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It is 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday. The spicy wings are in the oven with the pigs-in-a-blanket on deck. We have cheese and crackers on the coffee table and one bottle of Coca-Cola Classic (with caffeine) for a treat. There are Yoo-hoos in the fridge and brownies cooling for later on.

It’s a junk-food extravaganza and we’ll be up for hours with the sugar rush and game hype. We bought some Super Bowl boxes in three different pools, so we’re hoping to win some money. I have some good numbers, so I am hopeful.

The Eastport South Manor High School band and chorus held a 10-hour volleyball marathon at the school on Saturday, January 31. About 75 students (and parents) participated in the fund-raiser, which started at noon and ended at 10 at night. The students hit up their relatives and parent’s bosses and co-workers to sponsor them to play for either so much per hour or a lump sum. Money raised goes directly into each student’s account for upcoming music trips.

Most of the participants played for the whole time and were pretty tired and sore by 10 p.m. (Never mind the next day or the day after!) The marathon was a competition in itself and the winning team consisted of Ben and Josh Tuttle, Ryan Brandow, Chorus Director Daniel Graf, Jackie Moeller, Matt Johann and Ryan Brisson. Congratulations to the winning team and to ALL of the players.

Congratulations also to the Parent Team whose members hung in there till the bitter end! Thanks to all the parents who cooked, served and donated the food, drinks and snacks, to the custodial and security staff for staying until after 10 p.m., and to Ken Vignona and Daniel Graf for giving up yet another Saturday for ESM. Great job, everyone!

The ESM PTSO Connection will host a Coffee House and Variety Show at the school on Saturday, February 7, beginning at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the cafeteria and admission is $5 (which includes one drink and one snack). Students in grades 7 through 12 will participate in the show and auditioned earlier in the week. Anyone who would like to donate a baked good for the event should contact Lou at 325-8470. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ESM Scholarship Fund.

Dr. David B. Axelrod, the poet laureate of Suffolk County, has announced that as part of his Young Poet’s Mentoring Program, eight poets from Suffolk County will celebrate the publication of their first book. Sarah Goncalves of Eastport, author of “The Unseen Face,” was one of the poets who will be published. Her mentor was Yolanda Coulaz of Farmingdale.

New York Blood Services will hold a blood drive on Friday, February 6, from 3:30 to 8:45 p.m., at the East Moriches Elementary School on Montauk Highway. Call 874-3135 if you would like to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, too. There is an emergency blood shortage in the New York area right now, so any donations would be most welcome. This the fourth year that the East Moriches PTO has sponsored a blood drive at the school.

Barth’s Pharmacy is now open in East Moriches. They are located at 94A Montauk Highway, across from Spadaro’s Airport.

Gotta run … “It’s Boss Time!”

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