You are invited to attend a variety of FREE performances at the Band Shell on Main Street in Bay Shore. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and a smile. For further information, call (631) 665-7003.

Brown-Bag Lunchtime Concert Series

A music-filled afternoon… Bring your lunch, and sit at park tables overlooking Watchogue Creek.

Every Tuesday at 12:30 P.M., July 11th – August 29th…at the Band Shell

(Presented by the Bay Shore BID and the Islip Arts Council)

July 11 th -Jacks Watervall August 8 th -Lone Sharks

July 18 th -Steve Salerno Trio August 15 th -Mind Open/Chris Kove

July 25 th -Linda Ipanema & Dixie Cats August 22 nd -Karpenteers

August 1 st -HIGH TIDE Steel Drums August 29 th -Two of us


Magic Carpet Story Time

A summer treat for young and old… Drop in for stories, finger-plays, free cookies and ice-cream.

Every Wednesday at 10:30 A.M., July 5 th – August 9 th

(Presented by Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library)


The Symphonic Band of Bay Shore-Brightwaters Celebrating 20 Years!!


A summer evening filled with the classics, show tunes, pop music, and more… at the Band Shell

WEDNESDAYS at 7:30 P.M. – JULY 5th , JULY 12th , JULY 19th , JULY 26th We are very proud of this band of 50+ musicians, (teens to seniors). Our great conductor, Ted Scalzo, has moved to Texas. We shall miss him very much – We are pleased to welcome Joel Levy, renown musician, as he takes up the baton, with Terry Nigrelli, our great Cultural Arts Director at the Bay Shore Schools.


Chamber Meeting Tonight May 30th

Having had a huge turnout from our Bay Shore Community at last Tuesday’s 2 PM Town Board meeting, we ask you to attend tonight’s meeting at the Library at 7 PM so we may discuss the outcome of the Town meeting and our strategy moving forward.

THIS IS A MUST ATTEND MEETING! Bay Shore’s future is truly at stake…Thank you to the close to 80 people who came out to PROTECT our hamlet, many of whom spoke about the negative impact this continuing meter program is having on our businesses and our community. They spoke with credibility, passion and clear understanding about our situation.  Please come tonight and share your ideas and  feelings with all of us. We shall be heard…

Town of Islip Board Meeting May 23rd

URGENT MESSAGE! We need your presence at the Town of Islip Board Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23, at 2PM. We need a huge attendance, and we need some of you to comment about the hundreds of parking meters installed in our Downtown parking lots that you must now use to shop, eat, or patronize a business in Bay Shore. At the last Town Board meeting this Board decided that Islip Hamlet will no longer be receiving the meter program. Neither will any other downtowns in Islip. So this Town Board is forcing only Bay Shore to pay additional taxes! Is this fair? NO…IS THIS DISCRIMINATORY TAXATION! We suggest it is!! Let your voice be heard tomorrow. Those of you who choose to speak have up to 3 minutes. Just a brief statement of opposition to the meters is sufficient.
Since 2014 when John Cochrane proposed this parking meter program, we have cooperated with the Town…We, Bay Shore residents and business persons are paying fees for parking at the Train Station, fees for parking at the Marina, fees for parking at Maple Avenue and starting last year, fees for parking on Main Street. As if this was not enough, now we must pay for spaces in the Downtown lots. We must make the Board finally understand that we have had enough.
At a meeting with Angie Carpenter and John Cochrane to discuss this additional burden on Bay Shore, we asked them to consider starting these meters at 6 PM. With this starting time employees could park for free up to 6 PM, as well as all other Bay Shore patrons. This is the program used in Patchogue. Carpenter and Cochrane refused to change their minds. All they are concerned about is additional revenues for Islip.
Tomorrow involves only one hour of your time. Give up your lunch hour. Rearrange your day. Don’t count on someone else to come. Bring your friends. Everyone must make an effort to be there since Newsday will have a reporter at this meeting! Our organization needs all of our members to be proactive, all of our community to be proactive. Instead of complaining we must act! Please no excuses. Let us remember that this is Bay Shore, a hamlet once capable of moving mountains. If necessary we shall do so again!!

Bay Shore Historical Society Barnes & Noble Book Fair

On May 20th at the Gardiner Manor Mall from 11-7pm you can meet the authors of “Images of America – Bay Shore” Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett.

Christopher Verga and Neil Buffett are local historians and professors of American history at Suffolk County Community College. The authors utilized images from local historical societies and private collections to create a narrative of Bay Shore’s diverse history. The images of these defining moments have become relics of a constantly evolving community that has become known as the heart of the South Shore. [1]

[1] – Arcadia Publishing

The farmers market heads back to Bay Shore with May 19 grand opening

The Bounty by the Bay Farmers Market is returning to Bay Shore’s Main Street Bandshell thanks to a wildly successful launch in 2016.

Beginning on May 19, the market will run every Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 29.

“The [market] was great last year, everyone loved it, and we had a wonderful turnout,” said Bounty by the Bay’s manager, Melissa Dunstatter.

Dunstatter, who owns Sweet Melissa 1932 Farm to Table Food Truck, manages nine other markets on the island.

“Its a great summer market,” she said of Bay Shore’s. “We get a lot of traffic, especially from those taking the ferries.”

The market is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Bay Shore.

“We are back by popular demand,” said Donna Periconi, the chamber’s president, saying the market has been so successful in large part “because we have a perfect venue.”

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Celebration of Women Luncheon

Please join us as the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Bay Shore presents the Celebration of Women Luncheon.  This event will honor many of the ladies who have dedicated themselves to the local community including our own Bay Shore of Commerce President Donna Periconi.


The Great South Bay YMCA celebrated 25 years at is West Main Street location last week at the Boulton Center, and photographer Jennifer Mercurio was there.

She captured the night in photographs.

Scroll through to see all 20 photos from Mercurio, a contributor and the owner of Lasting Impressions Photography at 126 East Main Street in Bay Shore.

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Funeral held for NYPD chief who died from 9/11-related illness

A final farewell is being held today for an NYPD officer who has died from 9/11-related cancer.

NYPD Deputy Chief James Molloy, of West Islip, was 55 years old when he died on Monday of brain cancer.

Molloy leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

Molloy’s funeral is being held at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Shore.

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Public hearing held on Heartland Town Square proposal

BRENTWOOD – The Suffolk County Planning Commission heard from the public Wednesday about the massive project that would transform the former grounds of Pilgrim State Hospital in Brentwood into a mix of apartments, offices, shops and restaurants.

The Heartland Town Square would be developed on 451 acres of the former state hospital. The proposed $4 billion project has been debated for over a decade.

The project includes 9,000 apartments, 3 million square feet of office space and 1 million square feet of retail.

Donna Periconi, of the Greater Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce, says the project is too massive.

“This is an Island. We’re fragile. Our water is precious,” she says. “We are talking about traffic congestion and construction for the next 15 to 20 years.”

Developer Gerald Wolkoff has previously said that the project would bring 20,000 jobs to the Brentwood area. He says the affordable housing will keep young professionals on Long Island and put an end to the so-called “brain drain.”

“Projects like this will succeed and can succeed,” says Wolkoff. “The old version of suburbia is gone and pretty much dead and not working.”

The Suffolk County Planning Commission tabled a vote on the project until Feb. 1 due to the high turnout at the public hearing.

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