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July 2015





       
Artists On The Lane 2015

Artists on the Lane

 

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

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

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






June 2015





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

Bob Morris

Bob Morris

Bob Morris

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

Click here to listen to Bob Morris' presentation.

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




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

Sporting Life Presentation

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






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

Beach Ball

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

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






       
Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society: “Duck Tales!”

Ducks

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

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

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






       
Bill Mandating NY Rising Reports Passes Assembly

Dean Murray

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

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

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






       
Bellport Loses A Good Friend

Michael Schuierer

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






       
The Brookhaven Free Library Celebrates the Opening of its New Facilities

Library Opening

Library Opening

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

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






       
The Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society Pays Tribute to Ken Budny

Budny

 

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

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

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

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






May 2015





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

Blue Claws

Blue Claws


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

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

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

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






     
Great Live Music at Peter’s On The Green
Peters

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

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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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






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

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

Click Here for photos taken at the event






2015 Bellport Memorial Day Parade

2015 Bellport Memorial Day Parade

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

Click Here for photos taken at the event





      
2015 Bellport Garden Club Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale

2015 Bellport Garden Club Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale 

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

Click Here for photos taken at the event




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

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

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

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

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

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





      
The Dory Tooker Memorial Church Fair and Yard Sale

The Dory Tooker Memorial Church Fair and Yard Sale 

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

Please Click Here for some photos from the event





      
Legislator Browning Helps Spruce Up North Bellport

Extreme Yard Cleanup

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

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

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

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






April 2015




      
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration at the Brookhaven Free Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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






      
Bellport Acoustic Jam Sketches

Joan Tavolott:

Joan Tavolott

Joan Tavolott

Joan Tavolott

 

Gina Lento:

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

Gina Lento

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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

Nick

Nick

Nick

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

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






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

Easter Parade

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






    
Easter Baskets Donated to the Lighthouse Mission

Lighthouse Mission

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






March 2015




    
Ken Budny Passes Away

Ken Budny Passes Away 

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

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

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





    
Bonny Clark Celebrates Her 70th With Friends and Family

Bonny Clark's 70th 

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

Click Here for photos from the party






    
New Inlet March Update

March Update

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

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

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

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

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

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







February 2015




    
Legislator Browning Bans GPS Tracking by Private Individuals in Suffolk County

Kate Browning

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

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

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

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

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

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






    
We Have A New Novelist In Our Community

In Secret Waters, Richard Weissmann 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click for Chapter One of In Secret Waters

Click for Chapter Two of In Secret Waters

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

Amazon.com: In Secret Waters

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

Congratulations Mr. Weissmann for a job very well done!






January 2015




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

Cafe Castello

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






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

Bellport Country Club

The Knot

WeddingWire

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for their online wedding brochure.






    
Legislator Browning Installs New Officers of Bellport Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Officers

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

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

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

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

Click on the photo to enlarge.






    
Detailed "New Inlet" Fall/Winter Update

New Inlet

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

Click here to read his report.






    
Assemblyman Murray Sworn Into Office

Murray Sworn In

 

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

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






    
New Inlet Late December Update

January Inlet Update

New Inlet

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

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

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Bellport Poet Wins Award

Charles Fishman

 

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

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

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

Click here to read the award winning poem.

Photo by Anthony Barboza