Eastport Community Notes, May 9

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Members of the Eastport South Manor Music Boosters held a fundraiser last Sunday outside of the King Kullen in Eastport. They sold home-baked goods and beautiful plants to raise money for scholarships benefiting the music students at the high school.
People baked all kinds of different things, like cupcakes that looked like turtles, gluten-free desserts, key lime pie, blondies and brownies, mini tarts, coffee cake and lemon curd-filled cupcakes. Three tables were filled with great desserts and snacks, as well as gorgeous annuals.

Many thanks to all who baked and helped out at the sale. Many thanks to all who purchased items at the sale. And, many thanks to the many people who just donated money to the cause. It was heart-warming to see how generous people can be.

After a chilly start, the sun finally came out in the afternoon and made the day perfect. It was a successful endeavor.

Hannah Bowker and Amelya Rivera, of Eastport and Manorville, respectively, performed in the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s production of Swan Lake Ballet last weekend. Congratulations, girls!

The Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation’s eight annual competition was held in March. The first-place winners will perform their piece at one of two foundation Honors Recitals to be held on June 6 at the Staller Center for the Arts Recital Hall at Stony Brook University. An awards ceremony will take place that evening as well.

Congratulations to Eastport Elementary School fifth-grader Rebecca Nelson who took first place in the Late Intermediate Division for her performance of “Tarantella, Op. 77, No. 6” by Moritz Moszkowski. Seventy students registered to compete in five divisions at Faust Harrison Pianos in Huntington Station. All performers were provided with written feedback from adjudicators. The honors recitals are free and open to the public.

A community blood drive in memory of Scott Foster will take place on Saturday, May 11, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church on Railroad Avenue in Center Moriches. The drive runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In local fire department news: Last month 40 firefighters and EMS personnel from Eastport and Westhampton Beach participated in an airplane crash fire rescue training drill at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton. Firefighters engaged in rescue and fire suppression operations by using a mock-up of a jetliner specifically designed for that purpose. Firefighters had to gain entry to the cabin area, shut down the engines and rescue mannequins while putting out the fire using multiple hose lines.

Firefighters were given four variations of the same scenario and rotated personnel so that everyone had the opportunity to experience all phases of the exercise. Each department supplied one pumper and one tanker, and the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance supplied one ambulance, a paramedic and additional personnel.

Seeds of Hope Tanzania will hold its seventh annual Chinese Auction on Thursday, May 9, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the auction begins at 8.

Many great prizes have been donated. Dessert and coffee will be served. Please stop by and help support the Seeds of Hope Orphanage and the educational and medical needs of the children in Arusha, Tanzania. Debi Mazura of Eastport is organizing.

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