Academy Street Elementary School students spread holiday cheer
Students from Nancy Celentano’s kindergarten class and fourth-graders from Carrie Almskog’s class at Academy Street Elementary School recently put on a wonderful performance of the Charles Dickens classic holiday novella “A Christmas Carol” for parents and the school community on Dec. 13.
In addition to the top-notch acting skills displayed by the students, the production also featured musical performances such as “Scrooge,” “Deck the Halls” and “Thankful Heart.”
“The fourth-graders came into our classroom to help us rehearse and sing the songs from the play, it was really fun,” said kindergartners Adam Lasky and Beatrix Castka.
Photo courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District
There is definitely something special about being able to harvest your own fruit right here on Long Island. Picking your own locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the freshest produce at a lowest price and gives us an opportunity to better understand where our food comes from. Picking your own is a great tradition, a fun outing for any family and helps support local farmers.
Lucky for us, the sweetest spots for picking Strawberries are located right here in Suffolk County. Here are our top picks. We recommend you call ahead or check the farms’ websites for ripening schedules, availability and events.
Condzella’s Farm — Wading River
Condzella’s is a third-generation farm grows 9 different varieties of strawberries, each having a different time for fruiting. All of the varieties that they grow are selected for the best possible flavor. All of their fields are mulched with straw, which keeps the berries from coming into contact with the ground insuring that the fruit is clean and free of dirt when harvested. At Condzella’s Farm they are proud to use sustainable farming practices. They reject the use of synthetic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. They limit their carbon footprint by selling all of their crops directly from farm to local market. Any unsold, edible crops are donated to Island’s Harvest to combat hunger on Long Island. Pick-your-own strawberries are available for U-pick beginning the second week in June. The farm is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Located at 6233 North Country Road, Wading River. 631-929-4697
Garden of Eve Organic Farm — Riverhead – ALL ORGANIC
Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht founded Garden of Eve organic farm in 2001, dedicated to providing delicious organic vegetables, fruits and beautiful flowers and to “making changes in the world by living them.” At Garden of Eve Farm, they practice sustainable farming and do not use any pesticides or herbicides. Garden of Eve’s strawberries tends to ripen early; this year’s crop could be ready to pick the first week of June. $5 admission per person includes access to the Fun Fields, with a pedal cart track, farm animals, swings, a tube slide, and bouncy houses. The farm is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm. Call or visit their site for the most up-to-date pick-your-own schedule and all other information. Located at 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-8777
Glover Farms — Brookhaven
Since 1952, Glover Farms has been providing quality produce to the public through our U-Pick seasons. One of the first U-pick strawberry farms on Long Island, Glover Farms tries to provide the public with an interactive farm experience to boost the public’s knowledge of agriculture. While you walk through the fields you can see farming equipment up close and have goats eat right out of your hand. During our summer seasons you might even catch the farmer out plowing the fields. 2019 Strawberry season begins in June 8th and U-pick is available every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Located at 633 Victory Avenue, Brookhaven. 631-286-7876
Lewin Farms — Calverton
Lewin Farms says it was the first pick-your-own farm on Long Island. It has been around for four generations. The farm has its own stand with more than 20 varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. While there, stop by the corn stand for some of the sweetest around. Pick-your-own strawberries are available beginning Memorial Day weekend through June; hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm. While you are there, check out the corn maze, where kids of all ages can enjoy a new, challenging design each year. Call ahead for availability and days the fields are open. Located at 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton. 631-929-4327
Sound Shore Farms and Market — Riverhead
The Reeve family has been farming on LI for over 200 years and seven proud generations. This farmers Market location, which is known for its lovely scenic views, provides customers with a large selection of locally grown produce, from vegetables and fruits to herbs and flowers. U-pick strawberries are available beginning at the end of May. The farm is open daily from 8:30 am until 6 pm and the stand also sells local honey, jam, breads, and pies. Strawberries are $2.50 to $2.85 per pound. Corn is roasted daily, and there is plenty of parking. Located at 5629 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. 631-722-4740
Wickham’s Fruit Farm — Cutchogue
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a family business which takes pride in producing and marketing the choicest of fruit. Strawberries are grown without pesticides at Wickham’s Fruit Farm. Visitors can pick ripe berries and then stop by the farm stand for fresh apple cider doughnuts, pressed apple cider pressed, homemade pies and preserves. The farm is open from 9 am to 4 pm every day but Sunday. Located at 28700 Route 25, Cutchogue. 631-734-6441
Windy Acres Farm — Calverton
Windy Acres is a family owned and run, 4th generation farm. Windy Acres offers a variety of U-pick items starting with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Later in summer you can pick fresh tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. In fall you can pick apples and pumpkins. The farm stand offers other “home” grown produce, fresh baked goods, honey, and flowers. A large picnic area is available, and kids will enjoy the play area with wooden structures in the shape of a train, tractor, pirate ship, and truck. The farm is open seven days a week from 9 am to 6 pm. Check its Facebook page for festival and event information. Located at 3810 Middle Country Road, Calverton. 631-727-4554
During the May 21 Bayport-Blue Point School District Board of Education meeting, students and staff were celebrated for a number of accomplishments.
Elementary social worker Brooke Yonick and Blue Point Elementary School fourth grade teacher Kelly Newham were first honored for bringing their insightful ideas to the district’s social emotional curriculum. Due to their efforts, both staff members were presented with an award of recognition courtesy of the New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. The educators were met with words of praise from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy P. Hearney, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Theodore Fulton and Blue Point Elementary School Principal Tara Falasco for their accomplishment.
A number of students spanning all elementary-level buildings and James Wilson Young Middle School were praised for their successful participation in the 2019 Suffolk PTA’s Reflections Contest, which focused on the theme of “Heroes Around Me.” According to their official website, the PTA Reflections Contest is known as one of the largest and oldest student recognitions in the arts, highlighting excellence in dance choreography, film, photography, music, literature and visual arts.
Additionally, Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi called several Bayport-Blue Point High School students to be honored as summa cum laude students due to their impressive academic records which indicated a GPA of 96.5 or higher. The students were presented with tokens of appreciation for this highly impressive accomplishment and words of praise from Dr. Passi and fellow administrators.
Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District