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February 2017




      
Death By Chocolate

The BBHS, Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, has always been a very active organization in Bellport- Brookhaven Hamlet. However, in the past few years, under the leadership of first Kate Carmel and now Joan Kaelin, the BBHS has blossomed and is making a very special contribution to our community.

Case in point... While most of us headed for our caves in the winter months, Kate and Joan said, “Let’s put on a show... featuring CHOCOLATE!” and that’s where more than 100 people were this past weekend, at the BBHS’s “Ain’t Love Sweet?” Pre-Valentine’s Day Event.

The evening started off featuring wine, cheese, and lots of other “finger foods” until a murder mystery, along the lines of Mrs. Marple and M. Poirot developed, and in this case, the weapon of choice was chocolate!

The cast of characters, played by BBHS members, were interviewed by a “reporter” trying to get to the bottom of this who done it. Along the way, it was one laugh after another. Let’s just say it was very “punny.”

Spoiler Alert, once we found out the Master Chocolatier at the “Thornbury Chocolate Company” done it, everyone retired to a back room full of every chocolate delicacy you can imagine. The photos here just don’t do it justice! We all became literally, kids in a candy shop!

All of those who attended can’t thank Kate Carmel, Joan Kaelin, and the rest of the BBHS team enough for a wonderful evening. Not only did you get us out of the house, but you put on a great show punctuated by truly outstanding goodies!!!

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Four Girls for Families
Four Girls For Families

Four Girls for Families is a Long Island charity founded by four young girls dedicated to improving the lives of people on the other side of the world. In 2010, in response to a family trip, two sisters, now 14 and 17, joined with friends in Bellport and Brookhaven Hamlet to raise money for poverty stricken villagers in Cambodia. To date they have raised over $280,000 for the cause and have handed out over 3,000 clean water filters.

Recently, the charity’s work has expanded to include the construction of a 500 student school in Sret Village, funding for over twenty deep water wells, four rainwater catchers, and the building of houses for homeless families in Takem, Cambodia.

With the help of a Global Grant from Rotary International, Four Girls for Families is transforming the entire village of Beung Kok through sustainable farming, including livestock , wells, education and sanitation.

Over the years, their commitment to improving the lives of people who do not have sanitary drinking water has only strengthened and the girls make annual trips to Cambodia to oversee their projects. To raise money for the projects, they sell handmade items as well as unique products bought from artisans in Cambodia. 100% of all purchases and donations go straight towards their charity projects.

The girls’ latest trip will be in February to March of 2017 and will allow the girls to personally see the completed 500 student schoolhouse and to deliver water filters to rural villages outside of Siem Riep. To date, Four Girls for Families has provided clean drinking water to approximately 25,000 people!

For more information about Four Girls for Families projects, please visit them at:  www.fourgirlsforfamilies.org 

Or, contact them at:

fourgirlsforfamilies@gmail.com
Four Girls for Families
P.O. Box 632
Bellport, New York 11713
(631) 776-7672 (917) 693-5989

Photo above: Four Girls for Families “Pop-Up Store” in August, 2016, at Café Castello, Bellport. (Left to Right) Sam Specht, Nick Gagliardi (owner of Café Castello), Rae Specht, Maddie Joinnides, Amelia Kocay and Eloise Kocay.






      
Christ Episcopal Church Welcomes Deacon Terrence Buckley to Bellport

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Christ Episcopal Church of Bellport has welcomed their new Clergy in Charge, The Reverend, Terrence Buckley. Christ Church has been without a Rector since the retirement of John E. Walker, III in June 2015, and has continued as a house of worship through the help of supply priests and the commitment of their Parishioners.

Deacon Buckley’s story is very interesting as he just retired from the Suffolk Country Police Department. Bellport.com sat down with him for a recorded interview to learn about his travels from Police Officer, to Clergy Intern in three Long Island churches, to Clergy in Charge in Bellport Village that we’d like to share with you.

Click here to listen to our interview.






      
New Inlet February Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on February 4th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

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"Saturday was a nice day and the plane had been repaired so I carried out another breach aerial survey. This is a follow up on the preliminary photo sent out last week to see what impact the nor’easter of January 23rd – 25th had on the breach. The flight was carried out around low tide in the bay and mid-tide in the ocean. As a result, more of the sand islands of the flood delta show up while less of those in the breach and just offshore to the west show up.

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Overall, there was not as much change as one might have expected from the fairly strong nor’easter. The eastern shore of the breach which has pushed west for the past several months, seems to have retreated about 100 meters since the January photo so that the breach is now about 300 m wide at its narrowest. The tide stage might be a factor in this as the January photos were taken near low tide in the ocean. Interestingly, the exit channel from the breach to the ocean remains heading off to the east. I certainly had expected that that would have been affected by the storm. The ebb shoal is not all that visible in these recent photos partially as a result of the tide stage but also because the winds were offshore and so the waves were less. The sand island offshore and just west of the breach which was clearly evident last week was submerged this time. Again, probably the result of the ocean’s tide stage.

One area which was impacted by the storm was the area just west of the breach. This shows up in the comparisons of the area (in the photo below). The over-washes did not reach the bay but one of them did penetrate more than half-way across the island. The photos also show that the western shore of the breach had eroded some on the southeast corner while the sand plume to the north had increased in size."

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Brookhaven Hospital Visits the Bellport Rotary
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A recent Bellport Rotary meeting featured guests from Brookhaven Hospital. Richard Margulis, Director of Brookhaven Hospital, Carolyn Villegas, head of Public Relations, Clyde Parker, Hospital Board Member, and Dr. Joseph Harder visited the meeting. They shared information about the growth and improvements taking place at the hospital and the soon to open Knapp Sweezy Cardiac Center.

Photo by Titus Kana. From L to R: Hans Temple, Carolyn Villegas, Dr. Joseph Harder, Richard Margulis, Clyde Parker, Pete Roe, and Matt Pallas






      
Mark’s First Anniversary

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis joined Pamela Lerner Home & Design a year ago as their Interior Designer. We sat down with Mark to discuss his background, the services he can provide, what it’s like to work with an Interior Designer, and how one can make your life easier when it comes to remodeling projects. Click here to listen to our interview.






      
“Czech it Out” by South Country Concerts

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, South Country Concerts performed, “Czech it Out,” at the Christ Episcopal Church on South Country Road in Bellport Village. The featured performers were Naho Tsutsui Parrini, Violin, Laurinel Owen, Cello, and Richard Pearson Thomas on Piano. The pieces performed were “Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75,” by Antonin Dvorak, “Variations on a Theme of Rossini,” by Bohuslav Martinu, and “Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 15,” by Bedrich Smetana.

Rather than tell you about the concert, Bellport.com was lucky enough to video the entire concert for your enjoyment. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy a truly wonderful performance!






      
The South Country Community Conference

South Country Community Conference

Started some 30 years ago by Tony Gazzola, the South Country Community Conference is a group that meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the South Country Ambulance Company facility located at the corner of Montauk Hwy and Dunton Ave. in East Patchogue. The SCCC is “dedicate to preserving our community” and in this case, the “community” is North Bellport, East Patchogue, and the Hagerman areas. When the SCCC founder, Tony Gazzola, passed away, Gino Cruz, who is also President of the South Country Library Board of Trustees, stepped up to keep the program going.

When Bellport.com visited an SCCC meeting recently, the topics being discussed included:

  • Cleaning up the portion of Montauk Hwy. between Station Road and Dunton Ave.

  • Developing the area where Station Road meets Montauk Hwy.

  • Two proposed housing developments.

  • Bringing a sewer system to the area.

  • Bringing development similar to that in Patchogue Village to the area.

  • Cleaning up and or knocking down abandoned homes in the area.

  • The success of the recent gun buy back program.

  • The renaming of the Martha Ave. Park in North Bellport to honor Tony Gazzola by renaming it Tony Gazzola Park.

If you’d like more information, visit the SCCC Facebook page.






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New Inlet Update After the Nor'easter

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Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach after our recent Nor'easter and sent us this update along with this new photo. Click on the photo to enlarge.

"I intended to do an over flight as usual to see if there was any impact on the breach from the recent nor'easter. However the plane was down with starter motor problems so the best I could do was a photo from the glider tow plane which is attached. The black streaks are parts of the propeller caught by the camera.

Judging from what I could see, there was rather less change in the breach than one might expect from a storm with 50kt gusts reported. The photo was taken around 12:40 EST and near mid-tide in the bay and low tide in the ocean. The eastern shore line in the breach looks much as it did two weeks ago and might actually have extended farther west. The sand island that has appeared in the middle of the channel south of the remains of Pelican Island is still there and looks bigger although that might reflect the tide level. Offshore, the sand bar that was evident to the west on January 15th was awash at the time of the photo. And the offshore ebb shoal looks about as before extending well to the west.

Hopefully, we'll get a better set of photos as soon as the plane is repaired
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Hundreds Turn Out to Get Congressman Lee Zeldin’s Attention

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On Saturday, January 28, 2017, hundreds of protesters turned out at Sunset Harbor Catering in East Patchogue, in spite of 36 deg. temperatures and a pitch black night with no street lighting, to get Congressman Lee Zeldin’s attention. The event, billed as, “Listen Up, Lee Zeldin!,” was held by a coalition of political organizations in the first congressional district; Project Free Knowledge, Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate, and Time2Care Long Island. They demanded that Congressman Lee Zeldin set a date to meet with their leadership. Rep. Zeldin was at Sunset Harbor Catering, to be honored by the Rotary Club of Shirley and the Mastics as their “Man of the Year.”

The groups claimed, “He has outright refused to answer constituent’s questions on major issues. We need to remind him he works FOR US!” “Mr. Zeldin has an obligation to explain his lack of availability and to begin direct communication with constituents.”

In response to a request made, several weeks ago, by Patchogue Indivisible founder John A. Smith, it was claimed the event was a response to a January 25th conversation with Congressman Zeldin’s Executive Assistant and Legislative Aide Nicole Paciello, who, it was claimed, refused to confirm or deny even the possibility of giving a definite meeting time with leaders of the groups. Project Free Knowledge leader, Anna Sitzmann, said that when confronted with questions about claims that Mr. Zeldin constantly holds public events to engage with constituents and collaborates with grassroots organizations, Ms. Paciello said she could not answer any questions over the phone and that she would prefer all future discourse to take place via email. When Ms. Sitzmann requested to speak with Director of Communications Jennifer Disiena, she said Ms. Paciello stated that no one in the entire office was available to speak on the phone at the moment or in any foreseeable future.

“Project Free Knowledge, Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate, and Time2Care Long Island are local grassroots political organizations working in concert to demand transparency and accountability from elected officials at all levels of our government.“

Here are links to more information about the organizations:

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The Project Indivisible

Time2Care Long Island

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Resident Photos from Our Recent Nor'easter

We'd like to send a huge Thank You to Jan Shannon and Kimberly Bancke for sending us these photos of the dock after the Nor'easter storm earlier this week.

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The Greater Bellport Coalition

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On Thursday, January 26, 2017, we attended the January meeting of the Greater Bellport Coalition. The GBC “is a coalition of community groups formed in 2006 that is working with Brookhaven Town and Sustainable Long Island on the implementation of a community development plan to guide the growth of the Greater Bellport area.”

Their goals are: “Addressing such issues as downtown revitalization, economic development, housing, unemployment, neighborhood safety, blight, open space preservation, recreational opportunities, walkability and community involvement to create a vibrant, healthier place to live and work where there is also an overall benefit and increase in wellbeing in quality of life for our children, young adults, individuals, families and seniors.”

The Member Groups of the GBC include, “The Boys and Girls Club, St. Joseph the Worker Church, Victory Church of God, HELP Suffolk, Bellport Alliance, Bellport Youth Football, and South Country Community Conference, East Patchogue North Bellport Community, among others.”

If you’d like to join the GBC or just attend a meeting, the meetings are generally held the 4th Thursday of the month from 7pm-9pm at the Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance, 1492 Montauk Hwy, Bellport, NY, 11713.

Some of the topics discussed at the January meeting included a “Brownfield Opportunity Grant” update, an update on the development of Montauk Highway stores and apartments, the County Economic Downtown Revitalization Grant, the Ecke Avenue Project, and the boarded up houses in the community. On this last point, it was pointed out that in the past two years, the number of boarded up houses in the area bordered by Sunrise Hwy and Montauk Hwy to the north and south, Bellport Ave. and Dunton Ave. to the east and west, had dropped from 80 houses to 45 houses. Although still not perfect, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.






      
Babies Love Books and It's Never too Soon to Start Reading

Books and Babies 

On January 25, 2017 we stopped in on a "Books for Babies; Meet and Mingle" program held at Café Castello in Bellport Village for children and their parents ages birth to 18 months of age. The program is a national literacy program conducted by the Brookhaven Free Library that acquaints parents of newborns with the important role they play in the development of their children. If you have young children, be sure to catch the program the next time it’s held. Check with Café Castello for details.






      
New Inlet January Update

Charlie Flagg conducted another overflight of the breach on January 15th and sent us this update along with new photos below. Click on any photo to enlarge.

"We carried out a photo overflight of the breach area Sunday, January 15th, around 2:30PM. At that time, water levels in Bellport Bay were relatively low and several of the sand islands were exposed.

We haven't had any major nor'easters this fall so the changes in the breach area show a continuation of the gradual development that we have seen over the past year. The biggest surprise was that the shoal in the middle of the channel between the remains of Pelican Island and the eastern shore, had surfaced. Other than this development, the flood delta remains much as it has been. The eastern shoreline of the breach has continued the gradual westward growth that started in August so that now the minimum shore to shore width of the breach is about 230 meters, as compared to approximately 500 meters a year ago. The deep part of the channel that flows along the western shore is now about 80 meters wide. The exit channel to the ocean remains heading off to the east and the ebb shoal extends quite far to the west. A year ago the exit channel trailed off to the southwest. And there is a sizeable sand shoal extending off to the south and east from the western shore that marks the offshore edge of the exit channel. It looks like there is a lot of sand there as well as just west of the eastern tip. Whether this sand is going in or out of the breach is unclear but things are clearly changing.
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Wow! The 27th Annual Baycrafters Brown Bag Ball Was a Hit!

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On January 21st, the Baycrafters held their 27th annual “Brown Bag Ball.” Originally started by members of our community to help those less fortunate, every year it gets bigger and better.

The concept is simple. Fill a brown paper bag with canned and dry goods, hand over a $10 bill, and you’re in. Are you ready for this??? The Baycrafters were able to collect over 2,400 lbs. of food for those who really need it!

The Ball is held at the Parish Hall of the Christ Episcopal Church, but donations are shared with the local food pantries including the Christ Episcopal Church, Mary Immaculate Church, and St. Joseph the Worker Church. As the Bellport United Methodist doesn’t have a food pantry right now, their share is split between the other food pantries.

Setups, snacks and music are provided by the Baycrafters, but it’s BYOB. As you can see from the photos, everyone had a great evening for a very important cause. Current members of Baycrafters include: Al Rand, Fran Fosmire, Bob Nalewajk, Rich Dallin, Geoffrey Marschall, Scott Munson, Scott Budny, and Bruce Wallace. Everyone should feel really good about what they accomplished! Click here for more information.

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Dynamic Chair Yoga at the Parish Hall
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Every Monday and Thursday, Nancy Norman, of Village Yoga, teaches a “Dynamic Chair Yoga” class that’s held at the Parish Hall at the Christ Episcopal Church located at 64 South Country Road, in Bellport. This class has been a tremendous success and service to people with limited mobility who know the importance of keeping their bodies moving.

This past Thursday, we decided to stop by and see what it’s all about. You couldn’t imagine a group of more enthusiastic people. In addition to it being great for them physically, they were having a GREAT time! In addition to the adapted yoga postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama), the class includes health and wellness ideas and suggestions. Each week there’s a brief discussion of a specific health issue or medical condition along with yoga postures and breathing techniques that address those issues.

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Shown here, with both hands raised, is the Goddess Pose, or Deviasana as it’s called in Sanskrit. The pose with one hand raised is called the Gate Pose or Parighasana in Sanskrit.

In addition to Nancy Norman teaching, the members of the class are: Joan Barone, Julia Binnington, Judi Bird, Jean Coakley, Joan Kinsella, Joan Koob, Nancy Meade, Jean Pokorny, Ann Quinn, and Mary Sanford. Click here for more information about Village Yoga.






       
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, A Community Festival

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On January 16th, a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Festival was held at the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area in cooperation with the “Building Bridges in Brookhaven” organization. About 200 people attended the three hour program which began with the announcing of the winner of the MLK Essay Contest, Sarieah Watkins. Sarieah, who is only ten, was awarded $150 for her efforts. You’ll find her essay below.

For the older folk, there was a panel discussion on Dr. King’s legacy. For the teens, there was a Social Justice Through Poetry Workshop and for the younger children, there was an Arts & Crafts Workshop. At noon, everyone enjoyed a Luncheon Celebration with music followed by a Service Project and Volunteer Fair. The Festival closed at about 2pm with a Closing Ceremony.

 

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MLK Essay Contest Winner, Sarieah Watkins

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From left to right: Jason Neal, Boys & Girls Club Community Liaison, Sarieah Watkins, Essay Winner, Sherika Adams, Boys & Girls Club Director of Youth Programs.

I Have A Dream Speech by Sarieah Watkins

I have a dream that children should not give up on their dreams, and shall never give up on hope.
I have a dream that kids that bully should stop and make a difference.
I have a dream that the world shall become great again.
I have a dream that while I'm still 10 I should learn how to defend my family, and stand up for my rights.
I have a dream that all these wars should stop.
I have a dream that kids around the country should be able to get an education.
I have a dream that my family will love forever.
Also a saying from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Don't let anyone get in the way of your dreams.'' So I want you to leave with that message today.






       
New Bellport Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Bellport Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, an Installation Dinner was held for the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, 2017, Board of Directors at the Bellport Country Club. About 75 Chamber members attended the event which featured entertainment by "America's first singing poet," Steve DePass, and music by the band, “Summer Breeze.”

From left to right, the new members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors are:

Terry Tuthill, Director, Ron Trotta, Sergeant-At-Arms, Lynn S. Burnett, Secretary, Paul Quinn, Director, Chris Hane, President, Kate Browning, Suffolk County Legislator, Gabrielle Corsetti, Treasurer, Merri Avino, Vice President, John Hannon, Director, Dave Schultzer, Director, LuAnn Thompson, Vice President, Christa Ruth, Director

Click here for more information about the Bellport Chamber of Commerce.






   
Beaver Dam Creek in the Snow

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We'd like to thank Ron Kinsella for sending us this photo he took of Beaver Dam Creek in Brookhaven.






      
Local Musicians Help Support Local Food Banks
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For over ten years now, Bellport.com has been hosting local “Jam Sessions” for our local musicians. The Jams are usually held twice a month and as a way of saying “Thanks,” the musicians and audience members are asked to either bring and donate non-perishable food items, or, as an alternative, put a few dollars in the “can.” We estimate that about 300 pounds of food and about $1,000 is donated each year.

The donations aren’t used for any one particular cause because there is so much need in and around our community. Over the years, donations have been made to a wide variety of worthy causes. Just some of the recipients include: The Boys & Girls Club Of The Bellport Area, the Christ Episcopal Church Non-Profit Baby Pantry, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church’s Food Bank, St. Joseph The Worker’s Food Bank, the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Long Island Cares, and Necessities for the men and women in our Armed Services.

Currently, there are two Bellport.com “Acoustic Jams” held each month at the South Country Library. One is oriented towards Traditional, Old Timey music and the other is an Acoustic Blues Jam. Here are links to more information about both Jams. If you “play” or just want to stop by and listen, come on down, but don’t forget to either bring some non-perishable food or a few bucks to help support our efforts.

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Wishing for Spring

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There is light at the end of this tunnel! Angela Giannotti sent us this photo she took last year on March 9th.






      
Seagulls in the Snow

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Thank you, Jane Tierney for sending us this photo of these seagulls trying to stay warm at Bellport Dock during this weekend's snowfall!