Notes from Hampton Bays

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Hat’s off to Jessica Allen of Hampton Bays, who won the women’s division of the Long Island Marathon for the third time in five years. You go, girl!

Happy birthday to Bob Bickford. Bob celebrates his day tomorrow, Friday, May 16. Happy 11th birthday to Nicky Coruzzi who celebrates on Tuesday, May 20. And Katherine Constantopoulos will be turning 13 on Wednesday, May 21.

Congratulations to the following students who are celebrating their Confirmation on Sunday, May 18, at the Hampton Bays United Methodist Church: Ryan Campbell, Evan Joseph Cortese, Amanda Rose Coruzzi, Kristin Gregory, Taylor Marilynn Jayne, Rebecca Mary Mangan and Andrew Kyle Schultze, Jr. Enjoy your special day!

The Hampton Bays Beautification Association Garden Party Committee is looking for gift donations for its upcoming Chinese Auction on Saturday, June 7, at the Beach Bar. For additional information, call Barbara Niels at 728-3423.

Friends and neighbors are invited to join the Hampton Bays School District in celebrating 100 years of service on Saturday, May 17. Here’s a listing of the events:

A cocktail party hosted by the Hampton Bays Booster Club will kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday, May 16, from 7:30 until 11 p.m., at the Boardy Barn. Admission is $20 with a cash bar. All proceeds from the party will contribute to the creation of a “steeple chase” for the track at the high school.

The Hampton Bays Booster Club is sponsoring a 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m., starting from the Hampton Bays Middle School. Race registration is $20 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and younger and that includes a pasta dinner on Friday, May 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Boardy Barn. Day of race registration is from 7 until 8:30 a.m. and the fee is $25 for adults, $12 for kids. Visit www.hbschools.us for a race application, or call Rick Martell at 728-0066 for more information.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. followed by tours of the new middle school, an antique car show, a “Cruise 4 UR School” event hosted by Otis Ford, a student art show and music and dance performances by students and community members.

In addition, there will be a tent featuring various businesses, civic associations and food provided by Francesca’s, Oakland’s, Scotto’s, Brewsters and Soleau’s Sunwater Grill. Please come and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion and see how your community and school have grown during the last 100 years.

While I’m on the subject of schools, the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce is going to be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a college-bound senior attending Hampton Bays High School. Interested? Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay in response to the following question: “Given the opportunity to open a business in the hamlet of Hampton Bays, describe what type of business you would open, where [it would be located] and why you think that your business would be a success.” Applications are available in the high school guidance office or at the Chamber office at 140 West Main Street. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 6.

The Hampton Bays Fire Department is having a blood drive on Saturday, May 17, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., on the second floor of the firehouse. If you are 16 years of age (with a parent’s permission) and in good health, please donate.

The Scouts in Hampton Bays/East Quogue Troop 483 are having their annual plant sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days, across the street from the Hampton Bays Firehouse. Flats of annuals, herbs, patio planters, hanging baskets and vegetables will be available for purchase. All funds raised will be used to help offset the cost of summer camp.

Catherine Baker, an Erwin Panofsky Fellow pursuing doctoral studies in classical art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, has been awarded research grants by the University of Michigan and NYU. Catherine will be spending May and June as part of a archaeological research group visiting the ancient Roman city of Aphrodisias, in Turkey. Catherine is the daughter of Donald G. Baker and Barbara L. Sands.

Jaclyn Bogannam has been named to the dean’s list for the winter quarter at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

All of us have been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. My dear friend, Susan Colledge, will be participating in the LI2Day Walk in June with the team “Heaven Can Wait.” One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the needs of the men and women who are fighting breast cancer on Long Island. The funds are used to assist with transportation, medical expenses, physical therapy, wigs and prosthetics, and babysitters.

If you would like to make a donation, log on at li2day.org, click on “donate” at the top and then scroll down to enter Susan’s last name, Colledge. Or you can send a check to SFBHC “Team Heaven Can Wait,” 35 Farmstead Lane, Water Mill, New York 11976, and write her name on the memo line on the check. Thank you!

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