Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 6


Out on the field the boy was playing ball, handling line drives and pop flies. It was during the usual drama of a baseball afternoon when I began thinking about the pathetic little “meow” I heard coming from the bushes when we arrived.

And, so, after the last out and once all the high-fives were exchanged, we went back to the bushes and found the cat. It was a little orange furball that looked as unpromising as a tennis ball that the dog had been chewing on. The lady who found it with me said she already had 200 cats and, since we’ve got a horse barn, we took it home.

The little fellow looked in such poor shape I thought we might just be taking him home to provide a Christian burial. But as Darth Vader would say, “The Force is strong with this one,” and now he is now bouncing around our new tack room and I have his picture on my iPhone, which my son says makes him part of the family.

Congratulations to Alexa Lampasona of Remsenburg for graduating magna cum laude from Manhattan College while earning a bachelor’s degree in science. Alexa is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest honor society, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Epsilon Sigma Pi, the school-wide honor society and the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

She completed a research project about mutations in zebrafish that have similar symptoms to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She has won several medals for scholastic excellence while also playing Division I volleyball!

Alexa will next pursue her doctorate degree in molecular and cellular pharmacology from Stony Brook University in the fall. Great job!

There will be a “Cocktails at Sunset” fundraiser to benefit the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service on Thursday, June 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Westhampton Yacht Squadron. This year they will honor Ken and Margaret Frankman.

This is a New York-based charity that provides visiting nurse services. Tickets are $90 per person and that includes open bar, buffet dinner, silent auction and jazz music. For reservations, please call (631) 728-0937.

A seminar titled “The Four Season Organic Garden” will be presented on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m., at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Renato Stafford will demonstrate many innovative techniques that will help attendees grow all year long. You will learn about crop rotation, succession planting, and canning and food storage. This is a free program for adults, but reservations are required. Call (631) 653-4771 to make those.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s annual golf tournament will be held on Monday, June 17, over at the Westhampton Country Club in Westhampton Beach. Lew Mohrmann Sr. and Lew Mohrmann Jr, of Beach Electric in Quogue, are this year’s honorees.

Many of those who attend will get their first glimpse of several updated holes. The fabulous post-tournament cocktail reception is also open to those who don’t golf but would like to attend the festivities and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a live auction.

Tickets are $1,600 per foursome, and $150 if you just want to attend the cocktail party. For tickets or more information, contact Roberta Shoten at or call (631) 288-2350.

Cheryl Machat Dorskind will be holding photography classes at the Remsenburg Academy, located at 126 South Country Road, starting in July. The first class is called “Photo Safari” and will be offered on Saturday, July 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Ms. Dorskind’s classes are “hands on” experiences and that means you will be heading outdoors. So, after reviewing the basics and their equipment, students will take a walk and learn how to shoot nature. The cost is $125 per person and there is a limit of 10 students per class. Visit to register or obtain more information.

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