Thursday, October 31, 2013


Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk Assistant: Marina Kobasiuk

October General Meeting

The October general meeting saw a great deal of group discussion. First however, we opened with the pledge, roll call, and the financial reports. Things swiftly moved on to the committee reports. The nominating committee has been arranged and Director Maura Spery is on it if you have any suggestions or questions. The budget committee is working on the new budget. Financial Secretary Lynne Debona apologized to Vic Viola for leaving him out of the thank you's from the Crab Fest last month.

President Jean San Martin offered additional thank you's to Directors Michelle Wilkinson and Bob Muse for taking down the ropes at Washington Beach, Director Bob Muse for ordering the replacement for the broken window, and Financial Secretary Lynne Debona for doing the curtains and painting the front door. The 50/50 was $20 and was won by Maureen Dimeo.

After the usual business was concluded Director Maura Spery presented an explanation of the NY Rising Committee which she and Vice President Michael Kobasiuk sit on. She explained that this committee's job was to decide what money would go to which communities and how it would be spent in those communities. She then showed some maps of Mastic Beach and asked for any and all input on what our members think the community of Mastic Beach needs. There were a lot of ideas and discussion which Director Maura and Vice President Michael are sure to take back to the NY Rising Committee.

Nite at the Races
A report for Nite at the Races will be in next months newsletter.

Kids Halloween Party
There was a very good turnout for our annual kids Halloween Party on October 25. The
crowd was colorful and enthusiastic. There was popcorn, soda, candy, and hotdogs for the children.

We would like to thank John and Noreen Pastore, Dir. Maura Spery, Pres. Jean San Martin, Dir. Peer Costello, Thomas Wilkinson, Erik Getchell, and Brayden Wilkinson for all their help entertaining the kids and cleaning up afterward. A special thanks to our two organizers Dir. Michelle Wilkinson and Dir. Maureen Getchell. Thank you also to Dir. Fred Tims for taking pictures.

The MBPOA would also like to thank the following people for their generous donations which helped to make this party for the local children possible:

Bruce Summa;
Candidate for Village Trustee.
Maura Spery;
Candidate for Village Trustee.
Kate Browning;
Suffolk County Legislator.
Dan Losquerdo;
Town of Brookhaven Highway Superintendent.
Lee Zeldin;
New York State Senator.
Dan Panico;
Town of Brookhaven Councilman.
Ed Hennessey;
New York State Assemblyman.
Johnathan Cohen;
Candidate forTown of Brookhaven Councilman.

Newsletter News

This month our newsletter editor attended a free workshop given by the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition. The topic was Email Marketing, Social Networking and Direct Mail Marketing. We hope to utilize a number of techniques that were discussed and make the MBPOA more accessible to more people. If anyone has any questions or comments please email us at

The MBPOA now has a You Tube channel at:

Country Dance Lessons

Line Dance lessons are on Monday's at 7:30 PM until 10:00 PM. We teach beginners to
intermediate and advanced. The cost is Guest $8 and Members $6. Bring your own refreshments. There will be no lessons on Veteran's Day this month.

Meet & Greet Fridays

Every Friday night is a get together at the Clubhouse. The bar is open to our members and their guests and is a good opportunity to meet new people, enjoy card games, or just engage in conversation. Light fare is available at a small cost to cover expenses. The bar will not be open on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

Menu of food available for purchase:
  • 11/8 – Franks & Beans
  • 11/22 – Wings

Kiwanis of the Mastic's Harvest Festival

The MBPOA had a table at the Kiwanis' event at Moriches Elementary this month. The Directors and Officers who manned the table were glad to see some of our members come by to say hello. We were also very happy we had the opportunity to answer questions from Mastic Beach residents and our nearby neighbors about our organization. All of our members should spread the good word about the MBPOA.

NY Rising Communities Fall Conference

On Wednesday October 23, 2013, MBPOA Director Maura Spery and MBPOA Vice President Michael Kobasiuk both of whom are members of the NY Rising Communities Committee drove up early (as did other members of NY Rising) to Albany to attend the NY Rising Communities Fall Conference at the Empire Plaza Conference Center. The morning session had presentations from six downstate communities. The afternoon session had presentations from six upstate communities. Governor Cuomo attended both sessions and was very attentive and asked many intelligent questions of the presenters.

Following the conference Maura and Michael went to the invitation only reception at the Governor’s Mansion. They were able to engage in meaningful conversations with committee members from other hard hit areas, elected officials from all over the state and administrators of the NY Rising Program.

They were happy and proud to represent Mastic Beach when introduced to Governor Cuomo and had their pictures taken with him.

Pictures of Maura and Michael at the Governor’s Mansion and the setup for the conference can be viewed at the following address in the set labeled NY Rising Communities Fall...:

New York State Required Safe Boating Course

The classes given by Rich King for the Safe Boating Course were very well attended. There were 40 members who spent the two nights learning a lot of useful information. All the attendees passed and received their certificates. If you still need your certificate we are planning to schedule two more classes. One after Christmas and another around Easter time. Thanks to Dir. Kevin Collins for helping arrange the classes.

Hall Rentals
The MBPOA hall is available for party rentals. Please 
call 631-806-1109 for rate and availability. We are reserving dates into next summer
 already.  Please plan ahead.
Marina Report

The end of the 2013 boating season is upon us. Marina guards finished on October 13
and the water was shut off. All boats must be out of the marinas no later than November 15. The electric will be shut off on November 19. If anyone did work on their stick docks they must fill out paperwork for the DEC. We have the necessary papers, please call the office and make arrangements.


Full color photos of our events can be found at

Monthly Calendar

Nov. 1st Country Dancing – 7:30 pm
Nov. 4th Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
Nov. 5th Election Day
Nov. 7th General Meeting – 7:30 pm
Nov. 8thMeet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm
Nov. 11thVeteran's Day
Nov. 13thNY Rising Public Meeting at HS
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Nov. 15thCountry Dancing – 7:30 pm
Nov. 18th Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
Nov. 21st Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00 pm
Nov. 22nd Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm
Nov. 25th Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
Nov. 28thThanksgiving/Chanukah

Future Events
December 5General Meeting – 7:30 pm
December 8Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
December 19Board of Directors – 7:00 pm

The Officers and Directors of the MBPOA would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

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Printable PDF of the November 2013 Newsletter is here