Between the Dunes: Week of April 9

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I have a lot of Amagansett news and it’s almost all good, so here we go.

Beach Hampton is now the home of another leap year human being. On February 29, 2008, Macy Bella Brog was born. Her parents are Lesley and Andrew Brog; her paternal grandparents are none other than Sheila and Avron Brog of Devon Road. Macy joins her sister, 3-year-old Jesse Lola. Perhaps one of them will be seen at South Fork Country Club teeing off this summer.

The other Beach Hampton leap year babies are my daughter Lucy Pearl and Paul Nicholls, also of Devon Road. Paul is the founder of Team Continuum, which provides immediate and vital non-medical assistance to cancer patients and their families, as well as funding to health care facilities and foundations. They are having a “Hoe Down” on Sunday, April 27, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. For more information, go to www.teamcontinuum.net. Happy birthday to Beach Hampton leap year folks. Keep partying! You get only one birthday every four years, so enjoy.

The big news comes from the Hyde School in Woodstock, Connecticut, junior varsity wrestling team after its participation in a regional New England tournament. Brett “The Wildman” Bistrian, Class of 2009, placed first in the 132-pound division and truly proved that he was the team’s captain. Not only did Brett take home a first-place medal for the team, he cheered at every mat and remained after to help clean up at the Tabor Academy gym in Marion, Massachusetts, where the meet took place.

Brett’s proud family includes his mother, Darby (Debbie) DiSunno and his father, B.J Bistrian, both of whom reside in Amagansett. Also residing in Amagansett are his proud maternal grandparents, Carmine and Thea DiSunno and his paternal grandparents, Barry and Dolly Bistrian of East Hampton. Then there are all the many aunts, uncles and cousins in and around our town, and his cool older brother, Barry Michael Bistrian, who is attending college in the state of Washington.

I had the honor of seeing (finally) a letter from the coach, Wes Jenkins, who said, “It was a proud day for me as I watched the JVW team rise to the challenge of participating in this tournament.”

On Saturday April 5, Stephanie DiSunno Graboski celebrated her 50th birthday at the South Fork Country Club surrounded by family and friends. Happy birthday to Stephanie. Other April birthdays include Marie Ryan on April 27, a sad anniversary for my friend Lauren on April 18, Jack Murphy turned 8 on April Fool’s day (no kidding), Kim Hren’s birthday is today and Levi Waxler and Jack King share the same birthday of April 14. And we all know whose birthday is April 15: Good ol’ Uncle Sam’s pal the IRS—at least it gets a lot of presents then— and, in case you were wondering, country singer Willie Nelson’s birthday is April 30.

A kindergarten screening for students entering the Amagansett School in the fall will take place on Friday, May 30. To set up an appointment, please call Tina Goldsmith, school secretary at 267-3572.

There will be a PTA meeting on Monday, April 14, at 9 a.m. in the school library. Among the topics to be discussed are the need for new officers. If you are a member of the PTA and would like to become an officer, please come to the meeting to learn more.

The PTA plant sale will also begin that day, so look for those fliers in your kids’ backpacks. Wednesday, April 16, is the PTA hot lunch. There will also be a BOCES vote and a School Board meeting at 7:30 a.m. that same day. April is cruising by—wow! Here come the May flowers.

The opening reception for “Bang, Bang!!! Guns and Roses,” by artist Eileen Hickey-Hume, will be held at Prudential Douglas Elliman on Saturday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 267-9700 or just drop by. Her show will run until May 31.

The Star of the East Masonic Lodge will be holding a pot roast dinner on April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Scoville Hall in Amagansett. This is its annual fund-raiser for the youth scholarship program. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children and are available at the door. Call Ken Hallock at 324-5149 for more information.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the Reverend Steven E. Howarth will preside at the 11 a.m. worship service. Sunday School classes will meet at the same time. Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the food pantry at Springs Community Presbyterian Church.

The Session will hold a coffee hour after worship in the Yule Room. The Women’s Guild will meet on Monday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Scoville Hall and Bible class will meet on Wednesday, April 16, at 1 p.m. in the Yule Room. The lasagna dinner to benefit the church is coming up on May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scoville Hall, so don’t forget to get your tickets. For more information, please call the church office at 267-6404.

A giant barn sale by my daughter Lucy’s church, St. Luke’s, will be held at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett (of course) on April 19 and 20. Proceeds go to support the outreach efforts and many local charities. Antiques, furniture, lamps, mirrors and much more will be for sale, so make sure you stop by on your way to Brent’s.

The chess clinic continues at the Youth Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Amagansett from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for kids in grades one through five. The Youth Park is open every day after school and on the weekends, and is just another great place that I feel so blessed to have in our town.

The computer games continue with Lee from the computer shop on Main Street, Amagansett (267-3088). Knowledge certainly is a Pandora’s box. Once you start learning, you can never get enough. This week’s lesson was how to master the art of downloading movies to an iPod. Technology never ceases to amaze me.

Actress Kathleen Turner will appear at BookHampton in Amagansett Square on Saturday, April 12, at 5 p.m. to promote “Send Roses to Yourself,” by Ms. Turner and Gloria Feldt.

Mandala Yoga in Amagansett Square is holding another introduction to the 10-Day Spring Cleanse on Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.mandalayoga.com. It’s a great program, which I promise to do, but this year, I will be at a birthday party for this newspaper turning one year old.

I ran into Kenny of Indian Wells Beach hot dog truck fame at the post office, as I usually do, and every week he asks me what I’m going to write about. I always say “won’t know till I sit down to do it,” but this week when I saw him I had nothing on my mind but some very sad news and almost started to cry. That morning I had learned that one of my best friends, Ed Cashin, was dealing with the death of his dog Hans. To all of you who know this pain, you know it is the worst and nothing can make it go away.

A pet, particularly a dog like Hans (named after Hans from the original Gordon’s restaurant on Main Street) becomes a beloved part of habit and ritual. Hans would wait for hours on end on the shoreline of any body of water or any trail of woods that Ed would either be kayaking or mountain biking in. Ed rescued him from a crack house in New York many years ago and we always joked about how old he was. He is gone but his memory will be in our hearts forever. My daughter Lucy loved Hans and cried when she found out but, as always, out of the mouths of babes, she called Ed to say that “now Hansy is in heaven with Barty and Sneakers,” two of her pets she has lost.

Enjoy your pets, your families and friends, and guess what? The balls and bats are in full swing—it looks like spring is, too! Enjoy the flowers and have a great week.

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