Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, April 16

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The Great East End Cleanup will be held this weekend, Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19. Once again the members of our Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association are inviting everyone to come down and join them in the task of cleaning up our neighborhood.All volunteers are asked to meet at noon at the bridge on South Country Road in Remsenburg, just west of Brushy Neck Road, on Saturday, April 18. If it rains that day, they will gather at the same spot at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

These times were selected based on the tide tables and determined to afford participants access to the mucky areas so they can remove debris along the creek.

Please wear gloves and boots, and come prepared to pick up trash. Bags for refuse and recyclables will be provided.

As you probably know, the area near the bridges is often used by local fishermen while others often stop there to enjoy the view and relax. Please do your part in maintaining a clean environment and dispose of any trash properly before you leave.

Additionally, please remember that single-use plastic bags will be banned by Southampton Town as of Earth Day—Wednesday, April 22. Prior to then, you may drop off your excess single-use plastic bags in a container that’s set up in the lobby of the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School, 11 Mill Road in Remsenburg, during regular school hours (9 a.m. until 3 p.m.), Monday through Friday.

The school is participating in a contest, and the school that collects the most plastic bags will receive a bench made from recycled plastics, courtesy of the Trex Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge. Good luck, students!

The Eastport Fire Department held its annual Inspection Dinner on Saturday, April 11, at Giorgio’s at Fox Hill in Calverton. The department has been servicing the communities of Eastport, Speonk and Remsenburg for the 102 years—amazing!

Eastport Fire Chief William Weick handed out an assortment of awards to our volunteers before a packed ballroom on Saturday night.

The award for 2014 Probationary Firefighter of the Year went to Andrew Kerwin, and the 2014 Firefighter of the Year award went to Damon Vogel. The Lawrence Goldstein High Point Award was taken home by Louis Bancroft.

We are so proud of our Top 10 Responders for 2014; actually, there are 11 this year as there was a tie for 10th place. The honorees include: Louis Bancroft, Thomas Collins, Chester Massey, Francis Mazura, Edward Schneyer, Damon Vogel, Joseph Tortorice, Nelson Torres, William P. Glover, Ryan King and William Graham.

Three firefighters were recognized for 15 years of service: Terrence Blackford, William Graham and Phillip Tortorice. And congratulations are being sent to Robert Jaeger who was recognized for his 35 years of service to the volunteer outfit. Wow!

Additionally, please do not forget to purchase your tickets for the annual Eastport Volunteer Firefighters Benevolent Association’s Steak Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, April 25. The fundraiser runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse on Union Avenue in Eastport.

Only about 100 tickets are sold for this event and they cost $28 each. I also hear there will be a 50/50 raffle. To purchase dinner tickets, call Keith Kostuk at (631) 484-2160.

Finally, congratulations go out this week to Jacqueline Carrozza of Eastport who was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society. Jacqueline attends the University of Tampa. Keep up the good work!

On The Calendar

Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2: Raynor Country Day School’s Senior Theater Production of “Willy Wonka” in the auditorium of the school, 170 Montauk Highway in Speonk. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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