Monday, June 9, 2008

Smith Point: A Charitable Community

The Smith Point community has been the home of charitable events for many years now. There is the Bay Area Bridge 5K Run supporting the Community Library's Family Literacy Project and the LI2Day Walk Against Breast Cancer. These events have been generously hosted and supported by our neighborhoods. Recently members of the community were invited to a meeting to discuss having another fireworks show and festival here. In spite of the traffic and other problems that go along with these events, the Smith Point community was in favor of holding this event here. Unfortunately, we've recently learned that this event will not be held at Smith Point County Park.

This past weekend, however, the LI2Day Walk Against Breast Cancer did take place. The event started early Saturday morning at Smith Point County Park with more than 400 walkers making the trek through our community, walking all the way to Southaven Park, where they stopped for lunch, and then continuing on to Cathedral Pines County Park. On Sunday morning, the walkers hit the trail back to Smith Point Marina, for a celebratory lunch and a Survivor's March over the bridge to Smith Point County Park. Along the way, the walkers were cheered on by residents from their homes, from their cars and at rest stops along the trail. The Mastic, Shirley and Mastic Beach Fire Depts. and Ambulance Companies patrolled the route to assist the walkers. Despite the terrible heat, these walkers did not give up and our own Mastic Beach Fire Dept. was on hand to greet them at the Marina with a cool firehose shower celebrating their return.

On September 13th, our community will host the Bay Area Bridge 5K Run. More than 300 runners will participate in support of the Family Literacy Project at the Mastics-Shirley-Moriches Community Library. And once again, our community will be there to support another wonderful cause.