Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ten Foot Waves at Smith Point, Long Island, NY
Ben Vitale

Hurricane Juaqin which is currently off the coast of Long Island is causing some really big waves to break on Fire Island, Long Island, NY. I saw a few waves that were about Ten feet high. (Left click the big arrow, and then left click the small arrow to see the video. You should also left click the small box on the lower right hand portion of the video, to get a full screen display! Once the video is over, press the Escape key to return to the normal screen size.) It is so nice to observe the awesome power of nature! 

I did see a few people entering the water on their Surf Boards, who wanted to take advantage of the really big waves! The waves off of our Long Island beach looked more like the waves that you would find in Hawaii. Have fun and enjoy the video!


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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Message From the Suffolk County Police Department- Fifth Precinct

Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch

Community: Attention! 
5th Precinct Community Meeting location change.

Please see attached flyer. The 5th precinct community meetings will now be held at the 5th precinct, 125 Waverly Avenue , Patchogue. The meetings take place the second Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is September 9, 2015.
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Bullying is Timeless
Ben Vitale

I remember that bullying was rampant in the 50’s just as it is now in the 2000’s. There should have been a zero tolerance for bullying in the 50’s but there wasn’t. Bullying is another ingredient that affects the education process.

Students are not the only victim of bullies; teachers are also victims! As I recall, Jujitsu, Boxing, and Karate were and still are not part of the requirements to become a teacher; although, in today's environment, they should be! I was witness to the same bullying scenario in Junior High School, and senior High school. Bullies took control of the students, teachers, and the entire school system! Bullies did just what they wanted to do, and academia had no functional mandates, that offered direction to teachers that had to deal with these Bullies.

Teachers and principals have their careers to protect. Any action taken on the part of the teacher to remedy a bullying situation will ultimately wind up with the teacher being a victim, as well as his students. Then and now the same feeble response to bullying still exists! Send the bully and his victim to the principal’s office, suspend the victim for defending himself, and give a free pass to the bully! If a teacher did anything to a bully, the teacher would also become a victim.

When I was a young boy in Brooklyn, I was trained at Boxing and Jujitsu, at the local Italian American Social club. That training was part of me but I never really used any of my training, because I was taught to handle conflicts like a gentleman. When two young boys had a problem, both were put into a boxing ring at the social club to settle their problems! The end product of dealing with conflict in this fashion was respect, by all of the individuals that were involved.

I graduated into Junior High School and discovered that there was no Boxing Ring to settle conflicts with Bullies! Please “read my lips;” bullying was a major component in ruining my ability to learn, throughout grammar school, and in the first two years of high school.

Bullying is indeed violent behavior!  The traditional scenario of penalizing the victim and giving a free pass to the Bully, just does not work! Bullying should be treated as an assault. A youth that bullies others, does indeed have an emotional problem and can benefit from the services of a social worker. A Community Oriented Division of the Police Department should also be involved with cases of bullying. The police department has done some wonderful work with youths, by providing interactive tours of the local prisons.  Many youths who are on the wrong side of the road, are often convinced by the inmates that prison is no picnic!

Teachers should not be involved with Bullying; all incidents of Bullying should be directed to the Community Oriented Police and social worker team. Here we have a team who is trained to deal with the problems that are associated with assault.

We need a law that forever relieves teachers from the task of dealing with Bullies. Assault is a social and police matter, not an academic matter! In instances of Bullying, teachers must be directed by law, to re-direct all and every case of Bullying, to the Social worker Community Police team.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Patchogue Residents and Members of the Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch

Keep this on your Radar Screen! The Suffolk County Police Department, Fifth Precinct, has monthly meetings to connect with and inform the general public of problems in our area. The next community meeting is scheduled for September 9, 2015

Date: Sept. 9, 2015

Time: 7:pm

Location: Patchogue Medford Library, 54-60 East Main St. Patchogue, NY

Anyone can attend! You do not have to be a Neighborhood Watch member to attend. You do not have to represent any organized group. Please forward this to your friends and neighbors! Please attend and discuss your community related issues, directly with the police department!


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Teachers are the Victim of the Socioeconomic Background of their Students 

Ben Vitale

I would like to establish that my family indoctrination played the leading role in how I connected with education, and life itself. I am sure that all of my teachers were not able to deal effectively with me because of my family background. Academia must realize that a student’s parents are indeed his first and most trusted teachers!

I come from an Italian immigrant family. My parents were not able to help me with geometry, algebra, trigonometry or English; we all spoke mostly Italian! This situation still exists today but only the nationality has changed.

My father and mother had an 8th grade education; they lived by a completely different set of values. In my case the values instilled in me by my parents were a stumbling block for my teachers! “I was told that a man was expected to work like a Horse, and bring home the pay check!” A college education was not on my parents radar screen; not one person in my entire family went to college at that time.

My actions were directed by the values instilled in me by my parents! I rejected almost every subject in high school because it did not fit in the template that was instilled in me by my parents and everyone else around me; we were all essentially immigrants and saw absolutely no value in algebra and trigonometry!

I would like to make an important point about the power of family indoctrination; that I will explain later in this article! Please be patient with me; this will appear to be unrelated to the subject of this article! My Father also told me that Baseball, Football, and Basketball were all stupid! “In Baseball they hit a ball with a stick, and men run in a circle!” ”In Football the players slam into each other in order to get a ball!” “In Basketball the players throw a ball into a hoop!” As you can see, my father did not like sports! The significance of this paragraph will “come to light,” later in this article!

My father indoctrinated me with two things that he believed could help me to succeed in life. My Dad was a house painter and he taught me how to paint a house when I was 10 years old; painting put food on our table, so he wanted me to have that skill. My father also had a vision that Electronics was the way of the future; he knew nothing at all about electronics but he did something amazing that eventually led to my very successful career in Electronics. During the course of my father’s job as a house painter, he often had to dispose of abandoned radios before he could start painting an apartment; he brought those radios home and gave them to me! OK! I knew “zero” about electronics, but I had a wonderful time stripping all of the parts from these old radios and electronic equipment! I got so involved with electronics that I asked Santa Clause for a piece of Electronics test equipment for Christmas; So... I was the only 12 year old in all of Brooklyn who owned an Electronics Multimeter. I did not like school but I studied Electronics at the local Library, with a passion.   

The point that I am trying to make is that a person’s parents have the most profound effect on the way a student deals with education, not his teachers. I walked into Jr High School with the “Memory Stick” of my mind already programmed! My teachers had the best intensions but my mental programming took precedence! I can remember saying to myself while in school; “why do I have to memorize this c**p?” I absolutely could not study a subject unless I had a practical need for the subject matter. I was indoctrinated to be job oriented; I believed that Geometry could not help me to make a living, but a paint brush could!  My grandfather was also a house painter and he paid the bills by using a paint brush!

My father gave me positive reinforcement every time I disassembled an old radio. I feel so fortunate; and often think of youths that received absolutely no positive reinforcement from their parents! So… I did my best to get a C in school, because I thought that I would never need the subject matter that was covered. As soon as I progressed to my senior year in High School, I realized that Geometry, Trigonometry, and Algebra were indeed necessary in order to advance to college level courses in Electronics.

On the positive side… Up until I entered my senior year in high school,” my father was the only teacher that I listened to! What if my father did not present me with his vision about the future of Electronics; I would be a House Painter today. Remember… I was trained to be a painter at age 10! If I had become a painter I would not have experienced the mental and financial rewards that I got from working in Electronics!

Teachers are as good as the students that are in their classes; and students are as good as the information that is instilled in them by their parent, parents, or peers! If a teacher is teaching the children of academic parents, he should be very successful. If that same teacher is given the task of teaching the children of immigrant parents, he may not be able to reach his intended goals. A given teacher should not be judged by the progress that his students make, without considering their family background. In my case, all of my teachers must have been considered to be failures, because my mind was already programmed by the very strong indoctrination of my parents.

In my case I repeatedly settled for a C in many subjects, including Algebra and Geometry because I was not motivated to spend any time, on class subject matter, that I was convinced I would never need. If my teachers were evaluated at that time they would have been considered to be failures! Why would I want to study English; we all spoke Italian! I absolutely refused to learn something that was not consistent with the indoctrination that was firmly implanted in the “Memory Stick,” of my mind!  

As you can see, all students cannot be placed into the same mold! As it turned out I couldn’t be happier with my success in the workplace! I reached and exceeded my goals in an unconventional way, but most of my teachers were powerless to help me because my father was the prime mover in my life!

Sports Hummm… To this day I have absolutely no desire to play or learn about Baseball, Football, and Basketball! Is it possible that my family indoctrination had something to do with this?  I am convinced that in my case, my teachers were not able to connect with me because of my previous mental programming!

Why should teachers be evaluated by the “Common Core” progress of their students? Teaching the child of academic parents, is a blessing to a teacher! Teaching the child of an immigrant family such as mine can be impossible. Academia must provide extensive orientation sessions for the Parents, before their children can be expected to respond to their teachers. I believe that the children of academic parents and the children of immigrant parents have nothing in common.

It is not fair to penalize teachers that were assigned the task of teaching the children of non- academic parents! May I suggest a test! Transfer teachers that are doing a fantastic job at teaching “college bound students,” to a ghetto school, where most of the students, come from a non-academic, background! I really do not believe that the “top notch teachers” would be able to maintain their current high rating!   

I did ultimately migrate into a very successful career in electronics, because of the direction that I received from my first teacher… My father!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting Aug. 12, 2015

Date: Aug. 12, 2015

Time:  7:pm

Location:  Patchogue Medford Library, 54-60 East Main St. Patchogue, NY

Anyone can attend! You do not have to be a Neighborhood Watch member to attend. You do not have to represent any organized group.

Discuss community related issues directly with the police department!


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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Wonderful Job Parking Car
Ben Vitale

 Long time Patchogue resident Josiah T. Cornplanter, retired riverboat captain; has submitted the following information. 

A young lady went to her ophthalmologist for an eye examination. The gal had her eyes dilated, but unfortunately did not have an alternate driver to take her home! It appears that she decided to park her car, and go to a street festival called, Alive After Five, in Patchogue, NY, instead of tackling her long drive home!  

As you can see, she is parked 23 inches from the curb. As per Captain Cornplanter, the driver did a wonderful job at parking her car considering the circumstances! LOL!

Thank you Captain Cornplanter for your information. I am looking forward to more submissions from you!

P.S.  I believe that Captain Cornplanter was once the Captain of the River Boat that is now behind the Harbor Crab Restaurant. Captain cornplanter does indeed know how to park a vehicle! LOL!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Scam Alert! just published notification of a scam that we should be aware of. You are advised to not give anyone your personal information.

I would like to mention that it is not a good idea to publish your birthday on social media; this information is needed in order to steal your identity. I sometimes publish a "Birthday," but I always publish an incorrect birthday. I publish a false day, month, and year! Hey! It's nice to make yourself a few years younger with the stroke of a pen! LOL!

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting
July 8, 2015, Patchogue Medford library Patchogue, NY
Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch

I attended the July 8, 2015 Community Meeting at the Fifth precinct. We were advised that one of the biggest problems that the Fifth Precinct is dealing with is avoidable. Residents are still parking their cars in their driveways without locking them. The perpetrator would get into your car from an unlocked door and press the trunk release. If you have valuables in your trunk they too will be stolen.
Beware of a scam where two young ladies knock at your door, saying that they are from the Town, and want to resolve a property issue. They would say that your fence is on the neighbor’s property.   While you are outside measuring your fence, two burglars enter your house and steal everything they can get their hands on.
It might be a good idea to put your car under a security light; Catalytic Converters are being stolen.

I don’t think that it is possible to do anything about the following! Criminals break into the Credit Card Readers that are at Gas pumps. When you put your Credit Card into the reader, your information is sent to the criminal via a radio transmitter. You better not use your credit card at a gas pump after dark.

Our best wishes to inspector Aristede Mojica from the fifth precinct; he just retired.

Inspector Gary R. Siska from the Suffolk County Auxiliary Police made a presentation about Aux Police Officer requirements, and encouraged everyone to become an APO.  

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting Tonight July 8, 2015

Date: Tonight July, 8, 2015

Time:  7:pm

Location:  Patchogue Medford Library, 54-60 East Main St. Patchogue, NY 

Anyone can attend! You do not have to be a Neighborhood Watch member to attend. You do not have to represent any organized group.

Discuss community related issues directly with the police department!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

UFOs Spotted over long island
Ben Vitale

On the evening of July 4, 2015 fireworks were being set off at many locations along the south shore of Long Island. While everyone was looking toward the sky at the fireworks, ominous glowing objects were slowly moving across the sky! The UFOs were first seen in Center Moriches, NY, moving in a westerly direction. Hey… This is fun! LOL! Aliens from another planet are enjoying our fireworks! LOL! I was hoping that I would see Captain Kirk from the starship enterprise, but that didn’t happen. See link at bottom of this article.
Unfortunately I am forced to turn the controls on my Time Machine back to the year 2015! Oh what a “bore!” LOL! Two of the UFOs flew over my head, and I was able to see what looked like a flame coming from the underside of each UFO! The flame that was coming out of the booster rockets looked more like the flame that you would get from a cigarette lighter! Hummm! Oh well! It is not a Romulan space ship! I am totally crushed! The UFO Spacecraft was actually a Sky Lantern! Go to Google and search for “Sky Lantern.” A sky lantern looks like an inverted paper bag that has a fire source burning under it. The heat causes the bag to rise like a Hot Air Balloon. Do not try building one yourself!
It was fun while it lasted! I guess I will have to meet Captain Kirk the next time I use my Time Machine! LOL!
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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Patchogue Village Parade July 4, 2015
Ben Vitale

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 Jackson Paul Haller  having fun at the Patchogue parade: