Who is ready for 2022? But, before we enter the New Year, it’s a good time to look back at some of the stories that made it into our papers in 2021.
During the start of the New Year, we featured a Bayport-Blue Point designer who made a custom dollhouse, we reviewed the newly opened Hot Chicken Mama in Blue point, and we donated $2,000 to the Sayville Food Pantry, thanks to all of your Holiday Greeting Fund donations. Debra Canavan Classics closed its doors and the old Hoi Ming was renovated.
Local businesses requested a lift to the 10 p.m. COVID-19 curfew, LI Dog Owners group pushed for dog access to beaches, and we featured Sayville alum Enid Burton Jones. Blue Point Civic returned for meetings.
Islip Town had no timeline for Browns River dredging, a giving tree graced our front page from St. Lawrence Church, school districts prepared for fulltime in-person learning, and we honored phenomenal moms. Trish Bergin announced her legislative run, there was a beating at Land’s End parking lot with an arrest made later in the month, and local theatres prepared to reopen.
A mini version of Springfest was held in Sayville, Save the Great South Bay talked about turning yards into natural habitats, and a Sayville street was renamed after a 9/11 hero. An Oakdale theater played “The Little Mermaid.” Sayville girls soccer went undefeated, and the local real estate market heated up.
Bayport-Blue Point schools allotted money for a bus, Sayville Civic hosted a derby fundraiser, and the Bayport-Blue Point Library announced a fall opening for new facility. NYDOT provided $500,000 towards the Browns River dredge project, and the Idle Hour Mansion continued to see vandalism.
Our reporter went on a quest for the best lobster roll and 800 flags were placed for fallen soldiers. Parents began debating mask-wearing in school, and former Islip deputy supervisor Chris Bodkin was recognized. This month, local proms also returned.
Graduations were held and were featured on our front cover. There was a boat crash at the Land’s End Jetty, a body was found. Stop Island Hills reorganized, USA Patriots beat the BBP All Stars in an amputee softball game, and there was a call for the emergency dredge of Browns River.
More break-ins at Idle Hour mansion caused a call for a police presence, the Sayville Rotary held their Beefsteak fundraiser and the town opted out of the sale of cannabis. Also, there were shark sightings on Fire Island.
Crosswalks were announced for the Corey Beach intersection, we welcomed students back to school, and we remembered 9/11 20 years later. Gabby Petito went missing and her death was ruled a homicide. The community grieved the loss with a vigil.
A self-storage facility was proposed in Sayville, the Gabby Petito Foundation was launched, and homecomings returned. The Petito autopsy came back and the cause of death was ruled as strangulation. Kay Cameron changed hands and the Civil War reenactment at The Grange was featured on our front cover.
The West Sayville Maritime Museum’s boat burning returned and took the front cover. On Election Day, the Republicans took the majority in the county legislature. The Islip Town budget passed with a decrease to homeowners and the Sayville movie theater announced a reopening. Toward the end of the month, residents pushed for the Oakdale train station to make the national landmark list.
Last month, St. Ann’s sold over 500 Christmas trees in one night and Purity Barn advocated for homeless dogs. Also, the self-storage facility proposed in Sayville was nixed. The community continued to speak out on the Greybarn development in Sayville and later in the month, Islip Town voted to “no longer entertain” the rezoning as proposed.
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