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Moriches Bay Buzz: Get out to school vote

Please get out and exercise your right to vote during the upcoming Center Moriches School District budget vote on May 17 at Clayton Huey Elementary School, 511 Main St., from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The proposed budget includes a 6.2 percent tax increase.

A special edition of “The District News” arrived in the mail a few days ago that was dedicated to providing residents with important information about the proposed 2011-12 budget. If you haven’t done so already, it’s worth the time to read through the four-page document that includes a line-by-line description of the budget; a question-and-answer section that explains the contingency budget alternative if the budget should fail; and information about a transportation proposition that will be included on the May 17 ballot.

Whether you are for or against the 2011-12 proposed budget, let your voice be heard on May 17, when you will also have the opportunity to elect two new school board members. If you are not currently registered to vote, call the school district office at 631-878-0052 to find out how. Please note that you must be registered by May 12.

5th Annual Stan Wong 5K for Cancer: Registration is under way for the 5th Annual Stan Wong 5K for Cancer, being held rain or shine on May 14 in East Moriches. Check-in will take place at the Newport Beach Marina, 92 Driftwood Ln., from 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m. A $20 registration fee is required, which will increase to $30 after Monday. Festivities include a Kids Fun Run at 10:45 a.m.; the 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m.; and a post-race barbecue and Chinese auction. The barbecue is included in the race registration fee; nonparticipants are asked to pay $5 for adults, and $3 for children. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society, the Hope Lodge in New York City, and United Against Lung Cancer. Visit www.stanwongfoundation.org for more detailed information.

Happy Mother’s Day: If don’t already have plans for Mother’s Day, head down to the Center Moriches Fire Department, 301 Main St., for a breakfast buffet from 7 a.m. to noon. The menu will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice. Adults pay $9; senior citizens $6; and children ages 3-12 $5. Call 631-878-0089 for information.

* Please send items for publication to Trish Kaloski at morichesbaybuzz@hotmail.com.

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