South Country School Receives Visit from NYS Senator Martinez 483

South Country receives visit from NYS Senator Martinez

            South Country Central School District welcomed New York State Sen. Monica Martinez, who visited the Frank P. Long Intermediate School on May 9.

Second from left, New York State Sen. Monica Martinez observed Frank P. Long Intermediate School teacher Mary Pettit’s class during a visit to the school’s courtyard learning lab and is pictured with (l-r) South Country Central School District Superintendent of School Dr. Joseph Giani, Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice and Principal Stefanie Rucinski.

During her visit, Sen. Martinez met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani, Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice and Principal Stefanie Rucinski to learn about the school’s programs and initiatives. She also toured the newly constructed courtyard learning lab where students were participating in outdoor learning activities.

From left, pictured are South Country Central School District Board of Education President Cheryl A. Felice, New York State Sen. Monica Martinez, Frank P. Long Intermediate School Principal Stefanie Rucinski and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Giani during the senator’s visit to the school and tour of the courtyard learning lab on May 9.

Completed with the use of capital reserve funds this past fall, the courtyard learning lab provides an outdoor instructional space flexible enough to allow for large group concerts, plays and presentations, as well as an extension of classroom learning. Through its construction, the courtyard learning lab improved the overall health of the building. Overgrown vegetation was removed and rain gardens now purposely draw water and moisture away from the building. The turf flooring also reduces maintenance and eliminates the need to bring gas operated lawn mowers through the school to cut the courtyard’s grass. There are garden plots where students can plant and observe the growth of flowers and vegetables, a labyrinth and trees under which students can relax.

The district thanks Sen. Martinez for her interest in visiting the school and the courtyard learning lab.

 

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District

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Suffolk Strawberry Festivals 94

Early June is strawberry season on Long Island. This weekend and next you can get out and celebrate one of Long Islands sweetest crops.  Grab friends and family and head out to enjoy one (or both) of these great Strawberry Festivals.

Strawberry Fair at Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
56 Gnarled Hollow Road
631-689-8172
THIS WEEKEND:  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday June 9th

Benner’s Farm is a private fifteen-acre family homestead, first farmed in the 1700’s.  Each year the farm provides thousands of people a sense of what it was like to live on a small farm in years past.  The Benner family has been farming organically since the late nineteen seventies and also raise a variety of farm animals for self-sufficient living. This weekend they will celebrate the strawberry by dipping them in chocolate, making them into ice cream, putting them on home-made Strawberry Shortcake, turning them into jam and eating them as they are!  Come out to enjoy wholesome family fun with old-fashioned games and live music.  They also have bunnies and chicks for the kiddies to hold, the big swing, craft and local vendors and a whole Farm to explore and discover!  The farm just announced that they have a new baby calf on the farm and now have three baby goats and a lamb to pet and feed.

 

Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
1175 Route 48
631-298-2222
Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th

On Father’s Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time.  Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music. Then find out what is available for sale from arts and craft vendors. Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned. Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Much of the Festival fun is free, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers. When you do spend, you help the Mattituck Lions advance their year-round community service efforts. Admission is $6 per person 5 and older. Pay-one-price ride tickets are available for purchase online. Dads are admitted FREE on Father’ Day when accompanied by a paid child.

 

No need to be sour if  you are not able to make any of these festivals,  here you can find a list of Farms and Stands where you can get out and pick your own or purchase local Strawberries throughout the season.  

 

 

 

“Half Shells for Habitat” Town Reef Restoration Project 22

Town Moves 3,000 lbs. of Recycled, Cured Oyster Shells for “Half Shells for Habitat” Reef Restoration Projects

Recently, the Town of Brookhaven moved 3,000 lbs. of recycled, cured oyster shells to two oyster restoration projects in Bellport Bay as part of an oyster shell recovery program called Half Shells for Habitat.” Since early 2018, the Seatuck Environmental Association has collected oyster shells from restaurants for use in oyster and habitat restoration efforts. The Town partnered with Seatuck to address the critical need to return oyster shells to Long Island’s estuaries. The shells provide vitally important substrate on which young oysters can attach and grow, and they help to combat coastal acidification by returning calcium to the water. The Town established a shell storage site at their Manorville composting facility where the shells sit in the sun for at least 6 months before going back in the water. Town Supervisor Ed Romaine has enthusiastically embraced the idea and town officials plan to use some of the shells in their oyster restoration program.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am happy to partner with Seatuck on Half Shells for Habitat, and I thank the restaurants for their enthusiastic support. This is a very important environmental project that reduces our waste stream and will help repopulate the bay with new oysters and keep the water clean. It’s another valuable step to improving the environment of our local waterways.”

The Seatuck Environmental Association is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to conserving Long Island wildlife and the environment. The organization pursues its mission by employing a multi-pronged approach to various wildlife conservation projects and offering high quality environmental education opportunities for Long Islanders of all ages. Volunteers are needed to deliver and collect buckets from the restaurants, clean buckets and make deliveries of shells to the storage site. Interested people are urged to contact Seatuck at staff@seatuck.org  or 631-581-6908.

 

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