Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, November 7

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The holidays are approaching and that means it is time to torture the family with some British family recipes. There are the wonderful “Madame Flats,” pie crusts wrapped around raisins and soaked in water, not to mention “Lancashire Stew,” which is beef simmered with onions and sprinkled with vinegar. My son has speculated that our family must have preferred bland food.But I have started to skip some recipes altogether. My mother, concerned that the next generation will miss out, sent me via email a link to a travel guide. I was surprised to read that Lancashire, England was described as a top draw for foodies. The area has developed a reputation for chefs who specialize in local produce and traditional recipes. Apparently, I simply need to find new versions of “old family recipes.”

Remsenburg Speonk Elementary students are always treated to healthy and tasty lunches by the school chef, Lisa Senn. During National Childhood Nutrition Day on October 16, Mrs. Senn had a little extra help.

Executive Chef Andrea Glick and her culinary students from Suffolk County Community College visited with students and talked about healthy eating. Students were treated to fruit smoothies and baked wontons with cottage cheese and fresh blueberry compote. Students participated in a nutritional hopscotch game and received an apple pin.

Healthy eating never tasted so yummy. What a great way to spend a lunchtime together. Thank you, future master chefs!

Raynor Country Day School in Speonk will be holding an amazing Veterans Day ceremony this morning that will feature local veterans and is open to the public. Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, November 7, the ceremony will include performances by our student choirs and bands and members of all five military branches will be honored. Lunch for the veterans will follow. Please call the school office at (631) 288-4658 for more details.

The Eastport Fire Department recently visited the kindergarten, first and second grade students at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School for a Fire Prevention assembly. Congratulations to the following students who took first place in the Fire Prevention Poster Contest: Shannon Killoran, Joely and Samantha Schaumloffel, Kendyll Lagattolla, Andrew Caponi and Jeffrey McBurnie, all of Speonk and Remsenburg. Winners received $25 at the awards dinner held at the firehouse. Great job, young artists!

The pre-K and kindergarten students at Raynor Country Day School recently enjoyed participating in the 2013 Tykes on Bikes Safety Town event. Students entered the town aboard the school’s fleet of red Radio Flyer tricycles. During their visit, the students navigated a safety course that led them around obstacles, through a toll booth plaza, across railroad tracks and through a school zone. Additionally, they learned how to properly negotiate a pedestrian plaza as they used the crosswalk to travel into town. While in town, they were able to enjoy visits with community helpers, such as firefighters, police officers, mail carriers, crossing guards, dentists and more.

This fun and interactive learning experience provides students with multiple lessons about personal safety. Children were able to read and interpret signs such as stop, yield, do not enter, school zone, etc. What a great event.

Sally Pope of Remsenburg recently helped the Family Service League during the grand opening of their new Student Center Library “READesign.” Through a grant from Capital One Bank, bank volunteers and FSL staff members transformed existing study rooms into vibrant learning centers with age-appropriate reading material for students.

Eastport Music Scene is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, November 16, benefiting Unwanted NYC Pets at the Montauk Highway store. This organization rescues, gives medical attention and finds homes for pets that have been abused, neglected and discarded.

The store will be raffling off a Fender Stratocaster, and Fender has donated strings and hats. Donors can have their strings changed, and basses and guitars tuned-up. Additionally, there will be demonstrations, clinics and food. For more information, call Thomas Peterson at (631) 325-6972.

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