Notes from Water Mill

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The Water Mill Community Club is asking members to come out and help with a clean up and spruce up on Sunday, May 18 at 1 p.m. Plan to meet at the Burnett field house to get assigned a few odd jobs. The club will provide paint and supplies, but free labor is hard to find.

Remind your son or daughter that this is also a great opportunity for students to log some of the community service hours that are required for Water Mill Community Club scholarships.

Among the tasks that need to be accomplished starting at the Burnett field house are: repairing and re-hanging basketball backboards and hoops, painting over the wall of graffiti and disposing of the old fridge in the barn. At the tennis court: painting the wall, replacing two of the tennis nets, installing nets on the basketball hoop and possibly painting the backboard.

At the Community House: installing a split rail fence to divide the rear of the property from the cemetery property (Charlie Corwith is providing a gas powered post hole digger for the fence posts). And last, at the Carpenter building: cleaning and painting the newly working bathroom and installing a lock for the door. Sturdy ladders are needed for installing the basketball hoops.

Here at The Press, we’ve just launched our new community website, www.27east.com. Actually, it’s a “soft launch,” since the official start is next week, and we think it will continue to evolve into something special. Among the things you can find there is Grist for the Mill, called Notes from Water Mill. You’ll even find a photo next to Grist of yours truly on a good hair day about three years ago.

It would be great if you would take a look at the site, interact and leave comments, including criticisms, even about Grist! It’s the best way for us to know what you think. Our hope is that it will truly become a virtual community where you can go to find out everything and anything about the East End. As it builds, more and more interactive features will be added.

Renée Paradis, a specialist in voter registration, will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons’ 31st annual meeting on Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Water Mill Community House. The public portion begins at 4 p.m. during which Ms. Paradis will speak about “Restrictive Voter ID Requirements.”

The timely topic comes after the U.S. Supreme Court’s April 28 decision upholding the constitutionality of an Indiana law that requires voters to present a photo ID at polling places, a practice that has been found to discriminate against voters who are elderly, poor, or non-drivers. Ms. Paradis was one of the attorneys challenging the Indiana law.

The earlier business portion of the meeting will include adoption of the League’s budget for the next fiscal year, the report of co-presidents Anne Marshall and Carol Mellor, the election of officers and directors, and the adoption of local programs.

Reservations for the free program are being taken by the League at 324-4637.

Katherine Rogers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Rogers of Water Mill, was named to the winter term 2008 dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. Choate Rosemary Hall is an independent secondary school enrolling 848 boarding and day students from 42 states and 26 countries.

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