Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, September 18

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Representatives of the Eastport Cemetery Association are seeking financial support from our community. In addition to scheduling a fundraiser for next month, the volunteer group is requesting monetary donations from their neighbors and friends in order to continue maintaining what is the final resting place of many of our loved ones.The association is teaming up with the Eastport American Legion on Saturday, October 18, in sponsoring an Oktoberfest dinner dance fundraiser at the Eastport Legion Hall. The party runs from 6 until 10 p.m. and tickets are $40 each. For tickets and information about the party, please call Keith Kostuk at (631) 484-2160 or email kkostuk1498@yahoo.com.

Now, if you’re unfamiliar with its whereabouts, the cemetery is accessible off Tuttle Avenue (right across the street from the Tuttle Avenue School entrance), and sits behind the Eastport Bible Church. It is NOT part of the church, however. The cemetery has headstones that date back to the 1700s, and I am told that it is the final resting place for more than 650 people. Plots are still available in a newer section of the burial ground.

Sharon Murray, a member of the Eastport Cemetery Association Committee, noted: “We are a small cemetery that is run strictly by volunteers and the costs of maintenance have increased in the past few years. We work very hard at maintaining the grounds.”

She also told me that her dad, Harry Pomasanoff, has been president of the group for quite some time. He oversees the new burials and even though he will turn 80 in a few weeks, Mr. Pomasanoff visits the cemetery every day to ensure that all is well.

If you cannot attend the fundraiser but would still like to contribute, donations may be mailed to The Eastport Cemetery, c/o P.O. Box 2, Eastport, NY 11941. Thanks in advance for your support!

Many families gathered last week at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School to enjoy the annual Ice Cream Social that’s sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization.

It was a beautiful evening. School Superintendent and Principal Dr. Ron Masera spoke briefly, noting that some questioned why they would have a “party” on September 11, the day we observe the tragedy of 9/11/01. He pointed out that it is also a day for reflection and we should take time to cherish each other and what we have today.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening, catching up on the events of this past summer, and the kids ran freely around the fields and playground. As always, the PTO did a great job setting up and thanked the families for their continued support throughout the years. Children and parents alike enjoyed their favorite flavors—chocolate or vanilla—served on a cone and with or without rainbow sprinkles!

Coming up next week at the Raynor Country Day School, school families and friends are invited to gather on Wednesday, September 24, at 7:45 a.m., for the annual “See You at the Pole” event. The Speonk school has been participating in this national non-denominational blessing of the school and its children for 16 years. There will be patriotic songs and a blessing before the school day begins.

In other community news, I saw a post on Facebook that deer hunting season is drawing near on the South Fork. It starts on Wednesday, October 1, and runs through Wednesday, December 31. I have had casual conversations with several residents of Remsenburg who have had issues with deer. We agree that they are a nuisance—as cute as the fawns are. (I would like to add that we counted six babies and seven adults while driving up our road recently!) Sadly, I have heard rumors that some people have taken matters into their own hands, illegally hunting deer on their land in the off-season. Let’s hope those rumors are incorrect.

Now, while land owners can legally hire bow hunters to thin the herd during the hunting season, the issuing of such permits is not automatic. That’s because state law requires that such hunting occur only on lands that are of a specific size, to guarantee that the hunters will not cross borders.

Those locals who wish to permit deer hunting on their properties are being asked to fill out the permission form located online at www.remsenburgassociation.com/deer-management.html, and mail it to The Remsenburg Association, Box 147, Remsenburg, NY 11960.

On The Calendar

Tuesday, September 23: Picture Day for children attending the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road in Remsenburg. Forms should have been sent home with your children.

Saturday, October 18: Eastport/Tuttle Avenue Fall Festival, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Tuttle Avenue School located at 1 Tuttle Avenue in Eastport. The rain date is Sunday, October 19, at the same time. The event will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, food, crafts, vendors, games for children and a Chinese auction. Interested craft fair vendors are asked to email Stacy Sbaschnik at Sljohntry@aol.com for details.

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