Notes from Remsenburg

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Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

Whether you join your families for afternoon brunch, a special Mother’s Day dinner, or just get together with loved ones on Sunday, remember that every day should be your day. But you should still take advantage of whatever your family does for you and bask in that one special day … it might be another 364 days before you catch another break!

The day after Mother’s Day might also be a special one for you if your are fitness-minded, or thinking about trying out a healthier lifestyle. The Firm Fitness on Montauk Highway in Speonk is offering free workouts to help residents begin a fitness routine starting Monday, May 12. Joining the “Challenge the Obesity Epidemic and Get Active America” campaign, The Firm will open its doors free to the public for the entire week through Sunday, May 18.

This year marks the fifth year of the campaign, which coincides with The Firm’s fifth anniversary. To celebrate the campaign and its anniversary, the workout center will offer local residents of all ages an opportunity to begin an exercise program in a safe, supportive environment.

Current club members are also invited to bring a friend or family member in for free from Monday, May 12, through Thursday, May 15. From Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18, The Firm will sponsor an open house and will provide free access to the club’s trainers, state-of-the-art exercise equipment and an array of exercise classes. Visit Thefirmfit.com for class schedules and information.

If getting fit while doing something good is your bag, join either the Remsenburg Association, or the Speonk/Remsenburg Civic Association next weekend for scheduled “clean up” activities.

On Saturday, May 17, the Remsenburg Association will host its “Spring Clean Up Walk” beginning at 10 a.m. at the Remsenburg Academy. The Association will provide trash bags and plastic gloves and will organize teams to walk along the shoulder of South Country Road and other targeted areas. The event will not be held if it rains. Refreshments will be provided at 11 a.m.

Also on Saturday, May 17, the Speonk/Remsenburg Civic Association will be cleaning up the area around Montauk Highway and the Long Island Rail Road station. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the train station. Civics will provide pickers, vests and garbage bags to adults 18 and over.

Saturday, May 17, is also the date of the Remsenburg Garden Club’s annual plant and flower sale. Plants will be sold at the Remsenburg Post Office between 8 a.m. and noon.

In school news, on Thursday, April 17, the sixth-grade students at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School celebrated the 14th annual Hellenic Happenings and finished their study unit on Ancient Greece. Wearing togas and serving traditional Greek pastries such as baklava and kourambiedes, students treated parents and guests to a day in Ancient Greece.

The sixth-graders had lots to do at the celebration. Students read their humorous and creative original myths modeled after the Greeks, and also talked about their own personal heroes in keeping with the Greek tradition of hero acknowledgment. Each student also researched and wrote about a particular component of Ancient Greece and then created a traditional Greek modeled amphora jar, with the help of the art teacher, that was etched and detailed with Greek subject matter.

Later in the day, parents and guests were entertained during a Readers’ Theater in which all of the students read and acted various vignettes from Greek mythology, such as Persephone and Demeter, and Pegasus and the Pride of Bellerophon. It sounds like a lot of fun was had by all!

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