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
Four Girls for
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
For more information about Four Girls for Families projects, please visit
Or, contact them at:
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
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
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
"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.
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
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."
January 15, 2017
February 4, 2017
Brookhaven Hospital Visits the Bellport Rotary
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 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
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
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
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
Developing the area where
Station Road meets Montauk Hwy.
Two proposed housing
Bringing a sewer system to
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.
you’d like more information, visit the
SCCC Facebook page.
New Inlet Update
After the Nor'easter
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
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
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."
Hundreds Turn Out
to Get Congressman Lee Zeldin’s Attention
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
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
Here are links to more information about the
Congressman Lee Zeldin
Project Free Knowledge
Patchogue Indivisible Against Hate
The Project Indivisible
Time2Care Long Island
Photos from Our Recent
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
Photo by Jan
Photo by Jan
Photo by Jan
Photo by Kimberly Bancke
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,
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
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
Café Castello for details.
New Inlet January
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
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."
Wow! The 27th Annual
Baycrafters Brown Bag Ball Was a Hit!
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
Click here for more information.
Dynamic Chair Yoga at the Parish Hall
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
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.
here for more information about Village Yoga.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, A Community Festival
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
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
MLK Essay Contest
Winner, Sarieah Watkins
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
I have a dream that while I'm still 10 I should
learn how to defend my family, and stand up for my
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
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
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
here for more information about the Bellport Chamber
Beaver Dam Creek in the
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
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.
Acoustic Blues Jam
Wishing for Spring
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
Thank you, Jane
Tierney for sending us this photo of these
seagulls trying to stay warm at Bellport Dock during
this weekend's snowfall!