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New Year greetings to one and all! Here is hoping that 2008 was a happy, healthy and productive year for everyone.

I am finally back in the saddle after a much needed—and immensely pleasurable—holiday vacation. Now I am refreshed and raring to go to with all sorts of local news and events.

First off, congratulations to Ashley Jenkins of Remsenburg. She made the dean’s list at Fairfield University for the fall semester. Ashley is a sophomore and is on the school’s lacrosse team. Keep up the good work and exemplary achievement!

Additional best wishes are in order for Remsenburg’s Sally Pope, who was sworn into office as the newest Southampton Town Board member on Friday, January 2.

This next event is taking place a short distance from our community, but it is a worthwhile cause, so I’m sure that there will be plenty of interest from those of us living in Remsenburg and Speonk.

East Quogue residents Sharon Buenten and Sandi Rosendahl are raising funds for breast cancer awareness by hosting a “Bingo for Breast Cancer” benefit at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5350 on Montauk Highway in Quogue on Saturday, January 17, at 2 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Long Island 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk. For additional information about the fund-raiser or the walk, call Sharon at 741-4140 or visit the official website at LI2day.org.

The Southampton Town Civic Coalition will host a “Forum on Homeless Sex Offenders” next Thursday, January 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Riverhead High School auditorium, located at 700 Osborne Avenue in Riverhead. The meeting will address the placement of all homeless sex offenders from throughout Suffolk County in trailers located in Riverside and Westhampton.

Local and state officials, including State Assemblymen Marc Alessi and Fred Thiele, Suffolk County Legislators Ed Romaine and Jay Schneiderman, Riverhead Town Supervisor Phil Cardinale and Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot, will be present to discuss the new state law limiting the concentration of sex offenders in one location and the status of legislation now being worked on in the County Legislature. All are encouraged to attend.

For the cinephiles out there, the “Finest in World Cinema” series will kick off the new year on Friday, January 16, with a screening of “Happy-Go-Lucky” at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The film, which is rated R, will be screened on Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, January 18, at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, and $3 for Film Society members. For more information, call 288-1500 or stop by the PAC box office at 76 Main Street in Westhampton Beach. You can also purchase tickets online at whbpac.org.

Additionally, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will host “Movie Night in the Nature Center” on Saturday, January 10, at 7 p.m. The featured film will be the National Geographic production “Arctic Tale,” and the cost is $3 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call 653-4771.

The Westhampton Beach School District Adult Continuing Education and Recreation program is still looking for instructors for its upcoming spring semester. If you are interested in teaching, call the Office of Adult Continuing Education at 288-3800, ext. 311, or e-mail Maria Tracy at tracym@whbschools.org for an instructor information packet.

The North Sea Poetry Scene has issued a call for submissions for its newest anthology: “What Have You Lost and/or Found.” Anyone can enter, though previously unpublished poems are preferred. Submissions should reflect a personal theme of what you have lost and/or found along your journey through life. The group is looking for eclectic perspectives ranging from mundane events, such as the finding of a lost earring, to emotionally charged, life-changing occurrences, such as the loss a loved one.

Participants can submit up to six poems, no more than 100 lines long each. Previously published poems must be accompanied by acknowledgements on the same page as the poem. All poems must be sent as an attachment via e-mail to Thenorthseapoetryscene@hotmail.com. In addition, please include a brief bio that lists your name and contact information—and don’t forget to type your name clearly on the attached poems. All entries must be received by July 4.

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