Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, September 4

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We are truly blessed to live where we do, and I hope you all recognize and take advantage of this fact—daily.After waking up, I’m fortunate in that I get to walk down to the bay every morning to check the tide levels, take in the calm before my day gets started, and most times find a special part of nature just waiting to be seen. Once in a while, I’m awake enough while getting ready to walk our dog to remember my camera. For those times, of course, rarely will something out of the ordinary happen.

But when I don’t have my camera, leave it to Mother Nature to leave me speechless. From fawns with their mothers nesting in the bushes to the Canadian geese beginning their migration as they swoop across the sky and above the bay, those are the days I wish I had remembered my lens.

Not to mention the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, or the kids enjoying their time biking, sailing, or trying their hand with a fishing pole. All are potential Kodak moments.

My youngest, Taylor, is four and she caught her first fish over the weekend, a baby snapper, with a beautiful swan observing the entire thing just off to the side. (Proud mommy moment!) Of course, I had my iPhone handy for a quick posed shot, but I don’t think that’s the photo that will earn me a spot on the wall. But, we still have a little time …

I mentioned this last week, but believe it is worth repeating: ART Remsenburg and the Remsenburg Association are joining forces in sponsoring a photography contest that is going on right now, and those who love the hobby are encouraged to enter.

All entries are due in less than two weeks—on Sunday, September 14—so get out there and capture our community! Select entries will be featured as part of a show that will run from Friday, September 19, through Monday, October 13, at The Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road.

Rules and entry forms are available online at www.remsenburgassociation.com, or you can stop down at the Remsenburg Academy or at Scales & Tails on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk.

There was a huge turnout for opening night of the Invitational Group Show, “Clothing Optional,” over at the Remsenburg Academy last Friday, August 29. Cars lined both sides of South Country Road that evening, and others were parked there throughout the holiday weekend.

If you were like me and missed it, you still have a chance to check out the unusual and unique pieces on display. The show runs through Sunday, September 14, and exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Labor Day weekend has come and gone. The beaches were packed, and most stores seemed to be bustling. But as I looked out over the bay on Saturday night, there was already a sense of tranquility, meaning people must have started to head home (or they were just hungry and it was time to eat!)

Regardless, I hope everyone enjoyed their barbecues and end of summer guests. School resumed on either Tuesday or Wednesday this week, which, for many, marks the “unofficial end of summer.”

With that in mind, members of the Remsenburg-Speonk School District Parent Teacher Organization would like remind the families of students attending the Mill Road school that their annual Ice Cream Social is coming up next week. This fun event, which is open only to students and their parents, will be held next Thursday, September 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the school. If it rains, the event will be held on Friday, September 12, from 5 until 6:30 p.m.

And, of course, with the start of the school year comes the need to pay even more attention when you get behind the wheel. Many of our local students must walk to their bus stops, while some of the older ones bike to school. So, please put down those phones, stop texting and focus on driving.

One final reminder: If you have news you’d like to share with our community, please email me directly at seatuckcove@pressnewsgroup.com. If you want to make that Thursday’s paper, please do your best to get me the necessary information by Saturday night at the latest. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

On The Calendar

Saturday, September 6: Box Art Auction 2014 to benefit East End Hospice at the Ross School, Center for Well Being, 18 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton. Silent auction and reception begin at 4:30 p.m. live auction starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call (631) 288-7080

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