Bike Sharing Rolling Into Patchogue This Summer 261

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’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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Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive Scheduled for November 10th 24

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with All Suffolk Car Clubs to present their Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive on Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sure to be fun for the entire family, as club members will be displaying their cars at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $2,900 for turkeys and 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food, along with more than $20,000 worth of toys. Admission is free and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be rewarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. The event is rain or shine. For further information, please call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517.

INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the Town’s INTERFACE Program, visit or call 631-451-8026.

Dress for Success Donates Clothing to Boots on the Ground for Veterans in Need 109

On November 1st, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured on the right below) and Sharon Boyd, Executive Director of Dress for Success Brookhaven (pictured on the left below) announced that Dress for Success Brookhaven will donate women’s clothing to “Boots on the Ground,” a not-for-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians. “Boots on the Ground” provides in-field emergency and primary medical care, and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world. The clothing will be distributed to “Boots on the Ground” on November 7th.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. For more information about Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit or call 631-451-9127.

More About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



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