Email Threatens Trouble for LGBTQ AA5 Event 654

Yesterday a threatening anonymous email was sent to Patchogue officials and LGBTQ Community members.  For those who are not already aware, the LGBT Network is partnering with Patchogue Village for Pride Month and the June “Alive After Five” event will carry a LGBTQ theme.  The e-mail, rife with homophobic language, threatens cryptic “trouble”, or “even a lawsuit” for organizers and participants of The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five event.  The author of the letter, which was signed “DISGUSTED Residents”,  states that “it is with great surprise and disgust that we read of plans to use the “Alive at Five” event in Patchogue as a platform for yet another barrage of homosexual perversion and filth”.

The hate mail was in direct response to an article posted by the Long Island Advance which announced the Alive After Five LGBT Pride event.  A copy of the article can be found here.

Following last weeks buzz about a local bar posting racist and homophobic posts and comments on social media,  this letter and its message have certainly grabbed the community’s attention.  These acts of hate remind us that people in our community face discrimination daily and highlight some of the ignorance and difficulties the LGBT community faces.  Some community members have organized protests, contacted officials, and posted messages of support across social media to stand in solidarity with the Patchogue LGBT community after these incidents.

LEFT: South Country Board of Education Vice President Jack Nix, who was personally named in the letter, writes a message of support. RIGHT: A copy of the anonymous letter sent to Patchogue officials.

 

The Patchogue Alive After Five LBGTQ themed festival will be held on Thursday, June 27th.  As of yesterday, officials say there are no plans to cancel the event or change the event themes.

Below you can also watch New 12’s coverage of the story.

 

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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  @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

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