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.”

“We utilize the park, and the bandshell works great with our wonderful vendors,” she said.

“The relationship we have with Melissa has been outstanding,” Periconi added. “She is a lovely, wonderful person.”

Bounty by the Bay’s popularity has also garnered attention from other island business owners, with the vendors list growing from 18 to 30 this year.

According to Dunstatter, there will be an even wider array of products in 2017, from ethnic foods to organic fruits and vegetables.

One of the new faces, for example, will be German Town, a company that sells all types of German-style foods.

“There are so many great small businesses on Long Island,” said Dunstatter  “But many can’t afford rent, so the market allows them to have their own store.”

A business that’s being helped by the market is Paula Delford’s Paula’s Perogies.

“I do a few markets,” said Delford, “And Bay Shore is my favorite because it is very busy and the people are very nice.”

Periconi gave much credit to Sabrina Rettaliata, a Bay Shore community member and chamber volunteer who worked with Periconi and board member Drew Allt to bring the market to Bay Shore.

“Bringing the market in last year was a perfect fit for Bay Shore’s renaissance,” Rettaliata said. “We work very hard to source the best local vendors in each category to bring the best to Bay Shore.”

Aside from the vendors, this year’s Bounty by the Bay installments will also feature special activities like cooking demonstrations, yoga, live music performances, and more.

Photo: A scene from last year’s Bounty By the Bay Farmers Market. (file photo)

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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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Toast Coffeehouse is Coming to Bay Shore

The perpetually crowded Toast Coffeehouse is opening a third location — this time in downtown Bay Shore.

Toast owner and founder Terence Scarlatos is looking to open this spring in the vacant building that last housed Hemisphere at Gibson Street and Park Avenue South.

Scarlatos and his wife, Jennifer, opened the first Toast in Port Jefferson in 2002, then expanded into Patchogue in December 2015.

“I always felt the breakfast place becomes the center of a community, where people get that morning cup of coffee, something to eat, and start their day in the right mood,” Scarlatos said. “For me it’s always been about community and people, and filling a need.”

Each Toast location serves only breakfast and lunch and is made available for private parties in the evenings.

The existing locations are exceptionally popular.

It’s not atypical for people to wait up to 45 minutes midweek. Weekend waits can top 90 minutes, though staffers suggest people use the nowait app so diners can do something else until their table is ready.

Scarlatos said he thought the crowds would taper off in Patchogue after the initial buzz of Toast’s opening.

“But it just kept getting busier and busier,” he said. “We far exceeded our expectations. Our style and our menu were really well received. Then it became about maintaining our quality while doing high-volume cooking.”

In Patchogue, Scarlatos worked for about a year to transform a large antique store into a 4,000-square-foot West Coast-style coffeehouse, which is more like a diner than a Starbucks.

The building in Bay Shore is already outfitted for a restaurant.

“It doesn’t need a renovation,” he said. “Just some redecorating. It’s similar in size and the kitchen is a similar setup to what we have in Patchogue.”

The Bay Shore Toast Coffeehouse will have a full liquor license — think Bloody Mary bar — and a look that’s all its own.

But for those who have been to Patchogue or Port Jefferson, it will still feel like Toast.

And, he’s already familiar with the Bay Shore area.

Not only does Scarlatos — a Hauppauge native and 1991 St. Anthony’s graduate — have friends in Bay Shore, his uncle, the late Jack Hough, was the revered inspector at the 3rd Precinct from 1993 to 2000.

“I know the area well and, for me, Bay Shore was very similar to Patchogue, with the arts community and the Boulton Center and a strong chamber of commerce,” Scarlatos said.

“It’s just become a real walkable area, and that’s a great fit for Toast.”

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Bay Shore Marina

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