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Town Focus: Day 1 in the Moriches

This sign on Montauk Highway welcomes visitors to

This sign on Montauk Highway welcomes visitors to the hamlet of Center Moriches in the Town of Brookhaven. (June 29, 2011) Credit: Carl Corry, 2011

Today, I start our weeklong focus on the Moriches. You’ll likely find me working from Main Street in Center Moriches for most of the week, but I look forward to getting to know the people and sites in the surrounding hamlets of Moriches and East Moriches, as well.

First up, you’ll meet some of the local Rotarians, who have been hard at work this past weekend throwing an Oktoberfest festival at the Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck grounds in Center Moriches. They expected thousands of people throughout the weekend, and for the first time since they began throwing the festival three years ago, they are keeping it open on Monday.

Proceeds benefit the camp, which serves mentally and physically challenged children.

I’ll be there later Monday, taking photos and talking to the people I meet there. Look for a story on Octoberfest later.

I’m also meeting with Pat Hahn, of Center Moriches, founder of the Center Moriches Watchdog Community Association and a local Boy Scout troop leader. We’ll talk about what his organization does, how it has grown in the two years since it was established, and his time living in Center Moriches.

If you have suggestions on places to go or people to meet, or would like to share your own thoughts or memories on one of the Moriches, please do. You can reach me in the comments below, by email and on Twitter. You can also follow along throughout the day via Foursquare.

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