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June 2016





      
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.

Bellport.com 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, Bellport.com 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

Citizens

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!

Brackin

 

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.”

Brackin

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.”

Brackin

Brackin

Brackin

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

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 sdavidsmith@outlook.com 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, Bellport.com 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."

New Inlet

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, Bellport.com 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. Bellport.com 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:


B-n-Bs

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."

New Inlet

New Inlet






      
Is This Where Sod Comes From???

Sod

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.

Bellport.com 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 Bellport.com.






      
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, Bellport.com 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 Bellport.com 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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Pilot ClubPilot Club

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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!






      
Wow...Wow...WOW!

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 Bellport.com 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.

Rhonda Denet






      
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?

SNAP

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!

Snow

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."

New Inlet
January 6, 2016

 

New Inlet
January 31, 2016

 

New Inlet

New Inlet






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 Bellport.com, 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.