Patchogue Saint Liberata Feast 2018 255

St. Liberata Feast 2018

Kicking off with a procession down Main Street featuring a statue of patron St. Liberata, the 51st Annual Italian Feast of Saint Liberata took place Saturday, September 8th. Patchogue resident Lou Giordano was honored as the 2018 Italian American of the Year.

The St. Liberata feast began in Patchogue in 1923 by Italian immigrant Carmine Bianco, whose prayers to St. Liberata for recovery from an illness were answered. In thanks, Mr. Bianco formed the Society of St. Liberata, holding a feast day celebration each Labor Day Weekend on Waverly Avenue.. Replete with food, refreshments, entertainment, each year the feast became an important and enjoyable weekend that all members of the Patchogue community looked forward to. As time went on, however, the original field where the feast was held no longer available and the feast was eventually discontinued in 1962. It wasn’t until 1996, through the efforts of Mr. John Ferrante, that the feast was brought back to life, fast becoming a Patchogue tradition once more.

Click here to read more on the history of the feast. Or check out our gallery below to see some of the celebration right in town!

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Brookhaven Animal Shelter- Free Adoptions April 15th – April 21st 136

Brookhaven Animal Shelter Celebrates “Spring Fling” with Free Adoptions from April 15 to April 21

Farmingville, NY – The Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate “Spring Fling” with free adoptions from April 15 through April 21. The normal adoption fees of $137 for a dog and $125 for a cat will be waived and include free neuter or spay, vaccinations, microchip, license, heartworm test, flea and fecal. Pictured is “Tiger,” one of the adoptable dogs at the animal shelter.

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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 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 call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website at www.brookhavenny.gov/animalshelter.

 

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.”

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