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Source: The Long Island Advance

'Bag It' advocate introduces film for St. Joe's Earth Day


Posted: April 21, 2016
Originally Published: April 21, 2016

Patchogue Village Trustee Joe Keyes, who initiated the single-use plastic bag ban in Patchogue Village and formed a committee that included St. Joseph’s College students and staff as well as Citizens Campaign for the Environment, will discuss Patchogue’s policy. He’ll also introduce the documentary, “Bag It,” on plastic bag use and its damage to the environment, in the McGann Conference Center at O’Connor Hall, 155 West Roe Boulevard, Patchogue, today, Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

The ban passed in June 2015. “I’ve been in conversation with Brookhaven Town and they were ready to vote for it and Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Neil Foley were all for it,” he said. “Then Suffolk County jumped on board. (The county resolution has been tabled for further revisions.) [Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director] David Kennedy has done a good job of keeping everyone in the loop. We extended the implementation date of the law to Labor Day 2016. I think that helped and the merchants seem to be resigned to it.”

Keyes will be preceded at 6 p.m. by Citizens Campaign for the Environment executive director Adrienne Esposito, who will discuss local environmental issues and how to get involved with shaping environmental policy, also in the McGann Conference Center.

On Friday, April 22, St. Joseph’s College is sponsoring a cleanup effort on the nature trail in back of the Clare Rose Playhouse and preparation of the organic garden. Gather at the playhouse at 10 a.m.; enter by the 155 West Roe Boulevard entrance and drive to the playhouse, located off the Sunrise Highway Service Road.