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

TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Unique Photo Cruises aboard “The Discovery”

Learn the importance and fragility of an ecosystem along with the beauty of a salt marsh moraine and much more during one of WMHO’s special Photography Cruises offered by Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions (CCTS) aboard the “Discovery” Wetlands Cruise.

This is not just your ” run-of-the-mill” photo cruise! Jeff Norwood, owner of CCTS and lifelong professional photographer (pictured), will offer advice on capturing stunning shots and will give useful tips and tricks that he has learned over the years.   After the cruise guests will gather at the Stony Brook Marine Services Gazebo where Jeff will use a massive 50 inch LED high-resolution display with high-def video and crystal clear audio so participants can immediately share their best shots with razor-sharp clarity and receive feedback from their photographic guide. The first Photo Cruise of the season will be Saturday, June 30.  Lesson starts at 1 pm and cruise departs at 1:30 pm.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization has been offering Discovery Wetlands Cruises since 1995. A naturalist is on board to guide passengers through this exceptional experience viewing waterfowl, birds and more, embracing ecology, geology and history. The cruise also includes information on how Native Americans first settled here so there is much to choose from for the photography enthusiast.

The “Discovery” 27-passenger pontoon boat takes passengers from Stony Brook Harbor through the wetlands at West Meadow Creek. Morning, mid-day and sunset cruises are available.  Cruises depart from 51 Shore Road in Stony Brook (Stony Brook Marine Services parking lot) and run now through October 14.  Morning, mid-day and sunset cruises are offered and the full schedule can be found at Individual rates are $28 for adults, $25 for students and seniors and $18 for children under 6. Photography cruises are $50 pp. Remaining photography cruise dates are July 14, August 25, and September 22.  Group discounted rates are also available. Reservations are preferred to secure your spot, but walk-ons are accepted with cash payment at the boat when space is available. For additional information or to make your reservation, call (631) 751-2244.

Discovery Photo Credit:  WMHO

Jeff Norwood Photo Credit:  CCTS

Take a Virtual Trip to South Padre Island

Stony Brook, NY – The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and Burner Law Group, P.C. have launched unique programming focused on the vitality, wisdom and life experiences shared by the 55-plus generation – “The Third Age.” Through various events such as virtual travel, cyber security workshops or master classes with special guests, participants are invited to come, listen and share their own inspirational stories.

This first of its kind programming on Long Island, next in this series will be on May 23 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm with Virtual Travel to South Padre Island – Riders of the Stream at Sea Turtle, Inc., the hub for sea turtle rescue in Texas. Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Fox Loetscher, better known as “The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island” and guests will learn much about the rescue and rehabilitate of injured sea turtles for release back into the wild, conservation efforts, nesting, hatchling releases and much more.              

The program takes place at WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook and the cost is $15 pp. Refreshments will be served.  Call 631-689-5888 for reservations and visit for full details on all upcoming programs.

Photo Credit:  Sea Turtle, Inc.

Summer of Science Camp

Enroll Now for “Salt Marsh Detectives” and “Scientists”

Stony Brook, NY – Kids can learn while having fun this summer at an amazing waterside, scientific laboratory right in the heart of an 88-acre wetlands preserve at Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s “Summer of Science” programs.

Salt Marsh Scientists for ages 13 to 17 will be offered July 30 through August 3 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Guided by local marine scientists, participants will conduct scientific research monitoring birds, crabs and plants.  Along with discovering the populations and biodiversity of the marsh, students will observe concepts such as zonation and learn about steps needed to protect the environment.

Salt Marsh Detectives is for ages 10 to 12 and takes place August 13 through 17 from 10 am to 1 pm.  This program touches on exploration of the shoreline and the scientist’s lab searching for clues to nature’s mysteries.  It will challenge students to investigate and discover the wonder and joy of marine science through hands-on experiences in the great outdoors.

Summer of Science takes place at WMHO’s Ernst Marine Conservation Center, 101-111 Trustees Rd. West Meadow Creek in Stony Brook. Each program fee is $265 pp for the week.  There is a sibling rate of $240.  A two week notice is required for all cancellations without penalty.  Call 631-751-2244 for further information and to register.

Photo Credit:  WMHO


TFCU Enables 4th Graders to visit historic Stony Brook Grist Mill

L-R:   Joanne Meachnini, Branch Manager, Northport Teachers Federal Credit Union; Christine Ternullo, 4th grade teacher, Ocean Avenue School, Northport

 Stony Brook, NY – Thank you to Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) for sponsoring Ocean Avenue’s 4th grade students to attend The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751, Long Island’s most completely equipped working mill.  The Mill is listed on the National and New York State Register of Historic Places. Students discovered the principles of how water powers the mill’s mechanisms.

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Live a Vibrant Life, Discover “The Third Age”

WHO:  The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO) and Burner Law Group, P.C.

WHAT: First of its kind on Long Island:  groundbreaking programming focused on the life experiences shared by the 50 plus generation, “The Third Age,” created by Nancy Burner Esq., elder law trust and estate attorney.  First in the series – “Virtual Travel to the Royal Botanical Gardens, Canada – Chocolate, from Treasure to Treat.”

Gloria Rocchio, President, WMHO, says, “There are Baby Boomers, there’s Generation X and now there’s The Third Age.  We are most excited about our collaboration with Burner Law Group as we discover the wealth of knowledge this special segment of the population has to offer.”

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 25, 1 pm to 2:30 pm

WHERE: WMHO’s Educational & Cultural Center, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook Village, Stony Brook, NY  11790

Let’s Talk: Above, Below and Beyond

Stony Brook, NY – A unique and informative series on the preservation of the world’s great cultures, habitats and people will be introduced at The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s (WMHO) Educational & Cultural Center in Stony Brook Village.


 Stony Brook University Professor Patricia Wright will discuss efforts from Madagascar to Long Island to preserve the world’s endangered forests and the species and animals they harbor.



Thursday, May 10 • 6:30 pm, UNDERGROUND AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE:Archaeologist Brad Phillipi will discuss his findings from the 2014 archaeological dig at The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s historic Thompson House.



Thursday, May 17 • 6:30 pm, PRESERVING THE ALGONQUIN LANGUAGE: Chief Harry Wallace of Unkechaug Nation will speak about his efforts to preserve and protect the endangered language of Long Island’s Algonquin people.


Thursday, May 24 • 6:45 pm, THE PARANORMAL, PART ONE:   Historian and Author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky, along with Paranormal Investigator and Medium Joe Giaquinto, will discuss investigations at WMHO’s historic Brewster and Thompson Houses.




General Admission is $15 pp and WMHO Charter Society Members is $10 pp. For full information on the Charter Society visit or call 631-751-2244. Reservations are required and refreshments will be served. Call 631-689-5888 to reserve your spot.


Photo Credit:  WMHO

WMHO Announces Long Island’s Got Talent 2018 Finalists

AND THE WINNERS ARE…                                                                                     

WMHO Announces Long Island’s Got Talent 2018 Finalists

L-R:  Max Tuomey (Vocals, Old Bethpage), Caitlin Beirne (Vocals, St. James), Michael Lomando (Vocals/ Guitar, Centereach), Sara Caligiuri (Vocals, St. James), Lydia Korneffel (Vocals, St. James), Ben Fogarty, Mint Band (Trumpet, East Setauket),
Varun Jindal, Mint Band (Drums, East Setauket), Jay Sangwan, Mint Band (Trumpet, Setauket), Matt Broadbent, Mint Band (Guitar, Setauket) ,  Tom Manuel, President, The Jazz Loft (Judge), Aidan Hopkins, Mint Band (Bass, Setauket) ,
Naomi Pierro, Music Instructor, Grace Music School. (Judge), Jordan Amato (Vocals, South Setauket), Edward Decorsia, New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band (Judge)

Stony Brook, NY – Created by the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Youth Corps, the Long Island’s Got Talent annual competition gives students from across Long Island the opportunity to showcase amazing talents!  Seven finalists were recently chosen and the final competition will take place on September 7th.  A $500 scholarship will be awarded to 1st through 7th place winners by Stony Brook University’s Pre-College Music Program, Five Towns College will once again offer a total of $25,000 in scholarships and Green Towers Group will present a $1,000 cash prize to the 1st Place winner.


For more information on all WMHO events, call 631-751-2244 or visit


Photo Credit:  WMHO

Spring Appreciation Day Fun in Stony Brook Village

Stony Brook, NY – With winter hanging on a little longer this year we all deserve some outdoor fun celebrating spring, and one is planned in Stony Brook Village!  Spring Appreciation Day festivities will take place Saturday, April 21 throughout the Center.

Along with the simple beauty of the area and a multitude of shopping and dining choices just steps from each other, it won’t be hard to spend the entire day enjoying a host of special events planned.

Festivities begin at 10 am with the Three Village School District-Wide “Spring into Art” K-12 Art Show at the Educational & Cultural Center. Beginning at noon and running throughout the day there will also be live music with WALK-FM and “Walkie Bear,” Burke & Brenda performing blues, country and Americana, the Cross Island Brass Quintet, a petting zoo, balloon artists  and a Roseland School of Dance special performance at 1 pm..  Admission is free.

The historic Stony Brook Grist Mill officially opens for the season that day as well. It is located within walking distance of the Village on Harbor Road off Main Street and visitors will enjoy its charming country store as well as a “miller” dressed in period clothing offering a demonstration of grain being ground into corn just as it was in 1751.  Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12 and the Mill is open noon to 4:30 pm weekends.

For full information visit or call 631-751-2244.

Photo Credit:  WMHO

Grand Opening Village Barber

Grand Opening Village Barber

WHO:   Ciro Marino, Owner, Village Barber;                                                                                                                            Joe Vitale, Manager, Village Barber


WHAT:  Grand Opening/Under New Ownership Festivities – Village Barber (formerly MensRoom Barber)                                                                                                                                                                                                          Old fashioned, neighborhood barbershop specializing in beard trimming and hot towel shaves; children’s haircut chair, free birthday haircuts (with ID), special coupons, refreshments


WHEN:            Friday, April 6 – 9 am to 5 pm


WHERE:           97C Main Street, Stony Brook Village (Inner Court section)