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Port Jeff Goes Green Again

Water is the theme of this year’s Go Green Fair at the Village Center.

Fittingly for a harborside community, this year’s theme for the annual Go Green Fair held at the will be “Water, Water Everywhere.”

Naomi Solo, one of the event founders, says that people will get a chance to learn how local organizations are doing their part to clean, preserve, and increase awareness of our actions on water.

Go Green is an annual event founded by Solo, John Lutterbie and Kathy O’Sullivan to help raise awareness about green issues such as reclycling and preserving the environment. Much of the support in putting together the Go Green Fair comes from a large committee of volunteers from the village of Port Jefferson, the library, the school district and directly from the community. They also work with the Humanities Institute of SUNY Stony Brook.

One of the organizations that will be on hand to tell their story is Global Water Brigades, a humanitarian effort by Stony Brook University students to work with Honduran communities that have limited access to clean water. Students build new water systems and educate community members on sanitation issues and proper hygiene to help prevent illnesses associated with unsanitary water.

The PTA Green Team will be at the fair as well as the Environmental Club of .

“Go Green organizers are so proud of the involvement of our students,” said Solo. “The health of our community in the future will be in the hands of these children of today. It's encouraging to see their positive attitudes.”

Attendees will also be able to learn about backyard composting and rain gardens or find new products to help them save on water usage.

Solo said that Port Jefferson resident, Barbara Haegele, is organizing a "Green Elephant Sale Table," described as a "unique type of recycling where folks have donated wonderful items for visitors to take home."

The Go Green Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 from noon until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

"We look forward to many Patch readers stopping by to have some great family fun," Solo said.

For more information on the Go Green Fair, call 473-3549.

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