Let’s start this week’s column with a hearty congratulations to members of the Eastport South Manor boys volleyball team for winning their first Division II state championship. The Sharks claimed the crown with a 3-1 victory over Spencerport (Section V-Genesee Valley) at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus on November 12. What an incredible journey. We are so proud of you!While I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I cannot help but think of that poor juvenile humpback whale that had to be euthanized the day before by a veterinarian brought in by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after getting beached on a sandbar in Moriches Bay off the coast of East Moriches.
Our community came together as one to try and save the whale but, sadly, our attempts were stopped by the authorities. While we’re all deeply saddened by the whale’s demise, assisted by what I’d describe as apparent negligence, I’d like to share the following observation: We have an amazing community.
What an incredible outpouring of support and concern, including the donation of time, money and even equipment, as part of the effort to save this poor stranded mammal. Many, myself included, do not believe that the whale was sick and that it got itself stuck while chasing and feeding on bunker fish in the bay. Still, members of our community did all they could to try to save the whale and for that you should all be commended.
Personally, I hope that laws are passed soon that will allow citizens to assist our marine life in situations where they cannot help themselves. If you agree, I encourage you to sign a petition available on www.change.org that will be forwarded to U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin and demands the creation of a “Marine Mammals Good Samaritan Act.” You can also call the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at (301) 713-1208 and share your thoughts.
Switching gears, I recently learned about www.youthire.org, a 501(c)3 public charity that is looking to expand to the hamlets of Eastport, Remsenburg, Speonk and Westhampton. The organization’s goal is to provide young adults, age 16-26, opportunities to volunteer for community projects, apply for internships or apply for traditional employment in a variety of fields, including baby-sitting, waitering, contracting and the like.
Job requirements and earning rates can be posted directly online by those looking to fill a position, and young adults can visit the site to see what is available and apply as they wish. The charity’s goal is to give young men and women the chance to gain some real work experience that should help them decide what they would like to do for a living.
The organization collects a 15 percent fee upon the completion of an assignment, proceeds that help cover the operating costs of the website. For more information, please email Tom Cerna at email@example.com.
The day is almost here! The Remsenburg Garden Club’s annual Wreath, Poinsettia, Bake and Boutique Sale is all set for this Saturday, December 3, over at The Academy, 130 South Country Road. Those who preordered holiday wreaths can pick them up that day between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Also during that time, visitors can buy homemade pies, cakes, cookies, quiches, breads, and jams (both sweet and savory,) and items that freeze well for the Christmas and Chanukah holidays. For information, please call 631-325-8603.
And finally, get ready for a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Eastport Fire Department’s final breakfast fundraiser this Sunday, December 4, from 8 a.m. until noon. Santa arrives at 9 a.m. via firetruck!
Traditionally, the Union Avenue firehouse has proven to be a magical space to get a nice shot of your kiddos on Santa’s lap (for a $5 fee). After breakfast, and weather-permitting, families can take a complimentary ride around town on the old-fashioned fire truck driven by one of our volunteer firefighters.
Tickets for breakfast can be bought at the door and are $9 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children age 5 to 12. All children age 5 and under eat for free. Happy holidays, everyone!