Get Into The Spirit! 2018 Local Holiday Events 162

The Holidays are fast approaching and celebrations start soon across Suffolk County.  Communities will host parades, festivals, tree lighting ceremonies and more. Add additional Magic to your Holiday Season by attending these local events with friends and family!

 

PATCHOGUE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

WHEN November 18th, 6 p.m.

WHAT Santa captains his own vessel acting as the caboose to a dozen long trolley of fantastically adorned boats draped in holiday lights and decorations.  The theme of this year’s Patchogue Village Christmas Holiday Boat Parade is “A Cartoon Christmas.” A preview of the boats and “People’s Choice Award” contest will be held on Saturday, November 17th from 5-9 p.m. at the Off Key Tikki.

WHERE Patchogue River waterfront.  Viewing locations are available at Drift 82, Off Key Tikki, The Oar Steak & Seafood Grill, Harbor Crab as well as the ferry terminals.

INFO 631-804-0595,https://patchogueboatparade.org, free event

 

THE 2018 PATCHOGUE CHRISTMAS PARADE

WHEN November 24th, 6 p.m.

WHAT The Village of Patchogue Christmas Parade comes to Main Street again!  The theme this year is “Christmas at the Movies.”  Join Patchogue Village as it welcomes Santa to Main Street.  Be sure to stick around after the parade for the annual tree lighting at Capital One Plaza.

WHERE Main Street in Patchogue, from West Avenue to Rider Avenue

INFO 631-475-4302

 

LIGHTING THE MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE

WHEN November 24th, 4 p.m.

WHAT The Montauk Historical Society decorates the lighthouse for the holidays. Includes holiday music, caroling and an appearance by Santa.

WHERE 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

INFO https://montauklighthouse.com/events/lighting/

 

BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

WHEN December 1st, 4:15 p.m.

WHAT  Belmont Lake State Park will host its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. This popular holiday event includes an ice sculptor, holiday songs sung by the North Babylon School District elementary school chorus, magic show, and more! All activities are free. The tree will be lit by Santa immediately followed by a fireworks display.

WHERE 625 Belmont Avenue, West Babylon

INFO 631-667-5055, Click here for more info, free.

 

POLAR EXPRESS / NORTH FORK TROLLEY RIDE

WHEN Weekends and select weekdays from November 23rd to December 23rd

WHAT Families can take a trolley ride to the North Pole. On the way listen to a reading of The Polar Express and interact with movie characters. Upon arrival at the “North Pole”, you will disembark the trolley and visit with Santa!

WHERE North Fork trips depart from The All-Star Bowling Alley, 96 Main Road, Riverhead, (Route 25/County Route 58 just west of route 105).   South Fork trips depart from The Omni, Hampton Jitney Terminal, Southampton, (County Route 39A, 9/10’s of a mile east of the 7-11 in Southampton).

INFO 631-369-3031, $55 a person, tickets available at northforktrolley.com

 

VANDERBILT MANSION’S FESTIVE HOLIDAY DINNERS

WHEN December 1st, two dinner times 6 p.m. and 8 p.m

WHAT Dine where Hollywood stars and European royalty once dined with members of one of America’s most famous families. The grand mansion – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – is decorated for the holidays each year by local designers and garden clubs, adding charm and magic to this exclusive evening. Tickets include a guided tour of the Vanderbilt Museum.

WHERE 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport

INFO 631-854-5579, Clink for Event Info, $135 a person, $125 for members, reservations required.

 

RIVERHEAD’S BONFIRE AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

WHEN December 9th, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHAT See Santa riding in a horse-drawn carriage to the Peconic riverfront. Enjoy Holiday music, hot cocoa and free candy canes.

WHERE Behind the East End Arts Building, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead

INFO 631-591-0722, riverheadbid.com, free event!

 

GREATER PATCHOGUE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIDNIGHT ON MAIN STREET


Photo Credit: Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

WHEN New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m.

WHAT Gather on Main Street, to usher in the New Year with great food and drinks; music and dancing; Fireworks display by Grucci Fireworks; and, in the center of it all, the specially designed Patchogue New Year’s Eve ball that will help us to count down to 2019.

WHERE Main Street, Patchogue

INFO  631-207-1000, info@patchogue.com

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Local Groundhogs Predict Early Spring 2019! 48

Happy Groundhog Day!  Rather than our traditional weathermen, today we turn the forecasting over to two resident Long Island Groundhogs – Malverne Mel, and Holtsville Hal for their Winter 2019 predictions.  We are happy to report that for the first time since 2016, both Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel did not see their shadows this morning!  According to groundhog lore, that should mean we will be having an early spring this year.

It seems to be a unanimous decision this year, as America’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as well as several other local groundhogs all predicted an early end to the polar vortex temperatures.  I addition to Mel, Hal, and Phil, Staten Island Chuck, upstate New York’s Dunkirk Dave, and Connecticut’s Chuckles all did not see their shadow early this morning.

The only dissenting groundhog this year seems to be Milltown Mel out of New Jersey, who DID see his shadow, and is predicting six-more weeks of Winter.  We will try to reach out for further comment.  However it is worth noting that human meteorologist, News 12’s Bruce Avery, agrees with Mel, saying he expects at least six more weeks of winter.

Whoever’s predictions you decide to believe, the Spring equinox is six weeks away on March 20th.

Brookhaven Town, Patchogue Village Form Joint Partnership in Seeking Additional Sewer Funds 55

Mastic Patchogue Sewers

Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri today
were joined by county, town and village officials to lobby for $26.4 million in available funds to extend sewer
projects in Patchogue and in Mastic near the Forge River.

Romaine and Pontieri issued a joint letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, thanking the Governor for his
leadership in providing funding for sewers to protect Long island’s groundwater and waterways and provide an
incentive for economic development. The two officials pointed out that while residents in Mastic and Babylon
approved a recent referendum for sewer projects in their communities, residents in Great River rejected a
similar plan for their area. Romaine and Pontieri wrote in their letter that the $26.4 million earmarked for Great
River could be reallocated to Patchogue and the Mastic project, expanding the environmental and economic
benefit for those areas. Pictured left to right are Patchogue Village Superintendent of Public Works Joe Dean;
Trustees Thomas Ferb and Joseph Keyes; Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger; Mayor Pontieri; Supervisor Romaine;
Deputy Supervisor, Councilmen Dan Panico and Councilman Neil Foley.

“An effective use of the $26.4 million in funds that were rejected by Great River voters would be to partially
fund Phase 3 of the Mastic/Forge River sewer project and to expand sewers in the Village of Patchogue. These
projects are already engineered. A site for a sewage treatment plant on Town of Brookhaven land is available
for the Forge River project. Patchogue has long had its own sewage treatment plant, and both the Mastic and
Patchogue communities (Mastic in a vote just this week), have shown their support for sewers,” they wrote in
the letter.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I commend the residents who voted overwhelmingly to fund Phase 1 and 2 of the
plan to sewer the Mastic Peninsula. But, we must look at the bigger picture to secure the money available that
will allow us to complete Phases 3 and 4 without over-burdening to the local taxpayers. I am confident that the
Governor, Mayor Pontieri and I share the same concerns about water quality and we all recognize Patchogue
Village as a model of how economic growth and protecting the environment can go hand-in-hand. This is a
game changer for the future of Mastic and the Forge river.”

Mayor Pontieri said, “Supervisor Romaine and I stand together in support of the reallocation of the sewer
funding. In the Village of Patchogue, we are currently in the planning stages to sewer over 500 homes located in
environmentally sensitive areas along the Patchogue River and Great South Bay. This will give us the
opportunity to sewer additional homes as well as move ahead with upgrades and future expansion of our sewer
plant. Local economic growth is tied directly into our sewer infrastructure and it is imperative that we continue
to make improvements to our system. I ask the Governor to consider our request, so we can move ahead with
these projects.”

Councilman Panico said, “Brookhaven and Patchogue have always shared a common vision for a cleaner
environment and vibrant economy. We are partners in this effort and value our strong relationship.”
Councilman Neil Foley said, “The Supervisor and Mayor have a history of cooperation to help make the Town
and Village better places to live. I am in full support of their request to the Governor and I expect that he will
give it serious consideration.”

County Legislator Sunderman said, “We are so happy the sewer referendum was successful. This will allow for
economic development in our area as well improve our environment. This was a once in a life time opportunity
and I am very excited to be part of this accomplishment. I’ve already requested to explore the connection of the
Mastic Beach Business District into phases 1 and 2 and have already requested grant funding for phases 3 and 4.
We are looking forward to the start of this project in 2020 and more to come in the future. It would be a great
opportunity to receive additional funding for our already designed project which was earmarked for use in
Suffolk County.

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