Thanksgiving is just one week away! I love this time of the year, as we all get to spend a little extra time reflecting and giving thanks for what we have.The Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School held a food drive, called “A Gift to Our Community,” and it concluded yesterday. Students brought in nonperishable items to help stock the food pantry over at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Quiogue. What a great idea.
Additionally, the school held a Halloween candy drive and collected more than 30 pounds of the sweet stuff that will be donated to our troops now serving overseas and to those staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Congratulations to Ms. Alvarado’s first grade class for bringing in the most candy. The students earned themselves a pizza party. Well deserved, kids!
We also hear the ringing of the bells, courtesy of our local Salvation Army volunteers, outside both the Waldbaum’s in Westhampton Beach and the King Kullen in Eastport, at this time of the year.
Why ring the bell for The Salvation Army? Why, to make a difference and give back to your community. It is also a great thing to list on one’s resume under “Community Service.”
Bell-ringers are needed through Christmas Eve. If you would like to volunteer, please call Joyce Kelley at (631) 325-1582.
Looking for a way to connect with your community through social media? In addition to reading my weekly column, you should request to join the “Speonk, Remsenburg, Eastport, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach Neighbors” group on Facebook that is managed by Bob Mozer.
As the administrator of this group, Mr. Mozer notes: “This is an open group I’ve created where residents of the community can post the goings on in our neighborhoods. It could be anything from a community event you want us to know about, to something odd you noticed on your way to work, to something you want to know more about.”
The group had grown to 537 members as of earlier this week. To join, simply type the name of the group into the search field on Facebook, and request to be added.
That being said, let’s face it. Not everyone is on Facebook. A question was posed last week on the above mentioned page, asking: If there were continuing education classes offered at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School, (computer, photography, knitting, swing dancing, etc.) would you want to participate? What types of classes would you want to see offered?
A “Site-Based Planning Committee” has been formed and its goal is to get more community members involved with the Mill Road school. One idea is to open the building to a continuing education program.
According to Deirdre Sheehan DeVita, who sits on this committee, Albany requires that every school district have what is referred to as a “shared decision making” plan that includes input from parents, teachers, community members and the superintendent. This year, eight people are sitting on our committee, and they are seeking input from all of us to determine what kinds of classes, and how many, should be offered.
But first they need to figure out if there is enough demand for such programming—and that is where you step in! To submit your ideas, or to learn more about the proposed program, please email Deirdre Sheehan DeVita at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are only two more Sundays left to head on down to the Eastport Firehouse to enjoy one of those famous buffet breakfasts. They run from 8 a.m. until noon and are held at the Union Avenue firehouse.
As always, tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children (ages 5 to 12). Anyone younger eats for free. Proceeds benefit the Eastport Fire Department.
And don’t forget that Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at the final breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, November 30. Word on the street is he will be leaving his sleigh and eight reindeer at the North Pole, opting to take a fire truck to visit us in Eastport. He should be arriving at around 9 a.m., so, parents, make sure you bring along an extra five bucks so your little ones can have their photos taken with Santa.
Please do not forget that the Remsenburg Garden Club is holding its annual Wreath, Boutique and Bake Sale fundraiser on Saturday, December 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at The Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road. All are welcome. For more information, call Club President Bee Waterman at (516) 398-5806.
As always, please remember that this is a weekly publication and my column is about OUR community and that your input is always appreciated. Please let me know about those birthdays, anniversaries, special events and other news. You can email me directly at email@example.com or call (516) 376-2930. Thank you!