Hats off to Bellport High School’s Class of 2019 89

A clear summer evening set the stage as 310 Bellport High School graduates processed through the fire department’s ladder and flag archway as the wind ensemble played “Pomp and Circumstance” during the school’s annual commencement exercises, held on Joe Cipp Field on June 27. After the graduates made their way to the bleachers, the Cadet Corps and Dance Club presented the colors and Senior Class President Kyle Climan led the salute to the flag.

During his opening comments, Kyle remarked that the Class of 2019’s roots in the community has influenced them and created a big family. “Each of you are special in your own regard, and I believe we can achieve anything,” he said. “Let us not forget our roots, because this right here is what made us.”

Principal Timothy Hogan welcomed parents and the community and asked the graduates if they are aware of their impact on the world. “What starts here changes the world,” he said. “Never discount the effect you have on a person.” Mr. Hogan also listed three attributes of true leaders, including knowing your content, being passionate about what you do and having a genuine interest.

As the valedictorian, salutatorian and essayist were introduced, Mr. Hogan presented each with a medal and plaque. Essayist Grace Armann asked the question of how we measure the value of one’s past, both individually and collectively. “Our sadness and struggles are not what specifically define us as they often seem to, but they can help us become the people we are today or will become in the future,” she said.

Salutatorian Aneeqa Majid reminded her classmates that the present is a gift and is sometimes taken for granted. “I wish someone had told me years ago that time doesn’t deliver happiness; that I didn’t need to seek a better tomorrow when all along I could have made my today the tomorrow I wanted,” she said.

Valedictorian Tyler Brock said graduation is a time when everyone can have a clean slate to redefine who they are now. “Whatever reputations, good or bad, we have earned over our lives so far will be gone, and with that comes the ability to make a new first impression that aligns more with who we want to be,” Tyler said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani then certified that the Class of 2019 has met the credentials for graduation, and Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice led the students in the traditional moving of their tassels to signify becoming graduates of Bellport High School. The graduates were then individually called to the podium to receive their diplomas from Mr. Hogan, Dr. Giani and Ms. Felice, as well as special persons in their lives.

The South Country Board of Education, administration and faculty extend best wishes of happiness and success to the Class of 2019.

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 429

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

Duke’s: There’s A New Dog In Town – June 27th! 749

We recently got the chance to sit down with the owners of Patchogue’s latest new restaurant, Duke’s, to talk about the new venture, and their longtime partnership.  The local eatery is the latest from Mike Avino, owner of Catch Oyster Bar, and newcomer Ron Siders.  With backup from Mike’s father, seasoned restauranteur Jim Avino, owner/operator of several local restaurants in the community, it seems Patchogue may have another new hotspot on its hands.

Mike and Ron have have been close friends since elementary school, both playing football together on Bellport High School’s 2001 Championship team, both attending college at Oneonta State later, and now finally decided to take the plunge into business together.  Ron told us “We always had a love for good food, even during college we hosted big cookouts and get togethers, and experimented making custom gourmet hot dogs, sausages, smoked kilbasa.”  Mike continued, “It was very natural fit. Ron had been running catering events and festivals for Catch already, we had been talking about it for a long time, and when opportunity for the space popped up, we went for it.”

Located on South Ocean Avenue (across from James Joyce & Taiko 360) Duke’s is a 1200 sq. foot space, with seating for around 30+, and has retro-vintage inspired vibe to the decor and atmosphere.  The concept and name come from a long lost local hero, Duke the Patchogue police dog who lived during the 1940s.  “Duke was a service dog in the 1940s-1950s from Patchogue, there are a lot of old stories about his heroism.  The 4 corners was known to be his hangout spot.  We wanted to pay tribute to a little piece of Patchogue history that seems to be more and more forgotten.” Siders told us.

Dukes - Theres A New Dog In Town
Left: Police Office Al Morge, and Duke the police dog. Right: Duke’s plaque in front of Arooga’s today.

As for the eats, customers can plan on delicious fried and comfort foods, but of course with a Duke’s twist.  From our quick sneak peak at the menu, we saw some delicious sounding smash burger sliders, hot wings from a 35-year old family recipe, and complimenting sides like mac & cheese, or Duke’s fries.  We also saw some adults only desserts, such as hard root beer or hard orange soda vanilla floats for adults!  But in honor of its namesake pup, Duke’s specialty will of course be their custom gourmet hot dogs, in all sorts of delicious and fun styles/varieties. Their dogs come courtesy of next-door neighbor Karl Ehmer’s Butcher, who designed a custom hot dog only available at Dukes.   “We are proudly serving Karl Ehmer hot dogs, sausages, and deli meats.”   Other local suppliers include the award-winning Blue Duck Bakery based in Riverhead and of course Bluepoint Beers.

Ron, Mike, and their crew of family and helpers have been working round the clock to get ready for next week’s Alive After Five opening event on June 27th.

Patchogue Today will also be raffling off gift certificates to Catch and Dukes at our Alive After Five booth as well!  Make sure to come down!

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