05/24/13 3:00pm
05/24/2013 3:00 PM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The Greenport students who decorated the Little Red Schoolhouse for Memorial Day Tuesday with Greenport Recreation Center coordinator Joanne Jackson.

Greenport’s Little Red Schoolhouse has been given a colorful dose of patriotism for Memorial Day.

On Tuesday afternoon seven Greenport Elementary School students helped decorate the historic Front Street building with red, white and blue artwork they had spent two months creating during an after-school program at the Greenport Recreation Center.

“It’s Americana,” said Tom Payne, co-owner of The South Street Gallery and head of the Greenport Improvement Committee. “There’s nothing better than kids’ art.”

Greenport village administrator David Abatelli, who helped coordinate the event, said the Little Red Schoolhouse will be open to the public on Memorial Day so that residents and visitors can view the students’ work. Volunteers from American Legion will also be on hand to collect donations for the rehabilitation of its vintage roller rink.

Joanne Jackson, a coordinator at the Greenport Recreation Center, who supervised the students’ art-making, said the decorating effort began in March when Mr. Abatelli reached out to her about decorating the Little Red Schoolhouse for Memorial Day. Ms. Jackson, who has worked for the rec center since 1999, said about 45 students in preschool through fourth grade contributed. Courtney Kart, 16, a sophomore at Greenport High School, helped supervise.

“It’s marvelous. It’s wonderful,” Ms. Jackson said of the artwork. “We put a lot of work into it.”

The art on display includes a red, white and blue paper chain and illustrations of American servicemen and women filled in with crayon. “I colored a picture of a soldier and an Air Force pilot,” said second grader Donovan Walker, 7.

Tiarra Edwards, a fourth grader, said she colored a drawing of Martin Luther King, Jr. “He was a good man,” the 10-year-old said. She added that Memorial Day is “about how people made this country good for us.”

Second grader Justus Horton, 7, said he had fun coloring a picture of a soldier and two airplanes.

The students said they are excited about the public coming to view their work.

“It’ll be really nice,” Tiarra said. “People will get to see it and if they knew who we were they would be very proud of us.”

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04/30/13 10:00am
04/30/2013 10:00 AM

The Village planning board reviewed an application for Greenport’s first psychic shop during last Thursday’s work session.

Applicant Pamela Reed said the storefront, located at 316 Front Street, would sell crystals, candles and other new age items in addition to offering palm and tarot card readings.

Since she was 7 years old Ms. Reed has been a practicing clairvoyant psychic, saying she has the ability to gain information about a person through a sixth sense. Ms. Reed owns two shops in Queens, where she currently resides, and is looking forward to opening in Greenport.

“I fell in love with the village the first time I visited 11 years ago,” she said. Now that her children are grown, Ms. Reed is moving to the East End. “I feel such a warm, positive energy in Greenport,” she said. “Everyone is so welcoming.”

The store’s grand opening is planned for early May, she said.

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10/07/10 6:20pm
10/07/2010 6:20 PM

TROY GUSTAVSON PHOTO Greenport Village employees working on the re-roofing project at the former Greenport schoolhouse Thursday morning.

Work to turn a historic building in Greenport into a multi-use facility was moving ahead Thursday morning. The building, which was once Greenport’s only schoolhouse and then sat empty for years behind the Third Street Firehouse, will eventually serve as an information center and a space where various village activities can be scheduled.
Among ideas that have been considered for the building is to offer English language instruction to the increasing number of village residents for whom English is a second language.
An $85,000 grant from New York State Department of State secured by former Mayor Dave Kapell several years ago required a matching contribution from the village. That grant paved the way for moving the building to its present home on Front Street, just across from Colonial drugstore. Establishing the building’s new foundation and performing some additional work has limped along for several years.
But Trustee Mary Bess Phillips this year enlisted the Greenport Improvement  Committee to tackle the project and its members have sparked a renewed vigor to complete it.
Thursday morning, Mayor David Nyce, a carpenter himself, joined village workers in removing the old roof to ready the building for a new one. The mayor has also offered his talents along with other volunteers to do some interior work on the schoolhouse. The volunteer hours will offset the $85,000 the village has pledged to the project.
Although the center isn’t yet finished, it has been open to visitors on weekends including during the Maritime Festival and visitors have been contributing donations to offset the cost of remaining work as well as volunteering services to help complete the project.
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