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Town Focus: Day 5 in the Moriches

West Mill Pond and East Mill Pond are

West Mill Pond and East Mill Pond are separated by Montauk Highway and can be seen at the entrance to the hamlet of Moriches. (Sept. 19, 2012) Credit: Amanda Douville

Our week in Moriches is just about over, but there’s still plenty more for you (and me) to see today.

Last night, I sat in on the first peer leadership session of the year, where students discuss their community service plans for the next few months, issues they’re having in school or within the community and ways to solve them.

Last night’s meeting -- being the first of the new year -- was pretty light on the problem-solving, but it was obvious that this group of students is passionate about service and being involved in its community.

We’re meeting with even more community members today, including Gerry Sapanaro, past president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Moriches; and Miriam Gillies, who I’ve been told is the “unofficial mayor” of Center Moriches.

We didn’t get to the Moriches history story yesterday, but look out for that today. And a Moriches history video is already up.

The Moriches community had a huge response to our call for suggestions via Twitter and email this week, and I wish we could have gotten to everyone. It’s clear that, as almost everyone I’ve interviewed has said, this is a close-knit community where the residents are active members who know and respect each other.

Above: West Mill Pond and East Mill Pond are separated by Montauk Highway and can be seen at the entrance to the hamlet of Moriches. (Sept. 19, 2012)

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