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PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Bayport, NY Permit No. 9 Gazette December 2012 Bayport Blue Point Postal Patron Two Towns One Community continued on page 11 Thank you for cutting, trimming, shoveling, giving, bending, picking, moving, wiping, giving, carrying, cooking, cleaning, driving, hammer- ing. Thank you for everything... I have lived in this community since 1977 and witnessed the people of our towns come together in times of strife and sorrow. Be it a hurricane, a blizzard, or the loss of a beloved citizen, we rise to the occasion. But this time the outpouring was extraordinary, even by Bayport- Blue Point standards. Scores of examples of people helping peo- ple and neighbors pitching in to help other neighbors keep popping up. As usual, I am proud to live in this area and you should be too. Thanks to All the Unsung Heros Friends of Lil’ Franny Mark Miller In truth. Who in our community isn’t a friend of Franny? Whether you live in Blue Point or Bayport, most of you know him by name from the high school sporting events or maybe you shared a laugh with him at Cavanaugh’s or the Harbor Crab over the decades. Or maybe you just see him peddling away down Blue Point Ave with his Mets jacket and a smile from ear to ear. Tat’s our Franny. Franny Columbine that is. Sixty-eight year resident of Blue Point, Franny is still bringing people together, but this time in a diferent manner. Tere are many tragic stories created by Hurricane Sandy and Franny’s is probably less tragic than some others in our towns, but not for him. And not for his neighbors who have been concerned about him for a long time now. “We have worried about Franny over the years”, said his friend and neighbor Toni-Anne Grube. “Tis hurricane was the straw that broke the horses back. Tinking about him with no heat and electric over there was too much to bear.” So Toni-Anne gathered some nice folks from Bayport-Blue Point and shared her concern. “We met at the crab on Sunday at 4 and with a little coaxing we had Franny out of the house by Monday and the demo crew pulling down the soaked sheetrock by Tuesday!” “Te community loves Franny so it seems they will do what it takes to help” said Tim Dugan of Blue Point. Mr Dugan is also spearheading the reconstruction project between jobs just because, as he says, “It’s the right thing to do.” It is community patriots like Toni-Anne, and Timmy and Stacy Dugan that make our town incredible. Small town love in action. If you are able to help us with Frannys home-makeover, please make checks payable to the Bayport-Blue Point Foundation, PO Box 750, Bayport or contact Tim Dugan at 516- 220-6548 or Toni-Anne Grube 807-4827 or Stacy Dugan 516-383-0259 All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to this project. Families Helping Families by Danielle Golden Giglio After Hurricane Sandy hit, Pam Renneisen, Blue Point Elementary School PTA president, was felding calls from concerned parents wanting to do something to help. She contacted the Blue Point Fire Department to hold a town-hall type of meeting. Renneisen wanted to get people together and generate ideas to help Sandy victims in our community. Less then 24 hours after setting up the meeting, about 50 people showed up at Blue Point Fire House ready to help anyway that they could. Committees were formed that night with volunteers signing up to do various tasks. Renneisen was amazed at the turnout and how everyone was so eager to help. “We were really trying to get together committees that would offer their homes and stuff to the people that did not have anything.” Groups of volunteers were ready to clean up outside and inside homes damaged by Sandy, help with child care, pet care and offering their homes for BooDu Page 7 Smiles on page 4 Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 3, 7pm, Blue Point Elementary Menorah Lighting Dec 8, 5pm Chamber Park

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