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  • McGann/Mercy quarterback Kevin Santacroce signed his letter of intent and received a scholarship to play football at Pace University next season. Santacroce is surrounded by his parents, Mercy head football coach Jeff Doroski and atheltic director Melissa Edwards.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 19</span>
  • A dozen McGann/Mercy student athletes signed letters of intent to continue to play athletics in college. From top left, Alex Frabizio (East Stroudsberg, track), Nick Kneski (Springfield, football), Jack Pavelchak (Springfield, football), Meg Tuthill (Dartmouth, track) and Samantha Sandler (Villanova, crew). From bottom left, Connor White, (St. Joseph's of Maine, track), Dale Kelly, (RPI, track), Jules Cintron-Leonardo, (St. Joseph's, soccer), Liam Martin, (Hartwick, football) and Kevin Santacroce (Pace, football)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 19</span>
  • Members of the Remsenburg Garden Club met last Thursday, April 14, at the Remsenburg Chapel to learn about Ikebana, a Japanese flower arrangement design technique. The presenter shared a live demonstration of several arrangements, and the members and their guests concluded the meeting enjoying conversation and tea. From left, Club President Belinda Waterman, presenter Yoshie Takahashi, and Sally Pope. JENNIFER BIGORA<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 18</span>
  • Yoshie Takahashi, professor from Ikenobo School with the New York City Chapter, shared several floral arrangement techniques of Ikebana with members and guests of the Remsenburg Garden Club last Thursday, April 14 at the Remsenburg Chapel. Yoshie's floral arrangements have shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hofstra University and the Asia Society. JENNIFER BIGORA<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 18</span>
  • Allstate exclusive agency owner Kevin Meyer was just awarded the Allstate “Best in Company” Award for Financial Services.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Apr 15</span>
  • Fourth- and fifth-graders at Raynor Country Day School in Speonk created and designed cards for the newly opened Kanas Center of Hospice Care patients. From left, Madison Philips, Fallon Spellman, Nikita Gribanov and art teacher Consi Bennett with their creations.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 29</span>
  • Raynor Country Day School fifth-grader Nikita Gribanov with his classroom teacher, Kimberly Vallone, after correctly identifying Pi to the 61st digit on “Pi Day," March 14. Nikita won a $25 gift certificate to Michelangelo's in Speonk to get more pie. KERRY COONAN<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 29</span>
  • Students Steal Spotlight In Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School Production
  • Five students from Raynor Country Day School were selected to represent the school in orchestra, band, and chorus at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Festival on March 13 at Ward Melville High School. From left, fifth-graders Fallon Spellman,  Madison DeFelice and Nikita Gribanov; sixth-graders Liam McMunn and Timothy Glover. KERRY COONAN<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 7</span>
  • Local scouts and their families from Remsenburg and Westhampton gathered for a special Blue and Gold Ceremony held at the Academy in Remsenburg last Friday evening, March 4. KRISTEN SMYTH<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Mar 7</span>
  • Two local students were winners in Bideawee's eighth annual "Love Your Pet" art competition. Second-grader Abby Bigora's painting won the grade one and two category and Michelle Kryl of Westhampton Beach won in the grade seven and eight category.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 22</span>
  • Two local students were winners in Bideawee's eighth annual "Love Your Pet" art competition. Second-grader Abby Bigora's painting won the grade one and two category and Michelle Kryl of Westhampton Beach won in the grade seven and eight category.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 22</span>
  • Students from each grade at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School participated in the annual Science Fair last Thursday, February 11. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students were graded for their efforts. Winners and advisors included, from left, math science technology coordinator Laureen Andria, Michael Catalanotto, Anthony Vaccaro, Liam Greiner, Will Barry, Daniel Haber, Jaxson Worthington, Hank Foglia, Superintendent and Principal Dr. Ronald Masera.  COURTESY DEBORAH MARTEL<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • Longtime Remsenburg residents Denis and Christine Sheahan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 9. COURTESY ANDREW SHEAHAN<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • The seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance for Eastport Elementary and Tuttle Avenue Schools was held on Saturday, February 6, at East Wind in Wading River. The special evening, organized by the schools' Parent Teacher Organization, was attended by about 570 dads and daughters of the schools. Those who attended enjoyed dancing, a Chinese Auction and several big ticket auctions, as well as a 50/50 raffle. Among those attending were, from left, sixth-graders of Eastport Elementary, Gianna Szajkowski, Sofia Pfeffer, and Leah Giarmoleo. STACY SBASCHNIK Sbaschnik<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • The seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance for Eastport Elementary and Tuttle Avenue Schools was held on Saturday, February 6, at East Wind in Wading River. The special evening, organized by the schools' Parent Teacher Organization, was attended by about 570 dads and daughters of the schools. Among those attending were Jenna and Freddy Grosskopf.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • The seventh annual Father-Daughter Dance for Eastport Elementary and Tuttle Avenue Schools was held on Saturday, February 6, at East Wind in Wading River. The special evening, organized by the schools' Parent Teacher Organization, was attended by about 570 dads and daughters of the schools. Talia Wayrich with her dad, Gred.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 15</span>
  • Students in Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School's fourth, fifth and two sixth grade classes participated in the schoolwide leverl of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Friday, January 29. Daniel Gosnell was named the school champion and runner-up is Julie Greiner. Daniel will participate in the Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University on Sunday, March 13. The winner of the Long Island regional will represent Long Island at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.. in May. From left, class winners included Nick Pelosi, Owen Travers, Daniel Gosnell, Julie Greiner, Kylie Way, Kate Pomroy, Alicia Rignola.  COURTESY REMSENBURG-SPEONK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby racing event last Friday evening, February 5 at The Academy in Remsenburg. Scouts from 6 to 11 participated. Best Workmanship went to Arthur Smyth, a fifth-grader at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School. PAT LIBUTTI<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby racing event last Friday evening, February 5 at The Academy in Remsenburg. Scouts from 6 to 11 participated. Ben Libutti, a first-grader at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School, took second. PAT LIBUTTI<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby racing event last Friday evening, February 5 at The Academy in Remsenburg. Scouts from 6 to 11 participated. Mathew Galovic, a fifth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary, took home the prize for Most Creative. PAT LIBUTTI<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby racing event last Friday evening, February 5 at The Academy in Remsenburg. Scouts from 6 to 11 participated. Sam Libutti took first place. PAT LIBUTTI<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • The Westhampton Cub Scouts held their Pinewood Derby racing event last Friday evening, February 5 at The Academy in Remsenburg. Scouts from 6 to 11 participated. Remsenburg-Speonk Elemenary School fifth-grader Anthony Vaccaro took third.PAT LIBUTTI<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 8</span>
  • On Thursday, January 28,  the new Stars and Stripes Lounge at the Suffolk County Community College  Eastern Campus in Riverhead opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The lounge is open to SCCC students who are service veterans. Among those attending were, left to right, Eastern campus Executive Dean Dee Laffin, Roger King, Matthew Robar, Michael Pausell, Congressman Lee Zeldin, Timothy Curry, Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun L. McKay, Abigail Heins, Nancy McCabe, Walter Ochinko and Duane Silvera.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 1</span>
  • On Wednesday, January 27, fourth. fifth and sixth graders at Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School participated in the National Geography Bee. Fifth grader Liam Greiner (right), of Remsenburg, took first place, and sixth grader Erich Schaumloffel (left), of Remsenburg, was runner-up. Liam will soon participate in a regional online geography bee, where the winner will advance to Albany. Photo courtesy Deborah Martel<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Feb 1</span>
  • 5-year-old Gianna Romero of Eastport poses for her mother, Krissia, as she hams it up for the camera. Gianna enjoys playing with her dog, Gucci, taking pictures on her mom's phone, and playing outdoors. She also attends the Dance Centre of the Hamptons where she will be competing for the first time this year. KRISSIA ROMERO<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 11</span>
  • The Eastport Fire Department on Union Avenue begins the new year with newly appointed chief officers. From left, 1st Assistant Chief Mike Tortorice, Chief Mark Yakaboski and 2nd Assistant Chief Matt Stevens.  COURTESY OF EASTPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 4</span>
  • The Eastport Fire Department presented a check for $1,000 to General Needs Association, a local non-profit that provides clothing for needy military veterans, on December 21. The department raised the money through their very successful Breakfast Fundraiser Series last November. From left, Lonnie Sherman of General Needs, Commissioner Tom Collins and Chief Bill Weick. ANDREW RUTIGILANO<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Jan 4</span>
  • The Eastport South Manor/Center Moriches JV hockey team currently sits in third place at 6-2 in its inaugural season in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League. They lead the league in offense, scoring 55 goals so far, and have been selected to compete in the league's Final Four.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>
  • The Eastport South Manor/Center Moriches JV hockey team was a finalist earlier this season in the Suffolk County High School Hockey League Tournament.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>