The Future is Bright for Bayport-Blue Point Class of 2019 261

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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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 brookhavenny.gov 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 www.brookhavenny.gov 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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