Officials Announce Installation of the First Oyster Bar in Brookhaven Town! 323

On Wednesday, August 14th, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Dan Panico joined officials from Moriches Bay Project, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Half Shells for Habitat to announce the completion of the Town’s first oyster bar – otherwise known as an oyster reef – in Harts Cove at the end of Moriches Island Road in East Moriches.

Pictured left to right are Town of Brookhaven Chief Environmental Analyst Anthony Graves; Moriches Bay Project co-founder Laura Frabizio; Moriches Bay Project Manager Anthony Sferrazza; Councilman Dan Panico; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Cornell Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist Greg Rivara; Seatuck Water Quality Scientist Maureen Dunne and Moriches Bay Project Director John Jeanes.

The oyster bar is made of aged shells supplied by Half Shells for Habitat – a nonprofit organization that collects oyster shells from Long Island restaurants – as well as live oysters. Installed on the bay bottom, the bar measures 530 square feet, providing a natural habitat for sea life such as mussels, crabs and flounder. In addition, the oysters themselves act as natural filters, filtering as much as 50 gallons of water a day, per oyster. The oyster bar is a pilot project that will be monitored by the Moriches Bay Project and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a period of five years for oyster growth and survival, as well as the presence of other animals and plants living on the manmade reef as compared to the nearby sandy bottom, explained Greg Rivara of Cornell Cooperative Extension. “Oyster reefs are important because they are like English muffins – lots of nooks and crannies for things to grow and feed,” said Rivara.

Aram Terchunian, a coastal geologist and co-founder of the Moriches Bay Project, further explained that manmade oyster reefs are new to Long Island but are extremely beneficial because they mimic the natural reefs that supported a once highly sought-after market for Long Island Oysters nationwide, and even worldwide. Anthony Graves of the Town’s Divisiont of Environmental Protection, echoed Terchunian, noting that it had been close to 100 years since the area even had an oyster reef.

While other oyster reefs have been installed in the Towns of Riverhead and Southampton, this reef marks the first for Brookhaven, but continues the Town’s strong commitment to cleaning its local waterways. The Town has already supported the Moriches Bay Project by donating hundreds of thousands of oysters that have been used in oyster farms located throughout Moriches Bay. In addition, the Town provided oysters and the location for the organization’s first solar power Floating Upweller System which was recently installed at Maple Avenue Dock, also in East Moriches. The Town will provide as many as 70,000 oysters for the reef.

Supervisor Ed Romaine said, “We need to reverse the damage done to our waterways by years of over-harvesting, neglect and pollutants. Working with the Moriches Bay Project and Cornell Cooperative Extension, we have established a partnership with a natural plan to filter the water with the oyster bar reefs. I am committed to protecting the environment and will continue to do whatever is needed to preserve it for years to come.”

“Our environment and economy are tied together here on Long Island, and clean water is of paramount importance” said Councilman Panico. “Aside from putting hundreds of thousands of oysters in our bays with our partners, where each mature oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water a day, we plan to implement these oyster reefs throughout our local bays.”

Moriches Bay Co-founder Laura Fabrizio said that with the addition of the oyster reef, 750,000 oysters will have been put into Moriches Bay by year’s end; the group’s goal is one million.









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Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive Scheduled for November 10th 24

The Brookhaven Youth Bureau is teaming up with All Suffolk Car Clubs to present their Annual Charity Car Show, Food and Toy Drive on Sunday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This annual event is sure to be fun for the entire family, as club members will be displaying their cars at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville, to raise donations for families in need through the Youth Bureau’s INTERFACE Program.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive and new, unwrapped toys for children to open during the holiday season. Last year’s event raised $2,900 for turkeys and 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food, along with more than $20,000 worth of toys. Admission is free and cash donations are accepted. There will be no judging of the vehicles and trophies will not be rewarded. Free hot dogs and beverages will be served and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. The event is rain or shine. For further information, please call Maxine at 516-658-1977 or Steve at 631-224-9517.

INTERFACE is a partnership between individuals, good corporate neighbors and the Town of Brookhaven in a common effort to provide help to Brookhaven’s less fortunate residents. It provides goods and services to those in need and addresses local social issues. There are approximately 150 corporations, not-for-profit agencies and community and fraternal organizations that make up INTERFACE. To learn more about the Town’s INTERFACE Program, visit or call 631-451-8026.

Dress for Success Donates Clothing to Boots on the Ground for Veterans in Need 109

On November 1st, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured on the right below) and Sharon Boyd, Executive Director of Dress for Success Brookhaven (pictured on the left below) announced that Dress for Success Brookhaven will donate women’s clothing to “Boots on the Ground,” a not-for-profit humanitarian aid and charitable organization dedicated to empowering veterans and qualified civilians. “Boots on the Ground” provides in-field emergency and primary medical care, and other assistance required to sustain life, facilitate recovery, and to encourage and promote long-term development, stability, and peace in underserved areas of the world. The clothing will be distributed to “Boots on the Ground” on November 7th.

Dress for Success is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the developmental tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Established in 1999 with the support of the Town of Brookhaven, the Division of Women’s Services and more than 50 volunteers, Dress for Success Brookhaven has been instrumental in helping more than 6,000 women achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient and economically independent. For more information about Dress for Success Brookhaven, visit or call 631-451-9127.

More About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.



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