Eastport Community Notes, August 15

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Many thanks to everyone who responded regarding my inquiry about the artist who made the sculpture in front of the Eastport Elementary School. The name of the artist is Theophilus Brouwer of Westhampton. He apparently constructed the soldier’s memorial sculpture around 1920, and the model for the soldier in the work of art was Roger Brouwer, the sculptor’s son.I’ve yet to find out who is redoing the monument, but I did hear it might be someone found through a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Theophilus Brouwer also did the sculptures by the Casa Basso restaurant in Westhampton and the eagle sculpture in East Moriches.

But while doing my research I did find out that, in 1848, Amy Raynor was employed as the teacher at Eastport’s school for four months and made $55. Also, in the spring of 1852, the school had 69 students!

The Frey family has generously lent me a book entitled “Eastport, Long Island, New York, 1775-1975,” and it contains a wealth of information that is perfect to write this column!

The annual Decker Family Picnic was held in Bedford, New York, on Saturday, August 10, at the home of John and JoAnne Greenwood. Eastport residents who attended included my son Quinn Pitcher of South Bay Avenue and yours truly. Deckers from as far away as Stuart, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia, also attended the annual picnic, also fondly known as “Hamfest.”

Congratulations to Manorville’s Ray Navarrete who collected his 1,000th Atlantic League hit on August 3 with a solo home run! It was Ray’s third home run of the season. He is the second player in Atlantic League history to reach 1,000 hits!

Ray, an outfielder, plays for the Long Island Ducks. They won the August 3 game against the York Revolution, 8-6.

Just a reminder: The Eastport South Manor High School Marching Band Camp runs the week of August 19 through 23. All music students must attend.

Congratulations to Emily Lohse of Eastport who was named once again to the dean’s list at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Emily graduated from ESM in 2011. She is majoring in psychology/special education.

Congratulations to my son Quinn Pitcher, a junior at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, who was named to the dean’s list last semester. Quinn has a double major: art history and economics.

The Eastport South Manor Music Boosters held a very successful bake sale at the Manorville King Kullen last Saturday. Many thanks to all who donated the baked goods and purchased them. Funds raised will help the music students get to perform at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan this year. They’ve been invited!

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