Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 12

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What a gorgeous weekend we just had! We must be some of the most fortunate people on the planet to live where we do. Speaking for most, I’d say we live for the “beach days” here on Long Island.Schools will be closing for summer break in a few short weeks, so I have been racing to prepare for that big day when both my girls will be home. I’ve been scheduling play dates and preparing to race down to the beach on a moment’s notice to enjoy our beautiful ocean and bay.

I will be visiting the Bahamas next week, enjoying a vacation I earned with my Scentsy business. So please be sure to email me all of your community news early! Please email me by this Friday evening, June 13, if you want your information included in next week’s edition. Thanks in advance!

Alas, while I dream about the upcoming beach season, I do have a few items of interest to share with you.

Kevin DeVivo of Speonk graduated magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in music education, from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam on May 18. A 2010 graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, he also received certificates for his concentrations in music performance and special education. Congratulations on your achievements, Kevin!

On June 2, Farmingdale State College announced that Cheryl Monter of Speonk is to be included on the president’s list for the spring term. Way to go, Cheryl!

Suffolk Federal celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Eastport branch at 5 Eastport Manor Road on May 29. More than 100 guests attended the celebration. Prizes, including a $500 gift card and gift certificates to local establishments, were awarded to bank customers through a “Crack the Safe” promotion.

“Celebrating our first year of service in the Eastport neighborhood is such a thrill,” said William J. O’Brien, the president and CEO of Suffolk Federal. “We’ve been graciously welcomed by the community and look forward to continued growth as we work together with our members to keep Long Islanders on their feet and help them to build a successful financial future.”

On Friday, May 30, students of the Raynor Country Day School in Speonk traded in their uniforms for “red” attire in an effort to “Remember Everyone Deployed.” Red-shirt Friday is a grass-roots initiative that’s intended to keep the community aware of the service and commitment of our troops. Raynor school officials would like to encourage our community to wear their red on Fridays!

Tomorrow, Friday, June 13, the school will enjoy its annual Field Day, with this year’s festivities boasting a “Salute To Our Troops” theme. The opening ceremony runs from 9 until 9:45 a.m. and, at that time, school officials will present a medal of honor to Daniel and Joseph Murphy, the father and brother, respectively, of U.S. Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue. Lt. Murphy was killed on June 28, 2005, while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The event will also include choral presentations, a performance by the school marching band, and a parade of colors by students, with local veterans representing the five military branches also in attendance. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Artist Ine Wijtvliet of Remsenburg has a fabulous exhibit of her paintings and drawings now on display at the Remsenburg Academy through Art Remsenburg. The exhibit is called “Before and After Sandy.”

Ine lost her home in Hurricane Sandy, and used her talents to help her work through the destruction and “see the light at the end of the tunnel,” so to speak. Her use of light, color and brush strokes must be viewed in person to be appreciated.

Be sure to stop in and view this exhibit, which runs through Sunday, June 22, at the Academy on South Country Road. Viewing hours are noon until 8 p.m. on Fridays, and noon until 5 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. There is no charge to attend.

Beautiful work, Ine. Thank you for sharing your talents with our community.

And, finally, I’d like to wish all those daddies out there a very happy Father’s Day. Enjoy!

On The Calendar

Friday, June 13: Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School Talent Show, 6:30 p.m., at the school on Mill Road in Remsenburg.

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