In my heart, I know that some positive things will come out of the economic challenges that our nation has been facing as of late. Still, it is difficult to see (and report) on the continuing struggle that small business owners and most working- and middle-class individuals are enduring.
More and more cracks are starting to show, even here on the East End, an area that many believed boasted a bullet-proof economy due to the saturation of the rich, powerful and affluent who live and visit here.
Since the downturn, two local businesses that I have profiled as a reporter in the last two years here at The Press have gone out of business. And it seems like at least once a week I hear news of more closings.
I am sad to report that Sprinkles on Montauk Highway will soon close its doors, too. Kathy Fusco, the owner of Sprinkles, wrote to say that she is proud to have tried to make a go with the store and is thankful to her loyal customers, even though she will soon be closing up shop.
“I have had the honor of meeting some of the most wonderful, kind and sincere people and I look forward to continuing those relationships,” Ms. Fusco wrote in her newsletter last week. She also wrote that she will keep her website, sweetartsupplies.com, up and running and will continue to offer cake decorating supplies.
Stop in soon as the store still has lots of items in stock for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, and will also be offering several classes in early February. For additional information, call the store at 801-2606.
Please keep our area merchants in mind when it is time to go out and shop. Support local businesses whenever you can.
Raynor Country Day School’s Chinese Auction and Dinner Dance, which serves as the school’s main fund-raiser, is set for Friday, February 6, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at Atlantica in Westhampton Beach. Tickets are $100 each. For more information, call 288-4658.
Over at Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School, sixth-graders Grant Shea, Liam Huysman, Ella Collins, Anna Collins, Hunter Skorobohaty, Ryan Duncan and Tim Coggins did a bang up job representing the school at the Hampton Music Educators Association Music Festival this past weekend. The annual music competition is for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from seven surrounding school districts. Way to do the school proud, guys and gals!
Students from Mr. Albert’s and Ms. Dasaro’s class recently visited Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead, which dovetailed perfectly with the end of their science unit on marine ecosystems. Students enjoyed a guided tour, fed the sting rays and watched the sea lion show.
Coming up at Remsenburg/Speonk, the sixth-grade DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, February 9, at 2:30 p.m. at the school. All are invited.
Lots of news happenings have been going on in the area recently. Check out 27east.com for more detailed information.
For example, the Long Island Rail Road has announced that track work between Speonk and Montauk will begin in March. Weekday off-peak train service on the 44-mile stretch between Speonk and Montauk will be affected as all of the nearly 31,000 railroad ties will be replaced. The work is expected to be completed by the middle of May and bus service will be provided in the affected areas.
Additionally, research is progressing, though slowly, on the Speonk plume situation. New York State and Suffolk County health department officials are finally moving forward on an investigation into where the spill originated and where the contamination might be spreading.
Kudos to the members of the Speonk/Remsenburg Civic Association, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. and individual home and business owners who have fought to get this contamination problem resolved for years. Keep fighting!
Speaking of preserving the integrity of our surroundings, Southampton Town just purchased 16 acres of wetlands in Speonk and Remsenburg using $6 million from the Community Preservation Fund. The land, which is in the town’s Wetland Preservation Target Area, is between Dock Road and Laila Lane and was once a working duck farm and is now a major shorebird habitat.