Cross safely with new flags
Mayor Paul Pontieri joins local children in crossing the street safely.

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Cross safely with new flags


As part of a safety initiative to make crossing the street on Montauk Highway safer for kids and families, Tina’s Italian Ices and Blue Goose created a flag-crossing program.

On both sides of the road in front of these two establishments are wooden poles that now feature multiple installed flag holders. The idea of the program is to grab a flag before crossing the street in order to draw attention from approaching motorists.

“We have witnessed a number of bad car accidents there since we founded Tina’s in 2009,” said Megan Capozzi of Tina’s.

Capozzi said Tina’s became completely powered by solar in 2013 as a way of helping the community think forward, and that the flag-crossing program is the local family-owned business’ next step in continuing to better Patchogue.

“Our 12-year-old son thought it would be great to have it at that spot, because it is challenging to get cars to slow down,” she said. “It was a great opportunity to help improve safety for kids and families, so we teamed up with Blue Goose.”

Patchogue mayor Paul Pontieri attended the event on Wednesday that marked the program’s commencement. He, alongside a few local families, demonstrated crossing the street with the flags.