Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 13


Here’s an experiment for you: Take a middle school yearbook from 20, perhaps 40 years ago, and compare those sports teams with the ones in today’s yearbooks. What a bunch of scrawny little boys were on those older teams, right? And the girls look like a bunch of starry-eyed innocents. These were the kids of the Archie comics, not today’s worldly young adults.I remember having the almost impossible task of keeping up with the “cool kids” in my class. To be honest, I would have a very difficult time keeping pace with today’s average middle schooler.

Students have just finished the last of this year’s state exams and are working on their finals. Students today have a much more philosophical attitude regarding the tests. I was told that they really are not worried because the tests are to grade the teachers, not students. They apparently assume that if they get a bad grade, it is their teacher who doesn’t get into a good college.

You might be able get their attention if you explain that too many bad scores could cause the state to lengthen the school year, and they wouldn’t want to put their teacher through that, would they?

Another summer stands before us, time to contemplate life and fate, as well as the mysteries of middle school, not to mention where the lives of our children are going. Is middle school the pivot of existence? Or is its purpose to soften us up for high school?

A new exhibit will open at the Remsenburg Academy this Friday, June 14. The show, titled “Ethereal Landscapes,” will feature the paintings of Will Day. The exhibit runs on weekends through Sunday, June 30. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Another reminder: Reservations need to be made by this Friday for the Remsenburg Association annual Summer Solstice Party. The party will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 5 until 7:30 p.m., and guests will be able to enjoy a raw bar, hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets are $45 if purchased in advance; the price jumps $10, to $55, if you buy them at the door. For tickets and membership information, visit

The Remsenburg Road Show will be held under the Remsenburg Academy tent on Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring your antique treasures to learn their value from an experienced appraiser, Lloyd Gerard of Lloyd’s Antiques and Auction Service in Eastport, and Terri Gerard Davison, of Phi Beada Kappa, LLC. Refreshments and music will be included under the $10 admission. There’s a $5 fee for each item you would like appraised. Proceeds will support the Remsenburg Academy.

Congratulations to Brenna Hanratty, the winner of the Andrew Jordan Memorial Scholarship that is awarded annually by the Remsenburg Association to a student who excels at community service. Brenna has done fundraising for Mercy Center Ministries, offered pet therapy services for those staying at the Westhampton Care Center and is a member of the Westhampton Beach High School’s Classmates United in Restoring the Environment, or CURE, club. She is also an AP scholar.

The $1,000 scholarship is given in memory of Andrew Jordan, a Remsenburg resident and firefighter with the FDNY’s Ladder Company 132 in Brooklyn who perished in the south tower on September 11, 2001.

The sixth annual Peg Larkin 5k was held in Remsenburg on June 2. Tara Farrell of East Quogue took first place overall, crossing the tape in 18:12.7, a 5:52 mile pace. All results can be found online at

Peg Larkin worked at the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School for more than 30 years and was active in the community. Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients—Megan Bernth and Wyatt Foglia, both of Remsenburg.

The Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School PTO Talent Show will be held on Friday, June 14, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium of the Mill Road school. All are invited to come watch our students showcase their talents.

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