Notes from East Hampton

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East Hampton residents Sheryl Bahamondes, Nadgia James, Levy Mwanza, Susie O’Connor, Julie Ratner, Theresa Roden, Karen Rodriguez and Margaret Sheehan have joined the local Heaven Can Wait team for the fifth annual LI2Day Walk for breast cancer, which takes place in June.

But this Thursday, May 1, these women and the rest of their team will help raise money by dressing in their grooviest ’60s fashions to “Rock the Walk” at Bay Street Theater with Clamor, a local band of doctors and lawyers.

Heaven Can Wait is helping raise money and awareness for women with breast cancer on the East End of Long Island. The proceeds will benefit the South Fork Breast Health Coalition, and you can call Bay Street at 725-9500 to purchase tickets for this Thursday’s event or visit www.li2daywalk.org to join the team on the two-day walk.

Joan Strong of Oak View Highway let his know this week that her umpteenth (we think she said 16th) grandchild was born on April 23 at Beverly Hospital in Massachusetts to her son, Randy, born and raised in East Hampton, and his wife, Shannon, of Rockport, Massachusetts. Ella Madison Strong is their first child so they are thrilled, Joan said. Congratulations to the whole family, which has roots that go back 14 generations around here.

The East Hampton Library has an open invitation for personal tours to view plans for the proposed children’s wing that the library would like to add to its building. The one-story addition will concentrate on spaces for new bookshelves and two homework rooms for young teens. If it is approved by the village zoning board, this addition, once complete, would make the entire library handicapped accessible. There will also be room for 10 more parking spaces.

The new wing will be nestled behind the existing children’s room with the new addition, exterior and interior, matching the library’s historical design. The library has collected more than 1,100 signatures from East Hampton Village residents supporting the project. All funds to make this expansion happen will be contributed by board members and other generous donations from individuals. In other words, no taxpayer dollars will be used, which is a nice plus.

You can call the library at 324-0222 to set up a tour and inquire more about the expansion.

The Pollock-Krasner House is open for the summer season beginning Thursday, May 1. The artists’ house and studio are open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 1 to October 31, and the house is handicapped accessible.

A video tour of the studio is available to those using wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices that do not have access to the studio. For adult guided tours at the Pollock-Krasner House, call 324-4929 to make a reservation.

There is a family tour and painting workshop every Thursday and Friday beginning in July and August. You can contact me at the above number or e-mail me for information. Just a reminder to book early; these tend to fill up quickly, and not to brag, but I give one heck of a fun, educational, and highly animated tour.

This Friday, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Greater East Hampton Education Foundation invites you to its benefit and auction to be held at East Hampton Point Restaurant, located on Three Mile Harbor Road. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, dancing, silent auction and raffles, and a cash bar will be offered. Tickets are $25 per person in advance by calling 329-6462. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30. All donations are tax-deductible.

This Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the East Hampton Neighborhood House at 92 Three Mile Harbor Road, there will be a Jack Larsen fabric sale, with the proceeds benefiting the LongHouse Reserve. Jack Larsen is an internationally known textile designer, author, and collector and is one of the world’s foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts.

On Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., Guild Hall’s Naked Stage production will be a staged reading of “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard. “Arcadia” is the winner of the 1995 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the 1994 Olivier Award.

The story moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex—the attraction that Newton left out—on our life orbits. You can call Guild Hall at 324-0806 or visit www.guildhall.org for more information.

Who redesigned the roads on Newtown Lane? Did anybody notice this? I almost got in a head-on collision because of the new way the yellow lines are drawn. In front of Waldbaum’s, they put in a turning lane into the Schenk Fuel parking area, making very little room to turn into the Waldbaum’s parking area. After my near head-on collision, two days later, I witnessed the same thing happening to another driver.

I am not alone in this. I have talked to several people and every single one I have talked to feels the same way. Most of the center-turning lanes do not make any sense. No one seems to know who should be where to make a turn. Plus, these lanes allow people to make U-turns right in the middle of the middle of the village. That should be fun for the summer driving. Talk about these center lanes being labeled “suicide” lanes. Thank goodness, the speed limit is low in the village. I should have been an engineer. I probably would have gotten it right.

I have received several e-mails as to what the car of the season might be. I had mentioned this in an article several weeks ago. The majority rules for the Maserati Quattroporte, and just to let you know, the four-door sedan base model (did you notice the word “base”) automatic starts at $114,750. That can feed how many starving children? Welcome to the Hamptons.

Memorial Day is around the corner and if anyone would like a tribute of a loved one mentioned in my column, please e-mail me. You can also send me a picture.

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