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  • 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>
  • Families and friends of Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School enjoyed a beautiful Winter Concert in the school's gymnasium performed by the fourth, fifth and sixth graders on the evening of Thursday, December 17. The evening included songs from the music program's chorus, band and Marimba groups under the direction of  Michelle Quigg. From left Julia Greiner, Peyton Feil, Alyvia Kappel and Emma Way. JENNIFER BIGORA<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>
  • Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School kindergartners shared a special tradition of reciting the Holiday Alphabet to their families last Wednesday morning, December 16, in the school's gymnasium. This year, their happened to be 26 children in the class, making a perfect fit with the alphabet. From left Matthew Aguilera, stating "Z is for the Zest with which we greet the holidays!" JENNIFER BIGORA<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>
  • Families and friends of the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School enjoyed the kindergarten through third-grade children's Winter Concert last Tuesday, December 15 in the school's gymnasium. The third grade students performed "Twilight Snowfall" on recorders, which has become a tradition at the school. From left Meghan Pomroy, Jadyn Hunter and Sasha Calvo-Tax. JENNIFER BIGORA<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>
  • Raynor Country Day School pre-kindergarten students enjoyed their annual Gingerbread Build event on Thursday, December 17. During the event, students and their guests took time creating delicious dwellings enjoying the company of their special guests. From left, Talia Stevens and her grandmother, Louise. COURTESY RAYNOR COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 21</span>
  • Kindergartner Finnley Coonan and first-grader Ellie Mett, right, perform in Raynor Country Day School's Mini-Musical Theater Production of "Christmas At the O.K. Corral" on Friday, December 11. Ellie stars as the Candy Cane Kid who is escorted from the North Pole to the village of Snowy Gulch by her reindeer, Finnley, in order to save Christmas.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by KERRY COONAN, , Dec 14</span>
  • Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School students enjoyed the school's inaugural Holiday Night in the gymnasium on Friday, December 11. Attendees made gingerbread houses, bought gifts and enjoyed a visit from Santa. Second-grader Zack Guerra with his mother, Susan, enjoy the event, sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Organization.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by NANCY SCHULTZ, , Dec 14</span>
  • Eastport South Manor High School senior Ally Eger of Eastport decorates the "Giving Tree" in the school rotunda for the ninth annual Stuff-a-School Project, which kicked off on Monday, December 7, and concludes on December 21. Students and staff can select a tag from the tree and purchase a gift requested by a local family in need. COURTESY EASTPORT SOUTH MANOR SCHOOL DISTRICT<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 11</span>
  • Siblings Preston and Nikki Lee of Remsenburg meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Eastport Firehouse on Sunday, December 6.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by JENNIFER BIGORA, , Dec 7</span>
  • Families and friends gathered at the Eastport Fire Department on Sunday, December 6, to enjoy Breakfast with Santa before taking a ride on the outfit's antique fire truck. Firefighter Randy Crennan is joined by Leandra Melo in the front seat while, behind them, are Larry and Candace Andria with granddaughter Julie Melo.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by JENNIFER BIGORA, , Dec 7</span>
  • Social workers at Eastern Suffolk BOCES Westhampton Beach Learning Center organized a Character Education Day and invited retired military personnel to participate in the event. The veterans presented Character Education certificates to 16 special education students who had consistently portrayed citizenship and caring for those around them. After the assembly, the students visited the local American Legion Hall in Eastport. From left, Marines veterans Michael J. Quinn and Army Sargeant Dennis Morrilli, CEO of the American Legion, present Josiah D., a William Floyd UFSD student with a Character Education certificate.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Dec 4</span>
  • Ava Dawydiak, left, with Matthew Linehan, John Zambriski, head of the sailing program at Westhampton Yacht Squadron, and Danny Strebel. The team was honored by the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association on November 14 at the Sayville Yacht Club for reaching U.S. Junior Sailing Championships earlier this summer. (Not pictured: Wally Dawydiak)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 23</span>
  • Ava Dawydiak, left, with Matthew Linehan, head of the sailing program at Westhampton Yacht Squadron, John Zambriski, and Danny Strebel. The team was honored by the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association on November 14 at the Sayville Yacht Club for reaching U.S. Junior Sailing Championships earlier this summer. (Not pictured: Wally Dawydiak)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 23</span>
  • Danny Strebel, left, and Matthew Linehan holding the Gulden Sailing Trophy, awarded to them by the Great South Bay Yacht Racing Association for winning the Area B U.S. Sailing Sears Cup Regional Championship this past summer. (Not pictured: Wally Dawydiak)<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 23</span>
  • Adriana Golfo-Koonmen of Remsenburg with her son, Michael, and daughter, Sophia. Ms. Golfo-Koonmen died on November 14 while visiting friends in Florida.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 20</span>
  • Students Celebrate Thanksgiving In Remsenburg
  • Families gathered in the gymnasium of the Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School on Wednesday, November 18, to read stories about Thanksgiving at the school's Holiday Story Night, an annual tradition. School Superintendent and Principal Dr. Ronald Masera read "'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving," written by Dav Pilkey, to the students.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted by JENNIFER BIGORA, , Nov 19</span>
  • Eastport South Manor held its Letter of Intent Signing Day on November 12. Gillian Belfiore (Virginia Commonwealth University), Kaeli Huff (USC) and Laura Kesnig (Sienna College) will be playing girls lacrosse; Mitchell Johnson (Pace) and Zach Clemente (Monmouth University) will be playing boys lacrosse; Kailah Konkel (St. John’s University), Christina Rizzi (Adelphi) and Marissa Rizzi (Adelphi) will be playing softball; and Tyler Becker (Adelphi) and Justin Stromski (Southern New Hampshire) will be playing baseball.<br/><span style='font-style:italic'>Submitted Nov 17</span>