The Future is Bright for Bayport-Blue Point Class of 2019 26

Proudly dressed in blue and gold caps and gowns, Bayport-Blue Point High School’s Class of 2019 prepared for the next chapter of their lives during the school’s commencement ceremony on June 28. Family, friends, staff, members of the board of education and central and building administrators were present for the momentous occasion on the front lawn of Bayport-Blue Point High School.

The 189 graduates entered the ceremony to Pomp and Circumstance, directed by Michael Sarling and performed by the high school band and orchestra. Before taking their seats, each graduate placed a white rose on an empty seat in the front row in memory of Carly LeStrange, a member of the Class of 2019. Principal Dr. Gaurav Passi opened the ceremony by introducing distinguished guests. This followed with the national anthem by the high school band and orchestra and a musical performance from senior chorus members who sang “In My Life” by the Beatles.

Dr. Passi addressed the graduating class, his last at Bayport-Blue Point High School and spoke about how each individual has control of their attitude and growth in life. He reminded the graduates that “when we focus on the positive, the positive grows and when we focus on developing ourselves into the best version of us, that is what will grow.”

 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney presented Dr. Passi with a diploma to mark the end of his career serving Bayport-Blue Point High School. Board of Education President Michael Miller and Dr. Hearney both praised the graduates and offered advice.

“I challenge you, the Class of 2019, to pursue those things that do not come easy…because if you do, I promise you, you will grow as an individual and as a person,” said Dr. Hearney.

Salutatorian Emily Phua and Valedictorian Maria Grande addressed their fellow graduates as they reflected on their support systems and their valuable time at the high school. Both wished their fellow peers the best of luck as they pursue their dreams.

Before the presentation of diplomas, Dr. Passi recognized the 79 graduates who earned the Honor Medallion for maintaining a GPA of at least a 90% and Dr. Hearney officially certified the graduates. Loved ones cheered as each student was recognized on stage as Dr. Passi handed them their diploma. Assistant Principal Martin Malone also received a diploma for his commitment to the students of Bayport-Blue Point as he continues his career in another school district.

Class of 2019 Co-Presidents Julia Johnson and Graceann Sulima commended the families present and encouraged the graduates to remember the memories shared and the friendships that were formed. Together, the Class of 2019 moved their tassels to symbolize the end of their high school career and before closing the ceremony, tossed their caps high as they prepared to embark on the future ahead.

 

Photos courtesy of Bayport-Blue Point School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paint Patchogue Purple for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 430

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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