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January 2015

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

Cafe Castello

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

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

Bellport Country Club

The Knot


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

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

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

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

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

Click here for their online wedding brochure.

Legislator Browning Installs New Officers of Bellport Chamber of Commerce

Chamber of Commerce Officers

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

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

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

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

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Detailed "New Inlet" Fall/Winter Update

New Inlet

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

Click here to read his report.

Assemblyman Murray Sworn Into Office

Murray Sworn In


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

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

New Inlet Late December Update

January Inlet Update

New Inlet

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

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

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Bellport Poet Wins Award

Charles Fishman


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

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

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

Click here to read the award winning poem.

Photo by Anthony Barboza