Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, October 16

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October is Fire Prevention Month, and the imaginations of our kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders over at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School were ablaze with excitement due to some special visitors last Wednesday, October 8.Volunteers with the Eastport Fire Department attended the school’s Fire Prevention Assembly that day and, afterward, students ventured outside to learn about fire trucks and even got to handle a running fire hose! They learned about escape routes, special equipment and fire safety inside the home. They also created posters for the annual fire prevention poster contest; The theme this year is “Smoke Alarms Save Lives.”

Special thanks go out this week to Eastport firefighters Ryan Parrish and Billy Graham for taking the time to teach our children about fire safety.

Our hometown heroes in the Eastport Fire Department are inviting the community to join them at their annual open house—which will again feature a complimentary pasta dinner—on Friday, October 24. The event at the Union Avenue firehouse runs from 6 until 9 p.m., and all community members are welcome.

Members will put on a fire apparatus demonstration outside the firehouse—word on the street is that they will stage a car fire and also show the dangers of deep-frying turkeys for Thanksgiving—while, inside the firehouse, volunteers will run kids through the “stop, drop and roll” drill and teach them when to dial 911.

Please stop down for what sounds to be an educational and delicious evening!

The Eastport/Tuttle Avenue Fall Festival is all set for this Saturday, October 18, with festivities starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. The festival has been moved to the Tuttle Avenue space, located at One Tuttle Avenue, because the ballfields to the west were recently upgraded. The rain date is Sunday, October 19, at the same time.

Come on out and visit the craft vendors and small business owners while the kiddies enjoy a petting zoo, crafts and games. And don’t forget to purchase tickets for the popular Chinese auction, which has many generous donations courtesy of our local shop and business owners.

As of Sunday night, there were a mere TWO tickets remaining for the Eastport American Legion’s Oktoberfest Dinner Dance Fundraiser, which is set for this coming Saturday, October 18. It sounds like this will be one lively event at the organization’s Hall on Montauk Highway.

The party runs from 6 until 10 p.m. and guests will enjoy a German-style buffet dinner. There will be a deejay, so make sure you wear those dancing shoes. Several door prizes are also going to be given out, donations from several generous local businesses.

The donation is $40 per person and proceeds will benefit the Eastport American Legion and Eastport Cemetery Association. For more information, call Keith Kostuk at (631) 484-2160. I hope everyone has a fun and safe night out!

Our neighbors to the west have some fun and interesting events planned for this coming weekend as well:

The Westhampton Presbyterian Church will be holding a Scrap Metal Drive on Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to drop off all types of metal—steel, copper and aluminum—as well as their old appliances, air conditioners, etc. at the church located at 90 Meeting House Road on Quiogue. Call the church office at (631) 288-2576 for details.

And the Westhampton Beach Historical Society’s annual Pot Luck Supper & Walk Down Memory Lane will be held this Sunday, October 19, starting at 5 p.m., in the parish hall of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Southampton Town Historian Zachary Studenroth will lead a discussion titled, “Celebrating Us-375 Years of Southampton Town.”

Attendees are asked to bring a dish that serves between six and eight people. Organizers will supply the baked ham, drinks and dessert. Need more info? Call either Nancy Winters at (631) 288-2853 or Ridgie Barnett at (631) 288-3628.

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