Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, April 23

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The Eastport Fire Department had quite the busy week, responding to several unusual calls, including a three-car blaze in the King Kullen shopping center in Eastport and then assisting at the massive fire which, sadly, destroyed the Sandpiper condo complex on Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. I’m told that they also responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle last week. It sounds like summer has officially arrived.I did notice that motorcyclists and bicyclists were out in large groups on both Montauk Highway and South Country Road in Remsenburg this past week. Please keep in mind that cyclists of all ages are going to be on the roads again with the weather finally improving, so please use caution when driving near or trying to pass them.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a delicious meal and support our volunteer firefighters. The annual Eastport Volunteer Firefighters Benevolent Association’s Steak Dinner Fundraiser is happing this Saturday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the firehouse on Union Avenue in Eastport.

Tickets are $28 per person and can still be purchased by calling Keith Kostuk at (631) 484-2160. Help support our volunteer firefighters as they are asked to do so much!

As my family biked around Remsenburg on Saturday, I saw many people—most armed with wheelbarrows and rakes—starting to get their lawns back in shape after this harsh winter. That made me think of our Remsenburg Garden Club members who are gearing up to begin their spring projects.

More than 40 members and guests attended their most recent meeting, held on April 9. Tamson Yeh, a turf expert with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, described the ecological reasons for reducing the size of one’s lawn, as well as how to use native ornamental grasses. Goldenrod was one specimen suggested for use in our area that is deer resistant.

Do you have any outdated electronics sitting around your house? How about expired prescription drugs and vitamins, or even bedding and towels that you no longer use?

Please bring them down so they can be recycled at the Earth Day event happening this Saturday, April 25, from 1 until 4 p.m., on the Village Green on Main Street in neighboring Westhampton Beach.

Sponsored by the Moriches Bay Project and the Westhampton Free Library, the event will feature lots of family friendly activities, as well as many recycling opportunities. Additionally, everyone is invited to assist in a beach cleanup hosted by Barrier Beach Preservation Association of the Village of West Hampton Dunes that begins at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at 906 Dune Road.

You can then conclude the day’s festivities with a meal, from 4 until 5:30 p.m., at DeeAngelo’s on the corner of Main Street and Library Avenue in Westhampton Beach. For more information about the day’s activities and festivities, please visit www.morichesbayproject.org/west-hampton-earth-day-celebration.

The show “Willy Wonka” will be performed by the Raynor Country Day School’s Senior Theater group next Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. and will be put on at the school, located at 170 Montauk Highway in Speonk. Tickets are complimentary and all are invited.

The title role of Wonka will be played by sixth-grader Sam Mangiaracina of Eastport, while the other lead role of Charlie Bucket will be performed by fellow sixth-grader Joshua Kaplan of East Quogue. As the saying goes, “Break a leg, kids!”

I recently ran into Elwood Dayton, who is an avid reader of my column, and was upset to learn that I had missed his birthday last week. Happy belated birthday, Elwood, and thank you for the kind words and support. Here’s to wishing you another year of good health and happiness!

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