First, let me wish all the moms, stepmothers, grandmothers and mother-figures out there a very happy Mother’s Day! Personally, I would like to give a heartfelt shout-out to my mother-in-law, Loretta Strebel of Westhampton, and also wish her a happy birthday as she celebrates this weekend. And, of course, a very happy Mother’s Day to my mother, Debbie House, who lives in Greenport!Attention parents who are looking for some summer fun for their children. Registration is now ongoing for the Westhampton Beach Summer Recreation Program, which is open to elementary and middle school children who attend either the Remsenburg-Speonk or Westhampton Beach districts.
Attendees will make a craft every day, take part in experiments, enjoy snacks, make new friends on the playground and so much more. The program begins on Monday, July 6, and runs through Friday, July 31. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon each weekday, and all the fun takes place over at the Westhampton Beach Elementary School on Mill Road.
The fee per child is $300. Please visit www.whbschools.org, or email Cynthia Parry at ParryC@whbschools.org, for all the details.
Tonight, Thursday, May 7, “Seeds of Hope” will hold its 10th annual Chinese auction over at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Potunk Lane and Main Street in Westhampton Beach. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The auction supports the group’s work in Africa. In addition to covering admission, your $10 donation gets you 10 tickets to various raffles; additional tickets cost $5 for five, or $20 for an arm’s length. Call Deborah Mazura at (631) 801-2269 for additional details.
The Remsenburg Academy, which is located at 130 South Country Road in Remsenburg, kicks off the 2015 Art Remsenburg season this Friday, May 8. Works from some of our youngest student artists will adorn the academy’s walls as part of the season’s first exhibit, “Budding Artists: Remsenburg-Speonk K-3 on Display.”
Exhibit hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 8, and the show is being curated by art teacher and Remsenburg resident, Brian Massey. The school’s PTO will provide refreshments at the opening. The gallery will also be open for viewing on Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is no charge to attend either day and all are welcome.
Hamlet residents have probably noticed all the yard signs advertising the upcoming Board of Education and school budget votes, both of which will be held on Tuesday, May 19. Taxpayers in Remsenburg and Speonk who want to learn more about next year’s spending plan should attend our board’s annual budget presentation, scheduled for this Monday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the auditorium of our elementary school on Mill Road in Remsenburg.
Our Board of Education will also have some new faces soon. Cecilia Spellman-Frey and Kevin Federico are not seeking reelection and, in turn, five people are looking to replace them. The crop of candidates includes: Jennifer Pratt Ashley, Joshua Berger, Heather Carriero, Scott Heptig and Kevin Toolan.
There’s also going to be a contested race over in the Eastport South Manor School District. Board of Education members Kenneth Cooke and Kevin Gleason are both seeking reelection while challenger Virginia Churchin hopes to unseat one of them.
Good luck to all of the candidates and don’t forget to vote on your respective school budget on May 19!
Finally, I’d like to offer a big “thank you!” to all my readers in Eastport, Remsenburg and Speonk as today marks my one-year anniversary as a columnist for The Press. It would not be any fun without your input so, please, keep those birthdays, shout-outs and event listings coming!
Tuesday, May 12: Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School Spring Concert, 6 to 7 p.m., for students in kindergarten through the third grade. There is no charge to attend and the show will be held in the auditorium of the Mill Road school in Remsenburg. All are welcome.
Wednesday, May 13: Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School Spring Concert, 6 to 8 p.m., for students in grades four, five and six. There is no charge to attend and the show will be held in the auditorium of the Mill Road school in Remsenburg. All are welcome.
Sunday, May 17: The Fordham Mill Restoration Informational Meeting co-hosted by The Remsenburg Association and the Speonk-Remsenburg Civic Association, 1 to 2 p.m., in the auditorium of the Mill Road school in Remsenburg. All are welcome.