Community Outraged Over Hateful Social Media Posts By Local Business 16799

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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Bayport-Blue Point Welcomes Students! 226

Bayport-Blue Point School District welcomed students back for the 2019-20 School year, below are a few photos from a successful first day!

Students enrolled in Kimberly Rall’s fourth grade class at Academy Street Elementary School settled in for a day of learning on the first day of school.

 

Students from James Wilson Young Middle School are pictured with new principal John Andruszkiewicz on the first day of school.

 

A number of Bayport-Blue Point High School students are pictured on the first day of school with, from left, Bayport-Blue Point High School Assistant Principal Neil Zarcone, Dean of Students Michael Zafonte and new Bayport-Blue Point High School Principal Robert Haas.

 

Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District

 

Bring Home the “Teacher’s Pet”, Free Back to School Adoptions 113

In celebration of the start of the new school year, the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will offer free adoptions throughout the month of September for dogs and cats over the age of four years-old. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $140 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal.

Here are a few of the adoptable pets currently at Brookhaven Animal Shelter:

Zara
Mufasa
Bandit

Those who are interested in adopting a dog or cat should visit the Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center located at 300 Horseblock Road in Brookhaven. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter or call 631-451-6950.

 

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