Notes from Hampton Bays


Ron and I were treated to our first sail of the season on Saturday aboard Bob Costanza’s “Kiwi.” We went over to Robins Island in Peconic Bay. All hands on deck included Ann Cryan and Kitty and Mike Steele. Thanks, Kiwi Bob!

Wave goodbye to Thomas Fritz, who was visiting last week at the Holthaus residence “Shaque D’Amore.” Thom was a student at Southampton College in 1976 and now lives in Chicago.

Beth Lewis would like to say “thank you” to all those in the community who have been donating “Books for the Troops” at St. Rosalie’s Church and the UPS Store. Thanks, too, to the UPS Store for packaging all those books free of charge. Ms. Lewis received a letter from Captain K. D. Moore, a commanding officer in the U.S. Navy, that I would like to share:

“On behalf of all Sailors and Soldiers assigned to the Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait, I would like to thank you for the box of books and magazines that you have provided. Your immense efforts and dedication helped support my crew and increased morale during this arduous duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom.”

Midshipman William Hughes recently returned to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point after spending several months at sea training aboard merchant vessels. He visited Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, Korea and Japan during his travels. All students at the Academy spend part of their sophomore and junior years at sea learning about the performance and operating characteristics of various kinds of merchant vessels, and becoming familiar with ocean trade.

William is a 2005 graduate of Hampton Bays High School. His proud parents are Linda and William Hughes.

Longtime Hampton Bays summer resident Dorothy Mattes celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, April 19, at Sunwater’s Grill. Among the many friends and relatives in attendance were Tommy and Marilyn Sussi, Bob and Georgia Sussi and Mary Lou Sussi, just to name a few. Dorothy and her husband, Frank, will be enjoying their stay in Hampton Bays at the Easterner Motel on Montauk Highway.

The Hampton Bays Civic Association was founded in 1918 and is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. A variety of events are planned. The civic association is looking for all former officers and directors. Anyone who was on the board is asked to contact Marion Boden at 728-0051, or send her an e-mail at

And while I’m on the subject of anniversaries, on Saturday, May 17, the Hampton Bays School District is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a Centennial Celebration on the grounds of the new middle school. Many activities will be held throughout the day, including a 5K race, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new school, tours, entertainment and a tent featuring local vendors.

There are still a limited number of vendor spaces available, so if any Hampton Bays business is interested in having a booth, they should call Hilda Blevins at 255-7084 ASAP! Please come and participate in this once-in-a-lifetime occasion and see how the school and community have grown over the past 100 years.

Kendall Small, a 2005 graduate of Hampton Bays, is a member of the Chamber Choir at SUNY Oneonta. The choir is going on a spring tour and one of its stops is at Christ Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, conducted by Dr. Timothy Newton, will be a mix of sacred and secular music. The church is located just one block south of the Hess station at 9 Terrace Drive in Hampton Bays.

A couple of programs are coming up at the Hampton Bays Public Library: A two-day AARP 55 Alive/Mature Driving Course is being offered on Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, from 10:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. both days. The cost is $10. A “Finance 101 for Senior Citizens” will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at noon. Call 728-6241 or stop by the circulation desk to sign up.

Hampton Bays Elementary School is sponsoring a Child Find Screening next Thursday, May 1, for preschool children who are 3 and 4 years old. The screening process is an attempt to identify children who may have learning disabilities and children entering kindergarten in September are not eligible. Children will be tested for age-appropriate skills, language and speech development, and vision and hearing. Testing is by appointment only. For scheduling or additional information, call 723-2121 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is open for Our Lady of the Hamptons preschool program for 3- and 4-year-old children at St. Rosalie’s in Hampton Bays. Interested parents are asked to call 283-9140.

Southampton Village Photo and the Southampton Town Youth Bureau are co-sponsoring their fourth annual photography contest for middle and high school students. This year’s theme is “People Making a Difference.” See if you can capture someone in the act of doing an unselfish task. Permission needs to be obtained from all subjects who are photographed.

Send your photos—there’s a limit of three per person—along with your name, age, phone number and address to the Southampton Youth Bureau, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, New York 11968. Pictures can also be e-mailed to Entries must be submitted by Monday, April 28. Questions? Call 702-2421.

The Youth Bureau is seeking employers to participate in its seventh annual Job & Internship Fair on Tuesday, May 13, from 5:30 until 8 p.m., at the Southampton Town Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue. Employer set-up will begin at 4:45 p.m. and tables and chairs as well as donuts, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. For a registration form or more information, call Catherine at 702-2428.

Congratulations to Hayley E. Curtis, who has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

Jennifer Siegel has been named to the dean’s list at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Jennifer is studying psychology.

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