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Coding and Makerspace at the Verne W. Critz Library

 South Country Central School District libraries are no longer a place to just hear a story and select a book. The district’s librarians have been teaching crucial technology skills that will help prepare students for the 21st Century workplace. Verne W. Critz librarian Lynn Cullen explained that in addition to lessons in research, students are now learning basic coding skills and are inventing and creating in Makerspace labs.

At Verne W. Critz Elementary School, students are afforded the opportunity for hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills, problem-solving and collaborative team work. Ms. Cullen, along with the support of Principal Mandy Mazziotti, have furnished the library with engaging products such as PowerClix, Brix, K’nex, Keva, Squigz and IO blocks. The library will soon introduce modular robotics called Cubelets.

During a recent trip to the library, second grade students collaborated to design an incline plane with Keva wood planks, which allowed a ball to travel without falling off-course. Not only did the students use teamwork to design their course, they utilized science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics principles to acquire their results.

Verne W. Critz Elementary School students worked in the school library with Keva wood planks and used STEAM principles


Photo courtesy of the South Country Central School District
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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 430

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

Here is the list of Patchogue businesses participating in #PaintPatchoguePurple:
Amazing Olive
Amulet Arts
BluePont Brewery
Brickhouse Brewery
Cirigliano Agency
Curiosity shop
Del Fuego
Edward Jones
Free Spirit Patchogue
I love Mac & cheese
James and Joyce
Meetball Place
Pat Med Library
Pauly Market & Butchery
Public House 49
Swell Taco
Tap Room
Variedades Rincon Latino

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

Alzhiemer’s Association

Alzhiemer’s Disease Facts & Figures report

  #PaintPatchoguePurple, #ENDALZ, @alzlongisland

Welcome Pauly’s Market & Butchery! Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Highlights 369

Yesterday Saturday, June 15th, we had a great time attending the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Pauly’s Market & Butchery.  Located in the old Cow Palace location across from Walgreens on River Ave, it is owner Paul Archiero’s first storefront business.  The weather was perfect for this community event which featured music, games, giveaways and fresh grilled burgers and dogs courtesy of celebrity chef Greg Adams and The Big Daaawg.  Discounts were also given on all in store purchases made during the event.  We had the pleasure of speaking with Paul about his new business, and what brought him to Patchogue.

An architect by trade and father of two who had been working from home and in the field for the past several years, Paul had been daydreaming about getting “out of the office” and doing something different with his life.   Butchery has been part of his life for as long as he can remember.  Being a member of the original Cow Palace family, he learned all he knows while working part time there during his architecture college years.  When he learned that the location was available, he could not let the opportunity pass him by. Paul’s son has been working alongside him since the beginning, but he also noted that gets lots of help from his sisters, cousins and nephews too, making this a truly family-run operation.

Pauly’s will specialize in offering top quality meats and products.  That includes Waygu beef, of which they are one of a few locations to offer, a large all prime beef hero, and the 2 foot wagyu hot dog, The Big Daaawg.  Weekly specials will also be offered.  In the future, Paul also hopes to bring fresh local Long Island produce closer to Patchogue through partnerships with organic East End farmers.  Paul said “I want to be known as not only a prime butcher but also as a market with fresh local produce.  I am working on several partnerships that will bring East End organic produce closer to area consumers.”

We are thrilled that we were able to join in on the celebration and grand opening of this new community market and butchery and wish Paul, his family, and Pauly’s Market & Butchery great success!


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