Friends and Neighbors: Week of April 3

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I love a parade! There were lots of hardy souls out watching the Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. I was delighted to have an invitation to ride in Kevin Gorman’s convertible Camaro that was the pace car for the 1969 Indianapolis 500.

My husband, Ron Holthaus, as well as Ali Kenneson and Alan Rosko were among those representing Century 21 Agawam Albertson. Official “candy-throwers” were Alexis and Andy Rosko, Angel Platt, Kathryn Gorman, MaryEllen Lacey, Kevin Gorman Jr., Christian Tureski, Caitlyn Harris and Maggie Wiendner. Go for the gold!

Girl and Boy Scouts carried a banner honoring Cody, the rescue dog. Cody alerted her owner about a fire that took place in 2005. You can read all about this special dog in “Cody, My Story” by Iris Scott. The books are available at the Southampton Town Animal Shelter.

During the parade, Lasting Impression Portrait Studio gave raffle tickets to the crowd. Two lucky winners holding ticket numbers 79 and 326 will receive gift certificates for a portrait session and print package. Those not lucky enough to win can still bring their losing tickets to the studio in April for a free portrait sitting.

Happy birthday wishes going out this week to Aimee Martin, whose special day was yesterday, April 2.

Ronnie McGann, Robin Gage and Edmund Zaloga all celebrate their birthdays this Friday, April 4.

Christian and Nicholas Berglin have their big day on Saturday, April 5.

Happy 15th birthday to Tori Joy Pisaneschi on Sunday, April 6. We love you! XOXO From Grandma and Grandpa.

Hampton Bays PTSA members are having their Fashion Show and Big Ticket Raffle on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Administration and students will be walking down the runway in clothing from Fandango, Erika’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sunrise to Sunset, Flying Point and Eddie Bauer, just to name a few. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. All proceeds go to scholarships for graduating seniors.

Don’t forget that the Hampton Bays Rotary Club’s Spaghetti Dinner is on Sunday, April 6, from noon until 9 p.m., at Villa Paul restaurant. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under the age of 12. All proceeds benefit the Community Scholarship Fund.

New York Blood Center is holding a blood drive on Monday, April 7, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m., at the East Quogue Elementary School on Central Avenue.

Hampton Bays Historical & Preservation Society members will have their general public meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Public Library. Mel Phaff, president of the Long Island Duck Decoy Association, and Dick DeMott, vice president of the association, will be speaking about the history of duck decoys, especially those carved on Long Island by the Shinnecocks. All are welcome to attend.

Lots of good stuff going on at the Hampton Bays Public Library:

Carolyn Munoco Haines has her artwork on display in April. Ms. Haines uses a multi-media process that combines pen and pencil, watercolor and photography.

This month’s Friday Matinees at the Library will focus on Tony Curtis films. “The Sweet Smell of Success” will be shown on April 4. Show time is at 2 p.m.

Chef Charlie is going to be cooking up some fish dishes on Saturday, April 5, at 1 p.m. Carol Froelig, pilot, historian and aerial photographer, will talk about Long Island’s role in World War II on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. On Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m., there’s a program about the many perennials that grow well on Long Island. Anthony R. Oliverio, corporate broker of The Real Estate Store, is back on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss the ins and outs of buying your first home. And on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., Captain Jerry McGrath will tell you everything you need to know about sport fishing on Long Island.

Call 728-6241 or stop by the circulation desk to register for any of these programs.

Save the date for the Hampton Bays Booster Club’s annual Scholarship Dinner. It will be on Sunday, April 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Villa Paul. Tickets are $30. Call 728-0066 for tickets.

Here’s the latest news from the college set: John E. Phillips Jr. has graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College in Albany.

Marianna Scandole has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts.

Julie-Ann Florio and Stefan Beaumont have earned dean’s list honors at the State University of New York at New Paltz for the fall semester. Julie-Ann is a sophomore majoring in communication media and Stefan, also a sophomore, has an undeclared major in pre-communication/media.

The College of Saint Rose in Albany has announced that Alexandra Kouloriotis has been named to the fall dean’s list. Congratulations!

The Lioness Club of the Hamptons is offering a scholarship to any graduating high school senior from Southampton Town. Applications may be obtained by calling Valerie Scott at 728-3660 and mailed to the Lioness Club of the Hamptons, c/o Valerie Scott, 20 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, NY 11946. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 30.

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