Bellport Virtual Enterprise Students Are Pitch Perfect 89

Bellport High School students enrolled in the business department’s virtual enterprise program pitched their business plans and functions for Portside Sweets and Empire Crates to peers and faculty during the business luncheon, held in the school library on Dec. 19.

VE teacher Shelia Smith congratulated the students, noting that each year a new round of students help grow the companies in a different way. “We have a premier program, and we greatly appreciate the support shown from the district,” Smith said.

The VE course allows students to develop a virtual business from concept to implementation. The class is a real work environment in which the students assume business responsibilities and the classroom simulates the atmosphere of a company. As employees of a virtual business, students are held accountable for the company’s performance. They conduct market research, develop a business plan, design an e-commerce website, pay wages and taxes, maintain 401(K) plans and draft an annual report. In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with 5,000 other VE firms from school districts locally, nationally and internationally. There are approximately 160 high school virtual enterprise businesses on Long Island currently.

The VE students introduced their companies and new offerings, as well as presented a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis before answering questions from their peers and those planning on taking the VE course next school year.

The VE students were then treated to a white tablecloth luncheon, prepared by students enrolled in the culinary program.

From left, Bellport High School Virtual Enterprise program students Andrew Porsche, Tim Harder, Shaliq Cochran, Africa Bryant and Luca Scharpf pitched their company named Portside Sweets during the VE Business Luncheon.

 

From left, Bellport High School Virtual Enterprise program students James MacGilvray, Emily Dupointe, Kyle Climan and Anthony Deiters pitched their company Empire Crates during the Business Luncheon.

 

Culinary students prepared and served a luncheon for Bellport High School’s Virtual Enterprise program students.

 

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

 

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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.

Join Us for LI’s Winter Restaurant Week January 27th- February 3, 2019 155

Join us for our Winter Long Island Restaurant Week January 27 – February 3, 2019. Participating restaurants will offer a $29.95 three-course prix fixe all night every night they are open from Sunday to Sunday, except Saturday when it only has to be offered until 7 p.m.We look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the list of participating restaurants in Suffolk Country, click on the Restaurant name for menu or to make a reservation :

Athenian Greek Taverna  (631) 499-7660  Suffolk – Commack, Greek

Bella Vie  (631) 500-9045 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Italian

Besito Mexican  (516) 620-3222  Suffolk – West Islip, Mexican

Besito Mexican  (631) 549-0100  Suffolk – Huntington, Mexican

Bistro 25   (631) 589-7775  Suffolk – Sayville, New American

Bistro 72   (631) 369-3325  Suffolk – Riverhead, American

Cafe Havana Bar And Grill  (631) 670-6277  Suffolk – Smithtown, Cuban

Captain Bill’s  (631) 665-6262 Suffolk – Bay Shore, Seafood

Casa Rustica  (631) 265-9265  Suffolk – Smithtown, Italian

Claude’s Restaurant  (631) 283-6500  Suffolk – Southampton, American

Danfords Hotel  (631) 928-5200  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, New American

Drift 82  (631) 714-4950  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

Garden Grill Restaurant  (631) 265-8771  Suffolk – Smithtown, American

Grasso’s  (631) 367-6060  Suffolk – Cold Spring Harbor, New American

H20 East Islip  (631) 277-4800  Suffolk – East Islip, Seafood

H20 Smithtown   (631) 361-6464  Suffolk – Smithtown, Seafood

Honu Kitchen & Cocktails  (631) 421-6900  Suffolk – Huntington, American

Imperial Meat Company (631) 824-6222  Suffolk – Huntington, Steakhouse

Irish Coffee Pub   (631) 277-0007  Suffolk – East Islip, Continental

Jonathan’s Ristorante  (631) 549-0055  Suffolk – Huntington, Italian

Le Soir Restaurant  (631) 472-9090  Suffolk – Bayport, French

Mill Pond House Restaurant  (631) 261-7663  Suffolk – Centerport, New American

Monsoon   (631) 587-4400  Suffolk – Babylon, Asian

Nantuckets  (631) 509-4848  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, American

Orto  (631) 473-0014  Suffolk – Miller Place, Italian

Pasta Pasta  (631) 331-5335  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Italian

RHUM Island Inspired Cuisine & Rum Bar  (631) 569-5944  Suffolk – Patchogue, Eclectic

Salt & Barrel  (631) 647-8818  Suffolk – BayShore, Seafood

Shippys Pumpernickels Restaurant East  (631) 287-6782  Suffolk – Southampton, German

Snapper Inn  (631) 589-0248  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Strip Steak  (631) 650-6777  Suffolk – Great River, Steakhouse

The LakeHouse Restaurant  (631) 666-0995  Suffolk – Bay Shore, New American

The Oar Steak & Seafood  (631) 654-8266  Suffolk – Patchogue, Seafood

The Pine Grove Inn  (631) 569-5719  Suffolk – Patchogue, American

The Waterview at Port Jefferson  (631) 473-1440  Suffolk – Port Jefferson, Mediterranean

Verace  (631) 277-3800  Suffolk – Islip, Italian

View Restaurant  (631) 589-2694  Suffolk – Oakdale, Seafood

Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse (631) 264-3333  Suffolk – Amityville, Steakhouse

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