Bike Sharing Rolling Into Patchogue This Summer 118

Bike sharing is rolling into Patchogue this summer! Boston-based company, Zagster, announced on Wednesday its plan to expand bike sharing to Patchogue and Babylon in August. Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Suffolk County Deputy Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning Theresa Ward joined Zagster Sales Director Dave Reed to make the announcement at the Patchogue LIRR Station. Mayor Pontieri took the inaugural ride on the new bikes!

Called Bethpage Ride, the bike share program is sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Zagster runs similar programs in over 100 municipalities, including Rochester and Utica in upstate New York, but this is the first of its kind of Long Island. 

Riders can choose between membership or pay-as-you-go options. A membership allows for unlimited 30-minute rides and cost $10/month or $60/year. Casual cyclists can rent the bikes in 15-minute increments at $1.50 per ride. 

Riders must download Zagster’s app, called “Pace” before they can take a bike for a spin. Like NYC’s Citibike program, bikes can be found at and returned to designated bike banks which will be installed around Patchogue. However, Zagster will add also offer riders the option simply to leave their bikes wherever their ride ends for the next lucky cyclist to find or locate through the app. 

According to Zagster’s Sales Director,  “While with CitiBike the large majority of the technology is in the bike docks, we truly have smart bikes with GPS and other technology right there on the bike with you. It allows us to be much more flexible and convenient for our riders.”

Patchogue plans to install bike banks at several convenient locations, including the LIRR Station, Shorefront Park, and along Main Street between Blue Point and Rider Ave.  “We will be starting in Patchogue and Babylon with over 100 bikes this August, and hopefullymore soon. We feel the county could support up to 400 bikes in the near future.”

Check out Patchogue.today’s pictures and video for a first glance at the new bikes, and well as Mayor Pontieri taking them for a spin!

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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 429

If you have been in Patchogue recently, we are sure you have noticed the purple ribbons located around town. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce has partnered with local businesses and elected officials to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Patchogue has “gone purple” from June 16th through the 30th  to support local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Approximately 30 local businesses are participating by decorating their storefronts and stores with purple ribbons which were donated by the Village Walk.  Businesses will be offering specials on purple items in their stores and raising funds with point of sale campaigns to support The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Walk team.  The walk will be held on Saturday, September 28th in Yaphank and all proceeds fund efforts to help end Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 400,000 in New York State. By 2050 that number is projected to reach as many as 14 million. Patchogue Chamber of Commerce states that “simply by having a brain, every person is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, a fatal disease that cannot be prevented, treated or even slowed. Patchogue knows it’s important to take action now to help end this epidemic.”

“We applaud the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Patchogue for acknowledging June 2019 as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,” said Douglas Davidson, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association Long Island Chapter. “Our ongoing efforts to support, educate and advocate for Long Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease in coordination with the County and State Departments of Health, Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature are key to mitigating the Alzheimer’s public health crisis in New York.”

On Monday June 24th,  The Float Place in Patchogue will be hosting a Sunset Yoga and Meditation at Mascot Dock in Patchogue. Below is the event flyer which contains event schedule and other details.

 

There is also a media campaign running for the entire month of June.  Help turn Facebook purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, be sure to use #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland when posting.  For more info checkout  @alz.org/abam

Here is the list of Patchogue businesses participating in #PaintPatchoguePurple:
Amazing Olive
Amulet Arts
Aroogas
Bean
BluePont Brewery
Bobbique
Brickhouse Brewery
Cirigliano Agency
Curiosity shop
Del Fuego
Edward Jones
Float
Flos
Free Spirit Patchogue
Gallo
I love Mac & cheese
James and Joyce
Kilwins
Mademoiselle
Meetball Place
Muneca
NOLE Café
ParaBell
Pat Med Library
Pauly Market & Butchery
Public House 49
Rudies
Swell Taco
Tap Room
Theater
Toast
Variedades Rincon Latino
Virgola

For more information about Alzheimer’s check out the links below:

Alzhiemer’s Association

Alzhiemer’s Disease Facts & Figures report

  #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland

Duke’s: There’s A New Dog In Town – June 27th! 749

We recently got the chance to sit down with the owners of Patchogue’s latest new restaurant, Duke’s, to talk about the new venture, and their longtime partnership.  The local eatery is the latest from Mike Avino, owner of Catch Oyster Bar, and newcomer Ron Siders.  With backup from Mike’s father, seasoned restauranteur Jim Avino, owner/operator of several local restaurants in the community, it seems Patchogue may have another new hotspot on its hands.

Mike and Ron have have been close friends since elementary school, both playing football together on Bellport High School’s 2001 Championship team, both attending college at Oneonta State later, and now finally decided to take the plunge into business together.  Ron told us “We always had a love for good food, even during college we hosted big cookouts and get togethers, and experimented making custom gourmet hot dogs, sausages, smoked kilbasa.”  Mike continued, “It was very natural fit. Ron had been running catering events and festivals for Catch already, we had been talking about it for a long time, and when opportunity for the space popped up, we went for it.”

Located on South Ocean Avenue (across from James Joyce & Taiko 360) Duke’s is a 1200 sq. foot space, with seating for around 30+, and has retro-vintage inspired vibe to the decor and atmosphere.  The concept and name come from a long lost local hero, Duke the Patchogue police dog who lived during the 1940s.  “Duke was a service dog in the 1940s-1950s from Patchogue, there are a lot of old stories about his heroism.  The 4 corners was known to be his hangout spot.  We wanted to pay tribute to a little piece of Patchogue history that seems to be more and more forgotten.” Siders told us.

Dukes - Theres A New Dog In Town
Left: Police Office Al Morge, and Duke the police dog. Right: Duke’s plaque in front of Arooga’s today.

As for the eats, customers can plan on delicious fried and comfort foods, but of course with a Duke’s twist.  From our quick sneak peak at the menu, we saw some delicious sounding smash burger sliders, hot wings from a 35-year old family recipe, and complimenting sides like mac & cheese, or Duke’s fries.  We also saw some adults only desserts, such as hard root beer or hard orange soda vanilla floats for adults!  But in honor of its namesake pup, Duke’s specialty will of course be their custom gourmet hot dogs, in all sorts of delicious and fun styles/varieties. Their dogs come courtesy of next-door neighbor Karl Ehmer’s Butcher, who designed a custom hot dog only available at Dukes.   “We are proudly serving Karl Ehmer hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats.”   Other local suppliers include the award-winning Blue Duck Bakery based in Riverhead and of course Bluepoint Beers.

Ron, Mike, and their crew of family and helpers have been working round the clock to get ready for next week’s Alive After Five opening event on June 27th.

Patchogue Today will also be raffling off gift certificates to Catch and Dukes at our Alive After Five booth as well!  Make sure to come down!

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