Eastport, Remsenburg And Speonk Community Notes, September 29

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Imagine if everyone could get along for a day, or a week, or maybe forever? While “world peace” appears to be an impossible concept these days, members of our younger generation took a shot at it last week.In celebration of World Peace Day last Wednesday, September 21, Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School students wore white, an international symbol for peace, and listened to a pre-recorded version of “A Song of Peace” performed by music teacher Michelle Quigg. In the afternoon, the school’s more than 140 students and staff gathered outside on the field to form a giant human peace sign. Now that was a sight to see!

I’m sure our students realized that they were part of something special. Big thanks go out to Assistant Principal Adrienne Cirone, physical education teacher Guy Napolitano and Ms. Quigg for organizing the day’s events and that awesome photo-op!

Those of you following the proposed development projects in our hamlets will want to save this date. The Southampton Town Board will be holding a work session on Thursday, October 6, starting at 6 p.m., in the gymnasium of the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road in Remsenburg.

Specifically, town officials will be accepting public input on the affordable apartment complex proposed for 41 North Phillips Avenue in Speonk, better known locally as “The Castle” property. Planning officials will outline the various zone changes being proposed and explain why the Georgica Green application should proceed. Members of the public, including those who are members of Remsenburg, Eastport, Speonk Communities United, or RESCU, are encouraged to attend and ask questions. Please plan on attending, regardless of if you are in favor or oppose this project. Now is your chance to be heard.

Saturday’s opening reception for the Remsenburg Association’s photography exhibit now on display at The Academy on South Country Road was a success. I had the unique opportunity to attend not only as a spectator, but also as a contributing photographer; it was the first ever public showing of my personal work.

Curator Steven Schreiber organized the exhibit that features a fantastic mix of photographs that showcase the talents of many East End photographers. Congratulations go out to Michael McLaughlin of Riverhead who took the top spot in two categories: East End Landmarks for his “Kimogenor Point” photograph, which also won Best In Show, and East End Landscapes for his photo titled “Mustard Fields.”

In addition to checking out their works, I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss shop with other absurdly talented photographers at Saturday’s reception. What I love about good photography is the way an image captures specific details that are often overlooked by the naked eye.

Congratulations also go out to the following photographers: Janis Hurley, winner of East End Gardens for “Hummingbird”; James Slezak, winner of East End Lifestyle for “Summer”; Paula Eagle, winner of Remsenburg Landscapes for “Remsenburg Sunset”; Elizabeth Wagner, winner of Remsenburg Gardens for “Feeding Time” and Honorable Mention for “Bull’s Eye”; Andrea Klausner, Honorable Mention for “Farmer’s Market”; Nicki Kalish Klein, Honorable Mention for “Rothko Sunset”; and yours truly who was awarded an Honorable Mention for “Moriches Bay Fireworks.”

The exhibit can be visited the next two Saturdays and Sundays, October 1 and 8, and October 2 and 9, respectively, from noon until 4 p.m. each day. All of the photographs on display are also available for purchase—just something to keep in mind if one catches your eye. A portion of those proceeds will benefit The Academy.

And one more date to save: Saturday, November 12. That’s the day of The Academy’s second annual fundraiser cocktail party, which will be held inside the little white building off South Country Road.

While certain details have not yet been finalized, I’ve already heard that there will be a 50/50 raffle with a $10,000 grand prize. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to complete an assortment of renovations at The Academy, including the installation of an awning for the rear patio and possibly the burying of electrical wires. More details to come as we get closer to the date.

On The Calendar

Sunday, October 2: The Remsenburg Association’s annual meeting, open to current members only, begins at 1 p.m. at The Remsenburg Academy, 130 South Country Road in Remsenburg.

Saturday, October 8: Westhampton Beach’s second annual Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Main Street in the village. There will be great music, art displays, food and kid-friendly activities.

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