Notes from Amagansett

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I apologize but I am going to have to make this week’s article short and sweet. I am writing from Florida, visiting Shamu and friends with my daughter Lucy. Although I lugged my laptop here, somehow we can connect to the Internet and get Webkinz but I cannot send outgoing e-mails.

Technology never ceases to confuse me, who knows. How is it people still cruise with inflatable dolls in the HOV lanes but I have to write this article from a Blackberry?

Next week, I will report on the amazing Amagansett School Student Council Talent Show that took place on Thursday, April 17. The suggested donation for all who attended was $2. The funds will be used for the sixth grade’s service project. They are raising money to buy an animal for Heifer International, which is a program that gives animals, such as a lamb or goat, to families in need to help them become self-sufficient.

National TV Turnoff Week is April 21 to April 25 and, in support of it, the Amagansett PTA and the Amagansett Health and Wellness Committee are sponsoring a voluntary TV Turnoff Challenge. The reward to the class with the highest level of participation will be a healthy snack party. With all the spring activities around, the challenge shouldn’t be too tough.

On that note, a few of the Amagansett Little League teams have had their first scrimmages and some even a game. We will keep you posted. Go Grasshoppers!

At the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett, the 11 a.m. worship service continues and the Bible class meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the Yule Room. Today, April 23, the Session will meet at 7 p.m., also in the Yule Room. Tickets are now being sold for the lasagna fund-raiser feast, which will be held on May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scoville Hall. Take-out is available as well.

Laurie Newburger, the Amagansett School representative for East Hampton Middle School meetings and events, attended the latest site-based meeting and I will bring you all the current news from her as soon as I return from the Sunshine State and can get my e-mail.

The East Hampton PAL is already gearing up for fall with sign-ups for cheerleading and football camps. Registration for ages 7 to 14 will take place on April 26, May 17, and June 7, from 9 a.m. till noon at the EHMS.

The PTA tag sale will take place on Saturday, May 24 at the Amagansett School. Please keep them in mind as you do your spring cleaning.

There you have the basics, yet I must end on a somber note and offer my sincere condolences to those left behind with the passing of Alvin Bennett on April 12. He defines the phrase, “His spirit lives on.” Yes, indeed, I was fortunate enough to hear some of his real Amagansett stories. His surviving son Allen and Allen’s wife Carol, and their sons and nephew and niece and their wives and children, and all who knew him through relations or just friends, are truly blessed by the memory of his spunk and I hope each will find peace as they mourn his or her loss. He was a true sign of the times and unfortunately, as Bob Dylan says, “The times they are a changing.”

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