Wednesday, June 07, 2017


Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Announces New Executive Leadership 
Ben Vitale (From press release)
Photo credit: Benny Migliorino 


PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (LONG ISLAND) - June 1, 2017 - Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) has named Gary Hygom, producing director, Bay Street Theater of Sag Harbor, as its new executive director and appointed Christopher Capobianco, current PTPA board member, as the new chairperson of the board of directors. Capobianco will replace current Board Chairperson Barbara Kane, who has served more than 10 years on the theater board. Gary Hygom, who will report to the board of directors, will assume his position as executive director on June 5. Capobianco assumes his new role immediately. Together they will work to lead Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts in a new creative direction.

Gary Hygom brings a new vision to Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, after 20 years of working at the 299-seat Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, where he was the producing director. At Bay Street Theater, Hygom was responsible for developing innovative programming, such as a classic American film series featuring special celebrity guests like Julie Andrews, Alec Baldwin, Lauren Bacall and Eli Wallach to name a few, interviewed by renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyons.

Gary Hygom said: "I could not be more excited to take on this wonderful new challenge, creating new programming and working within a diverse and vibrant community." He continued, "I look forward to collaborating with the board of directors, building on their 19 years of success and establishing this beautiful venue as a major performing arts center."

In 2004, Hygom needed to shift creative directions at Bay Street Theater. He took a fading cabaret series on Monday nights and replaced it with a headline comedy series featuring up-and-coming comedians. Some of those comedians, like Zach Galifianakis and Amy Schumer, later went on to become comedy gold and have since appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters like "The Hangover" film series and "Trainwreck." Hygom has also been credited with bringing live music back to Bay Street Theater. He has attracted everyone from local musicians to G.E. Smith and Roger Waters.

Newly appointed PTPA Board Chairperson Christopher Capobianco said:

"The board looks forward to working with Gary as he brings tremendous talent and more than 20 years experience working in theater and the arts to our organization." He added, "This is a big moment for Patchogue Theatre as we seek to expand our reach as a regional performing arts center while continuing to nurture and support the thriving local arts scene here in Patchogue."

Board Chairperson Christopher Capobianco has been involved with Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, since the nonprofit organization's first call for volunteers in 1999. He was asked to join the organization's board of directors in 2005, and soon after that he curated the popular local music series, "Live in the Lobby," which ran for 12 seasons. His passion, and that of his fellow lobby volunteers, made "The Lobby," as it's called, one of the premier intimate venues on Long Island for local original music.

Capobianco also organized the first Patchogue Folk Festival and the first Patchogue Arts Festival. He helped the Patchogue Arts Council (PAC) establish the PAC Lobby Art Gallery and encouraged Worldwide Voices, another nonprofit organization, to bring its local musical theater series "The New Musicals Project" to Patchogue Theatre.


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Also published on: https://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/patchogue-theatre-performing-arts-announces-new-executive-leadership

 
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tommy Sullivan Honors our Veterans 
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Tommy Sullivan, one of the founding members of that famous group "Johnny Mistro and the Brooklyn Bridge," Pays tribute to our veterans on this Memorial Day weekend, by playing a song called "God bless the USA," made famous by Lee Greenwood. 

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On Sunday May 28, Tommy Sullivan entertained a very large crowd at the Pindar Winery in Peconic, NY.  Tommy is a veteran himself and was honored to pay tribute to his comrades! The true meaning of Memorial Day is sometimes forgotten because everyone has Barbecues on this holiday weekend! It is obvious by looking at the video, that the true meaning of Memorial Day was not forgotten at this gala event!


Kudos to Tommy Sullivan for supporting the true meaning of Memorial Day!

Also published in Patch online news:  
https://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/tommy-sullivan-honors-our-veterans


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Monday, May 08, 2017

National Police Week 29th Annual Candlelight Vigils

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National Police Week is a week-long reflection on those police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. It occurs the second week of May each year. Events are being held nationwide and are supported by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Long Island grassroots organizations are holding local events on Saturday, May 13th at local police stations to pay respect to and to show support of those officers who are working side by side with local residents to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

Judy Pepenella, our neighbor, who is a founding member of the Conservative Society for Action and Grassroots Community Organizer will be presiding over our local National Police Week Vigil.

Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Location: Suffolk County Police Department 5Th Precinct, 125 Waverly Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

Time: Arrive at 7:45 pm Vigil from 8:00 to 8:30 pm
Please wear blue or bring a blue ribbon, bring a flashlight or an led light.

Also published at:  https://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/national-police-week-29th-annual-candlelight-vigils


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Entertainers that Force Trump Jokes, on their Customers

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This week my wife and I attended a show which included four comical performers. The show began with one of the comedians presenting a “Trump joke.” As we know… 50 percent of our population will be offended when a Trump joke is presented, and the other 50 percent will applaud that action.

Before I start I am advising the readers that this article is being written to be intentionally ambiguous! Hummm? Ambiguous! Yes… I am intentionally withholding the names of the performers, and the actual location of that performance. I am trying to focus on an issue and not the performer! It makes no sense to dump the entire blame on a particular entertainer or a particular catering house. The location of eastern Long Island is close enough.



As a result of the two trump jokes, a young lady, who was a complete stranger, came over to me and said… “I am pissed! I spent all this money to get away from all the (b*** s***) of life, and look what this guy does to me… A trump joke! I am pissed!” Actually my wife and I were pissed, as well as the couple that we were at the performance with. So… One joke and five people are angry at the performer!

After the performance was over, the leader of the group was passing his business cards around! Opinion! It appears that the entertainment industry feels like it is OK to Piss-off 50 percent of their audience, and then pass a business card to them! The problem is that an entertainer never knows who is in his audience. In this particular case I have a friend that is in the entertainment industry, and is always looking for entertainment at the right price! I took the entertainers business card and presented it to my friend with a written warning that this group is inclined to present Trump jokes! Is that warning desirable on ones resume? Absolutely not!


I am totally amazed! Entertainers continue to do and say things that their customers do not want to hear! Customers that pay hard earned money, to buy tickets, to attend a performance, expect to be entertained, not upset!

I have seen two mainstream entertainers suddenly disappear from the industry, after engaging in Trump bashing, at their performances! If I owned an entertainment venue I certainly would not hire someone who would disenfranchise 50 percent of the people that paid to see a performance at my establishment.


This article represents my own personal opinion, and perception of this issue ! We really would like to hear what you think about this issue. Is it OK to have entertainers upset their patrons? 

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Snow Day 
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This morning I was looking out of my window at the snow. The snow was coming down and accumulating at a fast rate! It just occurred to me that the Lighthouse Mission is supposed to distribute food for the needy, today in Patchogue. It’s snowing, what are the needy people going to do? Nobody goes out in this bad weather!

I must admit… I was concerned, so I did something that I have never done before… I drove to the Lighthouse Mission food distribution site, on Terry Street, to see what was going on! Upon arriving at the distribution site, I saw the people from the Lighthouse Mission, standing in the snow, giving out food for the needy!

I was amazed… The Lighthouse Mission did not take a snow day… They just set-up their distribution point, in the snow, and continued to give out food in spite of the inclement weather! It’s true… Hunger doesn’t take a snow day, and neither does the Lighthouse Mission! What a blessing!

Please visit the lighthouse Mission web site to learn more about the Mission! In addition to food distribution the Lighthouse Mission also has many youth programs. Young adults and children are taken from dysfunctional neighborhoods and given the opportunity to participate in activities such as Kayaking, bike riding, and sailing. These activities are life changing, and are not possible on the streets!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Santa Collides With Jumbo Jet
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Last night, Santa got sucked out of his sleigh, while on a pre- Christmas reconnaissance flight! Santa’s flight was intentionally done under the same foggy conditions that he may experience on Christmas eve! His plan was to make sure that his Reindeer and Sleigh were in the best possible condition.

Unfortunately Rudolph’s red nose light was not blinking at the time, and the pilot of the 747 jumbo passenger jet did not see Santa.  The jet flew over Santa and his Reindeer at 360 miles per hour! The resulting up-draft sucked Santa out of his sleigh and onto the nose of the jet!

We all know that Santa has some very special powers! For example… How does he climb down a chimney that only has a 6 inch flue pipe! Hummm! OK! Santa landed on the nose of the jumbo jet, along with a sack of Christmas presents! So what did he do? You guessed it… He walked into the plane and started to give out Christmas presents to the passengers. The passengers were ecstatic! One passenger said “I can’t believe it! I met Santa on a plane flight from Florida to New York! What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season!” LOL!

After giving out 400 Christmas presents to the passengers, Santa shouted “Merry Christmas to all and to all good night and instantaneously disappeared in a giant puff of white smoke! Santa then landed on his sleigh, where he continued his pre-Christmas journey! LOL!

I wish that I was on that plane! Merry Christmas everybody! LOL!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why do we Absolutely Need the Electoral College? 
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Our forefathers were by no means stupid… In fact they showed exactly how intelligent that they were by creating the Electoral College! Sheer genius! They knew that a presidential election built around the popular vote would create a disaster!

States like Wyoming, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Vermont would be considered to be a joke!  Yep! They all have less than 1,000,000 residents. Without the Electoral College they wouldn’t even receive the crumbs! Even the birds receive the crumbs! LOL!

If the criteria for winning a presidential election was “the popular vote, all a politician had to do is pander to the residents of NY, Florida, California, and Texas, and he would win the election. There is no reason to give anything to the remaining 44 states… Zero! Nada! They just don’t count under this system! The presidential candidate did not need them in order to get elected!

Hummm… 44 states that were totally pissed off at a president for ignoring them could cause massive damage to the United States! The United States is not really one country, but a union of 48 states that have agreed to create a Federal government for the common protection. As we all have observed, this has gotten out of control!

You might also want to read a wonderful article by Mackenzie Eaglen, which explains the concerns about the common defense of our country! http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/01/why-provide-for-the-common-defense


Guess what! We are not stupid! A casual consideration of a popular vote presidential election does indeed reveal the possibility of massive abuse, and a possible catastrophe for our country! Unfortunately the internet has brainwashed most of us to respond to “one liners,” without even thinking that we were not given enough information to enable an intelligent decision! If a person really expects you to accept the idea of changing our country’s electoral process to a popular vote system, on the basis of a one liner, they are really and intentionally insulting your intelligence!  It is time to revolt against the internet indoctrination and start thinking for ourselves!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stranded Whale Rescue East Moriches, NY 
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As reported yesterday, a Whale went aground in East Moriches, NY, near the Coast Guard station. I went down to EM to see if the whale was extricated… No such luck!

By chance I met two people near the water who were very upset because the whale has not received adequate help within 24 hours! I advised the couple to remain anonymous, in lieu of the current atmosphere of fines, for getting closer than 200 yards to the whale! Let’s call this couple John and Janet!

John who appeared to be a naturalist had resources such as a dredge and a helicopter, available to him to possibly help extricate the whale.

The DEC, and the Coast Guard advised of severe fines for going closer than 200 yard from the whale! The riverhead foundation advised that you should not go close to the whale because you would only get him upset! Upset hummm! Janet told me that the whale was actually exhibiting behavior that she considered to be “crying!” Is it possible that the whale was actually crying! OK! All of the above agencies are waiting for a Marine scientist to arrive from Massachusetts, to survey the situation! 

Newsday reports that the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was out in boats that were intentionally making waves hoping that they could move the whale off of the sand bar! 

John and Janet had heavy equipment that was available to them, but were forbidden to use it!

It has become obvious to me that all of the above agencies were totally unprepared to deal with an emergency of this type! All of the above agencies should have had regular disaster preparedness drills so that they would not flounder when a real emergency occurred!  Whales do not normally appear in Moriches Bay, but they do appear in the waters west of the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. I believe that as we speak, a whale is indeed in the water east of the bridge! In the absence of a disaster preparedness drill, all of the above agencies are forced to respond with the only tool that they have… Fines!

I do not believe in writing an article that is critical of an agency, without making a suggestion that might help the situation! I have navigated the waters in Moriches Bay, with my 30 foot Reliance cruiser that is bigger than the whale that is currently stranded! A boat or a whale must stay in the Moriches bay channel! I have managed to get my boat stuck on sandbars in Moriches bay twice, while traveling at a speed of about Five miles per hour! In both cases, it took me Two minutes to extricate my boat from the sandbars, using the 90 horsepower engine at about 500 RPM.  What if a Bunge cord were temporarily attached to the whale’s tail? The ground in Moriches bay is not rocky, but slippery! A small boat may be able to help this whale by slowly pulling the bungee cord! It is not that difficult to get off of a sandbar, when you got stuck at a speed of only 5 miles per hour! I’ve been there!  Just a thought! The whale could not be very far from the channel because the tides are not very high!

Also… If you drop 30 people with shovels into the water, they may be able to clear enough sand to help extricate the whale. You might also make a call to Stony Brook university Marine Sciences department, and ask them if they may be able to help!  In the past they have been doing research on Whales; I have spoken to a few of the graduate students in the past! The Marine Sciences department does have a boat, and I would bet that they would be available to help! 

Also published at: http://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/stranded-whale-rescue-east-moriches-ny

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patchogue Knights of Columbus Will Collect Food Items at our Christmas Parade
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On Saturday November 26, 2016, Patchogue village will be having its annual Christmas parade, starting at 6pm. The Patchogue Knights of Columbus will be collecting food and non-perishable items for our local food pantries. The K of C will be collecting these food items along the parade route.  Please bring these food items with you to the parade! 

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