Eastport Community Notes, December 12

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Sometimes everything just seems to work out perfectly.First we went to get our Christmas tree and the very first one the gentleman at the tree place pulled out to show us was perfect. “Perfect! We’ll take it!” It stands about my height, 5 feet 2 inches, and is a perfect shape. Brought it home and easily set it up in the living room.

Next on the agenda was a fire in the wood stove, followed by starting up a pot of “Touchdown Chili.” We put the lights on the tree (had just enough) and decorated it with only the most cherished ornaments. It’s a smaller tree this year, so we had to carefully choose only the best, most favorite ones. The tree is beautiful, so I took photos and sent them to the boys at college.

The chili dinner was followed by hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows while watching “The Polar Express” (tissue in hand). And then to top it all off … it started snowing!

Now, if I could just get my voice back in time to sing “The Messiah” on Friday night, all will be well in my world. If I had to sing a note right now it would sound like a frog on a really bad day.

Speaking of “The Messiah,” the Choral Society of the Moriches will present Handel’s masterpiece this Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., over at St. John the Evangelist RC Church, 25 Ocean Avenue in Center Moriches. This concert is free and all are invited to attend.

If you cannot make Friday’s concert, you can go to the one on Sunday, December 22, at 3 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church of the Moriches in Center Moriches. Or, if you don’t mind traveling, catch the performance at the Patchogue Methodist Church, 10 Church Street in Patchogue, this Sunday, December 15, at 3 p.m.

In other holiday music opportunities, the Long Island Symphonic Choral Association will present a program entitled “Whitman in Winter,” which will feature poetry by Whitman combined with Christmas music, with a full orchestra. This event will take place on Saturday, December 14, at 8 p.m., at the St. James RC Church, located on Route 25A in Setauket. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and free for students.

The Eastport Fire Department held its annual elections last week and all of the following individuals, upon approval of the Board of Fire Commissioners, will take office on January 1.

William Weick was elected as the next chief of the volunteer outfit. Mark Yakaboski will serve as Chief Weick’s 1st assistant chief and Michael Tortorice will be the 2nd assistant chief.

Also, the following volunteers were named to positions in their respective companies. For the Mercury Hose Company, Joseph Tortorice will serve as captain, Damon Vogel is the 1st lieutenant and Nelson Torres will be the 2nd lieutenant. And the Seatuck Engine Company will be headed by Captain Matt Stevens and he will be assisted by 1st Lieutenant John Rankin and 2nd Lieutenant Mark McBurnie.

Barry Vicik will serve as captain of the fire police, and David Rogers will be 1st lieutenant and Chris Bernth will be second lieutenant. And, finally, Chris Murray was elected secretary and Keith Kostuk was elected treasurer.

Thank you all for serving our community!

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