Notes from Bridgehampton

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Attention readers: If you happen to live on the south side of Montauk Highway west of the Bridgehampton School and you saw a strange man wandering through your backyard looking up at the trees, don’t worry; it was just me looking for my son’s model rocket.

The rocket in question went a bit off course when we tested it with a more powerful engine on Sunday afternoon. Despite our taking the necessary precautions of moving our launching site to the far southeastern corner of the school grounds, the rocket got caught up in the strong east wind and was last seen drifting westward way above the treetops. For all I know, it may have ended up in the parking lot at King Kullen—in Hampton Bays!

So do me a favor and keep your eyes peeled for it. You might find it hanging from one of your trees or up on your roof. The reward will be that we’ll invite you join us the next time we launch it.

It was hard to believe that spring was here with the temperature in the 40s on Monday, but the Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons will hold its annual garden fair on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s Corwith House this weekend.

The event kicks off with a benefit preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. The $50 admission gives gardeners the first choice of the many plant offerings and a chance to win one of many raffles and refreshments. The fair will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday with free admission and plenty of nice stuff to choose from.

On Sunday, the First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton will observe its 84th anniversary with a special service at 4 p.m. The Reverend Alan Warren and the congregation of the Truth and Deliverance Baptist Ministries from Englewood, New Jersey, will be the special guests, and the public has been invited to attend.

I need to clarify an item that ran last week about the Bridgehampton Fire Department’s blood drive on Monday, May 19, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at the firehouse on School Street. I mistakenly concluded that it was a by-appointment-only arrangement. Not true. You can drop in and they will be happy to accommodate you. However, if you want to give blood at a set time, it helps to have an appointment, and you can make one by calling the firehouse at 537-0336. Leave a message with your name and phone number. Someone will return your call.

As a reminder, to donate, you have to be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds, and not have donated in the past 56 days. There are also some other restrictions if you have been sick or have other medical conditions.

It will be covered elsewhere in this issue, but I’d like to remind you that Bridgehampton will join other school districts in holding a budget vote and board election on Tuesday, May 20. The polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. and voters will be asked to approve a $9.9 million budget. Four candidates, Joseph Conti, Karen Hochstedler, Nicki Hemby and Elizabeth Kotz (my wife, for those of you who don’t know) are running for two openings on the School Board. Do your civic duty and get out and vote. If you can’t be bothered, don’t bother complaining to me.

Special thanks to the Bridgehampton Citizens Advisory Committee, which has decided to postpone its next meeting until June 2, thus saving our reporters the responsibility of covering a meeting that had been scheduled for Memorial Day. The group meets at 7 p.m. in the community room at the Bridgehampton National Bank.

The Hampton Library will present “Manage Your Music” on Friday, May 16, at 2 p.m. Participants will learn how to organize their music collections using their iPod or other MP3 player and iTunes software. The program is open to Hampton Library cardholders only. Registration is required. The movie “Golden Compass” will be next up on the Movies and Munchies program. Showtime is Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. The film is rated PG-13.

Remember to mark your calendars for the Bridgehampton United Methodist Church’s annual strawberry festival on Saturday, June 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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