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A house at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck n Center Moriches

A house at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck n Center Moriches was lit up as part of a drive-through holiday light display. (Dec. 5, 2010) Credit: Erin Geismar

I’ve been working in the journalism/communications industry since graduating college some 10-plus years ago. Most recently, I authored a column for the award-winning weekly newspaper, The Press of Manorville and Moriches, called Moriches Bay Moorings. I had the privilege and honor to pen that column for nearly three years, and fortunately, had a loyal following.

So imagine my utter disappointment when I was notified that The Press would be publishing its last issue on Dec. 3. The Press provided an immeasurable service to its readers, and I knew its absence in our close-knit communities would surely be felt.

Of course, the matter was completely out of my control, so I reluctantly prepared my last few columns, resigned to the fact that it might be some time before I came across a writing gig again.

But lo and behold, when I was least expecting it, a call came in from Newsday’s online editor for local news, asking if I would be interested in continuing a similar column for – I believe my response was something like, “Are you kidding me?!?” Needless to say, I happily and ecstatically accepted his offer.

So welcome to Moriches Bay Buzz, a weekly online column that will provide information about community events and happenings in Center Moriches, East Moriches, Moriches, Manorville and Eastport. However, I also welcome input from readers, and encourage you to share your interesting stories, opinions on local issues, observations, etc. It is my goal for Moriches Bay Buzz to become our very own community page, a place where residents can share and exchange stories about their daily life experiences living in the Moriches Bay area!

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Holiday Festivities: There’s only one week left until Christmas, so I’m sure that everyone will be bustling with last minute chores before the big day, but if you have the opportunity, I recommend that you check out the Celebration of Lights, being held this and next weekend on the grounds of Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, located at Chet Sweezey Road in Center Moriches. For a mere $15 per car, spectators will be dazzled by about 1 million lights on display. The Celebration of Lights is co-sponsored by Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck and IGHL.

Also worth checking out is Handel’s Messiah, being performed by the Moriches Choral Society this Sunday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m., at the Center Moriches Presbyterian Church at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Montauk Highway. The church will hold its annual children’s Christmas Pageant early that day, at 10:15 a.m. Christmas Eve services are scheduled for Friday, December 24, 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call 631-878-2239.

Holiday Toy Drive: The Multicultural Club of Center Moriches High School is still accepting unwrapped toys through tomorrow, Dec. 17. Gifts can be dropped off in the main lobby of the high school, located 311 Frowein Road in Center Moriches.

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