04/22/2010 12:00 AM |

Counselors host college fair

The East End Counselors Assn. will hold its annual college fair on Wednesday, April 28, 5-8 p.m., at the Westhampton Beach High School in Westhampton. Representatives from over 100 colleges will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about their schools. Financial aid information will also be available. High school sophomores and juniors from the North and South forks, as well as their parents, are encouraged to attend.

For information, contact your guidance department or call 298-5868.

Ring that bell

Residents who would like what could be a last chance to ring the bell in the steeple at the historic First Baptist Church on Main Street in Greenport are invited to do so between 6 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

The church steeple is being removed sometime in the next two weeks, with plans to replace it as soon as the congregation can raise approximately $12,000, the amount it’s going to cost for a new one.

Recent heavy rains revealed the need to replace the old steeple to avoid damage to the church interior. It may not be possible to put the bell in the existing steeple into the new one, the Rev. Tom LaMothe said.

Congressman to speak at Greenport synagogue

Congressman Tim Bishop, who represents eastern Suffolk County, will speak at Congregation Tifereth Israel synagogue in Greenport on Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. After reviewing local and national issues, he will invite questions from the audience.

Mr. Bishop, who was first elected in 2002, was provost of Southampton College prior to his election as congressman. He serves on the House Budget Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The synagogue is located at 519 Fourth St., just south of the intersection of Fourth and Front streets. Call 477-0230.

Be a Film Fest programmer

Greenport Film Festival is celebrating its tenth season at Floyd Memorial Library with a special invitation to the public to join in the programming process for the eight-week summer session. Eight films will be selected from nominations submitted in person by those wishing to participate in a meeting at the library Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m.

Each participant may nominate one classic, foreign or independent film not in the library’s DVD collection and not likely to be exhibited on local screens, and will “pitch” his or her selection to other participants. Everyone suggesting a film will participate in the voting.

The summer festival will run eight Thursdays at 6 p.m. starting July 8. For more information, contact Poppy Johnson at 477-0660.

Does NYS owe you money?

The Suffolk County Legislature has teamed up with the state comptroller to return unclaimed funds to county residents. Over 286,000 claims totaling over $123 million are owed them. During the Legislature’s next session, on Thursday, April 22, at the Riverhead County Center, a representative of the state comptroller’s office will be available from 10 a.m. to noon to help residents determine if they are among the people owed.

New York residents may also check for unclaimed funds online at or by calling 1-800-221-9311. This is a free government service offered by New York State.

Early education open house

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue will hold an open house on Thursday, April 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. for the parents of prospective enrollees in its early childhood education programs: nursery (3-year-olds), pre-K (4-year-olds) and kindergarten.

The open house will take place in the pre-K classroom. For information call 734-5166 or e-mail [email protected]

Family photo contest

The families of current or former residents of San Simeon in Greenport are invited to enter their best family photos in a contest. (The San Simeon resident need not be pictured.)

The 10 winning photos will be displayed in the gallery at San Simeon’s new Adult Day Health Care Center. All winners will receive prizes and a grand prize of $100 will be awarded.

Digital photos, which are preferred, should be e-mailed to [email protected] Nondigital photos can be sent to San Simeon at 61700 Route 48, Greenport, NY 11944, attn: Emily. For more information, call Emily Clark at 477-2110, ext. 252.

Film program seeks instructor

The East End Student Film Project has announced that its summer programs will begin the week of July 6, with the annual film festival planned for the third week in August. A full curriculum and program applications will be forthcoming soon.

The group is currently seeking an experienced filmmaking instructor to begin work mid-June for the summer programs. Unpaid volunteers are also sought.

Interested candidates should call 477-1226 for additional details.

A peek at ‘peak oil’ problem

The North Fork Environmental Council is sponsoring a special workshop by Isidore Doroski on the depletion of world oil reserves and its repercussions for North Fork residents and businesses. Mr. Doroski is a member of the Riverhead Town energy advisory committee.

The free workshop will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Riverhead Free Library. No reservations are required, but seats are limited so plan to arrive early.

The increasing gap between rates of oil production and discovery of new reserves is moving the world oil market to a critical point called “peak oil,” at which oil production and availability decrease even as demand rises. Some argue that we’ve already passed this point.

The workshop’s goal is to raise awareness, give local residents a peek into their energy future and motivate them to take action and embrace possible solutions to this growing problem.

New schedule for services

The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC, has changed the time of its Sunday service from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at the corner of Sound Avenue and Church Lane in Northville (Riverhead). For information, call Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 608-3827or e-mail [email protected]

Entries sought for national student art competition

Students residing in the First Congressional District, represented by Tim Bishop, are invited to compete in a nationwide art competition, curated locally by the East End Arts Council.

Entries will be accepted from up to four outstanding art students from each high school in the district. To enter, students, teachers or parents may contact Jane Finalborgo in Mr. Bishop’s Southampton office, 631-259-8450 or [email protected]

Competitors’ work will be displayed in the Fine Arts Center at SUNY/Southampton from April 30 until the awards ceremony on May 16.

Artwork by the first-place winner from each Congressional district will be exhibited on Capitol Hill for a year. The local winner will also be invited to an exhibit ribbon-cutting on June 17 in Washington, D.C., with round-trip transportation for two provided by Southwest Airlines.

Get a garden club scholarship

The Riverhead Garden Club will offer up to two $500 scholarships to students who attend or have been accepted by a post-secondary institution where they intend to major in horticulture or a related field, such as agriculture, environmental science, landscape design or conservation.

The application deadline is May 22. Call 929-6357 for application forms.

Eligibility is limited to residents of towns represented among the club’s members: Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, Center Moriches, Cutchogue, East Quogue, Eastport, Greenport, Hampton Bays, Jamesport, Laurel, Manorville, Patchogue, Ridge, Riverhead, Rocky Point, South Jamesport, Southold and Wading River.