Remsenburg and Speonk community notes


It is Monday morning here at The Press and the mood is celebratory as the newsroom favorite Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl. What an amazing game to watch but, boy, am I tired!

On a much more locally relevant front from this past weekend, the “Snowball” held at Atlantica/Tierra Mar in Westhampton Beach on Saturday night was a smashing success. The place was wall-to-wall packed and there were so many revelers shaking their bootys on the dance floor that it felt like the entire building was bouncing.

Though there might be more than a few pairs of aching feet and knees (okay, mine) as reminders of all that dancing, a good time was had by all attending the event, which was sponsored by the Westhampton Alliance of Merchants. Proceeds from the “Snowball” benefitted Human Understanding Growth Seminars (HUGS) and future improvements in the village’s business district.

Coming up this weekend at Atlantica/Tierra Mar is the Raynor Country Day School’s Chinese Auction and Dinner Dance on Friday, February 6, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The event is the primary fund-raiser for the school. Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available. For more information, call 288-4658.

Richard Thomas Soucheck of Speonk just made the dean’s list for the fall semester at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Dean’s list students must earn a semester grade point average of at least 3.30 or higher, while carrying a full-time minimum course load of at least 12 credit hours. Way to go, Richard!

Another Speonk-based student who has earned high achievement marks is Sarah Barrett. A senior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, she also made the dean’s list at her school. Sarah will graduate in May and will then move to California to begin graduate school and continue her education in the field of clinical psychology. Nice job!

Congratulations are also in order for Remsenburg/Speonk School Board President Jeremiah Collins, who recently earned the New York School Boards Association Master of Boardsmanship Award. Mr. Collins earned the award, which is the highest honor granted by the association’s Leadership Development Recognition Program, for his exemplary commitment to school district governance. To qualify, he participated in the organization’s training events and also completed the School Board Institute, a series of eight courses developed by the National School Boards Association.

In addition to his duties on the Remsenburg/Speonk School Board, Mr. Collins is also a member of the Southampton Town Conservation Board, the Peconic Estuary Citizens Advisory Committee, the Westhampton Rotary Club, and the Westhampton and Sayville chambers of commerce.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, then be sure to see the Long Island College Comedy Tour at the Avram Theater stage at Stony Brook Southampton this Friday, February 6. It is a bit of a haul, but it should be worth the drive. The show begins at 8 p.m. and talented comedians Bob DiBuono, TJ Garafolo, Daren Dillon, Leighann Lord and Chris Monty will be sure to entertain one and all during the 90-minute production.

Not only will the comedy tour be the first big public event at the newly refurbished Avram Theater, but tickets are a bargain at $10 each, or $5 for Stony Brook students. Call 632-5132 or visit to make reservations.

Looking ahead, I see that Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Make sure to celebrate the great loves of your life by making some special plans. And what better way to show your favorite four-legged loved one how much you care than by attending Bideawee’s “Love Your Pet Art Expo” on Saturday, February 14. The event, which will be held at Bideawee shelter on Old Country Road in Westhampton, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children’s handmade art will be on display and refreshments will be served. The first 40 people to attend will receive a free Bideawee T-shirt or tote bag. Admission is a $5. For more information, call 325-0200.

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