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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.

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.

Article Compliments of: http://longisland.news12.com/news/public-hearing-held-on-heartland-town-square-proposal-1.12863066

 

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.”

Article Compliments of: http://greaterbayshore.com/2017/02/01/11850-toast-coffeehouse-is-coming-to-bay-shore-spring-opening-planned/