South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence 32

South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence

It was an evening of pride and gratitude as 51 Bellport High School seniors and six of the South Country Central School District’s teachers were honored during the second annual Evening of Excellence, held on March 26. The distinguished seniors recognized were those who have maintained a weighted cumulative average of 92 percent or better for the past seven semesters. The honored teachers were chosen by the students as persons who have been influential and inspirational during their educational journey.

During his opening remarks, Principal Timothy Hogan said “excellence” does not happen by accident. “It is the gradual result of always striving to do your best – with high intention, sincere effort and mindful execution.”

The evening was punctuated with a performance by the Bellport High School Jazz Combo, and a delicious meal was prepared and served by students enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The presentation of colors was performed by the high school cadet core, and Kreamer Street Elementary School kindergarten students sang “America the Beautiful” during a taped video recording. Special education students also prepared the flower arrangements and the rotating wooden dessert displays, which complemented the talented artwork of high school students.

The district congratulates teachers Salvatore Di Puma (Bellport Middle School), Wendy Palladino (Bellport High School), Mary Pettit (Frank P. Long Intermediate) William Pettit (Verne W. Critz Elementary), Jennifer Reynolds (Kreamer Street Elementary) and Brenda Tejeda (Brookhaven Elementary) for having made a difference in the lives of the honored seniors.

The district also congratulates the following students: Chelsea Argueta, Grace Armann, Dimitri Arresto, Angela Aruanna, Valentina Banellis, Marvina Baslious, Megan Berja, Roshnie Bisram, Kristine Brittelli, Tyler Brock, Anna Burkhardt, Harrison Burkoff, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Kyle Climan, Ivelisse Diaz, Alexander Erwin, Michael Foley, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Samuel Hampson, Timothy Harder, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Eloise Kocay, Gabriella Koehler, Shaun Laurinaitis, Theodore Loizides, Nolan Lyons, Aneeqa Majid, Justin Maler, Alyssa Mantione, Carly McEvoy, Grace Minikel, Morgan Monte, Nicholas Nazzaro, Sarah Neese, Rebekah Ofori, Samuel Perez, Juliana Polonski, Andrew Porsche, Kai Rauch, Ahmed Rehman, Daniel Roach, Ciarra Saliba, Savannah Sargent, Chiara Scharpf, Gabrielle Tims, Christopher Tucker, Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes, Gabriela Vazquez, Thomas Wilson IV and Andrew Zimlinghaus.

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District

 

 

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Community Outraged Over Hateful Social Media Posts By Local Business 16182

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.  

The Power of Poetry 70

The Bayport-Blue Point School District would like to congratulate Bayport-Blue Point High School 11th-grade student Jillian Carson for being selected as a National Gold Medal winner in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her original poem, “Lavender and Black Coffee.”

According to Jillian, “Lavender and Black Coffee” speaks to the themes of family and life in general. Her love for poetry began at a young age; she began to write original works as early as the fourth grade.

Due to her success in this competition, Jillian will be honored alongside the other National Medal winners during a ceremony held at Carnegie Hall on June 6.

Bayport-Blue Point High School 11th-grade student Jillian Carson, who was recently selected as a National Gold Medal winner in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her original poem.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District 

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