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February 2016

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."

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, 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.