Bellport is a village in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The population was 2,363 at the 2000 census. The village is named after the Bell family, early settlers of the area. The public education system in Bellport makes up the South Country Central School District consisting of six schools, three elementary Schools (Kindergarten– Grade 3), Frank P. Long Intermediate School (Grades 4-5), Bellport Middle School (Grades 6-8) and Bellport High School. Bellport is in the town of Brookhaven and is on the South Shore of Long Island.
The village is governed by 4 trustees and a mayor. Each trustee is elected to a 2-year term, with 2 trustees up for election every year. The mayor is elected to a 2-year term as well. The current trustees are: Scott Horsley, James Vaughan, Alison Neumann, and Dorothy Terwilliger. The mayor of the village is Will Veitch.
Bellport is responsible for many local services such as snow removal, road maintenance, and garbage removal. These services are paid for by taxes on property within the boundaries of the village. However, taxes are collected by the Brookhaven Receiver of Taxes. Education is the responsibility of the South Country Central School District, ambulance service is provided by the South Country Ambulance Company, fire service is provided by the Bellport Fire District, and police service is provided by the Suffolk County Police Department and Bellport Code Enforement.
There are many small businesses such as antique shops, artist galleries, restaurants, and a service center. These family run businesses get community support through the Bellport Chamber of Commerce. Bellport is also home to the Gateway Playhouse, a professional summer theater in operation since 1950.
Bellport was founded by Captains Thomas and John Bell during the early-19th Century, as a seaport. The village was incorporated in 1910. On July 4, 1980, the Bellport Academy and Bellport Village Historic District were listed onto the National Register of Historic Places.
Ho Hum Beach
Ho Hum Beach is located on Fire Island, and it is 2.2 miles across the Great South Bay from the Bellport Village Marina. Village residents and their guests are welcome to visit the quaint beach. Surfers, sunbathers, and fishermen especially enjoy the privateness of Ho Hum Beach. Ho Hum Beach offers a safe and secure bathing area, under the surveillance of an ever vigilant lifeguard team. There is a screened in snack shack and showers on the bay side of the beach. The Whalehouse Point ferry leaves from the Bellport Village Marina, and it runs from late May until early September. Round trip tickets for the ferry can be purchased by village residents. Guests of village residents may ride the ferry for an increased fare price. Village residents are also welcome to ride their own boats over. Boat slips are available at a reasonable cost.
Former residents of note
- Giovanni Capitello (born 1979), filmmaker/actor, attended Bellport High School.
- Frank Castellano, captain of USS ‘Bainbridge, attended Bellport High School.
- William Glackens (1870–1938), artist.
- William Higinbotham (1910–1994), physicist at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory. He developed one of the earliest video games, Tennis for Two.
- Mike McAlary (1957–1998), journalist, Pulitzer Prize winner.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), presidential spouse.
- Oliver Robertson, inventor of ball bearings.
- Randy Smith (1948–2009), former NBA player
- Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860–1930), inventor of gyroscope and founder of Sperry Rail Service, the first internal rail flaw detection company.
- E. B. White (1899–1985), author.
- P. G. Wodehouse (1881–1975), English comic writer (former resident).
- Arthur Pinajian (1914–1999), artist/abstract expressionist. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/14/nyregion/14artist.html?_r=1, http://www.PinajianArt.com
Current residents of note
- Isabella Rossellini, Actress
- Charlie Rose
- William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts and New York Gubernatorial Candidate
- Tiki Barber (summer house)
- Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. (weekend houses)
40°45′25″N 72°56′30″W / 40.75694°N 72.94167°W / 40.75694; -72.94167 (40.757034, -72.941603).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (5.81%) is water.
Bellport is twinned with:
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,363 people, 993 households, and 684 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,619.7 people per square mile (624.9/km²). There were 1,139 housing units at an average density of 780.7 per square mile (301.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.13% White, 1.27% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.65% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.78% of the population.
There were 993 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the village the population was spread out with 18.7% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 32.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $77,523, and the median income for a family was $80,850. Males had a median income of $51,189 versus $40,985 for females. The per capita income for the village was $38,906. About 0.6% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.9% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.
- ^ a b “Board of Trustees”. Incorporated Village of Bellport, NY. http://www.bellportvillage.org/cms/village-directory/board-of-trustees/. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
- ^ “About our village”. Incorporated Village of Bellport, NY. http://www.bellportvillage.org/?q=node/6. Retrieved 2009-05-06. “Bellport will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its incorporation in 2010 and a gala year long celebration is being planned.”
- ^ Wodehouse, P.G.. “Dogs and Cats and Wodehouse; Dogs, Cats and Wodehouse”, The New York Times, October 3, 1971. Accessed August 5, 2009. “When I was married 57 years ago, I lived in Bellport. Then I moved to Great Neck.”
- ^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”. United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- ^ “American FactFinder”. United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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