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Moriches Bay Buzz: New electronic signs

A new electronic sign has been installed outside

A new electronic sign has been installed outside of Clayton Huey Elementary School in Center Moriches. (March 10, 2011) Credit: Trish Kaloski

If you’ve driven  Main Street in Center Moriches in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed two new electronic message boards -- one on the front lawn of Clayton Huey Elementary School and another in front of the Center Moriches Fire Department.

If you were wondering, the timing of their arrival is purely coincidental.

John Allen, assistant to Center Moriches School District Superintendent Russell Stewart, said the message board was installed in an effort to better inform the public about district and community meetings and events, and to highlight student accomplishments.

In addition to the one at Clayton Huey Elementary School, a message board has been installed at Center Moriches Middle School at 311 Frowein Rd.

Allen said the boards were installed with leftover funds from a $1.2 million capital improvement project approved by voters two years ago. That project also included extensive improvements to Clayton Huey’s library, kitchen and cafeteria.

Center Moriches Fire Department dispatcher Charlie Mineo said messages on the department’s sign have included “Drive safely,” “Check your smoke detectors,” and reminders about upcoming community events, such as Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“People who have communicated with us think it’s a great thing – it’s appropriate for the community.”

Here are a few other upcoming events in the area:

Preschool fair. Parents are invited to see what is available for preschool during a free fair on Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Center Moriches Library community room. This marks the sixth consecutive year the library is hosting the event, which according to children’s library clerk Nadine Livoti was originally established to “provide more connection between our preschools and the public.”

Representatives from area preschools, day-care centers and nursery schools will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the library’s preschool reference guide. Adults and their children are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 631-878-0940.

Property tax grievance workshop: Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico will host a series of workshops educating the public on how to grieve property taxes. Workshops are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30,  at the Manorville Fire Department, 14 Silas Carter Rd., Manorville; and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Mastic Fire Department, 1080 Mastic Rd, Mastic. For further information, contact Panico at  631-451-6502, or e-mail him

Spring is in the air! With spring less than two weeks away, there’s no time like the present to start planning a seasonal calendar! Some programs to consider are sponsored by the  Kaler’s Pond Audubon Society, including a warbler identification workshop being held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Center Moriches Library.  If kayaking is a passion or if you’d like to give it a try,  attend a kayaking on Long Island workshop from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Participants will learn basic strokes and rescues, places to kayak on Long Island, and how to choose the perfect kayak. Call the library at 631-878-0940 for more details on either program.

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