WMHO Honors Community Leaders at Jewels & Jeans Benefit

July 9, 2018

L-R:  Bud Simmons, President, Budco Enterprises Inc.; Anne Shybunko-Moore, CEO / Owner, GSE Dynamics Inc.; Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, WMHO; Robert Allen, President / CEO, Teachers Federal Credit Union



Stony Brook, NY – More than 300 guests recently attended the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s festive “Jewels & Jeans” benefit dinner at Flowerfield in St. James, honoring three individuals with impressive achievements and service.   Proceeds benefit WMHO educational programs, Youth Corps and historic properties.   This year’s honorees were:


  • Bud Simmons, President of Budco Enterprises Inc. and founding director of the Master Riggers Association.  In 2001, Bud installed over 2 million pounds of steel in less than 3 months to have the 1 and 9 subway lines open for the first anniversary of 9-11.  Bud is involved in a multitude of organizations including numerous 9-11 memorials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has been an ongoing supporter of WMHO’s Jewels & Jeans dinner and other programs for the organization.


  • Anne Shybunko-Moore is CEO and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., U.S. Defense Manufacturer  specializing in providing complex structural assemblies to the Air Force, Navy, Army and Major Aerospace Primes. Anne served as an appointed member of The National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.  She is a long-time supporter of various WMHO programs and events.


  • Robert Allen has been President and CEO of Teachers Federal Credit Union  since 1988 and has a total of 47 years working in credit unions. Founded in 1952, TFCU is a full service financial cooperative and has grown to over $5.8 billion in total assets with 26 branch locations and over 700 employees. He has served with many organizations including Chairman, School of Business Advisory Board-SUNY Old Westbury and Member of Congressman Bishop’s Education Advisory Board. TFCU has provided support to WMHO’s onsite and distance learning education programs.


Photo Credit:  Clix Couture

Suzie Q Here with the Buzz Around Stony Brook Village

The Buzz around Town with Suzie Q                                                               July 20, 2018

I hope you are all enjoying how wonderful summer has been so far…especially in my favorite Village! The flower boxes in bloom… the American flags…events galore, the farm stand and so much more.

Speaking of the farm stand, I just reserved my spot for “How to Create an Organic Garden” with Heart Beet Farms at the Cultural Center this Wednesday, July 25 at 1 pm. It’s part of the 55 + Club series of great events.  Gardening season will soon be over so don’t miss the tips and tricks!  Plus I understand the organization’s Youth Corps harvested their own beet greens and kale, and are preparing Orecchiette Pasta with Greens, Mozzarella and Crispy Chickpeas, as well and a Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette for all to enjoy at this event.  Sounds so delicious!  Heart Beet Farms will also be in the Village selling lots of veges and more each Saturday now through October 13 in front of Crazy Beans. 

I came down to the “Motorcycles through Time” exhibit at the cultural center over the weekend!  The exhibit was always a wow but there are so many new pieces and new bikes to see it really is amazing.  They have over 35 bikes there, from a 1902 Rambler to a 2018 Can-Am Spyder, as well as the same type of motorcycle Elvis owned – a “ 1975 Rupp Centaur.” Another not-to-be-missed event …and it is open 7 days a week 10 am to 5 pm until summer’s end! While I was there I see that registration is now open for the Walk for Beauty on October 21 benefitting breast cancer research.  It’s a 4K/6K Walk and a 10K Run.  I just registered and you can do it too right here:

It’s really been great weather for a Discovery Wetlands Cruise also so I took advantage and surprised mom and dad for their anniversary.  The sights and sounds you see through the harbor into the wetlands are truly breathtaking.  They loved it and booked a few more on their own including the next photography cruise on August 25.  My dad is such a camera enthusiast and Camera Concepts here in the village gives a class prior to the cruise and then will critique your photos afterward on an enormous high definition TV screen inside the gazebo.  How great is that!  My uncle recently took the cruise and loved it.  He has a way with words so I’ll share his comment – “It’s a great mix of education and entertainment, while learning useful and creative photo techniques and having fun doing it!”

I love the very special alfresco dining choices here like the hidden garden at Pentimento, the new deck at Sweet Mama’s, patio dining at Three Village Inn and of course the outdoor courtyard by the serene waterfall in Inner Court with a great lunch from Robinson’s Tea Room or Crazy Beans!

I’m off now to get some shopping done but want to share one last bit of “buzz” – There will be a Harbor Jazz Festival — on the Village Green – on August 18th starting at 11 am.  Check the Jazz Loft website…. and put that on your calendars! 

Ciao for now…Suzie




Suzie Q

July 2018

I’m sorry I haven’t been telling you the latest buzz around the village! I’ve been so busy with graduations, birthday parties and barbecues but now 4th of July is upon us and I came down to my favorite village to pick up some things for summer.

I stopped at Madison’s Niche to grab myself a nice beach bag and cover up before going over to Cottontails to buy my niece some toys for our next trip to the beach. While I was thinking of it I gave the Crushed Olive a visit for some of their delicious barbecue sauce and oils for grilling. Brew Cheese had everything I needed to complete the meal with a beautiful cheese platter and unique craft beers. While walking across the Inner Court I noticed that Heartbeet Farms has an organic farm stand set up every Saturday morning and they’re even having a talk on July 25th for the 55+ Club on organic gardening at the Cultural Center.

Whenever I’m in town I always check in at the ECC to see what’s happening. This weekend on July 7th the Motorcycles through Time exhibit starts with over 30 bikes on display from 1902 to the present day. I can’t wait to learn fun facts about pre-WWII Motorcycles!

How excited I was to discover that the next night the Sunday Summer Concert Series on the Green begins. This year is extra exciting because they have three performances in one night. This Sunday it’s Ava Della Pietra, 13 years old (direct from Broadway!), Sara Caliguiri who’s 15 years old and a finalist from Long Island’s Got Talent contest and the famous NY’s Most Dangerous Big Band.

I understand from the WMHO folks they had their big gala last week and that two tickets for Getting the Band Back Together are available if you’d like to purchase them. The donation if fully tax deductible because WMHO is a 501(c)(3) and the minimum donation is only $140.00. Give them a call for more information!

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Ciao until next time.

Suzie Q

Free Summer Concerts Begin – Special Guest Performance

Stony Brook, NY – It’s show time once again in picturesque Stony Brook Village!  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s (WMHO) free summer concerts will kick off its season of live music on July 8 at 7 pm with Ed DeCorsia & New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band.

A highlight at the opening concert will also be a performance by the multi-talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress Ava Della Pietra (pictured) directly from Broadway.  Ava has performed in Les Miserables, White Christmas and in the original cast of School of Rock!  Only 13 years old, Ava will cut her first EP early this fall and two of her songs from that album will be debuted at the concert!

In addition, WMHO’s “Long Island’s Got Talent” semifinalists will also perform at each concert and audience members will be asked to vote for their favorite! Winners will be chosen in the fall.  The remainder of the concerts will be July 15, The Queen of Dixie Land; July 22, Six Gun Band; July 29, Left Jab Band; August 5, Sound Chaser Band, August 12, The Steel Silk Band and August 19 with Tom Manuel & The Jazz Loft Big Band.  Tom Manuel, President and Founder of The Jazz Loft says, “I am thrilled to be performing once again with The Jazz Loft Big Band at the closing performance.  Part of our Annual Harbor Jazz Festival  it will include a repertoire from luminaries such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman!  WMHO has served as the cornerstone of our community for decades and its an honor to partner with them throughout the year on a variety of projects.”  

Sponsored by Competition Automotive Group, Owen Brothers and Realty Three/Ridgeway Plaza,  visitors will be en tertained under the stars from 7 pm to 9 pm in front of the Stony Brook Post Office at the Village Green in Stony Brook Village Center, 111 Main Street.   Concert-goers are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.  There are no rain dates.  For information call 631-751-2244 or visit

Sweet Mama’s Opens in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – Eagle Realty Holdings is pleased to announce a new addition to the Stony Brook Village Center – Sweet Mama’s family restaurant!

Sweet Mama’s, also in Northport, opened this week in the former Latitude 121 Restaurant location.  The family restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturdays and 9 am to 8 pm Sundays.

Owners, Marios and Margo Patatinis are Three Village residents who live in Setauket with their three children.  Marios says, “I’m very happy to be here in Stony Brook and think this is a perfect fit to be able to service customers in my hometown.”  Some dishes have a southern flair such as eggs with grits, biscuits and sawmill gravy.  Others are all American favorites like bacon cheesburgers.  The ice cream section will remain so customers can still select all kinds of desserts from the 20 flavors, including Designer Cookie Monster!

Sweet Mama’s is located at 121 Main Street in the Harbor Crescent section of the village.  For complete menu items visit or call 631-621-7895.

24th Annual Walk For Beauty

Thank you to everyone who showed their support at the Walk For Beauty event this past Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. A special thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the event a success. All of the proceeds raised go directly to Breast Cancer Research at Stony Brook Medicine. Hope to see everyone again next year at the 25th ANNIVERSARY EVENT.

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37th Annual Holiday Fest 2016

Thank you to all who made it out to the Holiday Fest last weekend! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to bring in this year’s holiday season! Special thanks to all of the performers and entertainment including our Youth Corps members who performed “Forgotten Christmas, 1814”, the St. James Choir, Roseland School of Dance, Petting Zoo, Celestial Singers, Walk Radio, Sunrise Hi-Railers, Face Painter, Acadia Kunkel and Brianna Zenaty, the Arrowhead Elementary School Band, the Gelinas Vocal Vikings, and last but not least, Santa!!



Thank You! The 2016 Walk for Beauty was a Success!

Yesterday was our 23rd Annual Walk for Beauty/Hercules Run. The Walk for Beauty Committee and the Hercules on the Harbor Run Committee want to thank everyone for their participation despite the cold and the wind. We had 1,100 combined walkers and runners! All the monies earned go directly to directed Breast Cancer Research at Stony Brook University Hospital. Here are some photos from yesterday’s event. More to follow!


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