Lighting the Night with Hope


by Danielle Golden Giglio


For over seven years Blue Point resident Dorothy Johnson of Maxed Out Drug Prevention would light the tree she planted on the grounds of the St. Ursula Convent during the Christmas season to bring awareness to youth addiction issues.


This year with the convent soon be the new home of Bayport-Blue Point Library she was not sure if the tree lighting would happen. Mike Firestone, library director and the library board allowed her to continue this tradition.


Dorothy was honored to have Suffolk County Legislator William Lindsay help her to light the tree this year since he has always supported Maxed Out to create a healthier community.


She said, “The tree is for everyone. It is a community tree that grows every year as does awareness about youth substance abuse and mental health issues.”


The tree will be glowing with purple lights which is the color of international overdose awareness day on the front lawn of the new library on Middle Road in Blue Point.


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