Saturday, March 29, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

Editor: Catherine D. Kobasiuk Assistant: Marina Kobasiuk

March General Meeting
The March 2014 General Membership Meeting met on March 6, 2014 at 7:30pm at the MBPOA club house. Vice President Michael Kobasiuk presided. The meeting was opened up with a call to order and a salute to the flag. After roll call general financial business was conducted and there was a motion to dispense with the reading of the minutes from the February meeting. Vice President Michael Kobasiuk welcomed new and returning members. Recording Secretary Catherine Kobasiuk read the correspondence. Included was a notice for the William Floyd High School musical, the announcement for the date of the Tri Hamlet Community Day on May 31, pre-k sign up, and three health awareness fliers for ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney wellness.

Director Maureen Getchell gave a short presentation for Aplastic Anemia Week. She explained what it was and how it has been treated in her daughter Nora Getchell.

The meeting then proceeded with committee reports. 140 slips have been sold at the marinas. Director Larry Tellefsen pointed out that the inclement weather has been affecting Country Dance attendance. Director Maureen Getchell informed the meeting that the Smith Point Triathlon is scheduled for June 1 and that they are always in need of volunteers. Financial Secretary Lynne Debona reminded everyone of the upcoming Nite at the Races set for March 15. Director Maura Spery gave a summary of the final committee meeting for the local NY Rising Communities project.

New business was then addressed beginning with Vic Viola informing everyone that a boater safety course by the coast guard was being offered at the library. Director Michelle Wilkinson told us of the Mastic Beach Ambulance installation dinner she and Director Maura Spery attended. Michelle pointed out all the calls the ambulance company responds to and how one young man received an award for answering 429 calls in the past year. Director Frank Delustro is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping with repair of the stick docks on Patersquash Creek. Director Maura Spery asked everyone to come to the Meet the Candidates night on March 12 at the library. She also reminded everyone to vote in the village election on March 18. One of our members reminded everyone that the library vote is April 8.

The 50/50 was for $12 and won by Director Larry Tellefsen and the meeting adjourned for coffee and cake.

April General Meeting
The April General meeting will be on April 3. The guest speaker will be Brandan McCurdy of Peconic Baykeeper
As always we will be taking suggestions on activities and events that members are interested in. We always have a table available for any fliers or handouts that may be brought for the benefit and edification of of our members.

With One Brush Stroke Charity Art Auction

The Mastic Beach Property Owners Association will be presenting an Artists United to Help Hospice House fund raising event on Sunday April 13 from 2 – 6 pm. Admission is $7. Ten original pieces of art will be auctioned off to help the 'Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Inc.'
Please see the enclosed brochure for more information. Brochure is Here

Nite at the Races Report

This years Spring Nite at the Races on March 15 was a bustling and festive success. The anticipated crowd was swelled to larger ranks just as the doors opened. The traditional theme of St. Patrick's Day was in evidence with the green decorations and the generous use of green clothing by the happy attendees. The festivities began with a welcome by MBPOA President Jean SanMartin. Corned beef and cabbage was on
the menu thanks to the hard work of our kitchen staff headed by Director Bill Hack; including Pat Hack, Dir. Mike Giangrasso, Dir. Kevin Collins and Dir. Ketty Colbert. Tickets had been designed and sold by Catherine Kobasiuk and Lynne Debona; Lynne soldiered through the task of arranging seating. Vice President Michael Kobasiuk and President Jean San Martin helped arrange the tables. The Kobasiuks, prepared and ran the audiovisual elements while Dir. Barbara Fitzgerald sold raffles and 50/50 chances. The beer kegs were set up by Dir. Kevin Collins and Dir. Larry Tellefsen and our local signage was put up by Dir. Peter Costello and Dir. Frank Luisi. The betting table was run by Dir. Maura Spery with aid from Nancy Sorkow, Dir. Larry Tellefsen and Catherine Kobasiuk.

The 50/50 and the membership raffles were hand picked by Marina Kobasiuk and Denise Giangrasso. The 50/50 was won by a lovely lady named Pat. The $250 prize was won by member John Bivona and the $500 prize was won by Dir. Larry Tellefsen.

Thank you to everyone who came and who help make our Spring Night at the Races a wonderful success.

Come and Join In

Now that spring is here there will be a number of outdoor projects that will need volunteers. Director Frank Delustro has expressed a need for people willing to help with the repair of the stick docks on Patersquash Creek. There will be the usual clubhouse cleanup day which is good for students to accumulate volunteer hours. Brookhaven Town has scheduled their Great Clean Up for May 17. We have volunteered to clean up the southeast corner of Havenwood Drive and William Floyd Parkway. If you are interested in helping out on any of these projects please call the clubhouse and leave your name and number, 399-6111.

 Volunteer of the Month
Director Maura Spery

This month we will be highlighting Director Maura Spery as she steps down as a MBPOA director to assume her new responsibilities as a Mastic Beach Village Trustee.

Maura Spery has been a director of the MBPOA since 2006. She has been Chairperson of the Quality of Life Committee, helped created Music by the Bay in 2007 (an annual free outdoor concert for the residents of Mastic Beach). She has organized fundraisers for William Floyd High School Drama Department Musicals, and participated as Master of Ceremonies for Main Stage of all Music by the Bay/Blue Claw Crab Festivals from 2006 to present. Following Super Storm Sandy she organized 600 hot meals to be served at the MBPOA clubhouse while it was opened as a warming center. Maura organized a January cleanup of the Mastic Beach waterfront and wetlands with over 200 volunteers and spearheaded an April Rally to “Save the Dunes” focusing the attention of all local politicians to the devastation of the Fire Island Dunes that directly affect Mastic Beach.

Maura has also volunteered throughout the community for a number of projects including the Grace Lutheran Church Community Garden, combats graffiti on the Pattersquash Bridge, and annually paints the lighthouse on Neighborhood Road. All of which culminated with this years political race and election to the Village of Mastic Beaches Board of Trustees. Maura plans to continue being a member of our 85 year old organization.

The Officers and Board of Directors of the MBPOA would like to thank Maura for all her hard work and wish her all the best in her new position as Village Trustee.

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.

Friday April 25 will be
Video Game Night

The games available will be Wii and Xbox and will start at about 7pm for all ages of members and their families.

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.

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

Marina News

The marina's will be open on approximately April 15 (as soon as the pole covers are removed) and the guards will start on May 15. Please remember that the marina's are carry in – carry out facilities and no garbage should be left behind. Please do not filet fish or dump leftover bait at or in the marinas and remind your friends and neighbors to pickup after their dogs.

Keeping in Touch

Our newest social media site is on Pinterest. Come and follow our boards.

March Mastic Beach Scrambles

Here are the answers to last months word scrambles.

niohboaodhro gedr neighborhood road
wtleallye i dioafsmt william floyd estate
njsceo knh johns neck
rtspa esekcquherta patersquash creek
namsurs ypteso rd super storm sandy
ttrrctihh yaueh eiingr thirty eight hurricane
ed ifnslira fire island
petharimsg phragmites


John (Beck) Hahn, a long time MBPOA member and Mastic Beach Resident, passed on Feb. 27th, at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, from heart failure.
John was well known in Section 1 Marina, as the "Ice Breaker" literally. During the winter months, John would go clamming and break the ice jam in Marina 1. He also towed the dock barge from Sect. 5 to Sect 1., on a seasonal need. John was 64 years old, a retired custodian from William Floyd High School, where he worked for 25 years. We will all miss John and his clams .

April Monthly Calendar

April 3rd – General Meeting – 7:30pm
April 4th - Country Dancing – 7:30 pm*
April 7th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
April 11th - Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm *
April 13th – Palm Sunday
April 13th – With One Brush Stroke Art Auction – 2pm - 6pm
April 14th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
April 15th – Passover
April 17th – Board of Directors – 7pm
April 18th – Good Friday
April 20th - Easter
April 21st - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30 pm
April 25th - Meet & Greet Friday – 7:00 pm*
April 25th – Video Game Night - 7pm
April 28th - Country Dance Lessons – 7:30pm
*Bar Open

Future Events

May 1st – General Meeting – 7:30pm
May 5th – Cinco de Mayo
May 15th – Board of Directors Meeting – 7pm
May 17th – Great Brookhaven Cleanup
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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