Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Should Patchogue Village Outlaw Plastic Bags?
 Ben Vitale
I am dismayed at the fact that a group of people have suggested outlawing single use plastic bags in our village. I am not in favor of unilaterally outlawing plastic bags at the expense of our merchants. There is no way of predicting how the general public will respond to the lack of single use plastic bags! My tax money should not be used to make a “green statement;” it should be used to service our village.

I would be in favor of creating an expanded system to deal with recycling plastics, and metals, as opposed to outlawing plastic bags! “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!” Our local merchants have been working very hard to create and maintain the Patchogue that we now enjoy! It is not easy to stay in business! This ban on plastic bags would have the effect of picking the pockets of our merchants, and possibly put a few of them out of business.

Instead of unilaterally outlawing Plastic bags and putting our merchants at a disadvantage, may I suggest an expanded recycling program that will bring money into the village. 

Before you say or do anything, please read the article that is referenced by the link below!  As per the article, re-usable shopping bags present a health hazard. Cross contamination from dirty shopping bags is dangerous to children! Cross contamination from someone else’s dirty shopping bag could contaminate your food!
Please read the article linked below!

I am not in favor of making my grandchildren sick! All it takes is one drop of liquid from a meat product on a candy bar that might ultimately be handled by a child! Meat products must always be separated from all other food products!

We need recycling of plastic instead of outlawing plastic! The health aspect of this issue may have been overlooked!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Candlelight Vigil to Support and Honor Our Local Police, May 13, 2015

Ben Vitale
Abstract report from Judy Pepanella , Patchogue,  NY
Location: 5th Precinct , Waverly Avenue, Patchogue, NY

This Vigil event was organized in less than 24 Hours, because of an unexpected health issue of one of the organizers! We had 17 people at the vigil (14 citizens and 3 officers). I saw about six additional people waiting in the parking lot of our Fifth Precinct, Suffolk County Police Department, on Waverly Avenue, Patchogue. A few people left the event prematurely because they did not know that the Vigil was to be held along Waverly Avenue, as opposed to in the PD parking lot!  

Many, who attended, came because of the press release that was posted in our neighborhood watch blog, the Maple Avenue Gazette. A few people such as Melanie and her son Nicco (10 years old) stopped by on their way home from the YMCA. ​ ​

One of the officers who stood with us parked his patrol car and put on the flashing lights. Vincent Rasulo, read the list of fallen officers at 8:​35.  We briefly discussed the origins of National Police Wee​k. All have committed to come back again next year and bring more friends.

Judy Pepanella, met leaders of our local Knights of Columbus chapter, and was informed and invited to their event in November, when they do a reading of all local names of the fallen officers, firefighters and military veterans.
We hope to see all of you next year at Vigil 2016.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Candlelight Vigils to Support and Honor Our Local Police

May 13th, 2015

CONTACT: Judy Pepenella


Date: May 13th, 2015

Time: Arrive at 8:00 pm, Vigil from 8:30 to 9:00 pm

Location: Patchogue - 5th Precinct 125 Waverly Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

Members of the Conservative Society for Action, Tea Party of Suffolk County, Long Island Patriots, local community residents and civic associations will stand united on May 13th, 2015 to pay respect and show support to our local police.

“National Police Week was established to pay special recognition to those  officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Last week Officer Brian Moore was laid to rest. This candlelight vigil gives us another opportunity to pay our respects to all officers killed in the line of duty.” said Judy Pepenella, Founding Board member of the Conservative Society for Action

Please wear blue or bring blue ribbon, a flashlight or an led candlelight.

This is not a political event, we are not soliciting speakers. This is a grassroots
community event .

Other Candlelight Vigils locations:

Nassau County:
Long Beach Police, 1 W Chester St, Long Beach, NY

Suffolk County:
Huntington - 2nd Precinct 1071 Park Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
Selden - 6th Precinct 400 Middle County Road, Selden, NY 11784

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Patchogue Theatre Gala 2015
Ben Vitale

On Saturday April 25, 2015, the Patchogue Theatre sponsored its first grand Gala. By definition a Gala, is “a social occasion with special entertainments or performances.” This first Gala, which is a fundraising event, was a smashing success!

I believe the Ronan Tynan has appeared at the Patchogue Theatre about eight times; history has proven that the residents of long Island really enjoy his performances. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the performance; it was not what I expected! I expected a formal vocal recital, but the performance actually included very pleasant humorous interaction between Ronan Tynan, his world class accompanist, soprano Rebecca Farley, and the audience!
Rebecca Farley is Dr. Ronan Tynan's student at the university of Kentucky. Ronan asked Rebecca Farley, a 24 year old young lady from Kentucky, to perform at our Patchogue Theatre without being given much notice! After listening to her beautiful voice; I do indeed know why Ronan asked Rebecca to perform at our theatre!

Mayor Paul Pontieri and John A Krieger presided over the ceremonial portion of the Gala. Former Mayor Steve Keegan was given a commendation for actually initiating the rebuilding of our Patchogue Theatre during his 1996 through 2000 tenure as mayor of Patchogue Village!
The crowd of about 700 people that attended the Gala made a statement that is loud and clear! Yes we have many restaurants and bars that we all patronize and enjoy, but there is something else! In a village of only 10,000 residents 700 of them voiced their desire to attend events that are classical in nature! Yes Irish music, opera, and classic music, I was pleasantly surprised! Yes…Patchogue residents do indeed appreciate the arts!
I hope that our Patchogue Theatre decides to sponsor other Gala events in the future!
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

This is an important notification from the Suffolk County Police Department!

Female knocks on door and lures resident to back yard, while accomplice burglarizes house. Please read!
MANW (Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch.)

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Poseidon Once Again Sailing the Seven Seas
Ben Vitale
Reminiscent of the 1972 movie the “Poseidon Adventure,” we have our own ship, called the Poseidon in Patchogue River! From Greek mythology, Poseidon is the “God of the sea!” In the 1972 movie the “God” did not do much good; the ship which was named after him was turned upside- down by a rogue wave!
Patchogue River is currently being dredged, to allow for continued boat traffic. The company that is doing the dredging operation named one of its vessels the “Poseidon;” LOL, that is so cool! OK! The “Poseidon” that is performing the dredging operation is not as luxurious as the ship that was in the movie! OK! It is only a barge! LOL!
After seeing the movie, I realized that the God “Poseidon,” does not have a very good track record of protecting ships that are named after him! LOL! The photo above is of the Patchogue River “Poseidon.” As you can see, the stern of the barge is very close to the dock! If I were the Captain of this Barge, I would ponder on the past performance, of the God “Poseidon,” and his track record for protecting ships at sea! Even if the ship was intentionally placed near the dock, I would not trust the God “Poseidon!” LOL! “Look what he allowed to happen in the movie!” LOL!
Our Patchogue “Poseidon,” is located at the Sandspit Marina. You might want to rent the movie; I enjoyed it! LOL!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Chazz Sells Out Patchogue Theatre
Ben Vitale

On Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2015, "Chazz Palminteri" performed his one man screenplay ”A Bronx Tale” to a sellout crowd at the Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY.  With standing room only, Chazz marveled the crowd with his enactment of his childhood, growing up in the Bronx.  Chazz has performed his screenplay “A Bronx Tale” throughout the country. “A Bronx Tale,” has been , voted the number one show in Las Vegas. 
Sponsored by the Patchogue Knights of Columbus Monseigneur corporation, Joe Brandi along with theatre manager John Ashline and board member Ryan Murphy were able to convince Chazz to take his award winning show to Patchogue. Chazz agreed to perform for the Patchogue Knights of Columbus in support of their charitable endeavors. 

After the show Chazz was presented with a plaque from the K of C, along with a certificate making him an honorary member of Patchogue Knights of Columbus Council 725.  He commented that his father would be proud, as he was a big supporter of the Knights of Columbus.  Chazz was also presented with a proclamation by Mayor Paul Pontieri, on behalf of the Village of Patchogue. 
A plaque was also presented to John Ashline and the Patchogue Theatre for their continued support of the K of C, and all their charitable endeavors.

Pictured above from left to right are: Monseigneur corporation president Joe Brandi, Chazz Palminteri, Mayor Paul Ponteri, and theatre trustee Jack Krieger. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Groundhog Causes Multiple Snowstorms
Ben Vitale
Groundhog Day was Feb. 2, 2015… The groundhog saw his shadowand gave us six more weeks of winter… Unfortunately something went wrong! The groundhog was supposed to stay in his hole until spring but for some reason the Groundhog did indeed leave his “Hole” prematurely; see the photo!

I am speculating that the fumes from my wife’s wonderful cooking may have attracted the Groundhog, and caused him to leave his hole prematurely! My wife was preparing a complete Italian dinner in our kitchen and was also using the kitchen vent fan to clear smoke from a frying pan; this may have caused the problem! I am convinced that the smell from the Italian food saturated the outside air! What Groundhog in his right mind would stay in his subterranean home, when scraps from a delicious Italian meal, would soon be available in the local garbage can! LOL  

I would guess that the Groundhog was indeed responsible for three or four snowstorms that we did not need or want! After I identified the problem I put the Groundhog in a cage and sent him to my brother in Fort Lauderdale Florida! At this time of the year, if this Groundhog sees his shadow, Florida will get six more weeks of lovely balmy weather! LOL
My brother will send the Groundhog back to me next winter; but I will make sure to vent the Kitchen fan on the other side of my house! LOL!

Have you seen a Groundhog on your property?

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Surprise Random Voices in Patchogue 
 Ben Vitale
Last week I had lunch at two of the new Pub/ Restaurants in Patchogue. Everyone around me seemed to be very friendly so I decided to conduct an ad hoc poll; asking the restaurant patrons a question about our village, Patchogue, NY.

I asked the same question to each of seven people who were between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. The Question… “What do you think of the “new Patchogue village?” I was very surprised at what happened! I was only anticipating an answer but I got more than I expected; I got an emotional response! Each of the seven people that I spoke to replied to me with a brilliant display of facial emotion when I asked the question; “what do you think of the new Patchogue village?” OMG! All seven people were actually emotionally attached to Patchogue! I never expected the emotional response from all seven people!

In all cases the “Bars,” “Arts Community,” and the “Patchogue Theatre,” were undeniably the magical Ingredients that when put into a shaker, produced a drink that is second to none! These people, most of which are residents of Patchogue, were very proud to be part of the new Patchogue! I actually saw it in their faces! I could believe it because I feel the same way! My niece who is in her 40s just loves the New Patchogue! She says that our village is once again like it was when she was a teenager; at that time the village was a meeting place, where friends would congregate! I see the “New Patchogue,” as a parallel to what already exists in Germany, France, and Italy; European residents usually go to their respective town square, to socialize.

All of the young people that I spoke to made a comment about the Patchogue Village New Year’s Eve Celebration; they were speechless! 2,200 residents attended this community function. The monumental attendance is beyond a doubt the seal of approval from the younger generation of Patchogue residents!

 Everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, but the opinion of the younger generation carries the most weight! The young residents are indeed the future of Patchogue Village!

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Monday, February 09, 2015

The next Fifth Precinct open community meeting is to be held:


Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Patchogue Medford Library, East Main Street, Patchogue, NY.

You do not have to represent any civic organization to attend this meeting. If you are having a problem in your area don't hesitate to attend this meeting.


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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Men I am on Your Side! LOL!

Someone sent this to me and I have no idea who wrote this article! If you know who wrote it; kindly post his name in the comments column!

"The Guy Rules
At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally , the guys' side of the story.
(I must admit, it's pretty good.)
We always hear " the rules "from the female side.
Now here are the rules from the male side.
These are our rules!
Please note.. these are all numbered "1" on purpose.

1. Men ARE not mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It's like the full moon
or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport.
And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly Acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only If you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a problem See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument.
In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you won't dress like the Victoria's Secret girls, don't Expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are.
Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something
Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both.
If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible , Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings.
Peach, for example, is a fruit, not! A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will Be scratched.
We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear Is fine... Really .

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as Rugby, Sport, Cars,
or Golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight;
But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.

Pass this to as many men as you can -
to give them a laugh.
Pass this to as many women as you can -to give them a bigger laugh"

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

We Have Seen Crime Increase in our area!

I have been doing research and have determined that the criminals we have recently encountered do not live in our midst as they did 25 years ago; the criminals do indeed live outside of Patchogue Village! This is actually good news because transient crime is easier to control than resident criminals that are in our area 24/7.


This month's Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Patchogue Medford Public Library.  The meeting is a forum for community residents to interact with members of the Fifth Precinct and discuss issues and / or recent crime trends within their communities.

See you at the meeting!


The squeaky wheel gets the attention of our PD! OK fellow residents, start squeaking! LOL!

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Criminals Claim to be from the Brookhaven Town Assessors Office
Supervisor Ed Romaine, warns residents of Brookhaven town to be aware of a scam. 

Please click the link below!


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Patchogue Robber Arrested
Ben Vitale

On Dec 18, 2014, the Long Island Advanced reported that the person who robbed a credit card, from a woman who was going to her car, after using the ATM Machine at the Capital One Bank in Patchogue, was arrested. The actual robbery took place about a week earlier!

I was very surprised that the LI Advance was the only Newspaper that had reported the arrest of the criminal! I was wondering if this report was actually true so I contacted the Village of Patchogue trustee Lorie Devlin, and Mayor Paul Pontieri, to see if the perpetrator was actually arrested!

Both Paul Pontieri and Lorie Devlin reported that the perpetrator, Jonathan Kreppein from Shirley, was indeed arrested.

As a result of recent crimes in Patchogue, Mayor Paul Pontieri had meetings with Legislator Calarco, and Inspector Mojica, commanding officer of our Fifth Precinct, on Waverly Avenue. A plan was put in place that should minimize crime in our area. As a result of this meeting the Police Department will be providing an increased presence in Patchogue.

Paul Pontieri also asked the Inspector to do a risk assessment on the core downtown area, and advise as to where we need to improve lighting, and remove bushes or shrubs. The Risk Assessment would indeed include other recommendations. Inspector Mojica is committed to keeping our Community safe.

Our Public Safety officers will also be showing an enhanced presence in our village shopping areas. The “eyes and ears” of the police department is not limited to our Public Safety Officers. Each and every one of us should be watching for suspicious behavior, and actually report suspicious occurrences. If you see a crime in progress, call 911 immediately. If you see suspicious activity that may be in violation of any Patchogue Village Code, call Public Safety, at “475 Christmas,” 631 475 1225.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

 Secret of the Most Beautiful Christmas Tree Discovered
Ben Vitale

Photo Credit: Ben Vitale

Photo Credit: Ben Vitale
For decades I have had the honor of having the most beautiful Christmas tree, right in my own living room. I have the honor of having the most beautiful Christmas tree every year because of my wife’s expertise in the art of selecting Christmas trees. The trees that my wife has selected through the years were always perfect; at least “I thought so!” I must admit that I have not paid attention to certain small details in the past. I was not fully cognoscente of the fact that a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree can be made to look like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, in NYC, with a little bit of help! Yes Marie does have an aptitude for selecting beautiful Christmas trees, but I did not realize that she gave the trees a bit of Tender Loving Care; just like the TLC a women gets when she goes to her Beautician! LOL!
Well folks I just can’t remove the smile from my face since I found the evidence beneath my Christmas Tree! This year I did indeed pay attention to the small details and discovered a pair of Garden Clippers, under our Christmas tree! Marie cut off the long scraggly "Charlie Brown” Christmas tree branches so that our Christmas tree now looks like a perfect triangle! Yes it is as pretty as the one in Rockefeller Center! LOL!

OK… Our tree was indeed beautiful when we purchased it and Marie made it look even better. “Breathtaking!” LOL! Yesss! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa “to all and to all Good Night!”

Please read the article that was published on Patch a few years back in order to bring a new perspective to this article. http://patch.com/new-york/patchogue/bp--the-most-beautiful-christmas-tree-on-long-island

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Report from the Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch

Dec. 10, 2014

I attended the December, Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting, which was held at the Patchogue Medford Library, on Main Street, in Patchogue, on Dec. 10, 2014, to get some information about recent crime issues in Patchogue Village. I was concerned about the most recent assault on an off duty New York City Police Officer, on Jennings Avenue; hoping that they did not represent a trend in our village.

Aristides Mojica, Commanding Officer of the Fifth Precinct, in Patchogue, NY, told me that every community can expect to have some crime. In the case of the most recent crime where a police officer was assaulted by a criminal on Jennings Avenue; the perpetrator was not a local resident, nor was he someone who came to Patchogue to patronize one of our Clubs. The perpetrator was arrested and is currently in jail. I have also received comprehensive information from Lorie Devlin, Patchogue Village Trustee.

I feel safe to say that we are not in the midst of a new crime wave; and that crime in our village is comparable to the most low crime municipalities on Long Island…  Thank God!


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Tuesday, December 02, 2014


Santa is now on the Internet Directly from the North Pole!
Ben Vitale
I’m so excited! I have discovered that I still believe in Santa Clause! Yesssss! Over Five million people have discovered Santa’s new “Reindeer Cam” site on the Internet! You must look carefully because Santa only appears on Camera with his Reindeer, at specific times! Santa feeds the Reindeer three times a day; look at the “FAQ” tab for the schedule! I have not seen Santa’s Sled yet; I guess that his elves are still working on it, in preparation for his long journey on Christmas Eve! Yessssss.
You might want to have Santa actually send a letter to your child; just fill out the form along with Five dollars for postage! LOL!
Im so excited; I believe my Christmas season has actually began because I looked at Santa’s North Pole “Reindeer Cam.” I believe that I have actually heard Alvin the Chipmunk talking to me directly from the North Pole! Wow! LOL! Yessssss! How cool is that?

There is also a Facebook link on this site where you can read wonderful comments made by other people that are also looking at Santa and his reindeer!  
OK! I’m sure that your children would really love to see Santa’s Reindeer and Santa! Be sure to get posted on Santa’s “Nice List!” Yesssssssss! Yo! Ho! Ho! “Merry Christmas to all; and to all good night!”
Please click the link below to see Santa! LOL!

Please forward this link to your Grandchildren!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Members of the Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch, Patchogue, NY.

The next "5th Pct Open Community Meeting" will be held on December 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at the Patchogue - Medford Library, Main Street, Patchogue, NY.

The "Fifth Precinct Open Community Meeting," is a forum to discuss problems that you may be having in your neighborhood.  If you are having any local issues, be sure to attend this meeting.

You do not have to belong to or represent any organized civic association to attend this meeting. Please tell your neighbors about this meeting!
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

You Know You Are in Trouble at the Office When 
Ben Vitale
A friend of mine and her coworkers have for decades discussed in a facetious way, the logistics of how management expedites on its employees!  The name of a very popular game that management often plays is called “Workspace Polo!” LOL! The office or workspace that you enjoy could easily be taken away from you by some anonymous manager.

As departmental budgets continue to be cut, the chances of losing a major part of your work space increase exponentially! For many decades, my friend and her coworkers vocally fantasized in a humorous way, the possibility of management stealing their workspace! Here’s how the scenario was visualized! You are at work, and three stone faced men walk into your office or work area, and do not acknowledge the fact that you are there.  One person has a Clip Board and a Pen; the other two men have a Tape Measure, and they start taking measurements of your room.

One thing you can depend on is that company management does expedite on subordinates that they know little or nothing about. The trick is to initiate a “work space confiscation,” in such a way as to not be responsible for the outcome! Here is how this task is implemented! Management targets a 5000 square foot facility that they know little or nothing about! The target space is usually part of some subsidiary that is located on “another planet!” LOL! The occupants of the 5000 square foot facility are evicted and given a 1000 square feet room.  So...  What to do? Ok! The only answer is to throw out thousands of dollars’ worth of valuable parts and equipment into the trash can. The logistics of putting 5000 square feet of equipment and parts into a 1000 square foot room is usually pawned off to a part time, summer employee that is making $7.50 an hour with no benefits. After the summer is over the “part time summer employee” disappears from the payroll, and becomes the person who will be directly blamed for any repercussions of the workspace confiscation. LOL! “What did he throw out!” “Who told him to throw out our Fork Lift?” LOL! Who said that there was no such thing as the perfect crime! LOL!

Recently, management was looking for Real Estate that they could re-deploy. After many years of joking around about management stealing her workspace “it happened!” LOL! My friend was sitting at her desk one sunny Monday morning, drinking her coffee, when three people quietly walked into her work area and said absolutely nothing. The three people paid absolutely no attention to the fact that my friend was sitting at her desk; she was essentially demoted to the stature of a Pot Belly Stove, on a hot summer day. LOL!

My friend suddenly started to smile, and said to herself! “OMG!” It is actually happening!” “Yesss; It is really happening!” LOL! As tears started to roll from her eyes she just leaned back in his chair and started to laugh! “Yep,” They are really going to steal my workspace! LOL! And Yes… The stone faced administrative zombies just kept measuring her room! LOL!

So what is the outcome?  Thousands of dollars of parts, and equipment vaporize, and disappears in the compacting dumpster. Productivity of the original occupant of the 5000 Square foot workspace goes down by 80%, and someone from management gets a large pay raise for a job well done!  LOL!

Has anything like this ever happened to you?
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Jar of Life Demonstration
Ben Vitale

Many people have viewed segments of what appears to be a video of a college physics experiment on the Internet, but few have seen the surprise that is presented at the very end of the video!  Various presentations of this same demonstration can be found throughout the Internet, re-created by many different people. Unfortunately the wonderful lesson about happiness, and it's relationship to how you deal with life, is only found at the end of the video. Please watch the video to the very end, and make a special effort to understand the message that the author is trying to convey! I know from personal experience that the concept presented in this video is absolutely true! Expanding on this concept; if you allow toxic people and situations to fill your life, you will not have room for the things in life that are really important, such as good friends and Family! Be careful not to fill your “Jar of Life” with meaningless and toxic things!

Please view “The Jar of life!”

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Members of the Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch


If you are having any neighborhood issues you should attend this meeting. You do not have to represent any "group" to attend.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Members of the Maple Avenue Neighborhood Watch!

With the exception of a few suspicious cars, everything in our neighborhood watch area seems to be quiet. If you are having any local problems, please reply to this Email.

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How to Spend a Sunday Afternoon
Ben Vitale

I am of Italian descent but I am convinced that I must have some "Gypsy" in me; I cannot stay in one place. Every time I see a Violin I get chills up my spine! LOL! This Sunday Marie and I went to Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton.
A club called the Beach Hut operates at Cupsogue Park, at Westhampton Beach.

I just love the operation there! Entertainment is provided starting at about 4:30. This Sunday the East End Trio, provided the entertainment. I was very impressed with the lead singer; he sounded exactly like James Taylor, and Neil Diamond! Nostalgia was flying over me! Great Fun!

Food and drinks are available, There are plenty of public tables, and some people bring their own snacks. I personally try to help the Beach Hut pay for the entertainment.
What could be better... Fresh air, great music, food and drinks at Westhampton beach. We met a few great people and had a wonderful time.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to Destroy Your Computer!
Ben Vitale

Did you ever wonder why your computer died? You used it yesterday and today it refuses to go on! A computer fails for many technical reasons, but I have destroyed three computers because of a static electric discharge, from my body. On two occasions I heard a snap, and saw a small spark as I pressed the power button on my computer; I knew immediately that my computer was destroyed. On another occasion I drew a spark to my keyboard; that destroyed Computer number three!

When humidity is low your body could charge up like a capacitor, to voltages in the area of 10,000 Volts. Did you ever draw a spark from your body when you touched a “ground” such as a water faucet? When you see and hear the spark you should also feel an electrical shock. Some computer components are only rated at 5 volts; you can imagine what 10,000 volts will do to these components!

It might be a good idea to position your computer near an available “ground” if possible!  I personally prefer to place a bare Copper wire across my desk that is attached to a “ground,” such as a water pipe or radiator.

When humidity is low and conditions are conducive to generating static electric charges, I usually get some advanced warning; every time I touch the room light switch, my body discharges through the light switch. So… When this happens I spray the room with Radio Shack Anti -Static Spray, before turning on my computer.

When you walk across the room to use your computer, always discharge your body to a “Ground” before touching or pressing the button to turn on the computer. Also; do not touch the keyboard before discharging your body. Once you discharge yourself do not move or slide any part of your body, before pressing the “on” button.

Do not attempt to install a ground wire without contracting your Electrician, to ascertain that your household wiring and equipment is safe to use.

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Did you ever play Stickball?
Ben Vitale
Many Long Island residents originally lived in the "Big City;" New York City. In the 50s, after the depression, money was scarce; very few people had money in their toy's budget. When I was a youth, my parents could not afford to buy me a Baseball Glove, and Baseball Bat. The name of the game for the entire population was to "improvise." Did I feel deprived...  Absolutely not; everyone that I knew was poor, but we did not know it! We simply did not have a frame of reference to compare against. It is amazing, how one could feel wealthy, in a poor community!

Most of my friends could not afford to buy real Baseball Equipment so we improvised! Someone that had a few dollars left over from his "Communion money" would buy a "Softball!" In Brooklyn, we called this a "Spaldeen." Now the scary part; we needed a Baseball Bat to play baseball, but no one could afford to buy one! “Hummm... “ Someone had to borrow a broomstick handle from their mother's broom, so that we could use it as a "Baseball Bat." The trick was to manage to get through the entire game, without breaking your mother's Broom Stick! If someone broke the Broom Stick, you would be in serious trouble! LOL.

OK! We managed to locate a Ball and a "Broomstick Bat," but where do we play Stickball? In the street of course; in the midst of moving Automobiles and Trolley Cars! LOL. Every city street had a "built in" Baseball Diamond; the "Sewer Covers" that were in every street made a wonderful "Home Plate" and "Second Base. "Hummm...” Where is first and third base? First and Third bases were the car door handles of any car that just happened to be parked on the side of the road. OMG; I certainly would not want anyone to use my car door handle for first base! It's amazing how one's perception of the same situation changes with age! LOL.

As soon as a game of Stickball began, concerned residents would hang out of their windows and remind us that if we broke their window we would have to pay for it!  Actually a “Spaldeen” ball would not damage anything that it hit except a glass window from a residence. I have never seen a “Spaldeen” break a car window! OMG a broken window was a year's worth of "Allowance!" OK… I managed to break one window; which put my allowance into austerity mode!

Stickball has become a tradition to many people. A group of people from across the country return to Brooklyn annually to play a “reunion game” of stickball. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/stickball-reunion-mixed-reviews-brooklyn-neighborhood-play-ball-lost-article-1.385876

I just loved to play stickball when I was young… Yesterday I discovered a treasure at the local novelty store; a genuine “Spaldeen.” It is amazing how a simple object like a rubber ball could bring back so many wonderful memories!

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Monday, March 03, 2014

Trick to Clear Snow Without a Snow Blower!

 Photo Credit: Ben Vitale

I discovered this simple trick out of sheer desperation. It had snowed last night and we had 2 inches of fresh powdery snow…  My snow blower refused to start. I am not superstitious, but I am totally convinced that my Snow Blower is haunted! LOL.  My snow blower actually knows when it snows, and will not start under any circumstances. It works just fine in the fall! I actually tried to re-deploy my snow blower to collect leaves; it also failed miserably at that task. My snow blower is indeed haunted! LOL.

I decided to try something that I have thought of doing before; use a leaf Blower to clear snow. OK… Using a Leaf Blower to blow Snow… Hummm! I did ultimately manage to clean my driveway and walkway using the leaf blower; it worked amazingly will!

The trick to successful use of a leaf blower is to start using the Leaf Blower as soon as possible, before the snow gets slushy. I even had success clearing a six inch snow drift, of very dry snow, with my Leaf Blower. When dealing with high snow, locate the Leaf Blower plastic nozzle, at ground level, underneath the snow. The Leaf Blower acts like a pneumatic air compressor and lifts the snow straight up, in the form of a snow blanket. The snow acts like a pneumatic piston; once off the ground, the snow breaks up.

The leaf blower did do a reasonable job on my Walkway.

Ear, Eye and GFI  protection should also be used.

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Rock Salt is Not Available
Ben Vitale

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After the snow storm on Wednesday, residents of long Island were inundated with heavy wet snow that was in the form of slush. Those that had commercial snow blowers may have been able to force their machine to deal with slush; those with low priced equipment could not deal with the slush. The slush turned to solid Ice the very next day.
I made four trips to multiple Home Depot and Lowes stores in order to purchase Rock Salt. Each day I received the same answer; sorry, we do not have Rock Salt. A savey customer told me that that he believes that the corporate office was not delivering Rock Salt because it is now “out of season.” I then looked over to the Gardening Department and saw a pallet full of Charcoal Briquettes.  My wife then suggested putting Charcoal Briquettes on the ice; hummm… It just might help!

The employees were helpless because their corporate offices were not delivering the Rock Salt. I intentionally gathered a group of employees, and told them that I was going to play the irate customer! I said that they could not get involved with this Salt issue, but I can. I told the employees to please tell their boss what an “irate customer” told them. I then smiled, and proceeded to be an irate customer! Hey! “yannow” it’s fun to be an irate customer once in a while. 

I believe that the CEOs of Home Depot and Loews should go on undercover Boss, and speak to the hundreds of people, that are still waiting for Rock Salt, here on Long Island. The employees were exemplary; Lowes and Home Depot should be proud of them. I’m not so sure that I could say the same about the corporate management! It’s great to be an irate customer; I can’t get fired! LOL

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ice Flow in Patchogue NY

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There has been what appears to be, a small Ice flow in Patchogue, NY; probably caused by tide, wave and wind conditions on the Great South Bay. In this case, chunks of ice were deposited against and over the bulkhead at the Sandspit Marina. It appears that conditions were in our favor, and we did not sustain any damage. Ice flows at other locations have caused heavy damage to homes and properties; please look at the link below. https://www.google.com/search?q=ice+jam+photo&tbm=isch&imgil=pFYKW3p62MQNsM%253A%253Bhttps%253A%252F...  If you get a chance to go down to the Marina you will see that another Ice flow is pushing it's way over the rock jetty at Patchogue River. I have seen Ice flows cause havoc on streams that are located in upstate NY. When a stream gets totally blocked; that's when the trouble begins! Ice jams are sometimes relieved with dynamite. Once the Jam is relieved, you do not want to be downstream! Our mini Ice Flow in Patchogue, NY, does not represent a hazard, but it is a beautiful thing to look at.  

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Recollections of Christmas Eve
Ben Vitale
I have fond memories, of Christmas Eve at Grandpa and Grandma’s house, 60 years ago. My Grandparents had a tradition of playing Poker, in between the courses of dinner; Today, three generations later, our Grand Children, who are adults, love to play Texas Holdem Poker, at family gatherings. The grandchildren are now teaching Grandpa how to play Texas Holdem Poker! Hummm… Is playing poker at family gatherings hereditary?  LOL
Many of our family traditions stem from my grandparents who came to America from Italy, in the 30s.  The Christmas Eve ritual at their house in Brooklyn, NY, was really interesting and choreographed with the precision of a Broadway musical production.  
On Christmas Eve, my grandparents served a seven course meal; each course was followed by a game of Poker. It was so funny! The table cloth was literally removed from the table after each course, and Poker was played on the Plate Glass Tabletop! Through practice, my family members had training, in the art of playing Poker that could be compared to the training that one would receive at a military Boot Camp. LOL. I firmly believe that if my family went to a Casino to play Poker, the Casino wouldn’t stand a chance! LOL.  After the last course, the family would play Poker for the rest of the night. With all of the above going on, some family members managed to go to Midnight Mass, which is a Catholic tradition!
Christmas Eve at my house takes the same effort and dedication that it did decades ago! Once again we are working hard in preparation for our Christmas Eve celebration, 2013. This year, our Christmas tree was just about the right size for the room; we didn't have to cut off any branches from the top of the tree.  21 people will be at our home this year on Christmas Eve. I have introduced another component into my family’s arsenal of traditions; Karaoke Sing Along, after dinner.
My wife and I can remember the Bubbly Lights that our grandparents always put on their Christmas, Tree 60 years ago. Marie and I carried on the tradition, and always had “Bubbly Lights” on our Christmas Trees. Our tradition has propagated itself through Three generations! My 21 year old granddaughter would never forgive us if we didn't have bubbly lights on our tree! Bubbly lights have become a multi-generational tradition in my family!
While writing this article I had an epiphany; I suddenly realized that Christmas Eve at my house has had a profound effect on our grandchildren. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if our tradition survives for decades to come!
You might want to read another Christmas related story that I published a few years ago. I personally feel that “Christmas Stories” are timeless, and become relevant at Christmas time every year!
Have a Merry Christmas everybody! Have a happy Hanukah! Have a happy Quanza
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