland, a Senior at Bellport High School, is the fastest runner in the 300m indoor track event among all public school runners in New York State. Jaquan Holland is also ranked 8th in the US in the 300m indoor track event. Jaquan won the New York State Championship for public school runners in the 300m event held at Cornell University on March 6, 2010. His time of 34.62 placed him in 2nd place in the Federation which includes all public and parochial schools in New York State.

Jaquan is the sole remaining member of the 2008 indoor track team which set Suffolk County records and represented Suffolk County in the Milrose Games at Madison Square Garden, as well as the New York State Championship.

He was joined at the NYS meet by Derek Palafox, a Sophomore at Bellport High School, who represented Suffolk County in the Intersectional Medley Relay event. Derek ran the 1000m leg of the relay, along with other athletes from Suffolk County who ran the 300m, 600m and 1600m legs. Members of the Intersectional Medley Relay team were chosen because they were the 3rd place finishers in their respective events at the State Qualifier which was held last month. Derek's split time of 2:39 was his fastest time of the season.


February 2010

Now That's Some High Tide

High Tide on the Bay

Bellport’s own ferry captain, Tom Linden, sent us this photo of the bay. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the bay come up this high at high tide. All the wind and snow we’ve received lately has pushed a lot of water into the east end of the Great South Bay.

The Village Residents’ Response To The Village Board... A Packed House!

Board MeetingThe February 22nd Village Board Meeting was a packed house in response to the Village Board’s proposed new law to regulate “Special Events.” Speaker after speaker, speaking for themselves as residents and as representatives of various community organizations, told the Village Board how bad they thought the proposed new law was. All of the speakers felt that the new law would hurt rather than help the Village and that it should be scrapped.

The Village Board’s response was to put off action on the new law. Although the audience requested that a committee, made up of representatives of the organizations that would be affected by the new law, be created to discuss what regulation of such events was really needed, the Village Board put off any actions or decisions.

Former Mayor and Local Publisher Frank Trotta Appointed To Stony Brook University Council

Frank TrottaFrank C. Trotta, II, a successful publisher, entrepreneur and lifelong resident of the Village of Bellport, has been appointed to the Stony Brook University Council, a board appointed to serve as an oversight and advisory body to the campus and to Stony Brook’s president and senior officers. In accordance with New York State Education Law, the Council comprises ten members; nine of whom are appointed to seven-year terms by the Governor of the State of New York, and one student member elected in alternating years from among the campus’ undergraduate and graduate students.

“I am honored to be serving SUNY Stony Brook and bringing my business, community and academic background to this nationally recognized institution,” said Mr. Trotta. “The impact of Stony Brook on our region will become even greater over the next decade as Stony Brook becomes a major economic engine for Long Island during these challenging times. I look forward to being part of that success.”

Bellport Resident, Diana Berthold, Participates In The Long Island Quilters' Society Biennial Quilt Show

Peace QuiltDiana Berthold of Bellport is entering her latest creation in the Long Island Quilters’ Society’s biennial quilt show, “Asian Inspired,” in Garden City at the Field House at 295 Stewart Avenue (formerly St. Paul’s school) on March 20 and 21, 2010. Ms. Berthold’s Pray for Peace for the People & Our Planet is typical of quilted items created throughout this country’s history. Berthold felt a real sense of déjà vu while creating this quilt, having grown up during the Civil Rights and Peace Movement, the first Earth Day, and tie dying jeans and recycling other clothing and household items. She says, “This quilt is a tribute to children all over the world as we pray for peace for people of the world and for the care of our planet.” It is an original collaboration in design and execution with her daughter, Elizabeth.

Berthold chose the well-known Peace symbol to depict the world. It is made of buttons sewed onto tie dyed fabric, which signifies the world’s oceans, and was fashioned by her daughter. Berthold designed “the outer borders of bright colors, like the peoples of the world, [to] frame the quilt.” This quilt received an award when it was exhibited at the Eastern Long Island Quilter's Guild Show in June 2009. It was also displayed at an event for “Veterans for Peace," in November 2009.

Anyone interested in viewing Berthold’s completed work may do so at the Long Island Quilters’ Society’s biennial quilt extravaganza, “Asian Inspired” on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday March 21, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden City Field House (a new location for this show), located at 295 Stewart Avenue (near the Garden City LIRR Station). The show will feature more than 200 traditional and art quilts created by regional quilters. The event will also include vendors, Members’ boutique, Challenge quilts on display, along with a fashion show at 2:00pm on Saturday featuring locally-made quilted garments. March 20 is National Quilting Day and the Guild plans quilting demonstrations, charity quilt construction and sharing information about the quilt making process with the general public. Admission is $8. For more information, e-mail to or visit the Guild’s web site at

Bellport High School Alumnus Signed To Baylor University

Recent Bellport High School grad, and track and field star, Dennis Scruggs has been signed to Baylor University for the 2010-2011 academic year. Baylor track and field head coach Todd Harbour had this to say about Scruggs, "Dennis is a quality young man that has also had Baylor as one of his top choices for a long while. He has great range as he has run quality times from 200 meters to 600 meters and will do very nicely in our program."

Scruggs won the NJCAA Region I title in the 200 meters in 2009 and the 4x400-meter relay in 2008. He placed fifth individually at the NJCAA Championships in the 200 meters and 10th in the 400 meters. Scruggs became the first New York state champion ever from Bellport High School when he won the state 600-meter title. Scruggs also placed third at the state meet in the 4x400-meter relay. He owns the Suffolk County records at 400 meters and 600 meters and Was ranked second in the United States in the 400 meters and 600 meters as a senior in 2008. He led Bellport High School to a bronze medal at the 2008 Millrose Games in the 4x400-meter relay.

Bellport High School To Host "Relay For Life"

Relay For LifeSouth Country School District is hosting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Bellport High School June 18th – 19th, 2010. Ms. Diane Poulos, Health Teacher and Mr. Joseph Cipp, Head Football Coach, co-chairs, have organized this community event to help fight cancer. Ms. Poulos along with her group of volunteer students known as “Team Poulos” are asking the community to participate. For information please contact or or

Pictured from left to right:

Joanna Benavides, Nicole Hamill, Sylvia Glover, Lauren Fujii, Meagan Briggs, Kelly Palace, Tyler Furia, Vanessa Verni, Brittney Miller, Anna Strano and Lauren Staudt

BHS Student Awarded St. Joseph's College Presidential Grant

Mr. Nelson C. Briggs, Principal of Bellport High School and Mrs. Darlene Dowler, Guidance Counselor are proud to announce that Candace Claudio has been selected to receive the St. Joseph’s College Presidential Grant. This prestigious award covers full tuition to St. Joseph’s College for four years.


Charles Marvin Finn Remembers Bellport

South Country HistoryClick here to read about Charles Marvin Finn's memories of Bellport from his youth

BHS Students Get Visit From Varsity Basketball Captain

Connor FedgeBellport Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Peter Grossi and Captain Connor Fedge recently were the topic of discussion in Mr. Wayne Caldicott’s class during a current events/language arts lesson with Ms. Kathy Mulligan, Speech Pathologist at Bellport High School. Mr. Caldicott’s students selected a sports article from Newsday detailing Bellport’s win over Deer Park. The article featured Connor in a great action shot doing one of his trademark moves to the basket. Connor joined the class for the lesson and signed copies of the article. Coach Grossi gave the students the now popular “Clipper Crazies” tee shirts and students were personally invited to attend the next home game.

Seated: signing copies of the article is Captain Connor Fedge. Standing: Coach Peter Grossi, students Dashawn Young and Nicole DiGiogia

BHS Student Finalist For National Merit Scholarship

Katherine F. O’Connor a senior at Bellport High School has met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Katherine is one 16,000 semifinalists named in September 2009 who will be considered for a National Merit Scholarship to be offered in 2010. Katherine has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2010 by demonstrating through distinguished performance high potential for future academic accomplishment.


49 Bellport Students Selected For SCMEA All-County Music Festival

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) selected 49 South Country School District musicians as members of the 2010 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.

The Bellport High School Math Team Excels

The Bellport High School Math Team is now ranked 17th out of 104 teams in the county. At the December Meet at William Floyd High School Katherine O’Connor scored a perfect six out of six. Gourav Khadge scored four correct out of six. January’s meet at Patchogue Medford High School had two students, Katherine O’Connor and Gourav Khadge scoring perfect with six out of six. Begum Mavruk, Berk Mavruk and Arya Seghatoleslami all scored five out of six. A county meet was held on January 8, 2010 at Suffolk Community College. Katherine O’Connor had a perfect score on the multiple choice questions. High scorers were 11th grade Gourav Khadge, 10th grade Berk Mavruk and 9th Grade Emily Hoff. Mrs. Patricia Bodkin is the Math Team Advisor.

January 2010

Jimmy Vaughan Has Been Selected As The Long Island Advance’s Man Of The Year

Jimmy VaughanBellport Village’s newest Trustee, our own Jimmy Vaughan, has been selected as the Long Island Advance’s Man of the Year! Jimmy, a former member of the South Country Schools Board of Education, has been an advocate for veterans for many years. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and ever since he has worked very hard on the behalf of both homeless veterans and veterans needing assistance. He has served with the East Patchogue Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8300, since 1977 and he has also been very active with the Northport VA Hospital and the Calverton National Cemetery Memorial Committee.

We can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award. Congratulations Jimmy!!!


Bellport High School Students To Appear On TV's The Challenge

Tune in to Channel 14 at 6:30pm on January 25th to see Bellport High School's Long Island Challenge team take on Central Islip in the 1st round of this annual academic tournament. The BHS team is composed of members Paul Celentano, Connor Fedge, Gourav Khadge, Katie O'Connor (Captain) and Meredith Weber. The team next competes on March 3rd for rounds 2 and 3. The show will be re-broadcasted at the same time and channel on the 26th. In addition, for those viewers who don't get channel 14, it also be seen on Channel 12 on Jan 31st at 6:30pm.


Bellport High School Sports Teams Updates

The Winter 2009/2010 season is in full swing. Here are some highlights up to this point in the season.

Boy’s Bowling: The boys are in the middle of the pack in League 4 with the following bowler’s having a nice season.
Nicolas Fuoco -188 avg. - 225 high game
Sean Millsap -186 avg. – 258 high game
Steven Taylor -179 avg. - 246 high game

Girls’ Bowling: The girls are also in the middle of the pack in League 2 with the following girls’ having a nice season.
Caitlin Colichio - 175 avg. - 236 high game
Crystiana Butler - 162 avg. - 244 high game
Brianna Mele - 148 avg. - 191 high game

Boy’s Basketball: The Clippers sit in second place in League 4 with a record of 4-1. They have had wins against Sachem East, West Babylon, E.S.M., Smithtown West, and a win over Riverhead during the Holiday Tournament @ St. Joseph’s College. They had a tough loss to Copiague 63-62 and loss to Nassau powerhouse Uniondale. Connor Fedge, Antione Rountree, Melvin Ruffin, and Darren Yancy have all played well thus far for the Clipper’s. They host H.H.H.W. on January 25th @ 6:45.

Girls’ Basketball: The girls’ had two wins against Bay Shore and H.H.H.West this year and are being led by La Shanna Garrison and Afua Bediako. The girls’ play this week on Tuesday (Deer Park) and Thursday (Riverhead).

Wrestling: The team had wins against Copiague and Mattituck and losses against West Babylon and H.H.H.West. Eddie Carson, John Rose, Hezekiah Johnson, and Able Reyes are having a nice season for the clipper’s.

Girls’ Winter Track: The girls’ had a successful trip to Yale University this past weekend with the 4x 200 team of Caitlyn Pabst, LaQuanna Willett, Victoria Crump, and Victoria Rountree winning their event and turning in the best time of the season. The League Championships are being held @ Suffolk Community College in Brentwood on January 23rd ,2010 @ 9a.m.

Boy’s Winter Track: The boy’s are having a competitive season with their 4x800 relay team ranked 5th, Ryan McGlynn in the top 5 in the Freshman/Sophomore 1000 m, and Jaquan Holland with the fastest 300m time in the county.

Cheerleading: While the girls’ were in Jacksonville, Florida representing Bellport High School they qualified for the Nationals. They have also qualified for the Long Island Championships being held later this month.

Dance Team: The team has just started their competition season this month. You can catch them at a home basketball game later in the season.

Fall 2009 Update: Senior Dillon Kenul was named to the “Golden 11”, which is the top scholar/athlete football player’s in Suffolk County. Congrats to Dillon and his parents. Junior Ryan Sloan was named 1st Team ALL-LONG ISLAND and 1st Team ALL-STATE. Congrats to Ryan and his family as well, this is a tremendous honor for a player who is only a junior.

Editor's Note: We'd like to thank John Frankie, Bellport High School Athletic Director, for providing us with these weekly updates! Thanks, John!

Will We Get Ice This Year???

Ice BoatingLast year, we had great ice and a lot of iceboating on the bay. We shot lots of video of the iceboating, but we didn’t have time to edit the footage. Well, with the cold weather the entire country has been having, it’s time to make “lemonade” from all these cold weather lemons we’ve been getting. Let’s start thinking about iceboating and we can’t think of a better way than to finally show you the video we shot last year “Looping The Dock” while the iceboating was going on. Enjoy! Click here for more "Virtual Loops Of The Dock."

VideoClick on the speaker to the left to see a video from the loop!

BHS Students Exhibit At The Parrish Museum In Southampton

Ali BlumenthalArtwork created by 19 Bellport High School students is being exhibited at the Parrish Museum in Southampton. The show entitled Students View American Views was open December 12th through January 10th. The artwork of the students from Bellport High School is in response to the collections at the Parrish Museum using a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography and mixed media.

Pictured: Ali Blumenthal, a junior at Bellport High School stands beside her work Tractor, pen and ink


Bellporter To Be Honored By British Queen

Barbara HendrieDr. Barbara Hendrie, daughter of Elaine and Joseph Hendrie of Bellport will receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture ceremony to be held soon. This honor was formally announced in the 2010 New Year Honours List which appeared in the London Gazette on December 31. All honors are so announced by the British throne.

Dr. Hendrie, a social anthropologist, holds dual American and British citizenship and therefore is eligible for this honor. She was educated in Long Island schools and graduated from Bowdoin College Magna cum Laude. She went on to serve as a famine camp volunteer during the first Ethiopian famine and then did her graduate work at University College, London. She is a Senior Civil Service Officer in the British government Department for International Development and recently returned from nine months posting in Iraq. At present she is in New York City where she is serving as Counselor to the British Mission to the United Nations for Development and Human Rights.