Eastport Community Notes

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We have a 23 percent chance of having a white Christmas here in Eastport and the first flakes of the winter we saw Sunday morning, December 7, gives us hope to see a blanket of snow on Christmas Day.

Santa will be at the Eastport Firehouse on Sunday, December 21, for breakfast, photos and to hear Christmas wishes. Stop by from 8 a.m. to noon and enjoy a buffet breakfast with all the holiday trimmings. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for senior citizens and kids age 5 to 12. Kids 5 and under eat for free!

Come enjoy this annual event at the firehouse. Santa is due to arrive around 9 a.m. Photos with Santa will be available for $5. All are welcome. All proceeds will benefit the Eastport Fire Department.

Operation Christmas Child out of Eastport was a success again this year and Anita Pastorelli, who organized it all, writes this note of thanks:

“Much thanks to all those who contributed to the Operation Christmas Child Project. Thanks to those who helped distribute brochures throughout the community. What a tremendous help it was! Thank you to all who contributed shoeboxes or made a monetary contribution. Know that for every box and donation made, a child was made happy.”

Anita went on to thank Pastor Charley, Donna, Mark and Sandy from the Eastport Bible Church for all of their help logging things in, labeling them and transporting them to the collection site in Stony Brook. Anita wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!

The Greater Eastport Chamber of Commerce presents “Olde Tyme Holidays in Eastport” on Friday, December 12, beginning at 6 p.m., on Main Street. Join local businesses and residents as they welcome in, officially, the holiday season. There will be a tree and menorah lighting, holiday music and refreshments.

Mrs. Claus will be at Books and Brew on Main Street this Saturday, December 13, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and on Sunday, December 14, at 1 and 4 p.m., to read to children. Shop Main Street stores for gifts, antiques, art and more. Support our local businesses this holiday season!

The Fitness Studio on Montauk Highway in Eastport is celebrating Breast Cancer Survivor Month this month and is offering Sunday morning Pilates classes to breast cancer survivors. The free class will be given each Sunday in December at 8:30 a.m. Medical clearance is needed for those planning to attend.

The Fitness Studio will host a free “Super Spin” session on Friday, December 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., to benefit the Toys for Tots program. Come “spinning” at the Fitness Studio and bring a gift for a child.

Stables Garden Center located at 80 Montauk Highway in East Moriches is having a food drive to benefit Island Harvest. So, if you plan on stopping by the garden center for a tree or some garland, bring along a nonperishable food item to donate! The food drive will run from now until Monday, December 22.

Ring the bell at the Salvation Army kettle in Eastport! It’s an act of kindness for a worthy cause. If you can help out, please call Joyce at 325-1582.

Several clubs and organizations at the Eastport South Manor High School are sponsoring an “ESM Sharks Holiday Stuff-A-School Project” and collecting gifts for those in need. They are looking for donations to be dropped off during any of the upcoming holiday concerts at the high school. Donations should be new and unwrapped, and include toys and clothing for children, nonperishable food items, pajamas, or treats for dogs and cats. During concert nights, flowers may be purchased in the high school cafeteria to be delivered to the residents at the Cedar Lodge Nursing Home in Center Moriches. Please help this worthy cause! Thanks to the clubs and students at ESM for organizing this special holiday program.

The Eastport Bible Church choir will present a beautiful Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 21, at 7 p.m. Singing is a form of prayer and choir members have been rehearsing hard since September to pass on their message to all who attend this concert. A reception will follow the musical program.

On Sunday, December 7, the church hosted a Christmas Carol Concert. Church members were invited to perform holiday favorites for the congregation. The program kicked off with a clarinet solo by Kaitlyn McClintock of Eastport who played “Winter Wonderland.” Other performers included Lily Cooper who sang “Winter Wonderland”; Sara Rondinella who played a “Jingle Bells” medley on the piano (Sara is 5 years old); Donna Wilcox who sang “Silent Night”; Freddes Pintos who sang a song in Spanish entitled “Arbolita”; Cheryl Rondinella who played “What Child is This?” on the piano during the offering; Bob Werthner who sang “That’s Why There’s A Christmas Day”; Angel Rosado who sang “All is Well”; and the father-daughter team of Kevin and Luisa Skarka of Eastport who sang “Mary Did You Know?” (Kevin played the guitar for this number).

The Eastport Bible Church choir was last up performing a medley titled “Jesus is King Medley.” Zach Skarka ran the sound board for the evening and piano accompanists included Priscilla Tuttle and Jan Young. It was excellent and inspirational entertainment!

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