Suffolk’s New Styrofoam & Plastic Ban 369

This Tuesday, April 9th,  Suffolk County lawmakers passed three bills at the Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead. These bills ban the use of single-use plastic straws, cups, containers, beverage stirrers and other plastic and Styrofoam items used by food service establishments.

Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) sponsored the bills, she chairs the legislature’s Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee as well as its Single-Use Plastic Reduction Task Force. “This is sweeping legislation to begin weeding out single-use plastics,” said Hahn.

When proposing the bills Hahn cited data from the World Ocean Conservancy stating that eight (8) million metric tons of plastics enter the oceans every year which adds to the One hundred and fifty (150) million metric tons that already circulate through our oceans.  Hahn said the impacts have been “devastating to marine life and ocean ecosystems.” She continued to state that “Ingested plastic has been found in more than 60 percent of all seabirds and in 100 percent of sea turtles species. The impacts of plastic and, in particular, polystyrene are also a tangible threat to human health.”

Under the first bill, straws and stirrers would need to be biodegradable and will be made available by-request-only in sit-down restaurants and self-service beverage stations. This bill makes accommodations for the disabled whose medical conditions make it necessary for them to use of plastic straws, for these individual’s plastic straws would be available on request.

A separate bill bans restaurants from using Styrofoam takeout containers and packaging “peanuts”. The polystyrene ban exempts items used to store uncooked eggs, raw meat, pork, fish, seafood and poultry.

The third bill will ban the sale of single-use plastics at county parks and beaches, including plastic utensils, plates and cups. prohibiting the county’s park and beach concessionaires from using single-use cups, plates, utensils or beverage straws made from non-biodegradable substances. These measures will  go into effect when current park vendor contracts are up and new contracts are negotiated.

The three bills passed the Legislature without an opposing vote.  The changes affecting food establishments and retailers will begin January 1, 2020 to allow businesses time to adjust ordering and use existing inventory.

 

 

 

 

 

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Patchogue Welcomes Amulet Arts 395

We were thrilled to be a part of the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration for Amulet Arts on June 8th.  You can tell as soon as you walk through the door that details are important to owners Michael Cappel and Mandolynne Hopkins.  Every inch of the newly opened shop is designed to create an inspiring experience.  It is truly a unique and elegant boutique.  A family owned and operated shop, with more than 30 years in the industry, Amulet Arts offers piercing, jewelry installation services, microblading and fine jewelry.  Proud members of The Association of Professional Piercers, their staff offers the most current, hygienic and professional services to their clients.  They are one of the most highly credentialed and certified piercing/body art studios in New York State.

Although concerned at first about how they might be received, Mr. Cappel got emotional yesterday when asked about their experience opening in Patchogue.  “I have to tell you that Patchogue welcomed us with open arms, and I could not be more grateful to you guys”.

In addition to body art, Amulet Arts also has an amazing gallery where artists are able to showcase their work.  We met two local artists, Mary Searles (@calicoqueen) and Christie Jones (@swellanchor), who both had several pieces of their work on display. and were thrilled with the space and opportunity Amulet provided.  Make sure to check out their instagram accounts for more of their work.

Scroll down to see highlights from yesterdays event, and visit Amulet Arts at their website or Facebook.

Suffolk Strawberry Festivals 94

Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. This weekend and next you can get out and celebrate one of Long Islands sweetest crops.  Grab friends and family and head out to enjoy one (or both) of these great Strawberry Festivals.

Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
631-689-8172
THIS WEEKEND:  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s.  Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past.  The Benner family has been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies and also raise a variety of farm animals for self-sufficient living. This weekend they will celebrate the strawberry by dipping them in chocolate, making them into ice cream, putting them on home-made Strawberry Shortcake, turning them into jam and eating them as they are!  Come out to enjoy wholesome family fun with old-fashioned games and live music.  They also have bunnies and chicks for the kiddies to hold, the big swing, craft and local vendors and a whole Farm to explore and discover!  The farm just announced that they have a new baby calf on the farm and now have three baby goats and a lamb to pet and feed.

 

Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
631-298-2222
Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.  Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned. Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Much of the Festival fun is free, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. When you do spend, you help the Mattituck Lions advance their year-round community service efforts. Admission is $6 per person 5 and older. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available for purchase online. Dads are admitted FREE on Father’ Day when accompanied by a paid child.

 

No need to be sour if  you are not able to make any of these festivals,  here you can find a list of Farms and Stands where you can get out and pick your own or purchase local Strawberries throughout the season.  

 

 

 

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