Monday, February 24, 2014

March 2014

Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk Assistant: Marina Kobasiuk 

February General Meeting

The General Membership Meeting was on February 6. Vice President Michael Kobasiuk presided due to President Jean San Martin being out of town to tend to her ill mother. Following the salute to the flag and roll call our guest speaker Inspector Neubauer of the 7th Precinct was introduced. He was accompanied by Sargent Doyle also of the 7th Precinct. The inspector gave a report on the types and amount of crimes in the Mastic Beach community and the 7th precinct. A number of local residents asked questions about specific problems and general needs of our community.
Following the guest speakers talk the meeting continued with our usual business. There was a reminder for the NY Rising meeting on February 12 and discussion on an article that appeared in the January Long Island Fisherman saying that Fish and Wildlife would like to flatten the dunes more. Director Kevin Collins reported that there have been 15 new rentals for boat slips. Director Larry Tellefsen reported that Country Dancing is doing well and he needed help with opening up on Monday for Dance Lessons. Financial Secretary Lynne DeBona gave everyone the rundown on the Nite @ the Races plans for March 15.
Director Maureen Getchell told everyone that her daughter Nora is home and doing well. She reminded everyone that there will be a blood drive at St. Judes on February 23 for Nora. [Which is being run by Bill Doyle's Knights of Columbus group.] Bill Doyle (assistant to Senator Lee Zeldin) then asked that if anyone was having any problems with NY Rising that they should speak to him so he could report back to Senator Zeldin.
Director Maura Spery commented on the article she was mention in in Newsday. Director Larry Tellefsen recapped his email to Newsday in response to their article. Then he asked for support in protecting the mute swans from Fish and Wildlife who want to eradicate them on Long Island. Director Michelle Wilkinson explained that Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and asked people to support their local chapter fund raiser at Ladakins.
The 50/50 was $20 and was won by Larry Tellefsen. The meeting then adjourned for coffee and cake.

 General Meeting
The March General meeting will be on March 6. The guest speaker will be Kevin McAllister, President and Baykeeper of Peconic Baykeeper
As always we will be taking suggestions on activities and events that members are interested in.

Fantasy Baseball

Looking for somewhere to hold your fantasy baseball draft? MBPOA members can arrange to have their draft gathering at the MBPOA clubhouse. Members are free and nonmembers are $5. There will be a cash bar available with drinks at MBPOA
prices. Wi-fi available. Email for availabilities and reservations:

Nite at the Races
Saturday, March 15th is Nite at the Races at the MBPOA. Tickets will be available for sale at the MBPOA office, the March General Meeting, at the MBPOA club bar on Friday nights or by calling 399-6111. Corned beef and cabbage will be served along with beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea, and dessert. Tickets are $20 per person. [Members showing their membership cards can get tickets for their immediate families for $17 per person.]

If anyone has high school or middle school students in need of volunteer hours have them contact Recording Secretary Catherine Kobasiuk at 281-8430. There is usually light office work to do once or twice a month.

Volunteer of the Month

The MBPOA is organized and run by volunteer members just like you. We started last month introducing one volunteer a month in our newsletter to give you a feeling of who we are and what you can do to get more involved with the MBPOA. This month we introduce you to a lovely lady that everyone sees all around Mastic Beach.

Director Barbara Fitzgerald

NL: How long have you lived in Mastic Beach?
BF: My family started coming out for summers in 1937 and we moved out year round in 1962.

NL: What area do you live in?
BF: Section 5, in the house my father built.

NL: How long have you been a member of the MBPOA?
BF: My family joined in 1935 when they started building the house.

NL: How long have you been a director?
BF:About 4 years, I was originally asked to fill in for a director who had to step down.

NL: What do you like about the MBPOA?
BF: good work we do to keep Mastic Beach the way we want it to be. The activities we sponsor.

NL: Why do you volunteer your time to the MBPOA?
BF: I want to do something for the community and the club and I really enjoy it.

NL: What is your favorite thing about the MBPOA?
BF: My favorite thing is the Crabfest, I like working it and I like being there for all the fun. I also love the camaraderie that I experience with the other volunteers.

Membership Reminder

Please remember to mail in your membership forms. Do not forget to purchase your Membership Drive Raffles which will be drawn at our March 15, 2014 Nite at the Races. The raffle tickets are $5 each and the prizes are $500 cash and $250 cash for 1st prize and 2nd prize respectively. Please fill out the stubs completely and mail back with payment and your membership forms to P.O. Box 212 Mastic Beach, NY 11951.

Please make sure all your information is accurate so that you can receive all our newsletters and email updates.

Hall Rentals
The MBPOA hall is available for party rentals. Please call Rickie Walsh at 631-806-1109 for rates and availability. Dates are filling up quickly.

Keep in Touch

In addition to our email list we use Twitter and Facebook to keep our membership informed of MBPOA news and local and regional happenings. Our face-book page is Mastic Beach Poa and our twitter -is @MBPOA. Newsletter can be found at

NEW You can check-in using Foursquare on your smart phone when at the clubhouse to tell us what you think and see what is going on.

February Mastic Beach
Word Scramble

Here are the answers to last months word scrambles

brsrn owaya narrows bay
yhaogta ut esbr great south bay
riigp n hiotdetbsm smith point bridge
oeaeti nnrsio ncam section one marina
earefitmsvici nn ao section five

March Mastic Beach Scrambles

Here are this months word scrambles, they all are words about places or things in Mastic Beach:

niohboaodhro gedr
wtleallye i dioafsmt
njsceo knh
rtspa esekcquherta
namsurs ypteso rd
ttrrctihh yaueh eiingr
ed ifnslira

Fridays Nights at the Clubhouse

Every Friday night is a get together at the Clubhouse. The bar is open to our members and their guests and this is a good opportunity to meet new people, play darts, card games, or just enjoy conversation.

Please remember that our prices have increased. Beer wine and liquor is $3 for members and $4 at parties. Country Dancing on the 1st and third Fridays is $10 and $8 for members. Country Dance lessons on Monday nights are $8 and $6 for members.

Any changes to the schedule will be available on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

March Monthly Calendar

March 3rd - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
March 4th – Mardi Gras
March 5th – Ash Wednsday
March 6th - General Member Meeting – 7:30 pm
March 7th - Country Dancing – 7:30 pm*
March 9th – Daylight Savings Begins – ahead 1hour
March 10th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
March 14th - Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm*
March 15th – Nite @ the Races – 7pm **
March 16th - Purim
March 17th – Saint Patrick's Day
March 17th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30 pm
March 19th – St. Joseph's Day
March 20th – First Day of Spring
March 20th - Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00 pm
March 21st - Country Dancing – 7:30 pm*
March 24th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
March 28th - Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm*
March 31st - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30 pm

*Bar Open
** MBPOA Event, Beer and Wine included

Future Events

April 3rd – General Meeting – 7:30pm
April 17th – Board of Directors – 7pm
April 15th – Passover
April 20th - Easter
May 31st – Tri-Hamlet Day
June 1st – Smith Point Triathlon
July 26th – Music By the Bay
Aug. 24th – Blue Claw Crab Fest
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