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December 2016

Photos from the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area's Kwanzaa Celebration


Kwanzaa is a celebration of Family, Community, and Culture by the African American community. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies, and consists of seven days of celebration, December 26th – January 1st, culminating in a feast and gift giving. Each of the seven days represents one of the “pillars” of the holiday; Cooperative Economics, Faith, Unity, Creativity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, and Purpose.

This year, on December 27th, Kwanzaa was celebrated at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area. There was singing and dancing, great food, a raffle, but most of all, the evening focused on the meaning of Kwanzaa for all of those who attended. It was a wonderful celebration that, if at all possible, you shouldn’t miss next year.


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Santa in the Snow


Thank you, Cheryl Felice for sending us this photo of Santa braving the snow in downtown Bellport Village!

Photos from the Bellport Village Holiday Stroll

On Friday evening, December 16th, many of the Bellport Village Shops remained open to celebrate the Village’s annual Holiday Stroll. There were Cocktails and Edibles for the shoppers’ enjoyment and there were lots of Holiday Specials to help with gift giving this year. Pamela Lerner invited members of the Boys & Girls Club Steel Band down to entertain everyone and Alison Buck arranged for Santa to visit Tola., but he had to leave by 8:30pm because someone else at the Firehouse needed to use his suit. You can’t make this stuff up!


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Photos from the Bellport Rotary Club's Holiday Party

We’d like to thank Titus Kana for sending the following photos from the Bellport Rotary Club's Holiday Party.

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Legislator Kate Browning Receives Champion for Children Award

Kate Browning Award

Legislator Kate Browning was honored by Parents for Megan’s Law at its Champion for Children awards gala on Thursday, December 8, 2016. Legislator Browning was awarded the “lawmaker” recognition for her decade of advocacy to protect vulnerable children from sexual predators.

Legislator Browning has been a tremendous advocate for tougher sex offender laws by sponsoring and supporting local laws that protect our children from sexual predators. Kate was the prime sponsor of legislation that created residency restrictions for sex offenders in Suffolk County, which later became the standard for laws across the nation. Kate supported GPS monitoring for sex offenders on probation, and as chair of the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee she helped support and push through the Community Protection Act, which pays retired law enforcement officials to proactively monitor sex offender registration requirements and social networking restrictions for all sex offenders in Suffolk County. She also passed legislation that prevents registered sex offenders from using general population emergency shelters during hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“Sexual predators who reside in our communities are a serious danger to our children and other vulnerable residents, which is why it has been a top priority for me since taking office,” stated Legislator Browning. “I am proud of my record of protecting our neighborhoods from dangerous individuals that seek to do harm to children and women. I want to thank Laura Ahearn and her staff for the great work they do in educating our communities, assisting victims and ensuring that we are as safe as possible. I am honored to be recognized for my efforts over the last decade.”

Photo courtesy of Leg. Browning.

Photos from the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church Christmas Boutique

Old South Haven Boutique

On Saturday, December 10th, the annual Christmas Boutique was held at the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church located at the corner of South Country Road and Beaver Dam Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. Once again the members of the church out did themselves creating a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. Rather than finding a lot of store bought items from the digital age or vendors from out of town, visitors found items either from the homes of the church members or things they lovingly created specifically for the Boutique. If this annual Christmas Boutique doesn’t put you in the Holiday Spirit, nothing will!

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New Inlet
December Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on December 8th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"I flew over the breach again today, December 8th, and there are some major changes. Below are two photos and a mosaic taken around 9:50 AM, near low tide in the Bay. What you'll see is that the eastern shore has expanded considerably compared to last month and swallowed up the tidal ponds that were there. There are a couple additional shallow areas in the breach to the west and north of the extended eastern shoreline. Given the growth of the eastern shore since last month, it is possible that one of these shoals will connect to the eastern shore. After nearly three years with little change along the eastern shoreline, there has been a lot of action starting in June of this year with ridges and runnels reaching around the shore from the east. By September, a ridge had extended farther into the breach and enclosed a small tidal pond. The situation remained about the same through October and November and then over the last month there has been substantial growth nearly doubling the width of the eastern beach. The shore-to-shore width of the breach is now about 300 meters compared to 400 plus meters 6 months ago.

Another change, although not too obvious from the photos but clear in the mosaic, is that the entrance channel into the breach from the ocean now comes in from the east. There is a bit of a shoal to the west of the exit channel in the breach which cuts off the more usual exit to the west. We have seen shoals to the west of the breach before but the offshore channel went either around them or straight offshore. So this easterly tending channel is new.

We haven't seen our usual nor'easter yet this fall. Rather, there have been a number of high wind days from the northwest. I don't know if that is behind these changes in the breach but this fall's conditions have been unlike the previous 3 fall periods. With the growth of the eastern shore and the presence of the two shoals within the breach, the channel through the breach and flood delta is getting quite convoluted. It will be interesting to see whether the sure-to-come winter storms reset the breach to a more open condition or whether the shoaling continues."

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New Inlet

Yaphank County Center Master Plan Approved with Bi-Partisan Support

Yaphank MAster Plan

The Suffolk County Legislature approved the Yaphank County Center Comprehensive Master Plan at its December 6, 2016 general meeting with a 16-1 vote. The plan was drafted by the Yaphank County Center Planning Committee, which was created by Legislator Kate Browning in response to continued pressure to develop the remaining forested properties under County control in Yaphank. The master plan committee was chaired by Josh Slaughter, Chief of Staff to Legislator Browning. It allows for the use of up to 60 acres for the expansion of County services while preserving 137 acres and prohibiting the future sale of land to private entities. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Leg. Browning.

The Bellport Garden Club Decorates Bellport Village for the Holidays

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Members of the Bellport Garden Club recently performed their annual task of decorating the majority of the window boxes on the Bellport Village shops  for the holidays. The club also plants flowers in the window boxes in the spring. This is one of the many ways the Garden Club serves the community. Some of the grateful shopkeepers donate to the organization to help offset their costs.

If you are interested in contributing to the club's Beautification Fund, please send your donation to: Bellport Garden Club, PO Box 203, Bellport, NY 11713.

Photos courtesy of the Bellport Garden Club.

Featured: Left: Flo Wenger. Below: Jean Donnelly, Kathy Dallin, Madonna Pidgeon.

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Bellport Village Holiday Parade And Tree Lighting

On Saturday evening, December 3rd, Bellport Village once again held their Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting. This was the largest parade and tree lighting in recent memory with well over 500 people attending. The Hagerman and Brookhaven Hamlet Fire Departments joined the Bellport Fire Department in the festivities making it a very special evening.

The parade started at the Bellport Fire House, proceeded west down Main Street, then south on Bellport Lane and finally turned left at the Community Center on Bell St. for music, hot chocolate, and Santa’s arrival.

The parade featured antique fire trucks, antique cars, hot rods, motorcycles, a sailboat, and of course, Bobby. Holiday Music was provided by the Brookhaven Art and Music String Orchestra which was joined by the voices of the Bellport Middle School Chorus. The Bellport Chamber of Commerce provided the hot chocolate and small gifts were handed out by the Bellport Teacher’s Association.

Please take the time to view our video coverage of the event. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it.

The BBHS Annual Members Holiday Party

On Sunday, December 4th, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held their Annual Members Holiday Party at the Historical Society’s home located at 12 Bell Street in Bellport Village. BBHS members and their guests were welcome and the Brunch and Holiday Cheer were once again prepared by Joan Kaelin.

The BBHS Trustees want to give a sincere “Thank You” to all of those members who made 2016 a successful year for the BBHs. Specifically mentioned were Isabella Rossellini, Patrice Casanova, Bob Morris, Jessie Hartland, Ginny Waterman, Janina Quint, Teresa Platt, LuAnn Thompson, Jo Keim, and The BBHS wants to thank the community for their continued help and support.

Please enjoy’s coverage of the event.

Christ Church Christmas Fair

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On Saturday, December 3rd, the Christ Church Christmas Fair was held at the church located at 64 South Country Road in Bellport Village. This annual event always has the relaxed feel of a country market with many unique, handmade, Christmas gifts and theme baskets for that someone special. A light luncheon is always served by the members of the church and it’s a great place to relax and get some of your holiday shopping done.

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Bellport United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

On Saturday, December 3rd, the Bellport United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar was held at the church located at 185 South Country Road in Bellport Village. This annual event is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and features handmade crafts, chocolates, local crafters, merchants, baked goods, homemade clam chowder, a “green” elephant and even a visit from Santa! It is certainly one of the holiday season events that shouldn’t be missed!

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November 2016

Holiday Open House at Pamela Lerner Home & Design

This was Pamela Lerner’s 12th “Holiday Open House” here in Bellport. This annual Open House is Pamela’s way of saying “Thank You” to all her wonderful customers and friends for their support each year. This year, a fantastic new designer, Mark Ellis, joined Pamela Lerner Home & Design and Mark was on hand to say hello and help with decorating tips.

Pamela has expanded her business with a second showroom right next door. If you’ve visited Pamela Lerner Home & Design, you already know there is no shortage of fantastic, unique, items on display in either showroom.

With the Holidays coming, if you visit Pamela Lerner Home & Design you’ll find lots of stocking stuffers from $10 on up plus many creative gifts for all. To save you time and work, Pamela can even beautifully gift wrap your gifts utilizing her signature gift wrapping. has created the above video for you so you can see some of Pamela's fantastic gifts in store.

Click here for more information about Pamela Lerner Home & Design.

The South Country Education Foundation Announces Their Fall 2016/2017 Grant Winners

Education Foundation

Founded in 1998, the South Country Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to improving educational opportunities for all students in the South Country Central School District. The mission of the Foundation is to promote and enhance educational initiatives by providing supplemental financial support for projects and programs that are outside the South Country school budget.

Since their founding, they have granted over $600,000 to teachers, administrators, students and community groups in our district who have come to them with their innovative and creative ideas. Funding for these grants comes from generous donations to the foundation by community members, alumni and local nonprofits as well as from the proceeds of our annual cocktail party and auction. Click here for their latest list of grant winners.

The Bellport Rotary Club Puts Their “Turkey Bucks” To Good Use!


At their regular weekly meetings, the Bellport Rotary Club has been asking their members to donate “Turkey Bucks,” money specifically earmarked to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for needy families in our community. Well, the program was a huge success. There were enough Turkey Bucks donated to buy 40 turkeys this year! The 40 turkeys were given to the Bellport High School for distribution to the community. A job very well done! Click here for more information about the Bellport Rotary Club.

October 2016

The 2016 Bellport Village Halloween Parade

Halloween Parade

Once again, on October 29th, Bellport Village celebrated its annual Halloween Parade put together by the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. This year, the parade started at the Fire House and finished at the four corners where all the little ghouls and goblins turned into Trick-or-Treaters. They walked back up Main Street visiting all the shops along the way to pick up the goodies the shopkeepers had waiting for them. We hope you enjoy the photos we took along the way. Click here for more photos.

Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking

Drinking Meeting

On Thursday, October 20th, a Town Hall meeting was held at VFW Hall located at 330 North Dunton Ave. in East Patchogue. The meeting was sponsored by COMPASS Unity, a local community/school coalition invested in substance abuse. This meeting was specifically held to address underage drinking in the South Country community.

Lynette Murphy conducted the meeting and the panel of speakers, from left to right included: Stephanie Sloan, Sr. Drug Abuse Educator Suffolk County, Dr. Mei Kee, Hudson River Healthcare, Steve Chassman, Executive Director, LICADD, Craig Brodmerkel, Asst. Director of Adolescent Services Outreach, Jim Vaughan, Vietnam Veteran, VFW Post 8300 Member, Police Officer E. McVeigh, Suffolk County Police Dept. Community Relations Bureau.

Here’s just a very small part of what was covered. We’d like to thank the “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, for the following:

”Research shows that parents are the #1 reason young people decide not to drink. So, start talking to your children about alcohol before they start drinking – as early as 9 years old. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, they really do hear you.”

Click below for some materials provided at the meeting:

Talking To Kids About Alcohol... 5 Conversation Goals

Answering You Child’s Tough Questions About Alcohol

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Operation Medicine Cabinet

On Thursday, October 20th, The Suffolk County Police Department represented by Police Officer Eric Bowen from the 5th Precinct, along with 3rd District NYS Assembly Member Dean Murray, presented “Operation Medicine Cabinet.” It was an opportunity for everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs to help keep our seniors, kids, pets, and the environment safe! Everyone was able to bring their non-liquid medications to the South Country Ambulance facility on Montauk Hwy in East Patchogue.

Photos and Video from Bellport's Homecoming Parade, Courtesy of Monique Armann

We'd like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Monique Armann, for putting together this awesome video and photo slideshow from this year's Homecoming Parade! The parade was fantastic and Bellport Varsity Football won their Homecoming game over Smithtown West, 41-8!

New Inlet October Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on October 6th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"As mentioned in earlier notes, the western side of the breach has been remaining nearly stationary since April. This is rather different than what we have seen during the spring and summer of years past when a spit formed off the western shore. By the end of last summer, that spit reached all the way to Pelican Island only to be removed in an early October blow. Most of the changes since then have been in the eastern half of the breach and along the eastern shore. The 2015 October storm that removed the western spit also deposited a lot of sand on the eastern shoreline forming a spit that lasted about a month. That sand seems to have stayed in the breach, expanding the shoals that have long been in the eastern half of the breach, and forcing the main channel farther west. By January of this year, there was clearly more sand accumulating along the beach just east of the breach. This continued into the summer when a series of ridges and runnels moved ashore and into the breach. This process caused the formation of a tidal pond along the eastern shore and the eastern shore extended some 150 meters into the breach. As a result, the minimum width of the breach, from shore to shore, has decreased from roughly 400 meters to about 300 meters.

In the waters south of the breach there have also been some changes. As shown in one of the photos, the ebb shoal has expanded both to the east and west. And the main channel to the south has swung from a westerly orientation, as shown in the January, 2016 photo mosaic, to a more easterly one. The permanence of these changes as well as the expansion of the eastern shore, as the area is exposed to the fall and winter storms, remains to be seen.

Clearly, something different is happening in the breach this year. We have been expecting the eastern shore to move westward for some time as that is what breaches and inlets along this shore do. So perhaps that process is beginning in earnest. We will have to wait and see."

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More On The Breach

New Inlet

Our good friend, Sal Calvagna, alerted us to an article that appeared in the New York Times on October 3, 2016, regarding the breach. We think you'll enjoy reading it.

Workshop for the Restoration of Bellport Bay’s Eelgrass

Eel Grass

On Saturday, October 1st, the first of two workshops was held at the Bellport Village Marina by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County’s Marine Meadows Program. The workshop was designed to prepare Eelgrass beds for replanting in Bellport Bay. The participants were taught how to weave Eelgrass shoots into burlap planting discs which will later be planted in restoration areas of Bellport Bay by the Cornell Cooperative Extension staff.

A second workshop will be held on Saturday, October 15th starting at 10am at the Bellport Village Marina, to prepare even more of these Eelgrass discs for replanting in the Bay. If you’d like to participate, just come on down to the Marina on the 15th at 10am and join in.


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September 2016

Legislator Browning Welcomes the Miranda Family into Their New Home in Bellport

Miranda Family

Legislator Kate Browning celebrated with the Miranda family as officials dedicated their new home in Bellport. The project was made possible through a partnership with Suffolk County and Habitat for Humanity.

The property at 715 Walker Ave. in Bellport was another tax lien parcel that Suffolk County transferred to the Town of Brookhaven through its 72-h program. The program continues to prevent speculation on future rentals, and provides middle-class families with an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Had the property not been transferred to the Town, it would have been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“It’s always an incredible day when we hand over the keys of a new home to a beautiful family,” stated Legislator Browning. “By increasing homeownership in our communities, we are ensuring a better quality of life in the surrounding area. I wish the Miranda family the best of luck in their new home.” Courtesy photo.

Bellport's Latest Visitors - Turkeys!


Have you seen the latest visitors to Bellport? Terri Hall sent us this photo and the following note:

These fine feathered visitors seem to have extended their summer vacation; growing up before our eyes, they have wandered their way through many of our Village streets. Here's a photo of their recent visit to Colonial Lane. A tribe of 13, every one of them remain healthy and quite entertaining!

Have you seen the turkeys around town? If so, email us a photo of your sighting and we'll post it on!

Below are some photos from residents from their turkey sightings!


Susan Stumme sent this photo and said,
"Turkeys on morning parade in our Bieselin Road backyard!"



Diane Sands sent this photo and said,
"The day after Thanksgiving on Mott Drive. They made it!"



Jane Tierney sent this photo and said,
"Wild Turkeys in Brookhaven Hamlet"



Marion Harder

Marion Harder sent these photos and said,
"Turkey invasion on Colonial Lane!"



David Carlson
David Carlson sent this photo and said,
"Tough times ahead if you're a turkey!"



Monique Armann

Monique Armann sent these photos and said,
"Here our my turkey pictures on my front lawn on Circuit Road. I too have been watching them since the spring when they ran across Head of the Neck. We love spotting them!"



Turkeys at the Mullaney house on Colonial Lane.



Jamie Nesi sent this video and said, "Turkeys on Bieselin Rd in Bellport!"



Karin Johnson
Karin Johnson sent this photo and said,
"Here they are crossing Station Road as babies in the spring."



Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor
Steve Gaynor sent these photos and said,
"I have been watching them all summer. They have grown so much and we were pleased to see them again within the last week. The upper picture was from July 20 and the bottom was on August 20 when big momma was making sure that her kids got across the road safely."



Alice Townsend
Photo courtesy of Alice J. Townsend



Leslie Healy
Photo courtesy of Leslie A. Healy

Boat Capsizes with Eight Aboard in the New Bellport Inlet

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Depending on the state of the tide, the currents in the new Bellport Inlet, part of Fire Island’s Otis Pike Wilderness Area, can be treacherous. It’s for that reason boaters are forbidden to use the inlet and warnings have been posted for boaters to remain well clear of the inlet at all times.

On Sunday, September 18, 2016, at approximately 4:00pm, Bellport Village residents called 911 to report that a boat had capsized in the Bellport Inlet with eight people aboard, two adults, one senior, two teenagers and three children.

Lifeguards, at Bellport’s Ho Hum Beach, heard a transmission regarding the emergency on their radio and ran the mile and a half distance down the beach with their emergency equipment to give assistance. Upon arrival, Bellport Lifeguards, Alex Sneddon, Glen Spetta, Alexandra Donnelly, and John Foley found the boaters were in a state of shock with lacerations, bruises and one had been hit on the head when the boat capsized. The Lifeguards stabilized the group and with the help of Fire Island National Seashore Rangers, the boaters were driven westward down the beach where the group was met at Ho-Hum Beach Marina by the Suffolk Country Marine Bureau Police. The injured boaters then boarded Bellport Village’s Whalehouse Point Ferry and were taken to the Bellport Village dock where they were met by the South Country Ambulance Company and immediately transported to Brookhaven Hospital.

Thanks to all involved. It was a good outcome to what could have been a tragic event.

Tim Edwards sent us these photos from the rescue. Click to enlarge any photo:



Residents Show Their Support for the Brookhaven Animal Shelter


Pet Sketch

This summer, Pamela Lerner, Susan Toplitz and Jenny Coffey set out to raise funds for the Brookhaven Animal Shelter on "Bellport Day" and "Dogs Night Out." Susan Toplitz (artist extraordinaire) sketched out wonderful dog portraits from the opening to the end of both events. Dogs and their owners stood patiently in line to be the next model, and were happy to pay the $20 portrait fee to help the shelter. During the portrait sessions, Penny Coffey served delicious cupcakes and champagne.

Raffle tickets were also sold in hopes of raising $1000 for the shelter. Between the raffle tickets and one last email blast for donations, they far exceeded their fundraising goal!

Pamela, Susan and Jenny would like to thank Barbara & Ed Knowles, Marna & Fred Varney, Pam & Jon Schneller, Steve Orluck, Mark Ellis, Alun Davies, Russell Nardozza, Patricia & Michael Zadelas, Susan Jones, and all of the raffle ticket buyers. It really does "take a village!"

If any one has extra blankets, dog bowls, toys, food or monetary donations, you can drop them off at Pamela Lerner Home & Design, 145 South Country Road, Bellport. 631-776-2183.

New Inlet September Update

New Inlet August 2016

Charles Flagg, Claudia Hinrichs, Roger Flood and Robert Wilson sent us their latest report on the status of the Old Inlet Breach. They had this to say:

"We are coming up on the four-year anniversary of Sandy and the formation of the breach near Old Inlet. So this is a good time to see how things have progressed in recent months, and during the recent visit by the remnants of Hurricane Hermine. These events give us an interesting perspective on the stability of the system." Click here for their full report.

Bellport Village Resident, Jameson Armann to Help Kick Off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in Unique Annual Video Presentation

Jameson Armann

Jameson Armann of Bellport Village will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, September 17th, as part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome, reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome, which is the mission of NDSS.

The photo of Jameson, who happens to have Down syndrome, was selected from over 2,000 entries in the NDSS worldwide call for photos. Over 400 photographs will appear in the video, which will be shown in the heart of Times Square.

Jameson Armann is pictured with his sister, Lexington Armann, and his dad, Don Armann, surfing in Montauk at "A Walk On Water" surfing event. Courtesy photo.

Bellport Resident, Richard Weissmann Wins Dan’s Papers Literary Festival Grand Prize for Nonfiction


Bellport resident, Richard Weissmann won the Grand Prize in Dan’s Papers 2016 Literary Festival. This was the fifth annual award for nonfiction, which requires authors to write between 600 to 1500-words about any nonfiction subject that references the East End of Long Island in a significant way. Weissmann lives in Bellport and taught High School English for many years. He is the author of several articles on haul seining and commercial fishing for The New York Times. His Montauk based thriller, In Secret Waters, also features Bonacker characters.

Below is Weissmann’s winning entry:


Sometimes, in the pre-dawn light of a cold November morning, at a beach near Amagansett, the ghosts come back to me. I am surf casting for striped bass—the king of inshore fish—who are making their annual migration around Montauk Point to head south for the winter. This is the most solitary style of sport fishing, and as I step into the surf to cast a heavy, bucktail jig out beyond the breakers my mind drifts back to another era: an era now lost in time.

The beach in my memory is bleak and grey with fog as a pair of 4-wheel drive pickup trucks buck and jolt through a dune cut. They pass new, million dollar houses which stare vacantly out toward a low, leaden sky above pewter ground swells that groan landward toward the narrowing fall beach. The sea air is heavy with the aroma of kelp and the salty tang of shells and sand. The vehicles turn east and lurch slowly between the hump-backed dunes and the wave cut shelf of eroded beach. Inside the trucks are men clad in canvas coats, oilskins, and high sea boots. They are fishermen—ocean haul seiners—whose ancestors settled in the Accabonac area of East Hampton centuries ago and gradually became known as “Bonackers”.

One of the pickups pulls a trailer with a big, double-ended dory stacked high with a half-mile long seine net. The men in the trucks could be from any one of the dozen or so Bonacker families that once fished this beach: Havens, Lester, Bennet, Miller, or Edwards are a few. But in my memory today I hear a voice from the lead truck say, “Here, Bub. This looks like the spot we can catch a bunch.” It is the voice of Dan King, and as I watch the dory backing down to the surf, I see it is painted red, white, and blue with a big star on the bow.

Dan steps out of the truck. He is a powerful-looking bear of a man with an old-time whaler’s beard arcing across his chin, sans mustache. In the early-dawn light he looks much like his 19th-century whaling relatives would have looked. He signals two of his crewmen who leap into the dory and start the outboard, which is mounted in a center well. The motor shrieks as the boat hits the waves and slides off the trailer. It rises steeply over the first set of waves, cuts neatly through the next, and finally gains the relatively calm roll beyond the surf. The net is connected to a power winch on the truck, and one crewman stands in the boat feeding it over the stern. A few hundred feet out from the shore the boat turns parallel to the beach dropping the seine as it goes.

Within minutes a string of cork floats traces the long arc of the net just below the surface. An orange buoy in the middle marks the “bunt”, or bag, which imprisons the fish enclosed by the “wings” of the twine. Finally, the dory comes back ashore far down the beach where the second truck is waiting and a two-hour process of winching the net in begins.
My vision is interrupted by a powerful hit on my lure. I set the hook, my rod bends, the reel screams and for the next several-minutes I concentrate on the fight. The sun is just above the sea now and the monofilament line glistens in the brilliance as it traces my connection to the fish. Waves break around my waist. I struggle to stay upright against the sucking current. Eventually, I reach out and grip the fish’s lower jaw and drag it onto dry sand. It is a striped bass, almost three-feet long. It is a beautiful creature; dark, lateral stripes along white sides with a bronze-green back.

Admiring the fish, I, once again, envision Dan King standing in the “buddy bed” of his truck keeping tension on the hauling rope wrapped around a powerful windless head as the net comes slowly ashore. He jokes with one of his crew: “If we don’t get a bunch in this haul, Bub, you’ll be eat’n snowballs all winter. The only way to do that is to cook ‘em real fast before they melt.” The other man grunts as he continues to clear kelp and crabs from the twine.

The trucks gradually move towards each other as the wings of the net are winched in on both ends. By the time the net has enclosed an area the size of a backyard they are almost nose to nose. Dan points to the “nervous water” where the backs of fish are darting from side to side in their panic. A few leap over the corks to freedom. Excited sea birds squawk and swoop down to grab whatever they can. “Get that bunt ashore before they all break out,” Dan yells. One of his crew runs to attach a heavy rope to it and begin the final process of winching the bulging bag ashore.

The sun is well up now as the bag is hauled past the surf line. It looks like a beached whale until Dan pulls on a rope that holds the end closed. Then the fish begin to spill out onto the sand. The big scales of the bass reflect like mirrors as the men begin tossing each fish into the truck beds. Dogfish, skates and other undesirable fish are flung back into the breakers, and the beach is alive with birds grabbing smaller baitfish.

It is not a huge catch: perhaps five-hundred pounds of stripers, worth two to three-dollars a pound at the Fulton Fish Market. Still, the men celebrate and congratulate themselves. The camaraderie of this type of commercial fishing is probably unique to haul seining—a tradition that goes back to Native American days.

But not everyone is celebrating. Inevitably, the commotion has drawn a few spectators. Some surfcasters gather and mutter their opposition to this type of competition for striped bass. Dan and his crew ignore the comments as they work quickly to clear the beach. The tension is only broken when the big dory—its American flag logo ablaze—is winched onto its trailer and the crew heads back up the beach. I look at the big fish at my feet. Thirty years have gone by since the last haul seine was set. The sport-fishing lobby, aided by the discovery of PCB chemicals in the flesh of striped bass, brought an end to commercial fishing for the species. Although the fishery has since reopened, haul seining is still banned in this state. Along with it a Bonacker tradition has faded into history. Only the ghosts remain.

“I miss them,” I think out loud, as I hoist the striper and walk it down to the surf line. It is well above the legal size limit, but I don’t want to kill anything today. With one powerful thrust of its tail the fish is gone. The beach is empty once again.

Legislator Browning Welcomes the Pimentel Family to Bellport

KAte Browning

Legislator Kate Browning celebrated with the Pimentel family as officials dedicated their new home in Bellport. The project was made possible through a partnership with Suffolk County and Habitat for Humanity.

The property at 727 Michigan Ave. in Bellport was another tax lien parcel that Suffolk County transferred to the Town of Brookhaven through its 72-h program. The program continues to prevent speculation on future rentals, and provides middle-class families with an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Had the property not been transferred to the Town, it would have been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“One home at a time we are taking these neglected and blighted properties and turning them into positive assets for our communities, which is only made possible through the 72-h program,” stated Legislator Browning. “It is amazing to see new homeowners moving into our community who will take pride in the quality of life in the surrounding area. I wish the Pimentel family the best of luck in their new home.” Courtesy photo.

August 2016

Happy Birthday, Bobby!

You may not know Bobby Sterling, but if you live in or visit the South Country area, you know who Bobby Sterling is. You’ve seen Bobby riding his bike down South Country Road at all hours of the day and night in heat, wind, rain and snow and you’ve seen him riding his bike at the end of just about every parade that takes place around here. Bobby is an important part of our community and last Saturday, August 20th, Bobby celebrated his 60th Birthday.

Congratulations Bobby! If you see Bobby around town, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday!

The New Bellport Scooter Sculpture





Last summer, 2015, a project was started that would be a partnership between the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council, the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, and the Village of Bellport to design and erect a sculpture that would represent the Village of Bellport. The two Village icons, the Bellport Gate and the Bellport Bay Scooter were both incorporated in the design Timothy and Rachel Miller, of the “Spirit Iron Works,” came up with.

The sculpture, which is located on the Village Green in front of CVS downtown, is about 9’ wide and 8’ high and it’s estimated to weigh about 500 pounds. The project was paid for by an $11,000 grant plus materials and labor donated by the Spirit Iron Works. The next time you’re downtown, stop by the Village Green and enjoy this wonderful addition to the Village.

It’s a Small World at the BBHS

Small World

Small World 

On August 12th, a new show opened at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society located at 12 Bell Street in Bellport Village. The “Small World” show features dollhouses and toy buildings inspired by the dollhouse replica of the Post-Crowell House donated to the BBHS in 1981. The Post-Crowell House itself, located on Bellport Lane, is in urgent need of restoration and it’s hoped that the Small World show will draw attention to this important project.

The Show will run on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm and Sundays from 12noon to 3pm until October 2nd. Admission is free to BBHS members and children under 12. The cost for adult non-members is a nominal $5.  Click here for more information about the BBHS.


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The BBHS “Authors and Artists” Series Featuring Wednesday Martin

Wednesday Martin

Wednesday MArtin

Wednesday Martin

Wednesday Martin 

If you missed the August 19th "Authors and Artists" presentation at the BBHS, you missed a great program. Wednesday Martin, author of Stepmonster and the 2015 best seller Primates of Park Avenue, a merciless take (or take down) of the Moms of the Upper East Side, examines their behavior from both a personal and social researcher’s perspective.

Hosted by Bellport’s own Bob Morris, the evening featured a wine and cheese reception with the author and lots of lively discussion. Here are links to three YouTube clips that were created to promote Primates of Park Avenue. After watching them, we’re sure you’ll be sorry you missed the program!

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Click here for more information about the BBHS. 

5th Annual Cocktails on the Bay Celebrates Bellport Village Program Fund





Over 200 guests gathered for cocktails in the garden at the bay front home of Roger and Sava Thomas on Saturday, August 13th to support the highly successful projects launched by The Bellport Village Program Fund. Many local businesses and residents generously contributed to the exciting auction and raffle.

Michael Foster, Chair of The Bellport Village Program Fund, led the guests in a toast to the success of the many projects executed thus far and Town Supervisor, Ed Romaine, attended and praised the efforts of the BVPF. We wish the BVPF continued success with its important work in the future.

Photos courtesy of Michael Foster, Chairman, Bellport Village Program Fund.

Video Coverage of David Ebner, “Reflective Impressions” at Pamela Lerner Home & Design

For the month of August, Pamela Lerner Home & Design is featuring an extraordinary collection of works focusing on reflective and textural surfaces by David N. Ebner. One of only 14 noted American Masters of the Studio Craftsman Furniture Movement, David continues to evolve; creating purposeful pieces drawing from 50 years of furniture making and master craftsmanship. To whet your appetite, has created a video for you of the opening of the show and an interview with David Ebner. Click here for more information about Pamela Lerner Home & Design.

South Country Art Students Decorate The Village Bistro

Village Bistro

When the South Country Schools’ art program contact the Village Bistro and asked if they could decorate the Bistro’s front windows, the answer was “Sure!” The American Flag now adorns the window to the left of the front door and how could they resist “Sponge Bob” and his friends to the window to the right? Click here for more information.

July 2016

Video Of The Bellport Chamber of Commerce’s Bellport Day Festival

On Saturday, July 30th, the Bellport Chamber of Commerce once again held their annual “Bellport Day” Festival. This year’s Festival was bigger than ever with live music, dance performances, bounce houses, a craft fair, an art show, pony rides, a trolley car, and food specials at the local restaurants. It was a great day for the whole family. If you couldn’t make it, was there to video the day for you! Click here for more information about the Bellport Chamber of Commerce.

Terri Rides Again! The Cash Mob Returns To Bellport Village

Cash Mob

Cash Mob


Cash Mob


Cash Mob


Cash Mob

Terri Hall is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She’s one of those people who is constantly trying to make the world a better place and help others in any way she can.

Back in January of 2012, Terri had a wonderful idea. She had heard about a national movement called the “Cash Mob” and thought it would be a great idea to help the struggling businesses on Bellport Village’s Main Street. Remember, we’re talking about January of 2012 when a downtown business could roll a bowling ball down Main Street and not hit a customer!

The idea was simple. A Cash Mob is a community group made up of local residents who want to help small, locally owned, businesses survive. The participants understand how important these small local businesses are to the community and its quality of life and they want to try to help in some small way.

The “Mobbing” of a local business is simple. A local business is selected based on its support and contribution to the local community and it must be locally owned. Although the public doesn’t know which business has been selected until minutes before hand, the business is notified in advance so that they can be prepared for the Mobbing that’s on its way. When the group meets, their destination is announced and they then descend on the designated business, Cash in hand, to make purchases to give the designated business a boost in sales.

Between January and August of 2012, eight local businesses were descended upon by Terri’s Cash Mob and her program was even featured on MSNBC’s “Your Business” TV show. The eight local businesses which benefitted from the Cash Mob’s efforts were: Bellport Liquors, The Brookhaven School of Dance, Cafe Castello, It’s Only Natural, The Red Bench, Summer Salt, The Tavern On The Green, and The Variety Mart. It’s sad to say that of the eight businesses selected, only four have survived to today, but that doesn’t lessen Terri’s accomplishment, instead, it demonstrates how correct she was in selecting the local businesses that were hurting and really needed some help.

This brings us to this past Friday evening when Terri decided it was time for the Cash Mob to ride again and this time; descend on Giovanni Naso’s Celadon Home in the heart of the Village on Main Street. Lots of people attended cash in hand to give this local business a much appreciated shot in the financial arm.

Terri, all we can say is "Thank You" for all your hard work on the behalf of our community and our local businesses. A simple "Thank You" isn’t enough, but we know it is all you would want.

The BVPF “Meet the Parents” Event

On Saturday, July 16th, the BVPF, Bellport Village Program Fund, held another of their “Meet the Parents” events at Mothers’ Beach. It was a chance for Village residents to meet one another and in particular, young families to get together and have some fun. Once again, Flo’s Food Truck provided delicious cuisine for purchase. If you couldn’t make it, you’ll enjoy the video shot while we were there. Click here for more information about the Bellport Village Program Fund.

Announcing a Book for Parents of Non-Mainstream Children


Susan Hendrie-Marais

We're happy to announce that Susan Hendrie-Marais, daughter of Bellport's own Elaine and Joe Hendrie, has just published her first book, "Navigating the Labyrinth of the Non-Mainstream Child."

The book is based on Susan's experience raising a non-mainstream child and is both a memoir and a manual. It details how to think and act in the confusing labyrinth-like world of children who just don't fit in at home, in school, and elsewhere.

Susan was one of a small group of founders of a school for special needs children in Marin County, CA. Not being a professional in this field, she has drawn on her education, experience, and instinct to forge a path through the often confusing and exhausting world of non-mainstream children. Susan holds two Masters Degrees and an MBA. She has worked on the scientific staff of two university laboratories and was a management consultant, both in Europe and the U.S., before entering "the labyrinth."

Here is how Amazon Books (where you can purchase "Navigating the Labyrinth of the Non-Mainstream Child) describes Susan's book:

"One neurotic and overly educated mother's experience raising a non-mainstream child, including a detailed appendix describing medications, therapies, therapists and developmental guidelines. This is a journal of lessons learned, mistakes made and advice as to how to navigate this world successfully."

To whet your appetite, here's the beginning of the first chapter...

"1. First You Panic, But You Don't Have To:

If your experience is like mine, one day in your otherwise uneventful life you will have received the shocking news that your child's development is not meeting the milestones that some authority somewhere has decided were a prerequisite for normal healthy growth.

You probably will have wondered already about the sometimes odd behaviors of your child. Maybe the lack of eye contact or the repeated, perseverative phrases and gestures. Maybe the intense fixation on certain inanimate objects. You may have attributed these oddities to genes from the brilliant but eccentric man you married or other various unique family circumstances. In fact you have now been told that there is "something wrong." That the gestures and behaviors you once found oddly charming are evidence of some kind of developmental problem, a delay, a disorder, or God knows what.

What now?

After taking a really deep breath and some time to compose myself, what I did was to try to figure out what this was, what it meant, and what I could and should be doing about it. This book is a chronicle of that journey, the knowledge I gained, the mistakes I made, and the advice I wish someone had given me. I am by no means an authority in any of the areas relevant to these problems. I have two science degrees and an MBA, none of these even close to the knowledge of the medical and mental health professionals we came to know so well. I have not worked in health care or in any of the mental health fields. I was then, and am now a really devoted, tenacious and neurotic mom trying to figure out how to help my wonderful but sometime troubled child. The good news is you don't have to panic, but you do have to think hard and work even harder from here on in."

If you have a non-mainstream child, we hope you'll consider purchasing a copy of "Navigating the Labyrinth of the Non-Mainstream Child." Here is a link to Amazon Books where you can place your order.


The South Country Educational Foundation’s 18th Annual Cocktail Party & Auction

On Saturday, July 9th, the SCEF once again held its Annual Cocktail Party & Auction. This event is one of the true high spots of the summer season with great food, drink, and wonderful people, all, for a wonderful cause. And, once again, Chantal and Richard Berman were kind enough to offer their lovely home as the site of this year’s Cocktail Party & Auction.

If you weren’t able to make it, or even if you were, was there to video the event for you!

The More Things Change, by Richard Weissmann

Sailboat Columnist, Rich Weissmann, recently had an article published in Elliman Magazine. The piece is entitled, “The More Things Change” and it’s about Bellport Village, its history, and what it’s like to live here. The article first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of ELLIMAN Magazine, published by ELLIMAN Media, a division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. If you’d like more information, please visit To read the article, just Click Here.

I Have To Apologize...

July 4th

For the past 12 years has covered the July 4th festivities in Bellport Village extensively. We’ve shot loads and loads of photographs and videos and we’ve written extensively about this very special day in Bellport. Well, this year there aren’t any photos or videos. Here’s why...

You may know that for the past 10 years or so, has sponsored a twice monthly “Jam Session” for local musicians. This year we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to play some music on Bellport Lane on the 4th?” So, I first contacted Kate Carmel, President of the BBHS, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, and asked her how she’d feel about our setting up and playing music on the BBHS’s property on Bellport Lane on the 4th. Kate was great and asked me to contact Tom Cornell, President of Thos. Cornell Galleries, and work out the details with him. Well, Tom found us the most beautiful location that couldn’t have been better. Eight of us played for 4 hours. We played all kinds of music, but primarily, Traditional, Old Timey, and Folk music. Over the 4 hours, hundreds of people stopped by to listen, sing along, and dance a little. It couldn’t have been better.

At one point, a little girl, about 6 years old, walked up and dropped a dollar bill in one of our guitar cases. She thought we were “Busking.” If you’re not familiar with the term, “Buskers” are the street musicians you’ve seen playing for tips all over the world. Well, according to the Village Board, Busking isn’t allowed in Bellport Village, even though it’s protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Last summer I thought it would be great to bring some live music to Main Street on the weekends. The merchants and Chamber of Commerce approved it, but when I approached the Village Board for permission, they said, “No.” Mayor Fell said it was “Begging” and if he allowed it, the Village Attorney said the next thing we’d see is “Sword Swallowing” on Main Street. You can’t make this stuff up. Anyway, that’s why there’s no live music on Main Street and it was such a treat to give the gift of music to all the Bellport Residents and Visitors on the 4th. I hope we can do it again. By the way, we thanked the little girl and gave her dollar back. It was the thought that counted!

 Awarded Constant Contact’s All Star Award... For the 4th time!

Constant Contact Award

For the 4th year in a row, has been selected by Constant Contact to receive their "All Star Award" for our Weekly Email Blasts, for 2015. With over 5 million customers, Constant Contact is one of the leading communications companies designed to help small businesses and non-profits communicate with the world. Click here for more information.

June 2016

Reggie Seltzer Has Passed Away

Reggie Seltzer 

We can’t begin to tell you how sad it is to report that Reggie Seltzer has passed away. Reggie was a good friend of and we’re going to miss her deeply.

Reggie’s son, Eric, asked us to share the following with you.

Regina Seltzer died on June 29th at her home overlooking the gardens she ardently tended and the Great South Bay, two of her favorite scenes. Reggie was a dynamo. Born in Poland in 1929, she escaped Nazi persecution first emigrating to Palestine and then to New York where she lived the American Dream. She married Stanley and they had two children. Early on, she was a school librarian. Later she was elected a Brookhaven Town Councilperson. For a third career, she became a lawyer. She ran for Congress defeating the incumbent in the Primary, but losing in the General Election. She used her legal degree to protect the environment and challenge questionable governmental actions. She was an expert on the law of standing. Her passions included gardening, tennis, sculpting, walking in nature, birding, and writing a mystery novel about Benedict Arnold. Reggie is survived by her son Eric and his wife Nealle, her granddaughters Veronica Jean and Bryn, and innumerable friends.

The Bellport Rotary Club is Looking for New Members

Bellport Rotary

On Tuesday, June 28th, the Bellport Rotary Club held a “Networking Meeting/Cocktail Party” to introduce perspective new members to all the wonderful good deeds the Rotary Club does each year. The meeting was held at Avino’s Italian Table in the Village and about 35 members and perspective new members were in attendance. Paul Quinn (R), the Rotary Club’s newest member, was introduced to everyone by Pete Roe (L), Club Secretary.

If you’re interested in joining the Bellport Rotary Club, click here for more information.

And... Don’t miss the Bellport Rotary Club’s 7th Annual Charity Beer, Wine & Food Tasting coming up on Thursday, August 18th at the Bellport Country Club! It is always a great, fun, event.

Bellport Rotary

James Jankowski of Bellport High School Honored at Dellecave Awards

James Jankowski, a Senior at Bellport High School was honored at the 16th Annual Butch Dellecave Awards held on June 12, 2016 at the West Lake Inn in Patchogue.

Named in memory of the legendary educator, official, and coach Gaetano “Butch” Dellecave, the award is the product of a highly successful 16-year partnership between local school districts in Suffolk County and the award organizers: the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, the Butch Dellecave Foundation, and Newsday.

Athletic Directors from all sixty-six Suffolk County school districts are asked to nominate students from their high school senior class. Nominees must be students who are not only at the top of their game, but also score high in classroom performance and in their commitment to local community service.

Pictured, Bellport High School nominee James Jankowski is flanked by Dellecave Foundation Co-Directors (left) Guy Dellecave and (right) Mark Dellecave.


Great New Inlet Photo

Tim Edwards, of the FireNews, was on a Southwest flight passing over Fire Island and got this great photo of the New Inlet. We thought you'd enjoy seeing it. Thanks, Tim!

Inlet Photo

Watch the 2016 Bellport Village "Meet The Candidates Night"

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, a Meet The Candidates Night was held in the Community Center located at 4 Bell Street in Bellport Village. The three candidates for the two Trustee positions up for grabs in the June 21st elections, Joseph Gagliano, Steve Mackin, and David Smith were there. Terri Tuthill, of the Long Island Advance, moderated the event. recorded the entire meeting from beginning to end so if you weren’t able to make it and would like to see and hear what the candidates had to say, here’s your chance.

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

On Saturday, June 18th, The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area held its annual Beach Ball fundraiser. There was lots of music, dancing and outstanding culinary delights! All proceeds from the Beach Ball contribute to the operating expenses of the Boys & Girls Clubhouse and ensure that over 850 youth, ages 5 through 19, have a safe place to learn, grow and most importantly, feel a sense of belonging and community. If you weren’t able to make it to the Beach Ball, was there and we’d like to share our video coverage of the event with you.

Arthrogryposis Awareness Day

Arthrogryposis Day

On Tuesday, June 14th, NYS Assemblyman Dean Murray introduced a resolution calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to proclaim June 30th, 2016 as Arthrogryposis Awareness Day in the State of New York.

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), is a rare condition that occurs before birth and causes the baby to be born with multiple joint contractures. It is estimated that AMC affects roughly 1 child in every 3,000 births. While there is no known cure for AMC, there are treatments, such as surgeries, various therapies, etc. that can improve a person’s independence level and quality of life.

Assemblyman Murray says, “The purpose of passing the resolution was to increase awareness about this condition throughout the state. It is our hope that increased awareness will bring about early intervention, which is key to increasing the success rate of treatment.”

Several families from across the state joined Assemblyman Murray in the Chamber to witness the passage of the resolution. Among those who made the trip to Albany was Bellport resident, Rebeccah Gomez and her 21-month old son, Matthew, who has AMC. Murray says, “Ms Gomez has been an extremely dedicated and active proponent of increasing awareness about AMC and I was so happy that she, and Matthew could join us to see the resolution get passed.”

The passage of this resolution makes New York the 25th state to officially recognize June 30th as Arthrogryposis Awareness Day throughout the country. Ms Gomez says, “On June 30th, I will be proud to join families across the State of New York and the Nation in wearing the color blue to promote awareness and to honor those affected by Arthrogryposis.” Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Murray

New U.S. Citizens Recognized


Legislator Kate Browning was proud to attend a citizenship recognition event at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library on June 5, 2016. Twelve local residents obtained U.S. citizenship over the past year, after completing the library’s citizenship preparation program.

“The Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library runs an amazing literacy program and has helped countless residents become United State citizens,” stated Legislator Browning. “Having personally gone through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen it is particularly special to celebrate this proud achievement with our residents.” Photo courtesy of Legislator Browning

Here’s a Mystery For You!



Here is a mystery particularly for the old timers in and around Bellport. First, we received the following letter from a Mr. Bob Brackin along with the fronts and backs of two photos from the 1930’s. Here’s Bob’s note to us...

“Hello, attached are two photos, and the back of one of them, with writing on it. I found these (and three more related ones) in a box of old photos from my parents, now deceased. All my family photos are from the lower southern states. As best as I can determine, they must be from the Bellport on Long Island. I have no idea who these ladies are, or why the photos are in the box of my family photos. Do you agree that they were taken there? Can you think of any way to figure out who they may be? I can't help but be curious. Thanks. Bob Brackin.”



OK, we were hooked so we wrote back to Bob to see if he had any additional information. Here’s what he said...

“Hi Larry,

Thanks for the response. I've attached two more images to go with the ones I already sent to you. The two ladies in bathing suits at the top of the first attachment were obviously taken at Camp Bay House. The one below says Leah on the back, the same as on one of the other pictures. It is the same person in a different setting. I've also attached a word document with information that lets me feel that these pictures (except the solo studio-looking picture of Leah) were taken at Bellport on Long Island.

(I also have two additional photos. One is a woman and young boy on a sidewalk against a wall, in nice clothes, and the writing at the top says "winter 1928," and the pen and handwriting are the same as on the Bellport photos. The other is a woman and three boys on a street somewhere, and on the back is written "April 1931." The pen and handwriting on the back of that one looks the same as on the back of the Leah studio photo. I think they are all connected somehow, but these two photos are for another time. For now, I'll just stick with the Bellport photos.)

As for my family, as far back as I know (I have information on two of the four lines of my family going back to the 1800's) everybody has lived in the South. My mom was born in 1922, my dad 1923, both in lower parts of Alabama. Every family member I've ever heard of has lived in the Southern states. I don't know of anyone who's ever lived above the Mason-Dixon Line. That's why this set of photos is so peculiar, so out of place in the box of family photos I have here. It's like somebody found them at a garage sale, liked and bought them, and then took them home and put them in the box.

There may be a simple explanation for them being in my box of family photos, but I don't know what it is. Also, my dad was a teller of family stories, and I listened to a lot of them, and I never heard anything relating to the photos. And he told a lot of family stories.

That's about all the information I have at this time. If you have any questions, let me know. I hope you have a good day.

Bob Brackin.”





So now the mystery is in your hands! Does anyone recognize anyone in these photos? Can you provide any additional information? Come on folks, let’s solve this mystery! Email us with any information you have!

First Place Winner from South Country Central School District- Computer Graphic Artist Wins in Mixed-Media Category


Natalia M., a student from South Country Central School District enrolled in the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Computer Graphic Arts Program at Islip Career Center, captured first place in the Mixed-Media category at the LongHouse Student Annual Art Show in East Hampton. Natalia will accept her award at a ceremony and reception on Tuesday, June 14th at the LongHouse Reserve.

Students are invited to participate in the Student Annual Art Show each year and are encouraged to express themselves in any media of their choosing. Photo courtesy of Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Candidate S. David Smith Holds a “Getting Acquainted” Get Together At Cafe Castello

S. David Smith

On Saturday, June 11th, candidate for Bellport Village Trustee S. David Smith held a get together at Cafe Castello so that he and Bellport Village Residents could get more acquainted with one another. Mr. Smith will be running for one of the two open Trustee positions in the upcoming June 21st Village Elections. Mr. Smith has been encouraging Village Residents to either call him at 631-286-1976 or email him at with their questions or concerns. He promises to, “Listen carefully to issues raised by any resident” and, “Insure that all are given fair consideration.”

S. David Smith

De Vito Campaign Kicks Off With Petition Drive

De Vito

On Saturday, June 11th, John De Vito, candidate for New York State Senate in the 3rd District, kicked off his petition drive at his new office located at the four corners in Bellport Village. De Vito is supported by Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning (D-3rd District) and Reggie Seltzer former Democratic candidate for Congress and resident of Bellport Village.

De Vito seeks to defeat freshman Senator Tom Croci (R-Islip) and he hopes to be running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence Party lines. John is a 25 year-old, lifelong resident of Mastic Beach, and a graduate of William Floyd High School and New York University.

De Vito

Video of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society's 2016 Gala, "Fowl Play"

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society held its 2016 Gala, "Fowl Play." The chicks from Isabella Rossellini’s Long Island farm inspired the event this year. The international actress and filmmaker collaborated with Brookhaven photographer Patrice Casanova in a series of portraits capturing her Heritage Breed of chickens in all their fine-feathered glory.

The BBHS Gala highlighting the exhibit began with a Cocktail Party which included cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live and silent auctions, live music, and an opportunity to meet Isabella Rossellini, Patrice Casanova, Francisco Costa and John DeStefano. Naturally, was their capturing video of the event for you to enjoy. Click here for more about the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

Video of the Bellport Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale

Postponed from Memorial Day due to bad weather, the Bellport Garden Club held their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, June 4th on the "green" in front of CVS on South Country Road in Bellport Village. Offered for sale were perennials, annuals and herbs, as well as gardening items, gardening books, and flags. All plants were grown by garden club members and the proceeds of the sale went to the Beautification Fund. Click here for more about the Bellport Garden Club.

New Inlet June Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on June 1st and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"Another set of aerial photos and a video mosaic were taken on June 1st around 9:30AM during ebb tide in the bay and near low tide in the ocean. Comparisons with the previous months' photos shows that very little has changed since mid-April. The spit off the western shore is broader than in previous years but has yet to extend as far as Pelican Island. Last year the spit contacted Pelican Island near the end of June, so there is time left to match last year's rate of growth. The overall width of the breach remains about 400 meters while the main channel is well defined in these photos and is about 80 meters wide at its narrowest. Offshore, the ebb shoal is very well defined extending well west of the breach opening. To the east of the breach there is evidence of rip currents channeling through the ridge and runnel system."

New Inlet

New Inlet

May 2016

Video of the Dorry Tooker Memorial Antique and Church Fair

The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church held the Dorry Tooker Memorial Antique and Church Fair on Saturday, May 28, 2016. This annual event features antique and book vendors along with yard sale items and baked goods prepared by members of the church. As usual, Rev. Tom Philipp was there keeping an eye on his “flock” and helping out where ever he could. We hope you enjoy our video coverage of the event.

Legislator Browning Sponsors Extreme Yard Clean-Up

Yard Clean Up

The South County Community Leadership Network (SCCLN) was out in force this month cleaning up and beautifying North Bellport properties that were selected for some assistance through the Extreme Yard Clean-Up program. Legislator Kate Browning sponsored a property, which was led by legislative aide Janet Horan. The volunteer crew consisted of members from the William Floyd Key Club, South Country Community Leadership Network (SCCLN) Board and teachers from the South Country School District. They worked to beautify the property at 62 Carver Blvd. in Bellport for the spring. Additional properties were also selected and beautified by volunteers throughout the community.

The effort was initiated through the SCCLN and advertised in the community throughout the spring. Homeowners needed to apply and were chosen by the SCCLN board. 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, Independent Group Home Living (IGHL) in Moriches and Long Island Flower Garden in East Patchogue. 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 the William Floyd Key Club, my staff and community volunteers to beautify the North Bellport area. I look forward to building upon our efforts.”

Pictured left to right: Volunteers Kiera Horan of the Wm. Floyd High School Key Club, Colleen Horan, SCCLN members James McCue and Maria McCue, and South Country SD teacher Kristen Thompson and her husband Ken. Photo courtesy of Legislator Browning

New Inlet May Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on May 11th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"The flight took place just after low tide in the bay, ~8:40AM EDT May 11th, so many of the sand shoals were dry while clear ocean flood waters covered the area making the submerged channel and shoals more visible than last month. Overall, the situation looks very similar to last month with the exception that the ebb shoal has reappeared and there also seems to be the beginnings of the seasonal spit growing out of the western shore. The mosaic from this flight does a better job of showing the path of the main channel which passes close to the large area of sand left over from the collapse of the spit last fall and then passes close to the remains of Pelican Island. The minimum width of the deep channel is about 100 meters while the overall breach opening is about 400 meters. These numbers have remained about the same for more than a year.

Results from the realtime monitoring of conditions in Great South Bay show that salinities in Bellport Bay remain about the same, between 28 and 30 psu, while salinities at the GSB1 buoy south of Sayville are between 28 and 29 psu. The fluorometer on the buoy which measures chlorophyll, shows that spring algal bloom has started in the middle of the bay while the sensor at Bellport in the east indicates that the spring bloom has yet to begin. Temperatures in the bay are around 15C, a little cold for brown tide, but increasing rapidly.

The GSB1 buoy was moved to a protected area over the winter and after refurbishment and new batteries, redeployed in its usual position in mid-April."

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New Inlet

The Bellport Bay Yacht Club Lease

For some time now, the Bellport Bay Yacht Club and the Bellport Village Board have been trying to negotiate a new lease for the land the Yacht Club uses and the land used by the Bellport Bay Sailing Foundation which conducts summer youth sailing programs for children in the community. On Monday, May 9, 2016, a meeting was held in the Bellport Village Community Center as part of a regularly scheduled “work session” for the Village Board. About 50 members of the Yacht Club and Sailing Foundation attended the meeting to express their concerns regarding the apparent breakdown in the lease negotiations. They claimed that although they thought the lease negotiations were just about done, at the last minute Village Trustee Ferrigno and Village Clerk John Kocay came up with new restrictions that would dramatically affect the Yacht Club and Sailing Foundation’s ability to conduct their youth sailing programs safely.

Rather than try to tell you about the meeting, we recorded a half hour video of the meeting in its entirety so that you can come to your own conclusions. In addition, was sent a copy of the letter from the Sailing Foundation to the Village Board that you’ll hear referred to in the video. Click here for a copy of that letter.

The First of Thos. Cornell Galleries, LTD.’s Auctions in Bellport Village

On Saturday, May 7, 2016, Thos. Cornell Galleries, LTD. held the first of its monthly auctions on Main Street in Bellport Village. The auction was preceded on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning by an opportunity to preview the items which would be up for auction on Saturday afternoon. was there to capture this unique new event in the Village.

Legislator Browning & Habitat for Humanity Raise Walls on New Home in North Bellport

Habitat for Humanity

Legislator Kate Browning celebrated with future homeowners William and Diana Jaramillo-Marquez and their daughter Angee as the first walls of their new home on Meade Ave. in Bellport were raised on Wednesday, April 27th. The project was made possible through a partnership with Suffolk County and Habitat for Humanity.

The property at 810 Meade Ave. in North Bellport was another tax lien parcel that Suffolk County transferred to the Town of Brookhaven through its 72-h program. The program continues to prevent speculation on future rentals, and provides middle-class families with an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Had the property not been transferred to the Town, it would have been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

“We must continue to turn neglected and blighted properties into positive assets for communities, and the 72-h program does just that,” stated Legislator Browning. “It is amazing to see new homeowners moving into our community rather than problem rentals that bring down the quality of life in the surrounding area. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.”

Photo: William and Diana Jaramillo-Marquez and their daughter Angee take a break from constructing their new home. Courtesy of Legislator Browning.

April 2016

Village Yoga Video, “The Benefits Of Yoga For People Of All Ages And All Body Types.”

The following video was recorded at the April 2016 meeting of The Fireplace Literary Club where Nancy Norman spoke about “The Benefits Of Yoga For People Of All Ages And All Body Types.” Woven into the presentation is 16-minute Dynamic Chair Yoga demonstration you won’t want to miss.

Click here for more information about Village Yoga.

B&B Committee Meeting with Audio Recording

Bed and Breakfast Meeting


I’d like to thank Mary Butler for notifying us about the B&B Committee Meeting which was held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 so that we could get the word out ahead of time about the meeting. We attended and recorded the meeting so that we can now share it with you.

Between 50 and 70 people attended the meeting which was held in the Community Center on Bell Street in the Village. No real conclusions were reached. The audience was made up of individuals with many different points of view and at times, we found it confusing to find a common thread of agreement. It seems the committee’s recommendation is to only allow B&B type businesses in the business and professional areas of the Village, but not much more was agreed on beyond that. It would probably be best if you listened to the meeting yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Please click here to listen to the meeting.

In addition, on April 20th, we received the following note from Mary Butler, Chairperson of the B&B Committee:

Thank you for attending the B-n-B/Rental Committee’s informational meeting this past Saturday. Based on the body of work that our group developed, I thought it would be helpful for all village residents to hear directly what our recommendations are. In addition I believe it is important to recognize the time, research and commitment that all of the committee members made.

The B-n-B and Rental Committee’s recommendations are:


1) B-n-Bs are not permitted in the residential districts (A, B, AA). As the current code states, in summary, the purposes of these districts are for single-family, detached dwellings. (If any resident wishes to read more about the permitted uses in the residential districts, please go to Section 21-216, Section 21-239 and Section 21-261 of the Bellport Code of Ordinances).

2) Ask the Planning Board to review adding B-n-B to the allowable business uses for Business District E and the Professional District. Please note that “Section 21-286 – Use” section, of the Bellport Code of Ordinances, states that Hotels are allowed in the Business E District.
a) If the Planning Board and the Board of Trustees approves the addition of B-n-B to the Business E and Professional Districts, we recommend that the Planning Board defines hotel and B-n-B, what these entities are and what these entities are not.

In reference to Rentals:

1) Define rentals:
- “Long term rentals” are rentals, with a written lease or rental agreement, and are for a period greater than four (4) consecutive months (in excess of four (4) consecutive months).
- “Short term rentals” are rentals, with a written lease or rental agreement, and are for a period of four (4) consecutive months or less (less than or equal to four (4) consecutive months).
2) All rental properties are to be registered with the Village of Bellport, as in accordance with Chapter 24 of the Village Code of Ordinances.
3) Information that would be required would include:
a - Address of the property and tax identification of the property
b - Property owners name(s) and contact information
c - House/property managers name(s) and contact information
d - Confirmation that an accurate and up to date Certificate of Occupancy is on file with the Village of Bellport
e - Acknowledgement that appropriate carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in place and are in working condition
f - The names of the tenants renting the property along with their contact information
g - The period/term of the lease, with specific dates
h - All tenants will be given a summary of the Village of Bellport Codes, such as proper disposal of garbage, parking regulations, noise regulations especially from 10 pm to 7 am, and use of amenities. We ask all residents and visitors to treat Bellport and each other with common courtesy.

Thank you again Larry, for your interest, and the important work you do, in our community. We so appreciate providing this information regarding our recommendations directly to all homeowners in the Village of Bellport.


Bellport High School Robotics Team Places in Regional Competition

Robotics Winners

The Bellport High School Robotics Team competed for the first time in the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center on March 12th. Competing against teams from all over New York State and around the world, Bellport earned 17th place out of a field 66 teams. They're looking forward to participating next year and are also hopeful that they'll make the finals. Way to go Bellport!

Pictured from left to right: Mr. Jaime Canjura, Jude Andre, Habiba Yanni, Joey Gomes, Domenick Nazzaro, Brian Irace, Pedro Rivera, Ethan Kerr-Smith, Jared Voegele, Matthew Honce, Brian Larkin, Pablo Martinez, Mr. Phil Caputo, Tomas Rentas, Austin Strom and Mr. William Schmidt.

A Fundraiser for the teams will be held on Saturday, April 30th at Avino's Italian Table. Join them for great food, raffles and a Chinese Auction, all to benefit these wonderful students! Click here for more information.

New Inlet April Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on April 13th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"Here are some new photos from our flight on April 13th. Low tide at Bellport was at 11:18 AM while the flight was around noon so many of the sand islands were visible. However, the water in the breach was rather murky from the earlier ebb flow. The width of the breach, about 450m, remains the same it has been since the first of the year when both the east and west spits were removed by storms. The new developments are an expansion of the sand area just north of the western shore, the development of a bulge in the shore to the southwest of the breach and the apparent absence of the ebb shoal. The south shore bulge is close to the area where a sand island was formed last April. The disappearance of the ebb shoal is a bit strange as it usually shows up near low tide and has been a permanent if variable feature of the photos since the beginning.

The development of the large expanse of sand shoals to the north and west of the main channel is beginning to look very similar to the western side of Old Inlet and Ridge Island to the north. The only thing missing is the westward growth of the eastern. We'll see what the spring-summer seasons bring."

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New Inlet

Is This Where Sod Comes From???


It’s not unusual for Eel Grass to blow up on the beach at the marina, but it IS unusual for it to be Kelly Green and thick enough for the birds to walk on it while the grass floats on top of the water. We thought you’d enjoy this photo.

March 2016

The 2016 Bellport Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade

On Saturday, March 26, 2016, The Bellport Chamber of Commerce once again held their “Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade.” It was a blustery morning with a chill in the air, but no one seemed to mind. The Bellport Fire Department supplied their antique fire truck and as usual, “Bobby” brought up the rear. was there to video the event for you so sit back and enjoy the parade.

New South Country Robotics Teams
Robotics Team

Robotics Team

Robotics Team

New this year, in both the South Country Middle and High Schools, are Robotics teams. These teams are both part of the “FIRST” league which stands for, “For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology.” The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The new Bellport Middle School team is called the Robo Panthers. It’s an “FLL” team or, “FIRST Lego League” team. The students design, build, and program a Lego robot to perform missions autonomously on a table-top playing field. As part of the program, the students learn to code and use innovative designs.

The students also research a real-world problem. This year, their problem is trash and the challenge is to develop a solution to trash. The robot the students designed often doesn’t do what they want it to do. This is where the real learning happens!

The new Bellport High School team is called the Trailblazers. The Trailblazers are a “FRC” team or, “FIRST Robotics Competition” team. While adhering to strict rules, during a six week time period the team must design, build, and program a large metal industrial size robot capable of playing a difficult game with like-minded competitors. In addition, the students are challenged to design a team “brand,” build teamwork skills, raise funds, form alliances, and create strategies to compete in the game at a FRC Championship. The students also learn to use engineering software and apply STEM concepts in real life applications. Without volunteer professional mentors, Mr. Gulatiere at the Middle School and Mr. Canjura at the High School, giving their time and guidance to our young bright minds, none of this would be possible.

A Fundraiser for the teams will be held on Saturday, April 30th at Avino's Italian Table. Join them for great food, raffles and a Chinese Auction, all to benefit these wonderful students! Click here for more information.

South Country Ambulance Company Chief, Gregory C. Miglino Jr., Responds To Michael Jaycox

Ambulance Chief Responds 

At the February 2016 Bellport Village Board meeting, Village resident, Michael Jaycox, made comments and statements regarding the South Country Ambulance Company and encouraged Bellport Village to pursue an alternative ambulance service for the Village. At the March Village Board meeting, held on Monday, March 21, 2016, South Country Ambulance Chief, Gregory C. Miglino Jr., spoke to the Village Board in order to respond and clarify some of the issues raised by Mr. Jaycox the month before.

Please click here to listen to what Mr. Miglino had to say.

The South Country Ambulance Company is a supporter of

The Bellport Fire Department’s First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the Bellport Fire Department held its first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade started at Station Road and Head of the Neck and proceeded south on Station Road to the four corners where it turned left and finished up at the fire house, and the “Bellport Fire House Beer Garden.” Various organizations and fire departments participated and everyone had a wonderful time.

If you couldn’t make it to the parade, or even if you could, was there to record the parade for everyone to enjoy. Click above to watch and listen to the parade.

Fiddlers Green at the South Country Library

On Friday, March 18, 2016, a concert was held at the South Country Library to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Fiddlers Green is a group that specializes in a soulful brand of Irish music that at times is joyous and at other times is full of sorrow and longing. The library decorated the room for the holiday and Irish Soda Bread was served following the performance. A wonderful time was had by all.

Here’s a short video that will give you a taste of what you missed!

The South Country Ambulance Company’s 75th Anniversary

In 2015, the South Country Ambulance Company celebrated their 75th anniversary. To help commemorate this achievement, the Ambulance Company put together a short video highlighting their place in our community over the past 75+ years. We urge all residents of the South Country area to watch this video so that they will have a better understanding of the Ambulance Company’s role in all of our lives. We’re proud to have the South Country Ambulance Company as a supporter. Click here for more about the South Country Ambulance Company.

Annual Report on the New Inlet

New Inlet

Charlie Flagg sent us his annual report on the status of the breach and its impact on the rest of the Bay. Click here to read his report, complete with photos.

A Conversation With Congressional Candidate Dave Calone

Dave Calone

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, a “Conversation” was held with Democratic Candidate for Congress, Dave Calone, at The Bellport restaurant in Bellport Village. The meeting was organized by Larry Tierney, Brookhaven Hamlet Democratic Party Volunteer, and about 75 local residents were in attendance including Reggie Seltzer and Suffolk Country Legislator Rob Calarco.

The purpose of the get together was to familiarize voters with Congressional Candidate Calone and to gather signatures on a petition to get his name on the ballot in the upcoming election. According to the Candidate, he’s “Helped create jobs on Long Island and across the country. The only thing Congress has created is gridlock. We need more opportunities in Suffolk and less bickering in Washington.” “I’m running for Congress to stand up for Long Island families and against the destructive Tea Party agenda in Washington.”

Photo above, from L to R: Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco, Reggie Seltzer, Congressional Candidate Dave Calone

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New Inlet March Update

New Inlet

Rich Giannotti and Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on March 8th and sent us this update along with new photo above. Click on the photo to enlarge.

"The flight took place near high tide but the water was clearer than during the last couple of flights so that the shoaling in the channel is clearly visible.

The total width of the breach is now close to 500 meters. This is a result of the retreat during the January storms of the spit on the west side that had closed off the channel to some extent. However despite the relatively large distance between the headlands, the main deep channel through the breach was noticeably narrower as we flew over, and is on the order of 75 meters wide. There is a large shoal extending into the breach from the east highlighted by the breaking waves along its rim. This shoal extends to the north in the main channel reaching all the way to where the main channel bears off to the northwest. The interesting thing about this shoal is that the main channel into the flood delta is now displaced off to the west, passing close to Pelican Island and no longer hugging the shore of Fire Island. A shoal in that general area has been seen in the past so what this means in the long-term is unclear. The channel off to the northwest just east of the remains of Pelican Island appears to be supporting considerable flow. The osprey nest on Pelican Island is still hanging on. The spit off the western shore remains in essentially the same location it was late in January while the shoals to the north of it seem to have spread out some.

To the south, the ebb shoal has moved onshore by some 100 meters during the past month, as indicated by the breaking waves, while there is now an apparent opening through the shoal to the breach’s main channel. Also, the along-shore extension of the ebb shoal since last month has disappeared."

Where’d The Beach Go???

Ho Hum Erosion

Charlie Flagg and Rich Giannotti took another one of their flights over to the beach to monitor the condition of the breach at “New Inlet.” As you can see, they were really surprised to see how much of Ho Hum Beach had washed away as a result of recent storms. We hope the new pavilion isn’t at risk.

The Pilot Club of Patchogue’s Annual Theater Benefit Celebration

Pilot Club

On Sunday, March 6, 2016, The Pilot Club of Patchogue held their Annual Theater Benefit Celebration to raise money for their various service programs. For over 50 years, The Pilot Club has raised monies for many worthy causes including, but not limited to:

 - The Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC)
 - Brookhaven Townhouse for Adults
 - Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
 - Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services
 - Pick Me Ups Program for Caregivers
 - Mercy Center Ministries
 - Pilot International Scholarships for College Students

This year, once again the Annual Theater Benefit Celebration was held at “Theatre Three” in Port Jefferson. The program included the raffling of almost 100 Gift Baskets and Gift Certificates and a great luncheon. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a performance of Godspell at Theatre Three right upstairs. This is certainly an organization that deserves everyone’s support.

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Bellport Alliance Receives Donated Laptop

Laptop Donation

One person’s trash can be another’s treasure. This is often the case when Suffolk County is disposing of surplus equipment that is no longer needed. Legislator Kate Browning recently secured the donation of a surplus County laptop for the Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance (BHEP) in North Bellport. As a non-profit the organization is eligible to receive items that are deemed surplus by Suffolk County.

The computer will be used in BHEP’s public computer lab located in its headquarters at 1492 Montauk Hwy, Bellport, NY 11713. Anyone can take advantage of the many services offered by BHEP free of charge. BHEP was established in 1979 as a non-profit community service organization. Support services that are provided include assistance to tenants in budgeting, money management, job readiness, and job referrals. Also, tutoring and educational programs for school age children, and programs for the care of the aging.

In addition, BHEP is a satellite location for County services. The Department of Labor (DOL) is at the Alliance every Tuesday from 9:00am-1:00pm. The Department of Social Services is also at the Alliance from 9:00am-1:00pm on the 2nd & 3rd Tuesday, and 9:00am-6:00pm on the 1st and 4th Tuesday. PSEG is at the Alliance every Tuesday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

“BHEP is a valuable asset for our residents,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “It is not easy to run a small non-profit, so I am always happy to be able to provide them with the necessary equipment and resources to help offset their costs and provide vital services. I know they will put it to good use.”

February 2016

Open Mic Night at The South Country Library

South Country Library

Thursday, February 25th, was the last Thursday of February so once again, Patrick O’Leary, the library’s Reference Librarian, held an Open Mic Night at the South Country Library. All ages and levels of performing proficiency were welcome including musicians, poets, comedians, and more. You don’t have to sign up in advance, just come on down between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Upcoming Open Mic Nights will be held on March 31st and April 28th.

Pictured Below: Just some of the performers this month were, from top left to lower right: Nancy Boehm, Lealand Stewart, Rich Giannotti, and Leslie Kane.

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Flooding at the Village Dock

Storm Flooding

As a result of high tide, lots of wind, and unbelievable thunder storms last night with torrential rains, once again the Village dock is underwater. Come on spring. We can’t wait!


rhonda Denet

We are blessed with a lot of live music in the Bellport area. There’s live music at The Bellport, Porters, Avino’s, and Cafe Castello. There are the Acoustic Jams and Acoustic Blues Jams every month at the South Country Library. There’s the summer series in the bandshell down at the marina. And, there are the year round live music programs at the South Country Library which includes an Open Mic the last Thursday of every month.

This past Friday, February 19th, I was privileged to attend the finest live musical event I’ve experienced in my over 45 years of living in Bellport... The Black History Month Family Celebration Concert at the South Country Library featuring Rhonda Denet, “TO ETTA WITH LOVE,” celebrating the music of Etta James. The program included soul, blues, R&B, rock, jazz, and a hint of gospel along with the history of how Etta James’ music evolved over the years.

What can I say about Rhonda Denet? She was superb and her backing trio was amazing. There was Michael Bardash playing the baby grand and electric pianos, Derek Scott Buchanan on bass, and Chuck Batton on drums. Each of them an outstanding individual musician, but together... magic!

I guess you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I’d like to thank Patrick O’Leary of the South Country Library for bringing this wonderful program to town. We’ll be sure to let you know when Rhonda Denet and the trio is scheduled to return to Bellport, but in the meantime, here’s a link to her website.

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Rev. Tom Philipp Turns 80!

Rev Tom Turns 80

On Saturday, February 20th, Rev. Tom Philipp, Pastor of the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church, turned a spritely 80 years old. A party was held for Tom by nearly 100 of his friends and people who love him in the Church’s Carriage House behind the Church. If you’ve listened to our “Round Table” interview with Tom several months ago, you learned that Rev. Tom thinks he has several congregations. He has the congregation at the Church, another that’s a coffee group he sees almost every morning, another at the bar at Porters on Thursday afternoons, and another at the South Country Peace Group. Rev. Tom Philipp is a very special person and a cherished friend. We wish him the best of everything for many years to come.

If you haven’t yet listened to our Round Table interview with Tom, now’s your chance. Just Click Here

John Rogers Receives Community Award

John Rogers

In recognition of his dedication, leadership, selfless service, and commitment to building a "Better Bellport," on Thursday, January 28th, John Rogers received an award at the Greater Bellport Coalition meeting. The clock, presented by Nancy Marr and Jason Neal on behalf of the coalition and the community, symbolizes the many hours over many years that he has given his time, talent and treasure to move the community forward. Some of his recent accomplishments include a successful voter registration drive, a job fair to provide local employment opportunities, and Brookhaven Town's adoption of the Bellport Land Use Plan. He has also led the effort to improve public transportation in the area, and continues to promote a vision of what Bellport can become when neighbors work together. John also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club tutoring math, mentoring with the Bellport Civic Engagement Workshop, and helping coach the Chess Club. Congratulations John!

Are You About To Lose Your SNAP Benefits?


On Tuesday, February 9th, an informational meeting was held at the Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance to discuss changes in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. In December 2015, New York State sent out letters describing new paperwork and rules which will be required to remain eligible for SNAP benefits. Failure to do so may remove up to one million recipients from the SNAP roles.

Jason A. Neal held the meeting at the BHEP Alliance headquarters and Angela DeVito, a Labor Specialist 1 with the Suffolk County Department of Labor gave the presentation describing the requirements and stated that there is only a three month window to comply with the new paperwork and rules. Ms. DeVito is pictured here with Jason Neal. Click here for more information.

Enough is Enough!


They say “third time's a charm" so let’s hope this third snow of the winter is the end of it for this season. The Village ran out of places to hide the snow so they started piling it up in the visitor’s parking lot behind the bandshell at the marina. As you can see, the snow mountain is now 10’ to 12’ high and growing. Enough is enough with the snow!

The Underground Railroad on Long Island

Underground Railroad

In honor of Black History Month, on February 2nd,  the South Country Library gave a special presentation on The Underground Railroad on Long Island by Kathleen Velsor, a professor at SUNY Old Westbury and author of The Underground Railroad on Long Island: Friends in Freedom. The journeys of runaway slaves as well as the people who were associated with Long Island’s Underground Railroad were discussed. The approximately 125 people in attendance were taken on a virtual tour of the places and safe houses used by the Underground Railroad on Long Island and the program was a huge success.

New Inlet February Update

Rich Giannotti and Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on January 31st and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"Overall, there wasn't the increase in the width of the breach (from our last overflight on January 6th) that we might have expected given the magnitude of the January 23rd blizzard winds, > 50kts from the northeast. The western shore of Fire Island on the 31st looks much the same as it did on January 6th. The major change that has occurred is that the storm cleared out a lot of the sand between Fire Island and Pelican Island. The sand that was in that area seems to have been pushed to the northwest increasing the area of those sand islands. The eastern side of the breach has retreated from its maximum in October and is now close to the line of brush. However, as shown by the breakers in the oblique photos, there is now a broad shallow area between the eastern shoreline and the main channel that hugs the western shore. This shallow area is larger than we have seen in the recent past and forms a base upon which the eastern shore can build again.

Offshore, the major change has been a stretching out the ebb shoal which now almost reaches Bellport's HoHum beach. And the odd little island that has appeared offshore at low tide just west of the breach for more than a year, seems to have been removed. And lastly, the photos show that despite the strength of the storm and the fact that we could see breakers crashing against the shore from Bellport, there were no new over-washes anywhere in the area including the area to the east of Smith Point Park where the USACE have been building up the dunes."

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January 2016

Video Tour of Bellport During Winter Storm Jonas

Well, the 8" of snow we were supposed to get turned out to be more like 24" to 30" when Winter Storm Jonas hit Bellport on January 23, 2016. Once again, as they have so many times in the past, the Bellport Village Highway Department came through for the residents of the Village without skipping a beat. In particular, the Village's new Highway Superintendent, Jason Crane, was out there in the storm doing everything he, and his staff, could do to help Village residents. We were particularly happy to see the small blue sidewalk plow up and working in the residential areas of the Village. It had been unavailable for some time due to breakdowns. A big Thank You to everyone involved.

The video above will take you on a tour of Downtown Bellport Village and the dock during the storm!

High Tide at the Dock

High Tide

High Tide

Well, it’s January and it’s 61 degrees. Go figure!

Lots of rain and high tide have combined to flood the marina. We’re always amazed to watch people drive through the saltwater. Don’t they realize that to your car it’s like driving through acid? With these temperatures, we’re sure the “Snowbirds” have mixed feelings about heading south or west. These photos should make you feel a little better about your decision.

Legislator Browning Sworn In for 6th & Final Term

Kate Browning

At the January 4, 2016 organizational meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature all Suffolk County legislators were sworn in for their two year terms. Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) took the oath of office for her 6th term, which will be her last due to term limits in Suffolk County.

“It has been a pleasure serving the residents of the third district for the last ten years,” stated Legislator Browning. “We accomplished a lot during my first five terms, but there is much more to do, and I will continue to work hard at improving our quality of life and moving our communities forward.”

The New Students’ Holiday Concert
New Students

On January 2nd, The New Students played their Annual Holiday Concert in a brand new venue, the Old South Haven Church on South Country Road in Brookhaven Hamlet. There was no charge for the show as it was a Holiday gift from the band to the South Country Community that has supported them so well over the years.

The show, as always, was great and included some old favorites and some brand new tunes, but the big news was that The New Students are working on finalizing their third album due out this spring or early summer. If you enjoy their music and want to be one of the first to hear album number three, you can help fund the actual creation of the album by pre-ordering your copy today.

For your listening enjoyment, here are links to two of The New Students’ songs:

Busman’s Holiday

Rye Whiskey

Our Next Interview from The Round Table: Rev. Tom Philipp

Rev. Tom Philipp

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.

The Old South Haven Presbyterian Church was founded in approximately 1717. As you can imagine, the church has a long and very special history, but the church’s current Pastor, Rev. Tom Philipp, has an equally long and very special history. We can honestly say that Rev. Philipp is one of the nicest and most interesting people we have ever met. We’re sure you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation with him. Click here for more information.

The Fix-Up Has Begun... Help the BBHS to Wrap It Up!

Fix Up

The crucial restoration of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society’s jewel, the Post-Crowell House, has started. But they can't finish what needs to be done without your help!

PHASE 1 - Urgently needed roof replacement and stabilization of front porches was completed November, 2015!

PHASE 2 - Critical repairs, restoration and repainting of exterior. Expected to start Spring, 2016.

Your 100% tax-deductible donation, large or small, will preserve our past for the future.

Please consider making a donation today!

Write your check to:
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society

And mail to:
BBHS / Post-Crowell House Appeal
PO Box 47
Bellport, NY 11713

Thank you for being part of the progress to save their history!

Click here for more information.