Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Paramilitary Operation Contrived by Eight Year Old Children

Ben Vitale

Don’t ever believe that children are stupid! Many years ago my family and I spent every weekend and holiday, on our boat, at the Fire Island community of Davis Park. DP is indeed a party community! LOL!  The children watch the adults Party, and it doesn’t take very long before the children start to imitate their parents! LOL! OMG! Party animals at 8 and 9 years old! Yep! It’s true! The children learned to party with the best of them! LOL!

Every Saturday night, the parents in our crowd, hired three baby sitters to watch 9 children that were supposed to be sleeping on three boats! Three boats… Three baby sitters! OK! The sun sets and the adults are off to the Davis Park Casino! Whoopee! The children appeared a little too eager to go to bed, but I did not suspect anything at the time!

So here we were, eight young adults dancing and drinking at the Casino! We had an agreement that one couple would walk back to the boats, every half hour, to check on the children and talk to the baby sitters! Little did we know that we the parents were victims of a juvenile, covert operation that was planned and executed with exactitude reminiscent of the Green Barret! Yes that’s right… No military operation was ever planned and executed with such precision, cooperation, and discipline!

The conspiracy came to life when the children conned the baby sitters into letting them “party” as soon as the parents walked three blocks away to the Davis Park Casino. So! We the parents walked away and the party began behind our backs! LOL! Our children were drinking soda, eating chips, socializing, singing, dancing, and listening to music.

Let’s call this para military effort, “Operation Casino!” The partying was going great at both ends, but the children had to do something about the parental visits every half hour! OK! No problem! I am an Engineer, and that problem solving mentality transferred to my children… At 8 years old, they were capable of pulling off “Operation Casino.” The military precision was amazing… It was good enough to make Oliver North smile!

The children defined a reconnaissance squad operation and procured the equipment necessary to accomplish their mission! They assigned two man/ women, Recon Squads that proceeded to “High Ground,” which was the fly bridge of my boat, every 15 minutes! The Recon Squads took turns monitoring the boardwalk that went from the Casino, which is up on a hill, to the Marina area, below. The young soldiers requisitioned two pairs of binoculars to monitor their objective, along with lots of Chips and Dip! LOL! OMG! We created monsters! LOL!

As soon as any parent was spotted by the Recon Squad, general quarters was sounded, but instead of proceeding to the main deck, all hands went back to their beds and pretended to be sleeping!
The recon squad successfully warded off 6 enemy attacks, and did a commendable job protecting their covert Partying Operation! The next morning when everyone was enjoying breakfast, the children were smiling “from ear to ear”… I wonder why! “Operation Casino,” was a smashing success! OMG! Only 9 years old! LOL!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Summer of Love Concert 60s at its Best 
Ben Vitale

Photo and information credit: the Roots Agency

The Summer of Love Concert will be performed at the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts on Saturday May 7, 2016, at 8PM.

I am a musician and I am not easily impressed! After viewing the video clip below, I was beyond impressed… I was ecstatic! The musicians and the vocalists sounded just like the original artists! The vocalists and musicians played songs that were made famous by the  Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Santana, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Association, The Turtles, The Beach Boys,  Mamas and the Papas,  Joe Cocker,  Cream, The Youngbloods, and many more.

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Loved the harmony! The world class brass section made the 60s come alive! Really! Loved the selection of music!

What are you waiting for? 
Contact or go to the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts Box Office, and buy your tickets, before this show is sold out!

Phone Orders Call: 877 • 77CLICK

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Open 7 Days a Week from 12 - 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Windsurfing In Patchogue NY
Ben Vitale

A few weeks ago I was went to the shore of the Great South Bay, in Patchogue, New York to see if the water was rough or calm.  Why would I do that? Hummm! For many decades I have been a boating enthusiast! Well… This may not be totally true! I actually used my boat as a camper every weekend and holiday during the summer! Every Friday night I drove my boat across the Great South Bay, to Davis Park, a small beach community on Fire Island. To be honest, I really liked to “Party.” The rough water was a necessary evil that I had to deal with in order to go to Davis Park! “To be honest… I would never survive a minute on the “Deadliest Catch.”…  LOL!

When I arrived at the water, the Bay was rough! I visualized it as if it were a scene from “The Deadliest Catch” LOL! I enjoy watching the rough water, only through the eye of my camera, and from the safety of the Dock! LOL!

When the water is rough, you may be lucky enough to see our own resident windsurfing expert, performing for his own enjoyment! I have on many occasions enjoyed the windsurfing performance, from the safety of the Sandspit marina! LOL! For years I have been wondering… “Who is that guy?” “Could it be Clark Kent?” LOL! Unlike other viewings of his Olympic class windsurfing, I did actually get to talk to our own world class athlete!

After the performance was over, I went up to our local world class windsurfing expert and introduced myself. I said… Wow! What is your name? he said “Eric Anderson,… “I own “Clayton Richards Stove and Fireplace.” in Patchogue! I said “I admire your windsurfing skill … Do you windsurf in competition?” He said, no… I only do it for my own enjoyment! I windsurf with my friends, and we enjoy racing with each other, and trying jumps. 

I said… “I don’t know how you can windsurf in this rough water? I wouldn’t bring my boat out in this rough weather!” There was a pause in our conversation… He said, “Neither would I… And I own a good boat!” I believe that under the control of an expert, a Sailboard can deal with large waves more effectively than my boat can! It appears that the Sailboard cuts through the waves as opposed to driving over the tops of waves!

Friends and residents; pay attention to the wind! When the wind is howling, you might want to take a ride to the Sandspit marina and possibly catch a performance from our own local windsurfing expert!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Beware of Facebook Cloning Hacker!
Ben Vitale

Do not automatically accept a “Friend Request” on Facebook. Before you accept a friend request you must first search through your existing friend list, and make sure that the new friend request is not a cloned copy of one of your existing Facebook friends.

A few weeks ago I accepted a friend request from someone who was already listed on my Facebook friend list! OK! I figured that he may have had problems with his account and was forced to re-friend the people on his old friend list! Not true! The second friend request was actually from a hacker that cloned the account of someone that was already on my friend list! The hacker knew that because the person was already on my friend list, I would be conducive to listening to what he had to say!

After accepting a redundant friend request, that same person (the hacker) contacted me via the Facebook Chat line, pretending to be my friend, and wanted to send me a check for 250,000 dollars, up front, with no questions asked! Hummm! Some Billionaire had to dispose of a few billion dollars, immediately or else he would lose a fortune on his tax return! Hummm! Great story! Truly an “offer I could not refuse!” That was an offer that was good enough to make “Don Corleone” smile! LOL!
In order to receive this money, all I had to do was open up a special type of joint account with my local bank. As this type of scam goes, the hacker would withdraw money from this account, and I would be responsible to pay it back!

At a very young age I accepted a truism from my friend’s father, that I still believe today. “Santa Clause is dead!” Hummm… Don’t tell this to your young children! LOL! 

I sort of knew that my friend, who is part of my alumni group, would not get involved with issues such as this one. So… While talking to the scammer on the Facebook chat line I asked the following question… “Who were you going out with during your senior year in high school?“ The hacker literally lost it! LOL! The hacker lost the chess game! LOL! How dare you expose me as a fraud! LOL!

This incident was reported to Facebook, and the redundant friend’s account was deleted! It is best to proceed with issues such as this one as if Santa Clause is dead! In reality, I do believe in Santa! LOL! Please send presents! LOL!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

You've got to see this MSNBC Video! I can't believe that I am actually seeing this!

MSNBC exposes an alleged Democratic Party Rigged System of delegate selection. 

It's about time that somebody exposed this system where the votes do not count!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Photos From the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/ Dedication
Ben Vitale

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Bernie Fabig, PTPA Public Relations and Marketing

Project Managers: Marian Russo, Peter Sarich

 Mayor Pontieri cuts the ribbon.

Four young ladies graduated music college. It just so happened that all four lived on Long Island, so they formed a classical music ensemble. They now hold the honor of being the first ensemble to play at our newly renovated Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts!

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts... Before renovation! When work was in progress!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Patchogue Theatre to Re-open After Renovations
By Ben Vitale
From Press Release

The Patchogue Theatre holds a special place in my heart, because I performed on stage when I was only 14 years old.

In 1960 I purchased a Silvertone guitar from the Sears catalogue for 29 dollars! I couldn’t afford much… This guitar was made from Masonite, which is a material that is used to build cost effective Kitchen Counter-tops. Yes… “I bought me a guitar” and wanted to become a star! LOL!

In mid 1960s, the Patchogue Theatre sponsored a talent show. A few friends and I who were also just learning to play instruments decided to enter that talent show. The Patchogue Theatre was an actual movie theatre at that time, so the talent show was presented in front of the movie screen on stage.

The theatre was in a state of disrepair in the 60s. After many decades, the Patchogue time machine is about to bring us “Back to the future!” Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been invested into renovating our own Patchogue Theatre.

The theatre has been closed for three months to allow the skilled workman to do their magic.

The show must go on… So the Patchogue theatre for the performing Arts will re-open its doors, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, for the Re-dedication of our newly renovated facility.

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and the Incorporated Village of Patchogue are proud to invite you to the Re-dedication of our newly renovated Patchogue Theatre venue.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 6 to 8 p.m. - Patchogue Village Residents & Friends Open House

Place: Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. 
           71 East Main St., Patchogue, N.Y. 11772 (Maple Ave. & Main St.)

Unfortunately I did not help Patchogue add a celebrity such as Mick Jagger to its credits, however they can add a beautiful theatre; the Patchogue Theatre for the performing arts.  

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Lost Dog Notice
Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch

Two Pit Bulls, both wearing collars, were seen on Northridge Street, in Patchogue, NY at 10AM this morning. The collars indicate that they are not stray dogs and they must have somehow slipped away from their owner.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Medical Disclaimers on Prime Time TV
Ben Vitale

Whenever I hear the Pharmaceutical company advertisement disclaimers, I shut off the sound on my TV. The disclaimers are distasteful, and I actually feel that they have a negative effect on the physical and mental wellbeing of the listeners.

Every night just as I am about to sit down and eat dinner, I find myself being forced to listen to medical disclaimers for Drug company products. The FDA forces the Drug companies to air these disclaimers by law. The drug companies simply do not have any choice! 

Every 15 minutes the drug companies keep telling us about the multitude of ill effects that we can get from using their product; diarrhea, severe stomach pains, severe nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache confusion, hallucinations, convulsions, Liver problems, urinary tract infection, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, and death. The drug companies are forced to recite the disclaimers to protect themselves  against FDA regulations and law suits.

What would happen if you were to advise a young child of hundreds of ways that he could get sick. Every ten minutes, seven days a week! It doesn’t take a college professor to come up with the answer! Honestly I have been brainwashed one too many times by the disclaimers.

I believe that the FDA should eliminate the vocal disclaimer, and replace it with a link to the disclaimer, on the Internet! Indirect disclaimer presentation would spare the general public, the inadvertent brainwashing effect of drug company advertisements.

I personally take control of my physical and mental well-being, by using the power of positive thinking! I absolutely do not dwell on anything negative, unless it is in the process of trying to develop a solution.  In my opinion I feel that these constant bombardments of medical disclaimers are interfering with the general public’s ability to deal with and control their own physical and mental wellness. 

I personally believe that the FDA should direct the drug companies, to present their disclaimers as Internet links as opposed to the current mandatory vocal presentation.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Patchogue Ambulance Free or Billed Service
Ben Vitale

Patchogue village is currently considering alternate ways to finance our "free" Patchogue Ambulance service. I would like to share one of my ideas with the VOP, in an attempt to minimize the burden on our residents. 

We are currently paying taxes to the village of Patchogue. Part of these taxes are being used to support the Patchogue volunteer Ambulance service. Every resident in our village will eventually use this extremely valuable service... Not one person is exempt! "Free service?" This sounds as bad as the "Social Security entitlement!" Entitlement... I paid a huge sum of money toward Social Security! The word "Entitlement" carries with it the connotation of a "freebie" which it is not! So... The Ambulance "Free Service," is not free; every village resident is indeed paying for it!

 I personally like the Ambulance system, just the way it is! Where have I seen this before? A government takes something that works, and turns it into a disaster! I am not against having the VOP look into other possible ways to subsidize the Ambulance service; only if it's cost is distributed equally on every resident. I am totally against putting more burden on the backs of hard working people that already pay $700. dollars a week to maintain health care for their families. Many working class families are on the verge of collapse, as we speak! 

May I suggest a voluntary system of subsidized support for our Ambulance service! The VOP should send an annual letter, suggesting three levels of Ambulance service support, to every PV Resident! The people that are able to pay will select a level of payment and send a check to the VOP. Hopefully at least some of this money could be used to benefit our valuable volunteers. I am definitely against forcing a hard working family into bankruptcy! 

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Ben, as you so eloquently put it…. “Nothing is Free”. I agree the cost of Emergency Medical Services has risen like all healthcare for many reasons. Our profession has seen expenses accelerated by things like new complex medical equipment needed in the advanced care we provide to patients, our insurance premiums, medications, government mandates, clerical costs to perform reporting requirements, Vehicle equipment, compensation insurance, physical plant, vehicle replacement cost, services, fuel, lighting and so-on rise and will continue to rise. Comparing the services required of the Patchogue Ambulance Company of today with that of yester-year is like comparing an apple and an orange. Over my 45 years of tenure we have used every conceivable means possible to raise sufficient funds to resist dependence on government contracts for service and we like all other similar EMS entities in the past have come to the realization that a “charity” based approached that you propose was and is unrealistic.

Several decades ago I along with several Company and government officials crafted funding avenues for the operations of the Company and as such we have been able to survive with dollars received from the tax base.

It is important to understand however that we are not controlled by local government and only have a contractual relationship with local government to supply needed funding. The Patchogue Ambulance Company since its inception in 1934 has been and always will be an independent non-governmental 501 C3 Not-for-profit entity charged with providing Emergency Medical Services in our catchment area.

So you may ask what has changed that is causing us to look at alternate means of funding. The Governor and State Legislature invoked Tax Cap which limits local Government from increasing taxes beyond the percentage evoked by the State. All Government is now responsibly looking for alternate funding streams to keep services from declining. We of course face many challenges to providing the service as our funding stalls our expenses do not. No State cap was imposed on vendors who we do business with, supplies and services we require are not capped and we become faced with the issue of keeping pace with the ever increasing demand put on us by an aging and growing community with diminishing resources.

Ben, Government simply does not have the additional funding required to keep all its programs in tact without piercing the tax cap (raising taxes), something they are loath to do.

What makes our situation special is that we have long ignored what the rest of the country does which is to charge a fee for service. While you may think this punitive in some way I can’t think of a more practical way to insure adequate funding for the users of EMS then to require those who make use of the service help pay for the service. In fact we here on Long Island have only served to make the coffers of the insurance companies a little richer by not billing for something we are already paying for in our insurance premiums! There is no special policy rate for those whose ambulance service costs are bourn totally on the back of the tax payer alone! We who do not bill in fact must be quite an oddity (if not a laughing stock) in the board rooms of most health insurers when they see that their policy holders in this area never get billed for service where all the rest of their customers outside of our geographical area do. The reality is that if you fall on the street in most every town in the USA the local EMS agency will show up, render care, transport you to a hospital and bill you for the service. This is the norm, not the exception! Go to Nassau County and be treated by the Nassau County PD EMS or go to New York and have any EMS agency (of which there are many) respond and render treatment and yup… you’re going to get billed. Most every jurisdiction in our country works in this manner.

Ben, a fee for service will not pay for all the costs for providing EMS because as you rightly noted there are the poor, the indigent, and the uninsured and just as these folks don’t pay for medical services at the local Emergency Rooms, they’re not going to be paying for EMS either. Traditionally the cost is paid by me and you through some tax revenue (in the case of EMS) or the famous $25.00 Dollar Aspirin (in the case of the emergency room) so that we like all health care professionals can treat all people equally without regard to whether they have the means to pay or not.

Ben, we know that the future for EMS is ever growing and changing. Our members responded to almost 3000 calls for EMS services last year. We do this quietly, without fanfare and expect very little in the way of accolades for the many lives we impact and save daily. Our members spend countless hours training in class, in the field, and on calls for help from a broad diverse community and this will not change going forward. What will change and continues to change are new and exciting procedures and techniques to preserve life, this as well as new onerous mandates from Federal, State and Local government will continue to increase is the cost of EMS and it’s a price that someone has to pay. We are not alone in this issue as all folks associated with providing health care seem to be in the same quagmire, but the very nature of being in the life saving business does not afford us the option of diminishing our level of service in order to meet a decreasing budget.

We’ve all heard of the heroin addiction problem plaguing our community, here’s just one item to think about…. 4 Years ago the cost of Narcan (the drug we use to reverse the effects of an opiate or heroin overdose) cost about $4.00 a dose, today it’s North of $45.00 a dose.

Ben if we could ask the taxpayer to dig in and pay more we would be justified…. But also we would be negligent if we didn’t first find all sources of income to defray the cost of providing service. The Village fathers are right in asking the question of us to consider helping defray these costs by any means possible after all I like you am a tax payer too and unless I were selfish and had a ton of Health insurance company stock in my 401K not making the insurance companies pay is just plain wrong.

As to the idea of a voluntary suggested level of service payment; every year the Patchogue Ambulance Company sends out several letters for donations to pay for those items not paid for by contract dollars. We indeed suggest a level of donation to help defray some of the cost of running the Company side of our business. We consistently receive less and less each year even though we have more and more recipients to send these requests to. If this was our only funding mechanism to fund the Company we would be in business for about 10 days and then have to close the doors.

The realities of a modern EMS system are very different, complicated and costly compared to the old days of a simple ride to the hospital.

John V. Rocco
Chief Executive Officer
Patchogue Ambulance Company

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