Despite winterlike weather that’s been predicted for the next few days, signs of spring are popping up everywhere. There are crocuses blooming and insects buzzing; people are outside tidying their yards after an exceptionally harsh winter; and outdoor exercise is once again a viable option. But what really ushers in the spring season, at least in my household, is the arrival of the ice cream truck.
If you live in Center Moriches or the surrounding communities, you know I’m talking about Ray, our local ice cream man. He’s a community staple from March through October, hitting every street in every neighborhood, as well as all the local ballparks, playgrounds and beaches.
But, without fail, Ray always seems to arrive on our block just in time for dinner, starting a battle between my 4-year-old son and me. If I give in and buy the ice cream, my little man will certainly want to enjoy the sweet creamy treat before supper, telling me, and I quote, “Just one lick, Mommy.”
I am happy, however, to suffer through these silly antics, because Ray’s arrival means longer days and warmer temperatures, a welcome change after a tedious winter.
Coming soon! Center Moriches' Main Street is getting a new place to enjoy goodies. Sweet Jenni’s Bake Shop is opening soon in the space formerly occupied by ShiningStar Bakery, at 430 Main St. Owners Larry Fliegelman of Remsenburg and Patrick Dempsey of Greenport said Sweet Jenni’s will be a full-line bakery, offering breads, pastries, all-occasion wedding cakes, candy, gourmet coffees, and of course, cupcakes. Sweet Jenni’s will also specialize in on- and off-site birthday parties and other celebratory events. Look for Sweet Jenni’s grand opening in early April.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid': Congratulations to the 50-plus Clayton Huey Elementary School students who participated in the “Diary of Wimpy Kid” literacy event on March 14. The event was organized by Center Moriches residents and school moms Dina La Rocca and Jennifer Gray, and dean of students Jackie Esp. The event was one in a series planned for the school year to encourage reading among students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Special thanks to all those who made the event a huge success.
Kindergarten registration: The Center Moriches School District does not send registration notification to parents with children entering kindergarten in September, so parents should know that registration is taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the District Office, 511 Main St., Center Moriches. For information, call 631-878-0052.
Broadway in our backyard: The Eastport-South Manor Central School District will present "Beauty and the Beast" Friday through Sunday in the Junior-Senior High School auditorium, 543 Moriches-Middle Island Rd. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 631-874-6500.
Meanwhile, members of William Floyd High School’s theater department will take to the stage with a performance of "Guys and Dolls" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, 240 Mastic Beach Rd., Mastic Beach. Call 631-874-1183 for more information.
Karaoke for kids: Bring the family down to Kids Karaoke, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Senix Creek Inn, 50 Senix Ave., Center Moriches. Refreshments including mozzarella sticks, mac-and-cheese, chicken fingers and hot chocolate will be served. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 631-878-8788.
Relay for Life: Teams forming for Center Moriches Relay for Life, being held from noon to midnight June 4 at the Center Moriches High School track. In its 10th year, this annual event raises funds for cancer research. The next team captain's meeting is at 7 p.m. April 4 in the high school's library, 311 Frowein Rd. Visit www.relayforlife.org/centermorichesny for more information.
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Above, Clayton Huey Elementary School students participate in the “Diary of Wimpy Kid” literacy event.