Bellport Varsity Volleyball League Champions 263

The Bellport High School girls varsity volleyball team clinched the League 4 Championship title and finished the season 10-0, with an overall record of 14-5. Larry Auth, who has coached the team for the past 23 years, noted that during his tenure this exceptional team has now garnered 15 league titles and nine second-placements.

“All the players have been dedicated to the team,” Auth said. “Everyone contributed to the team in different areas and worked together to make this a successful season.”

Prior to the Oct. 29 playoff game against West Islip, senior team captains Jaelyn Conquest, Alyssa Mantione and Jamie Trowbridge described the team’s prescription for success. Alyssa and Jamie have played volleyball for all four years of high school, while Jaelyn divided her time with both volleyball and soccer during her high school career.

Jamie explained that in order to be an “unstoppable team,” everyone has to do their job on the court and play their positions well. “If everyone is on their A-game, then the team can accomplish a lot,” she said. “But they have to come to the court prepared and ready to play their best, and that’s what happened this year.”

While commitment and dedication are commendable traits that mold a winning team, Alyssa believes that the team’s communication skills are what have helped this team achieve success. ”By communicating with one another both on and off the court, we have been able to keep everyone’s confidence at a high level, and that confidence has risen even more every time we’ve won a game,” she noted.

Jaelyn, who was designated as an All-League player last year, said a captain must maintain a positive attitude for the team, even when things are not going so well on the court. She is confident that next year’s team will adopt all of the fore-mentioned core values, taking them to the next level and garnering another championship title.

“If we play with our hearts then we can say we did everything we could,” Alyssa added. “It’s what we feel we accomplished on the court that makes the game good or bad. It’s all attitude.”

(Courtesy South Country Central School District)

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“Half Shells for Habitat” Town Reef Restoration Project 22

Town Moves 3,000 lbs. of Recycled, Cured Oyster Shells for “Half Shells for Habitat” Reef Restoration Projects

Recently, the Town of Brookhaven moved 3,000 lbs. of recycled, cured oyster shells to two oyster restoration projects in Bellport Bay as part of an oyster shell recovery program called Half Shells for Habitat.” Since early 2018, the Seatuck Environmental Association has collected oyster shells from restaurants for use in oyster and habitat restoration efforts. The Town partnered with Seatuck to address the critical need to return oyster shells to Long Island’s estuaries. The shells provide vitally important substrate on which young oysters can attach and grow, and they help to combat coastal acidification by returning calcium to the water. The Town established a shell storage site at their Manorville composting facility where the shells sit in the sun for at least 6 months before going back in the water. Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has enthusiastically embraced the idea and town officials plan to use some of the shells in their oyster restoration program.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am happy to partner with Seatuck on Half Shells for Habitat, and I thank the restaurants for their enthusiastic support. This is a very important environmental project that reduces our waste stream and will help repopulate the bay with new oysters and keep the water clean. It’s another valuable step to improving the environment of our local waterways.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization pursues its mission by employing a multi-pronged approach to various wildlife conservation projects and offering high quality environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages. Volunteers are needed to deliver and collect buckets from the restaurants, clean buckets and make deliveries of shells to the storage site. Interested people are urged to contact Seatuck at staff@seatuck.org  or 631-581-6908.

 

Alive on the River Kicks off Tonight, June 6th! Salute the Soldiers! 254

Patchogue’s Alive on the River festivals starts tonight, June 6th with its Salute the Soldiers theme!

Hosted by the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Riverfront Committee, this is the festivals second year.  The concept for Alive on the River was developed in order to familiarize locals and others on LI to the amazing restaurants and bars along the Patchogue riverfront. 

Here is the complete Alive on the River schedule and the themes for each week:

  • TONIGHT- June 6th: Salute the Soldiers
  • June 20th: Summer Solstice
  • July 18th: Mardis Gras on the River
  • August 1st: Reggae Sun Splash
  • August 15th: Howl at the Moon
  • August 29th: Luau on the River

 


During each event, participating locations will have live music and offer theme related drink specials.   Drift 82, The Oar, Off Key Tikki , Dublin Deck and the Harbor Crab Co. will have no cover charge beginning at 5 p.m.  (Dublin Deck cover charge resumes at 8 p.m.)

Water taxis by Fire Island Ferries will be available for transport along the river front, making stops at the participating restaurants and at Island View Marina.   $10 for unlimited rides between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Click here for more information on Alive on the River and to follow the event on Facebook.

 

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