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December 2013

Knights of Columbus "Coats for Kids" Program
Coats for Kids Since 2009, the Knights of Columbus "Coats for Kids" program has given away more than 125,000 coats to children. Last year nearly, 1000 councils participated in the program in the United States and Canada. Fr. Martin Curtin (KofC Chapter 12993 Chaplin) is seen here holding one of the various new dozens of coats that the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph the Worker Council 12993 donated to the St. Joseph the Worker Outreach for those in need this Winter. Photo by Mike Bilello, KofC Council 12993 Grand Knight.

Bellport Garden Club's Holiday Home Tour
Holiday Home Tour The Bellport Garden Club held their biannual Christmas House Tour on Sunday, December 15th. A restored late Victorian waterfront home in Bellport was the site of the tour. The house had magnificent views of the Great South Bay and Bellport Harbor, and was artfully decorated for the holidays by members of the garden club. All holiday decorations in the house were for sale.

After touring this magnificent home, guests browsed the Holiday Boutique to purchase greens, decorations, gifts and delectables. Complimentary refreshments homemade by the club’s members were served for guests' enjoyment.

Click here to see photos from the Tour.

Legislator Kate Browning and Bellport Village Host a Veterans Outreach Program
Veteran's Event

Veteran's Event
On December 12th, all veterans were encouraged to attend an outreach program hosted by Legislator Kate Browning and Bellport Village at the Bellport Community Center. The Northport VA was on site to assist new applicants, update information for current users, unveil new healthcare programs available to veterans as well as process ID cards. Free Flu vaccines were also available.

Did you know that in addition to the VA Medical Center in Northport, there’s a local VA Clinic located at 4 Phyllis Drive in Patchogue? The Northport VA Medical Center can be reached at 631-261-4400 or visit their website,

Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Annual Holiday Party
BBHS Holiday Party The Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society held their Annual Holiday Party with Illustrated Reminiscences on Sunday, December 8th for members of the Historical Society and their guests. Click here to see photos from the party.

Christ Church's Annual Christmas Fair
Christ Church Christmas Fair Christ Church's Annual Christmas Fair was held on December 6th and 7th with many unique, handmade Christmas gifts for sale. Friday night's preview party included an elegant evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, music and shopping. Saturday's event had the more relaxed feel of a country market. Click here to see photos from the fair.

November 2013

Nightlife In and Around Bellport Village is Alive and Well!



You already know that in June and July at 5:30 in the evening you’re asking, “What do we want to do, or where do we want to go tonight?” However, in November, December, and January, you’re wondering, “What’s on television tonight?” Listen up people... How much Law & Order can you watch? It’s time to get off your butts and explore the Bellport Area Live Music Scene! Yes, there is a Live Music Scene in and around Bellport and it’s alive, well, and thriving!

Click here to see what was happening on recent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in just one week between 7pm and 9pm in the Village area. You’ll also find some of the upcoming Live Music that is scheduled. It’s a good idea to call ahead to double check if there have been any last minute changes.

Vietnam and Afghanistan/Iraq War Memorial Erected at Bellport High School

Vietnam Memorial


Local resident, Ronald Kinsella, along with the Bellport High School History Club, their advisors Ms. Regina Hayes and Ms. Erin Molloy, their Principal, Tim Hogan and Mr. Nelson Briggs, recently erected a monument dedicated to those former students of Bellport High School who died in Vietnam and the Afghanistan /Iraq war. The monument was dedicated on November 12th, at the Bellport High School by the flag pole at the main entrance to the school. The names of those former students who died in Vietnam are John J. Foden, Richard P. Frasca, Joseph E.R. Neal, Thomas A. Palladino, Bruce Richardson and William Wells. Also listed is James E. Lundin who died in Iraq.

Pictured top photo: Organizers and participants L to R---Erin Molloy, Ronald Kinsella, Mary Glennon, James Vaughan VFW, Abigail Sutra, Erin Delletto on behalf of Congressman Tim Bishop and Principal Tim Hogan.

Click on either photo for a larger version.

Photos courtesy of Ronald Kinsella.

October 2013

Bellport Scarecrow Contest Winners
Scarecrow Winners The winners of the Bellport Scarecrow Contest have been announced! Congratulations to all of the winners! Click here to see all of the winning scarecrows!

Hurricane Sandy, One Year Ago
Hurricane Sandy It's hard to believe, but October 29th will mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. We thought you might be interested in a look back at what happened during that fateful storm. The links below will take you back to archived entries in our "Seen & Heard" section. If you haven't looked at the archives lately, you should! You may be surprised by what you'll find!

Click here for accounts from Hurricane Sandy.

Click here for photos from Hurricane Sandy.

Click here for some of the first photos of the "New Inlet."

Click here for more photos of the "New Inlet" over time.

Bellport's Annual Halloween Parade
Halloween Parade Bellport’s annual Halloween Parade was another successful event! Many families came out to parade down Main Street and then Trick or Treat in the shops downtown. CLICK HERE if you’d like to see some of the photos from this year’s parade.

The Acoustic Jam Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary! Acoustic Jam Acoustic Jam Acoustic Jam Acoustic Jam Acoustic Jam
For hundreds and maybe even thousands of years, there has been a tradition where musicians sit in a circle and play together. Usually, an audience is welcome to watch and listen, but this isn’t a performance for an audience. Instead, it’s a celebration of the music being played by the musicians, for the musicians. Regardless of the language spoken by the individuals, the common language being spoken is music, a universal language and the gathering is often called a “Jam Session.”

Five years ago we decided to go public with the tradition of an “Acoustic Jam” we had, up until then, only held at our home for the past 30 years. Rather than inviting specific musicians to play, as we had at our home, we decided that the “ Acoustic Jam” would be open to the public to both play and listen. If you can play any instrument, at just about any level, there’s a place for you at the Acoustic Jam. Don’t be shy. If you play at all, come on down!

Another goal we had for the Acoustic Jam was to help out people in our community who were finding things difficult in these hard economic times. So, we decided to ask both players and members of the audience to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to the various food banks and soup kitchens in our community. As an alternative, we asked participants to make a voluntary contribution to buy food we would donate to various local organizations. We’re happy to say that both the musicians and members of the audience have been extremely generous and can’t be thanked enough.

Although we call it an “Acoustic” jam, your instrument doesn’t necessarily have to be acoustic or without amplification. It simply means that the volume level at which you play has to be comparable to that of an acoustic instrument such as an acoustic guitar. If you’re playing too loud, we’ll be sure to ask you to reduce your volume so that you’re not louder than everyone else in the circle.

By its nature, a “Jam” is very informal. Usually there’s no written music and we don’t know ahead of time what we’re going to play. One musician starts the Jam by deciding what he or she would like to play and then the rest of the group joins in. When that musician is finished, the next musician decides what the next song will be and we go around and around the circle until it’s time to go home.

The Acoustic Jam is usually held twice a month on Friday evenings from 7pm to 10pm in the Bellport Village Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in Bellport Village. If you’d like more information and the schedule for upcoming Acoustic Jams, just Click Here to follow this link.

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Acoustic Jam we held a party at the Jam. While they were free to snack on apple cider and cookies, the 23 musicians in attendance also broke up into smaller circles around the room. It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen so many people enjoy themselves so much. There were smiles and laughter everywhere in the room. Click here if you’d like to see photos from the party.

So, why don’t you check out our upcoming schedule and come on down? If you can play or sing you’ll have a wonderful time. If you’d like to sit in the audience and listen, you’re more than welcome and you’ll get a rare glimpse of what goes on “behind the scenes.” Either way, you’ll have a wonderful time.

Bellport Homecoming 2013
Homecoming It was another great Homecoming Parade this year in Bellport! It seemed like everyone came out to support their Clippers. Unfortunately, Bellport suffered a disappointing loss of 31-28 against Eastport in the game later that day. We're sure they'll win next year! Click here for photos of the parade.

Bellport Fire Dept Fire Safety Open House
Fire Dept The Bellport Fire Dept held their Annual Fire Safety Open House on Saturday, October 19th. There were demonstrations of vehicle extrication, household fire (i.e. dryers, furniture, grease) suppression, the smoke house, and a lot more! Click here for photos from the event.

Scarecrow Building In Bellport Village and Brookhaven Hamlet

Scarecrow Building

This past weekend truly seemed to kick off fall with the return of the Annual Scarecrow Building events in both Bellport Village and at the Brookhaven Free Library. The weather held out and many families participated in both events!

The scarecrows made at the Bellport event are on display downtown. You can vote for your favorite scarecrow at participating shops throughout the village. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Scarecrows receiving the most votes. Winners will be announced here on, so stay tuned!

Click here for photos of both events. We've combined the photos from both events into one slideshow. The photos from the Bellport Village event are first, followed by photos from the Brookhaven Library.

Quilt Submissions for the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's Upcoming Exhibit


The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society recently asked for submissions from the community for its upcoming exhibit, "American Quilts made between 1850 and 1950." 23 quilts were submitted from all over LI- Massapequa to Southold! The exhibition will open on October 27th, and runs through November 23rd. The exhibition is organized by the Eastern Long Island Quilters Guild, with the participation of quilt historian and appraiser, Joyce Fischer. Below are five of the submissions that will be featured in the exhibit, along with some words from the quilt owners. Click here for more information about the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

Quilt Exhibit

Abraham Lincolns' History
Submitted by: Margaret Cavaliere, Patchogue

My Aunt Annie was born in 1987 and died in 1996. At age 99 in Newark, Maryland. She left this quilt to me. She was well known for her many home made quilts and many she gave as gifts. She is the Sister of the Late Bessie Richardson of Bellport (1929-2002).

Quilt Exhibit

Applique Quilt
Submitted by: Pauline Hazard, East Patchogue

I purchased this quilt at the BHS curio shop. The former owner was contacted and asked where she got the quilt and if she knew it's story. She informed me that her parents were quilt collectors and had an antique shop for many years. They frequently went to auctions Upstate and in New Jersey. It was appraised and determined it was probably made Upstate New York.

Quilt Exhibit

Lone Star Quilt
Submitted by: Ann Duncan, Blue Point

Purchased "on the green" in Eagle Merc, Pennsylvania, no history given.

Quilt Exhibit

Applique Flower Quilt
Submitted by: Susan Olsen, Setauket

Purchased in 2000 at the Mountain Top Quilt Shop in Leadville, Colorado. I was told the pattern came from a newspaper ad. Patterns were sold for very little money and there were many designs to choose from. I loved the colors, placement of flowers and the scalloped border.

Quilt Exhibit

Mariners Compass Quilt
Submitted by: Barbara Jamison, Eastport

This quilt was gifted to my family by a friend who cared for a handicapped niece in Patchogue. It was gifted to me when my Aunt Barbara Keck passed away a few years ago. I do not know the name of the quilter, only that the care givers' Mother made it.

Swan Realty Announces their Top Sales Agent and Top Contributor for Q3 2013

Prudence Brower

Deborah L. Galligan broker/ owner of Swan Realty Corp would like to congratulate Prudence Brower, LSA, who is both their Top Agent and Top Contributor for the 3rd Quarter of 2013.

The Senior Van Fundraising Committee Reaches Their Goal

Bellport Village Program Fund received the following note from the Senior Van Fundraising Committee:

The Senior Van Fundraising Committee would like to thank the Bellport community and the Bellport Village Program Fund for its strong and generous support of the senior van. Contributed funds will now enable the van to resume service in line with the needs of many senior residents.

This initiative came from the residents of Bellport who sympathized with the plight of non driving senior citizens. Many seniors, and relatives of seniors, have expressed appreciation for the effort. All involved should feel proud of their contributions to this very worthy cause.

We were thrilled to be able to obtain sponsorship of the Bellport Village Program Fund which exists to help projects like this be funded through tax deductible contributions and where 100% of all monies received go to projects.

Visit their website and get involved with all their projects.

Sincerely, The Senior Van Fundraising Committee

September 2013

Photos from Porters' Annual Oktoberfest


Porters on the lane held their 4th Annual Oktoberfest Tent Party on Sunday, September 29th. It was a great event for the entire family! Crush Band played live music, along with Porters' Bavarian Beer Garden Maids, authentic German Food, German Draught Beers & Steins. Carla Marla's was on hand with their Candy Bar and Cotton Candy. Kids enjoyed face painting, pumpkins, a bounce house and more! Click here for photos from Oktoberfest.

Assemblyman Hennessey Calls Governor’s Veto a Blow to South Country School District and Taxpayers

Ed Hennessey

Assemblyman Edward Hennessey (D-Medford) expressed deep disappointment in Governor Cuomo’s decision to veto his bill that would have restored $1.17 million in building aid to the South Country Central School District (CSD) for green energy projects (A.7428).

“South Country made significant strides in going green and helping the environment while increasing energy efficiency which would also mean tax savings for property taxpayers,” Assemblyman Hennessey said. “We should be applauding South Country for their efforts and encouraging other school districts to follow their lead, not penalizing them and the community with cuts in their state building aid. This is exactly what’s wrong with our government: too much bureaucratic red tape.

The community approved a bond referendum enabling South Country to make solar improvements to school district buildings in order to increase their energy efficiency. In this way, the school district would save money through incentives provided by LIPA’s Solar Pioneer Program, with such savings being passed onto taxpayers. However, these savings and incentives were negated when the New York State Education Department (NYSED) cut building aid for the school district by the $1.17 million it would obtain from the LIPA incentives, claiming that the take-back was a result of the district receiving LIPA incentives for the solar project.

None of this was clear at the outset of the school district choosing to take the plunge and take on solar projects at each of their buildings. Further, district officials say they were told by NYSED that if they had simply not filed for LIPA incentives, the building aid would not have been decreased, Hennessey noted.

“State aid cuts are an unfair punishment to a school district that is making an effort to be energy- and cost-conscious,” Assemblyman Hennessey said. “I will continue to make every effort to see that these cuts to South Country’s building aid are promptly restored. Otherwise, school districts across the state will fail to see the tremendous value, both to their budgets and to our environment, in going green. Instead, they’ll fear that they too will be penalized for their efforts through cuts in state aid.”

Irv Gordon Becomes Our Own 3 Million Mile Man!
Irv Gordon

Irv Gordon

Irv Gordon

Well, Irv did it! On September 17, 2013, Irv Gordon passed the 3 million mile mark in his 1966 Volvo P1800 on the Old Glenn Highway north of Anchorage, Alaska setting a new world's record. Irv has often said, "It's not about getting to the three million miles. It's about the trips that got me to the three million miles."

As you can see, Irv snapped a photo for us as he reached the first 1.5 miles towards 4 million Miles! He was also presented with a 3 Million Mile Medallion for his Volvo P1800's grill.

Click Here for our previous article about Irv

Suffolk County Preserves Sensitive Parcels in 3rd LD, Purchases Development Rights of 20 Acre Hamlet Organic Farm in Brookhaven
Kate Browning

The Hamlet Organic Farm (HOG) in Brookhaven Hamlet and a small Mastic Beach parcel were approved for acquisition at the latest Suffolk County Legislature’s general meeting. Legislator Kate Browning has been aggressively pursuing the purchase of farmland development rights in the third legislative district as well as the preservation of parcels in the Mastic/Shirley Conservation area. The legislator secured the unanimous support of her colleagues.

The HOG farm consists of 20.8 acres and was purchased for $947,600. The acquisition prevents the property from being developed and requires that it continues to be used for farming purposes. The parcel is owned by the Post Morrow Foundation, and the proceeds from the sale will allow the organization to further its goals of environmental protection in the greater Brookhaven area. The property lies within the Carmans River watershed and will add to the ongoing efforts to protect the pristine river for future generations.

“The development rights purchase of the Hamlet Organic Farm is a major milestone in the protection of the Carmans River, and also helps maintain the rural character of Brookhaven Hamlet for years to come,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “This is a significant achievement and I thank my colleagues for their support.”

"We are delighted that the County has purchased the development rights to Longmeadow farm where the Hamlet Organic Garden CSA produces farm fresh, organic vegetables for over 200 families,” stated Thomas B Williams, Vice President of the Post-Morrow Foundation. “We are especially pleased that this farm will be protected in order to continue the tradition of farming in Brookhaven Hamlet and that it will also protect 20 acres of land from development that falls within the sensitive Carmans River Watershed. We are grateful to Legislator Kate Browning for shepherding the project through the County Farmland Protection program as well as the staff of the County Real Estate Division for all their work to make this project a reality."

The legislature also approved the purchase of .0918 acres in Mastic Beach from Vito & Anna Maria Rizzi for $6,000. The property is vacant and builds upon the hundreds of acres Suffolk County has preserved in the Mastic/Shirley conservation area. It is located in a sensitive wetlands area, and its preservation will help reduce the impacts of flooding on homeowners along the shore.

“The Mastic/Shirley conservation area is one of the most critical preservation initiatives in Suffolk County,” stated Legislator Browning. “As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, tidal and freshwater wetlands in Mastic Beach are needed to protect developed properties. Suffolk County has done a great job of protecting the last remaining undeveloped parcels, which act as a buffer and also help preserve the natural beauty of the area. I will continue to target these sensitive properties.”

Both acquisitions are awaiting the signature of County Executive Steve Bellone. Once signed, it will take several months to close on the properties.

My Friend Irv
Irv Gordon

I’d like to tell you about my friend Irv. Officially, I’ve known Irv for about nine years, but I’ve known “of” Irv for about 30 years, but I’ll get to that later.

Irv lives in East Patchogue and he is one of the nicest people I know. He always has a smile and nice word for everyone. In fact, I can’t remember Irv ever saying anything bad about anyone; I wish I could say the same for myself. Irv is one of those people that you know you can count on, even if you never have to.

The best judge of Irv’s character is our cat, Millie. Millie is our feral cat that adopted us 14 years ago. We suspect that Millie was badly abused at some point long ago and she’s now almost 16 years old. Millie lives outside on a heated bed I made for her and she refuses to come into our house. She will only let five very specific people pet her, and as you can probably guess, Irv is one of them. Irv is very high up on Millie’s list. In fact, it’s not unusual to look out back and see that Irv has stopped by to say hello to Millie. What a guy!

Irv is a retired science teacher and if you think being retired has been a problem for him, guess again. Back in 1966 he made a decision that, unexpectedly, would change the rest of his life.

Click here for the rest of the story...

August 2013

"The New Students" Played the Bandshell Labor Day Weekend
The New Students

Labor Day weekend got off to a great start when “The New Students” played the Bandshell down at the marina Friday evening to a packed crowd. The New Students were a little bit Country, a little Folk, a little Sea Shanties, but all great. They’ve started work on their second album so if you’d like to know what’s coming, or even place an advance order, visit their website for more information.

Hurricane Preparedness Public Meeting
Legislator Kate Browning and Bellport Village Mayor Ray Fell

Brian Hoffman, Suffolk Country OEM

On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, Legislator Kate Browning held a public meeting in the Bellport Village Community Center to discuss “Hurricane Preparedness” in the area. Brian Hoffman, representing Suffolk County’s Office of Emergency Management, gave a very through presentation on how each of us can prepare for the worst and what Suffolk County is doing before, during, and after disasters strikes to support our efforts.

The heart of the 2013 hurricane season is quickly approaching, and the lessons of Super Storm Sandy have taught the residents of Bellport that awareness and preparedness prior to a hurricane is critical to saving lives and reducing the negative impacts of a major storm. That is why Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and Bellport Village Mayor Raymond Fell hosted this joint hurricane preparedness seminar.

“An educated public is the most important tool we can have when responding to an emergency,” stated Legislator Browning. “It is vital that residents know what Suffolk County and Bellport Village are doing to protect them from the next storm, and in turn the community will be in a better position to execute our emergency plan more effectively.”

Please Click Here for a copy of Suffolk County’s “Residential Guide to Emergency Preparedness

The Bellport Village Program Fund’s Annual "Cocktails By The Bay" Fundraiser
Bellport Village Program Fund

Over 190 people attended the Bellport Village Program Fund's annual Cocktails By The Bay fundraiser at the home of Sava and Roger Thomas. This event supports their efforts with projects such as Bite Back and the facelift for Mother’s Beach. Their upcoming plans include support for the design and reconstruction of Memorial Park, Ho Hum Beach and other valuable amenities in The Village.

Click Here for photos from the fundraiser

Assemblyman Hennessey Needs Your Help to Reimburse Money to our Community

Ed Hennessey

We received the following letter from Assemblyman Hennessey regarding money for our community:

In 2009 voters in the South Country School District approved a local bond initiative for solar power installations at six school district buildings. Thereafter, district administration applied for its building aid from the NYS Department of Education (NYSED). At the same time, district administration wisely applied for and received a $1.2 million grant from LIPA’s Solar Pioneer Program, offered by LIPA as an incentive to ratepayers to go green.

In response, NYSED reduced the district’s building aid by $1.2 million, the exact amount the district saved from the LIPA Solar Pioneer grant. This simply makes no sense.

My bill (A.7428), which passed both houses of the New York State Legislature in June is to go before the Governor. The bill will reimburse the South Country School District and its taxpayers the $1.2 million that was unfairly and punitively taken back by NYSED for taking the initiative to go green and save money.

You voted for the bond; you approved the green initiative because you thought it was going to save you money in the long run. Now it’s time to make your voice heard.

Let Governor Cuomo know that you support A.7428 because it’s the voters’ will! Fill out the post card you received in the mail and send it back to me OR go to fill out the form and hit submit.

I will personally deliver our message to him.

Information About the Small Business Storm Recovery Program (SBSRP)

Ed Hennessey

Assemblyman Hennessey provided the following information regarding the Small Business Storm Recovery Program:

This program is part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. The SBSRP was established to support independently owned and operated businesses with 100 or less employees.

Your Business May be Eligible If:

- It is located in a designated disaster area (DDA) as a result of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Lee. Suffolk County is one of these DDAs.
- The business must be defined as a small business by the U.S. Small Business Administration. (Priority is given to businesses with 100 employees or less.)
- The business must have experienced eligible, uncompensated losses as a direct result of one of these storms.

Small Business Grants

Grants may be provided to small businesses (including farming operations and non-profit organizations) for capital expenditures to repair or replace needed equipment, replace lost inventory, renovate facilities that were damaged/destroyed, or to provide working capital needed as a direct result of the storm. Additional grant assistance may also be made available to support mitigation efforts to protect businesses from future storms.

Small Business Loans

Loans may be provided to small businesses (including farming operations and non-profit organizations) in addition to grant assistance for capital expenditures to repair or replace needed equipment, replace lost inventory, renovate facilities that were damaged/destroyed, or to provide working capital needed as a direct result of the storm.

Apply for Assistance at After completing and submitting an application, you will be assigned a business recovery case manager who will contact you.

July 2013

The Bellport Garden Club's Flower Show

Garden Club

On July 13th, The Bellport Garden Club held a Flower Show, which was well-attended by members and the public. The Garden Club was kind enough to provide with photos from the event.

Click here to see the photos.

Photos from the 2013 Clipper Classic

Clipper Classic

We were unable to photograph this year's Clipper Classic 5K race, but Mr. William B. Higinbotham, of Bellport, was nice enough to share the photos he took with us so that we can now share them with you. Thanks Bill!

Click here to see the photos.

The Bellport Day Festival and the Bellport Fire Department’s Hook and Ladder Co. Craft Fair

Bellport Day Festival




The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s Bellport Day Festival and the Bellport Fire Department’s Buzzard Hook and Ladder Co. Craft Fair. These two separate events drew a lot of people to the Village and they all had a wonderful time.

Rather than drawing everyone down Bellport Lane as it has in the past, this year’s Bellport Day event focused on Main Street and Bellport Lane down to the Community Center. Our local merchants put their best foot forward with all kinds of specialties unique to Bellport Village.

The Bellport Fire Department featured their Craft Fair on the Fire Department’s grounds. Vendors of every kind could be found and the hot dogs were great! A lot of work goes into holding this event and the Fire Department should be proud of the result.

Click here to see more photos from both events.

The BBHS’s 4th of July On The Lane

July 4th




Just some of the high points every year in Bellport would have to include the Holidays in December, the Memorial Day Parade, Artists On The Lane, the Clipper Classic, the Homecoming Parade, the Halloween Parade and Scarecrow Contest, the Easter Egg Hunt and certainly, the 4th of July on the Lane.

This year, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society went all out for the 4th of July and hosted “Antiques On The Lane,” the “Bellport Garden Club’s Baked Goods and Flower Sale,” and “Quilting on The Lane” on the Historical Society's beautiful grounds on Bellport Lane. From 9am to 4pm you could stroll the facility and find many types of antiques, flowers, and snacks and goodies, all to raise money for local causes. If you missed it this year, be sure to plan on spending the 4th of July, 2014, in Bellport next year.

Click here to see more photos from July 4th.

Mother's Beach Unveiling Party

Bellport Village Program Fund





There’s a wonderful group of people in town, the BVPF (Bellport Village Program Fund), whose mission is to raise money for things Bellport Village would like to do, but just can’t afford to do right now. The latest project taken on by the BVPF was a cleanup and rejuvenating of Mother’s Beach which is near and dear to so many of us. The project included new:

Swing set chains and seats
- 2 picnic tables
- 2 nine spot bike racks
- Split rail fencing
- Attractive wood lattice screening for the Porta Lavs
- Ongoing beach seaweed raking and cleaning during the summer

On July 5th, there was a get together at Mother’s Beach to celebrate the reopening with all the new changes. Over 100 people turned out to enjoy the sun, breeze, sand, and shallow water. A very big thank you goes out to all who were involved.

Click here to see photos from the event.

Swan Realty Announces their Top Sales Agents and Contributors for Q2 2013

Patricia A Trainor


Garry King 

Deborah L. Galligan broker/ owner of Swan Realty Corp would like to congratulate their Top Agents and Contributors for the 2nd Quarter of 2013:

Top Salesperson for Q2 2013:
Patricia A Trainor, LSA

Top Contributor for Q2 2013:
Garry King, LAB

June 2013

More Aerial Photos From the Breach at Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

Old Inlet

We received these photos from Mike Ferrigno, taken during his recent flight over the breach at Old Inlet. Thanks, Mike!

Aerial Photos From the Breach at Old Inlet

Old Inlet Tom Cullen

Old Inlet Tom Cullen

We received these photos from Tom Cullen, of his recent flight over the breach at Old Inlet.

Tom had this to say about the photos:

"These photos are from a fly over of Old inlet on Sunday, June 9th. Amazing. I also visited on Saturday, June 8th by boat. Difficult to navigate but doable. Follow bamboo poles in as a guide. Water quality, EXCELLENT. Keep it open for future."

Thanks for sharing, Tom!

Photos From The Bellport Village Vote Registration Day

Voter Registration DAy

Voter Registration Day

Voter Registration Day

After horrible weather the day before, Village Voter Registration Day, June 8th, 2013, dawned sunny with a light breeze in the 70’s. It couldn’t have been a nicer day.

Up until 12 noon, the Village issued Village ID cards to those who needed them as this was one of the acceptable forms of ID needed to be able to register to vote. Those who wanted to register to vote in the Village lined up outside Village Hall and then at noon registration began. Once they had registered to vote, the new registrants could then request Absentee Ballots for the June 18th Village Elections. By the time Voter Registration Day ended at 5pm, 177 people had taken advantage of the Village’s new Village Voter Registration Day and had registered.

Photos From The Bellport Brookhaven Historical Society's Annual Gala


The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society has planned many exciting events for 2013. They kicked off the year with their Annual Gala and Exhibition featuring "Bellport: Summer 1900" - a look at the iconic summer style and social life of our seaside resort in the late 19th century. The “Gala” is always a very special event in the Village. If you haven’t been able to attend in the past, be sure to put it on your calendar for June next year!

Click here for photos from this year’s BBHS “Gala.

Click here for information about the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

Leg. Kate Browning Limits Use of Air Curtain Destructors in Suffolk County

Leg. Kate Browning

The large scale burning of debris that occurred in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy will no longer be permitted in Suffolk County. The process, which utilizes Air Curtain Destructors (ACD’s), causes fine particulate matter and can result in adverse health impacts. At Tuesday’s general meeting the Suffolk County Legislature approved IR 1260-13, sponsored Legislator Kate Browning, which limits the Department of Public Work’s ability to use ACD’s, and requires that air quality monitoring must be conducted around future sites.

Following Hurricane Sandy the Suffolk County Department of Public Works obtained a special permit from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and permission from Brookhaven Town to use 4 ACD’s at the Brookhaven Landfill. Areas surrounding the landfill, which are already burdened with air pollution from various sources, quickly felt the negative impacts when cars were covered with ash, and dust from the operation began building on homeowners windows. In response, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) and the Brookhaven Community Coalition (BCC) strongly objected to the use of the ACD’s. At the time Suffolk County agreed to install air quality monitors in the vicinity of the ACD’s. After reviewing six weeks of air quality data the CCE raised serious concerns about public health.

“The use of these Air Curtain Destructors may be cheap and easy to dispose of vegetated material but they are also dirty and dangerous,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Air quality standards were violated numerous times during the months they were used.”

The standard for fine particulate matter is 35ug/m3, but there were days where it was detected between 72 and 98ug/m3, and two days it was detected as high as 102.41 and 178.54. Suffolk County began to shut down the ACD’s for half a day in response to air quality concerns, but clearly four devices exceed standards and jeopardize public health. In addition, monitors were only placed south of the devices, so data for communities to the East, West and North was not available.

“While I understand the need to dispose of large quantities of debris after a major storm, we cannot do so without considering health impacts on surrounding residents,” stated Legislator Browning. “Health and safety must come first.”

With the passage of IR 1260-13 Suffolk County can no longer use more than one ACD at any given location, and each location must be located at least five miles apart. Data shows that limiting the use to one device will not exceed air quality standards. The County will also be limited to only ninety days of operation following an emergency so that no one area will be burdened for an extended period of time. In addition, the County will now be required to conduct air quality monitoring throughout the ninety day period at locations to the North, South, East and West of each ACD. Lastly, data collected must be made available to the public every thirty days while the ACD is in use.

“These limitations will ensure that the public is protected in the event of future emergencies,” concluded Legislator Browning. “We must abide by the standards that are in place, and by providing proper monitoring and transparency we will now be able to deal with debris removal in a safe and open manner.”

“We need to protect public health and putting common sense practices into play in case the County seeks to resort to them in the future is critically important,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Congratulations to Legislator Browning for advancing this important initiative.”

If any device is found to be exceeding standards the Department of Public Works is required to cease operation of the device. The legislation is waiting the signature of County Executive Steve Bellone.

Leg. Kate Browning Directs Dept. of Public Works to Initiate Dune Replenishment Project at Smith Point Park

Leg. Kate Browning

The restoration of the barrier beach at Smith Point Park in Shirley took a major step forward yesterday with the approval of Introductory Resolution 1314-13, sponsored by Legislator Kate Browning, at the Suffolk County Legislature’s general meeting. The resolution directs all County departments required to submit applications and/or documentation in furtherance of a dune replenishment project to State and/or Federal regulatory agencies within thirty days. The resolution also directs Suffolk County to secure appropriate funding to complete an emergency dune replenishment project.

On October 29, 2012 Super Storm Sandy ravaged the entire south shore of Long Island and caused several breaches to develop on the barrier breach. Super Storm Sandy caused breaching of Fire Island at three locations; Cupsogue Beach County Park; the undeveloped portion of Smith Point County Park; and the ‘Wilderness Area’ of Fire Island National Seashore, known as Old Inlet. A Breach Contingency Plan was established after similar breaching occurred in Westhampton in the 1990s, which enabled the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with the help of Suffolk County Department of Public Works and Parks Departments, to close the two breaches that occurred within Suffolk County Parkland during Sandy. Smith Point’s breach was one of these two and was closed within weeks of the storm. What would have normally taken months, if not years, to permit and actually construct, was done in a few weeks.

However, during two subsequent minor storms, observations were made of the ocean tide rising above the elevations of the closed breach at Smith Point, and over-washing at Smiths Point where the dunes were washed away during the storm caused additional flooding of mainland Mastic Beach. In no case did an actual breach occur, but the fact that the ocean appeared to be able to directly flow into Moriches Harbor caused a great deal of concern for all levels of government. The over-washing occurred because prior to the storm dune elevations ran between 15 and 16 feet, but the Breach Contingency Plan only allows restoration up to 9 feet.

“Suffolk County acted quickly under the Breach Contingency Plan to close the breach at Smith Point in order to take emergency measures to protect the residents of Mastic Beach immediately following Super Storm Sandy,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “Unfortunately, guidelines under the plan that were approved by the Federal government did not allow Suffolk County to rebuild to pre-storm elevation. While closing the breach was the right thing to do, more needs to be done to protect the mainland.”

Legislator Browning’s resolution, IR 1314-13, will now pave the way for a dune replenishment project that will finish the work needed at Smith Point. Once applications for the project are submitted, Suffolk County will need State and Federal approval to move forward. The legislation also requires that all County departments, involved in the application, documentation and funding of this project shall report project status updates in writing every thirty days, beginning with the date of initial application for a permit to regulatory agencies.

“This resolution ensures that Suffolk County is progressing with a project to restore the dunes at Smith Point to address the wash-overs,” concluded Legislator Browning. “Once the application is submitted I will be working with State and Federal officials to make sure the County gets the necessary approvals it needs to move forward.”

May 2013

Photos From The 2013 Memorial Day Parade

Bellport Memorial Day Parade

The weather for the days leading up to Memorial Day this year were terrible, rainy, cold, and windy, but for Memorial Day, everything changed and we were treated to a lot of sun, little wind, and temperatures in the '70's. It just doesn't get any better and it was the perfect day for the parade.  The parade began near the Village Hall and traveled up Bellport Lane to the Four Corners, and then continued up Station Road to the cemetery. Click here to see more photos from the Parade.

Bellport Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale
 Garden Club

The Bellport Garden Club held its annual Plant Sale on Memorial Day on the Village Green in front of CVS. They offered for sale perennials, annuals and herbs, as well as gardening items. All plants for sale were grown by Garden Club members, and all proceeds from the sale went to the Beautification Fund. The plant sale is held in conjunction with Bellport's annual Memorial Day Parade. Click here for more information.

Annual Cooley's Anemia Care Walk and Music Festival

Cooley's Walk



The annual Cooley's Anemia Care Walk & Music Festival, a fundraiser benefiting the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, took place on Sunday, May 5th at the Village Marina at the end of Bellport Lane. The waterfront walk was held in memory of Michelle Palermo DiMaggio. This year the walk raised $10,000.

"Cooley's Anemia is part of a group of blood disorders in which people are unable to manufacture hemoglobin. It's a devastating disease; in order to stay alive, patients must receive regular blood transfusions (usually every two weeks) as well as painful nightly, eight-hour treatments hooked up to a subcutaneous injection pump," said Peter Chieco, a Private Wealth Advisor with the Private Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley and a board member of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation. "Most people have never heard of this disease and unfortunately, most carriers of its gene are never tested. It is more prevalent in the Italian, Greek and Asian communities and it is critical that we educate the public about it."

Click here to see photos from the event.

Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Closes Little Neck Run Due To Nesting Bald Eagles

Bald Eagle



The staff at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) have confirmed that a pair of bald eagles has made a nest attempt along Little Neck Run. Little Neck Run is a small tributary of the Carmans River. Little Neck Run is closed to public access until further notice to reduce disturbance in this location.

It is believed that this is the first nest attempt by bald eagles in the history of Wertheim NWR. First year breeding birds are generally skittish and easily frightened and may not produce young this year. However, once eagles select a nesting territory they tend to use it for the rest of their lives. Bald eagles reach sexual maturity at five years of age and obtain the characteristic white head and tail. They build large nests in tall trees and prefer undisturbed areas along the shorelines of rivers, marshes and large lakes. In the northern U.S., eagles generally initiate nest building in December - January. Egg laying and incubation (33-35 days) can start in February and chick hatching and rearing takes place in March – May. Eaglets make their first unsteady flights 10-12 weeks after hatching and begin fledging in June – August. Refuge staff will monitor the nest to determine if eagle chicks are present. If so, Little Neck Run will re-open after the chicks have fledged.

Bald eagles were removed from the endangered species list in 2007, but are still federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. These acts help to ensure the safety of eagles and their parts (feathers, nests and eggs) from hunting, collection, harassment and other harmful actions.

Favorable locations to view eagles and other wildlife exist along the Black Tupelo trail at Indian Landing and at refuge overlooks along the Carmans River, with the use of a spotting scope or binoculars. The White Oak and Black Tupelo Trails will remain open for public access. As always, visitors are reminded to obey closed area boundary signs and to adhere to refuge regulations.

Legislator Browning Recognizes Two of LI’s Top Young Professionals - Joshua Slaughter & John Nieves Honored Among “30 Under 30”

30 under 30



Legislator Kate Browning recently honored her Chief of Staff, Joshua Slaughter of Shirley, and Suffolk County’s Department of Social Services Community Relations Director, John Nieves of Bellport, on being named Long Island’s 2013 Top Young Professionals by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce. Slaughter and Nieves were presented with a proclamation and glass plaque at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Thirty individuals under the age of thirty from across Long Island were selected for this prestigious recognition.

Joshua Slaughter graduated from SUNY Albany in 2005 having majored in Political Science. Since 2006 he has been Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning’s Chief of Staff. Joshua is a lifelong resident of Suffolk County who has a deep passion for his community and for public service. In addition to his government responsibilities, he volunteers his time in the community and on political campaigns. He also oversees all of Legislator Browning’s fundraising activities. Joshua spends countless hours helping civic organizations and his neighbors; most recently he responded to the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy by going door to door to provide food and supplies to those in need, and made sure vital information on recovery programs was reaching those who needed it most.

Upon graduating from High School John Nieves joined the United States Army as a Satellite and Radio Communication Security Repairman. After his honorable discharge, he studied at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and soon after began working at the Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS) in 2006. In 2009 John joined DSS administration as an advisor to the Commissioner on Limited English Proficiency issues, and was later promoted to Community Relations Director for the Department, where he is the LEP/ADA Compliance Officer. As a Department spokesman, he speaks on behalf of the department’s 400,000 applicants and recipients, as well as the Department’s 1,600 staff members. He is the youngest person ever promoted to a DSS executive staff position.

“With so many college graduates forced to leave Long Island due to high costs of living, it’s important to acknowledge those young individuals that have established successful careers here, and who are positively impacting their communities,” stated Legislator Browning. “I know firsthand having worked with both Josh as my Chief of Staff for the last six years and John through assisting my office and constituents, that each are dedicated public servants, and will continue to make Suffolk County a better place. They are great role models for all our young professionals trying to establish themselves in Suffolk County, and are prime examples that through hard work and determination young people can succeed here.”

April 2013

Alligators Found In Peconic River

Alligators in Peconic

   Alligators in Peconic


Environmental Conservation Lieutenant Dallas Bengel and Officer Mark Simmons captured four juvenile alligators from the Peconic River on the border of Brookhaven and Riverhead on Friday, April 19th after receiving a tip from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) tip line. This incident occurs only one week prior to Long Island’s first illegal reptile and amphibian amnesty day.

“Alligators released into Long Island waters have become an all too common occurrence in recent years,” Regional Director Peter A. Scully said. “Unfortunately, individuals who attain these animals often find themselves incapable of caring for them as they grow, and they ultimately release them into the waters of Long Island where they are unable to survive and may pose a risk to recreationalists. We hope people will take advantage of the upcoming illegal reptile and amphibian amnesty day and these types of occurrences will decrease in the future.”

At approximately 8:00am on Friday, Frank Naase was partaking in his typical routine of a morning coffee and a visit to DEC’s Connecticut Ave. canoe launch overlooking the Peconic River when he noticed an unusual animal floating by the launching dock. Mr. Naase quickly contacted DEC Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) dispatch to inform officers of the alligator he had spotted.

Lt. Bengel and ECO Simmons responded to the call. After catching an approximately two-foot alligator with a catch pole, they observed three more alligators in the water. The officers quickly collected and secured each of the animals with tape around their jaws. The alligators, whose sizes range from two to three feet, were lethargic due to the cold water they had been exposed to. They were transferred to DEC’s Regional Headquarters in Stony Brook and will ultimately be received by the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead.

Alligators are illegal to own as pets in the state of New York, and individuals wishing to use them for exhibition, research or educational purposes require a DEC permit.

DEC has partnered with the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow for a one-time only amnesty program, where individuals can anonymously bring their illegal or unpermitted reptiles and amphibians without fear of prosecution. Species that do not require permits, or are not threatened or endanger will not be accepted.

The program will take place at Sweetbriar Nature Center, 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 12 - 4 p.m.

For more information about the amnesty program, contact:

Suffolk County SPCA: (631) 382-7722
DEC: (631) 444-0250
USFWS: (516) 825-3950

To report any environmental crime, please contact DEC’s toll free 24-hour TIPP hotline at: 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332) or Dispatch number at (631) 444-0250. DEC keeps the identity of all TIPP callers confidential.

LI Ducks' Fan Fest 2013

Ducks Fan Fest



The Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks hosted their first-ever Fan Fest at the “Duck Pond,” Bethpage Ballpark, on April 13th. The fans were able to watch the Ducks defeat the Bridgeport Bluefish 1-0 after nine innings in the team’s first Spring Training game of the year. Afterwards, both teams played four extra innings to allow pitchers to get their work in. Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said, “Our fans and the entire organization are excited for the start of baseball season, and our Fan Fest will bring the ‘Faithful Flock’ closer to the team than ever before.”

We were lucky enough to attend the event and got some great photos for you to enjoy. Click here to take a look. We plan on being there for the home opening of the 2013 season on Friday, April 26th. The Ducks will be playing the Skeeters from Sugar Land, Texas and the game will start at 7:05pm at Bethpage Ballpark. If you’d like to get tickets for the game, just follow this link to our “Ducks” page.

St. Joseph the Worker Church Community Garden

Community Garden



The Community Garden at St. Joseph the Worker Church, located on Narragansett Road just north of Montauk Hwy in East Patchogue is a precious gem in its polishing stage. It dates back to the late 1970s when the Bellport Self-help Gardens, under the leadership of Joop van der Grinten, delivered seeds and seedlings directly to families with donations from the Bellport Garden Club.

In 1980, St. Joseph the Worker Church approved the use of the lot across from the friary for a community garden. Years earlier the lot was affectionately dubbed "Pinkney Park" by Joe Pinkney, who now owns a tree service company. He remembers playing baseball there with the neighborhood boys every summer but by 1980 the lot was a dumping ground. It took three years of hard work to remove the concrete blocks and debris and build the first planting beds. To this day, concrete, black top chunks, aluminum cans and various pieces of metal are still being unearthed. 25' X 30' planting beds were roped off for the first families to plant whatever they wanted with the understanding that only organic methods were to be used; no chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

Throughout the years interest in the garden waxed and waned. However, in 1990, there was greater interest in the garden when Kathy Zbazis was awarded a grant from the South Country School District to conduct an Even Start Program at the Garden. A well was dug with the help of Bellport Rotary Club member, Hugo Gianotti and later water pipes supplying Suffolk County water were installed.

The children and parents involved in the early education program came regularly and supplemented their summertime meals with fresh vegetables they planted and harvested themselves. When funding ended, activity at the garden lessoned.

Father Tom, a former landscaper and agricultural educator brought new life to the garden in 2007. He spent much of his free time digging, mowing and tending to the overgrown lot. When the harvest came in, he would walk around the neighborhood gifting people with zucchini, garlic, tomatoes or whatever he grew while inviting the Spanish speaking people to participate in the community.

In 2009, Betty Gundlach presented a plan for the garden that included raised beds for annual food harvests and perennial edible plants for future generations. She wanted to plant flowers for beauty and to attract predator and pollinating insects.

A core group of garden enthusiasts built an 82 foot diameter 'labyrinth' for perennial flowers and edibles with a grant from the Town of Brookhaven secured by Councilwoman Connie Kepert. Long Island Compost donated two tractor trailer loads of compost for the project. Steve Gundlach picked up countless loads of cardboard to suppress the weeds from the Town of Brookhaven along with beer waste from the Brickhouse Brewery, coffee grinds from Bellport Deli and seaweed from the Bay to fertilize and improve the soil. He also built all the current structures seen in the garden. In 2011, Mr. LoFrese brought his Plumbing class at BOCES to run water lines out to the planting beds.

The entrance to the main pathway is graced with a pergola that supports grape and clematis vines. The grape arbor in the center of the ‘labyrinth’ was made out of black locust trees that were growing on the property. There is a rose arbor in another area that is under development. Orioles, finches, red winged black birds, cardinals and humming birds are frequent visitors to the garden along with beautiful butterflies and bees.

The current garden committee hopes that the garden will be as diverse in plant life as the people are in the community. They hope the garden will be a source of community pride and nourishment as well as a restful place to walk, take pictures and enjoy nature quietly. They invite more families to participate in its growth and upkeep. Membership is open to everyone and there is no fee. If you are interested in growing your own food or food for others you will be assigned a plot when one is available. They ask only that you register with the Outreach Office at St. Joseph the Worker Church (631- 286-6356), pledge to use only organic plants and amendments, use no chemicals or genetically modified seeds or plants (GMOs), to respect the earth and the plants of others (no touching or picking) and to help in the maintenance of the entire garden. (Join them on Facebook at St. Joseph the Worker Church Community Garden and see the whole pictorial history.)

Swan Realty Announces their Top Sales Agents and Contributors for Q1 2013

Patricia A Trainor


Chris Sattler

Deborah L. Galligan broker/ owner of Swan Realty Corp would like to congratulate their Top Agents and Contributors for the 1st Quarter of 2013:

Top Salesperson for Q1 2013:
Patricia A Trainor, LSA

Top Contributor for Q1 2013:

Christopher Sattler, LAB

March 2013

"New," Old Inlet Community Informational Meeting




On Saturday, March 23, 2013, there was a meeting in the Bellport Middle School Auditorium to bring the community up to speed on the latest information regarding the “New,” Old Inlet on Fire Island. As you can see, it was a more than packed house.

The Speakers included  Charles Flagg, PhD, Research Professor, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, Kevin McAllister, President, Peconic Baykeepers, and Joseph Gagliano, Co-Chairman, Bellport Village Waterfront Commission. Christopher Soller, Superintendent, of the Fire Island National Seashore wasn't able to attend, but a statement from him was read to the crowd. Jim Gilmore, Director of the Marine Bureau, NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, hadn't planned on speaking, but when he saw the size of the crowd, he read a statement which he had prepared in advance. When each of the speakers had finished, various representatives of local groups and elected officials were given an opportunity to speak followed by an open to the public portion of the program.

Charles Flagg said that the data showed only positive changes so far in the bay as a result of the New, Old Inlet. There's been no increase in the heights of the tides, compared to the surrounding areas and the bay is clearly less polluted.

Joseph Gagliano summed it all up when he said, "I hope we listen to the Marine Science people rather than the Political Science people." 

There seemed to be consensus that if the data at some future time shows that the New Old Inlet is detrimental to the communities on the bay, it should be closed. However, at this time, the data doesn't show any adverse effects and therefore the New, Old Inlet should not be closed or tampered with. Supporters Please Note: You should have received a special emailing from us with links to our audio recordings of each of the speakers. If you did not, please contact us for the links.

Bellport Volunteer Fireman Donates Kidney To His Father

Frank Furia

Frank Furia has been a Bellport Volunteer Fireman for over twelve years. Frank came down with a rare vascular disease that requires dialysis three times a week, so his son, Tyler Furia who has been a Bellport Volunteer Fireman for three years, made the big decision to donate one of his kidneys to his dad.

The surgery was scheduled to take place on March 21st, one day before Tyler’s 21st birthday and it’s expected that it will take eight weeks for Tyler and his dad to recover from the surgery. Frank says it’s not easy to have his son do this for him, he’s blessed.

We’re sure that everyone in Bellport wishes both Frank and Tyler the best. Two very special people!

Photo Courtesy of Tim Edwards/Fire News

“Everybody’s Music” by Jack’s Waterfall

Jack's Waterfall

Listening to music can be both an emotional and physical experience. It can make you happy or sad, but for me, good music just makes me feel good. At times I close my eyes, tap my foot, whistle, and move with the music. Jack’s Waterfall’s new CD, "Everybody's Music," made me experience all of the above. At times I just couldn't sit still, I just had to move with the music. I was nodding my head and tapping my toe having a good time listening.

Being a bass player myself, I particularly liked the tasteful way the bass added to the title track, “Everybody’s Music.” I always call the bass a warm blanket you wrap around the music and “Everybody’s Music” is a great example of how it works.

Jack’s Waterfall is a creation of Jack Licitra who is yet another example of the wonderful musicians living in and around Bellport. Jack started Jack’s Waterfall in 1998 and at times the music is a solo while at other times it’s an ensemble. So far, Jack’s Waterfall has produced seven CDs.

Having attended some of Jack’s “Drum Circles” I wasn’t surprised to hear strong rhythms and beats through many of the songs on the CD. This is music you FEEL! I defy you to keep your foot from tapping to the bass drum in “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

It’s hard to single out individual tracks to mention as they are all great. DMT rapping on Spirit Train was certainly unexpected as was the mention of my good friend, Toby Walker. I’ve always loved Jack playing “Walking In Memphis” and this version didn’t disappoint. “Rain And Driving Snow” will get you moving and the final track, “Angel’s Goodnight,” will calm you back down.

All in all, we strongly recommend that you pick up a copy of “Everybody’s Music” because it’s a great CD and our local musicians need all the help they can get.

If you’d like to hear Jack Licitra in person, he’ll be performing at the Boulton Center on Main Street in Bayshore on March 30th. If you can’t make it to the show, you can order a copy of the “Everybody’s Music” CD from or you can download a copy digitally from iTunes.

Here are some clips to
whet your appetite:

Everybody’s Music
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Soul’s Own Speech
Walking In Memphis

February 2013

Snow Photos!


Well, that sure was a lot of snow last weekend! Most places around Bellport seemed to have at least two feet of snow! We'd love to see your snow photos. Email them to us and we'll post them for everyone to see. To kick things off, Debe Galligan sent us the photo at the left and labeled it "trapped inside." Thanks, Debe!

Click here to see the photos we have received so far.

January 2013

Wallen, One Year Later

Wallen Market

Wallen Market

Next Monday, January 28th, will mark the first anniversary of the Wallen Market’s closing in Bellport Village. It’s a bitter sweet anniversary because while we wish Bob Wallen and his family well, at the same time we all miss having Wallen’s on Main Street in the Village. Main Street just isn’t the same without Wallen’s.

We’d like to invite all of our readers to write in and tell us about their experiences at Wallen’s Market over the years and, if you’d like, how you feel about the market closing. You can make it as long or as short as you’d like. Let’s show the Wallen family that they were appreciated and are missed. The note Bob Wallen posted in the market’s window tells us how they feel about us.

Please CLICK HERE to send us a note about Wallen Market.

Click here to read memories of Wallen's that we have received.

Update On The “New” Old Inlet

New Inlet on Fire Island

Charles N. Flagg, PhD, of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University has been kind enough to keep us updated on the changes taking place at the “New” Old Inlet on Fire Island in Bellport Bay. We’re sure you’ll be interested in the changes taking place. Click here for Dr. Flagg’s latest report.

Update, 1/18: Click here to read more recent info.

Update, 2/1: Click here to read more recent info.

Update, 2/28: Click here to read more recent info.

Update, 3/17: Click here to read more recent info.

Update, 4/19: The New York Times recently ran an Editorial regarding the breach. Click here to read the editorial.

Update, 7/4: Click here to read more recent info.

Update, 12/15: Click here to read more recent info.

Bellport High School 2012 "Wall of Fame" Honorees


The Bellport High School Wall of Fame is a project intended to celebrate distinguished graduates of Bellport High School. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of their contributions to their profession and their community. Graduates may be nominated by anyone within the South Country community and a selection committee will evaluate the application. Click here for the 2013 Wall of Fame Application.

2012 Wall of Fame Honorees

Sullivan Palermo
Sullivan Palermo

Sullivan Palermo
Sullivan Palermo is a 1943 graduate of Bellport High School. He was a member of the 83rd Air Group off the USS Essex in the US Navy during WWII. Sullivan flew 17 combat missions earned 3 Air Medals and flew two flights locating Prisoner of War Camps and dropped supplies to them. After returning to the states in 1947 he joined Hagerman Fire Department, Sullivan was elected to the South Country Board of Education in 1969 serving as President, Vice President and Chairman of the Building Committee.

During his career he was manager of Glover Gas, President of Long Island Propane Gas Association, Vice President of Miami Gas Association, Co-Chairman of Florida Propane Gas and Safety Committee, General Manager of Coastal Gas Delray Beach, formed Atlantic Propane, and was the President of Palm Beach County Propane Gas Association.

Mr. Sullivan has five children, nine grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.


Jonathan Cumming
Jonathan Cumming

Jonathan Cumming
Jonathan Cumming a 1977 graduate of Bellport High School was active in many phases of the music program including band, jazz-rock ensemble, choir and orchestra pit. He also participated in the Students for Environmental Quality club, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jonathan received his B.S. in Biology from The College of William and Mary, M.S. in Forest Science from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University. Dr. Cumming is a Professor of Biology at West Virginia University (WVU), where his research investigates the complex interactions between plant roots and soils, and how these relationships are modified by symbiotic mycorrhizal fungi. Dr. Cumming has taught a variety of courses, including Environmental Biology, Plant Physiology, Water and nutrient Relations of Plants, and Preparing Future Faculty. As a result of his dedication to teaching on environmental topics, he was named the Eberly College Outstanding Teacher (2002), WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher (2003), National Academy of Sciences Education Fellow for Teaching in the Life Sciences (2008), and most recently was selected to serve as a Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education Fellow (2012) on a national movement to reform biology education nationally.


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Troy Conquest
Troy Conquest a 1983 graduate of Bellport High School was an outstanding three sport athlete playing basketball, track and football. Troy had the privilege of being coached by his father, John Conquest, Assistant Principal of Bellport High School and Long Island Sports Hall of Fame inductee. Troy was awarded a full football scholarship to attend the University of Maine then went on to be Bellport’s first pro football player with the Hamburg Silver Eagles while serving as a marine security guard in the United States consulate in Hamburg, Germany.

Troy has overcome a very physically challenging illness that has changed his life in his own words “for the better”. After leaving a New England rehabilitation center he used his will to compete to participate in power lifting competitions and bench press championships. Having been selected to attend a paralympics academy at a navy base in Rhode Island, Troy trained and played ping pong, rowing, floor volleyball, shot put and disc and javelin and archery.