Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, May 2

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Alexis Kissel, the daughter of Andrea and John Mark Kissel of Remsenburg and East Moriches, recently returned from the Dominican Republic after spending a week there providing health care through Foundation for Peace, a nonprofit charity. Volunteers focused on the needs of the Bateyes people in San Pedro de Macoris. The students brought donated supplies and promoted health care in the impoverished local clinics. The need was great due to depleted funding after the Haitian earthquake.
Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, which Alexis attends, participates in this growing global effort. The recent trip was the first for students in the undergraduate nursing program. Thirty students made the trip—great job!

The Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association is holding a Community Meeting on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road. The meeting will feature local experts who will educate us on ticks and how to avoid them.

Dr. Louis Pizzarello will give a presentation on tick-borne diseases. Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Lynch will speak about Lyme’s disease in pets. Anthony Gattuso from Summit Landscaping will talk about keeping deer away from your property and organic sprays for ticks. The Deer Committee, which was formed by The Remsenburg Association, will report on their findings while members of the community group will provide an update on the Speonk Solvent Plume.

ArtRemsenburg is pleased to begin its summer series by showcasing the work of painter Barbara Bilotta. She considers herself an abstract expressionist who is inspired by nature. Her exhibit will be on display at The Remsenburg Academy every Saturday and Sunday through May 19. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.teklafineart.com to preview her work.

Jack Vicari of Remsenburg and Meghan Renna of Speonk were selected from more than 500 students throughout the country to perform at a concert that took place at Carnegie Hall on April 29 to mark the 30th birthday gala of The New York Pops. Jack and Meghan performed alongside Broadway stars during musical numbers, under the direction of Tony Parise whose credits include “Me and My Girl” and “42nd Street.” Way to go!

St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Westhampton Beach is holding its seventh annual Chinese Auction on Thursday, May 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dessert and coffee will be served. Proceeds will support the Seeds of Hope Orphanage, as well as the educational and medical needs of the children of Tanzania. Call Debi Mazura at (631) 801-2269 to donate or obtain more information.

Our community is lucky to have the Eastport Fired Department protecting us! They saved the day here a few years back when a pole carrying a high voltage wire fell near a barn.

Our fantastic department recently celebrated 100 years of service with an evening of awards, music, dancing and a slide show that included events from the past century. The department is now planning an official Centennial Celebration for September 21, starting with a parade at 4 p.m. More information will follow closer to the celebration.

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