*Update Winners Selected for Patchogue’s 30 Days Of Dining* 686

The 30 Days of Dining Raffle Winners were selected on December 31st at 5 p.m.

The drawing was held live via a live Facebook stream. Click here to view the live drawing.

The two lucky winners of the 30 Days of Dining Baskets were, The Staff at South Ocean Grill and Peter DeRosa (pictured below).

South Ocean Grill

 

Peter DeRosa

A third prize was also given: A bottle of an exclusive batch of Patron Tequila, made especially (and donated by) Gallo Restaurant. There are only 365 bottles of this exclusive brand made. The winner of that was Michael Payne.

Photos Courtesy of The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

 

 

 

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What could be better than enjoying delicious food at one of Patchogue’s amazing restaurants? How about Winning 30 Days of Dining at 30 different Patchogue restaurants? Enter for your chance to win one of two baskets of Gift Certificates!  Raffle tickets are just $20 each, drawings will be held on January 2nd, 2019

Support The Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and purchase your raffle tickets today!

Please call 631-207-1000 for details!

 

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Patchogue Native Jesse Garcia Elected Suffolk GOP Leader 78

To the cheers of a packed house, Patchogue native Jesse Garcia, was unanimously elected leader of the Suffolk County Republican Committee, at a special GOP party convention held last Wednesday at Islip Town Republican Headquarters.   The election is particularly special for Garcia, who has served as Chairman of the Brookhaven Town Republican Committee for the past 12 years and is now the first County Chairman in over two decades to hold both the town and county leadership roles.

Garcia is also the first Hispanic elected Chairman of a County Republican Party on Long Island.  In an interview with Patchogue Today, Garcia noted “I am especially proud of my Hispanic roots.  My parents instilled in me and my siblings the love of family, the value of hard work and the importance of public and community service.”

Garcia grew up in Patchogue, where his father, the late Jesus Garcia, came from Cuba, settling his family on Gilbert Street.  Garcia graduated from Patchogue Medford HS in 1984 where he played baseball until an injury sidelined him.  An avid sports fan, he has fond memories playing Little League baseball with PYAA and credits both his parents for teaching him the value of community service.

His father, Jesus Garcia, was awarded the LI Advance “Man of the Year” in 1993 for his service in many organizations including the Patchogue Lions Club, Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services, the Patchogue Youth Athletic Association , La Union Hispanica and the Spanish Society of Suffolk.  The Ryder Ave Senior Park is also named after him.

Jesse’s mother Miriam is from Puerto Rico.  “To this day my mom is a strong influence in my life.

Garcia serves as the Hispanic Outreach Coordinator for the Suffolk Board of Elections. He replaces John LaValle as Suffolk County Leader, who resigned the post last month.  He will fulfill the remainder of LaValle’s term and will likely stand for re-election for a full two-year term as Suffolk’s GOP leader after the June 25 primaries.

I am truly blessed by the faith and trust the hundreds of Committee Members, Volunteers, Candidates and elected officials have placed in me to lead our county Republican Party.”

Community Outraged Over Hateful Social Media Posts By Local Business 16184

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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