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Moriches Bay Buzz: Gas station to return

By no means is downtown Center Moriches a thriving metropolis. Still, it manages to support four pizzerias, three nail salons, three Chinese restaurants and, until very recently, four gas stations.

Over the past several months, however, the stations that once called Montauk Highway home have disappeared.

The closing of local gas stations has impacted drivers who now have to travel to nearby hamlets for gasoline. Of course, this isn’t the end of the world, although Center Moriches residents have been spoiled in recent years with four stations.

There is good news though: USA Gas Station, on the corner of Montauk Highway and Neville Street in Center Moriches, will reopen as a full-service gas station in March.

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In the meantime, the owners have told me that the convenience store will remain open during construction. Good to know, especially for those of who go there religiously for a morning cup of joe!

Special meeting: The Moriches Bay Civic Association invites all to a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the Center Moriches Free Public Library. The meeting has been called to discuss a Change of Zone application for property on Montauk Highway in Moriches, just west of Cedar Avenue. The proposed use is a women’s spa.

Donate now!: The Center Moriches PTA’s annual Chinese Auction is less than a month away, but there’s still time to make donations. Interested individuals and business owners should contact PTA president Jeanine Barr at 631-874-8251, or visit the Center Moriches Union Free School District website and click on the Parent Teacher Association link for more information. This year’s Chinese Auction will take place Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Center Moriches High School gym, at 311 Frowein Dr. Proceeds will benefit Arts in Education programs.

Free winter ecology program: The Kaler’s Pond Audubon Society is pleased to announce its upcoming Ornithology Program, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Center Moriches Free Public Library. Titled “Whoooo is That?,” the program will highlight the variety of owls that call Long Island home, including screech and great horned owls. Participants will learn how to identify these birds of prey and what they eat by observing the dissection of an owl pellet. Call 631-878-0940 for more information.

Belated congratulations: Students at Clayton Huey Elementary School certainly have bragging rights! The students won first place among Long Island schools for raising the most money for the American Heart Association. Way to go little Red Devils!

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