Notes from Eastport

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Poor Eight Belles, the second place winner of the Kentucky Derby that had to be put down after the race due to two broken front ankles. She was a beautiful filly that flew like the wind on Saturday in front of so many fans. It was so sad to witness the end of her life on what should have been a proud day for her.

My heart went out to her jockey and trainer and to that beautiful horse that will never reach the winner’s circle. It was a reminder of just how short life can be and how you really do not know what is just around the next bend.

Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is “The Great Brookhaven Shredding Day,” the day Brookhaven Town will securely shred and destroy, free of charge, old papers, records and documents belonging to town residents. As part of the Great Brookhaven Cleanup, Shredding Day is the time people can empty their filing cabinets, drawers and storage boxes and bring material, in bulk, to the town landfill on Horseblock Road in Yaphank where it will be destroyed. People can watch their documents being pulverized, providing a safe and secure way to destroy sensitive material such as old checks, correspondence and sensitive papers.

Friday, May 9 is “The Great Brookhaven Business Shredding Day.” From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., businesses located in Brookhaven Town can bring bulk paper documents to be shredded, again at no cost, at the town landfill. Please note that space is limited and businesses must first register by calling 451-TOWN.

Both events are part of the Keep America Beautiful Program and the Great Brookhaven Cleanup, which began in March and will continue through May 31. Last year’s highly-successful shredding day netted more than 9,000 pounds of shredded documents.

Local author Fred Musser has had a book published and will be having a book signing at Eastport Books and Brew on Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. The title of his book is “Sunspot.”

The Eastport Fire Department will be holding its famous “Buffet Breakfasts” at the firehouse every Sunday in May. Breakfast will be served from 7 am to noon. Prices are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Kids under 5 eat for free. Mothers attending the breakfast on Mother’s Day—this Sunday, May 11—will receive a special gift. All proceeds will benefit the fire department’s Welfare Fund.

The Eastport Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary will host a Country Dinner Dance at the firehouse on Saturday, May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be dinner and country line dancing taught by Pat and Rich. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Call 878-2389 or 325-0311 for ticket information.

The Eastport South Manor School District budget vote is set for Tuesday, May 20. Voting will take place at the high school from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. The proposed 2008-2009 budget has the “lowest budget increase in district history,” according to the budget newsletter mailed out to residents recently. Voting will also be held that same day to elect two members to the Board of Education. Richard Kohn, Janet Stevens and Vincent Sweeney are running for two available seats on the board. Please come out and vote on Tuesday, May 20.

The Westhampton Free Library is offering two bus trips. The first one is on Wednesday, May 21, and visits New York City. The bus will leave from the library at 9 a.m. and will leave the city at 6 p.m. The drop-off and pick-up location is the New York Public Library, in front of the lions. The cost is $25 per person.

The next bus trip is on Wednesday, June 18 and is to the Old Westbury Gardens. The cost if this trip is $45 per person and cost includes transportation, admission, a tour and a box lunch. The bus will leave Westhampton Beach at 9 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. Call the library at 288-3335 to reserve a spot for either of these trips.

The library will be closed on both Mother’s Day and on Father’s Day this year.

Wishing all you moms out there a very lovely Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 11.

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