Friday, May 24, 2013

May 2013 Newsletter

Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk     Assistant: Marina Kobasiuk

April General Meeting

The April General meeting was a lively one. After MBPOA business was taken care of we had Jane Koropsak give us an update of happenings at Brookhaven National Lab including bringing the advertisement for the Summer Sundays Program at the Lab. This family event will be occurring on July 14th, 21st, 28th and August 4th. Go to for more information.
Our special guests for the monthly meeting were members Joe Fazzio and Ketty Colbert. They gave an informative and inspiring lecture on vegetable and flower gardening. The audience was very involved and had lots of questions for Joe and Ketty to answer.
Thanks to Joe Fazzio and Ketty Colbert for their time and enthusiasm.

Marina Work

  Repairs began at Section 5 Marina on March 30th . Demolition of the damaged docks and sorting of wood and supplies was done by volunteer members. The work was continued on subsequent Saturdays when the weather cooperated. The latest work day was on April 27th.
Volunteers will be needed thru May to begin with rebuilding. No expertise is necessary. Call the clubhouse to volunteer. Thanks to everyone who has helped already.

Rebuild the Dunes Rally

On Sunday April 21st concerned citizens carrying colorful flags and balloons walked to the area east of the Smith Point Campgrounds, behind Patersquash Island, where the dunes have been totally washed away. These dunes have been worn down by numerous storms over the last two decades. This past year Super-storm Sandy and the ensuing and repeated nor'easters have finally destroyed the dunes making this area of Fire Island susceptible to wash-overs.

State Senator Lee Zeldin, Assemblyman Ed Hennesey, County Legislator Kate Browning, Mastic Beach Mayor Bill Biondi and Trustee Gary Stiriz all made the long trek to the site to show support for rebuilding the dunes and to let residents know what they are doing to rectify the situation. All were surprised to see that the entire area of the wash-over was closed off and not accessible because Piping Plover season has begun. All expressed concern that protecting the Piping Plover was taking precedent over protecting the residents of the Peninsula. Ways to work around regulations protecting the birds to start work on the dunes before October are being discussed.
The dunes height is between 15 -20 feet lower at the site of the wash-over than the dunes to the east or to the west. Area resident Bob Mitterando spoke of growing up and coming to this area of the beach and having to walk over three sets of dunes that were equal in height to the dunes at the Smith Point Campgrounds. Many who grew up here echoed what he had to say and questioned why these dunes have been ignored for decades.

MBPOA Director and Rally Organizer Maura Spery continued by saying “I hope that this is the beginning of an open dialogue between all the governmental agencies and area residents. We not only need plans for Rebuilding the Dunes but we also need a Comprehensive Plan for those of us living in the low lying flood plain. I hope that our elected officials see fit to organize and create a committee or group which includes the residents”.

Newsletter Update
All of the mailing and email lists have been updated. A new format for all our advertisers has been arranged. Please keep the pullout section with our advertisers handy and let them know that you saw their ad in the MBPOA Newsletter. Additionally our website is now updated and full of useful information.
Friday Night Country Dancing
The first and third Fridays are Country Dancing Nights at the club house. Here is a note from Director Larry Tellefsen :

Often there are members or guests of members intently watching all the different dances. The one thing most people do not realize is that every dancer was once a beginner.
If you are interested and would like to learn, lessons are available at any number of Clubs, Adult Ed. Courses or even at other local civic facilities.
Pete and June currently have line dance lessons at the Masury Ballroom in Center Moriches every Tuesday night at 7PM.
Along with the three dances taught at every dance, perhaps we can get some line dance lessons at the MBPOA during the week.
Please address your comments to the MBPOA Directors on what you think about this idea and if you would like to participate or not.
Your thoughts are important on how we may proceed.

Thank You!
Larry Tellefsen
MBPOA Director

Remember that dancing starts at 7:30 and admission is $8 for non-members and $6 for MBPOA members. We hope to see you there.


--The Mastic Beach Property Owners are now sponsoring a YUMA Softball Team for
6- 10 year old girls.

--Do not forget that
Friday nights are Meet and Greet Nites at the club house bar. 7:30 PM

--Spring Clean-Up at the Club House is May 11th 9:00 AM

Coming in June

The MBPOA will be holding a tag sale on June 15th rain or shine at the Clubhouse on our grounds. This is your opportunity to rid your home of clutter or sell your crafts and art by purchasing a parking spot for $20 ($25 non members). You can also rent a table and two chairs for $5. We handle all the permits and advertising, you just set up your stuff and keep all your profits! If you aren't selling, come down and see what is available; find a unique gift for a teacher, graduate or wedding, refurnish your home, get ready for a new addition by reclaiming a crib or stroller, find a piece of accent jewelry from a crafter... There is bound to be something for everyone! Funds raised will go towards the rebuilding of our marinas and the care our properties.

The application form to reserve a spot can be downloaded at -


Thank You

A thank you goes to Captain Les Trafford owner of Sea tow Shinnecock/Moriches. Captain Les was good enough to tow our barge from Section 5 Marina to Section 1 Marina allowing us to open the boat slips for the season. Work should be completed by press time. This was done at no cost to the MBPOA. Thanks again Les.

Bill Hack

MBPOA Director

Monthly Calendar

May 2nd General Meeting 7:30PM
May 3rd Country Dancing 7:30 PM
May 10th Friday Nite – Taco Nite 7:30PM
May 11th Spring Clean-Up 9:00 AM
May 16th Board of Directors 7:00PM
May 17th Country Dancing 7:30 PM
May 24th Friday Nite – Chili Dogs 7:30PM
May 27th Memorial Day

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Printable PDF of the May 2013 Newsletter is here