Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, August 29


When you live on a farm, you become close with those who fix the “broken.” It turns out that even new things frequently needs repair, though I get much less frustrated when something old requires some attention.After many years, the masters of fixing old and new cars have become friends. Though I have two years of automotive school experience—clearly, a rebellious stage of my youth—I found someone far better and honest to take over that job when it comes to farm equipment.

With so many vehicles, hardly a month goes by without a visit to Tim and Don at A & T Automotive in Speonk. Sometimes they can even diagnose the thingamajig over the phone!

Most recently, my truck, which is as old as my oldest son, stopped starting. I had to find a volunteer at the 7-Eleven to jiggle the truck back and forth while I turned the key. This takes a bit of muscle, as you can imagine, yet I lived with it for several months before deciding it was time to bring it to the shop.

Tim laughed when we agreed that a broken neutral safety switch usually means a tow bill on top of a repair bill. If you keep a vehicle long enough, you get to know it. Since I have found a reliable shop, I don’t mind so much when it comes time to visit Tim and Don. And that’s a good thing because it won’t be long before I see them again!

The Westhampton Beach High School Class of 1963 is holding its 50th reunion the weekend of October 4-6. The celebration begins on Friday, October 4, when class members will gather at the Carl Hansen Memorial Field to watch their Hurricanes take on the Comsewogue Warriors. After the game they will meet at The Patio on Main Street in Westhampton Beach for cocktails and appetizers.

The reunion continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, with a tour of the high school and a group photo. They will then visit Rogers Beach on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. Dinner will be at the Westhampton Country Club on Potunk Lane in the village and starts at 5:30 p.m.

Then on Sunday, October 6, classmates will meet for brunch at the Hyatt Place East End, located next door to the aquarium in Riverhead, before heading off in their own directions. For more details and to RSVP, please call John Bandrowski at (631) 754-3177 or email him at

The fifth annual Westhampton Festival of the Arts will be held on the Great Lawn in Westhampton Beach over Labor Day weekend. Show hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 1. Admission is free.

The show provides a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their antiques first-hand. The festival is considered one of the top 50 art shows in the country, drawing some of the best painters, jewelers, photographers, sculptors and woodworkers in the trade.

There is a new restaurant in town, occupying the old Trolley Barn space on Montauk Highway in Speonk. La Copa Dorada, which translates to “The Golden Cup,” is a Mexican restaurant and bar and it is being run by two sisters, Mickza and Clanci Oseguara. The menu is written in both English and Spanish, and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. until midnight.

Are you looking for a good reason to visit the Boardy Barn in Hampton Bays? Well, here it is.

On Friday, September 6, from 7 until 11 p.m., the barn will host a fundraiser to support Westhampton Youth Wrestling. There will be a Chinese auction, as well as 50/50 and raffles. Proceeds will help support the program and also benefit pancreatic cancer research.

Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance at or by emailing The cost goes up to $25 if you buy them at the door.

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