Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, June 19

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Summer is just about here and, with the coming of the season, we have many congratulations to share as our kindergarteners will soon be enjoying their “Moving Up” ceremonies and our high school seniors will soon be collecting their diplomas. Those events also mean that the countdown to the final day of school has officially begun!Victoria Paparatto of Eastport graduated from Hofstra University in May, earning a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology.

I’d also like to recognize two students who have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at their respective colleges. Jaclyn Soucheck of Speonk attends SUNY at Geneseo, and Brenna Hanratty, also of Speonk, is enrolled at the University of Delaware.

Congratulations on your academic achievements!

Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School officials are pleased to announce that Danny Dowsett, the son of Daniel and Mary Ellen Dowsett of Manorville, has been named a 2014 Brine National High School All-American.

Danny has also been selected to represent the East Region at the 2014 Brine National Lacrosse Classic to be held in Boyds, Maryland, from June 30 through July 3. Daniel, who is a junior at the Manorville school, will be joined by other top high school lacrosse players from across the country, and regional teams will compete to become the 2014 National Champion. Good luck!

The East Ends Arts Council conducted its annual “Teeny Awards” ceremony on Sunday, June 8, over at Longwood High School to celebrate the achievements of our high school thespians. The Eastport South Manor Theatre Department was recognized with nine nominations for student performances and contributions to their fall comedy, “Blithe Spirit,” and their spring musical, “The Sound of Music.”

Congratulations to Amada Mullin, who won the award for Lead Actress in a Comedy for her portrayal of Ruth Condomine, and Aly Blazer, who took top honors for Best Poster Design. Both ESM Teeny Awards were received for “Blithe Spirit.”

Congratulations also go out to all of our local nominees: Megan McGuinness who was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy as Elvira in “Blithe Spirit,” and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical as Liesl in “The Sound of Music”; Anthony DeFeo for Best Actor in a Comedy as Charles Condomine in “Blithe Spirit”; Amanda Mullin for Best Actress in a Musical as Maria in “Sound of Music”; Nick Trace for Outstanding Performance in a Musical as Max in “Sound of Music”; and Megan McGuinness and Ryan Meenan for Best Student Choreography in “Sound of Music.”

For those with a creative eye, here’s a contest for you to consider! Photographers are invited by ART Remsenburg to enter a photography contest sponsored by The Remsenburg Association. Entries are due by Sunday, September 14, and will be featured as part of a show (and sale) at the Remsenburg Academy running from September 19 through October 13.

The theme of the contest is “Local Atmosphere” and includes the following categories: East End Life (lifestyle portraits, such as children at play, people gardening, playing tennis or visiting the beach); East End Landmarks; Gardens; Nature; and Remsenburg. The winning photographs will be offered for sale through the Remsenburg Association website.

The judges are former Remsenburg resident and renowned photographer and teacher, Richard Mizdal, and Cheryl Machat Dorskind of Westhampton, an assistant professor at Suffolk County Community College and a nationally noted author, teacher, photo artist and professional photographer. Rules and entry forms are available at www.remsenburgassociation.com, at the Remsenburg Academy (open weekends), and at and Scales & Tails on North Phillips Avenue in Speonk.

Remsenburg Garden Club members have been enjoying the spring weather. After attending a recent flower arranging workshop given by Eileen De Ricco, they are ready to practice their skills working alongside the Westhampton Garden Club while creating centerpieces for East End Hospice’s fundraiser scheduled for later this month.

Our local group is also responsible for the beautification efforts at the Remsenburg Post Office. In the wee hours of the morning and even late at night, members take turns planting, watering and maintaining the window boxes and flower beds.

Recently, club members and guests enjoyed lunch at the beautiful Manhasset Bay Yacht Club, followed by a tour of the formal grounds and sculpture gardens at The Nassau Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor. The current exhibit is called “Garden Party.” Congratulations to Lovejoy Duryease, artist and garden club member, who has one of her own paintings on exhibit.

On The Calendar

Saturday, June 21: The Remsenburg Association hosts its annual Solstice Party, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at The Remsenburg Academy on South Country Road. The party, which is open to members and their guests, will feature a raw bar, hors d’oeuvres, open bar and raffles. Remaining tickets, if still available, cost $75 each and can be purchased only at the door. Call (631) 325-1834 for details.

Saturday, June 28: Opening reception for the East End Photographers Group’s “Summer Exhibition” at the Remsenburg Academy, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Exhibit runs from June 28 through July 13. There is no charge to attend opening reception. The exhibit is open to the public.

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