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Bayport Eagle Scout Project Takes a Big Step Forward to Reality

Foundation is laid for project that honors a Bayport-Blue Point former teacher and will give students a nice place to relax at lunchtime.

The foundation for a new outdoor dining area at Bayport-Blue Point High School was laid today under a hot August morning sun.

Bayport resident Chandler Varone’s Eagle Scout project, being built behind the school’s cafeteria, honors a business teacher’s memory in addition to giving students a relaxing place to nosh during the busy school day.

The completed project will feature tables and benches and be built on a patio of donated and engraved 4”x 8” brick pavers with the funds supporting the Doug Monsell Education Fund.

The fund was established in honor of Doug Monsell, a beloved business teacher who lost a valiant battle with liver disease this past May. The money raised will help support college funds for Monsell’s two young daughters.

So far Varone has sold 134 bricks and the extended deadline to purchase a brick is now August 17.

Once the cement is set, Varone will remove the wood form and start laying the bricks and then drop in a fence around the 15 foot by 25 foot patio.

Varone, a member of Life Scout Troop 329, was excited to see the project move forward Thursday morning and was very appreciate of community support his project is receiving. The cement company, Thomas Moloney Masonry, of Blue Point, contributed a substantial discount on the cement costs.

The scout is hopeful the same support will be seen in donated bricks that buyers can have engraved with appreciation of loved ones, or a business or a person’s name.

“By purchasing this brick, you are investing in a 4” x 8” piece of real estate that will be beautiful and everlasting as well as honor the memory of Mr. Monsell,” Varone wrote in a letter to potential donors earlier this summer.

Those interested in donating a brick, or just donating to the causes, can download the attached form (just click through the picture to see the uploaded document) or email Varone at cvarone10@aol.com.

Checks should be made payable to Troop 329 with the memo subject reading “Chandlers Eagle,” and mailed to 321 McConnell Avenue, Bayport, NY 11705. For more information Varone can be also reached at 631-707-3628.

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