🌱 Patchogue Daily: Petito’s Family Message + COVID Test Sites

Hello, neighbors! It’s me again, Debora Whitehead, your host for Patchogue Daily.

First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

morning mist; otherwise, cloudy. Top: 47, bottom: 42.

Here are the top 5 Patchogue stories today:

  1. Gabby Petito’s family wrote touching social media posts about the first Christmas without her. The family expressed sadness over their first Christmas without her and said they will continue their mission of hope and work to inspire others facing a difficult holiday time. (Patch Patch)
  2. New COVID-19 testing facilities opened across LI this week to meet the demand for emergency care. Northwell Health will operate drive-thru test sites at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. These sites will offer PCR testing and are by appointment only. Long Island has the highest daily COVID-19 infection rate in New York City. (News 12)
  3. HO-HUM flag removed from Fire Island. At the December 20 meeting, the board voted to remove the Ho-Hum pavilion from Fire Island. There are no plans to replace it at this time. The move came after an emergency meeting, where the board discussed the issue and sought advice from Adon Austin, an engineer at Rising Tide Waterfront Solutions. The decision to remove the pavilion was a difficult one, but it ultimately translated into the cost of its relocation or reconstruction and the environmental impact it could have. (LI Advance)
  4. Suffolk County Director Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Police held a press conference to remind residents to keep vehicles locked after a wave of auto thefts across Long Island.. Since December 19, Suffolk Police have responded to eight incidents in which cars were unlocked or with the key fob inside. (Long Island News)
  5. Looking for an outing to enjoy the last week of the year? Click the link to access the Patchogue Special Events Calendar that Patch has created just for you. (Patch Patch)

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  • Patchogue Chamber of Commerce: “Join us for the second Patchogue Plunge! The plunge will take place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 13, 2022. This year we will be having breakfast at the Toast Coffeehouse in Patchogue. Breakfast and check-in will be done between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. “(Instagram)
  • Next door neighbor, Patchogue: “House Painting and Wallpaper – Call or Text Today at 631-578-6505” (Nextdoor)
  • Next door neighbor, Lower East Patchogue: “Is the W&S DOMINICAN HAIR SALON closed in patchogue? – Because I keep calling to make an appointment but there was no answer and I am not driving, that’s why I ask before going this week. ” (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Patchogue from Upper East: “I have a neighbor in East Patchogue who has parties with music until 3 am – I’m a few houses away and it’s noisy. – I didn’t call the police but I wonder how should I handle this? ” (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Lower East Patchogue: “Happy Kwanzaa! – #HappyKwanzaa #Kwanzaa #patientadvocatesofny” (Nextdoor)

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That’s all for today! See you tomorrow for another update.

Debora Whitehead

About Me: Debora Whitehead is a dedicated wife and home teacher mother from Coram, NY. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and enjoys teaching and writing. Her passion for the community is reflected in her volunteer work with “Ministry Mariposa”, a non-profit family support program. One of her strongest beliefs is Jesus Christ, and when she isn’t parenting, teaching, or reading, she is writing. One of her favorite quotes is: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

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