Community Outraged Over Hateful Social Media Posts By Local Business 16183

While normally we try to stay above the social media fervor that can develop over certain issues, yesterday evening our Instagram and Facebook accounts were inundated with messages from outraged members of our community.

Apparently The Cliffton, a bar located in Patchogue, took a clandestine photograph of two patrons, and turned it into an extremely offensive and malicious post on Instagram.  This post was not only a direct violation of the individual’s privacy but also directly attacked and potentially endangered a transgender woman.  Not to mention, it is an incredibly poor business strategy to insult paying customers and then brag to the world that you have done so.  We have blurred the victims’ faces here, but the original post did not, making it that much more egregious. 

It seems this is not the first time The Cliffton has insulted patrons, members of the LBGT community, and even other beloved local businesses.  A quick search revealed posts dating back months that were hash-tagged with racial and homophobic slurs that we will not repeat here, although you can find the evidence in screen shots all over Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, etc.  Upon further digging,  it seems there were also several Google reviews containing independent warnings from over 6 months ago about gay customers feeling bullied.  (Note: You will no longer find these posts, as it seems that The Cliffton began deleting/editing old posts after the backlash began). 

The Cliffton likely realized its error as it deleted the post shortly after it was it added and started cleansing their social media accounts of offensive posts, hashtags, and comments.  However, as all too many have found out in this day and age, attempting to delete something from the Internet is much harder than it seems. In fact, it has seemingly galvanized the community into action. Hundreds have shared the post, commented on their social media pages, and posted negative reviews to Yelp, Facebook, and Google.  Although we wish the circumstances were better, it is great to see Long Island, and the Patchogue community in particular, rallying together to show that actions like these are inexcusable and unacceptable.

As of this morning, comments have been restricted on The Cliffton’s Instagram account, and their Yelp page is no longer allowing new reviews.   But that has done little to stop the social media fire from spreading.  A peaceful rally has been organized for this coming Friday night at The Cliffton, with hundreds expected to attend.  You can find more information at the protest event page by clicking here

We reached out to The Cliffton for comment but have not received any response.

Where do we stand?  Patchogue Today has zero tolerance for ignorance and hate.  We are proud to support the LBGTQ community, and stand up for the local business owners and community members who make Patchogue such a great place to live, work, and visit.  

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Coding and Makerspace at South Country School 76

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

Town Receives Tree City Growth Award 46

Brookhaven Town Receives Tree City Growth Award from Arbor Day Foundation

Town has earned Tree City Designation for Four Consecutive Years

Farmingville, NY – Brookhaven Town has for the fourth consecutive year been designated a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in recognition of its ongoing successful tree programs, the Town has this year also earned the “Tree City Growth Award.” Brookhaven spends over $1.4 million per year on community forestry programs. Pictured left to right are New York State DEC Supervising Forester John D. Wernet; Councilman Kevin LaValle; Councilwoman Valerie M. Cartright; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilman Dan Panico; Councilman Neil Foley; Councilman Michael Loguercio; and Town Clerk Donna Lent.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am proud to have the Town recognized as a Tree City USA. We have given away and planted thousands of trees and strictly controlled the clearing of trees across Brookhaven to help protect and preserve the environment. I thank the Arbor Day Foundation for honoring the Town and all the residents who have followed our lead to make Brookhaven a greener place to live.”

Superintendent of Highways Dan Losquadro said, “The preservation of healthy trees is a priority of the Brookhaven Highway Department. In instances when trees were planted too close to the Town Right-Of-Way (ROW) and roots were growing into the roadway, we remove the trees and replace them with street-friendly trees, planted the appropriate distance from the road.”

Tree City USA is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, benefits of a Tree City USA program include:

  • Reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control
  • Cut energy consumption by up to 25%
  • Boost property values across your community
  • Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community

Growth Award

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry. It also provides an opportunity to share new ideas and successes across the country. More information about the Arbor Day Foundation can be found at www.arborday.org.

Growth Awards are given to communities that have earned the Tree City designation for at least two consecutive years and:

  • Engage in education and public relations programs on the importance of planting trees in their community, and
  • Create partnerships with utilities, Green Industry Partners or other organizations
 Photo Courtesy of Town of Brookhaven

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