Eastport Community Notes, September 19

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Who needs an alarm clock when there’s a bunch of crows that sit in my elm tree and wake me up every morning at exactly 6:07 a.m.?Now that I don’t have to get anyone up for school anymore, that is not my preferred time to wake up. The crows cackle four, five or six times, and then their friends and family (sounds like a phone plan) like to echo them. By 6:30 a.m. I am ready to take drastic measures, but then here comes the school bus with its squeaky air brakes stopping right across the street! Shortly thereafter, a large flock of geese does a fly-by over my roof.

I do like all of these signs of fall … the reopening of school, the geese moving and all, but maybe, just maybe, they could start a LITTLE later! The crows I could totally do without.

I attended a “halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebration” recently. Being Swedish and not Irish, I don’t really understand why you have to practice (the event was billed as “St. Practice Day”) celebrating St. Patrick’s Day six months before the actual day.

This is a phenomenon I am not familiar with. I guess we missed “halfway to my birthday,” which should have been celebrated on August 28! Oh, well.

Looking at the Eastport South Manor school calendar for the rest of the month, I see the Junior High Open House is scheduled for tonight, Thursday, September 19, beginning at 7 p.m. For all you new junior high parents, let me suggest you find a floor plan of the school before you go tonight and highlight the rooms you need to get to. There will be maps available once you get there, but if you can get your hands on one beforehand and map out your route, you will be in good shape. (And wear running shoes, not high heels!)

Saturday, September 21, is Homecoming and will feature a football game, tailgating and all kinds of festivities. Let’s hope for the same weather we had last weekend!

The Eastport South Manor Community for the Arts will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m., at the high school off Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville. All are invited to attend to learn more about this important group and hear about what they have planned for this school year.

The ESM Music Boosters will have their next meeting on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:15 p.m., at the high school. All parents of high school music students are invited to hear what the Music Boosters have planned for this year, including a performance by ESM students at Carnegie Hall!

And now a very important message from the Eastport Fire Department:

“Eastport Fire Department celebrates 100 years of service to the Communities of Eastport, Speonk, and Remsenburg.

“On September 21st, the Eastport Fire Department will host a gala parade and celebration in honor of 100 years of service to the communities of Eastport, Speonk and Remsenburg. Over 40 fire departments, bands, floats and marching units will participate in the parade, which will start at 4 p.m. and will travel from South Bay Avenue to the firehouse in Eastport.

“Following the parade everyone is invited to join the fire department for chicken, salad, hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. There will be live music, games for the kids, and 100th anniversary commemorative T-shirts, mugs and medallions.

“On February 1, 1913, thirty hardy souls formed a volunteer fire department, raised $1,020 to buy a hand-drawn chemical engine, then horse drawn, then towed by a Model “T” truck. Over the years it has evolved into the state-of-the-art firefighting unit that protects our communities and responds to mutual aid to all of our neighbors, with the best trained and best equipped firefighters any community could ask for.

“Everyone is invited to join the celebration!”

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