The Outdoor Summer Movie Night has been cancelled due to the weather. Please join us on 8/21/2017 at Medford Memorial Park for our next Outdoor Summer Movie night.
I Always Knew They Would Go To College, I Just Never Planned On Paying
Nine out of ten families knew their children would go to college, but only 4 had a plan. That’s the latest report from Sallie Mae and Ipsos’ ‘‘How America Pays for College 2017’. Now in its tenth year, the report notes that parents and students equally share the costs of paying for college. Additionally, families are increasing their knowledge of costs and planning within their means. In fact, nearly half of all families have used grants and scholarships to pay for college. Almost all families have taken steps to reduce college costs, such as having students live with their relatives.
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is a series of photographs by local artist, Carole J. Amodeo. The exhibition, titled Reflections, features 12 photos of storefront displays in Greenport, Patchogue and Port Jefferson. Each piece blends together the scenes behind the windows and the street imagery that reflect off the glass.
In her series of work, also called Reflections, Carole simulates the experience of strolling down bustling city streets. Her photos depict multiple storefront displays while capturing the sounds of traffic and various street scenes that reflect off the store windows. Her photography inspires notions of consumerism, fashion, and the hustle of metropolitan life.
One work on display is Greenport. The white-and-silver-toned piece depicts an arrangement of four, large wine glasses and gold leaf embossed cups. What attracts you to the piece is the large, silver sphere that is cradled in a curved display stand. The object spouts white thread from its top and its concave reflection projects the busy street scene outside the window. In this reflection, you can find the artist and her camera, the manager of the store in red taking a phone call, and a passerby standing outside on a clear, blue-sky day.
Another work on exhibit is Reach Out. It doesn’t take much to recognize the familiar imagery of South Ocean Ave. in Patchogue. Two mannequins appear behind the glass. Their faces are out of the frame, but their plastic, white hands are on full display. The reflections on the window depict the now vacant, Long Island Sports Museum and other South Ocean Ave. businesses such as the barber shop and Karl Ehmer’s. The top half of the composition consists of clouds and Carole arranges the photo so it appears the mannequin’s hands emerge from the sky.
Carole J. Amodeo is a fine artist from Patchogue, NY. She is a member of the Women Sharing Art, Inc., and the Patchogue Arts Council. Her artwork has been exhibited across Long Island with select exhibitions at Gillette House in Sayville, NY; Patchogue Arts Gallery in Patchogue, NY; and Studio 5404 in Massapequa, NY. She has been published in The Photographer’s Edge, Sayville Gazette, and the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce Magazine. For more information on Carole, click here.
Reflections, featuring the photography of Carole J. Amodeo, is on view in the Lower Lobby Gallery of the Patchogue-Medford Library now through the end of August.
Pitch your company like a Silicon Valley Pro
“On June 26, 2008, our friend Michael Seibel introduced us to 7 prominent investors in Silicon Valley. We were attempting to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation. That means for $150,000 you could have bought 10% of Airbnb. Below you will see 5 rejections. The other 2 did not reply.”
If you have ever wondered how billion-dollar companies start out, this website compiles the ‘pitch decks’ of some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley. A pitch deck is a small slideshow presentation to investors which include an explanation of your business and vision for the future. Equally important, they could serve other purposes, such as for meeting other investors. But, it’s generally used for this purpose. Pollenizer has a simple template anyone can use as a pitch deck, here.
Are you working on your startup or need tools to help you? If so, Startupstash is a website that compiles resources by category to help.
If you would like local assistance, the Library can help you find the resources to make your business a success. For example, Lynda.com’s awesome range of courses can help you further develop your business. Normally, lynda.com could cost you hundreds of dollars a year. But, with your Patchogue-Medford Library card, you can access the site for free. Click here, enter your library barcode and PIN number to sign in. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce is also another great resource for small business assistance and networking.
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See you at the parade!
Hello summer! For the month of July, you can visit many of Long Island’s picturesque beaches and inlets. All from the comfort of your local library!
Now on view at the Patchogue-Medford Library is a series of seascape photographs by local artist, Mike Busch. The exhibit, Great South Bay Images, features scenic, ocean-side photographs that inspire notions of summer, fun and relaxation. The artist uses the Long Island landscape as his main source of inspiration, but some works depict places the artist has traveled to, as well.
Busch’s artwork has a timeless quality; blending a mixture of sun, sand and sea. Many of his works have no people; allowing Mother Nature the spotlight she deserves. Select works only hint at mankind’s place in the world and are in the guise of abandoned boardwalks and sea-side buildings. Other works abandon the boardwalk and focus on just the sandy dunes and calming, ocean water.
One piece by the artist is Davis Park Casino. Aptly named for the beach-side casino, the photo depicts the building on a summer morning before anyone else has arrived at the beach. The sun is starting to rise over the water, far off in the back, right-hand side of the composition. The sunrise is balanced by the casino, which reflects the sun’s rays off its windows. The sand mounds are abundantly highlighted, offering us a tranquil moment of relaxation as we reflect on the image and imagine ourselves at Davis Park.
Alongside the artist’s beach-side scenes are several works that depict the rhythmic flows of crashing waves. Representative of this is September. The black and white photo depicts a curling wave that crashes on the shore. As with many of his pieces, the photo transports you away from the library to the beach, sitting on the sand with your favorite drink in hand.
Mike Busch is an award winning photographer from Long Island, NY. He has been a photographer for over twenty years. He focuses primarily on seascape photography, using Long Island’s many scenic seascapes as his subject matter. Busch is a member of the Brookhaven Arts Council and South Bay Art Association. To see more works by the artist, visit www.fireislandandbeyond.com and www.greatsouthbayimages.com.
Great South Bay Images, featuring the photography of Mike Busch, is on view in the Lower Lobby Gallery of the Patchogue-Medford Library now through the end of July.
A Patchogue Downtown Walking Tour is available at the Reference Desk and via free cellphone app with audio, text and images at http://history.pmlib.org/patchoguewalkingtour or above on the Local History drop-down menu.
Patchogue is over 250 years old, named for the Pochaug Indians and divided and sold in a 1758 lottery. Over the next 130 years, mills built on creeks along today’s Montauk Highway were centers of commercial activity. By 1900, large mills employ many inhabitants and others work in the shipbuilding and seafood industries. The railroad’s arrival in 1869 revolutionizes travel to and from Patchogue. Hotels and boarding houses accommodate vacationers escaping city summer heat from 1880 to 1930. The resort industry spawns theaters with vaudeville acts, concerts, plays and lectures.
From the 1920’s to the 1960’s, Patchogue’s downtown area becomes a popular regional shopping center. In the 1960’s, shopping malls pull shoppers away leading to a few decades of decline. Patchogue’s current resurgence is due to determined Village officials, businesses and organizations. The renovated Patchogue Theater, new restaurants, music venues, shops and condominiums change Patchogue’s landscape once again.
The Patchogue Downtown Walking Tour describes architecture and history on South Ocean Avenue and East and West Main Street. The text and audio versions have numerous photographs and historic images, covering one era when hotels and a tavern occupied Main Street and another when vacationers took over, enjoying Patchogue’s streets and summer fun. Patchogue’s crowded days as a regional shopping center are reconstructed in stories about particular buildings. Patchogue’s industrial past is also covered in the walking tour.
Today, Patchogue’s vibrancy is reflected in new architecture and modern building facades. The beauty of older buildings decorated with masonry reliefs, Tiffany windows, Greek columns and marble facades is also on display.
The term ‘a sense of place’ describes a collection of visual, cultural and social qualities that provide meaning to a location. The historic fabric of older buildings adds much to a ‘sense of place’ in the built environment. This is what makes Patchogue ‘Patchogue’ and different from other towns or villages.
On the tour are two magnificent churches built four years apart: one Gothic and the other Romanesque. Two banks along the route are covered in white marble. A particular favorite of the tour’s author is the Furman Building, built 82 years ago during the Great Depression.
Once again, the tour is available at http://history.pmlib.org/patchoguewalkingtour.
Turned out, she didn’t know she had Snap Map enabled, and didn’t know it was showing her location every time she opened the app. When she updated Snap and went through the Snap Map introduction, she believed Snap was giving the option to geotag her Snaps for Our Story, as shown in the promotional video. Instead, she had inadvertently broadcast where she lived to every one of her Snap contacts.
If your children are on Snapchat, you need to make sure that they are not broadcasting their location publicly. This new Snapchat feature endangers children and puts them at risk. Since the update has been released, several news outlets have reported on its danger. While you need to opt-in in order to turn on the Snap Map, many people don’t think twice about agreeing. Only afterward do they realize their privacy was compromised.
How to turn off Snap Map
In order to make sure they have their snap map turned off, pinch the screen when the camera is open. Then, click on the cog on the top-right hand corner of the map. After that, turn on ‘Ghost Mode’. To thoroughly prevent the Snap Map, turn off location sharing in your phone’s settings.