A look back: 2021 in review

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Who is ready for 2022?

But, before we enter the New Year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the stories that made it into our papers in 2021.

January

Our local veterans received an award for still serving their communities throughout the pandemic. Canaan Lake in North Patchogue was finally refilled. We honored our Inspiration Award winners as local health care heroes. There was talk about underground parking potential in Patchogue Village and OTB proposed doubling VLT capacity at the Medford site.

February

Patchogue Village showed off their new electric car, Johnson Controls presented their energy solutions, and Cornerstone project public hearings were met with opposition. We celebrated Black History Month with an issue featuring prominent Black voices in the community. Former Legis. Kate Browning announced her legislative run and the ad hoc committee did not recommend the Brookhaven Town ashfill site. This month also featured a beautiful seagull sunset.

March

This month started off with the opening of GiGi’s Playhouse, a Down syndrome center in Patchogue; as well as the announcement of a proposal for a Starbucks on Main Street. The Woman’s Club of Patchogue enjoyed 90 years of service, the Davis Park Ferry signed a five-year lease, and the Colony Shop celebrated 75 years in business. Also, the Suffolk County School Bus Safety Program launched.

April

We played an April Fool’s joke on our readers with a satirical story on enforcing a paper bag mandate to wear on your heads instead of masks, featuring a front-page photo of the mayor and village attorney with a paper bag on their heads. Alive After Five in Patchogue looked slim this summer due to COVID-19 and The Gateway announced the drive-in returning in Bellport Village.

May

Legis. Bridget Fleming announced her run for Congress and the Bayport-Blue Point Library made progress on their new facility. Pedal Power launched in Patchogue and the Patchogue Arts Council took interest in the Avery Homestead in East Patchogue. Legis. Jim Mazzarella was elected in a special election. The Bellport Village election went unopposed this month.

June

Our big feature was on our favorite local lobster rolls. We remembered our veterans for Memorial Day. Winters Bros. announced their plans to move trash by rail in Brookhaven Town. Prom was held on school grounds at William Floyd High School. The Bellport Inn opened on Main Street in Bellport Village and Gleneagle Green Bellport complex will feature 70 units.

July

Patchogue Village hosted their first goat yoga! Suffolk County won their historic opioid settlement. Brookhaven Town sought a master developer for Mastic Beach. County disapproved the Cornerstone development, and trustees also voted project down.

August

Bellport celebrated Bellport Day, Patchogue Theatre announces plans to reopen in September, the Bellport Fire House opens their fire museum on Bell Street. Villages considered opting in or out of the sale of marijuana. The Latino Leadership Council launches in Patchogue and Bellport Village hosts a sailing regatta.

September

Most notably this month, the Mt. Carmel Church bell was found! We remembered the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Rechler announced plans to redevelop Mediterranean Manor in East Patchogue, and Patchogue Village finally hosted their St. Liberata parade on Main Street for the first time since COVID-19 shutdowns.

October

Patchogue and Bellport villages opt-out with option to opt back in for the sale of cannabis. Patchogue Village releases their No Need to Speed campaign and the Gateway in Bellport Village hosted their annual haunted house. Homecomings returned for local school districts and locals celebrated Halloween with trunk-or-treats.

November

It was Election Day, and Republicans swept the county taking hold of the majority in the legislature. We highlighted our veterans on Veterans Day and a redeveloper committed to the North Bellport housing project. Holidays started rolling in with Small Business Saturday, and Patchogue Village swore in their first Latina trustee.

December

Last month, we reported the arrest of a man who allegedly violently threated the LGBTQ community with letters. The Winters Bros. warehouses were approved for a tax incentives package and Midnight on Main made its return! Also, the Village of Bellport hosted their Christmas parade and hosted their wreath contest, again.

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