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December 2015

The 2015 Bellport Village Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll

The Holiday Stroll must have been a huge success because finding a parking space was a real problem. Thank you MVP for letting me park in your driveway!

The Stroll was the brainchild of eight local merchants located on Main Street in the Village. Participating were... It’s Only Natural, TOLA., Bellport Arts & Framing Studio, Cafe Castello, Pamela Lerner Home & Design, The Paper Cup Studio, The Village Silversmith Gallery, Celadon Home, and Bellport Jewelers & Rarities.

If you haven’t finished your Holiday shopping, head on down to Main Street and visit these wonderful local shops. You’ll find terrific gift ideas with none of the hassle of trying to shop at the malls. Now that the Holiday Stroll is over, there’s even plenty of parking in town!

Click here to see photos from the event.

Thick Morning Fog at the Bellport Marina


Santa Spotted in Bellport!


Photos from the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique

Christmas Boutique

The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church held a Christmas Boutique on Saturday, December 12th in their Carriage House. Click here for photos from the event.

Bellport Garden Club Raffle Winner


Congratulations to Anita Mckelvey (left) on winning the 1st place raffle prize at the Bellport Garden Club's Christmas Home Tour event! Anita won a stay at a beach house at the Fire Island Pines after Labor Day. Pictured with Anita are Diana Tebaldi and Sara Miller. This was their first time at the event, where they said they loved the decorations as well as the kitchen full of cookies.  Photo courtesy of Diana Tebaldi.

Photos of Bellport at the Holidays

Bellport at the Holidays

Bellport Village is decked out and ready for the Holiday Season! Everywhere you look you'll find lights and holiday decorations, especially on Main Street. Click here to see photos taken around Bellport.

Photos from the Bellport Garden Club's Christmas House Tour, "Mistletoe & Holly"

Garden Tour

The Bellport Garden Club held their Christmas House Tour, "Mistletoe & Holly" on Sunday, December 6th in Bellport Village. The tour also included wonderful holiday items for sale, such as handmade wreaths, arrangements, swags and ornaments. Click here to see photos from the event.

Photos from the Annual Christ Church Christmas Fair

Christ Christmas Fair

The Christ Church Christmas Fair was held this past weekend. It opened on Friday, December 4th  with a Preview Party and Sale. Guests enjoyed an elegant evening of food and music while they shopped for unique, handmade Christmas gifts. On Saturday, December 5th, the fair had the more relaxed feel of a country market.  Click for photos from the fair.

Photos from the Bellport United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

The Bellport United Methodist Church held a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 5th. The bazaar included handmade crafts and chocolates, local crafters and merchants, baked goods, homemade clam chowder, green elephant and even visit with Santa! Click for photos from the fair.

November 2015

Legislator Browning Helps to Raise Bone Marrow Awareness

Marrow Drive



November was National Bone Marrow Awareness Month, and in order to bring attention to this important lifesaving issue, Legislator Kate Browning welcomed 10 year old Mastic Beach resident Nora Getchell and Long Island Blood Services to the Suffolk County Legislature’s Health Committee to demonstrate just how easy it is to become a bone marrow donor. Nora, a survivor of two bone marrow transplants, showed legislators how anyone can register simply by swabbing their cheek.

Nora Getchell was diagnosed with a rare blood disease called “Severe Aplastic Anemia” in 2011. Her bone marrow was empty and she wasn’t making blood at all. That day, she received her first of 264 blood transfusions. Nora underwent chemotherapy in the hopes of “rebooting” her bone marrow. It worked until December 2011 when her marrow failed again. Nora needed a bone marrow transplant in order to cure herself of the rare disorder. The search was long an arduous. The doctors did a search for a bone marrow donor that December and no one matched. For two months they looked for donors.

In a huge effort to find a match for Nora, her family and friends organized over 20 blood and bone marrow donor drives. They conducted a cross country “Swabapalooza” and got over 600 people on the registry. This effort resulted in six known matches for other people in need, saving their lives. Nora’s donors were found on February 10, 2012 and she received a bone marrow transplant. The transplant worked for a year. The following June after getting the flu, her marrow began failing again. She was given a second stem cell transplant from her donor. It did not work at all. The doctors put her in isolation while they looked for a new donor.

In September 2012 they found a second matching donor in the United States, and she received her donor’s cells for her second bone marrow transplant on October 5, 2013. She stayed in the hospital in isolation for a total of 180 days. She was allowed out of the hospital for Christmas 2013. She spent the next two years visiting Memorial Sloan Kettering every few days going through rehab, getting her body stronger, and finally she was able to go back to school for the first time in the 4th grade. Nora officially went into remission on October 5, 2015.

“Today Nora is a smart, funny, talented, beautiful and healthy young lady with a promising future because two complete strangers decided to take a few days out of their normal lives to save her life,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “They are heroes, and anyone can be if they join the registry. Without these compassionate, generous people, Nora surely would not be with us today.”

Legislator Browning is hoping more individuals will register and save a life like Nora’s. Becoming a donor is easy. A simple swab of the cheek is all it takes to be placed on the registry. Kits can range between $52-$100 depending on the type of test you take. If you’re a match, you have the right to change your mind. However, a late decision to not donate can be life-threatening to a patient. Please think seriously about your commitment before joining the registry. The cheek swab or blood sample you give is only used to add you to the registry. It is not a donation for a patient. You will be listed on the registry until 61 years of age, unless you inform the registry that you are unwilling or unable to donate.

Legislator Browning is hosting a blood and bone marrow drive on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. The location and time will be released in the near future. Anyone can find additional information on drives and/or becoming a donor at

Bellport Resident Clyde Parker Elected to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center Board

Clyde Parker



Lisa Rose, chair of the Board of Directors of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center (BMHMC), announced the election of a new trustee, bringing the board to 25 members. International business consultant Clyde Parker of Bellport, NY assumes the role of trustee immediately.

“The Board set out to bring new expertise and talent to the oversight of our community hospital and Clyde Parker exemplifies all that we hoped to achieve through our search,” said Ms. Rose.

An independent business consultant with clients in markets throughout the U.S. and Germany, Mr. Parker specializes in stimulating revenue growth for retail operations, including operational restructuring, location siting and merchandising, staffing and management, customer development and marketing.

In the midst of a $60 million capital campaign to complete construction of the Knapp Cardiac Care Center at its Patchogue campus, BMHMC is undertaking additional expansion with community-based, care-specific centers throughout the hospital’s service area. The hospital’s bid to purchase the former John J. Foley Nursing Home in Yaphank is currently in the review process with Suffolk County.

“These are exciting times for Brookhaven and I am extremely proud to join this dedicated board of directors,” said Mr. Parker. “I look forward to supporting the realization of the hospital’s immediate and long term goals in the delivery of healthcare to the over 370,000 Suffolk County residents served."

Mr. Parker and his wife Angelika have three adult children and are active volunteers for several nonprofits, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Greater Bellport Area and the South Country Education Fund.

"Watercolor Warriors" at the Paper Cup Studio

Watercolor Warriors

Watercolor Warriors

Watercolor Warriors

The Paper Cup Studio is hosting a Watercolor group show from November 8th, to December 5th in their studio on Main Street in Bellport Village. An opening reception was held on November 14th that was very well attended. If you like Watercolor painting, you’ll absolutely love this show.

There will be Free Painting Demonstrations by Lorraine Rimmelin on Sunday, November 15th and November 22nd from 1-3PM and by Mary Jane Stevens on Saturday, November 28th, from 12:30 - 3PM.

The Gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from 11am to 2pm

BBHS Annual Membership Meeting and Presentation by Victor Principe



The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their Annual Members Meeting on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Brown Building in Bellport Village. Hosted by BBHS President, Kate Carmel, the meeting started with a recap of the Historical Society’s accomplishments for 2015. There were Lectures, demonstrations, a bicycle hunt, various meetings, shows, a new roof for the Post-Crowell House, Book sales, fund raisers, the Exchange Shop, and the annual Gala and dinner. Kate sure did a lot in her year as President of the BBHS.

The meeting was followed by a very special repeat presentation by Victor Principe, author and former BBHS President. Back by popular demand, the subject was "Creeping Inappropriateness and the Battle for Historic Preservation." It detailed the NYC Landmarks Law of 1965, the preservation movement in Bellport, and the history of NYC Law and how Bellport's 2001 historic preservation ordinance came about. It was an absolutely fascinating presentation.

New Inlet November Update

New Inlet November Update

November New Inlet Update

Charlie Flagg has sent us his latest report on the breach. Here is his update:

We did another overflight on Monday, Oct 26th, and one of the oblique photos and the photo-mosaic are attached. Relative to the last flight on the 7th the changes have been small but still of interest. The western spit has grown a little northward while the two part west channel has gotten squeezed. The hooked extension of the eastern shore from the 7th has filled in on the north side while eroding slightly along the south. This latest flight took place at ~1/4 tide while the one on the 7th was closer to high tide and that effects what is visible in the photos. Nevertheless, one gets the impression that the main channel through the breach is somewhat smaller. There is also a suggestion of new shoal forming in the area where the main channel turns northwestward into Bellport Bay. On the ocean side, the along-shore shoal to the east has moved onshore as expected, while to the west there is a series of peninsula and shoals that dry during low tide. The beginnings of the peninsula that is very clear now was just forming on the 7th. There is another, lesser, peninsula that has formed a little farther west beyond to photos.

As I am writing this, we are experiencing a significant nor-easter with winds at the GSB buoy and NOAA's 44025 ocean buoy blowing at 20 to 30 kts out of the ESE. So waves are heading directly onto the breach and it will be interesting to see how the ebb shoal and breach respond."

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October 2015

Video from the Bellport Halloween Parade


Photos From the "Touch-a-Truck" Event

Touch a Truck

The Brookhaven Free Library and the Bellport Methodist Pre-School presented their first Touch-a-Truck program at the Bellport Methodist rear parking lot on Saturday, October 24th. This free event allowed children to get up close to large vehicles that they see on the streets every day. Children were able to enjoy and learn about the large vehicles that help get so many important jobs done. Click here to see photos from the event.

Photos From the Harvest Fair at the Bellport Middle School

BMS Harvest Festival

The Bellport Middle School held their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 24th. Festival goers enjoyed music, carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, pumpkin picking, hay rides, a pie eating contest, arts and craft vendors, raffles and more! Click here to see photos from the event.

New Inlet October Update

New Inlet Update

New Inlet

Charlie Flagg has sent us his latest report on the breach. Here is his update:

After the stormy period of early October it was expected that there would be changes at the Old Inlet breach. And that has been confirmed by aerial photos taken yesterday. Winds recorded at the GSB1 buoy during the period from Sept 30 through Oct 5 averaged 15 to 20 knots and occasionally reached 30kts, almost entirely from the northeast. The NODC buoy 30 miles offshore indicated 4m significant wave heights, primarily from the east to northeast. And the ocean waves breaking over the ebb shoal and along the western shore of the breach were clearly visible from across the bay.

The attached oblique photo and photo mosaic indicate that the extension of the spit that had connected Fire Island to Pelican Island has been almost completely eroded so that there is just a vestige of the spit left. However, a lot of sand has been deposited around the remains of Pelican Island and resurrected west channel is choked with sand. In past the fall period has been the time when the previous versions of the extend spit were removed but there was not as much sand left in the area as there is this year. So the short-term evolution of the spit is uncertain. The other significant thing that has happened is that the eastern shore of the breach has accumulated a substantial amount of sand and encroached into the breach by at least 100 m. This is an area that has been occupied by shoals along the main channel in the past so this may simply be a temporary situation. The beach along the south shore to the east has narrowed quite noticeably while an along-shore bar has formed just offshore. Presumably, that offshore bar will reconnect with the beach if the weather remains mild for a while.

In the Bay the water temperatures have dropped by ~10C with the onset of cooler conditions. Salinity at Bellport decreased by ~6 psu with the 3" of rain we had last week but has recovered to about 29 psu. In the middle of the Bay at the buoy, salinities remain high at 29.5 to 30 psu and higher than in Bellport Bay. Part of this is the result of the prolonged winds from the east which tend to bring saline ocean waters in through Moriches Inlet and the breach while expelling Bay waters from the down-wind Fire Island Inlet. It will take some time for these waters to re-establish the earlier distributions."

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September 2015

Porters on the lane's 6th Annual Oktoberfest


Porters on the lane held their 6th Annual Oktoberfest Tent Party on Sunday, September 27th. This family friendly event provided fun all afternoon! John Negron played live music while everyone enjoyed authentic German food and beer. Carla Marla's famous treats were served, while kids enjoyed pumpkin picking and decorating, a bounce house, activities and crafts! Click here to see photos from the event.

Avino's Italian Table's Annual Italian Festival


Avino's Italian Table held their Annual Italian Festival on Sunday, September 27th. Everyone enjoyed music, food and outside fun all afternoon. They even held their famous meatball eating contest!  Click here to see photos from the event.

An Evening with Fern Mallis

Fern Mallis

On Friday, September 25th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society presented another evening in their Authors and Artists series. This time, the program was “An Evening with Fern Mallis,” noted fashion industry leader and creator of New York Fashion Week. Ms. Mallis spoke about the inner workings and culture of fashion as well her recently published book, Fashion Lives, which is based on her groundbreaking 92nd Street Y interviews with leaders in the world of fashion.

This summer’s “Authors and Artists” series has been wonderful and we hope the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society continues the program next year. A big “Thank You” goes out to them for all their hard work.

Irv Gordon, The 3 Million Mile Man, Visits "The Round Table"

Round Table Interview with Irv Gordon

We have a new section of, the “Round Table.” At the Round Table you’ll find interviews with the people who live in, work in, and visit the South Country area of Long Island.

Our first visit is with Irv Gordon. Back in 1966, East Patchogue resident Irv Gordon bought a new car and his life has never been the same. Irv has driven that car over 3 million miles and right into the Guinness Book of World Records for “The most miles driven by a single owner of a noncommercial vehicle.” A simple Google Search for “Irv Gordon” returns almost a half million responses.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy listening to our visit with Irv. Click here to go to the Round Table.

Local Girl Scout Troop Meets Requirements for Girl Scout Bronze Award

Girl Scouts

The members of Girl Scout Junior Troop #1642 recently completed the requirements for attaining the Girl Scout Bronze Award-the highest honor that can be conferred upon a Junior Girl Scout. Along with their troop leader Angel Slawinski, the girls researched, planned and implemented a project they felt was a worthy one. Each girl was required to complete a minimum of twenty volunteer hours to the project in addition to the planning and research phase.

Along with the help of local artist, Allison Hollman the girls transformed the conference room at Bellport Head Start into an inviting, interactive area for families of children who attend the program. They painted the mural (seen in the photo) along with a chalkboard area and a lending library. They enlisted the help of family, friends, neighbors and even community members. Thanks to the generosity of members of the South Country Library, Brookhaven Library and local churches who donated books, the girls were able to collect and donate over 21 boxes of books to create a revolving library for the school and the families of their students.

Pictured from left to right standing are: Cameron Kerr-Smith, Jillian Kerr-Smith, Miranda Laney, Jamie Nobile, and kneeling are Dawn Slawinski and Ryann Christie. Photo courtesy of Angel Slawinski.

Bellport Bay Eelgrass & Shellfish Restoration Project Advancing

Bellport Bay

As a part of a larger effort to improve water quality in the Great South Bay, Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town are partnering on a plan to restore eelgrass and shellfish habitats in Bellport Bay. Legislator Kate Browning secured the passage of introductory resolution 1570-15, which appropriates $56,710 for the purpose of the restoration of three species of shellfish; hard clams, oysters and scallops, and eelgrass in Bellport Bay. The Town of Brookhaven has committed to accept the grant from Suffolk County and to enter into an inter-municipal agreement for the project.

The species being targeted have had their numbers reduced as the result of harmful algal blooms, overfishing and loss of habitat. The funding was requested through the Suffolk County Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program, and the Town of Brookhaven has also committed to provide matching project funds of $72,115.93 or one half the cost of the project.

The monies will be used to restore eelgrass habitat, which is important to the survival of shellfish in the bay, and will contribute the success of scallops that are harvested from this project. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk will oversee the planting of eelgrass habitat after conducting a bay bottom survey to identify the most suitable locations. In total, 250,000 oysters, 1,000,000 juvenile hard clams, 100,000 spawner clams and 70,000 scallop bugs will be planted in Bellport Bay as a result of this partnership.

“The opening of the new breach after Super Storm Sandy has resulted in improved water quality, and this project seeks to take advantage of these improved conditions since early reports have shown better success with shellfish survival in the areas surrounding the new inlet,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “All of the species that will be planted contribute to the removal of nitrogen in the bay, which is desperately needed to reverse the harmful algal blooms that have plagued the area. I want to thank the Town of Brookhaven for partnering with Suffolk County on this important initiative.”

Carmans River Maritime Center Has Received A Major Grant From The Gardiner Foundation For The Restoration Of Elvira




The Carmans River Maritime Center announced that it has received a significant grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation to complete the restoration of Elvira, the historic Great South Bay racing sloop. Now, to complete the work, The Center is looking for volunteers to work on the project and contributions to meet the requirements of the grant.

Built in 1906 in Patchogue, N.Y., Elvira is the oldest surviving “P”-class sloop, the largest racing boats to have sailed on the Great South Bay. She is among the few remaining examples of the work of Gilbert Monroe (Gil) Smith (1843-1945), among the most respected boat builders of his time. Gil Smith produced many fast, able and beautiful gaff-rigged sloops and catboats, some as long as 50 feet. The restoration, launching, and sailing of Elvira will be an outstanding example of how residents, working together, can preserve the fine old sailing traditions of a bygone era.

Inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s passion for New York history, the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation is dedicated to the study of the history of Long Island, N.Y., with an emphasis on Suffolk County. The Foundation’s pledge is a matching grant that requires the Maritime Center to raise funds and provide “in-kind” labor and materials as part of its effort to match the Foundation’s funds.

The Carmans River Maritime Center is dedicated to the building, restoration and repair of wooden boats and sustaining the maritime skills and traditions of the Hamlet of Brookhaven and the Great South Bay. The Center operates as both a boat-building and restoration shop and as an educational facility providing boat-building classes to the local community.

Please contact Thomas B. Williams for more information
(at) gmail (dot) com

Legislators Browning & Calarco Secure Funding for Future Expansion of Sewers in N. Bellport/E. Patchogue


The North Bellport and East Patchogue communities took a huge step forward towards much needed revitalization with the passage of introductory resolution 1645-15, sponsored by Legislators Kate Browning and Rob Calarco. The legislation appropriates $250,000 to complete the engineering and design for the expansion of the existing Woodside/Farber Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) located in Bellport.Expanding the STP will increase much needed sewer capacity for economic development projects planned in communities to the south.

In 2006 the residents of North Bellport began a visioning process to determine the future needs of their community. One of the critical concepts that emerged was the creation of a land use plan in the vicinity of Montauk Highway and Station Road to spur economic development along the business corridor as a way to revitalize the distressed downtown. Recently, the Town of Brookhaven approved a North Bellport land use plan championed by Councilwoman Connie Kepert, and several developers are pursuing important projects in the area. However, without sewers these critical improvements to the community are not feasible. The expansion of the Woodside/Farber STP would provide for the necessary sewer capacity needed to move

“The approval of these capital funds is the beginning of a new future for North Bellport,” stated Legislator Browning. “The community worked so hard to develop a comprehensive plan, and we are now starting to see the foundation of their vision come to fruition.”

“Expanding our sewer infrastructure not only improves water quality but spurs economic development,” said Legislator Rob Calarco. “I am proud to support legislation to expand infrastructure in a community that has worked so hard for economic development. This expansion is the missing piece of the puzzle.”

"The expansion of the Woodside/Farber Sewage Treatment plant is the vital linchpin in the revitalization the Bellport community has envisioned and worked toward for many years," stated Councilwoman Kepert. "I commend Legislators Browning and Calarco on appropriating funding for the design and engineering necessary to make this vision a reality."

The Suffolk County Department of Public Works will use the funds to determine the appropriate improvements needed to facilitate additional flow at the STP, and will need to secure future funding for the construction of those improvements once they are determined.

Stuart R. Levine is Now a Forbes Contributor

Stuart Levine

Found in the Forbes/Leadership section, Forbes Insights has a new contributor, Bellport's own Stuart R. Levine. Stuart is chairman and CEO of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC, an international strategic planning/leadership development firm and EduLeader LLC, a digital learning company.

Stuart's first piece, "Next Generation CMO: How To Succeed In The Future Of Marketing," discusses the changing role of the CMO, Chief Marketing Officer, in today's fast moving corporate environment. "The Forbes Insights section presents thought leadership content and original research from the Forbes Insights Practice, the Thought Leadership research division of Forbes Media."

Congratulations, Stuart and we look forward to reading your monthly columns. Please click here if you'd like to read Stuart's first contribution.

August 2015

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Great Duck Dinner"

Duck Dinner

On Friday, August 28th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their season finale, "The Great Duck Dinner." It was an “al fresco” dinner on the grounds of the BBHS. There were cocktails under the great Candelabra Pine followed by a specially prepared three course farm-to-table dinner featuring Crescent Farms Long Island Duck. Over 100 people attended and had a wonderful, relaxing, time. Click here to see photos from the event.

A VERY Busy Friday and Saturday

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

Friday and Saturday, August 28th & 29th, 2015 were really busy in Bellport. It started with The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's "Great Duck Dinner" on Friday evening followed by a Village Board Meeting on Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, the Village “Summer Sidewalk Sale" was held, the Bellport Girls’ Volleyball Car Wash took place, and Al Spok held the Dogs’ and Cats’ “Show & Tell” for the Brookhaven Animal Shelter in memory of his dog, Rusty. No one is ever bored in or around Bellport in the summer! Click here to see photos from the weekend events.

The Gateway’s 5th Annual Gala, “The Disco Ball”

Gateway Gala

On Saturday, August 22nd, The Gateway held their 5th Annual Gala, “The Disco Ball.” It was a celebration of the 70’s and included a special sneak preview of selections from the Gateway’s final summer production, “Saturday Night Fever.” Although not required, all guests were invited to dress in their best disco garb.

In the spirit of the evening, guests were asked to submit a photo of themselves, or a family member, in the craziest outfit from the 70’s, preferably a vintage shot taken way back then! The winning photo received two VIP tickets and Back Stage passes to “Legends in Concert” at the Gateway in its first ever November engagement with a chance to meet and greet the stars of the show!

In addition, the evening featured auctions, raffles, and drawings to raise money for the Gateway’s many “Arts In Education” programs in our local community. A good time was certainly had by all!
 Click here to see photos from the event.

Legislator Browning Honors Bellport Wrestler Phil Gray

Phil Gray

Bellport wrestler Phil Gray is a two-time New York State Place Winner, and a three-time Suffolk State Qualifier Champion at the Empire State Games. At a recent South Country Community Conference meeting Legislator Kate Browning honored Phil Gray with a proclamation to recognize his achievements and thank him for his service to the community.

In 2015, Phil Gray placed fifth in the Greco Roman Wrestling Championship at 170 pounds, and in 2013 he placed fourth in the Freestyle Wrestling Championship at 160 pounds at the Empire State Games, which is an annual competition of athletes from across New York State. He is also a Junior Fireman for the Hagerman Fire Department and volunteers his time for the South country Community Conference.

“Phil is a gifted athlete and a tremendous asset to the Bellport community,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “I was proud to honor his many accomplishments and to thank him for his selfless service to the surrounding community. He has set an incredible example for his peers and I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors.”

The Bellport Village Program Fund's Annual Fundraiser, "Cocktails by the Bay"


The Bellport Village Program Fund held their annual fundraiser, “Cocktails by the Bay,” on Saturday, August 15th at the home of Sava and Roger Thomas. Proceeds from this event help the Bellport Village Program Fund with their many ongoing projects in the Bellport area. This spring and summer the BVPF sprayed Ho Hum and Mothers’ Beach for mosquitoes, installed new playground equipment at Mothers’ Beach, helped the FOBB seed 110,000 oysters in Bellport Bay, helped raise money for improvements to the Pump House at the Golf course, and finalized the purchase of beautiful new benches and picnic tables for Osborne Park. The evening included wine, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and a fantastic silent auction with items such as a trip to Caneel Bay, an experience driving 6 “exotic” dream cars (Ferraris, Maserati's etc.) for a day, a guided goose hunt with a Pattersquash guide, and a fabulous fishing trip with Tom Cullen off of Montauk. Click here to see photos from the event.

12 Angry Jurors, A Summer Dramatic Reading


We just returned home from a wonderful experience, Playcrafters’ summer dramatic reading of 12 Angry Jurors. As you’ve probably already guessed, 12 Angry Jurors is an adaption of the wonderful Play, TV Dramatic Presentation, and Motion Picture, 12 Angry Men (Don’t bother with the remake of the movie, stick with the original). By making the change to 12 Angry Jurors, the play has been adapted for a cast of both men and women.

This was the first time we attended a “dramatic reading.” The cast is there, the emotion is there, only the moving around the stage and scenery are absent. Rather than memorizing the script, the cast can refer to a copy of the script in front of them as they deliver their performances.

Before you start thinking of this as “radio,” there really is so much more to it. The facial expressions and gestures are all there and add to the drama, particularly in a play like 12 Angry Jurors. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


We’d like to thank the cast: The Guard - Norm Roscoe, #1 - John Hannon, #2 - Sue Roscoe, #3 - Matt Palace, #4 - Claire Parrella-Curran, #5 - Jenna Wolf, #6 - Irene Hourigan, #7 - Flo Federman, #8 - Ted Fleissgarten, #9 - Jane Love, #10 - Pam Kern, #11 - Peter Morrison, #12 - Amelia Chiaramonte, The Director - George Loizides, and the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area for a great afternoon of theater. Click here for more information about Playcrafters.

"Dogs Night Out" to Benefit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter

Dogs Night Out 

Dogs Night Out

Dog's Night Out, was the perfect opportunity for fashion forward guests, and their pups, to mingle, shop, sip and adopt! The event aimed to raise awareness for the following day which was a nation wide CLEAR OUT THE SHELTER DAY when many shelters waived their adoption fees to expedite the chance of a dog being able to go home.

Suzanne Donaldson, formerly the Executive Photo Director of Glamour magazine, and currently runs, a dynamic dog-centric and animal fashion, art-related community blog focusing largely on animal welfare and rescue efforts, was the brainchild for the event.

In addition to silent auctions, wine and shopping, a viewing parade along Main Street was held where one dog per car stopped for about a minute for onlookers to view the dogs. The drivers remained motionless and let the dogs run the show.

Dogs Night Out  Dogs Night Out
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"Paddle to the Point" Stand Up Paddle Race Fundraiser

Paddle to the Point

Paddle to the Point

Paddle to the Point

On Sunday, August 16th, the 1st "Paddle to the Point" Stand Up Paddle Race was held in Bellport to benefit the South Country Education Foundation. Over 40 paddlers completed the two mile course, and several children competed in the youth race. The race was organized by local resident, Meaghan Shannon. Photos courtesy of Meaghan Shannon.

The BBHS “Lucky Duck Bicycle Scavenger Hunt”

Bicycle Hunt

Bicycle Hunt

Bicycle Hunt

Bicycle Hunt

Bicycle Hunt

Bicycle Hunt

On Saturday, August 8th, The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their Lucky Duck Bicycle Scavenger Hunt. It was an opportunity for families to explore the historic streets of Bellport Village by all kinds of self-propelled means including bicycles, tricycles, scooters, and even walking. Even babies in bicycle seats were welcome, but no cars allowed.

There were special prizes for the three winning teams, but there were prizes and refreshments for all. This was just one of the great Summer Events the BBHS has been holding this year. A big Thank You to everyone at the BBHS for all the time and effort they put into these programs every year.

New Inlet August Update

New Inlet Update

Charlie Flagg has sent us his latest report on the breach. Here is his update:

"As those who have ventured over to the Old Inlet breach recently have undoubtedly noted, there have been major changes in the breach over the past few months. We have kept up with the monthly aerial photography and Great South Bay observations, and recently conducted another of our bathymetric surveys of the breach area and approaches." Click here for Charlie's latest report.

Legislator Browning Joins Bellport & William Floyd Communities for National Night Out Against Crime

Night Out Against Crime

Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning attended community events in Bellport and Mastic Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 4th to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. Every year community organizations across the country partner with local law enforcement to stand up against crime on the first Tuesday in August.

Nonprofits and other local organizations set up informational tables, and music, food and activities for children were provided courtesy of the event’s sponsors. The Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance organized the event in Bellport and The Mastic Moriches-Shirley Library coordinated the Mastic Beach festivities.

“It was a great turnout in Bellport and Mastic Beach for National Night Out Against Crime,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “Thanks to the Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance, the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, and the Suffolk County Police Department for organizing these positive events in our communities. Crime will not be tolerated, and its nights like these that help to send this important message, and to foster and build a better relationship between law enforcement and the people they serve.”

The South Country Ambulance Company’s Emergency Rescue Boat Is Vandalized At The Bellport Village Marina

Boat Damage

Boat Damage

Boat Damage

Boat Damae

At some time between Wednesday, July 29, 2015 and four days later, Sunday, August 2, 2015 the emergency rescue boat used by the South Country Ambulance Company was vandalized while it was berthed at the Bellport Village Marina. It’s estimated that vandals did between $10,000 and $15,000 of very deliberate and targeted damage to the boat leaving it unable to be used and the east end of the Great South Bay unprotected should a marine emergency occur.

Specifically targeted was the I-Command System which helps control the electronics on the boat, the Raymarine Radar System, all of the wiring leading to the boat’s radios. In addition, the oil line, located deep in the boat’s bilge, had been cut. Had the engines been started in an emergency, the damage done to the I-Command System and the oil line leading to the engines would have caused massive damage to the boat’s twin engines.

“What troubles us more than anything else was that no other boats were touched. Clearly this boat was targeted,” said Gregory Miglino Jr., Chief of The South Country Ambulance Company. The Ambulance Company has had their emergency rescue boat located at the Bellport Village Marina for over 16 years and this is the first time there’s been a problem. Of the 200 or so boats located in the marina, only the South Country Ambulance Company’s Emergency Rescue boat was targeted and damaged.

July 2015

The Bellport Chamber of Commerce's Bellport Day Festival and Bellport Fire Department’s Craft Fair

Bellport Day

The annual Bellport Chamber of Commerce's Bellport Day Festival and the Bellport Fire Department’s Craft Fair were held on Saturday, July 25th. For the first time, Bellport Day was primarily held on Main Street in the center of town. Main Street was closed off at both ends giving Bellport Day the feeling of an exciting street fair. Activities for young children were also held on the Village Green in front of the Community Center on Bell Street and included pony rides and a petting zoo. There was live music, dance performances, bounce houses, crafts, art shows, a trolley car, and food specials at the local restaurants everywhere.

Adding to the festivities, the Bellport Fire Department held their Annual Craft Fair in conjunction with Bellport Day. There were venders of every type and lots of food prepared by members of the Fire Department. Once again, the Bellport Fire Department out did itself. Well done! Click here to see photos.

The Bellport Village Program Fund "Meet the Parents" Event

Meet the Parents

On Saturday, July 25th, the Bellport Village Program Fund held an event so that young families could get together and meet one another at Mothers’ Beach in Bellport Village. The families enjoyed a beautiful evening sky while looking over the new playground equipment and picnic tables provided by the efforts of the BVPF. The famous “Flo's Food Truck” was on hand with their delicious cuisine and all had a wonderful time.  Click here to see photos.

Kids Give Back to Their Community at The Brookhaven Free Library

Brookhaven Free Library

Pre-teens, excited to give back to their community, created beautiful welcome wreaths at the Brookhaven Free Library on Saturday, July 18th. The wreaths will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk to add a final touch to the entrance of newly built homes in the county.

Pictured from left to right: Karynn Sammartino and Emma Kuegel.

Legislator Browning & Friends of Bellport Bay Launch Oyster Seeding Effort

Oyster Seeding

Over three dozen Bellport residents were joined by Legislator Kate Browning and Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine to begin an oyster seeding initiative in Bellport Bay this past Saturday, July 18th. It was a start for the goals of the Friends of Bellport Bay and other environmental groups committed to restoring Long Island’s waters to good health. The mission of the Friends of Bellport Bay is to the improve water quality of Bellport Bay through the support of the New Inlet by opposing any efforts to close it, seeding oysters to help filter the bay to create habitat and protect shorelines, and decreasing the amount of direct pollutants running off into Bellport Bay.

They used paddle boards, motor boats, sail boats and even swam across a section of the Great South Bay called Bellport Bay to plant 25,000 seed oysters off a small island near the breach at Old Inlet to the south. The volunteers carried 15,000 seed oysters that came from Brookhaven Town’s shellfish hatchery at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai, and another 10,000 from the county-funded Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Elevated levels of nitrogen is what feeds harmful algal blooms in the bay, such as brown, red and rust tides, killing shellfish normally relied upon to filter bay waters. The Great South Bay’s massive clam populations collapsed in the mid-1980s due to persistent, widespread brown tides. Oyster populations haven’t been prevalent in the Great South Bay Estuary since the early 1900s. One oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, and continual seeding of the bay could result in improved water quality.

“I am proud to support the efforts of the Friends of Bellport Bay in order to improve water quality in our area,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “Suffolk County funds Cornell Cooperative Extension so that programs like this can succeed. I also want to thank Brookhaven Town for its contribution to this important initiative.”

“The fight is on, and I am looking at all the front line warriors,” Supervisor Romaine said. “Everything you do, every action you take, you are saying, ‘I am going to save the bay.”

Bellport Blue Claws 10U Travel Baseball Team Earns Berth to 2016 USSSA World Series

Bellport Blue Claws

The Bellport Blue Claws 10U Travel Baseball Team traveled 5 ½ hours to compete in the Annual HOF Summer Classic Baseball Tournament on July 16 to July 19. The Annual Tournament, held in Syracuse NY, is a regional qualifying tournament for the USSSA World Series Tournament. Age groups represented in this tournament included 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U. The winning team from each age group is awarded a berth to the 2016 USSSA World Series. The USSSA World Series brings together all of the top youth baseball teams from the Nation. The 2015 USSSA World Series is being held in Tennessee.

The Bellport Blue Claws had a never say die weekend playing underdog against very stiff competition. The Blue Claws had to play 3 playoff games on Sunday in record heat for the Syracuse area (90 plus degree temperatures) because of their pool play seeding.

The Blue Claws left no doubt in anyone’s minds that Bellport, Long Island was being well represented in the tournament . The team’s bat’s exploded on Sunday, combined with stellar pitching and sharp fielding resulting in 3 lopsided victories over the top 3 seeds in the tournament. To win the Tournament the Blue Claws had to defeat the number 3 ranked Sports Zone 10U with a complete game pitching performance by Evan Virno. They would advance to face the number 2 ranked and undefeated Baldwinsville Swarm highlighted by another complete game effort by Jake Orenstein. That victory would set up the team to face another well rested and undefeated opponent, the Hitting Machine Hurricanes from Utica, NY in the Championship Game. The Championship game brought another terrific pitching performance this time by Jake Orlando and was closed out by Dan Rubin. The Blue Claws would defeat the Hitting Machine Hurricanes 14-5 to win the tournament.

The Bellport Blue Claws 10U are having a very successful 2015 season to date winning the 2015 Baseball Heaven Spring Season Championship, the 2015 BBC Memorial Day Tournament and the 2015 HOF Summer Classic.

The Bellport Blue Claws are: Mgr/Coach Frank Virno, Coaches: Dario Promutico, Mike Caroli and Robert Gronenthal. Players: Evan Virno, Marc Promutico, Daniel Reilly, Lucien Heilman, Jake Orenstein, William Caroli, Brendan Martell, Logan Alberto, Dan Rubin, Dylan Gronenthal and Jake Orlando.

The Bellport Blue Claws 10U Team is comprised of boys from the local community. Unlike most travel teams, the Bellport Blue Claws 10U team prides itself in that they support and help keep the local Little League strong by having their players participate in Little League Baseball. In addition to playing baseball in the local Bellport/South Country Little league the boys play a full travel schedule including leagues and tournaments throughout the year.

Photos from The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's “Old-Time Country Crafts"

BBHS Craft Fair

On Saturday, July 18th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held an “Old-Time Country Crafts Fair” entitled, “How Things Were Made.” There were live demonstrations and live Hands-On Lessons with craft specialists in the Historical Society’s traditional workshops which are still maintained on the grounds of the Historical Society. There was Blacksmithing & Ironworking, Quilting, Decoy Carving, Wool Spinning, and Live Old Timey Music. Click here for more photos from this very special event.

Recognition for The Pilot Club of Patchogue

The Pilot Club

The Pilot Club of Patchogue was recognized for their "Pick Me Ups" program at the International Convention in Orlando on July 10, 2015. This initiative gives respite to caregivers through gift certificates to restaurants, salons and entertainment. There has been local support from Knapp/Swezey foundation, the YMCA, Gateway and The Bridtals, among many others. There are 320 Pilot Clubs internationally so it is quite an honor to be recognized.

Pictured left to right: Andrea Babb, Director, Susan Kahl, co-chair Pick Me Ups, and Sherry Johnson, President of Pilot International.

The South Country Education Foundation's 17th Annual Auction & Cocktail Party

SCEF Auction

The South Country Education Foundation's 17th Annual Auction and Cocktail Party was held on Saturday, July 11th, and as usual, was a huge success. Each year, this event has continued to grow providing scholarships and grant monies which benefit the students of the South Country School District. Click here for photos from this year's event.

South Country Ambulance New Building Proposal
South Country Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

South Country Ambulance

South Country Ambulance is proposing a new building to house most of their operations. The proposed location is on Station Road, just south of the Long Island Rail Road station south of Montauk Highway in Bellport.

On June 22, 2015 and July 8, 2015, South Country Ambulance held community meetings to inform the community regarding the proposal and answer any questions members of the community might have. The first meeting, held at the Hagerman Fire Department Headquarters in East Patchogue, was attended by 50 to 60 residents of the area and the second meeting, held at the Brookhaven Fire Department Headquarters in Brookhaven, was attended by 50 or so people.

The meetings were conducted by Greg Miglino, Jr., Chief of South Country Ambulance. To their credit, South Country Ambulance wasn’t required to hold these meetings. As they put it, “Our goal as always is to create a transparent relationship between the community and the department. We believe this happens best when the community is involved and is given proper information to draw conclusions from.” couldn’t agree more and thinks it was a great idea to hold these meetings so that an open and frank discussion could be had and questions from the public answered.

On July 16th, a final presentation will be given by South Country Ambulance to the Brookhaven Town Board and then the Town Board will vote on whether to go forward with the proposed construction of the new building. The meeting will be held starting at 5pm at Town Hall located at One Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY.

Click here for more South Country Ambulance information

Artists On The Lane 2015

Artists on the Lane


"Artists On The Lane" is the annual July 4th Art Show in Bellport Village. It is one of the largest outdoor art shows on Long Island and draws artists from all over the country. Once again this year, the Bellport Garden Club offered their delicious Baked Good and Flower Sale as part of Artists On The Lane. The proceeds from the sale go towards the Club’s Beautification Fund for tree planting in and around Bellport Village.

Not to be outdone, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society ran their annual Antiques Show & Sale as a tie in to Artists On The Lane. Held on the grounds of the Historical Society’s property on Bellport Lane, the Show featured art, jewelry, collectibles and more.

Click here for photos taken at this year’s Artists On The Lane.

June 2015

The United way of Long Island's Class of 2014-2015 YouthBuild Graduation Ceremony Celebrates Students' Life Changing Journey

YouthBuild Graduation

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25 in Hauppauge, United Way of Long Island celebrated the Graduation Ceremony of 40 students from the YouthBuild program. Many of these students have overcome difficult challenges in their lives, and now as a result of the education and training they received, they are ready to embark on a new and successful life journey.

2014-2015 YouthBuild graduates were presented their respective certificates from YouthBuild Director Elizabeth Morgan and special guest speaker, recording artist, actor and entrepreneur, James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J.

Bellport graduates include: Dequan Holly, Byron Suarez, Rosie Williams, and Markingson Salvant.

The graduation ceremony was filled with student testimonies, several guest speakers, funders, community partners, family and friends. One of the 2014-2015 YouthBuild graduate’s stated, “Since enrolling in YouthBuild, so many opportunities have become a reality. Life for me is just getting better and better. I am a story of redemption; a young man who overcame so many obstacles. Yes, life is challenging, very consuming, but it is worth it. Especially when you have a network of a loving family that is YouthBuild Long Island”.

Together, the Class of 2014-2015 completed over 600 community service hours and achieved certification(s) in more than 5 career fields including: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Billing & Coding, Weatherization & Green Training, Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3), Pre-Apprenticeship Training and Customer Service. Graduates obtained their TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), increased their numeracy and literacy levels by at least two grade levels and/or achieved a vocational certification. Furthermore, as young leaders in the community, students engaged with elected officials, attended community events, represented the YouthBuild program as community ambassadors, participated in extracurricular activities and gained professional development.

Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Presentation: Bob Morris and His New Memoir, Bobby Wonderful: An Imperfect Son Buries His Parents

Bob Morris

Bob Morris

Bob Morris

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society hosted a presentation by Bellport resident, author, playwright, frequent New York Times contributor and Town and Country columnist, Bob Morris, about saying goodbye to the people who gave us our beginning in life in the best way possible. It was a packed house for this uplifting and humorous talk about something as emotional as it is universal. This was the first in a series of special presentations the BBHS will be hosting this summer.

Click here to listen to Bob Morris' presentation.

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

The Way It Was: The Old-Time Sporting Life on Long Island

Sporting Life Presentation

On June 12, 2015, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held a very special presentation, “The Way It Was: The Old-Time Sporting Life on Long Island.” The program featured local sportsmen Tom Lerner and Joe Pendergast, Jr. speaking about the history of hunting in this area of Long Island. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all who attended and if you’d like to listen to the presentations, Please Click Here

The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area's Annual Beach Ball

Beach Ball

On Saturday, June 20th, the 12th Annual Beach Ball was held to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport area. All of the proceeds from the Beach Ball went towards the operating expenses of the Boys & Girls Clubhouse and ensure that over 700 children, ages 5 through 19, have a safe place to learn, grow, and most importantly, feel a sense of belonging and community.

Like last year, this year’s Beach Ball was held at the home of Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond in Bellport. The evening featured “The Most Outrageous Auction and Party” with great food, music, and “The Art of Summer.” In spite of the rainy weather, the evening was a huge success thanks to the huge tent, with transparent center section, that was erected for the Ball. All of the many sponsors and volunteers should feel really good about what they accomplished again this year for the benefit of the children at the Boys & Girls Club. Click here to see more photos from the event.

Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society: “Duck Tales!”


On Saturday, June 20th, The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held a very special event for children and families. Called the “Duck Tales: Learn and Paint Program,” it was designed to educate the participants about the many ducks in our area and give them an opportunity to paint their own personal ducks!

The program was presented by Tom Lerner, expert on waterfowl of all types, and John DiNaro, art educator, sportsman, and environmentalist. The program began with a short film and presentation on the ducks which can be found locally and then moved on to instruction on how to realistically paint the ducks provided for the participants. After painting their ducks realistically, everyone was given an opportunity to paint a second duck as outrageously as they could. The program was finished off with duck shaped cookies and lemonade provided by Joan Kaelin.

If you missed the program and would like to be notified if a repeat of the program is held, just drop a note to: and we’ll be sure to let you know. Click here to see more photos from the event.

Bill Mandating NY Rising Reports Passes Assembly

Dean Murray

A bill co-sponsored by Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) to compel NY Rising to issue quarterly reports on pending storm-damage claims has passed the Assembly. NY Rising was established in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to help families recover from the storm’s devastation, however its efficacy has been dubious at best and lacking in accountability. This bill, passed by the Senate as well, would address this problem and is currently awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature.

“Thousands of Long Island families were displaced by Superstorm Sandy and the work continues to get their lives back on track,” said Murray. “Nearly 3 years after the storm wreaked havoc upon our area, residents are still seeking answers. Our residents deserve to know what is going on and this legislation is a step in the right direction. Quarterly reports by NY Rising would help coordinate the ongoing recovery efforts and I’m pleased to see my Senate and Assembly colleagues agreed and helped pass this crucial measure.

“NY Rising was started with lofty intentions, but has fallen short of its goals. I urge Gov. Cuomo to do the right thing, provide our residents with the quality service and accountability they deserve and sign this bill into law,” Murray concluded.

Bellport Loses A Good Friend

Michael Schuierer

We are very sorry to report that retired police officer, Michael Schuierer, was killed yesterday, June 14, 2015, in an automobile accident in Bayport. Mike spent a lot of time in Bellport Village and had become a regular feature of the Village’s Memorial Day Parade driving his John Deere tractor that he loved. The parade won’t be the same without him.

The Brookhaven Free Library Celebrates the Opening of its New Facilities

Library Opening

Library Opening

On Saturday, June 13th, the Brookhaven Free Library held their Renovation Reception Open House to celebrate the opening of several additions to the library which took six months to complete. The improvements included: a new handicap accessible restroom, renovated family restroom, expanded patron computer area, added collection space for non-fiction and magazines, newly configured space for staff, new roof, improvements to HVAC systems, new shutters, repaired fence, and the painting of the building and fence.

Helping with the ribbon cutting, L-R, were State Assemblyman Dean Murray, Josh Slaughter, Chief of Staff for Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning, Jamie Papandrea, Director, Brookhaven Free Library, and Brookhaven Town Councilwoman, Connie Kepert.

The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Pays Tribute to Ken Budny



On Saturday, June 6th the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held an event at its headquarters in Bellport to preview the “Floating Sculpture Exhibition”, which highlights the rich history of waterfowl decoy carving on Long Island. A special section in the gallery, which is open through July 12, displays many of the beautiful birds that were created by former Bellport Trustee, and waterfowl decoy carver Ken Budny, who passed away on March 16. Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) attended the preview along with Councilwoman Connie Kepert (D-Middle Island) to present Ken’s wife of 38 years, Helen Budny, with a posthumous proclamation honoring Ken Budny’s many accomplishments and contributions to his community.

Ken Budny was extremely active in his community. He was a trustee for the Village of Bellport and the Bellport-Brookhaven historical Society; he worked for the Post Morrow Foundation; was involved with the South Shore Estuary Reserve Council, the Brookhaven Baymen’s Association, the Village Waterfront Committee and the South Bay Art Association. In addition to all of his community activities Ken was an artist, sculpting nature to life. His carvings of birds and fish were a delight to everyone that saw them. He made a living by working on the bay, but developed his craft of carving after graduating with a fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University. At the age of 29 he started making waterfowl decoys. Before long his work was sought after and collected.

“Long Island is likely the origin of waterfowl decoy carving, and Ken Budny is now a part of that rich history,” stated Legislator Browning. “While Ken was a great artist, he was an even more amazing person. He was such an integral part of the Bellport community, always willing to provide a helping hand. Shortly before his passing he played a large role in helping my son, Aiodan, complete his Eagle Scout project. When no one else was available to assist, Ken donated his time and energy to making sure it was completed on time. He will surely be missed, but every time I see a beautifully carved waterfowl decoy, I will remember Ken Budny.”

“Ken was a great artist and ardent protector of the Great South Bay, he will be greatly missed,” said Councilwoman Connie Kepert.

May 2015

Two Championships in Four Days for the Bellport Blue Claws 10U Travel Baseball Team

Blue Claws

Blue Claws

The Bellport Blue Claws 10U Travel Baseball Team had the kind of week that the boys on the team will remember for a very long time, winning two Championships within a 4 day period!

The Bellport Blue Claws showed their pitching depth, solid defense and strong bats by winning the 2015 Baseball Heaven Spring Season with a Championship Game 7 – 4 win over the Islip Owls on Thursday May 21. With no time to rest or celebrate, three days later on Sunday May 24th the Bellport Blue Claws would go on to win the BBC Memorial Day Classic 10U Travel Baseball Tournament with a solid 2-0 victory in the Championship Game over a very tough and familiar opponent, the Islip Owls.

What an incredible feat in such a short period of time. The Bellport Blue Claws are: Mgr/Coach Frank Virno, Coaches: Dario Promutico, Mike Caroli and Robert Gronenthal. Players: Evan Virno, Marc Promutico, Daniel Reilly, Lucien Heilman, Jake Orenstein, William Caroli, Brendan Martell, Logan Alberto, Dan Rubin, Dylan Gronenthal and Jake Orlando.

The Bellport Blue Claws 10U Team is comprised of boys from the local community. Unlike most travel teams, the Bellport Blue Claws 10U team prides itself in that they support and help keep the local Little League strong by having their players participate in Little League Baseball. In addition to playing baseball in the local Bellport/South Country Little league the boys play a full travel schedule including leagues and tournaments throughout the year.

Great Live Music at Peter’s On The Green

When Gus, owner and chef at Peter’s On The Green, contacted me and said he was going to start having Live Music, he got my attention. I’m a musician and I can’t get enough Live Music, but I wondered what kind of Live Music it would be. Folk? No. Blue Grass? No. Big Band? No, that wouldn’t work either. It would have to be music you could enjoy while having one of the great meals Peter’s is known for. You’d have to be able to hold a conversation during dinner rather than wishing you had earplugs as happens at most weddings.

Well, I’d like to report that Gus hit one right out of the ballpark! Gus chose Andrew Gabriel, a Jazz guitarist and vocalist who I had not heard before. Mr. Gabriel is absolutely wonderful.

As it turned out, the four of us in our party were seated right in front of Mr. Gabriel. At first this concerned me because of the possible volume levels, but as soon as the music started, it was obvious that there was nothing to worry about. The selection of songs Jazz and Standards from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s couldn’t have been better and there was no problem hearing each other across the table. Mr. Gabriel’s guitar playing and singing is outstanding and we can’t wait for him to return to Peter’s. In fact, we’ve already decided to request a table down front again. Andrew is really that good.

So, if you’d like to enjoy a wonderful meal, great Live Music, and some lively discussion with some of your friends, be sure to give Peter’s On The Green a try the next time Andrew Gabriel is performing there. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as Gus gives us the word. Click here for more about Peter's on the Green.

Murray Outraged by State DMV's Selling of Private Information to Corporations
Dean Murray 

Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) today expressed outrage at the revelation that the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been selling drivers’ information to private companies to the tune of an estimated $60 million. This has happened without the consent of New Yorkers and there has been no information forthcoming as to who has been sold the personal data of our residents. Murray is calling on the governor and the DMV to end this practice and come clean about who has received this information.

“In a time when identity theft and individual privacy rights are hot-button issues, our residents deserve the truth,” said Murray. “Allowing the DMV to continue selling our information sets a dangerous precedent where other agencies, if they aren’t doing so already, could sell private information to the highest bidder without consent.

“The governor and the DMV need to come clean with the whole story. Who has our information been sold to, and what are these companies doing with it? New Yorkers have a right to know this important question: just how long has this been going on?” Murray concluded.

Assemblyman Murray has also helped launch a petition urging action on this front. It can be located here.

2015 Brookhaven Hamlet Memorial Day Parade
2015 Brookhaven Hamlet Memorial Day Parade

Brookhaven Hamlet held their Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25th. The parade began at the Bellport High School, continued east on Beaver Dam Road, then turned east on South Country Road and ended at the Memorial at Fireplace Neck Road. At the Memorial, a memorial plaque was unveiled and dedicated to those who served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War from our community.

Click Here for photos taken at the event

2015 Bellport Memorial Day Parade

2015 Bellport Memorial Day Parade

The Annual Bellport Memorial Day Parade was held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th. It began near Bellport Village Hall and traveled up Bellport Lane to the Four Corners where it continued up Station Road to the cemetery.

Click Here for photos taken at the event

2015 Bellport Garden Club Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale

2015 Bellport Garden Club Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale 

The Bellport Garden Club held their annual Memorial Day Plant Sale on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th. It was located on the "green" in front of CVS on South Country Road in Bellport Village. All plants were grown by Garden Club members and the proceeds of the sale went to their Beautification Fund. The plant sale was held in conjunction with Bellport's annual Memorial Day parade.

Click Here for photos taken at the event

New This Season At The Gateway Playhouse...
“Bellport Night!”

New This Season At The Gateway Playhouse... “Bellport Night!” 

On Friday evening, May 22nd, a new event was held at the Gateway Playhouse... “Bellport Night!”

To celebrate the opening of the first show of the 2015 season, Rock of Ages, the Gateway joined with The Bellport restaurant and to hold a very special complimentary “Pre Show Reception,” Bellport Night. The reception gave members of the Bellport community a chance to have a cozy gathering which featured complimentary wine, beer and not so “small bites” prepared by Taylor Alonso, The Bellport’s owner and Chef. All you had to do to be invited to Bellport Night was mention “” when you ordered your tickets for the evening’s performance of Rock of Ages.

Bellport Night was so successful that we might just do it again! We’ll be sure to let you know.

Please Click Here for some photos taken at Bellport Night and Rock of Ages

The Dory Tooker Memorial Church Fair and Yard Sale

The Dory Tooker Memorial Church Fair and Yard Sale 

The Dory Tooker Memorial Church Fair and Yard Sale was held at The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 23rd and the weather couldn’t have been better. There were many vendors offering all kinds of unique items so there was something for everyone. In particular, there was a great “Bake Sale” that featured all kinds of goodies baked by local folk which raised money for the church. A wonderful time was had by all.

Please Click Here for some photos from the event

Legislator Browning Helps Spruce Up North Bellport

Extreme Yard Cleanup

The South County Community Leadership Network (SCCLN) was out in force this past weekend, May 2, 2015 cleaning up and beautifying North Bellport properties that were selected for some assistance through the Extreme Yard Clean-Up program. Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) and staff members Janet Horan and Joshua Slaughter were joined by Councilwoman Connie Kepert (D-Middle Island), Police Officer Lauren Ventura and volunteers to transform the property at 637 Bayview Ave. in Bellport. Three additional properties were also selected and beautified.

The effort was initiated through the SCCLN and advertised in the community throughout the spring. Homeowners needed to apply by March 1, 2015 and were chosen shortly after. Plants, soil, mulch and tools were donated to help offset the costs of the program. Legislator Browning secured donated plants provided by Shirley Feed in Shirley and Independent Group Home Living (IGHL) in Moriches. The Town of Brookhaven and South Country School District also donated supplies.

“The South Country Community Leadership Network is working hard to improve the greater South Country area, and this is just one of the many grassroots efforts we are undertaking to make our neighborhoods a better place to live,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “It was great to team up with Councilwoman Kepert, our staffs and community volunteers to beautify the North Bellport area. I look forward to building upon our efforts.”

Pictured left to right: Shannon Horan; Legislative Aide to Kate Browning, Janet Horan; homeowner; Legislator Kate Browning; Kiera Horan; Chief of Staff to Kate Browning, Joshua Slaughter; Police Officer Lauren Ventura; Tanya Bullock and John Rogers.

April 2015

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration at the Brookhaven Free Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Brookhaven Free Library held an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of families participating in the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading initiative. There was music by Darlene Graham, refreshments, and a ceremony acknowledging the families who had achieved their reading goals. Assemblyman Dean Murray was on hand to congratulate the children and families and help give out the awards. A big “Well Done” to everyone who participated! Click here to see photos from the event.

Bellport Acoustic Jam Sketches

Joan Tavolott:

Joan Tavolott

Joan Tavolott

Joan Tavolott


Gina Lento:

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

We received a nice note from LuAnn Thompson, owner of Bellport Arts & Framing Studio and former President of the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, asking if we’d mind if a small group of artists visited one of our Acoustic Jams that we hold at the Bellport Village Community Center on Bell Street in the Village each month. Naturally, we said SURE we’d love to have them visit with us!

Now, the kind of sketching we’re familiar with is what we did in grade school where you could hardly tell what we were trying to sketch. You can image our surprise when we saw the results. The artists, Gina Lento and Joan Tavolott, are members of the Patchogue Sketch Club and they tell us that whenever possible, they try to capture local activities. Here is just some of their work.  Please click any of the photos to enlarge it.











Nicola, “Nick,” Gagliardi Is Presented The 1st Annual BFL Community Partner in Literacy Award




The BFL, Brookhaven Free Library, initiated a new tradition this year at its Annual Meeting. They presented the 1st Annual Community Partner in Literacy Award to Nicola, “Nick,” Gagliardi, owner of Café Castello on Main Street in Bellport Village.

Nick went above and beyond welcoming the Library and its patrons, into his business during the renovation of the BFL. It was because of Nick that various programs, including the popular Story Time Programs were able to continue without interruption. A very big Thank You goes out to Nick from everyone in our community.

The Bellport Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade

Easter Parade

The Bellport Chamber of Commerce welcomed spring with their 2nd Annual Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade on Saturday, April 4th! Residents got creative and wore their most colorful, kookiest, wackiest hats, and their fun spirits, as they all hopped down Main Street in Bellport Village! The Easter Bunny as also on hand for photos and there was free candy for the kids!  Click here to see photos from the event.

Easter Baskets Donated to the Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission

Suffolk Federal’s Medford Branch Manager Vagira Seedeen (center) presented a donation of Easter Baskets to Marie Cintron and Matt Peterson of the Lighthouse Mission in Bellport. The baskets will be provided to underprivileged children that participate in the Mission’s children’s programs. The Lighthouse Mission works to feed the hungry and help the homeless, while empowering people to overcome poverty and live purpose-filled lives.

March 2015

Ken Budny Passes Away

Ken Budny Passes Away 

We’re very sorry to report that Bayman, Sculptor, former Bellport Village Trustee, and one heck of a nice guy, Ken Budny, has passed away.

Ken was always the first to volunteer for any job that would help others. We consider ourselves lucky to have known Ken and that we are lucky enough to own one of his wonderful bird sculptures. Ken will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ken’s wife Helen.

A memorial service for Ken will be held on June 6, 2015 at Christ Episcopal Church on South Country Road in Bellport.

Bonny Clark Celebrates Her 70th With Friends and Family

Bonny Clark's 70th 

Bonny Clark spent her 70th birthday surrounded by friends and family at a surprise birthday party held at the Bellport Country Club. The party took place in the beautiful upstairs banquet room overlooking the Bellport Golf Course. Needless to say, it was a very special event. Happy Birthday Bonny!

Click Here for photos from the party

New Inlet March Update

March Update

Charlie Flagg has sent us his latest report on the breach. Here is his update:

"After nearly two months of snow, high winds, frozen hanger doors and recalcitrant engines, I finally got a chance for another over flight Saturday afternoon. Conditions were good with low winds, lots of sun, and low tide. The photo mosaic from the flight is shown at left. (Click on the photo to enlarge).

The results are quite interesting. First you will notice that all the flood delta islands were outlined by ice and snow. And there are a lot of them. The fact that there was ice and snow around the edges indicates that these islands project above the normal high water marks. So these are becoming quite permanent features and they extend over most of the flood delta, almost to John Boyle Island. Another interesting result is what has happened in the area of the west channel. In the late December photo-mosaic, which was also obtained during low tide, the spit had almost been erased with the remnant of the spit stranded between a fairly open west channel and channel past Pelican Island. In the intervening two months the spit has grown, the west channel is now much more sinuous, the channel near Pelican Island is smaller and the old remnant of the spit has connected with the sand islands to the west. There is now a quite substantial island north of the west channel and west of the main channel that may survive the winter storms. It will be interesting to see if this island grows to the point where it finally squeezes off the west channel permanently. Things would then look rather like the remnants of the original Old Inlet to the west.

There have also been changes along the south shore of Fire Island to the west of the breach. In late December there was a shoal at the edge of the breach that extended south a couple hundred meters. This seems to be mostly gone now. There was also rather prominent scouring of the shore to the west of this shoal. This also seems to be reduced two months later although the snow somewhat obscures the picture.

I have also posted a couple of oblique photos from the flight on the GSB Project website which give a better idea of the extent of sand islands. The photos also show the influence of the warm ocean water in Bellport Bay which has markedly reduced the ice coverage we would normally expect after this winter's extended cold period. Except for a couple of open spots, the ice covers the entire Great South Bay to the west as far as I could see. The only exception is this area in Bellport Bay.

The SeaCat sensor at the Bellport dock has been reporting salinities that stayed around 30 psu since mid-January indicating the continued exchange with the ocean and lack of fresh water storm flow from the creeks. All the fresh water is still bound up in snow and ice so we should expect noticeably fresher conditions once the spring thaw finally sets in. And despite the recent particularly cold period, the temperatures at the dock have risen a couple of degrees in the past 10 days reflecting offshore changes."

February 2015

Legislator Browning Bans GPS Tracking by Private Individuals in Suffolk County

Kate Browning

The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices on vehicles in Suffolk County is a thing of the past after the Suffolk County Legislature unanimously approved Introductory Resolution 1859-14. The legislation, sponsored by Legislator Kate Browning, prohibits any person or entity from placing a GPS tracking device on a motor vehicle without the knowledge and consent of the motor vehicle’s owner.

The use of tracking devices on vehicles has long been a major public safety concern, in particular for victims of domestic violence whose abusers use the practice to monitor and stalk them. For years domestic violence agencies and advocates have described dangerous situations where abusers are able to locate their victims at shelters or places of employment through the use of GPS devices. Before the passage of IR 1859, these activities were legal in Suffolk County.

With the passage of this law no person shall install or place an electronic tracking device in or on a motor vehicle within the County of Suffolk without the knowledge and consent of all owners of the motor vehicle, or track the location of a motor vehicle with an electronic tracking device within the County of Suffolk without the knowledge and consent of all owners of the motor vehicle. It does not prevent an employer from tracking vehicles owned by their company for the purposes monitoring employees, nor does it prevent a parent from placing a device on a vehicle their child drives as long as the parent is the owner of the vehicle.

Ironically, courts had already found that persons operating a motor vehicle have a legitimate right to privacy, and therefore have required law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before placing a GPS device on a motor vehicle. This law exempts law enforcement agencies working within the scope of their employment.

“I was amazed to find out that law enforcement has been required to obtain a warrant before placing a GPS device on a vehicle, but any private citizen was legally allowed to do so to another private citizen,” stated Legislator Browning. “No one should have the legal right to invade another resident’s privacy, and this law ensures that they cannot. I want to thank my colleagues for their support.”

The law shall take effect on the sixtieth day immediately subsequent to filing in the Office of the Secretary of State.

We Have A New Novelist In Our Community

In Secret Waters, Richard Weissmann 

Local author, Richard Weissmann, has just published his first novel and we hope it won’t be his last! Mr. Weissmann has been an outdoor writer, reporter, naturalist, fisherman, and teacher, but now he can add the title, “Novelist” to his resume.

The setting for In Secret Waters is the Atlantic Ocean, east of Montauk Point, but rather than our trying to tell you about In Secret Waters, we’ll let Mr. Weissmann tell you:

“Erik Hazen is an enigma. Born and raised on the not so chic side of the toney Hamptons on Long Island’s east end, he belongs to a family of traditional fisherman known locally as “Bonackers”. For eight generations his relatives made their living from the sea: haul seining, trap netting, clamming, and scalloping. But, by the 1980’s, with that way of life dying out, Hazen breaks away to attend Annapolis, serve as a Navy SEAL, and, finally, take over a small boat building business which he grows into a sought after brand.

However, he has an obsession. The sunken liner Andrea Doria, which lies in deep water off Montauk Point, has been a magnet for extreme divers since its sinking in 1956. After over two hundred dives, Hazen became the acknowledged expert on the wreck. But that ended when his young wife drowned inside the ship in a failed dive. The tragedy led Hazen to sell his boat building business and return to a simpler way of life again as a charter boat captain.

Now, ten years later, he is approached by a woman who claims that a vast fortune in stolen diamonds—lost since WWII—may be buried in the ship’s wreckage. If it can be found, the legendary Fuhrer Gems can help make restitution to the families of thousands of Holocaust victims.

Hazen must get past his ghosts if he is to go back to the Andrea Doria. In addition, he must get past a group of modern day terrorists who also have information about the lost treasure.

The stakes are high and the challenges many as this tale of adventure ranges from the streets of New York City to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Now that we have your attention, how would you like to start reading In Secret Waters? Mr. Weissmann has kindly given us permission to publish the first two chapters to get you started.

Click for Chapter One of In Secret Waters

Click for Chapter Two of In Secret Waters

In Secret Waters, by Richard Weissmann, is available from Amazon by searching for the title and Author’s name or by following the link: In Secret Waters

The Kindle version is only $4.95 and the paperback version has a special discounted price of only $10.79. If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, shipping is even FREE! In addition, it’s expected that In Secret Waters will soon be available from Barnes & Noble.

Congratulations Mr. Weissmann for a job very well done!

January 2015

Café Castello Featured Live Music with Vintage Val & Friends this Past Weekend

Cafe Castello

You never know what you’ll find going on at Café Castello. This past weekend, everyone was encouraged to “wine and dine with an intimate gathering of friends and musicians featuring: Leah Key, Sarah Lewis, Dave Portecarerro, Paul Gilmore, Val Levine & Special Surprise Guests.” A good time was had by all. We wonder what Nick will come up with next time! Click here for more about Café Castello.

Bellport Country Club Named Winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2015 & WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 2015

Bellport Country Club

The Knot


The Bellport Country Club is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2015 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings and WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award. These awards represent the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests. This is the third time the Bellport Country Club has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings and the fifth time for the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

In 2015, only 2% of the 250,000 wedding professionals listed on have received this distinguished accolade. The Knot Best of Weddings provides a by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed a sample of almost one million real reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—that a bride or groom would want in order to inspire, plan and pull off their own unique wedding.

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

“These awards are dedicated to the wonderful Staff at the Bellport Country Club. Their tireless pursuit to create the most fantastic experience for all of our Couples, their family and friends, is the reason for our success.”

The Bellport Country Club is a full service on and off premise catering facility located on the south shore of Long Island. The Bellport Country Club has been catering one wedding at a time for almost 20 years. For more information about the Bellport Country Club please click here or call 631.286.4227.

Click here for their online wedding brochure.

Legislator Browning Installs New Officers of Bellport Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Officers

Legislator Kate Browning had the honor of installing the newest officers and board of directors at the Bellport Chamber of Commerce’s Installation Dinner on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The chamber elected a new President, Chris Hane, of MVP Automotive.

“The Bellport Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant and active chamber,” stated Legislator Browning. “It was my pleasure to install the new officers, and I look forward to working with them towards improving the success of downtown Bellport in 2015. I urge everyone to shop locally and support our small businesses. They are the backbone of our community.”

In addition to new President Chris Hane, the following members were elected to voting positions for 2015:

Vice President Meredith Avino, Avino’s Italian Table
Vice President and Past President LuAnn Thompson, Bellport Arts and Framing
Treasurer Gabrielle Corsetti, Suffolk County National Bank
Secretary Terry Tuthill, Long Island Advance
Sergeant-At-Arms Ron Trotta, Sterling Business Systems
Board of Directors: Lynn Burnett, HSBC Bank; Anthony Gandolfo, Rice Reality; John Hannon, Playcrafters and David Schultzer, Bellport Cold Beer and Soda.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Detailed "New Inlet" Fall/Winter Update

New Inlet

Charlie Flagg has put together a summary of his surveys of the new inlet over the past few months, and sent us his report.

Click here to read his report.

Assemblyman Murray Sworn Into Office

Murray Sworn In


Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) was officially sworn in at the state Capitol in Albany as the 3rd District’s newest assemblyman. Murray, who previously served as assemblyman from 2010-2012, is honored to once again be serving our communities and relishes the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for all our residents.

“It's truly an honor to be once again representing the 3rd Assembly District in Albany,” said Murray. “Our residents deserve a strong voice on their behalf and I’m ready to hit the ground running and work to ensure that our schools receive the aid they need, our economy can grow and our communities can thrive once more.”

New Inlet Late December Update

January Inlet Update

New Inlet

Charlie Flagg recently conducted another survey of the new inlet and sent us his report:

Because of the significant nor'easter in mid-December and a rumor that another breach had formed, I made an over flight of the area Sunday, December 14th at around 10:30 EDT during flood tide. Attached are the mosaics from Nov 30th and Dec 14th. The storm did do some rearranging of the southwest beach but not too much. The big change was in the spit which was both extended northward toward Pelican Island and cut off from Fire Island by the re-emergence of the west channel. Also notice that the ebb shoal had disappeared although that might be the result of low winds and low waves, and thus no breaking waves over the shoals. Some alteration of the eastern shoreline occurred where the corner got shaved off.

Click on either photo at left to enlarge.

Bellport Poet Wins Award

Charles Fishman


Dr. Charles Adès Fishman of Bellport has won the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry for his poem, "Snow is the Poem without Flags," the final poem in his 2012 collection, In the Path of Lightning: Selected Poems.

Dr. Fishman is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities at Farmingdale State College, where he created and directed the Visiting Writers Program, the Paumanok Poetry Award competition, and the Distinguished Speakers Program. He is currently poetry editor of Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators and poetry consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. His books include The Death Mazurka, an American Library Association Outstanding Book of the Year that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; Country of Memory (2004), Chopin’s Piano (2006), and In the Language of Women (2011). The revised, second edition of his anthology, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (2007), was published by Time Being Books, which released his selected poems, In the Path of Lightning, in 2012. His poem, “Lament for Federico García Lorca” received the 2012 New Millennium Prize for Poetry, and his poem “Snow Is the Poem Without Flags” received the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Charles is currently completing work on a new anthology, Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women. According to Google Earth, he and his wife, Ellen, have lived on Elm Road in Bellport for the past 14 years.

Aesthetica Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Fishman. Click here to read the interview.

Click here to read the award winning poem.

Photo by Anthony Barboza