Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, December 24

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Trips to Rockefeller Center to see the tree in all its glory, holiday parades, cookie swaps, visits with Santa, ugly sweater parties and all of the winer concerts and special school performances. Those are what make this season so very special.If you’re like me, you feel that the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve and Christmas have just flown by. From my family to yours, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and festive New Year.

Our local schools are on break until Monday, January 4. Hopefully, between then and now, we will get in some time to go sledding. I know, I know—we need snow for that to happen and not everyone is a fan. Well, those people have had their share of fair warm weather. My advice: Go take a walk on the beach before winter truly arrives!

For those who are planning to visit our area, or are still unsure of where to go to enjoy Christmas Eve services, please know that there are a few choices in our communities.

All are welcome to stop by the Eastport Bible Church today, Thursday, December 24, between 4 and 10 p.m., to check out the live nativity scene—complete with animals—that will be stationed in front of the Montauk Highway church. Stop by and check it out while enjoying some complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

Inside the church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be offered at 7 and 9 p.m. All are invited.

The Remsenburg Community Church, located just off South Country Road in Remsenburg, will offer a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. and, as always, all are welcome.

By the way, I heard from Dorothy Labowski, a member of the Remsenburg Garden Club, who wanted to thank everyone in the community for their early orders and also for stopping by to purchase the baked goods and sale items at their annual fundraiser at The Academy on December 5.

All of the wreaths and poinsettias were sold! Many of our hamlet’s churches and homes are now decorated with these fabulous creations.

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

I’d like to give a shout-out to Lift Gym in Speonk, as owners and employees took the opportunity to help fulfill some wish lists of teenagers at the Little Flower Children’s Services in Wading River this holiday season. Gym workers have been collecting donated gifts for the past month and delivered the items this week to those who call Little Flower their home. What a wonderful display of generosity!

Now, for those who are closely following the developments on the proposed affordable housing project at the Fordham/Kropp House property at 41 North Phillips Avenue in Speonk, there is a fairly active conversation taking place on our community’s Facebook page.

Stephanie Davis, who sits on the Southampton Town Landmarks and Historic Districts Board and lives in Remsenburg, recently shared that while the building standing there is now neglected, it is one of the few remaining recognized historic structures in Speonk.

If you are in favor of seeing the building restored and retaining its historical attributes, you should voice your opinions with those people who are making the decisions, namely our Town Board. If we do not speak up, the builders most likely will not factor the property’s historical value into the equation. Please contact members of the Landmarks and Historic Districts Board and Southampton Town Housing Authority, the latter of which supports this development, in your letters and emails.

Additionally, the Speonk Remsenburg Civic Association, which is active in this fight, is seeking new members. The annual fee is $25 and interested families should make their checks out to the “Speonk Remsenburg Civic Association” and mail them to: Speonk Remsenburg Civic Association, PO Box 578, Remsenburg, NY 11960. Be sure to include an email address so you can be informed about upcoming meetings, community issues and events.

Be safe, and again, Merry Christmas!

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